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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Advocacy Institute

2005 Positions on Child and Youth Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
Richard Alarcón 95
Elaine Alquist 95
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 95
Patty Berg 95
Rudy Bermúdez 95
Charles Calderon 95
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 95
Edward Chavez 95
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 95
Rebecca Cohn 95
Hector De La Torre 95
Joseph Dunn 95
Mervyn Dymally 95
Noreen Evans 95
Dario Frommer 95
Jackie Goldberg 95
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 95
CA State Board of Equalization Jerome Horton Democratic 95
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 95
Betty Karnette 95
Christine Kehoe 95
Johan Klehs 95
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz No Party Affiliation 95
John Laird 95
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 95
Lloyd Levine 95
Sally Lieber 95
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 95
Cindy Montañez 95
Eugene Mullin 95
Joseph Nation 95
Pedro Nava 95
Fabian Núñez 95
Deborah Ortiz 95
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 95
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 95
Ira Ruskin 95
Lori Saldaña 95
Simón Salinas 95
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 95
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 95
Alberto Torrico 95
Thomas Umberg 95
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 95
Leland Yee 95
CA Council Member At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 90
Debra Bowen 90
Joe Coto 90
Martha Escutia 90
Sheila Kuehl 90
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 90
Barbara Matthews 90
Carole Migden 90
Gloria Romero 90
Jack Scott 90
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 90
Wesley Chesbro 85
Denise Ducheny 85
Liz Figueroa 85
Gloria Negrete McLeod 85
Jenny Oropeza 85
Nicole Parra 85
Don Perata 85
Nell Soto 85
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 85
Edward Vincent 85
Juan Arambula 80
Joseph Canciamilla 80
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo No Party Affiliation 80
Dean Florez 80
Michael Machado 80
Shirley Horton 75
Abel Maldonado 75
Bonnie Garcia 70
Keith Stuart Richman 65
Van Tran 55
Sam Blakeslee 50
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 50
Lynn Daucher 45
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 45
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 45
Gregory Aghazarian 40
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 40
Bill Emmerson 35
Richard Keene 35
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 35
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 35
James Battin 30
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 30
Russell Bogh 30
Tom Harman 30
Kevin Murray 30
George Plescia 30
Mike Villines 30
Mark Wyland 30
Richard Ackerman 25
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 25
Charles DeVore 25
Robert Dutton 25
Guy Houston 25
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 25
Jay La Suer 25
Robert Leslie 25
Bob Margett 25
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 25
Charles Poochigian 25
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 25
Audra Strickland 25
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 25
Samuel Aanestad 20
Roy Ashburn 20
John Campbell III 20
Dave Cox 20
Bill Maze 20
Roger Niello 20
Ray Haynes, Jr. 15
Dennis Hollingsworth 15
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 10
William Phillip Morrow 10

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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