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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Capitol Weekly

2008 Positions on Liberal Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 100
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 0
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 0
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian 97
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 97
CA Supervisor 3 Sheila Kuehl 95
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer 12
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 5
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 51
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 94
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes 94
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 10
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 19
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. 87
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 5
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 100
CA State Senate 15 Jim Beall, Jr. Democratic 100
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 2
CA State Senate 22 Ed Hernandez Democratic 94
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 94
CA State Senate 25 Anthony Portantino, Jr. Democratic 91
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100
CA State Assembly 30 Anna Caballero Democratic 97
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 94
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 87
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 0
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 5
CA U.S. House 46 Lou Correa Democratic 47
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 95
CA Council Member Ward 3 Jose Solorio 92
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 10
CA Mayor At-Large Mary Salas 94
CA Mayor At-Large Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 97
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100
OR Council Member At-Large Kevin Jeffries 0
Samuel Aanestad 10
Richard Ackerman 2
Anthony Adams 7
Gregory Aghazarian 19
Elaine Alquist 100
Juan Arambula 59
Roy Ashburn 12
James Battin 0
John Benoit 2
Patty Berg 100
Sam Blakeslee 2
Charles Calderon 60
Ron Calderon 67
Amina Carter 82
David Cogdill 0
Ellen Corbett 100
Joe Coto 100
Dave Cox 5
Mike Davis 97
Hector De La Torre 91
Charles DeVore 7
Denise Ducheny 73
Robert Dutton 7
Michael Duvall 4
Mervyn Dymally 94
Bill Emmerson 19
Mike Eng 97
Noreen Evans 100
Mike Feuer 95
Dean Florez 72
Bonnie Garcia 13
Martin Garrick 2
Loni Hancock 100
Tom Harman 5
Mary Hayashi 97
Dennis Hollingsworth 0
Shirley Horton 22
Guy Houston 13
Robert Huff 12
Dave Jones 100
Betty Karnette 100
Richard Keene 2
Christine Kehoe 100
John Laird 100
Mark Leno 97
Lloyd Levine 97
Sally Lieber 100
Fiona Ma 100
Michael Machado 67
Abel Maldonado 20
Bob Margett 5
Bill Maze 0
Carole Migden 100
Eugene Mullin 100
Pedro Nava 94
Gloria Negrete McLeod 78
Roger Niello 5
Fabian Núñez 94
Jenny Oropeza 89
Nicole Parra 52
Don Perata 100
George Plescia 15
Gloria Romero 97
George Runner, Jr. 7
Ira Ruskin 97
Lori Saldaña 97
Jack Scott 100
Jim Silva 0
Cameron Smyth 10
Audra Strickland 16
Sandré Swanson 100
Alberto Torrico 87
Van Tran 5
Mike Villines 0
Edward Vincent 100
Patricia Wiggins 97
Lois Wolk 91
Mark Wyland 0
Leland Yee 85

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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