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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Lambda Letters Project

2005 Minority Rights Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 17%
Richard Ackerman 19%
Gregory Aghazarian 24%
Richard Alarcón 90%
Elaine Alquist 100%
Juan Arambula 84%
Roy Ashburn 26%
CA Council Member At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 98%
James Battin 21%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 18%
Patty Berg 100%
Rudy Bermúdez 100%
Sam Blakeslee 20%
Russell Bogh 32%
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 93%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 21%
Joseph Canciamilla 78%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 95%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 100%
Edward Chavez 98%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 16%
Rebecca Cohn 100%
Joe Coto 98%
Dave Cox 29%
Lynn Daucher 28%
Hector De La Torre 100%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 55%
Charles DeVore 24%
Denise Ducheny 90%
Joseph Dunn 100%
Robert Dutton 24%
Mervyn Dymally 98%
Bill Emmerson 20%
Martha Escutia 90%
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100%
Liz Figueroa 98%
Dean Florez 90%
Dario Frommer 96%
Bonnie Garcia 58%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
Tom Harman 22%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 10%
Dennis Hollingsworth 17%
Jerome Horton 94%
Shirley Horton 54%
Guy Houston 16%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 20%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100%
Betty Karnette 98%
Richard Keene 22%
Christine Kehoe 98%
Johan Klehs 100%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 100%
Sheila Kuehl 93%
John Laird 100%
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 12%
Jay La Suer 20%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
Robert Leslie 24%
Lloyd Levine 98%
Sally Lieber 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 95%
Michael Machado 83%
Abel Maldonado 57%
Bob Margett 24%
Barbara Matthews 80%
Bill Maze 10%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 16%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 29%
Carole Migden 98%
Cindy Montañez 98%
William Phillip Morrow 29%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 6%
Eugene Mullin 98%
Kevin Murray 76%
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 26%
Joseph Nation 98%
Pedro Nava 98%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 100%
Roger Niello 14%
Fabian Núñez 100%
Jenny Oropeza 96%
Deborah Ortiz 93%
Nicole Parra 84%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 98%
Don Perata 98%
George Plescia 24%
Charles Poochigian 38%
Keith Stuart Richman 36%
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 98%
Gloria Romero 95%
George Runner, Jr. 19%
Sharon Runner 18%
Ira Ruskin 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
Simón Salinas 100%
Jack Scott 93%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 95%
Nell Soto 98%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 90%
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 36%
Audra Strickland 16%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 95%
Alberto Torrico 98%
Van Tran 44%
Thomas Umberg 98%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100%
Mike Villines 14%
Edward Vincent 88%
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 14%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 92%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 20%
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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