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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Communities United Institute

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 20%
Richard Ackerman 15%
Gregory Aghazarian 27%
Richard Alarcón 98%
Deirdre Alpert 98%
Roy Ashburn 18%
Pat Bates 23%
James Battin 21%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 29%
Patty Berg 100%
Rudy Bermúdez 100%
Russell Bogh 25%
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 92%
James Brulte 13%
John Burton 100%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 21%
Joseph Canciamilla 92%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 99%
Edward Chavez 98%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 25%
Rebecca Cohn 97%
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 82%
Dave Cox 21%
Lynn Daucher 51%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 22%
Manny Diaz 98%
Denise Ducheny 92%
Joseph Dunn 96%
John Anthony Dutra 100%
Robert Dutton 28%
Mervyn Dymally 100%
Martha Escutia 99%
Liz Figueroa 98%
Marco Antonio Firebaugh 73%
Dean Florez 76%
Dario Frommer 99%
Bonnie Garcia 44%
Jackie Goldberg 98%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
Tom Harman 30%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 22%
Dennis Hollingsworth 15%
Jerome Horton 91%
Shirley Horton 51%
Guy Houston 31%
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic 99%
Ross Johnson 39%
Betty Karnette 100%
Richard Keene 22%
Christine Kehoe 100%
William Knight 18%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 96%
Sheila Kuehl 100%
John Laird 100%
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 20%
Jay La Suer 25%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
Robert Leslie 28%
Lloyd Levine 100%
Sally Lieber 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 98%
John Longville 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 99%
Michael Machado 98%
Ken Maddox 34%
Abel Maldonado 46%
Bob Margett 26%
Barbara Matthews 75%
Bill Maze 27%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 21%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 52%
Cindy Montañez 99%
William Phillip Morrow 23%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 16%
Eugene Mullin 100%
Kevin Murray 98%
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 33%
George Nakano 93%
Joseph Nation 100%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 100%
Fabian Núñez 100%
Thomas Oller 19%
Jenny Oropeza 92%
Deborah Ortiz 94%
Robert Pacheco 30%
Nicole Parra 81%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 99%
Don Perata 100%
George Plescia 31%
Charles Poochigian 16%
Sarah Reyes 87%
Keith Stuart Richman 56%
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 100%
Gloria Romero 96%
Sharon Runner 23%
Simón Salinas 97%
Steve Samuelian 23%
Jack Scott 99%
Byron Sher 99%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 99%
Nell Soto 98%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 95%
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 44%
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100%
Tony Strickland 24%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100%
John Vasconcellos 93%
Edward Vincent 88%
Herb Wesson, Jr. 98%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 99%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 27%
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 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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