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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Race Forward

2005 Positions on Racial Justice

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 8
Richard Ackerman 11
Gregory Aghazarian 28
Richard Alarcón 97
Elaine Alquist 100
Juan Arambula 86
Roy Ashburn 11
CA Council Member At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100
James Battin 14
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 25
Patty Berg 100
Rudy Bermúdez 100
Sam Blakeslee 39
Russell Bogh 28
Debra Bowen 94
Ron Calderon 100
John Campbell III 8
Joseph Canciamilla 72
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo No Party Affiliation 94
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 100
Edward Chavez 100
Wesley Chesbro 100
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 25
Rebecca Cohn 94
Joe Coto 100
Dave Cox 17
Lynn Daucher 31
Hector De La Torre 100
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 36
Charles DeVore 22
Denise Ducheny 94
Joseph Dunn 100
Robert Dutton 12
Mervyn Dymally 97
Bill Emmerson 22
Martha Escutia 94
Noreen Evans 100
Liz Figueroa 94
Dean Florez 89
Dario Frommer 97
Bonnie Garcia 58
Jackie Goldberg 100
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100
Tom Harman 25
Ray Haynes, Jr. 11
Dennis Hollingsworth 0
CA State Board of Equalization Jerome Horton Democratic 94
Shirley Horton 58
Guy Houston 25
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 28
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 97
Betty Karnette 100
Richard Keene 31
Christine Kehoe 100
Johan Klehs 100
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz No Party Affiliation 100
Sheila Kuehl 97
John Laird 100
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 19
Jay La Suer 22
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
Robert Leslie 19
Lloyd Levine 100
Sally Lieber 100
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100
Michael Machado 72
Abel Maldonado 56
Bob Margett 24
Barbara Matthews 83
Bill Maze 14
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 25
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 6
Carole Migden 97
Cindy Montañez 100
William Phillip Morrow 11
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 11
Eugene Mullin 100
Kevin Murray 57
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 25
Joseph Nation 94
Pedro Nava 100
Gloria Negrete McLeod 94
Roger Niello 25
Fabian Núñez 100
Jenny Oropeza 89
Deborah Ortiz 92
Nicole Parra 83
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100
Don Perata 94
George Plescia 25
Charles Poochigian 17
Keith Stuart Richman 44
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 100
Gloria Romero 97
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 14
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 25
Ira Ruskin 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Simón Salinas 100
Jack Scott 100
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 94
Nell Soto 100
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 86
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 36
Audra Strickland 17
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 92
Alberto Torrico 100
Van Tran 39
Thomas Umberg 100
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 89
Mike Villines 19
Edward Vincent 88
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 14
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 94
Mark Wyland 25
Leland Yee 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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