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Rating Group: Capitol Weekly

2008 Positions on Liberal Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 10
Richard Ackerman 2
Anthony Adams 7
Gregory Aghazarian 19
Elaine Alquist 100
CA State Senate 36 Joel Anderson Republican 0
Juan Arambula 59
Roy Ashburn 12
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100
James Battin 0
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 2
Patty Berg 100
CA State Senate 14 Tom Berryhill Republican 10
Sam Blakeslee 2
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100
Anna Caballero 97
Charles Calderon 60
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 67
Amina Carter 82
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 100
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 0
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 19
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 100
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 47
Joe Coto 100
Dave Cox 5
Mike Davis 97
Hector De La Torre 91
CA State Senate 22 Kevin de Leon Democratic 94
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 5
CA State Senate 7 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 100
Charles DeVore 7
Denise Ducheny 73
Robert Dutton 7
Michael Duvall 4
Mervyn Dymally 94
Bill Emmerson 19
Mike Eng 97
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100
Mike Feuer 95
Dean Florez 72
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes Democratic 94
CA State Senate 18 Jean Fuller Republican 2
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 0
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 51
Bonnie Garcia 13
Martin Garrick 2
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100
Tom Harman 5
Mary Hayashi 97
CA State Senate 24 Edward Hernandez Democratic 94
Dennis Hollingsworth 0
Shirley Horton 22
Guy Houston 13
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 12
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100
OR Council Member At-Large Kevin Jeffries 0
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
Betty Karnette 100
Richard Keene 2
Christine Kehoe 100
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian Democratic 97
Sheila Kuehl 95
John Laird 100
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 0
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 97
Lloyd Levine 97
Sally Lieber 100
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 87
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 95
Fiona Ma 100
Michael Machado 67
Abel Maldonado 20
Bob Margett 5
Bill Maze 0
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 5
Tony Mendoza 94
Carole Migden 100
Eugene Mullin 100
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 10
Pedro Nava 94
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 78
Roger Niello 5
Fabian Núñez 94
Jenny Oropeza 89
CA State Senate 20 Alex Padilla Democratic 97
Nicole Parra 52
Don Perata 100
George Plescia 15
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 91
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. Democratic 87
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 97
Gloria Romero 97
George Runner, Jr. 7
Ira Ruskin 97
Mary Salas 94
Lori Saldaña 97
Jack Scott 100
Jim Silva 0
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 94
Cameron Smyth 10
Jose Solorio 92
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 12
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100
Audra Strickland 16
Sandré Swanson 100
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 100
Alberto Torrico 87
Van Tran 5
Mike Villines 0
Edward Vincent 100
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 5
Patricia Wiggins 97
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 91
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 0
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 85

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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