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Hall of Shame

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    STEVE GLAZER

    Sen. Steve Glazer is the least progressive Democrat in the Senate and a repeat Hall of Shamer. He prioritizes billionaires and corporate lobbyists over the interests of his constituents.

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    JANET NGUYEN

    Janet Nguyen, a Republican from a district that consistently shows support for progressive values, has the worst progressive voting record in the Senate.

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    TOM DALY

    Despite hailing from a district more progressive than half those in California, Asm. Tom Daly is back in the Hall of Shame with a voting record that reflects his staunch opposition to progressive values.

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    JIM FRAZIER

    Asm. Jim Frazier has aggressively opposed important progressive bills on every front -- failing again and again to protect the rights of workers, marginalized groups, and consumers.

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    JIM COOPER

    Asm. Jim Cooper has received more lobbying gifts than any other legislator and consistently votes against the interests of his constituents.

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    CATHARINE BAKER

    Asm. Baker, a Republican, represents a relatively progressive district but -- with rare exceptions -- consistently fails her constituents by voting like a dyed-in-the-wool conservative.

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    BILL DODD

    As an Assemblymember, Bill Dodd repeatedly voted against progressive changes in criminal and racial justice, workers’ rights, and environmental protection.

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    ROCKY CHáVEZ

    Rocky Chavez serves a middle-of-the-road district but votes like a conservative Republican, thoroughly earning a Courage Score of 0.

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    MARC STEINORTH

    Steinorth has accumulated a voting record among the most regressive in the entire Assembly while prioritizing business and special interests above everyday Californians.

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The Hall of Shame includes the legislators most out of step with their constituents, and most closely aligned with corporate and special interests that exploit the people of California. To make the list, a legislator needs to receive an F and demonstrate a voting record that does not represent the progressive will of their district. Read more about the methodology

STATE Senate
(DISTRICT 7)
F

STEVE GLAZER (D)

Glazer won his seat in 2015 with the help of millions of dollars of support from conservative mega-donor Bill Bloomfield, the California Real Estate industry, and other ultra-wealthy corporate types, among them the CEO of Netflix and the co-founder of The Gap.

In 2016, Glazer once again earned his place in our Hall of Shame by voting TWICE against bills to expand CA’s successful paid family leave program (SB 654 and SB 1166). He objected to retail workers receiving extra compensation if they were forced to leave their families on Thanksgiving (AB 67). He even refused to help educate the public about poisons in household cleaning products (AB 708), leaving us all vulnerable to cancer causing chemicals. Glazer repeatedly sides against workers on behalf of big business and corporate profits.

On housing issues, Sen. Glazer was also a failure. He voted to stop protections for widows and widowers at risk of losing their homes simply because their mortgage was in their spouse’s name (SB 1150), and he objected to common sense protections against abusive landlords (AB 2819). Is it any wonder, with the real estate industry as one of his key campaign donors, that Glazer consistently sides with greedy landlords out to exploit their tenants?

Sen. Glazer also stands on the wrong side of racial justice issues. He opposed farmworkers receiving the same overtime pay hikes that nearly all other professions receive, a disparity that mostly impacts workers of color (AB 1066), and helped water down a critical bill to reform the War on Drugs (AB 966), which would have eliminated sentencing “enhancements” that mostly target blacks and Latinos. Glazer’s approach to racial justice is dangerously regressive.

Last but certainly not least, Sen. Glazer was no friend to the environment or anyone who breathes air or drinks water — particularly poor people and people of color. He tried to block SB 1000, which required cities to take environmental health risks into account during planning, particularly in poorer communities. He opposed improving access to clean, safe water in poor communities (SB 1318) and opposed increasing the voice of environmental justice groups in policy decisions impacting air quality in Southern California (SB 1387). Steve Glazer’s votes on public health and the environment put the health of the people of California at risk.

There are many conservative Assemblymembers in the California Legislature with terrible Courage Scores, so what makes Sen. Glazer’s voting record so egregious? He is grotesquely out of touch with the values of his district. Voters in his East Bay district have repeatedly shown progressive values in votes on statewide ballot measures. They stand for many of the policies Sen. Glazer opposes. In 2012, they voted to raise taxes on the wealthy to fund schools (56% on Prop 30) and they extended those taxes in 2016 (60% on Prop 55). On environmental issues, they voted to ban plastic bags (56% on Prop 67 in 2016) and to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools (63% on Prop 39 in 2012). Sen. Glazer’s district also believes in reforming the racist, wasteful War on Drugs. It voted overwhelmingly in favor of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (69% on Prop 36 in 2012), and firmly supported reducing non-violent felonies to misdemeanors (63% on Prop. 47 in 2014) and reforming CA’s broken parole and juvenile trial system (66% on Prop 57 in 2016).

The voters in Glazer’s district repeatedly demonstrate progressive values and Sen. Steve Glazer repeatedly lets them down. This is shameful. His constituents deserve better.

HOLD STEVE GLAZER ACCOUNTABLE

    I am horrified by the way some legislators value corporate priorities and profits above the well being of everyday Californians. Based on what I’ve seen on The People’s Report Card of California, I think you are part of the problem. I respectfully ask you to stand up to these moneyed interests and demonstrate courage by representing your constituents.

    NOTE: Although you may be disappointed with your representative, please be respectful. Use this opportunity to offer constructive feedback. Please abstain from negative, disparaging language, including, but not limited to: expletives, comments about race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion, and anything specific to appearance.

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    STATE Assembly
    (DISTRICT 69)
    F

    TOM DALY (D)

    Asm. Tom Daly has returned to the Hall of Shame and, this time, he is the second least progressive Democrat in the Assembly. Despite hailing from a district (AD69) that is more progressive than half those in California, Daly’s Courage Score is just 22 out of 100. Sad! How can Daly in good conscience claim he represents his constituents?

    Daly voted against giving legal protections to those affected by environmental disasters, such as the Aliso Canyon gas leak (AB 2748). This bill would have held companies accountable for the harm they cause, but Daly sent a message with his vote that, when push comes to shove, he sides with corporate lobbyists. Why didn’t Daly support it? You think it has something to do with the almost $5,000 he received from the oil and gas industry opposing the bill?

    Daly’s district cares about criminal justice reform. A majority of AD69 voted to end the cruel practice of trying children as adults and reduce overcrowding in prisons (68% on Prop 57 in 2016). Does Daly care about making our criminal justice system more humane? Um, no. He voted against eliminating criminal sentences for underage sex trafficking victims (SB 1129).

    The voters of AD69 believe in equality for all Californians. They voted by a stunning majority to repeal the ban on bilingual education (80% on Prop 58 in 2016). When Daly had chances to create a level playing field for all Californians, he whiffed. Even on softballs like increasing the length of parental leave (SB 654) and mandating equal pay for women and all races and ethnicities (AB 1676), Asm. Daly struck out. Daly serves a district that supports equality, but fails to use his votes to advance the wishes of his constituents.

    FInally, Asm. Daly also holds a special place in the Hall as one of the Assembly’s leading Abstainers. What does this mean? On 22 of the 35 crucial votes includes in our Report Card, Daly didn’t vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ — he failed to cast a vote at all. Maybe Asm. Daly thought Californians wouldn’t see how many occasions he stood on the sidelines while others showed courage — but we noticed. It is hard to believe that on 22 different occasions, faced with an opportunity to take a stand for his constituents, Daly couldn’t even be bothered to cast a vote.

    From votes that prioritize special interests over his constituents to repeatedly failing to even cast a vote on key issues, Asm. Daly does not show courage. His constituents deserve better.

    HOLD TOM DALY ACCOUNTABLE

      I am horrified by the way some legislators value corporate priorities and profits above the well being of everyday Californians. Based on what I’ve seen on The People’s Report Card of California, I think you are part of the problem. I respectfully ask you to stand up to these moneyed interests and demonstrate courage by representing your constituents.

      NOTE: Although you may be disappointed with your representative, please be respectful. Use this opportunity to offer constructive feedback. Please abstain from negative, disparaging language, including, but not limited to: expletives, comments about race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion, and anything specific to appearance.

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      STATE Assembly
      (DISTRICT 9)
      F

      JIM COOPER (D)

      Asm. Jim Cooper is the third least progressive Democrat in the entire assembly. How? Think it has something to do with the wine and dine treatment he receives from corporate interests? Last year, the Sacramento Bee reported that Cooper accepted the most gifts from lobbyists of any legislator, allowing fat cats to shower him with lavish gifts like corporate suite tickets to opening night of a Paul McCartney concert tour. Fun! Since Asm. Cooper loves McCartney so much, let’s take a “Magical Mystery Tour” through Cooper’s dismal voting record to see how he continuously fails his constituents “With a Little Help from his (lobbyist) Friends.”

      Cooper voted against the early release of prisoners who have been held inhumanely in solitary confinement, and later show good behavior (SB 759). Cooper also voted against allowing adults to appeal their statuses in gang databases (AB 2298), against decriminalizing underage sex trafficking victims (SB 1322), and didn’t support measures to grant voting rights to low level felons who have turned their lives around (AB 2466), and to protect immigrants from immigration officials (AB 2792). And yet, Cooper’s voters know progressive criminal justice reform when they see it — AD09 voted to stop prison overcrowding by ending the cruel practice of trying children as adults (63% on Prop 57 in 2016). “Maybe I’m Amazed” at these votes — but you shouldn’t be. Cooper’s votes on criminal justice reform are “A Long and Winding Road” of rejecting the progressive will of his district.

      How about workers’ rights? Surely Jim Cooper, who draws a handsome six figure salary representing Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties, where there are hardworking Californians “Here, There and Everywhere”, is willing to stand up for workers, right? Nope. Cooper voted against giving fair pay to employees who have to work on Thanksgiving (AB 67) and against giving fair overtime pay to farm workers (AB 1066 and AB 2757). There are “No Words” to describe how frustrating it is to see Cooper’s votes on workers rights punish the many hard working Californians he represents.

      It seems like just “Yesterday” that Asm. Cooper was promising to ‘fight for the environment’ during the 2014 campaign. Well, Cooper can “Say, Say, Say” whatever he wants — his votes tell a different story. Cooper voted against providing more assistance for poor, frontline communities living in polluted air (AB 197) and against giving environmental justice organizations a more prominent voice in establishing healthy air solutions for California (SB 1387). Cooper abstained — failed to even cast a vote — on measures to help victims win compensation from environmental disasters (AB 2748), to require cities proactively work toward reducing environmental and health risks in low income communities (SB 1000) and to ensure all Californians have access to clean, safe drinking water (SB 1263). We’re “Looking Through You”, Asm. Cooper — we know you care more about corporate lobbyists than protecting California’s environment.

      Asm. Cooper has cast vote after vote in service of special interests, and shows no signs of “Getting Better”. He would be well served to “Get Back” to serving the will of his constituents.

      HOLD JIM COOPER ACCOUNTABLE

        I am horrified by the way some legislators value corporate priorities and profits above the well being of everyday Californians. Based on what I’ve seen on The People’s Report Card of California, I think you are part of the problem. I respectfully ask you to stand up to these moneyed interests and demonstrate courage by representing your constituents.

        NOTE: Although you may be disappointed with your representative, please be respectful. Use this opportunity to offer constructive feedback. Please abstain from negative, disparaging language, including, but not limited to: expletives, comments about race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion, and anything specific to appearance.

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        STATE Senate
        (DISTRICT 3)
        F

        BILL DODD (D)

        Bill Dodd is back in the Hall of Shame again, after receiving an F grade for a voting record that rejects progressive values, despite serving a relatively progressive district. Inexplicably, he repeatedly voted against criminal justice reform, environmental protections, worker’s rights, and racial justice. Dodd’s votes reject the will of his district in favor of regressive policies on almost every front.

        For starters, Dodd’s votes contributed to the failures of three very important Democratic bills that would have advanced the needs of many Californians. Fair pay for workers on Thanksgiving (AB 67)? Dodd voted against. Disclosure of toxic ingredients in household cleaning products (AB 708)? Dodd voted against. Voting rights for non-violent, low-level felons (AB 2466)? Dodd voted against. When critical progressive legislation receives a vote, Dodd votes against, against, against.

        On criminal justice, Dodd’s district, AD04, voted for reform and on behalf of racial justice, allowing parole consideration for non-violent felons (67% on Prop 57 in 2016). What did Dodd do when given the chance to support more humane, constructive approaches to criminal justice? He voted against protecting adults from unlawful gang databases (AB 2298) and voted against decriminalizing prostitution for minors who have been trafficked (SB 1322). In an area where his district wanted to see progressive reform, Bill Dodd failed them.

        Dodd’s district, which covers all of Napa County and some of Sonoma County, depends heavily on the labors of farm workers. But Bill Dodd voted against fair overtime pay for farm workers (AB 1066). Agriculture in Dodd’s district also depends on an abundance of water to power the region’s wine industry. But Dodd voted against improving water conservation (SB 7). And the future of Dodd’s district will depend on a healthy, sustainable environment. But Dodd abstained — didn’t even cast a vote — on setting a climate pollution reduction target for 2030 (SB 32). Repeatedly, Dodd votes against the interests of the very people who send him to Sacramento.

        While in the race to become Senator, Dodd claimed that he would work with progressive Democrats to push their priorities through. We hope he represents his district better as a Senator than he did as an Assemblymember.

        HOLD BILL DODD ACCOUNTABLE

          I am horrified by the way some legislators value corporate priorities and profits above the well being of everyday Californians. Based on what I’ve seen on The People’s Report Card of California, I think you are part of the problem. I respectfully ask you to stand up to these moneyed interests and demonstrate courage by representing your constituents.

          NOTE: Although you may be disappointed with your representative, please be respectful. Use this opportunity to offer constructive feedback. Please abstain from negative, disparaging language, including, but not limited to: expletives, comments about race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion, and anything specific to appearance.

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          STATE Assembly
          (DISTRICT 40)
          F

          MARC STEINORTH (R)