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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California National Federation of Independent Business

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Richard Ackerman 100%
Deirdre Alpert 20%
Elaine Alquist 11%
Dion Aroner 10%
Roy Ashburn 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 22%
Steve Charles Baldwin 100%
James Battin 100%
Scott Baugh 100%
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 11%
Marilyn Brewer 100%
James Brulte 100%
John Burton 11%
Bill Campbell 100%
CA U.S. House 29 Tony Cardenas Democratic 11%
Dennis Cardoza 11%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60%
James Cunneen 89%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 11%
Denise Ducheny 11%
Martha Escutia 10%
Liz Figueroa 11%
Richard Floyd 0%
Peter Frusetta 60%
Martin Gallegos 11%
Brett Granlund 100%
Sally Havice 10%
Tom Hayden 20%
Raymond Haynes, Jr. 90%
Robert Hertzberg 13%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 10%
George House, Jr. 90%
Teresa Hughes 22%
K. Maurice Johannessen 100%
Ross Johnson 100%
Patrick Johnston 20%
Howard Kaloogian 100%
Betty Karnette 20%
Fred Keeley 10%
David Kelley 100%
William Knight 100%
Wally Knox 10%
Sheila Kuehl 10%
Lynne Leach 100%
Ted Lempert 11%
Bill Leonard 100%
Robert Leslie 100%
John Lewis 89%
Michael Machado 14%
Bob Margett 100%
Kerry Mazzoni 11%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 100%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 89%
Carole Migden 11%
CA Supervisor 4 Dick Monteith 100%
William Phillip Morrow 100%
Richard Mountjoy 100%
Kevin Murray 14%
Jack O'Connell 20%
Keith Olberg 100%
Thomas Oller 100%
Deborah Ortiz 11%
Rod Pacheco 89%
Louis Papan 11%
Steve Peace 20%
Don Perata 11%
Richard Polanco 20%
Charles Poochigian 100%
Richard Keith Rainey 100%
George Runner, Jr. 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 20%
Jack Scott 11%
Kevin Shelley 10%
Byron Sher 20%
Hilda Solis 20%
Virginia Strom-Martin 10%
Bruce Thompson 100%
Helen Thomson 11%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 10%
John Vasconcellos 20%
Antonio Villaraigosa 10%
Edward Vincent 0%
Carl Washington 22%
Howard Wayne 11%
Scott Wildman 10%
Cathie Wright 89%
CA State Senate 35 Roderick Wright Democratic 13%

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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