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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Richard Ackerman 6%
Deirdre Alpert 100%
Elaine Alquist 94%
Dion Aroner 100%
Roy Ashburn 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 94%
Steve Charles Baldwin 0%
James Battin 12%
Scott Baugh 6%
Debra Bowen 100%
Marilyn Brewer 6%
James Brulte 12%
John Burton 88%
Bill Campbell 6%
CA U.S. House 29 Tony Cárdenas Democratic 88%
Dennis Cardoza 71%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 94%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 82%
James Cunneen 65%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 94%
Denise Ducheny 94%
Martha Escutia 100%
Liz Figueroa 100%
Richard Floyd 76%
Peter Frusetta 47%
Martin Gallegos 100%
Brett Granlund 12%
Sally Havice 88%
Tom Hayden 100%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 0%
CA State Senate 18 Robert Hertzberg Democratic 76%
Mike Honda 100%
George House, Jr. 0%
Teresa Hughes 94%
K. Maurice Johannessen 24%
Ross Johnson 12%
Patrick Johnston 94%
Howard Kaloogian 0%
Betty Karnette 94%
Fred Keeley 100%
David Kelley 24%
William Knight 6%
Wally Knox 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Sheila Kuehl 100%
Lynne Leach 29%
Ted Lempert 94%
Bill Leonard 0%
Robert Leslie 7%
John Lewis 0%
Michael Machado 64%
Bob Margett 25%
Kerry Mazzoni 100%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 12%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 65%
Carole Migden 100%
CA Supervisor 4 Dick Monteith 12%
William Phillip Morrow 6%
Richard Mountjoy 6%
Kevin Murray 94%
Jack O'Connell 100%
Keith Olberg 0%
Thomas Oller 0%
Deborah Ortiz 100%
Rod Pacheco 47%
Louis Papan 88%
Steve Peace 59%
Don Perata 88%
Richard Polanco 65%
Charles Poochigian 0%
Richard Keith Rainey 18%
George Runner, Jr. 0%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 88%
Jack Scott 94%
Kevin Shelley 100%
Byron Sher 100%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 100%
Virginia Strom-Martin 94%
Bruce Thompson 6%
Helen Thomson 100%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100%
John Vasconcellos 80%
Antonio Villaraigosa 100%
Edward Vincent 76%
Carl Washington 100%
Howard Wayne 94%
Scott Wildman 100%
Cathie Wright 6%
Roderick Wright 82%

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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