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Benjamin Cardin: Expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
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|
Martin O`Malley: Tax reductions & regulatory reforms to help job creators.
Rob Sobhani: Morally wrong to spend more than government takes in.
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.
Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO 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.
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.
Martin O`Malley: Repealed death penalty; reduced prison incarceration.
Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO 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.
Richard Douglas: Served as counter-narcotics deputy under George W. Bush.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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|
Kathy Szeliga: Voted against 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.
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.
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.
Martin O`Malley: Fair Campaign Financing Act for gubernatorial elections.
Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO to online voter registration & online voting.
Rob Sobhani: Public service shouldn't be a life-long career; 2-term limit.
Kathy Szeliga: I believe in the right to bear arms.
Larry Hogan: Instant background checks tied to the federal system.
Martin O`Malley: Further toughen the enforcement of our gun laws.
Benjamin Cardin: Invest in prevention and early detection.
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.
Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO on establishing an ObamaCare healthcare exchange.
Mary Landrieu: Supported the creation and expansion of health care for kids.
Benjamin Cardin: More research into causes of combat-related illnesses.
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 wouldn’t be my secretary of defense.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
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 gov’t.
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|
Martin O`Malley: Move from welfare to work; & raise Earned Income tax credit.