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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

2008 Positions

Issues: Taxes
State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 10.6
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 81.4
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 87.5
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 12.3
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 7.7
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 21.2
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 9.7
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 100
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 3
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 100
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 11.8
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 37.5
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 7.9
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 13.5
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 8.6
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 93.3
CA State Senate 22 Edward Hernandez Democratic 11.7
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 9.4
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 88.1
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 16.2
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 100
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 4.2
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 11.5
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 98.5
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 91.4
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 4.7
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo No Party Affiliation 6.4
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian No Party Affiliation 9
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 92
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes No Party Affiliation 9.7
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. No Party Affiliation 11.4
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 14.7
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 81.1
Samuel Aanestad 97
Anthony Adams 82.5
Elaine Alquist 7.4
Juan Arambula 7.9
Roy Ashburn 82.1
Sam Blakeslee 91.2
Anna Caballero 15.8
Charles Calderon 22.9
Ron Calderon 12.5
Amina Carter 8.3
Ellen Corbett 6.6
Lou Correa 60
Joe Coto 9.1
Dave Cox 82.8
Mike Davis 15.5
Hector De La Torre 10.5
Charles DeVore 98.7
Denise Ducheny 16
Robert Dutton 87.8
Michael Duvall 96.6
Bill Emmerson 92.8
Mike Eng 7.1
Noreen Evans 11.5
Mike Feuer 10.5
Dean Florez 6.1
Warren Furutani 9.8
Martin Garrick 94.3
Tom Harman 83.4
Mary Hayashi 8.1
Dennis Hollingsworth 98.2
Christine Kehoe 6.5
Abel Maldonado 77.6
Pedro Nava 9.6
Gloria Negrete McLeod 31.8
Roger Niello 90
Jenny Oropeza 8.3
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 7
Gloria Romero 6.3
Ira Ruskin 6.7
Mary Salas 9.4
Lori Saldaña 14.2
Jim Silva 97
Cameron Smyth 93.8
Jose Solorio 13.8
Darrell Steinberg 5.6
Tony Strickland 100
Audra Strickland 100
Sandré Swanson 8.8
Alberto Torrico 9.4
Van Tran 86.4
Mike Villines 90.6
Patricia Wiggins 8.3
Mark Wyland 92.4
Leland Yee 8.9

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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