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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Alliance for Retired Americans

2006 Positions on Senior & Retirement Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
Elaine Alquist 100
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100
Patty Berg 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
Joseph Dunn 100
Mervyn Dymally 100
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100
Dario Frommer 100
Jackie Goldberg 100
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
Betty Karnette 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
Carole Migden 100
Fabian Núñez 100
Jenny Oropeza 100
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 100
Gloria Romero 100
Ira Ruskin 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Simón Salinas 100
Alberto Torrico 100
Thomas Umberg 100
Edward Vincent 100
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 100
Joe Baca, Sr. 94
Rudy Bermúdez 94
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 94
Liz Figueroa 94
Jerome Horton 94
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 94
Sheila Kuehl 94
Cindy Montañez 94
Pedro Nava 94
Deborah Ortiz 94
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 94
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 94
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 93
Denise Ducheny 93
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 93
Joseph Nation 93
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 93
Juan Arambula 88
Edward Chavez 88
Christine Kehoe 88
Johan Klehs 88
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 88
Eugene Mullin 88
Kevin Murray 88
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 88
Don Perata 88
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 88
Martha Escutia 87
Jack Scott 87
Nell Soto 87
Richard Alarcón 81
Charles Calderon 81
Joseph Canciamilla 81
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 81
Dean Florez 81
Michael Machado 80
Nicole Parra 75
Arnold Schwarzenegger 73
Barbara Matthews 63
Lynn Daucher 56
Shirley Horton 44
Abel Maldonado 31
Tom Harman 27
Russell Bogh 25
Dave Cox 25
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 25
Bonnie Garcia 25
Bob Margett 25
Samuel Aanestad 19
Roy Ashburn 19
James Battin 19
Sam Blakeslee 19
Robert Dutton 19
Bill Emmerson 19
Bill Maze 19
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 19
Roger Niello 19
Keith Stuart Richman 19
George Runner, Jr. 19
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 19
Van Tran 19
Richard Ackerman 13
Gregory Aghazarian 13
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 13
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 13
Ray Haynes, Jr. 13
Guy Houston 13
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 13
Richard Keene 13
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 13
Jay La Suer 13
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 13
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 13
William Phillip Morrow 13
George Plescia 13
Charles Poochigian 13
Sharon Runner 13
Audra Strickland 13
Mike Villines 13
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 13
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 13
Charles DeVore 6
Dennis Hollingsworth 6
Robert Leslie 6
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 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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