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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Communities United Institute

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Elaine Alquist 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
Patty Berg 100%
Debra Bowen 100%
Ron Calderon 100%
Joseph Canciamilla 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan No Party Affiliation 100%
Wesley Chesbro 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
Joe Coto 100%
Hector De La Torre 100%
Joseph Dunn 100%
Noreen Evans 100%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100%
Christine Kehoe 100%
Johan Klehs 100%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz 100%
Sheila Kuehl 100%
John Laird 100%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
Lloyd Levine 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
Cindy Montañez 100%
Eugene Mullin 100%
Pedro Nava 100%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100%
Ira Ruskin 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
Nell Soto 100%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100%
Leland Yee 100%
Rudy Bermúdez 97%
Edward Chavez 97%
Rebecca Cohn 97%
Mervyn Dymally 97%
Dario Frommer 97%
Betty Karnette 97%
Sally Lieber 97%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 97%
Joseph Nation 97%
Fabian Núñez 97%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 96%
Liz Figueroa 96%
Carole Migden 96%
Deborah Ortiz 96%
Don Perata 96%
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 96%
Edward Vincent 96%
Jenny Oropeza 94%
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 94%
Simón Salinas 94%
Alberto Torrico 94%
Richard Alarcón 92%
Denise Ducheny 92%
CA State Board of Equalization Jerome Horton Democratic 92%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 92%
Gloria Romero 92%
Jack Scott 92%
Michael Machado 88%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 88%
CA Mayor Pro Tempore At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 86%
Barbara Matthews 83%
Thomas Umberg 83%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 83%
Martha Escutia 81%
Kevin Murray 77%
Nicole Parra 64%
Juan Arambula 61%
Dean Florez 50%
Keith Stuart Richman 42%
Abel Maldonado 35%
Bonnie Garcia 33%
Lynn Daucher 25%
Shirley Horton 25%
Bill Emmerson 22%
Van Tran 22%
Roy Ashburn 19%
James Battin 19%
William Phillip Morrow 19%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 19%
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 19%
Gregory Aghazarian 17%
Russell Bogh 17%
Charles DeVore 17%
Tom Harman 17%
Guy Houston 17%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 17%
Roger Niello 17%
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer 17%
Audra Strickland 17%
Samuel Aanestad 15%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 15%
Robert Dutton 15%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 14%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill 14%
Dennis Hollingsworth 12%
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 12%
Robert Leslie 11%
Bill Maze 11%
George Plescia 11%
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 11%
Mark Wyland 11%
Richard Ackerman 8%
John Campbell III 8%
Dave Cox 8%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 8%
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 8%
Bob Margett 8%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 8%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 8%
Charles Poochigian 8%
Mike Villines 8%
Sam Blakeslee 6%
Richard Keene 6%
Jay La Suer 6%
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 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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