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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Communities United Institute

2006 Positions on Underrepresented Group Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
Elaine Alquist 100
CA Mayor Pro Tempore At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100
Edward Chavez 100
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100
Noreen Evans 100
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
Sheila Kuehl 100
John Laird 100
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
Sally Lieber 100
Cindy Montañez 100
Gloria Negrete McLeod 100
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 100
Ira Ruskin 100
Simón Salinas 100
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100
Leland Yee 100
Patty Berg 99
Rudy Bermúdez 99
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 99
Joe Coto 99
Hector De La Torre 99
Mervyn Dymally 99
Liz Figueroa 99
Dario Frommer 99
Jackie Goldberg 99
Betty Karnette 99
Johan Klehs 99
Lloyd Levine 99
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 99
Joseph Nation 99
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 99
Lori Saldaña 99
Jack Scott 99
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian Democratic 99
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 99
Edward Vincent 99
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 99
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 98
Wesley Chesbro 98
Rebecca Cohn 98
Christine Kehoe 98
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 98
Eugene Mullin 98
Pedro Nava 98
Fabian Núñez 98
Nell Soto 98
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 97
Jenny Oropeza 97
Alberto Torrico 97
Richard Alarcón 96
Joseph Dunn 96
Martha Escutia 96
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz 96
Carole Migden 96
Gloria Romero 96
Debra Bowen 95
Charles Calderon 95
Ron Calderon 95
Kevin Murray 95
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 95
Juan Arambula 94
Denise Ducheny 94
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 93
CA State Board of Equalization Jerome Horton Democratic 93
Barbara Matthews 93
Deborah Ortiz 93
Joseph Canciamilla 92
Don Perata 92
Thomas Umberg 92
Michael Machado 89
Nicole Parra 87
Dean Florez 76
Bonnie Garcia 48
Lynn Daucher 39
Keith Stuart Richman 39
Shirley Horton 38
Abel Maldonado 31
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 30
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 28
Van Tran 28
Gregory Aghazarian 24
Bill Emmerson 23
Mark Wyland 23
Sam Blakeslee 22
Guy Houston 21
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer 21
James Battin 20
Bob Margett 20
Charles DeVore 19
Roger Niello 19
Charles Poochigian 19
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 19
Audra Strickland 19
Tom Harman 18
Roy Ashburn 17
Richard Keene 17
Russell Bogh 16
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill 16
Robert Dutton 16
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 16
William Phillip Morrow 16
George Plescia 16
Mike Villines 16
Dave Cox 15
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 15
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 14
Robert Leslie 14
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 14
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 14
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 14
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 13
Bill Maze 13
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 13
Samuel Aanestad 12
Richard Ackerman 12
Jay La Suer 12
Dennis Hollingsworth 10
Ray Haynes, Jr. 7

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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