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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Capitol Weekly

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Tom Ammiano 100%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100%
Ellen Corbett 100%
Mike Feuer 100%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
Christine Kehoe 100%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
Bonnie Lowenthal 100%
CA State Senate 17 Bill Monning Democratic 100%
Pedro Nava 100%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100%
CA Mayor At-Large Mary Salas 100%
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 100%
Nancy Skinner 100%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian 97%
Lori Saldaña 97%
Mariko Yamada 97%
CA State Senate 15 Jim Beall, Jr. Democratic 94%
CA Council Member 3 Bob Blumenfield 94%
Joan Buchanan 94%
Wesley Chesbro 94%
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 94%
Mike Eng 94%
Noreen Evans 94%
Paul Fong 94%
Warren Furutani 94%
CA State Senate 13 Gerald Hill Democratic 94%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 94%
John Pérez 94%
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 94%
Ira Ruskin 94%
Alberto Torrico 94%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 94%
Leland Yee 94%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 91%
CA State Senate 39 Martin Block Democratic 91%
Hector De La Torre 91%
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 91%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 91%
Elaine Alquist 89%
Joe Coto 89%
Denise Ducheny 89%
Mary Hayashi 89%
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 89%
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 89%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. 89%
Gloria Romero 89%
Sandré Swanson 89%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 89%
Dean Florez 85%
CA U.S. House 35 Norma Torres Democratic 85%
Anna Caballero 83%
Amina Carter 83%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 83%
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 83%
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 80%
Mike Davis 79%
Juan Arambula 78%
CA State Senate 22 Ed Hernandez Democratic 78%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes 77%
Darrell Steinberg 74%
Jose Solorio 72%
Jenny Oropeza 71%
Charles Calderon 69%
CA State Senate 35 Isadore Hall III Democratic 69%
Manuel Pérez 69%
Ron Calderon 64%
Abel Maldonado 55%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 54%
Roderick Wright 53%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 49%
Alyson Huber 42%
Lou Correa 40%
Nathan Fletcher 25%
Martin Garrick 20%
Tony Strickland 20%
Van Tran 20%
Sam Blakeslee 19%
Roy Ashburn 17%
Dave Cox 17%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 17%
Bill Emmerson 17%
Danny Gilmore 17%
CA State Senate 4 Jim Nielsen Republican 17%
Mark Wyland 17%
Anthony Adams 14%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 14%
Brian Nestande 14%
Cameron Smyth 14%
Charles DeVore 12%
Tom Harman 12%
Bill Berryhill 11%
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 11%
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 11%
Roger Niello 11%
Audra Strickland 11%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 9%
CA Supervisor 4 Curt Hagman 9%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 9%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries 9%
Jeff Miller 9%
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 6%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill 6%
Connie Conway 6%
Robert Dutton 6%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 6%
Dennis Hollingsworth 6%
Dan Logue 6%
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 6%
Samuel Aanestad 3%
CA State Board of Equalization Diane Harkey Republican 3%
CA U.S. House 25 Steve Knight Republican 3%
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 3%
Jim Silva 3%
Mike Villines 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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