Legislative Scorecards

California Lawmakers Fail the Grade on Racial Equity

By Tammy Johnson
Applied Research Center

Applied Research Center published its fifth edition of the California Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity today, as people of color look to legislative solutions to pull their communities out of the recession. Unfortunately, California lawmakers are failing the grade. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger scored an “F” in racial equity, while the State Assembly scored a “D” and the State Senate scored an “F.”

The report is available here.

Though communities of color represent nearly 60 percent of the population, the state of California’s leadership has not addressed this majority population’s needs. California state lawmakers slashed budgets across social, educational and health services last year, exacerbating long-standing racial disparities. 

Mark Leno, Dave Jones: CPR Reader’s Choice for 2009 Legislators of Year

By Dan Aiello

With more than 2,600 individual votes cast during three weeks of voting, California Progress Report readers have chosen Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Assembly Member Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) as their 2009 Legislators of the Year.

To make the cut, Assemblymembers and Senators first had to receive a combined average of 65 percent or higher on the 2009 scorecards of four key progressive organizations, including Equality California, California League of Conservation Voters, California Alliance for Retired Americans and Consumer Federation of California.  

With 470 votes, Senator Leno maintained a lead in the polling that began the first day and never waned. 

CALPIRG Scorecard - How Did Your Representative Vote?

By Pedro Morrillas

CALPIRG compiles an annual legislative scorecard for all members of the California legislature, to educate the public about their representatives' voting records and hold elected officials accountable.

Our 2009 scorecard focuses on key consumer votes in the legislature.

Find out how your State Assemblymember voted here.

Find out how your State Senator voted here

Thirteen state Senators and twenty-five state Assemblymembers received 100 percent scores for their strong record of voting to protect consumers, rather than special interests.

The average score in the Assembly is 66 percent. The average score in the Senate is 65 percent.

Sierra Club California's 2009 Report Card Reveals Backsliding by Governor and Legislature

By Bill Magavern
Sierra Club California

Sierra Club California has published its 2009 Legislative Report Card, exposing a significant deterioration in the performance of Governor Schwarzenegger and the Legislature.

Billionaire developers and fossil-fuel polluters cynically manipulated California’s economic distress to weaken protections for our air, water, and wild places, and our elected officials too often went along.

The report card grades legislators on their votes on 15 bills, chosen for their importance to Sierra Club California. Only five legislators – Senators Corbett, Hancock and Wiggins and Assemblymembers Monning and Skinner -- voted the pro-environment position on all 15, way down from the 42 legislators who scored perfect records last year. 13 of those 15 bills reached Schwarzenegger’s desk, and he sided with the pro-environment position on only two of those.

Ranking Maldonado – A Review of Scorecards

From Staff Reports

Announcing his pick for Lieutenant Governor on the Jay Leno show last night, Governor Schwarzenegger said this about Senator Abel Maldonado “He’s a terrific, loyal man that has worked very hard in public service. But he’s also into bipartisanship and post partisanship, so he can cross the aisle. He makes decisions based on what’s best for the people rather than what’s best for the party.”

A review of legislative scorecards prepared by organizations across the ideological spectrum shows that Senator Maldonado gravitates somewhat closer to the center than most of his Republican colleagues.  These scorecards rank lawmakers on votes cast for or against the organization’s position on a range of bills in the organization’s issue areas. (In several cases 2009 scorecards are not yet available so we looked at 2008 scorecard).

2009 Consumer Scorecard Grades Lawmakers

By Richard Holober

Consumer Federation of California

The Consumer Federation of California released its 2009 Scorecard for State Lawmakers today.

The scorecard should help Californians evaluate how your state representatives voted on consumer protection bills that affect our pocketbooks, our privacy, and our health and safety, but often get little news coverage. Not sure who represents you in Sacramento? Look up your lawmakers here.