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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Capitol Weekly

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 3%
Anthony Adams 14%
Elaine Alquist 89%
CA State Assembly 17 Tom Ammiano Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 36 Joel Anderson Republican 6%
Juan Arambula 78%
Roy Ashburn 17%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 91%
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 94%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 14%
Bill Berryhill 11%
CA State Senate 14 Tom Berryhill Republican 11%
Sam Blakeslee 19%
CA State Senate 39 Martin Block Democratic 91%
CA Council Member 3 Bob Blumenfield Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 16 Joan Buchanan Democratic 94%
Anna Caballero 83%
Charles Calderon 69%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 64%
Amina Carter 83%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 83%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 94%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 6%
CA State Assembly 26 Connie Conway Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 9%
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 40%
Joe Coto 89%
Dave Cox 17%
Mike Davis 79%
Hector De La Torre 91%
CA State Senate 22 Kevin de Leon Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 17%
CA State Senate 7 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 91%
Charles DeVore 12%
Denise Ducheny 89%
Robert Dutton 6%
Bill Emmerson 17%
Mike Eng 94%
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 94%
Mike Feuer 100%
Nathan Fletcher 25%
Dean Florez 85%
CA State Assembly 28 Paul Fong Democratic 94%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes Democratic 77%
CA State Senate 18 Jean Fuller Republican 11%
Warren Furutani 94%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 6%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 54%
Martin Garrick 20%
Danny Gilmore 17%
CA State Assembly 55 Curt Hagman Republican 9%
CA State Assembly 64 Isadore Hall III Democratic 69%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 73 Diane Harkey Republican 3%
Tom Harman 12%
Mary Hayashi 89%
CA State Senate 24 Edward Hernandez Democratic 78%
CA State Senate 13 Gerald Hill Democratic 94%
Dennis Hollingsworth 6%
Alyson Huber 42%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 9%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 94%
Christine Kehoe 100%
CA State Senate 21 Steve Knight Republican 3%
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian Democratic 97%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 89%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 91%
CA State Assembly 3 Dan Logue Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 70 Bonnie Lowenthal Democratic 100%
Fiona Ma 89%
Abel Maldonado 55%
Tony Mendoza 80%
Jeff Miller 9%
CA State Senate 17 Bill Monning Democratic 100%
Pedro Nava 100%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 49%
CA State Assembly 42 Brian Nestande Republican 14%
Roger Niello 11%
CA State Senate 4 Jim Nielsen Republican 17%
Jenny Oropeza 71%
CA State Senate 20 Alex Padilla Democratic 83%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 53 John Pérez Democratic 94%
CA State Assembly 56 Manuel Pérez Democratic 69%
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 94%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. Democratic 89%
Gloria Romero 89%
George Runner, Jr. 3%
Ira Ruskin 94%
Mary Salas 100%
Lori Saldaña 97%
Jim Silva 3%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 15 Nancy Skinner Democratic 100%
Cameron Smyth 14%
Jose Solorio 72%
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 74%
Tony Strickland 20%
Audra Strickland 11%
Sandré Swanson 89%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 89%
CA State Senate 32 Norma Torres Democratic 85%
Alberto Torrico 94%
Van Tran 20%
Mike Villines 0%
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 6%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 94%
CA State Senate 35 Roderick Wright Democratic 53%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 17%
CA State Assembly 4 Mariko Yamada Democratic 97%
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 94%

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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