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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Equality California

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 0%
Richard Ackerman 7%
Gregory Aghazarian 7%
Richard Alarcón 100%
Elaine Alquist 100%
Juan Arambula 67%
Roy Ashburn 7%
CA Council Member At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 93%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
James Battin 13%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 7%
Patty Berg 100%
Rudy Bermúdez 100%
Sam Blakeslee 7%
Russell Bogh 7%
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 100%
Joseph Canciamilla 93%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 100%
Edward Chavez 100%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 7%
Rebecca Cohn 100%
Joe Coto 100%
Dave Cox 7%
Lynn Daucher 13%
Hector De La Torre 100%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 7%
Charles DeVore 7%
Denise Ducheny 93%
Joseph Dunn 100%
Robert Dutton 7%
Mervyn Dymally 100%
Bill Emmerson 8%
Martha Escutia 79%
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100%
Liz Figueroa 93%
Dean Florez 27%
Dario Frommer 100%
Bonnie Garcia 13%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
Tom Harman 7%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 7%
Dennis Hollingsworth 0%
Jerome Horton 87%
Shirley Horton 13%
Guy Houston 7%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 7%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100%
Betty Karnette 100%
Richard Keene 7%
Christine Kehoe 100%
Johan Klehs 100%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 100%
Sheila Kuehl 100%
John Laird 100%
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 7%
Jay La Suer 0%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
Robert Leslie 7%
Lloyd Levine 100%
Sally Lieber 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
Michael Machado 87%
Abel Maldonado 20%
Bob Margett 21%
Barbara Matthews 87%
Bill Maze 7%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 0%
Carole Migden 100%
Cindy Montañez 100%
William Phillip Morrow 0%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 20%
Eugene Mullin 100%
Kevin Murray 62%
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 13%
Joseph Nation 100%
Pedro Nava 100%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 100%
Roger Niello 7%
Fabian Núñez 100%
Jenny Oropeza 93%
Deborah Ortiz 100%
Nicole Parra 60%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100%
Don Perata 100%
George Plescia 7%
Charles Poochigian 7%
Keith Stuart Richman 33%
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 100%
Gloria Romero 93%
George Runner, Jr. 7%
Sharon Runner 7%
Ira Ruskin 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
Simón Salinas 100%
Jack Scott 93%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100%
Nell Soto 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 87%
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 7%
Audra Strickland 13%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 100%
Alberto Torrico 100%
Van Tran 7%
Thomas Umberg 93%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 93%
Mike Villines 7%
Edward Vincent 86%
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 7%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 7%
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 100%

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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