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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Vermont Public Interest Research Group

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
VT Lieutenant Governor Dave Zuckerman Democratic 100%
VT State House Bennington-2-2 Mary Morrissey Republican 7%
VT State House Bennington-3 Alice Miller Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-4-2 Bill Lippert, Jr. Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-6-5 Mary Sullivan Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-7-2 Ann Pugh Democratic 100%
VT State House Chittenden-9-2 Maureen Dakin Democratic 100%
VT State House Franklin-3-1 Kathleen Keenan Democratic 92%
VT State House Rutland-3 Robert Helm Democratic, Republican 17%
VT State House Washington-3 Paul Poirier Independent 100%
VT State House Windham-4 David Deen Democratic 100%
VT State House Windsor-3-2 Alice Emmons Democratic, Working Families 100%
VT State Senate Bennington Richard Sears, Jr. Democratic 80%
VT State Senate Essex-Orleans Robert Starr Democratic 73%
VT State Senate Grand Isle Dick Mazza Democratic 85%
VT State Senate Lamoille Richard Westman Republican 29%
VT State Senate Orange Mark MacDonald Democratic 93%
VT State Senate Washington Francis Brooks Democratic 100%
VT State Senate Washington Ann Cummings Democratic 93%
VT State Senate Windsor Dick McCormack Democratic 100%
Elaine Alfano 100%
George Allard 20%
Philip Angell, Jr. 14%
Jean Ankeney 100%
William Aswad 93%
Jan Backus 85%
Thomas Bahre 7%
Joyce Barbieri 93%
Jason Barney 7%
Susan Bartlett 93%
Rene Blanchard 79%
John Bloomer, Jr. 36%
Stephanie Bourdeau 0%
Terrill Bouricius 100%
Gordon Bristol 82%
Peter Brownell 69%
Forest Buckland 22%
Julius Canns 13%
Diane Carmolli 92%
Nancy Chard 93%
David Clark 7%
Dean Corren 100%
Thomas Costello 100%
George Costes 73%
Howard Crawford 8%
Dan Darrow 100%
Steve Darrow 100%
Danny Deuel 100%
Anthony Dominick 64%
Patricia Doyle 100%
Bill Doyle 87%
Matt Dunne 86%
John Edwards 25%
Michael Flaherty 85%
Sally Fox 100%
Walter Freed 15%
William Fyfe 50%
Avis Gervais 85%
Anne Ginevan 27%
Henry Gray 0%
James Greenwood 27%
Henry Gretkowski 77%
David Hathaway 21%
Martha Heath 93%
Neil Hoag 75%
Henry Holmes 0%
Constance Houston 0%
Dick Howrigan, Sr. 46%
Cola Hudson 14%
Margaret Hummel 93%
Bruce Hyde 15%
Robert Ide 21%
Vincent Illuzzi 53%
William Johnson 25%
Carolyn Kehler 100%
Robert Everett Kinsey 67%
Sara Kittell 93%
Karen Kitzmiller 90%
Paul Knox 31%
Thomas Koch 31%
Gerald Krasnow 100%
Jerry Kreitzer 92%
John LaBarge 0%
Karen Moran Lafayette 100%
Steve Larrabee, Sr. 0%
Ralph Lehman 71%
Thomas Little 57%
Judy Livingston 7%
Bill MacKinnon 100%
Richard Marron 15%
Frederick Maslack 0%
Hull Maynard 13%
Frank Mazur 36%
Mary Mazzariello 100%
Thomas McGrath 23%
James McNamara 69%
Doran Metzger 7%
Virginia Milkey 100%
Marion Milne 67%
Lawrence Molloy 69%
Karen Moore 79%
Betty Nuovo 100%
Donny Osman 100%
Allen Palmer 17%
Edward Paquin, Jr. 93%
Mary-Ann Parizo 100%
Janice Peaslee 0%
Richard Pembroke, Sr. 33%
Albert Joseph Perry 50%
Ira Pike 8%
Ben-Zion Ptashnik 93%
Elizabeth Mary Ready 85%
Gary Richardson 8%
Helen Riehle 80%
Marilyn Keith Rivero 100%
Cheryl Pratt Rivers 100%
John Robb 0%
Robert Rusten 83%
George Schiavone 9%
Ann Seibert 100%
Nancy Sheltra 0%
Joseph Sherman 7%
Peter Shumlin 91%
Patricia Smith 100%
Jeb Spaulding 80%
Karen Steele 25%
Bill Suchmann 43%
Donna Sweaney 100%
Gene Sweetser 0%
Gaye Symington 100%
Ruth Towne 8%
John Patrick Tracy 100%
Oreste Valsangiacomo, Sr. 86%
Val Vincent 100%
Michael Vinton 75%
Cathy Voyer 14%
Perry Waite 58%
Alan Weiss 100%
Susan Wheeler 71%
James Willett 0%
Philip Winters 14%
William Wisell 43%
Robert Wood, Jr. 7%
Mark Woodward 93%
Mark Young 7%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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