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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Capitol Weekly

2008 Positions on Liberal Issues

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

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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