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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Drug Policy Forum of California (DPFCA)

2002 Positions on Drug Policy Reform

Issues: Drugs
State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic B
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic B
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic C
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic A
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic B
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic B
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic B
CA State Senate 36 Pat Bates Republican F
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic B
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic B
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo No Party Affiliation B
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz No Party Affiliation A
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican F
CA State Board of Equalization Jerome Horton Democratic B
Samuel Aanestad F
Richard Alarcón B
Roy Ashburn D
Russell Bogh F
Debra Bowen A
John Campbell III F
Joseph Canciamilla A
Edward Chavez B
Wesley Chesbro A
Rebecca Cohn C
Ellen Corbett A
Lou Correa D
Dave Cox F
Lynn Daucher F
Manny Diaz B
Denise Ducheny B
Joseph Dunn C
John Anthony Dutra B
Martha Escutia B
Liz Figueroa A
Marco Antonio Firebaugh B
Dean Florez F
Dario Frommer C
Jackie Goldberg A
Tom Harman F
Dennis Hollingsworth F
Christine Kehoe A
Jay La Suer F
Robert Leslie F
John Longville A
Ken Maddox F
Abel Maldonado F
Barbara Matthews D
William Phillip Morrow D
Dennis Lee Mountjoy F
Kevin Murray A
George Nakano D
Joseph Nation A
Gloria Negrete McLeod B
Jenny Oropeza B
Deborah Ortiz B
Robert Pacheco F
Charles Poochigian F
Sarah Reyes C
Keith Stuart Richman C
Gloria Romero A
Simón Salinas C
Nell Soto C
Darrell Steinberg B
Tony Strickland F
Herb Wesson, Jr. B
Patricia Wiggins A
Mark Wyland D

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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