Ranking the political ideology of liberals and conservatives is about as difficult as choosing your favorite child. Capitol Weekly, the Sacramento political newspaper attempted to separate the Legislature's political spectrum last week and found Sen. Ellen Corbett to be one of eight "perfect liberals in the State Senate. Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi received an 89 out of possible 100--100 being a "perfect liberal" and zero being a "perfect conservative."
Click here to view Capitol Weekly's rankings.
The charts were compiled from 19 bills including the budget bill, Harvey Milk Day, the infamously expunged oil drilling bill and legislation to bypass an environmental study for a football stadium in Southern California.
Others receiving a perfect liberal score in the Senate include state Sens. Loni Hancock, Christine Kehoe, Mark Leno, Alan Lowenthal, Fran Pavley, Joe Simitian and Pat Wiggins.
In the Assembly nine legislators received a perfect liberal mark, including Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano, Julia Brownly, Mark Feuer, Jared Huffman, Bonnie Lowenthal, Bill Manning, Pedro Nava, Mary Salas and Nancy Skinner.
Assemblyman Mike Villines was the only person in the entire Legislature to garner a perfect conservative score. Villines is running for state insurance commissioner in 2010.
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