As year ends, California lawmakers are graded by the people who might count the most: interest groups (Los Angeles Times)

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More than a dozen organizations assign a grade to each member of the state Senate and Assembly, distributed on an annual scorecard. Some assessments have already been published; others will be released in early 2018. It's important to call them what they really are: an electoral litmus test, one that fuels campaign donations and is later splashed across mail sent to voters — "Jane Smith is a champion/destroyer of the environment," for example. It can be effective for voters who have little other information on the job their legislator has been doing in Sacramento.
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