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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial-birth abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Favors topic 1
NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Favors 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
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Wage war on Terrorism, not on fellow Americans: Favors topic 2
Rated 97% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 3
Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 9% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 83% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Favors topic 4
NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+2 points on Social scale)
Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing: Opposes topic 8
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Opposes topic 8
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 75% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rated 76% by the NCJA, indicating a mixed record on criminal justice: Neutral on topic 9
NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Opposes topic 9
YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Opposes topic 9
YES on expanding services for offendors' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare: Favors topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
Make health care a right, not a privilege: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Favors topic 5
NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors topic 5
YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Favors topic 5
NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: 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
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Opposes topic 6
NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Opposes topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Teacher development grants to improve math & science classes: Opposes topic 7
Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: Favors topic 18
Rated 95% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: 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 criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+5 points on Social scale)
Legalize medical marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated +20 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Allow rehabilitated drug convicts get student loans: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 19
YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-5 points on Economic scale)
NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Opposes topic 20
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-5 points on Economic scale)
American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person: Favors topic 11
Rated 19% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation: Strongly Favors topic 11
Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality: Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Favors topic 11
NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Favors topic 11
NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Favors topic 11
NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Favors 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
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Rated 47% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights: Neutral on topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Opposes topic 13
NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Favors 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
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 78% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
NO on deploying SDI: Opposes topic 15
YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties: Opposes topic 16
YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions: 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
Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+2 points on Social scale)
NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+2 points on Social scale)
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Favors topic 17

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CA Gubernatorial:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Gray Davis

Democratic retirements
& special elections:

D,AL-5:Cramer
D,CA-12:Lantos
D,CO-2:Udall
D,IN-7:Carson
D,NY-21:McNulty
D,ME-1:Allen
D,MD-4:Wynn
D,NM-3:Udall
D,OR-5:Hooley

Republican special elections:
R,IL-14:Hastert
R,LA-1:Jindal
R,LA-6:Baker
R,MS-1:Wicker
R,OH-5:Gillmor
Republican retirements:
R,AL-2:Everett
R,AZ-1:Renzi
R,CA-4:Doolittle
R,CA-52:Hunter
R,CO-6:Tancredo
R,FL-15:Weldon
R,IL-11:Weller
R,IL-18:LaHood
R,KY-2:Lewis
R,LA-4:McCrery
R,MD-1:Gilchrest
R,MN-3:Ramstad
R,MO-9:Hulshof
R,MS-3:Pickering
R,NJ-3:Saxton
R,NJ-7:Ferguson
R,NM-1:Wilson
R,NM-2:Pearce
R,NY-25:Walsh
R,NY-26:Reynolds
R,OH-7:Hobson
R,OH-15:Pryce
R,OH-16:Regula
R,PA-5:Peterson
R,VA-11:Davis
R,WY-0:Cubin
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