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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 96
Richard Ackerman 95
Gregory Aghazarian 92
Richard Alarcón 14
Roy Ashburn 89
James Battin 95
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 96
Patty Berg 6
Rudy Bermúdez 16
Russell Bogh 92
Joseph Canciamilla 34
Edward Chavez 21
Rebecca Cohn 13
Dave Cox 94
Lynn Daucher 94
Denise Ducheny 25
Joseph Dunn 6
Robert Dutton 97
Mervyn Dymally 4
Martha Escutia 11
Liz Figueroa 10
Dean Florez 28
Dario Frommer 16
Bonnie Garcia 86
Jackie Goldberg 2
Tom Harman 95
Ray Haynes, Jr. 90
Dennis Hollingsworth 100
Jerome Horton 24
Shirley Horton 85
Guy Houston 97
Richard Keene 97
Christine Kehoe 9
Sheila Kuehl 3
John Laird 9
Jay La Suer 95
Robert Leslie 93
Lloyd Levine 15
Sally Lieber 5
Michael Machado 31
Abel Maldonado 62
Bob Margett 87
Barbara Matthews 52
Bill Maze 95
Cindy Montañez 9
William Phillip Morrow 80
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 97
Eugene Mullin 8
Kevin Murray 12
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 91
Joseph Nation 8
Fabian Núñez 5
Jenny Oropeza 12
Deborah Ortiz 17
Nicole Parra 33
Don Perata 13
George Plescia 94
Charles Poochigian 81
Keith Stuart Richman 83
Gloria Romero 12
Sharon Runner 98
Simón Salinas 13
Jack Scott 25
Nell Soto 9
Audra Strickland 94
Edward Vincent 25
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 20
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 19
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 13
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 7
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 9
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 5
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 1
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 18
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 5
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 19
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 5
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 21
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 7
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 7
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 10
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 17
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 9
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 10
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 20
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 17
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 96
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 99
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 92
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 96
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 99
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 100
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 94
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 96

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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