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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Race Forward

2009 Positions on Criminal Justice

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 33%
Anthony Adams 67%
Elaine Alquist 100%
Tom Ammiano 100%
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 33%
Juan Arambula 100%
Roy Ashburn 33%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 67%
Bill Berryhill 33%
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 33%
Sam Blakeslee 33%
CA State Senate 39 Martin Block Democratic 67%
CA Council Member 3 Bob Blumenfield No Party Affiliation 100%
Steven Bradford 33%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100%
Joan Buchanan 100%
Anna Caballero 67%
Charles Calderon 100%
Ron Calderon 100%
Amina Carter 100%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo No Party Affiliation 100%
Wesley Chesbro 100%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 33%
Connie Conway 33%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 33%
Ellen Corbett 100%
Lou Correa 33%
Joe Coto 100%
Dave Cox 33%
Mike Davis 100%
Hector De La Torre 100%
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 100%
Charles DeVore 33%
Denise Ducheny 100%
Robert Dutton 33%
Michael Duvall 0%
Bill Emmerson 33%
Mike Eng 100%
Noreen Evans 100%
Mike Feuer 100%
Nathan Fletcher 33%
Dean Florez 67%
Paul Fong 100%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes No Party Affiliation 100%
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 33%
Warren Furutani 100%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 33%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 100%
Martin Garrick 33%
Danny Gilmore 33%
Curt Hagman 33%
CA State Senate 35 Isadore Hall III Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
CA State Board of Equalization Diane Harkey Republican 33%
Tom Harman 33%
Mary Hayashi 100%
CA State Senate 22 Edward Hernandez Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 13 Gerald Hill Democratic 100%
Dennis Hollingsworth 33%
Alyson Huber 67%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 33%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100%
Christine Kehoe 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Steve Knight Republican 33%
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian No Party Affiliation 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%
Dan Logue 33%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
Bonnie Lowenthal 100%
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 100%
Abel Maldonado 67%
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 33%
Jeff Miller 33%
CA State Senate 17 Bill Monning Democratic 100%
Pedro Nava 33%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 100%
Brian Nestande 33%
Roger Niello 67%
CA State Senate 4 Jim Nielsen Republican 33%
Jenny Oropeza 100%
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100%
John Pérez 100%
Manuel Pérez 100%
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 100%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. No Party Affiliation 67%
Gloria Romero 100%
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 33%
Ira Ruskin 100%
Mary Salas 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
Jim Silva 33%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100%
Nancy Skinner 100%
Cameron Smyth 33%
Jose Solorio 100%
Darrell Steinberg 100%
Tony Strickland 33%
Audra Strickland 33%
Sandré Swanson 100%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100%
CA U.S. House 35 Norma Torres Democratic 100%
Alberto Torrico 100%
Van Tran 67%
Mike Villines 33%
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 33%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100%
Roderick Wright 100%
Mark Wyland 33%
Mariko Yamada 100%
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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