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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Communities United Institute

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 100%
Manny Diaz 100%
Marco Antonio Firebaugh 100%
Betty Karnette 100%
Christine Kehoe 100%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 100%
John Longville 100%
Joseph Nation 100%
Simón Salinas 100%
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100%
Richard Alarcón 99%
John Burton 99%
Edward Chavez 99%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 99%
Rebecca Cohn 99%
John Anthony Dutra 99%
Martha Escutia 99%
Jackie Goldberg 99%
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic 99%
Sheila Kuehl 99%
Michael Machado 99%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 99%
Jenny Oropeza 99%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 99%
Don Perata 99%
Gloria Romero 99%
Herb Wesson, Jr. 99%
Patricia Wiggins 99%
Deirdre Alpert 98%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 98%
Liz Figueroa 98%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 98%
Jack Scott 98%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 98%
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 97%
Dario Frommer 97%
Deborah Ortiz 97%
Nell Soto 97%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 96%
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 95%
George Nakano 95%
John Vasconcellos 95%
Joseph Dunn 94%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 94%
Joseph Canciamilla 93%
Kevin Murray 93%
Sarah Reyes 93%
Jerome Horton 92%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 90%
Byron Sher 90%
Barbara Matthews 87%
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 86%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 75%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 71%
Keith Stuart Richman 67%
Dean Florez 66%
Abel Maldonado 66%
Lynn Daucher 53%
Edward Vincent 53%
Ken Maddox 48%
Tom Harman 44%
Robert Pacheco 43%
Ross Johnson 40%
Samuel Aanestad 39%
James Battin 38%
Robert Leslie 38%
Bob Margett 36%
Patricia Bates 35%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 35%
Dave Cox 35%
Jay La Suer 35%
Tony Strickland 35%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 34%
Russell Bogh 32%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 32%
George Runner, Jr. 30%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 29%
James Brulte 28%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 27%
William Phillip Morrow 27%
William Knight 26%
Dennis Hollingsworth 23%
Roy Ashburn 22%
Raymond Haynes, Jr. 21%
Thomas Oller 21%
Richard Ackerman 20%
Charles Poochigian 20%

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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