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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Alliance for Retired Americans

2007 Positions on Senior & Retirement Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 31
Richard Ackerman 19
Anthony Adams 50
Gregory Aghazarian 50
Elaine Alquist 100
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 31
Juan Arambula 94
Roy Ashburn 25
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100
James Battin 25
CA State Senate 15 Jim Beall, Jr. Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 44
Patty Berg 100
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 50
Sam Blakeslee 44
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100
Anna Caballero 100
Charles Calderon 88
Ron Calderon 94
Amina Carter 100
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 100
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill 19
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 50
Ellen Corbett 100
Lou Correa 69
Joe Coto 100
Dave Cox 19
Mike Davis 100
Hector De La Torre 100
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 31
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 100
Charles DeVore 25
Denise Ducheny 81
Robert Dutton 13
Michael Duvall 31
Mervyn Dymally 100
Bill Emmerson 50
Mike Eng 100
Noreen Evans 100
Mike Feuer 100
Dean Florez 81
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes 100
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 44
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 40
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 81
Bonnie Garcia 56
Martin Garrick 38
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 94
Tom Harman 13
Mary Hayashi 94
CA State Senate 22 Ed Hernandez Democratic 94
Dennis Hollingsworth 19
Shirley Horton 44
Guy Houston 44
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 25
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries 38
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
Betty Karnette 100
Richard Keene 56
Christine Kehoe 100
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian 100
Sheila Kuehl 100
John Laird 100
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 31
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
Lloyd Levine 100
Sally Lieber 94
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 94
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 94
Michael Machado 75
Abel Maldonado 56
Bob Margett 25
Bill Maze 38
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 13
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 94
Carole Migden 100
Eugene Mullin 100
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 50
Pedro Nava 94
Gloria Negrete McLeod 88
Roger Niello 31
Fabian Núñez 100
Jenny Oropeza 100
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 100
Nicole Parra 94
Don Perata 81
George Plescia 44
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 13
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. 100
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 100
Gloria Romero 94
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 13
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 38
Ira Ruskin 100
CA Mayor At-Large Mary Salas 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Jack Scott 100
Jim Silva 31
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian Democratic 94
Cameron Smyth 36
Jose Solorio 94
Nell Soto 100
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer 50
Darrell Steinberg 100
Audra Strickland 67
Sandré Swanson 100
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100
Alberto Torrico 100
Van Tran 50
Mike Villines 38
Edward Vincent 78
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 19
Patricia Wiggins 88
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100
Mark Wyland 31
Leland Yee 81

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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