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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Capitol Weekly

2008 Positions on Liberal Issues

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

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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