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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Deirdre Alpert 100%
Dion Aroner 100%
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 100%
Martha Escutia 100%
Liz Figueroa 100%
Martin Gallegos 100%
Tom Hayden 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
Fred Keeley 100%
Wally Knox 100%
Sheila Kuehl 100%
Kerry Mazzoni 100%
Carole Migden 100%
Jack O'Connell 100%
Deborah Ortiz 100%
Kevin Shelley 100%
Byron Sher 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
Helen Thomson 100%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 100%
Antonio Villaraigosa 100%
Carl Washington 100%
Scott Wildman 100%
Elaine Alquist 94%
Joe Baca, Sr. 94%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 94%
Denise Ducheny 94%
Teresa Hughes 94%
Patrick Johnston 94%
Betty Karnette 94%
Ted Lempert 94%
Kevin Murray 94%
Jack Scott 94%
Virginia Strom-Martin 94%
Howard Wayne 94%
John Burton 88%
CA U.S. House 29 Tony Cardenas Democratic 88%
Sally Havice 88%
Louis Papan 88%
Don Perata 88%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 82%
CA State Senate 35 Roderick Wright Democratic 82%
John Vasconcellos 80%
Richard Floyd 76%
Robert Hertzberg 76%
Edward Vincent 76%
Dennis Cardoza 71%
James Cunneen 65%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 65%
Richard Polanco 65%
Michael Machado 64%
Steve Peace 59%
Peter Frusetta 47%
Rod Pacheco 47%
Lynne Leach 29%
Bob Margett 25%
K. Maurice Johannessen 24%
David Kelley 24%
Richard Keith Rainey 18%
James Battin 12%
James Brulte 12%
Brett Granlund 12%
Ross Johnson 12%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 12%
CA Supervisor 4 Dick Monteith 12%
Robert Leslie 7%
Richard Ackerman 6%
Scott Baugh 6%
Marilyn Brewer 6%
Bill Campbell 6%
William Knight 6%
William Phillip Morrow 6%
Richard Mountjoy 6%
Bruce Thompson 6%
Cathie Wright 6%
Roy Ashburn 0%
Steve Charles Baldwin 0%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 0%
George House, Jr. 0%
Howard Kaloogian 0%
Bill Leonard 0%
John Lewis 0%
Keith Olberg 0%
Thomas Oller 0%
Charles Poochigian 0%
George Runner, Jr. 0%

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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