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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

2009 Positions

Issues: Taxes
State Office District Name Party Rating
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 100
CA State Board of Equalization Diane Harkey Republican 100
CA U.S. House 25 Steve Knight Republican 99
Jim Silva 98.5
Jeff Miller 98.2
Tony Strickland 97.6
Charles DeVore 97.3
Dennis Hollingsworth 97.3
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries 97.2
Audra Strickland 97
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 96.9
Connie Conway 96
CA State Senate 4 Jim Nielsen Republican 95.9
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 95.6
Van Tran 95.6
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 95.4
Sam Blakeslee 95.1
Martin Garrick 94.7
Michael Duvall 94.4
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 94
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 93.9
Dan Logue 93.9
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 93.9
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 93.7
Samuel Aanestad 92.9
Brian Nestande 92.7
CA Supervisor 4 Curt Hagman 91.9
Nathan Fletcher 91.5
Cameron Smyth 90.6
Bill Emmerson 89.7
Robert Dutton 89
Mark Wyland 88.7
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 87.9
Bill Berryhill 84.9
Dave Cox 84.6
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 84.4
Danny Gilmore 82.4
Tom Harman 79.2
Roger Niello 77.2
Anthony Adams 74.5
Mike Villines 71.9
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill 67.5
Roy Ashburn 66.3
Lou Correa 64.9
Abel Maldonado 57.1
Gloria Negrete McLeod 38.8
Alyson Huber 28.5
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 24.7
Juan Arambula 12.2
Denise Ducheny 8.8
Manuel Pérez 6.5
CA State Senate 39 Martin Block Democratic 2.2
Mariko Yamada 1.9
Elaine Alquist 0
Tom Ammiano 0
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 0
CA State Senate 15 Jim Beall, Jr. Democratic 0
CA Council Member 3 Bob Blumenfield 0
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 0
Joan Buchanan 0
Anna Caballero 0
Charles Calderon 0
Ron Calderon 0
Amina Carter 0
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 0
Wesley Chesbro 0
Ellen Corbett 0
Joe Coto 0
Mike Davis 0
Hector De La Torre 0
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 0
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 0
Mike Eng 0
Noreen Evans 0
Mike Feuer 0
Dean Florez 0
Paul Fong 0
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes 0
Warren Furutani 0
CA State Senate 35 Isadore Hall III Democratic 0
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 0
Mary Hayashi 0
CA State Senate 22 Ed Hernandez Democratic 0
CA State Senate 13 Gerald Hill Democratic 0
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 0
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 0
Christine Kehoe 0
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian 0
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 0
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 0
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 0
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 0
Bonnie Lowenthal 0
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 0
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 0
CA State Senate 17 Bill Monning Democratic 0
Pedro Nava 0
Jenny Oropeza 0
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 0
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 0
John Pérez 0
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 0
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. 0
Gloria Romero 0
Ira Ruskin 0
CA Mayor At-Large Mary Salas 0
Lori Saldaña 0
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian Democratic 0
Nancy Skinner 0
Jose Solorio 0
Darrell Steinberg 0
Sandré Swanson 0
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 0
CA U.S. House 35 Norma Torres Democratic 0
Alberto Torrico 0
Patricia Wiggins 0
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 0
Roderick Wright 0
Leland Yee 0

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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