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    Benjamin Cardin: Expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
    Maya Cummings: Emily's List endorsement.
    Richard Madaleno: Supported Planned Parenthood when Feds tried to cut.
    Jamie Raskin: Protect women's right to their own healthcare decisions.
    Kathy Szeliga: Valuing life begins with the unborn.
    Donna Edwards: Fought for abortion rights in community AND in Congress.
    Larry Hogan: 1980s: ban abortions; 1992: don't overturn pro-choice laws.
    Larry Hogan: Personally opposed but no effect since it's legally settled.
    Dan Bongino: Opposes federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
    Martin O`Malley: $101M for stem cell research over six years.
    Benjamin Cardin: Support the expansion of embryonic stem cell research.
    Benjamin Cardin: Make sure there is no human cloning.
    Benjamin Cardin: Parents should be notified on abortion choices in most cases.
    Michael Steele: Support stem cell research that involves no embryonic cells.
    Michael Steele: See embryonic stem cells as lives.
    Michael Steele: Set up adoptions for unwanted embryos.
    Michael Steele: Roe v. Wade should remain in place.
Budget & Economy
    Arvin Vohra: Remove legal tender laws & stimulate the economy.
    Margaret Flowers: Federal Reserve is over-leveraged, like in 2008 crash.
    Martin O`Malley: Tax reductions & regulatory reforms to help job creators.
    Rob Sobhani: Morally wrong to spend more than government takes in.
Civil Rights
    Arvin Vohra: Abolish Patriot Act and redundant spy agencies.
    Richard Madaleno: Committed to fighting for marriage equality & LGBTQ rights.
    Jamie Raskin: Ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.
    Jamie Raskin: Passionate champion of marriage equality.
    Chris Van Hollen: Straight, but fought discrimination against gay workers.
    Larry Hogan: Respect state law on same-sex marriage (even if not my view).
    Larry Hogan: I evolved and will not repeal same-sex marriage law.
    Larry Hogan: Opposes a transgender rights bill.
    Jamie Raskin: Voted YES on state authorization of same-sex marriage.
    Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO on state authorization of same-sex marriage.
    Richard Madaleno: Voted YES on state authorization of same-sex marriage.
    Martin O`Malley: Civil marriage rights for all Marylanders.
    Eric Wargotz: Uphold DOMA, the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
    Corrogan Vaughn: Accessible, affordable health care for American citizens.
    Benjamin Cardin: Support affirmative action and programs that help minorities.
    Michael Steele: Support affirmative action and its improvements.
    Parris Glendening: Racial Profiling is immoral and must stop.
    Parris Glendening: Do more to foster and support small and minority business.
    Parris Glendening: Combat discrimination based on sexual orientation.
    Richard Madaleno: Support smaller businesses as job creators.
    Kathy Szeliga: Policy makers care more about Wall Street than Main Street.
    Margaret Flowers: Wealth divide makes capitalism dangerous to the 99%.
    Margaret Flowers: Break up big banks & criminally prosecute their CEOs.
    Martin O`Malley: Change Maryland's anti-business attitude.
    Martin O`Malley: Repeal personal property tax on small business.
    Martin O`Malley: Maryland is #1 in businesses owned by women.
    Dan Bongino: Lessen the tax burden on residents and businesses.
    Dan Bongino: Predictable tax code benefits economy more than revenue loss.
    Michael Steele: Expand minority-owned business opportunities.
    Alec Ross: Education key to addressing crime.
    Larry Hogan: Justice for Victims Initiative: protect vulnerable citizens.
    Anthony Brown: Protect victims of domestic violence with better services.
    Margaret Flowers: Racial justice: end disparities in incarceration.
    Larry Hogan: Vetoed expansion of voting rights to 40,000 ex-offenders.
    Martin O`Malley: Repealed death penalty; reduced prison incarceration.
    Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO on repealing the death penalty.
    Jamie Raskin: Voted YES on repealing the death penalty.
    Richard Madaleno: Voted YES on repealing the death penalty.
    Corrogan Vaughn: Restore the rights to non-violent ex-offenders.
    Michael Steele: More focus on victims of violent crime.
    Michael Steele: Mandatory sentencing guidelines for child sex offenders.
    Michael Steele: Combat the proliferation of gangs.
    Arvin Vohra: Stop the war on drugs; end black market profits.
    Richard Madaleno: Opioid epidemic is health issue, not criminal one.
    Alec Ross: Let's see response to medical marijuana.
    Richard Madaleno: Co-sponsored marijuana legalization bill.
    Larry Hogan: Created the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force.
    Richard Douglas: Served as counter-narcotics deputy under George W. Bush.
    Jamie Raskin: Reduce mandatory sentencing for drug offenses.
    Richard Madaleno: Reduce mandatory sentencing for drug offenses.
    Kathy Szeliga: Keep mandatory sentencing for drug offenses.
    Martin O`Malley: Executive Order to address this heroin epidemic.
    Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO on reducing penalties for possession of marijuana.
    Jamie Raskin: Voted YES on reducing penalties for possession of marijuana.
    Richard Madaleno: Voted YES on reducing penalties for possession of marijuana.
    Martin O`Malley: Baltimore recovered from open-air drug markets.
    Michael Steele: More enforcement against Drug Trafficking.
    Benjamin Cardin: $3M for Baltimore STEM education grants.
    Arvin Vohra: Stop the one-size-fits-none education programs.
    Maya Cummings: Public education should be path to success.
    Richard Madaleno: Public schools are the key to our future.
    Alec Ross: One Economy: Internet & content to low-income schools.
    Larry Hogan: $7M for student scholarships to attend a private school.
    Larry Hogan: Tuition relief for state colleges: 2% growth cap.
    Larry Hogan: More charter school choice; more P-TECH schools.
    Anthony Brown: Increase investments in our state's schools.
    Jamie Raskin: Curb the dogmas and protocols of the new testing mania.
    Jamie Raskin: Stop hobbling our young people with mountains of debt.
    Kathy Szeliga: One-size-fits-all approach is failing our children.
    Margaret Flowers: No tuition from pre-school through graduate school.
    Martin O`Malley: Encourage more public charter schools.
    Martin O`Malley: Tax credits for contributions to private & parochial schools.
    Dan Bongino: Schools must inspire next generation of engineers & doctors.
    Martin O`Malley: Complete College Maryland: incentives to finish on time.
    Mary Landrieu: Strongly believes in early childhood education.
    Michael Steele: Oppose the No Child Left Behind Act.
    Parris Glendening: Began the Golden Age of School Construction ($1.6B).
    Parris Glendening: Make tuition an anachronism: free college for all.
Energy & Oil
    Richard Madaleno: Maryland should lead way on renewable energy.
    Larry Hogan: Clean Cars Act: invest in electric cars & charging stations.
    Jamie Raskin: Invest in clean energy to break our carbon addiction.
    Margaret Flowers: Transition to a carbon-free, nuclear-free energy economy.
    Richard Douglas: Vote YES on Keystone pipeline; it's a call to arms.
    Martin O`Malley: End the automatic gas tax increase.
    Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO on offshore wind renewable energy credits.
    Jamie Raskin: Voted YES on offshore wind renewable energy credits.
    Richard Madaleno: Voted YES on offshore wind renewable energy credits.
    Ben Cardin: End special breaks to oil industries.
    Rob Sobhani: Untangle national security from our need for oil and gas.
    Martin O`Malley: Raise gas tax by 2% per year, to rebuild infrastructure.
    Arvin Vohra: Our biggest polluter is the American Government.
    Maya Cummings: Environmental protection a priority.
    Alec Ross: Ready to confront major polluters.
    Larry Hogan: Reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment in Chesapeake Bay.
    Jamie Raskin: Expand domestic violence protective orders to include pets.
    Margaret Flowers: Environmental justice: Corporations responsible for damage.
    Martin O`Malley: Passed milestone of preserving 1 million acres of open space.
    Martin O`Malley: Flush Tax: fund green upgrade to wastewater treatment plants.
    Mary Landrieu: Coastal wetlands erosion is an unfolding catastrophe.
    Michael Steele: Revitalize the Chesapeake; focus on open space preservation.
    Parris Glendening: $955 million for public transit & Smart Growth initiatives.
Families & Children
    Maya Cummings: Support family security in workplace.
    Arvin Vohra: Marriage isn't magic but skills can be learned.
    Larry Hogan: Pass the Common Sense Paid Sick Leave Act.
    Kathy Szeliga: Encourage flexibility so employees can be good parents.
    Kathy Szeliga: Voted against new birth certificates for sex changes.
    Jamie Raskin: Voted for new birth certificates for sex changes.
    Richard Madaleno: Voted for new birth certificates for sex changes.
    Martin O`Malley: Cut infant mortality by 21%, after setting goal of 10%.
    Mary Landrieu: Supports adoption and foster care reform.
    Corrogan Vaughn: Priority on family and marriage values.
Foreign Policy
    Kathy Szeliga: Cutting deals with our enemy puts America at risk.
    Margaret Flowers: ISIS is a symptom of the failure of "War on Terror".
    Richard Douglas: Reform policies on Russian aggression, ISIS, Syria, and Iran.
    Martin O`Malley: Respect my right to shy away from foreign policy.
    Martin O`Malley: Israeli separation barrier might be called "peace wall".
    Rob Sobhani: Focus on bringing foreign investment to Maryland.
    Rob Sobhani: Peace through strength.
    Dan Bongino: Base Israel borders on 1967 lines, with Jerusalem as capital.
Free Trade
    Jamie Raskin: Support only free trade deals that are fair and balanced.
    Kathy Szeliga: Support TPP to expand free trade with Pacific nations.
    Margaret Flowers: Movement against corporate rigged trade agreements like TPP.
    Chris Van Hollen: I oppose TPP; but look at each trade deal individually.
    Rob Sobhani: Free and fair trade plus multilateralism.
    Michael Steele: Led trade mission to Ghana and South Africa.
Government Reform
    Larry Hogan: Disallow legislators from drawing their own district lines.
    Jamie Raskin: Restore the voting rights of ex-felons.
    Larry Hogan: Vetoed restoring voting rights to 40,000 ex-offenders.
    Larry Hogan: Undo restored voting rights to ex-felons.
    Chris Van Hollen: Do everything we can to make it easier to vote.
    Martin O`Malley: Fair Campaign Financing Act for gubernatorial elections.
    Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO to online voter registration & online voting.
    Jamie Raskin: Voted YES to online voter registration & online voting.
    Richard Madaleno: Voted YES to online voter registration & online voting.
    Rob Sobhani: Public service shouldn't be a life-long career; 2-term limit.
Gun Control
    Arvin Vohra: Remove all gun ownership restrictions.
    Maya Cummings: Focus on gun violence.
    Richard Madaleno: Sponsored ban on guns on campus.
    Jamie Raskin: Ban assault weapons; plus fingerprint licensing system.
    Margaret Flowers: More background checks; more ammo limits; more regulations.
    Kathy Szeliga: I believe in the right to bear arms.
    Chris Van Hollen: Common sense measures like universal background checks.
    Larry Hogan: Instant background checks tied to the federal system.
    Martin O`Malley: Further toughen the enforcement of our gun laws.
Health Care
    Benjamin Cardin: Invest in prevention and early detection.
    Arvin Vohra: Wants to eliminate the FDA and Medicare part D.
    Maya Cummings: Universal health care is the goal.
    Richard Madaleno: Single-payer would be ideal outcome.
    Alec Ross: Favors public option over single payer.
    Jamie Raskin: Long-time champion of single-payer health care.
    Margaret Flowers: Full-time advocate for single payer health care system.
    Ben Cardin: We need to move forward, not repeal ObamaCare.
    Dan Bongino: ObamaCare places too much power in the hands of bureaucrats.
    Rob Sobhani: Build on ObamaCare so it's not all government controlled.
    Rob Sobhani: Invest $500M in Maryland hospitals for R&D.
    Dan Bongino: Health research is the solution, but not by gov't.
    Jamie Raskin: Voted YES on establishing an ObamaCare healthcare exchange.
    Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO on establishing an ObamaCare healthcare exchange.
    Richard Madaleno: Voted YES on establishing an ObamaCare healthcare exchange.
    Mary Landrieu: Supported the creation and expansion of health care for kids.
Homeland Security
    Benjamin Cardin: More research into causes of combat-related illnesses.
    Anthony Brown: Fund Base Realignment and Closure transportation projects.
    Jamie Raskin: Support Easter Seals programs for wounded warriors.
    Kathy Szeliga: The V.A. fails our veterans with mountains of red-tape.
    Larry Hogan: No county or city restrictions on drones; study state use.
    Jamie Raskin: No county or city restrictions on drones; study state use.
    Kathy Szeliga: No county or city restrictions on drones; study state use.
    Richard Madaleno: No county or city restrictions on drones; study state use.
    Dan Bongino: Veterans deserve effective and dependable health care.
    Mary Landrieu: Co-sponsored the 21st Century GI Bill.
    Corrogan Vaughn: Strong national defense based on domestic manufacturing base.
    Michael Steele: Rumsfeld wouldnít be my secretary of defense.
    Arvin Vohra: End restrictions on immigration; open our borders.
    Jamie Raskin: Comprehensive immigration reform must be a top priority.
    Richard Douglas: Decriminalize hiring American; protect them from foreigners.
    Rob Sobhani: Immigration system is broken; enforce our current law.
    Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant.
    Jamie Raskin: Voted YES on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant.
    Richard Madaleno: Voted YES on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant.
    Arvin Vohra: Eliminate the minimum wage entirely.
    Maya Cummings: Boost income for low-paid workers.
    Richard Madaleno: Raise minimum wage to $15 to boost economy.
    Larry Hogan: New jobs in manufacturing led to low unemployment.
    Jamie Raskin: Low minimum wage causes wealth inequality.
    Kathy Szeliga: Look to improve wages for all, not how low wages should be.
    Donna Edwards: We need a woman's voice in the discussion on equal pay.
    Rob Sobhani: Find private sector funding for Maryland job initiatives.
    Martin O`Malley: We have driven unemployment down to a three-year low.
    Martin O`Malley: Recovery & Reinvestment Act creates jobs; spend more locally.
Local Issues
    Larry Hogan: Repeal the misguided Road Kill Bill.
    Martin O`Malley: Recognized native Piscataway People after 350 years.
Principles & Values
    Rob Sobhani: Ran in Republican Senate primary in 1992 and 2002.
    Rob Sobhani: I'll keep my promises or I won't run for a second term.
    Rob Sobhani: OpEd: Major-party candidates afraid of debating Sobhani.
    Corrogan Vaughn: Experienced as faith-based leader.
    Corrogan Vaughn: Co-hosted two political radio shows in Maryland.
    Benjamin Cardin: Would have voted against the Alito nomination.
    Michael Steele: Proud to be a Republican and not running away from the party.
Social Security
    Arvin Vohra: Wants to shut down the Social Security system.
    Larry Hogan: Eliminate all taxes on retirement income.
    Jamie Raskin: Remove cap to preserve and strengthen Social Security.
    Kathy Szeliga: Adapt the way Social Security is currently managed.
    Chris Van Hollen: Keep a more generous cost-of-living formula.
    Donna Edwards: Fought privatization in community AND in Congress.
    Martin O`Malley: Repeal income tax on retired veterans; & later all retirees.
    Michael Steele: Flexibility for some ownership over retirement choices.
Tax Reform
    Kathy Szeliga: I believe in lower taxes and smaller government.
    Martin O`Malley: Cut $9.1B spending with no fee nor tax increases.
    Rob Sobhani: 15% flat rate for most workers; high earners pay more.
    Michael Steele: Create legacy wealth for future generations.
    Parris Glendening: Cut 28 taxes & returned $2.6B to taxpayers.
    Benjamin Cardin: Regulate nanotechnology in products; develop best practices.
    Richard Madaleno: Investment for all transportation, not partisan slush fund.
    Arvin Vohra: Technology can lower prices if barriers are gone.
    Alec Ross: Obama/Clinton advisor on internet freedom & technology.
    Larry Hogan: Fix all 69 structurally deficient bridges that we inherited.
    Anthony Brown: Public Private Partnership for infrastructure investments.
    Jamie Raskin: Green Deal: massive investment in eroding infrastructure.
    Martin O`Malley: $25M more for road improvements.
    Dan Bongino: Return the United States to being a center of innovation.
    Martin O`Malley: $156M for One Maryland Broadband Network.
    Martin O`Malley: 21st Century cyber-infrastructure & rural broadband network.
War & Peace
    Arvin Vohra: U.S. in foreign civil wars is wrong and dangerous.
    Jamie Raskin: Iran nuke deal is best chance to prevent Iranian nukes.
    Chris Van Hollen: End 2002 Iraq War authority; no ground troops in Mideast.
    Kathy Szeliga: ISIS presents a serious threat and must be destroyed.
    Margaret Flowers: Iran nuke deal is first step towards normalizing relations.
    Kathy Szeliga: Iran backroom nuclear deal just kicks the can down the road.
    Richard Douglas: When the Senate fails, Iran gets the bomb.
    Richard Douglas: If the Senate fails, we fail, like Iran nuke deal.
    Dan Bongino: Too late to act if Iran gets even just a few nukes.
    Mary Landrieu: New course for our strategy in Iraq, with benchmarks.
    Benjamin Cardin: Withdraw troops plus diplomatic solution, but no timetable.
    Benjamin Cardin: Never turn our back on our troops.
    Benjamin Cardin: Redeploy our troops and focus on the war on terror.
    Michael Steele: We need a clear strategy, and to pressure Iraq govít.
    Michael Steele: Iraq war worth it, to establish beachhead of democracy.
    Michael Steele: Would still vote for the Iraq war even there were no weapons.
    Michael Steele: Withdrawal is on the table if Iraqis want a civil war.
    Michael Steele: Make sure we leave behind in Iraq is an ally.
Welfare & Poverty
    Margaret Flowers: Guaranteed basic income of $1,000 per month per person.
    Martin O`Malley: Move from welfare to work; & raise Earned Income tax credit.

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