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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Race Forward

2006 Positions on Racial Justice

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 15
Richard Ackerman 10
Gregory Aghazarian 26
Richard Alarcón 100
Elaine Alquist 100
Juan Arambula 100
Roy Ashburn 10
CA Mayor Pro Tempore At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100
James Battin 15
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 15
Patty Berg 100
Rudy Bermúdez 100
Sam Blakeslee 25
Russell Bogh 20
Debra Bowen 100
Ron Calderon 90
Joseph Canciamilla 80
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 85
Edward Chavez 100
Wesley Chesbro 100
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill 15
Rebecca Cohn 95
Joe Coto 100
Dave Cox 15
Lynn Daucher 55
Hector De La Torre 100
Charles DeVore 20
Denise Ducheny 95
Joseph Dunn 100
Robert Dutton 15
Mervyn Dymally 95
Bill Emmerson 25
Martha Escutia 100
Noreen Evans 100
Liz Figueroa 100
Dean Florez 90
Dario Frommer 100
Bonnie Garcia 53
Jackie Goldberg 100
Tom Harman 21
Ray Haynes, Jr. 6
Dennis Hollingsworth 10
Shirley Horton 45
Guy Houston 20
Betty Karnette 95
Richard Keene 20
Christine Kehoe 95
Johan Klehs 95
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz 90
Sheila Kuehl 100
John Laird 100
Jay La Suer 10
Robert Leslie 15
Lloyd Levine 100
Sally Lieber 100
Michael Machado 75
Abel Maldonado 37
Bob Margett 20
Barbara Matthews 90
Bill Maze 15
Carole Migden 95
Cindy Montañez 100
William Phillip Morrow 5
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 15
Eugene Mullin 100
Kevin Murray 85
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 30
Joseph Nation 95
Pedro Nava 100
Gloria Negrete McLeod 100
Roger Niello 20
Fabian Núñez 100
Jenny Oropeza 100
Deborah Ortiz 100
Nicole Parra 95
Don Perata 70
George Plescia 20
Charles Poochigian 5
Keith Stuart Richman 30
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 100
Gloria Romero 100
Ira Ruskin 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Simón Salinas 100
Jack Scott 95
Nell Soto 95
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer 26
Audra Strickland 20
Alberto Torrico 100
Van Tran 40
Thomas Umberg 95
Mike Villines 20
Edward Vincent 100
Mark Wyland 20
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 Board of Equalization Jerome Horton Democratic 100
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 100
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 95
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 95
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan No Party Affiliation 100
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 100
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 40
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 20
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 20
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 20
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 10
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 10
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 20
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 11

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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