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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

2005 Positions

Issues: Taxes
State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 91
Richard Ackerman 96
Gregory Aghazarian 94
Richard Alarcón 7
Elaine Alquist 12
Juan Arambula 27
Roy Ashburn 87
CA Council Member At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 14
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 7
James Battin 92
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 94
Patty Berg 7
Rudy Bermúdez 8
Sam Blakeslee 93
Russell Bogh 96
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 21
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 16
Joseph Canciamilla 29
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 12
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 6
Edward Chavez 13
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 6
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 11
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 94
Rebecca Cohn 10
Joe Coto 13
Dave Cox 95
Lynn Daucher 91
Hector De La Torre 7
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 96
Charles DeVore 100
Denise Ducheny 16
Joseph Dunn 8
Robert Dutton 94
Mervyn Dymally 9
Bill Emmerson 91
Martha Escutia 9
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 10
Liz Figueroa 7
Dean Florez 16
Dario Frommer 10
Bonnie Garcia 86
Jackie Goldberg 9
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 6
Tom Harman 96
Ray Haynes, Jr. 95
Dennis Hollingsworth 99
Jerome Horton 14
Shirley Horton 93
Guy Houston 91
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 93
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 12
Betty Karnette 7
Richard Keene 96
Christine Kehoe 6
Johan Klehs 10
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 8
Sheila Kuehl 3
John Laird 8
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 96
Jay La Suer 90
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 7
Robert Leslie 89
Lloyd Levine 9
Sally Lieber 13
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 8
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 5
Michael Machado 22
Abel Maldonado 85
Bob Margett 84
Barbara Matthews 12
Bill Maze 94
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 92
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 100
Carole Migden 9
Cindy Montañez 9
William Phillip Morrow 89
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 98
Eugene Mullin 7
Kevin Murray 15
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 86
Joseph Nation 7
Pedro Nava 6
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 29
Roger Niello 92
Fabian Núñez 7
Jenny Oropeza 11
Deborah Ortiz 5
Nicole Parra 26
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 6
Don Perata 10
George Plescia 96
Charles Poochigian 94
Keith Stuart Richman 85
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 7
Gloria Romero 11
George Runner, Jr. 86
Sharon Runner 91
Ira Ruskin 7
Lori Saldaña 7
Simón Salinas 7
Jack Scott 16
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 8
Nell Soto 6
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 12
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 90
Audra Strickland 97
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 6
Alberto Torrico 13
Van Tran 91
Thomas Umberg 36
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 8
Mike Villines 98
Edward Vincent 12
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 95
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 7
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 98
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 7

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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