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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 55% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Opposes topic 1
YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all: Neutral on topic 2
Rated 75% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action: Neutral on topic 2
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Favors topic 2
Neutral on topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(0 points on Social scale)
Rated 30% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights: Neutral on topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid: Favors topic 5
Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care: Favors topic 5
Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Create Retirement Savings Accounts: Favors topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice: Opposes topic 7
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 79% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Promote conservation of rare felids & canids: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Establish an International Conservation Strategy: Strongly Opposes topic 8
NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology: Opposes topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Teach kids Eddie Eagle GunSafe's lifesaving message: Favors topic 10
Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases: Strongly Favors topic 10
Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad: Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Rated 33% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation: Neutral on topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 67% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders: Neutral on topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Build a rule-based global trading system: Favors topic 13
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
Rated 38% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions: Opposes topic 13
YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Favors topic 13
YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight: Favors topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform: Favors topic 16
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees: Favors topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: Favors topic 17
Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes: Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Favors topic 17
YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy: Favors topic 18
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 83% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated -15 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rated 25% by NORML, indicating an anti-legalization stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
2003: Focus on job losses from "Bush Economy": Favors topic 20
YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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KY Gubernatorial:
Adam Edelen
Alison Grimes
Andy Beshear
Elaine Chao
Jim Gray
Matt Bevin
Robert Goforth
Rocky Adkins
KY Senatorial:
C. Wesley Morgan
Jim Gray
Rand Paul
Steven Cox

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
KY:
Bevin(R)
vs.Goforth(R,lost primary)
vs.Adkins(D,lost primary)
vs.Beshear(D)
vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
LA:
Edwards(D)
vs.Abraham(R)
vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
MS:
Bryant(R,retiring)
vs.Foster(R)
vs.Hood(D)
vs.Reeves(R)
vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: vs.Carney(incumbent)
IN: vs.Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) - no challengers yet
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) - no challengers yet
NH: Sununu(incumbent) - no challengers yet
PR: Rossello(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Cox(R)
VT: Scott(incumbent) - no challengers yet
WA: Inslee(retiring) - no challengers yet
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D)
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Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families/Children
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Infrastructure/Technology
Jobs
Local Issues
Principles/Values
Social Security
Tax Reform
War/Iraq/Mideast
Welfare/Poverty


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Page last updated: Jun 20, 2019