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Amanda Curtis: 100% pro-choice voting record.
John Walsh: Opposes extremism like declaring life begins at conception.
John Bohlinger: 2001: Supported Fetal Protection Act & partial-birth ban.
John Bohlinger: Supreme Court decided the issue; state cannot overturn it.
Sam Rankin: Pro-choice.
Michael Lange: No federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Bob Kelleher: Abortions should always be illegal, including funding.
Corey Stapleton: Prohibit public funding & partial-birth abortion.
John Bohlinger: Prohibit partial-birth abortion & funding abortion clinics.
Budget & Economy|
Amanda Curtis: Economy that works for all of us, not just for the richest.
Steve Bullock: Be responsible, because our children are watching.
Dennis Rehberg: $787B stimulus package did not create jobs.
Jon Tester: $787B in stimulus spending was step in the right direction.
Dennis Rehberg: Refused to toe the party line on CAFTA.
Conrad Burns: Grow economy & control spending to reduce deficit.
Jon Tester: Montana suffered from Burns’ cuts in discretionary funding.
Stan Jones: Eliminate numerous unconstitutional federal departments.
Judy Martz: Diversify the economy; expand job market.
Judy Martz: Teach businesses about venture capital, to create jobs.
John Bohlinger: Loans for businesses; funds for job training & rural roads.
John Walsh: Voted against NAACP staffer's appointment to Dept.of Justice.
Amanda Curtis: Repeal state ban on sodomy; make gay sex legal.
Champ Edmunds: Marriage between one man and one woman.
Sam Rankin: Supports same-sex marriage.
Sam Rankin: Phase out affirmative action over 5-year period.
Michael Lange: No same-sex marriage.
Michael Lange: No race and gender in federal contracting decisions.
Stan Jones: Patriot Act cost us our Fourth Amendment rights.
Judy Martz: Return human remains to Indian nations.
Corey Stapleton: No affirmative action in state hiring or colleges.
Corey Stapleton: No civil unions; no gay marriage.
John Bohlinger: No anti-gay discrimination, but no same-sex marriage.
John Bohlinger: Undecided on affirmative action at state institutions.
Amanda Curtis: Wall St. is doing great; recovery hasn't reached rest of us.
Sam Rankin: End tax subsidies; & tax corporations in foreign countries.
Steve Bullock: State colleges will offer certificates for needed job skills.
Jon Tester: Prevent abuses by "too-big-to-fail" banks on Wall Street.
Jon Tester: Citizens United puts democracy at risk.
Conrad Burns: Marketplace will force us into conservation and renewables.
Jon Tester: Energy plan was written by oil companies, so no renewables.
Steve Bullock: Arrest and prosecute sex predators and scam artists.
Amanda Curtis: No to capital punishment; yes to alternative sentencing.
Champ Edmunds: Capital punishment , but not for juveniles.
Michael Lange: Supports the death penalty.
Michael Lange: Reduce prison sentences for non-violent crimes.
Bob Kelleher: Alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders.
Brian Schweitzer: Supports the death penalty.
Brian Schweitzer: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Judy Martz: After 100 years, we have enough prison cells, for now.
Corey Stapleton: Support death penalty; private prisons; sex offense registry.
John Bohlinger: Supports stricter sentencing, including death penalty.
Amanda Curtis: Medical marijuana law is over-restrictive.
Steve Bullock: Confront the invisible epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
Champ Edmunds: Decriminalize marijuana; support substance abuse treatment.
Conrad Burns: Repealing Patriot Act would cost us the Meth Control Act.
Brian Schweitzer: Stricter penalties for drug criminals.
Bob Kelleher: The war on drugs has been lost.
John Bohlinger: Decriminalize medicinal marijuana.
Amanda Curtis: Math teacher and unabashed backer of public schools.
Steve Bullock: Invest in higher ed for 21st Century workforce, like Diesel.
Steve Bullock: Increase from 40% to 60% those with some college.
Steve Bullock: MT is dead last in investment in early childhood education.
Amanda Curtis: No vouchers; no charters; yes Common Core.
Champ Edmunds: State funding for charters and vouchers.
Sam Rankin: New reforms to replace No Child Left Behind.
Jon Tester: More tuition tax credits, low-interest loans, & Pell grants.
Bob Kelleher: Supports voluntary prayer in public schools.
Bob Kelleher: State-funded vouchers for private or religious school.
Brian Schweitzer: Invest in K-12 by creating public-private partnerships.
Judy Martz: More spending; more accountability via testing.
Judy Martz: 3-Rs of education: recruit, retain, & reward teachers.
John Bohlinger: More finds for hiring teachers & professional development.
John Bohlinger: Endorses teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Energy & Oil|
John Walsh: Energy boom in Montana instead of foreign oil dependence.
Amanda Curtis: Disclose state property energy efficiency on website.
Steve Bullock: Develop our resources for American energy independence.
Sam Rankin: Federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.
Dennis Rehberg: Help avoid closure of Billings coal-fired power plant.
Dennis Rehberg: Cap-and-trade policy is an energy tax.
Michael Lange: Develop oil, coal, & nuclear production.
Conrad Burns: Agricultural oil sources reduce foreign energy dependence.
Conrad Burns: Global warming has occurred since the Ice Age.
Conrad Burns: Kyoto Accord hurts economy; focus on alternative fuels.
Jon Tester: Agricultural oil sources are profitable and renewable.
Jon Tester: Kyoto Accord needs worldwide communication & US leadership.
Jon Tester: Global warming is much more rapid now than historically.
Stan Jones: More nuclear plants and more liquefied coal.
Stan Jones: Global warming is a natural occurrence since 1000AD.
Bob Kelleher: Use coal, oil & gas in an environmental manner.
Brian Schweitzer: Develop renewable energy: ethanol, wind and hydrogen.
Judy Martz: Protected transition to competitive energy prices in 2002.
Judy Martz: More energy plants; diversify sources; include renewables.
John Bohlinger: Require clean-burning fuels; repeal electricity deregulation.
Amanda Curtis: Big supporter of protecting access to public lands.
John Walsh: More regulations to develop natural resources responsibly.
Dennis Rehberg: EPA is heavy-handed; don't pick winners and losers.
Jon Tester: Sought removal of wolves from the endangered list.
Sam Rankin: We live in cycles with all other systems.
Bob Kelleher: Return rail passenger in southern Montana.
Judy Martz: Stewardship belongs with the states.
Judy Martz: Government duty to protect species & water.
Corey Stapleton: Stricter environmental regulations with federal flexibility.
John Bohlinger: Control SO2 emissions; fund recycling; no cyanide in mining.
Families & Children|
Sam Rankin: Family is one pillar of society.
Steve Daines: Congressional support for Israel is bipartisan & strong.
Sam Rankin: Actively engage and assist European nations through NATO.
John Walsh: On trade mission: Montana is open for business.
Stan Jones: NAFTA leads to American Union as part of one-world Communism.
Judy Martz: Trade as “sister-states” in Japan, China, & Taiwan.
Amanda Curtis: When wealthy in Congress, playing field tilts to wealthy.
Sam Rankin: Special interests support the status quo; Americans don't.
Sam Rankin: Eliminate earmarks; 3-year federal pay freeze.
Steve Bullock: Dark money makes our elections into auctions.
Amanda Curtis: Limit campaign contributions; and no photo ID's to vote.
Champ Edmunds: No limits on political contributions.
Sam Rankin: Excessive campaign money is our country's greatest problem.
Dennis Rehberg: It's not about campaign spending; it's government spending.
Jon Tester: Citizens United is scary for democracy.
Dennis Rehberg: Citizens United ok: political free speech is most important.
Dennis Rehberg: Supports cutting Public Broadcasting Service & Americorps.
Jon Tester: Oppose Citizens United: limit corporate political spending.
Dennis Rehberg: There should be nothing more free than political free speech.
Jon Tester: Citizens United ruling puts democracy at risk.
Dennis Rehberg: Citizens United: nothing more free than political speech.
Michael Lange: Limit PAC donations, and full public disclosure.
Conrad Burns: Earmarks let me bring Montana a share of federal money.
Jon Tester: Earmarks without transparency are wrong for democracy.
Jon Tester: K-Street cronies control Congressional spending decisions.
Stan Jones: Earmarks are unconstitutional incumbency protection.
Bob Kelleher: Limit all types of political contributions, and spending.
Brian Schweitzer: Refuses special interest & PAC money for his campaign.
Corey Stapleton: Limit political contributions; plus full disclosure.
John Bohlinger: Supports term limits & campaign contribution limits.
Amanda Curtis: Common-sense solutions like expanding background checks.
Steve Bullock: Forever preserve access to public land for hunting & fishing.
Amanda Curtis: No gun licensing; allow concealed carry.
Sam Rankin: Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Dennis Rehberg: No Supreme Court Justices who are hostile to 2nd Amendment.
Brian Schweitzer: Protect our 2nd Amendment rights.
Amanda Curtis: ObamaCare: don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Sam Rankin: Tort reform plus higher deductibles & co-pays.
John Walsh: Yes to Medicare Rx negotiations; no to privatization.
John Bohlinger: Strong advocate of a single-payer system like Medicare.
John Bohlinger: Expand Medicaid to cover 70,000 low-income Montanans.
Steve Bullock: Access Health Montana: increase coverage and access.
Jon Tester: Protect people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Michael Lange: No nationalized health care system.
Jon Tester: Families can’t afford to get sick; that’s not health care.
Judy Martz: Insured 10,000 kids under CHIPs; aim for 20,000.
Corey Stapleton: Government not responsible for medical care.
John Bohlinger: Ensure healthcare for uninsured children.
Sam Rankin: Reduce our nuclear warhead stockpile & reduce F-35's.
John Walsh: Worked to prohibit warrantless cell phone tracking.
John Walsh: Cut wasteful spending in our military.
Champ Edmunds: Allow easier driver licensing for military service members.
John Walsh: OpEd: Walsh was fair about National Guard Association dues.
John Walsh: Commanded Montana Infantry Battalion in combat in Iraq.
John Walsh: Commanded Montana Infantry Battalion in combat in Iraq.
Steve Bullock: Wrap-around services to reintegrate heroes to civilian life.
Jon Tester: Irresponsible to put two wars on credit card.
Michael Lange: No terrorist military tribunals; no domestic spying.
Conrad Burns: Patriot Act only affects your freedoms if you’re a terrorist.
Jon Tester: Build forces to fight terror cells; not take away our rights.
Stan Jones: Patriot Act is terrorism of the worst kind.
Stan Jones: Nobody read the Patriot Act before it was corruptly passed.
Amanda Curtis: Illegal aliens eligible for in-state tuition.
Sam Rankin: Don't deport illegal immigrants.
Jon Tester: Touts bipartisanship; voted against DREAM Act.
John Walsh: Supports increasing the minimum wage.
Steve Bullock: J.O.B.S. Bill: Jobs and Opportunity by Building Schools.
Steve Bullock: Enforce that construction projects hire Montana residents.
Judy Martz: Invest in Agricultural Product Promotion.
Steve Bullock: Full funding for Indian Country Economic Development.
Principles & Values|
John Walsh: OpEd: 2007 Master's thesis plagiarized from online sources.
Steve Daines: AdWatch: Walsh appointment was "Big Sky buy-off" D.C. deal.
John Walsh: AdWatch: "Where's Walsh-o" website: "Walsh is hard to find".
John Walsh: Appointed to Senate while running in Senate primary.
John Walsh: AdWatch: "Big Sky buyoff" to appoint Walsh to Senate early.
Brian Schweitzer: Considered Senate run; now supports both Dem. candidates.
John Bohlinger: An outsider supported by the people & not the establishment.
John Bohlinger: Elected as Republican; then ran on Democrat governor ticket.
Steve Bullock: I teach my kids the same Montana values I was taught.
Jon Tester: Premature to call for impeachment proceedings against Bush.
Stan Jones: Bush has committed many impeachable offenses.
Sam Rankin: Phase in age increase and more realistic CPI.
Michael Lange: Allow investment in private accounts.
Bob Kelleher: Outlaw tax cuts until Trust Fund can guarantee coverage.
Sam Rankin: Simplify to three tax brackets: 12%, 22%, 28%.
John Walsh: Tax cuts for the wealthy only seek to preserve privilege.
Steve Bullock: $400 personal rebate instead of $100M property tax cut.
Amanda Curtis: Increase income taxes on wealthy, but not others.
Champ Edmunds: Eliminate income taxes and corporate taxes.
Dennis Rehberg: End the inheritance tax completely.
Jon Tester: Extend Bush exemption for inheritance tax up to $10M.
Dennis Rehberg: We need tax certainty ; make Bush tax cuts permanent.
Dennis Rehberg: Eliminate the death tax entirely.
Jon Tester: Limit inheritance tax to estates over $5 million.
Michael Lange: Permanently repeal the federal estate tax.
Conrad Burns: Bush tax cuts actually more progressive Clinton tax hikes.
Judy Martz: No tax increase without voter referendum.
Corey Stapleton: No flat tax; no super-majority; yes to sales tax.
John Bohlinger: Replace property taxes with a 4% retail sales tax.
John Bohlinger: Digital privacy threatened by warrantless NSA invasions.
John Walsh: Digital privacy threatened by warrantless NSA invasions.
Steve Bullock: Put state government spending online, in searchable database.
Jon Tester: Stimulus for Going-to-the-Sun National Park roads.
Dennis Rehberg: Montana solutions: rural transportation infrastructure.
Judy Martz: Eliminate geography as a business issue, via E-Government.
War & Peace|
Steve Daines: The best way to ensure Mideast peace is Israeli strength.
Sam Rankin: Timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Michael Lange: Withdraw US troops from Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty|
Judy Martz: Sell used state vehicles to welfare families.