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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Advocacy Institute

2007 Positions on Child and Youth Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 42
Richard Ackerman 46
Anthony Adams 67
Gregory Aghazarian 79
Elaine Alquist 96
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 58
Juan Arambula 96
Roy Ashburn 46
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 88
James Battin 42
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 96
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 63
Patty Berg 96
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 67
Sam Blakeslee 79
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 96
Anna Caballero 96
Charles Calderon 92
Ron Calderon 83
Amina Carter 92
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo No Party Affiliation 92
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 46
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 71
Ellen Corbett 79
Lou Correa 88
Joe Coto 96
Dave Cox 46
Mike Davis 92
Hector De La Torre 92
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 92
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 54
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 96
Charles DeVore 63
Denise Ducheny 96
Robert Dutton 50
Michael Duvall 54
Mervyn Dymally 96
Bill Emmerson 63
Mike Eng 96
Noreen Evans 96
Mike Feuer 96
Dean Florez 92
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes No Party Affiliation 96
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 67
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 63
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 83
Bonnie Garcia 79
Martin Garrick 63
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 92
Tom Harman 50
Mary Hayashi 96
CA State Senate 22 Edward Hernandez Democratic 96
Dennis Hollingsworth 42
Shirley Horton 79
Guy Houston 71
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 58
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 96
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 63
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 96
Betty Karnette 96
Richard Keene 71
Christine Kehoe 96
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian No Party Affiliation 96
Sheila Kuehl 96
John Laird 96
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 58
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 96
Lloyd Levine 92
Sally Lieber 92
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 96
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 88
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 96
Michael Machado 88
Abel Maldonado 79
Bob Margett 54
Bill Maze 58
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 50
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 92
Carole Migden 96
Eugene Mullin 96
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 63
Pedro Nava 92
Gloria Negrete McLeod 88
Roger Niello 67
Fabian Núñez 88
Jenny Oropeza 96
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 96
Nicole Parra 96
Don Perata 83
George Plescia 63
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 92
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. No Party Affiliation 96
Laura Richardson 38
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 88
Gloria Romero 96
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 38
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 50
Ira Ruskin 96
Mary Salas 96
Lori Saldaña 96
Jack Scott 92
Jim Silva 58
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 92
Cameron Smyth 54
Jose Solorio 92
Nell Soto 79
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 67
Darrell Steinberg 96
Audra Strickland 13
Sandré Swanson 92
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 92
Alberto Torrico 92
Van Tran 67
Mike Villines 63
Edward Vincent 42
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 54
Patricia Wiggins 88
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 96
Mark Wyland 50
Leland Yee 92

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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