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

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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