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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group

2006 Positions on Public Interest Advocacy

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 33
Richard Ackerman 22
Gregory Aghazarian 20
Richard Alarcón 63
Elaine Alquist 100
Juan Arambula 80
Roy Ashburn 33
CA Council Member At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100
James Battin 22
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 10
Patty Berg 100
Rudy Bermúdez 100
Sam Blakeslee 30
Russell Bogh 11
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 100
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 80
Joseph Canciamilla 70
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 67
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 100
Edward Chavez 80
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 89
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 10
Rebecca Cohn 80
Joe Coto 100
Dave Cox 33
Lynn Daucher 50
Hector De La Torre 100
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 33
Charles DeVore 10
Denise Ducheny 89
Joseph Dunn 88
Robert Dutton 33
Mervyn Dymally 90
Bill Emmerson 20
Martha Escutia 75
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100
Liz Figueroa 89
Dean Florez 89
Dario Frommer 90
Bonnie Garcia 20
Jackie Goldberg 100
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100
Tom Harman 25
Raymond Haynes, Jr. 10
Dennis Hollingsworth 13
Jerome Horton 90
Shirley Horton 40
Guy Houston 20
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 20
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
Betty Karnette 100
Richard Keene 20
Christine Kehoe 100
Johan Klehs 90
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 80
Sheila Kuehl 89
John Laird 100
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 20
Jay La Suer 10
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
Robert Leslie 20
Lloyd Levine 100
Sally Lieber 100
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 90
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100
Michael Machado 78
Abel Maldonado 33
Bob Margett 22
Barbara Matthews 70
Bill Maze 30
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 20
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 33
Carole Migden 88
Cindy Montañez 100
William Phillip Morrow 22
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 20
Eugene Mullin 90
Kevin Murray 88
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 10
Joseph Nation 89
Pedro Nava 100
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 70
Roger Niello 10
Fabian Núñez 100
Jenny Oropeza 100
Deborah Ortiz 100
Nicole Parra 70
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100
Don Perata 100
George Plescia 20
Charles Poochigian 25
Keith Stuart Richman 11
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 100
Gloria Romero 89
George Runner, Jr. 33
Sharon Runner 11
Ira Ruskin 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Simón Salinas 100
Jack Scott 100
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100
Nell Soto 67
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 20
Audra Strickland 20
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100
Alberto Torrico 90
Van Tran 30
Thomas Umberg 90
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 90
Mike Villines 20
Edward Vincent 88
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 10
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 80
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 20
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 90

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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