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Capitol Weekly releases ideology rankings

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm in California Legislature.

Capitol Weekly released its annual political ideological ranking of state legislators and while such lists are rarely definitive, they do offer a glimpse into lawmakers’ philosophical proclivities.

Click here to read the full report, but here are the results for some of the East Bay representatives.

The Weekly staff selected 19 bills to use in its ranking system and assigned or deducted points for yes, no and non-voting results. A score of 100 is a perfect liberal while a score of 0 is a perfect conservative.

Not surprisingly, the Bay Area lawmakers stick to the liberal side of the chart.

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord: He scored a 91, missing a perfect score because of a yes vote for the Los Angeles football stadium bill and failing to vote one way or the other on the bill establishing Harvey Milk Day.

State sens. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, and Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley: All scored 100.

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo: Scored 94, dinged for failing to vote on a payroll records bill and carbon offsets legislation.

Assemblymemembers Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch; Sandre Swanson, D-Oakland; and Mary Hayashi, D-Hayward: All scored 89, losing liberal points for voting in favor of the Los Angeles stadium deal and air pollution credits bill.

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  • John W.

    No surprises. As for Joan Buchanan, a 94 in a tossup district can’t be helpful to her reelection chances. I’d give her an even higher score, because I don’t think her abstention from the payroll records bill reflected lack of sympathy with the union position on the issue. She was just trying to avoid more richly deserved criticism from the Times on the issue, right?

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    On the shortest day of the year, with a blizzard in the Northeast, we don’t need Polar-ization, politically, or of the Al Gore bears. Where’s the consensus-builders?