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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 Mayor Pro Tempore At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 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 94%
Edward Chavez 100%
Wesley Chesbro 100%
David Cogdill 25%
Rebecca Cohn 94%
Joe Coto 100%
Dave Cox 17%
Lynn Daucher 31%
Hector De La Torre 100%
Charles DeVore 22%
Denise Ducheny 94%
Joe 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%
Tom Harman 25%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 11%
Dennis Hollingsworth 0%
Jerome Horton 94%
Shirley Horton 58%
Guy Houston 25%
Dave Jones 97%
Betty Karnette 100%
Richard Keene 31%
Christine Kehoe 100%
Johan Klehs 100%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz 100%
Sheila Kuehl 97%
John Laird 100%
Jay La Suer 22%
Robert Leslie 19%
Lloyd Levine 100%
Sally Lieber 100%
Michael Machado 72%
Abel Maldonado 56%
Bob Margett 24%
Barbara Matthews 83%
Bill Maze 14%
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%
Don Perata 94%
George Plescia 25%
Charles Poochigian 17%
Keith Stuart Richman 44%
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 100%
Gloria Romero 97%
George Runner, Jr. 14%
Sharon Runner 25%
Ira Ruskin 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
Simón Salinas 100%
Jack Scott 100%
Nell Soto 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer 36%
Audra Strickland 17%
Alberto Torrico 100%
Van Tran 39%
Thomas Umberg 100%
Mike Villines 19%
Edward Vincent 88%
Mark Wyland 25%
Leland Yee 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 89%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 94%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 92%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan No Party Affiliation 100%
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 94%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 36%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 28%
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 14%

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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