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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Taxpayers' Association

2006 Positions on Tax and Fiscal Policy

Issues: Taxes
State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 100
Richard Ackerman 100
Gregory Aghazarian 100
Richard Alarcón 38
Elaine Alquist 25
Juan Arambula 44
Roy Ashburn 100
CA Council Member At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 50
James Battin 100
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 100
Patty Berg 20
Rudy Bermúdez 25
Sam Blakeslee 100
Russell Bogh 100
Joseph Canciamilla 77
Edward Chavez 50
Rebecca Cohn 33
Joe Coto 25
Dave Cox 100
Lynn Daucher 100
Hector De La Torre 26
Charles DeVore 100
Denise Ducheny 33
Joseph Dunn 25
Robert Dutton 100
Mervyn Dymally 22
Bill Emmerson 100
Martha Escutia 25
Liz Figueroa 35
Dean Florez 50
Dario Frommer 33
Bonnie Garcia 100
Jackie Goldberg 25
Tom Harman 100
Ray Haynes, Jr. 100
Dennis Hollingsworth 100
Jerome Horton 38
Shirley Horton 94
Guy Houston 100
Betty Karnette 35
Richard Keene 100
Christine Kehoe 31
Johan Klehs 35
Sheila Kuehl 24
John Laird 24
Jay La Suer 100
Robert Leslie 100
Lloyd Levine 25
Sally Lieber 27
Michael Machado 56
Abel Maldonado 100
Bob Margett 100
Barbara Matthews 53
Bill Maze 100
Carole Migden 38
Cindy Montañez 31
William Phillip Morrow 100
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 94
Eugene Mullin 28
Kevin Murray 44
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 100
Joseph Nation 19
Pedro Nava 38
Roger Niello 100
Fabian Núñez 19
Jenny Oropeza 25
Deborah Ortiz 31
Nicole Parra 81
Don Perata 25
George Plescia 100
Charles Poochigian 100
Keith Stuart Richman 100
Gloria Romero 31
George Runner, Jr. 100
Sharon Runner 100
Ira Ruskin 24
Lori Saldaña 20
Simón Salinas 31
Jack Scott 25
Nell Soto 25
Audra Strickland 100
Alberto Torrico 47
Van Tran 100
Thomas Umberg 81
Mike Villines 100
Edward Vincent 25
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 19
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 44
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 45
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 38
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 22
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 38
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 18
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 24
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 24
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 24
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 41
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 20
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 44
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 50
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 50
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 94
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 24
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 25
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 31
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 31
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 24
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 31
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 44
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 30
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 100
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 100
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 100
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 100
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 100
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 100
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 100
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 100
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 100
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 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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