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Charlie Baker on VoteMatch

 

 



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Hobby Lobby: contraception for all employees in MA: Favors topic 1
Pro-choice; respects woman's right to decide medical care: Strongly Favors topic 1
I support a woman's right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
OpEd: Campaign staff almost all white; others show diversity: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
2010: opposed trans-gendered "bathroom bill"; 2014: it's ok: Favors topic 3
Supports marriage equality; gay brother is married: Strongly Favors topic 3
Running-mate supports existing law on gay marriage: Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(0 points on Economic scale)
Push for a state waiver from ObamaCare: Opposes topic 5
Access to health care is a basic right: Strongly Favors topic 5
Eliminate mandated benefits that are more than people need: Opposes topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Lift the cap on public charter schools: Favors topic 7
Opposes Common Core, but willing to work with federal system: Favors topic 7
I attended public schools, and so do my three kids: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Pioneer Institute: promote charter schools: Favors topic 7
Improve public schools, plus college tuition reform: Opposes topic 7
Increase charter, magnet, and alternative public schools: Favors topic 7
Teachers' unions put their own interests above students': Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
(-3 points on Social scale)
Bottle bill is a money grab; don't expand it: Favors topic 8
Lobster fishing regulations are dangerous and burdensome: Favors topic 8
Protect & preserve natural resources for future generations: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
2010: charge state prisoners $5 a day for their room & board: Favors topic 9
Seek death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber: Strongly Favors topic 9
Hold accountable those responsible for state drug lab crisis: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Federal assault weapons ban hasn't solved the problem: Favors topic 10
Let local police chiefs decide who can get shotguns: Strongly Favors topic 10
Expand background checks; no gun unless mentally healthy: Strongly Favors topic 10
Supports tough gun control laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
2010: 5-5-5 plan to cut sales, income, and business taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reform before revenue: no status quo but no tax increase: Favors topic 11
Cut business tax to 5%; remove ancillary business fees: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Make MA taxes competitive with other states: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Change direction on job losses and tax increases: Opposes topic 11
Signed the no-new taxes pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Adopt Secure Communities and REAL ID standards: Opposes topic 12
Teach English to immigrants and match up with jobs: Opposes topic 12
Humanitarian relief for unaccompanied kids crossing border: Favors topic 12
Verify legal status before providing any state benefits: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
$4,000 tax credit for hiring unemployed veterans: Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-3 points on Social scale)
Declined to sign "People's Pledge" against outside PAC ads: Opposes topic 16
More campaign finance disclosure but remove union exemptions: Favors topic 16
Supports open meeting law: make legislative debate public: Favors topic 16
$500 donor limit is crazy; it's suppression of free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Reduce carbon footprint while maintaining supply of energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Develop hydropower--most cost effective renewable: Strongly Favors topic 18
2010: questioned global warming; 2014: yes, it's manmade: Favors topic 18
Helped gather signatures to repeal gas tax increase: Strongly Opposes topic 18
2010: Opposed Cape Wind; 2014: it's a done deal: Favors topic 18
Support Hydro Quebec, efficient appliances, and LED lighting: Strongly Favors topic 18
Renewable energy is an important investment in our future: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Don't legalize marijuana: it's unsafe & lowers IQ in kids: Strongly Favors topic 19
Vigorously oppose recreational marijuana but medical pot ok: Strongly Favors topic 19
Get dispensaries open for medical marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Alternative incarceration & treat non-violent offenders: Opposes topic 19
Repeal mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug offenses: Strongly Opposes topic 19
I've smoked pot many times, but legalizing is a bad idea: Favors topic 19
Rated F by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Last Mile program: high-speed internet for rural communities: Favors topic 20
Raise minimum wage from $8 to $10.50, but not $11/hour: Favors topic 20
Lower minimum wage for teens; maybe $7 to $9 instead of $11: Opposes topic 20
Raise both minimum wage & Earned Income Tax Credit: Favors topic 20
Getting MA Back in Business: streamline rules; reduce taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Cut government spending and roll back sakes taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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Don Berwick
Karyn Polito
Lawrence Lessig
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Richard Tisei
Steve Grossman
Tom Menino
Warren Tolman
MA Senatorial:
Brian Herr
Bruce Skarin
Ed Markey
Elizabeth Warren
Gabriel Gomez
John Kerry
Martha Coakley
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Gubernatorial Debates 2017:
NJ: Fulop(D) vs.Lesniak(D) vs.Wisniewski(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R) vs.Rullo(R)
VA: Gillespie(R) vs.Wittman(R) vs.Wagner(R) vs.Northam(D) vs.Perriello(D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2018:
AK: Walker(i) vs.(no opponent yet)
AL: (no candidate yet)
AR: Hutchinson(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
CA: Newsom(D) vs.Chiang(D) vs.Istvan(I) vs.Villaraigosa(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
CO: Johnston(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
FL: (no candidate yet)
GA: (no candidate yet)
HI: Ige(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
IA: Kim_Reynolds(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
ID: Little(R) vs.Fulcher(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
IL: Rauner(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
KS: (no candidate yet)
MA: Baker(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
MD: Hogan(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
ME: (no candidate yet)
MI: Whitmer(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
MN: Coleman(D) vs.Murphy(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
NE: Ricketts(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
NH: Sununu(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
NM: Grisham(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
NV: (no candidate yet)
NY: Cuomo(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
OH: DeWine(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
OK: (no candidate yet)
OR: Brown(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
PA: Wolf(D) vs.Wagner(R)
RI: Raimondo(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
SC: McMaster(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
SD: Noem(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
TN: Green(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
TX: Abbott(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
VT: Scott(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
WI: Walker(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
WY: (no candidate yet)
Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2017):
DE-D: Carney
IN-R: Holcomb
MO-R: Greitens
NH-R: Sununu
NC-D: Cooper
ND-R: Burgum
VT-R: Scott
WV-D: Justice

Retiring 2017-18:
AL-R: Robert Bentley(R)
(term-limited 2018)
CA-D: Jerry Brown
(term-limited 2018)
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
(term-limited 2018)
FL-R: Rick Scott
(term-limited 2018)
GA-R: Nathan Deal
(term-limited 2018)
IA-R: Terry Branstad
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
ID-R: Butch Otter
(retiring 2018)
KS-R: Sam Brownback
(term-limited 2018)
ME-R: Paul LePage
(term-limited 2018)
MI-R: Rick Snyder
(term-limited 2018)
MN-D: Mark Dayton
(retiring 2018)
NM-R: Susana Martinez
(term-limited 2018)
OH-R: John Kasich
(term-limited 2018)
OK-R: Mary Fallin
(term-limited 2018)
SC-R: Nikki Haley
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
(term-limited 2018)
TN-R: Bill Haslam
(term-limited 2018)
WY-R: Matt Mead
(term-limited 2018)
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
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

Gubernatorial Debates 2015:
KY: Conway(D,lost) vs.Bevin(R,won)
LA: Vitter(R,lost) vs.Dardenne(R) vs.Edwards(D,won)
MS: Bryant(R,won) vs.Gray(D,lost) vs.Slater(D)

 

Page last updated: Feb 16, 2017