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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Communities United Institute

2007 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 100
Patty Berg 100
Anna Caballero 100
Joe Coto 100
CA State Senate 22 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100
Mervyn Dymally 100
Mike Eng 100
Mike Feuer 100
CA State Senate 24 Edward Hernandez Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
Betty Karnette 100
John Laird 100
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
Eugene Mullin 100
Pedro Nava 100
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 100
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. Democratic 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Jose Solorio 100
Sandré Swanson 100
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100
Elaine Alquist 99
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 99
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 99
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 99
Mike Davis 99
CA State Senate 7 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 99
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes Democratic 99
Mary Hayashi 99
Christine Kehoe 99
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian Democratic 99
Fiona Ma 99
Carole Migden 99
Fabian Núñez 99
CA State Senate 20 Alex Padilla Democratic 99
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 99
Ira Ruskin 99
Alberto Torrico 99
Amina Carter 98
Hector De La Torre 98
Sheila Kuehl 98
Lloyd Levine 98
Tony Mendoza 98
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 98
Gloria Romero 98
Jack Scott 98
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 98
Leland Yee 98
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 97
Sally Lieber 97
Jenny Oropeza 97
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 97
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 97
Patricia Wiggins 97
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 96
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 96
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 96
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 96
Don Perata 96
Mary Salas 96
Charles Calderon 95
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 93
Michael Machado 90
Juan Arambula 89
Nicole Parra 87
Denise Ducheny 85
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 84
Edward Vincent 76
Nell Soto 72
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 68
Dean Florez 67
Bonnie Garcia 45
Audra Strickland 41
Shirley Horton 39
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 38
Anthony Adams 37
Sam Blakeslee 36
Abel Maldonado 36
Bill Emmerson 34
James Battin 33
Van Tran 33
Gregory Aghazarian 31
Sharon Runner 31
George Plescia 30
Charles DeVore 29
Jim Silva 29
Cameron Smyth 29
CA State Senate 14 Tom Berryhill Republican 28
Richard Keene 28
Bill Maze 28
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 28
Michael Duvall 27
CA State Senate 18 Jean Fuller Republican 27
Guy Houston 27
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 27
Roger Niello 27
Mike Villines 27
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 26
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 26
Martin Garrick 25
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 24
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 24
Bob Margett 23
Roy Ashburn 22
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 22
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 22
George Runner, Jr. 20
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 20
CA State Senate 36 Joel Anderson Republican 19
Robert Dutton 18
Samuel Aanestad 17
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 17
Richard Ackerman 16
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 16
Dave Cox 16
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 16
Tom Harman 15
Dennis Hollingsworth 13

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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