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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Alliance for Retired Americans

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Elaine Alquist 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
Patty Berg 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%
Rebecca Cohn 100%
Joe Coto 100%
Hector De La Torre 100%
Mervyn Dymally 100%
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100%
Dario Frommer 100%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100%
Betty Karnette 100%
Christine Kehoe 100%
Johan Klehs 100%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 100%
Sheila Kuehl 100%
John Laird 100%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
Sally Lieber 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
Michael Machado 100%
Joseph Nation 100%
Pedro Nava 100%
Fabian Núñez 100%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100%
Gloria Romero 100%
Ira Ruskin 100%
Simón Salinas 100%
Jack Scott 100%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100%
Nell Soto 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 100%
Thomas Umberg 100%
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 100%
Richard Alarcón 94%
Juan Arambula 94%
CA Council Member At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 94%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 94%
Lloyd Levine 94%
Carole Migden 94%
Cindy Montañez 94%
Eugene Mullin 94%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 94%
Deborah Ortiz 94%
Lori Saldaña 94%
Alberto Torrico 94%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 94%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 94%
Joseph Dunn 93%
Dean Florez 93%
Jenny Oropeza 93%
Don Perata 93%
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 93%
Edward Vincent 92%
Rudy Bermúdez 88%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 88%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 88%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 88%
Denise Ducheny 88%
Liz Figueroa 88%
Jerome Horton 88%
Nicole Parra 88%
Edward Chavez 81%
Barbara Matthews 81%
Joseph Canciamilla 75%
Martha Escutia 71%
Kevin Murray 70%
Shirley Horton 63%
Bonnie Garcia 56%
Abel Maldonado 50%
Keith Stuart Richman 50%
Van Tran 50%
Russell Bogh 44%
Lynn Daucher 44%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 38%
Guy Houston 38%
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 38%
Tom Harman 33%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 33%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 31%
Sam Blakeslee 31%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 31%
Bill Emmerson 31%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 31%
Bob Margett 29%
William Phillip Morrow 27%
Samuel Aanestad 25%
Gregory Aghazarian 25%
Roy Ashburn 25%
James Battin 25%
Charles DeVore 25%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 25%
Richard Keene 25%
Jay La Suer 25%
Robert Leslie 25%
Bill Maze 25%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 25%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 25%
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 25%
Charles Poochigian 25%
Sharon Runner 25%
Audra Strickland 25%
Robert Dutton 20%
George Runner, Jr. 20%
Richard Ackerman 19%
Dennis Hollingsworth 19%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 19%
Roger Niello 19%
George Plescia 19%
Mike Villines 19%
Dave Cox 13%
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 6%

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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