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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

2007 Positions

Issues: Taxes
State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 99
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 3.7
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 97.1
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 92
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 98.1
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 3.4
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 4.5
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 11.9
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 3.3
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 100
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 8.6
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 97.9
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 5.7
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 55.4
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 96.8
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 3.6
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 4.7
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 4.8
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 98.5
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 93.5
CA State Senate 22 Edward Hernandez Democratic 8.2
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 3.5
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 97.8
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 7.5
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 98.5
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 7
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 5.1
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries 96.8
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 5.5
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 95.9
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 96.7
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian Democratic 9.1
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo No Party Affiliation 4.5
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian No Party Affiliation 4.6
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 96.3
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes No Party Affiliation 7.5
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. No Party Affiliation 6
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 96.8
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 4.5
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 4.1
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 93.7
Samuel Aanestad 90.2
Richard Ackerman 100
Anthony Adams 95.7
Gregory Aghazarian 92.7
Elaine Alquist 6
Juan Arambula 7.4
Roy Ashburn 97.4
James Battin 75.8
Patty Berg 4.6
Sam Blakeslee 93.8
Anna Caballero 4.4
Charles Calderon 10.7
Ron Calderon 13.6
Amina Carter 7.4
Ellen Corbett 4.1
Lou Correa 59.4
Joe Coto 4.5
Dave Cox 95.8
Mike Davis 4.9
Hector De La Torre 6.3
Charles DeVore 96.8
Denise Ducheny 23
Robert Dutton 93.4
Michael Duvall 97.4
Mervyn Dymally 7.7
Bill Emmerson 94.5
Mike Eng 7.6
Noreen Evans 4.5
Mike Feuer 4.3
Dean Florez 11.1
Bonnie Garcia 93.4
Martin Garrick 97.5
Tom Harman 97.9
Mary Hayashi 6.1
Dennis Hollingsworth 99
Shirley Horton 89.1
Guy Houston 94.2
Betty Karnette 4.2
Richard Keene 98.7
Christine Kehoe 6.8
Sheila Kuehl 6.3
John Laird 3.5
Lloyd Levine 6.1
Sally Lieber 3.3
Michael Machado 21.9
Abel Maldonado 85.4
Bob Margett 88.5
Bill Maze 95.9
Carole Migden 10.3
Eugene Mullin 7.5
Pedro Nava 5.1
Gloria Negrete McLeod 19.9
Roger Niello 98.4
Fabian Núñez 4.1
Jenny Oropeza 9.7
Nicole Parra 24.6
Don Perata 10
George Plescia 96.1
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 4.9
Laura Richardson 31.2
Gloria Romero 8.7
Ira Ruskin 1.8
Mary Salas 7.5
Lori Saldaña 3.5
Jack Scott 12
Jim Silva 94.8
Cameron Smyth 95.2
Jose Solorio 5.7
Nell Soto 23.6
Darrell Steinberg 3
Audra Strickland 77.8
Sandré Swanson 7.5
Alberto Torrico 8.7
Van Tran 93.5
Mike Villines 99.1
Edward Vincent 21.6
Patricia Wiggins 14.3
Mark Wyland 98.9
Leland Yee 6

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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