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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

1998 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic D
ME State House 2 Mark Lawrence Democratic B
ME State House 71 Tom Winsor Republican A
ME State House 130 Richard Campbell Republican A+
ME State House 143 Stephen Stanley Democratic A
ME State House 144 Roger Sherman Republican B-
ME State House 151 John Martin Democratic A
ME State Senate 4 Paul Davis, Sr. Republican A
ME State Senate 34 Ron Collins Republican A
ME Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Democratic A
ME Commissioner 1 Vinton Cassidy A
ME Commissioner 1 Beverly Daggett A++
ME Commissioner 3 Laura Sanborn C
I. Joel Abromson B
Douglas Ahearne A+
Jane Amero B
Martha Bagley B+
Irvin Belanger A-
Richard Bennett A++
John Benoit A++
Donald Berry, Sr. A
Randall Berry B
Georgette Berube D
Brian Bolduc C
David Bowles A
Michael Brennan D
Joseph Brooks D
Joseph Bruno A
Bruce Bryant B
John Buck A
Randall Bumps A
Robert Cameron A-
Richard Carey C
Roderick Carr A
Mary Cathcart A
Howard Chick A+
Nancy Chizmar A
Joseph Clark A
Harold Clough A
Patrick Colwell A-
William Cote A
Scott Cowger D
Ruel Parkman Cross B+
Thomas Marshall Davidson B
Gerald Davis C+
Neria Douglass B
Benjamin Dudley F
Edward Dugay A-
Robert Duplessie A
Norman Ferguson, Jr. A+
Charles Fisher A
Clifton Foster A
Elaine Fuller D
Rosita Gagne-Friel A
Kenneth Gagnon B+
Belinda Gerry A
Barry Gillis A-
Kevin Glynn A
Albion Goodwin A
Walter Gooley A
Philip Harriman A
Pamela Hatch A+
Theodore Heidrich A
Kenneth Honey A
Arlan Jodrey A
Sumner Jones, Jr. A
Susan Kasprzak A
R. Leo Kieffer A++
Marjorie Kilkelly A+
Richard Kneeland A+
Carol Kontos A-
Janice LaBrecque A
Lloyd LaFountain III B
Charles LaVerdiere A
Kenneth Lemont A
James Libby A-
David Lindahl A
Susan Walsh Longley B
Glenys Lovett A
Jay MacDougall A
Adam Mack A
Bruce MacKinnon A-
Zachary E Matthews A-
Arthur Mayo III B+
Michael McAlevey A
John McDonough A
Terrence McKenney B-
Stavros Mendros A
Mike Michaud A++
S. Peter Mills A+
Betty Lou Mitchell B
Eleanor Murphy C+
Thomas Murphy, Jr. A
Robert Murray, Jr. B-
Christopher Muse F
Richard Nass A
John Nutting VII A
Robert Nutting A
William O'Gara C-
Gary O'Neal C
Christopher O'Neil A-
Judy Paradis A+
Judith Peavey A-
Peggy Pendleton A
Royce Perkins A+
William Pinkham A
Debra Plowman A
Edward Povich A+
Anne Rand D
Shirley Richard A
Earl Richardson A
John Richardson B+
Richard Ruhlin A++
Roland Samson A
Christine Savage A
William Savage A
Michael Saxl B
William Schneider A
Thomas Shields A
Kevin Shorey A
James Skoglund D
Mary Small A-
Lois Snowe-Mello A
Robert Stanwood A
Vaughn Stedman B+
Kathleen Alicia Stevens B
Richard Thompson A
James Tobin, Jr. A
Richard Tracy A
A. David Trahan A
Russell Treadwell A-
Verdi Tripp B+
Harry True C+
John Tuttle, Jr. A+
G. Paul Waterhouse A++
Carol Weston A
Edgar Wheeler A
Gary Wheeler A

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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