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STEVE GLAZER (DEM)

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Sen. Steven Glazer won his seat with the help of MILLIONS of dollars from independent expenditures backed by conservative megadonor Bill Bloomfield, the California Real Estate industry, and other ultra-wealthy donors including Reed Hastings (CEO of Netflix) and Doris Fisher (co-founder of The Gap).

But how did this impact his voting record? Let’s look. For starters, he OPPOSED expanding the Paid Family Leave Program (SB 406) and did NOT support AB 1017, which would institute policies to help secure equal pay for women. These issues are of particular concern in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, which Sen. Glazer represents, where the wage gap between men and women is among the worst in the state, and where it is particularly difficult for a single mother to afford housing, according to research done by the CA Budget and Policy Center.

It’s no surprise that Sen. Glazer has the SECOND WORST voting record among Democrats in the Senate. His Courage Score comes in at 25, earning him a low “F”.

Meanwhile, the constituents he represents support far more progressive policies. They voted to raise taxes on the wealthy to fund schools (56% in favor of Prop 30 in 2012) and to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools (63% in favor of Prop 39 in 2012). Sen. Glazer’s district also voted overwhelmingly (69%) in favor of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (Prop 36 in 2012) and 62% in support of Prop. 47 in 2014 to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors — both key steps towards dismantling the deeply racist and flawed War on Drugs. Yet, Sen. Glazer opposed a bill (AB 1351) that would promote drug rehabilitation instead of prison time for certain nonviolent, misdemeanor drug offenses.

Sen. Glazer also did not support SB 654 (Regulate Hazardous Waste) or SB 546 (Stopping Unjustified Health Insurance Rate Hikes).

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STATE Senate
(DISTRICT 31)
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RICHARD ROTH (DEM)

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With a Courage Score of 15, Sen. Richard Roth is the least progressive Democrat in the Senate, despite his district’s clear preference for progressive policies.

He voted against SB 406, which would expand paid family leave, and against SB 3, a bill to increase the minimum wage. Sen. Roth was also ABSENT for a vote on SB 546, a bill that protects large employers and workers from unjustified increases in the cost of health insurance. Do you think this had anything to do with the health insurance industry being one of his biggest corporate donors?  

He also abstained on AB 1351, a bill to promote drug rehabilitation instead of prison time for certain nonviolent, misdemeanor drug offenses. Sen. Roth’s district, on the other hand, voted in support (64%) of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (Prop 36 in 2012) and in support (53%) of Prop 47 in 2014 to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors — key policies to dismantle the deeply racist and flawed War on Drugs that has locked up far too many people, particularly people of color, in our state.

Sen. Roth opposed SB 32, a landmark bill which would have drastically reduced carbon emissions by 2050. Yet, in 2012 his district strongly supported (59%) a related climate change policy (Prop 39) which would improve energy efficiency in CA and expand clean energy in schools.

Sen. Roth also did not support SB 347 (Expands Gun Safety), AB 1352 (Prevents Unintended Deportations), SB 654 (Regulates Hazardous Waste), and AB 465 (Protects Workers’ Rights).

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STATE Assembly
(DISTRICT 69)
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TOM DALY (DEM)

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Asm. Daly holds the distinction of being the LEAST progressive Democrat in the Assembly with a Courage Score of 22.

He received strong financial support from oil and energy industry giants — including Chevron, PG&E, and Sempra Energy — as well as medical insurance PACs. Why does this matter? He has voted several times against critical legislation to curb climate change and increase access to medical insurance.

Specifically, he voted against SB 32 and AB 356 — two landmark bills that would have dramatically curbed climate pollution by 2050 and protected groundwater around oil projects — even though his district voted in support (62%) of a forward thinking environmental policy that would greatly improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools by closing a tax loophole (Proposition 39 in 2012). SB 32 in particular would have benefited many low-income and Latino communities whose health is often compromised due to fossil fuel pollution that is repeatedly linked to asthma and other illnesses. And in fact, Asm. Daly’s district is over 76% Latino. So is it just us, or does it seem like the oil and gas industry have a bigger pull on Asm. Daly’s vote than his own constituents?

Given all this, it’s no wonder Asm. Daly is the LEAST progressive Democrat in the entire Assembly. But the most damning evidence is that over the past several elections, his constituents have voted fairly progressively, ranking his district the 35th most progressive out of 80, based on an analysis by Progressive Kick.

Asm. Daly also did not support AB 465 (Protect Workers’ Rights), AB 1352 (Preventing Unintended Deportations), SB 443 (Civil Asset Forfeiture), SB 406 (Expanding Paid Family Leave), AB 1017 (Pay Equity), SB 641 (Consumer Protections), SB 7 (Water Meters & Water Conservations), SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal Protections), AB 67 (Double Pay on Holidays), and SB 308 (Debtor Protections).

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STATE Assembly
(DISTRICT 9)
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JIM COOPER (DEM)

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Asm. Jim Cooper, a former captain in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, has failed to represent his constituents views on both racial and environmental justice. In fact, he’s tied for FIFTH WORST voting record among all Assembly Democrats with a Courage Score of 25. He opposed SB 443 — a bill that would curb an unjust racist policy called Civil Asset Forfeiture that allows police to seize people’s cash and personal belongings without even charging them with a crime. And he did NOT support the Racial & Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (AB 953) — a landmark bill that addressed issues of racial profiling and police brutality. This life-saving bill was introduced in direct response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the numerous deaths at the hands of law enforcement. Lastly, he was the only member of the Legislative Black Caucus not to vote for SB 227, an important bill for racial justice and police accountability that prohibited the use of grand juries in cases involving the use of force by police.

Asm. Cooper’s poor voting history on these issues comes despite the fact that the majority of his district supports policies to address issues of criminal justice reform and racial justice. For example, his district voted 66% in favor of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law in 2012 (Prop 36) and 52% in support of Prop 47 in 2014 to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors — both key steps to reduce prison overcrowding and dismantle the deeply racist and flawed War on Drugs that has locked up far too many people of color in our state.

In addition, Asm. Cooper’s record on climate change and oil industry regulation is atrocious, despite his own constituents’ support of clean energy and oil regulation. He has received hefty support from the oil and energy industry, including Chevron, PG&E, and Occidental Oil and Gas. This comfy relationship with Big Oil and Big Energy may explain why he was absent for the votes on two game-changing climate bills — SB 32 and AB 356. These landmark bills would have dramatically curbed climate pollution by 2050 and increased groundwater protections around oil projects. Although Cooper didn’t show up to vote, his constituents did and voted overwhelmingly (59%) in support of Prop 39 in 2012 to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools.

Asm. Cooper also did not support AB 1352 (Preventing Unintended Deportations), SB 406 (Expanding Paid Family Leave), SB 641 (Consumer Protections), SB 7 (Water Meters & Water Conservations), AB 67 (Double Pay on Holidays), SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal Protections), SB 308 (Debtor Protections), and AB 533 (Unexpected Medical Bills).

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STATE Assembly
(DISTRICT 64)
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MIKE GIPSON (DEM)

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Asm. Mike Gipson represents one of the most progressive districts in California, right in the heart of Los Angeles. His constituents ranked 18th most progressive in an analysis by Progressive Kick. However, his voting record lags far behind in 39th place (Courage Score = 53).

He voted against two critical environmental bills (SB 32 and AB 356), which would have dramatically curbed carbon pollution by 2050 and increased groundwater protections around oil projects. His district is also home to the Long Beach Oil Field and one of the most polluted cities in California, Long Beach. His failure to support legislation addressing climate change made us wonder: Did the big contributions from corporations and the oil industry (Tesoro, Chevron, and others) have anything to do with it?

Asm. Gipson — a former police officer with the Maywood Police Department — was also absent for SB 443, which would have required due process before law enforcement can seize personal property — a practice that disproportionately targets low-income individuals and people of color. Civil asset forfeiture started during President Reagan’s administration to crack down on drug traffickers and has been used as a tool to finance the failed War on Drugs. At the same time, Asm. Gipson’s constituents voted with OVERWHELMING support (nearly 80%) for both Prop 47 in 2014 (to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors and help reduce prison overcrowding) and Prop 36 in 2012 (to repeal California’s Three Strikes Law) — two propositions that significantly addressed the impacts of our flawed War on Drugs.

Asm. Gipson also did not support SB 7 (Water Meters & Water Conservations), AB 67 (Double Pay on Holidays), SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal Protections), SB 308 (Debtor Protections), and AB 533 (Unexpected Medical Bills).

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STATE Assembly
(DISTRICT 2)
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JIM WOOD (DEM)

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With a Courage Score of 55, Asm. Jim Wood’s voting record ranks him as the 38th most progressive legislator — in the bottom 12 among Democrats — but his constituents vote far more progressively than he does, ranking 22nd according to an analysis by Progressive Kick. For example, Asm. Wood voted NO on SB 443 — a bill to curb an unjust, racist policy called Civil Asset Forfeiture that gives police a free pass to steal from Californians. Meanwhile, his progressive district clearly supports racial justice and has voted in support of key policies to dismantle the flawed, racist War on Drugs. For example, 76% voted YES on Prop 36 in 2012 (to repeal California’s Three Strikes Law) and 67% voted YES on Prop 47 in 2014 (to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors).

Even worse, Asm. Wood did not support the Racial & Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (AB 953) — a landmark bill that addressed issues of racial profiling and police brutality. AB 953 was introduced in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the numerous deaths at the hands of law enforcement. Looks like we’re starting to see a pattern.

Asm. Wood also made his stance on workers’ rights pretty clear when he abstained on SB 406 (Expanding Paid Family Leave) and AB 1017 (Equal Pay for Women).

He also failed to support the following bills: SB 641 (Consumer Protections), SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal Protections), AB 533 (Unexpected Medical Bills), and SB 308 (Debtor Protections).

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STATE Assembly
(DISTRICT 54)
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SEBASTIAN RIDLEY-THOMAS (DEM)

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What’s most surprising about Asm. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas is that he represents the 7th most progressive district in the entire state, according to an analysis by Progressive Kick, while his voting record is terrible, ranking him 33rd in the Assembly (Courage Score = 58)How does that happen?

During his 2013 election, Asm. Ridley-Thomas received immense financial support from the oil and energy industry — including $96,911.15 from an independent expenditure backed by energy giant PG&E and the California Independent Petroleum Association PAC. He did NOT support AB 356 — which would have protected groundwater for drinking and irrigation from oil projects in California — or SB 32 — a bill that would drastically reduce our carbon emissions in CA — until the bill was watered down.

Asm. Ridley-Thomas was also absent during the vote on SB 443 — a bill that would have required due process before law enforcement can seize personal property, a practice that largely targets people of color and low-income individuals. But how do Asm. Ridley-Thomas’s constituents feel about reforming abuses in our criminal justice system? In 2012, they voted 82% in support of Prop 36 to overturn California’s Three Strikes Law and help reduce prison overcrowding, and 77% in support of Prop 47 in 2014 to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors and reduce prison overcrowding.

Asm. Ridley-Thomas was also absent for two critical healthcare related bills — SB 260 and AB 533 — which would have ensured greater equity among Medi-Cal managed plans and protected consumers from surprise bills from out-of-network doctors. He also received significant contributions from the medical industry. Coincidence?

Asm. Ridley-Thomas also did not support AB 1352 (Preventing Unintended Deportations) and SB 308 (Debtor Protections).

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STATE Senate
(DISTRICT 5)
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CATHLEEN GALGIANI (DEM)

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Sen.Cathleen Galgiani ranks as the third least progressive Democrat in the Senate with a Courage Score of 27, despite her district’s clear preference for progressive policies.

Galgiani cast a NO vote on a major environmental bill — SB 32 — which would have drastically reduced carbon emissions by 2050. Yet, in 2012 her district strongly supported (57%) a related climate change policy (Prop 39) which would improve energy efficiency in CA and expand clean energy in schools.

Think her backing from the agriculture industry — the same folks who opposed SB 32 — had anything to do with it?

Sen. Galgiani was also absent on AB 1351, a bill which would promote drug rehabilitation instead of prison time for certain nonviolent, misdemeanor drug offenses. But how do Sen. Galgiani’s constituents feel about reforming abuses in our criminal justice system? Her district voted overwhelmingly (63%) in favor of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (Prop 36 in 2012) — a key step towards dismantling the deeply racist and flawed War on Drugs.

Sen. Galgiani abstained on SB 3 in 2015, a bill to increase the minimum wage, and AB 1017 — which would institute policies to help secure equal pay for women. These issues are of particular concern in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties, which Sen. Galgiani represents, where average earnings, economic security, and food security rank among the lowest in the state according to the CA Budget and Policy Center in its Women’s Well-Being Index.

Sen. Galgiani also did not support AB 1352 (Prevents Unintended Deportations), SB 654 (Regulates Hazardous Waste), AB 359 (Protects Grocery Workers), and AB 465 (Protects Workers’ Rights).

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STATE Senate
(DISTRICT 34)
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JANET NGUYEN (REP)

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First, let us acknowledge that Sen. Janet Nguyen is a Republican. She’s also the first Vietnamese person elected to the California Legislature, a historic accomplishment. She’s on this list because her progressive voting record is tied for dead LAST in the Senate in terms of her progressive votes, despite her district’s support for more progressive policies. 

Where do we even begin? With a Courage Score of 0, Nguyen has voted against critical bills that would improve the lives of workers’ families. She voted NO on SB 406, a bill to expand the CA Family Leave Act; NO on SB 3, a bill to increase the minimum wage; and NO on AB 1017, which would institute policies to help secure equal pay for women. These issue are of particular concern in Orange County, which Sen. Nguyen represents, where it is exceedingly difficult for a single mother to afford housing and average commute times are among the worst in the state, according to research done by the CA Budget and Policy Center.

She also voted no on a landmark climate change bill, SB 32, which would have drastically reduced carbon emissions by 2050. Think it has anything to do with the $645,716 spent on her 2014 election by the oil, gas, and energy industries — including Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Chevron, Tesoro, and Valero?  Her constituents, on the other hand, voted overwhelmingly (58%) in support of Prop 39 in 2012 to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools.

It gets worse. Sen. Nguyen even received money from the National Rifle Association. That might explain why she voted against SB 347, a lifesaving bill to expand gun safety that was introduced in response to the tragic Isla Vista massacre.

In addition to this long list of disappointing votes, Sen. Nguyen did not support AB 1351 (Promotes Drug Rehabilitation),  AB 1352 (Preventing Unintended Deportations), SB 654 (Regulate Hazardous Waste), AB 359 (Protects Grocery Workers), AB 465 (Protects Workers’ Rights), and SB 546 (Stops Unjustified Health Insurance Rate Hikes).

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STATE Assembly
(DISTRICT 11)
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JIM FRAZIER (DEM)

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Asm. Jim Frazier cast major NO votes on two environmental bills — SB 32 and AB 356 — that would have drastically reduced carbon emissions by 2050 and implemented important groundwater protections around oil projects — votes that are especially egregious given California’s historic drought. Yet when his district had an opportunity to cast their ballot on a related climate change issue — specifically Prop 39, which would improve energy efficiency in CA and expand clean energy in schools — they voted overwhelmingly in support of it (i.e. 62%). So, why all the NOs, Asm. Frazier? It wouldn’t have to do with the significant financial backing you receive from the oil industry, right? Or the hotel room that Big Oil comped for you at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay last year during a critical legislative fight on two groundbreaking climate change bills (SB 32 and SB 350), now would it?

No wonder Asm. Frazier’s voting record is tied for the FIFTH WORST among Democrats in the Assembly (Courage Score = 25).

Asm. Frazier also voted against SB 406 — which would expand the Paid Family Leave Program — and AB 1017 — which instituted policies to help secure equal pay for women. He also stamped a NO on AB 67, which would require double-time pay for workers on Thanksgiving. As more and more stores stay open on the holiday, this was an important measure to better compensate the workers forced to clock-in and lose time with their families.  

When it comes to addressing issues of criminal justice, Asm. Frazier’s own district voted 68% in support of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (Prop 36 in 2012) — a flawed policy from President Reagan’s deeply racist 40+ year War on Drugs. In turn, Frazier had a chance to dismantle another leftover law from the failed War on Drugs, SB 443, which would curb an unjust policy called Civil Asset Forfeiture that allows police to seize people’s cash and personal belongings without even charging them with a crime — a policy that gives police a free pass to impose on people’s civil rights and steal from low-income communities and communities of color.

In addition, Asm. Frazier did not support SB 347 (Expanding Gun Safety), SB 641 (Consumer Protections), SB 7 (Water Meters & Water Conservations), SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal Protections), SB 308 (Debtor Protections), and AB 533 (Unexpected Medical Bills).

Asm. Jim Frazier consistently votes against bills that mirror the values of the Democratic platform. At this point, can you even call Frazier a Democrat?

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STATE Assembly
(DISTRICT 70)
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PATRICK O’DONNELL (DEM)

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Asm. Patrick O’Donnell has an addiction to abstaining from votes. And it’s important to understand that in the California Legislature, there is really no difference between an abstention and a NO vote.  Last year, his voting record ranked him as the 43rd most progressive legislator (Courage Score = 41) — in the bottom 10 among Democrats.

He abstained on two critical environmental bills (SB 32 and AB 356) which would have dramatically curbed climate pollution by 2050 and increased groundwater protections around oil projects. His constituents, on the other hand, voted far more progressively than he, evidenced by their 64% support of Proposition 39 in 2012 to close a tax loophole to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools. It may not surprise you that the oil and gas industry were some of his biggest donors.

He also abstained on SB 443 — a bill that would curb an unjust, racist policy called Civil Asset Forfeiture that allows police to seize people’s cash and personal belongings without even charging them with a crime, a policy left over from President Reagan’s failed War on Drugs. At the same time, 71% of his district voted in support of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (Prop 36 in 2012) and 63% voted in support of Prop 47 in 2014 to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors and reduce prison overcrowding.

Asm. O’Donnell also did not support AB 953 (The Racial Identity & Profiling Act 2015), AB 1017 (Pay Equity), SB 406 (Expanded Paid Family Leave), SB 347 (Expanding Gun Safety), SB 641 (Consumer Protections), SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal Protections), SB 308 (Debtor Protections), and AB 533 (Unexpected Medical Bills).

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STATE Assembly
(DISTRICT 4)
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BILL DODD (DEM)

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Asm. Bill Dodd’s voting record (Courage Score = 53) ranks him in the bottom 13 among Democrats, but his constituents vote far more progressively than he does. Asm. Dodd voted NO on SB 32, which would have drastically reduced carbon emissions by 2050, despite his constituents support for clean energy — i.e. his district voted 63% in favor of Prop 39 which would allocate $550 million annually to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools.

He also voted no on SB 443 — a bill that would curb an unjust, racist policy called Civil Asset Forfeiture that allows police to seize people’s cash and personal belongings without even charging them with a crime. What did his district think about the War on Drugs?

Seventy-one percent voted in support of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (Prop 36 in 2012) and 62% voted in support of Prop 47 in 2014 which reduced non-violent felonies to misdemeanors — key policies to dismantle the deeply racist and flawed War on Drugs. So who are you representing, Asm. Dodd?

To top it off, Asm. Dodd did not support SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal protections), AB 67 (Double-Pay on Holidays), SB 7 (Water Meters & Water Conservations), SB 406 (Expanding Paid Family leave), SB 308 (Debtor Protections), and AB 708 (requires ingredient disclosure on cleaning products to improve safety).

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STATE Assembly
(DISTRICT 45)
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MATT DABABNEH (DEM)

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Asm. Matt Dababneh is failing his constituents with the 36th most progressive voting record in the Assembly (Courage Score = 56), despite his district’s clear preference for progressive policies. He voted against AB 1017, which instituted policies to help secure equal pay for women, and AB 67, which would require double-time pay for workers on Thanksgiving Day — an important step to better compensate workers who are forced to miss time with their families as more stores stay open.

Asm. Dababneh was also absent for a vote on SB 7, a bill that improves water conservation and consumer protections for renters and commercial tenants. Do you think his absence had anything to do with the $57,430.18 he received from an independent expenditure that is largely backed by the California real estate and construction/development industry?  

Asm. Dababneh also did not support two important healthcare bills — SB 260, which would have expanded Medi-Cal managed care protections, and AB 533, which would have protected healthcare recipients from unexpected out-of-network bills. He also received financial backing from the medical industry.

Asm. Dababneh did not support AB 1352 (Preventing Unintended Deportations), and SB 308 (Debtor Protections).

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STATE Assembly
(DISTRICT 16)
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CATHARINE BAKER (REP)

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First, let us acknowledge that Asm. Catharine Baker is a Republican. She’s on this list because she represents the 26th most progressive Assembly district, according to an analysis by Progressive Kick, yet fails her constituents with a voting record that ranks 54th (Courage Score = 6).

Her constituents voted in support of repealing the Three Strikes Law (69% on Prop 36) in 2012, 64% in support of Prop 47 in 2014 to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors, and 60% in support of Prop 39 in 2012 to close a tax loophole to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools.

As for Asm. Baker, she voted against SB 443, which would curb an unjust policy called Civil Asset Forfeiture that allows police to seize people’s cash and personal belongings without even charging them with a crime — a policy that gives police a free pass to impose on people’s civil rights and steal from low-income communities and communities of color. And she did NOT support the Racial & Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (AB 953) — a landmark bill that addressed issues of racial profiling and police brutality. She also voted against AB 356, which would have increased protections for groundwater around oil projects (especially egregious given the historic CA drought) and did not support SB 32, which would have drastically reduced carbon pollution by 2050.

It should be no surprise that Asm. Baker received enormous financial support from a PAC funded by the California Chamber of Commerce and large corporations like Philip Morris, Anthem Blue Cross, and oil and energy companies including Sempra Energy, PG&E and Chevron.

Asm. Baker’s record also included NO votes on FOUR bills (AB 465, AB 67, AB 359, and AB 1017) that would have improved working conditions for many low-income workers, people of color, and LGBT people.

Asm. Baker did not support AB 1352 (Preventing Unintended Deportations), SB 406 (Expanding Paid Family Leave), SB 347 (Expanding Gun Safety), SB 641 (Consumer Protections), SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal Protections), SB 308 (Debtor Protections), and AB 533 (Unexpected Medical Bills).

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STATE Senate
(DISTRICT 7)
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STEVE GLAZER (DEM)

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Sen. Steven Glazer won his seat with the help of MILLIONS of dollars from independent expenditures backed by conservative megadonor Bill Bloomfield, the California Real Estate industry, and other ultra-wealthy donors including Reed Hastings (CEO of Netflix) and Doris Fisher (co-founder of The Gap).

But how did this impact his voting record? Let’s look. For starters, he OPPOSED expanding the Paid Family Leave Program (SB 406) and did NOT support AB 1017, which would institute policies to help secure equal pay for women. These issues are of particular concern in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, which Sen. Glazer represents, where the wage gap between men and women is among the worst in the state, and where it is particularly difficult for a single mother to afford housing, according to research done by the CA Budget and Policy Center.

It’s no surprise that Sen. Glazer has the SECOND WORST voting record among Democrats in the Senate. His Courage Score comes in at 25, earning him a low “F”.

Meanwhile, the constituents he represents support far more progressive policies. They voted to raise taxes on the wealthy to fund schools (56% in favor of Prop 30 in 2012) and to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools (63% in favor of Prop 39 in 2012). Sen. Glazer’s district also voted overwhelmingly (69%) in favor of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (Prop 36 in 2012) and 62% in support of Prop. 47 in 2014 to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors — both key steps towards dismantling the deeply racist and flawed War on Drugs. Yet, Sen. Glazer opposed a bill (AB 1351) that would promote drug rehabilitation instead of prison time for certain nonviolent, misdemeanor drug offenses.

Sen. Glazer also did not support SB 654 (Regulate Hazardous Waste) or SB 546 (Stopping Unjustified Health Insurance Rate Hikes).

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STATE Senate
(DISTRICT 5)
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CATHLEEN GALGIANI (DEM)

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Sen.Cathleen Galgiani ranks as the third least progressive Democrat in the Senate with a Courage Score of 27, despite her district’s clear preference for progressive policies.

Galgiani cast a NO vote on a major environmental bill — SB 32 — which would have drastically reduced carbon emissions by 2050. Yet, in 2012 her district strongly supported (57%) a related climate change policy (Prop 39) which would improve energy efficiency in CA and expand clean energy in schools.

Think her backing from the agriculture industry — the same folks who opposed SB 32 — had anything to do with it?

Sen. Galgiani was also absent on AB 1351, a bill which would promote drug rehabilitation instead of prison time for certain nonviolent, misdemeanor drug offenses. But how do Sen. Galgiani’s constituents feel about reforming abuses in our criminal justice system? Her district voted overwhelmingly (63%) in favor of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (Prop 36 in 2012) — a key step towards dismantling the deeply racist and flawed War on Drugs.

Sen. Galgiani abstained on SB 3 in 2015, a bill to increase the minimum wage, and AB 1017 — which would institute policies to help secure equal pay for women. These issues are of particular concern in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties, which Sen. Galgiani represents, where average earnings, economic security, and food security rank among the lowest in the state according to the CA Budget and Policy Center in its Women’s Well-Being Index.

Sen. Galgiani also did not support AB 1352 (Prevents Unintended Deportations), SB 654 (Regulates Hazardous Waste), AB 359 (Protects Grocery Workers), and AB 465 (Protects Workers’ Rights).

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STATE Senate
(DISTRICT 31)
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RICHARD ROTH (DEM)

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With a Courage Score of 15, Sen. Richard Roth is the least progressive Democrat in the Senate, despite his district’s clear preference for progressive policies.

He voted against SB 406, which would expand paid family leave, and against SB 3, a bill to increase the minimum wage. Sen. Roth was also ABSENT for a vote on SB 546, a bill that protects large employers and workers from unjustified increases in the cost of health insurance. Do you think this had anything to do with the health insurance industry being one of his biggest corporate donors?  

He also abstained on AB 1351, a bill to promote drug rehabilitation instead of prison time for certain nonviolent, misdemeanor drug offenses. Sen. Roth’s district, on the other hand, voted in support (64%) of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (Prop 36 in 2012) and in support (53%) of Prop 47 in 2014 to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors — key policies to dismantle the deeply racist and flawed War on Drugs that has locked up far too many people, particularly people of color, in our state.

Sen. Roth opposed SB 32, a landmark bill which would have drastically reduced carbon emissions by 2050. Yet, in 2012 his district strongly supported (59%) a related climate change policy (Prop 39) which would improve energy efficiency in CA and expand clean energy in schools.

Sen. Roth also did not support SB 347 (Expands Gun Safety), AB 1352 (Prevents Unintended Deportations), SB 654 (Regulates Hazardous Waste), and AB 465 (Protects Workers’ Rights).

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STATE Senate
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JANET NGUYEN (REP)

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First, let us acknowledge that Sen. Janet Nguyen is a Republican. She’s also the first Vietnamese person elected to the California Legislature, a historic accomplishment. She’s on this list because her progressive voting record is tied for dead LAST in the Senate in terms of her progressive votes, despite her district’s support for more progressive policies. 

Where do we even begin? With a Courage Score of 0, Nguyen has voted against critical bills that would improve the lives of workers’ families. She voted NO on SB 406, a bill to expand the CA Family Leave Act; NO on SB 3, a bill to increase the minimum wage; and NO on AB 1017, which would institute policies to help secure equal pay for women. These issue are of particular concern in Orange County, which Sen. Nguyen represents, where it is exceedingly difficult for a single mother to afford housing and average commute times are among the worst in the state, according to research done by the CA Budget and Policy Center.

She also voted no on a landmark climate change bill, SB 32, which would have drastically reduced carbon emissions by 2050. Think it has anything to do with the $645,716 spent on her 2014 election by the oil, gas, and energy industries — including Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Chevron, Tesoro, and Valero?  Her constituents, on the other hand, voted overwhelmingly (58%) in support of Prop 39 in 2012 to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools.

It gets worse. Sen. Nguyen even received money from the National Rifle Association. That might explain why she voted against SB 347, a lifesaving bill to expand gun safety that was introduced in response to the tragic Isla Vista massacre.

In addition to this long list of disappointing votes, Sen. Nguyen did not support AB 1351 (Promotes Drug Rehabilitation),  AB 1352 (Preventing Unintended Deportations), SB 654 (Regulate Hazardous Waste), AB 359 (Protects Grocery Workers), AB 465 (Protects Workers’ Rights), and SB 546 (Stops Unjustified Health Insurance Rate Hikes).

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STATE Assembly
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TOM DALY (DEM)

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Asm. Daly holds the distinction of being the LEAST progressive Democrat in the Assembly with a Courage Score of 22.

He received strong financial support from oil and energy industry giants — including Chevron, PG&E, and Sempra Energy — as well as medical insurance PACs. Why does this matter? He has voted several times against critical legislation to curb climate change and increase access to medical insurance.

Specifically, he voted against SB 32 and AB 356 — two landmark bills that would have dramatically curbed climate pollution by 2050 and protected groundwater around oil projects — even though his district voted in support (62%) of a forward thinking environmental policy that would greatly improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools by closing a tax loophole (Proposition 39 in 2012). SB 32 in particular would have benefited many low-income and Latino communities whose health is often compromised due to fossil fuel pollution that is repeatedly linked to asthma and other illnesses. And in fact, Asm. Daly’s district is over 76% Latino. So is it just us, or does it seem like the oil and gas industry have a bigger pull on Asm. Daly’s vote than his own constituents?

Given all this, it’s no wonder Asm. Daly is the LEAST progressive Democrat in the entire Assembly. But the most damning evidence is that over the past several elections, his constituents have voted fairly progressively, ranking his district the 35th most progressive out of 80, based on an analysis by Progressive Kick.

Asm. Daly also did not support AB 465 (Protect Workers’ Rights), AB 1352 (Preventing Unintended Deportations), SB 443 (Civil Asset Forfeiture), SB 406 (Expanding Paid Family Leave), AB 1017 (Pay Equity), SB 641 (Consumer Protections), SB 7 (Water Meters & Water Conservations), SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal Protections), AB 67 (Double Pay on Holidays), and SB 308 (Debtor Protections).

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JIM FRAZIER (DEM)

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Asm. Jim Frazier cast major NO votes on two environmental bills — SB 32 and AB 356 — that would have drastically reduced carbon emissions by 2050 and implemented important groundwater protections around oil projects — votes that are especially egregious given California’s historic drought. Yet when his district had an opportunity to cast their ballot on a related climate change issue — specifically Prop 39, which would improve energy efficiency in CA and expand clean energy in schools — they voted overwhelmingly in support of it (i.e. 62%). So, why all the NOs, Asm. Frazier? It wouldn’t have to do with the significant financial backing you receive from the oil industry, right? Or the hotel room that Big Oil comped for you at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay last year during a critical legislative fight on two groundbreaking climate change bills (SB 32 and SB 350), now would it?

No wonder Asm. Frazier’s voting record is tied for the FIFTH WORST among Democrats in the Assembly (Courage Score = 25).

Asm. Frazier also voted against SB 406 — which would expand the Paid Family Leave Program — and AB 1017 — which instituted policies to help secure equal pay for women. He also stamped a NO on AB 67, which would require double-time pay for workers on Thanksgiving. As more and more stores stay open on the holiday, this was an important measure to better compensate the workers forced to clock-in and lose time with their families.  

When it comes to addressing issues of criminal justice, Asm. Frazier’s own district voted 68% in support of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (Prop 36 in 2012) — a flawed policy from President Reagan’s deeply racist 40+ year War on Drugs. In turn, Frazier had a chance to dismantle another leftover law from the failed War on Drugs, SB 443, which would curb an unjust policy called Civil Asset Forfeiture that allows police to seize people’s cash and personal belongings without even charging them with a crime — a policy that gives police a free pass to impose on people’s civil rights and steal from low-income communities and communities of color.

In addition, Asm. Frazier did not support SB 347 (Expanding Gun Safety), SB 641 (Consumer Protections), SB 7 (Water Meters & Water Conservations), SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal Protections), SB 308 (Debtor Protections), and AB 533 (Unexpected Medical Bills).

Asm. Jim Frazier consistently votes against bills that mirror the values of the Democratic platform. At this point, can you even call Frazier a Democrat?

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STATE Assembly
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JIM COOPER (DEM)

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Asm. Jim Cooper, a former captain in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, has failed to represent his constituents views on both racial and environmental justice. In fact, he’s tied for FIFTH WORST voting record among all Assembly Democrats with a Courage Score of 25. He opposed SB 443 — a bill that would curb an unjust racist policy called Civil Asset Forfeiture that allows police to seize people’s cash and personal belongings without even charging them with a crime. And he did NOT support the Racial & Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (AB 953) — a landmark bill that addressed issues of racial profiling and police brutality. This life-saving bill was introduced in direct response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the numerous deaths at the hands of law enforcement. Lastly, he was the only member of the Legislative Black Caucus not to vote for SB 227, an important bill for racial justice and police accountability that prohibited the use of grand juries in cases involving the use of force by police.

Asm. Cooper’s poor voting history on these issues comes despite the fact that the majority of his district supports policies to address issues of criminal justice reform and racial justice. For example, his district voted 66% in favor of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law in 2012 (Prop 36) and 52% in support of Prop 47 in 2014 to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors — both key steps to reduce prison overcrowding and dismantle the deeply racist and flawed War on Drugs that has locked up far too many people of color in our state.

In addition, Asm. Cooper’s record on climate change and oil industry regulation is atrocious, despite his own constituents’ support of clean energy and oil regulation. He has received hefty support from the oil and energy industry, including Chevron, PG&E, and Occidental Oil and Gas. This comfy relationship with Big Oil and Big Energy may explain why he was absent for the votes on two game-changing climate bills — SB 32 and AB 356. These landmark bills would have dramatically curbed climate pollution by 2050 and increased groundwater protections around oil projects. Although Cooper didn’t show up to vote, his constituents did and voted overwhelmingly (59%) in support of Prop 39 in 2012 to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools.

Asm. Cooper also did not support AB 1352 (Preventing Unintended Deportations), SB 406 (Expanding Paid Family Leave), SB 641 (Consumer Protections), SB 7 (Water Meters & Water Conservations), AB 67 (Double Pay on Holidays), SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal Protections), SB 308 (Debtor Protections), and AB 533 (Unexpected Medical Bills).

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STATE Assembly
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PATRICK O’DONNELL (DEM)

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Asm. Patrick O’Donnell has an addiction to abstaining from votes. And it’s important to understand that in the California Legislature, there is really no difference between an abstention and a NO vote.  Last year, his voting record ranked him as the 43rd most progressive legislator (Courage Score = 41) — in the bottom 10 among Democrats.

He abstained on two critical environmental bills (SB 32 and AB 356) which would have dramatically curbed climate pollution by 2050 and increased groundwater protections around oil projects. His constituents, on the other hand, voted far more progressively than he, evidenced by their 64% support of Proposition 39 in 2012 to close a tax loophole to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools. It may not surprise you that the oil and gas industry were some of his biggest donors.

He also abstained on SB 443 — a bill that would curb an unjust, racist policy called Civil Asset Forfeiture that allows police to seize people’s cash and personal belongings without even charging them with a crime, a policy left over from President Reagan’s failed War on Drugs. At the same time, 71% of his district voted in support of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (Prop 36 in 2012) and 63% voted in support of Prop 47 in 2014 to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors and reduce prison overcrowding.

Asm. O’Donnell also did not support AB 953 (The Racial Identity & Profiling Act 2015), AB 1017 (Pay Equity), SB 406 (Expanded Paid Family Leave), SB 347 (Expanding Gun Safety), SB 641 (Consumer Protections), SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal Protections), SB 308 (Debtor Protections), and AB 533 (Unexpected Medical Bills).

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STATE Assembly
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MIKE GIPSON (DEM)

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Asm. Mike Gipson represents one of the most progressive districts in California, right in the heart of Los Angeles. His constituents ranked 18th most progressive in an analysis by Progressive Kick. However, his voting record lags far behind in 39th place (Courage Score = 53).

He voted against two critical environmental bills (SB 32 and AB 356), which would have dramatically curbed carbon pollution by 2050 and increased groundwater protections around oil projects. His district is also home to the Long Beach Oil Field and one of the most polluted cities in California, Long Beach. His failure to support legislation addressing climate change made us wonder: Did the big contributions from corporations and the oil industry (Tesoro, Chevron, and others) have anything to do with it?

Asm. Gipson — a former police officer with the Maywood Police Department — was also absent for SB 443, which would have required due process before law enforcement can seize personal property — a practice that disproportionately targets low-income individuals and people of color. Civil asset forfeiture started during President Reagan’s administration to crack down on drug traffickers and has been used as a tool to finance the failed War on Drugs. At the same time, Asm. Gipson’s constituents voted with OVERWHELMING support (nearly 80%) for both Prop 47 in 2014 (to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors and help reduce prison overcrowding) and Prop 36 in 2012 (to repeal California’s Three Strikes Law) — two propositions that significantly addressed the impacts of our flawed War on Drugs.

Asm. Gipson also did not support SB 7 (Water Meters & Water Conservations), AB 67 (Double Pay on Holidays), SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal Protections), SB 308 (Debtor Protections), and AB 533 (Unexpected Medical Bills).

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STATE Assembly
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BILL DODD (DEM)

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Asm. Bill Dodd’s voting record (Courage Score = 53) ranks him in the bottom 13 among Democrats, but his constituents vote far more progressively than he does. Asm. Dodd voted NO on SB 32, which would have drastically reduced carbon emissions by 2050, despite his constituents support for clean energy — i.e. his district voted 63% in favor of Prop 39 which would allocate $550 million annually to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools.

He also voted no on SB 443 — a bill that would curb an unjust, racist policy called Civil Asset Forfeiture that allows police to seize people’s cash and personal belongings without even charging them with a crime. What did his district think about the War on Drugs?

Seventy-one percent voted in support of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (Prop 36 in 2012) and 62% voted in support of Prop 47 in 2014 which reduced non-violent felonies to misdemeanors — key policies to dismantle the deeply racist and flawed War on Drugs. So who are you representing, Asm. Dodd?

To top it off, Asm. Dodd did not support SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal protections), AB 67 (Double-Pay on Holidays), SB 7 (Water Meters & Water Conservations), SB 406 (Expanding Paid Family leave), SB 308 (Debtor Protections), and AB 708 (requires ingredient disclosure on cleaning products to improve safety).

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STATE Assembly
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JIM WOOD (DEM)

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With a Courage Score of 55, Asm. Jim Wood’s voting record ranks him as the 38th most progressive legislator — in the bottom 12 among Democrats — but his constituents vote far more progressively than he does, ranking 22nd according to an analysis by Progressive Kick. For example, Asm. Wood voted NO on SB 443 — a bill to curb an unjust, racist policy called Civil Asset Forfeiture that gives police a free pass to steal from Californians. Meanwhile, his progressive district clearly supports racial justice and has voted in support of key policies to dismantle the flawed, racist War on Drugs. For example, 76% voted YES on Prop 36 in 2012 (to repeal California’s Three Strikes Law) and 67% voted YES on Prop 47 in 2014 (to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors).

Even worse, Asm. Wood did not support the Racial & Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (AB 953) — a landmark bill that addressed issues of racial profiling and police brutality. AB 953 was introduced in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the numerous deaths at the hands of law enforcement. Looks like we’re starting to see a pattern.

Asm. Wood also made his stance on workers’ rights pretty clear when he abstained on SB 406 (Expanding Paid Family Leave) and AB 1017 (Equal Pay for Women).

He also failed to support the following bills: SB 641 (Consumer Protections), SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal Protections), AB 533 (Unexpected Medical Bills), and SB 308 (Debtor Protections).

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STATE Assembly
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MATT DABABNEH (DEM)

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Asm. Matt Dababneh is failing his constituents with the 36th most progressive voting record in the Assembly (Courage Score = 56), despite his district’s clear preference for progressive policies. He voted against AB 1017, which instituted policies to help secure equal pay for women, and AB 67, which would require double-time pay for workers on Thanksgiving Day — an important step to better compensate workers who are forced to miss time with their families as more stores stay open.

Asm. Dababneh was also absent for a vote on SB 7, a bill that improves water conservation and consumer protections for renters and commercial tenants. Do you think his absence had anything to do with the $57,430.18 he received from an independent expenditure that is largely backed by the California real estate and construction/development industry?  

Asm. Dababneh also did not support two important healthcare bills — SB 260, which would have expanded Medi-Cal managed care protections, and AB 533, which would have protected healthcare recipients from unexpected out-of-network bills. He also received financial backing from the medical industry.

Asm. Dababneh did not support AB 1352 (Preventing Unintended Deportations), and SB 308 (Debtor Protections).

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STATE Assembly
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SEBASTIAN RIDLEY-THOMAS (DEM)

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What’s most surprising about Asm. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas is that he represents the 7th most progressive district in the entire state, according to an analysis by Progressive Kick, while his voting record is terrible, ranking him 33rd in the Assembly (Courage Score = 58)How does that happen?

During his 2013 election, Asm. Ridley-Thomas received immense financial support from the oil and energy industry — including $96,911.15 from an independent expenditure backed by energy giant PG&E and the California Independent Petroleum Association PAC. He did NOT support AB 356 — which would have protected groundwater for drinking and irrigation from oil projects in California — or SB 32 — a bill that would drastically reduce our carbon emissions in CA — until the bill was watered down.

Asm. Ridley-Thomas was also absent during the vote on SB 443 — a bill that would have required due process before law enforcement can seize personal property, a practice that largely targets people of color and low-income individuals. But how do Asm. Ridley-Thomas’s constituents feel about reforming abuses in our criminal justice system? In 2012, they voted 82% in support of Prop 36 to overturn California’s Three Strikes Law and help reduce prison overcrowding, and 77% in support of Prop 47 in 2014 to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors and reduce prison overcrowding.

Asm. Ridley-Thomas was also absent for two critical healthcare related bills — SB 260 and AB 533 — which would have ensured greater equity among Medi-Cal managed plans and protected consumers from surprise bills from out-of-network doctors. He also received significant contributions from the medical industry. Coincidence?

Asm. Ridley-Thomas also did not support AB 1352 (Preventing Unintended Deportations) and SB 308 (Debtor Protections).

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CATHARINE BAKER (REP)

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First, let us acknowledge that Asm. Catharine Baker is a Republican. She’s on this list because she represents the 26th most progressive Assembly district, according to an analysis by Progressive Kick, yet fails her constituents with a voting record that ranks 54th (Courage Score = 6).

Her constituents voted in support of repealing the Three Strikes Law (69% on Prop 36) in 2012, 64% in support of Prop 47 in 2014 to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors, and 60% in support of Prop 39 in 2012 to close a tax loophole to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools.

As for Asm. Baker, she voted against SB 443, which would curb an unjust policy called Civil Asset Forfeiture that allows police to seize people’s cash and personal belongings without even charging them with a crime — a policy that gives police a free pass to impose on people’s civil rights and steal from low-income communities and communities of color. And she did NOT support the Racial & Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (AB 953) — a landmark bill that addressed issues of racial profiling and police brutality. She also voted against AB 356, which would have increased protections for groundwater around oil projects (especially egregious given the historic CA drought) and did not support SB 32, which would have drastically reduced carbon pollution by 2050.

It should be no surprise that Asm. Baker received enormous financial support from a PAC funded by the California Chamber of Commerce and large corporations like Philip Morris, Anthem Blue Cross, and oil and energy companies including Sempra Energy, PG&E and Chevron.

Asm. Baker’s record also included NO votes on FOUR bills (AB 465, AB 67, AB 359, and AB 1017) that would have improved working conditions for many low-income workers, people of color, and LGBT people.

Asm. Baker did not support AB 1352 (Preventing Unintended Deportations), SB 406 (Expanding Paid Family Leave), SB 347 (Expanding Gun Safety), SB 641 (Consumer Protections), SB 260 (Expanding Medi-Cal Protections), SB 308 (Debtor Protections), and AB 533 (Unexpected Medical Bills).

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