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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Communities United Institute

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 39%
Richard Ackerman 20%
Richard Alarcón 99%
Deirdre Alpert 98%
Roy Ashburn 22%
CA State Senate 36 Pat Bates Republican 35%
James Battin 38%
Russell Bogh 32%
Debra Bowen 95%
James Brulte 28%
John Burton 99%
Ron Calderon 90%
John Campbell III 32%
Joseph Canciamilla 93%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 75%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 100%
Edward Chavez 99%
Wesley Chesbro 99%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 98%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill 35%
Rebecca Cohn 99%
Ellen Corbett 97%
Lou Correa 86%
Dave Cox 35%
Lynn Daucher 53%
Manny Diaz 100%
Joseph Dunn 94%
John Anthony Dutra 99%
Martha Escutia 99%
Liz Figueroa 98%
Marco Antonio Firebaugh 100%
Dean Florez 66%
Dario Frommer 97%
Jackie Goldberg 99%
Tom Harman 44%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 21%
Dennis Hollingsworth 23%
CA State Board of Equalization Jerome Horton Democratic 92%
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic 99%
Ross Johnson 40%
Betty Karnette 100%
Christine Kehoe 100%
William Knight 26%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz 100%
Sheila Kuehl 99%
Jay La Suer 35%
Robert Leslie 38%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 98%
John Longville 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 96%
Michael Machado 99%
Ken Maddox 48%
Abel Maldonado 66%
Bob Margett 36%
Barbara Matthews 87%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 27%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 71%
William Phillip Morrow 27%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 29%
Kevin Murray 93%
George Nakano 95%
Joseph Nation 100%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 99%
Thomas Oller 21%
Jenny Oropeza 99%
Deborah Ortiz 97%
Robert Pacheco 43%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 99%
Don Perata 99%
Charles Poochigian 20%
Sarah Reyes 93%
Keith Stuart Richman 67%
Gloria Romero 99%
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 30%
Simón Salinas 100%
Jack Scott 98%
Byron Sher 90%
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian Democratic 98%
Nell Soto 97%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 96%
Darrell Steinberg 100%
Tony Strickland 35%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 94%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 98%
John Vasconcellos 95%
Edward Vincent 53%
Herb Wesson, Jr. 99%
Patricia Wiggins 99%
Mark Wyland 34%

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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