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Rating Group: California Alliance for Retired Americans

2006 Positions on Senior & Retirement Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 19
Richard Ackerman 13
Gregory Aghazarian 13
Richard Alarcón 81
Elaine Alquist 100
Juan Arambula 88
Roy Ashburn 19
Joe Baca, Sr. 94
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100
James Battin 19
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 13
Patty Berg 100
Rudy Bermúdez 94
Sam Blakeslee 19
Russell Bogh 25
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 94
Charles Calderon 81
Joseph Canciamilla 81
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 81
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 100
Edward Chavez 88
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 93
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 13
Rebecca Cohn 100
Joe Coto 100
Dave Cox 25
Lynn Daucher 56
Hector De La Torre 100
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 25
Charles DeVore 6
Denise Ducheny 93
Joseph Dunn 100
Robert Dutton 19
Mervyn Dymally 100
Bill Emmerson 19
Martha Escutia 87
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100
Liz Figueroa 94
Dean Florez 81
Dario Frommer 100
Bonnie Garcia 25
Jackie Goldberg 100
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100
Tom Harman 27
Ray Haynes, Jr. 13
Dennis Hollingsworth 6
Jerome Horton 94
Shirley Horton 44
Guy Houston 13
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 13
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
Betty Karnette 100
Richard Keene 13
Christine Kehoe 88
Johan Klehs 88
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 94
Sheila Kuehl 94
John Laird 100
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 13
Jay La Suer 13
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
Robert Leslie 6
Lloyd Levine 100
Sally Lieber 100
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 93
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 88
Michael Machado 80
Abel Maldonado 31
Bob Margett 25
Barbara Matthews 63
Bill Maze 19
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 13
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 13
Carole Migden 100
Cindy Montañez 94
William Phillip Morrow 13
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 19
Eugene Mullin 88
Kevin Murray 88
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 6
Joseph Nation 93
Pedro Nava 94
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 88
Roger Niello 19
Fabian Núñez 100
Jenny Oropeza 100
Deborah Ortiz 94
Nicole Parra 75
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100
Don Perata 88
George Plescia 13
Charles Poochigian 13
Keith Stuart Richman 19
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 100
Gloria Romero 100
George Runner, Jr. 19
Sharon Runner 13
Ira Ruskin 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Simón Salinas 100
Arnold Schwarzenegger 73
Jack Scott 87
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 93
Nell Soto 87
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 94
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 19
Audra Strickland 13
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 94
Alberto Torrico 100
Van Tran 19
Thomas Umberg 100
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 88
Mike Villines 13
Edward Vincent 100
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 13
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 13
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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