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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)
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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)
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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)
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No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
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No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
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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)
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Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
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
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
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
Mo Cowan

Gubernatorial Debates 2016:
DE: Bonini(D) vs.Carney(R)
IN: Pence(R) vs.Holcomb(R) vs.Gregg(D)
MO: Koster(D) vs.Greitens(R) vs.Hanaway(R) vs.Brunner(R) vs.Kinder(R)
MT: Bullock(D) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Perea(R) vs.Johnson(R) vs.McChesney(D)
NC: McCrory(R) vs.Cooper(D) vs.Spaulding(D)
ND: Burgum(R) vs.Nelson(D) vs.Stenehjem(R) vs.Becker(R)
NH: Hassan(D) vs.Van Ostern(D) vs.Sununu(R) vs.Lavoie(R) vs.Connolly(D) vs.Dextraze(I)
OR: Brown(D) vs.Pierce(R) vs.Bell(D) vs.Niemeyer(R)
UT: Herbert(R) vs.Weinholtz(D) vs.Johnson(R) vs.Cook(D)
VT: Scott(R) vs.Minter(D) vs.Dunne(D) vs.Lisman(R)
WA: Inslee(D) vs.Bryant(R)
WV: Kessler(R) vs.Justice(D) vs.Cole(R)
Gubernatorial Debates 2017:
NJ: Fulop(D) vs.Lesniak(D)
VA: Gillespie(R) vs.Wittman(R) vs.Northam(D)
Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2015):
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
OR-D: Kate Brown
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Lame ducks 2015-16:
DE-D: Jack Markell
(term-limited 2016)
KY-D: Steve Beshear
(term-limited 2015)
LA-R: Bobby Jindal
(term-limited 2015)
MO-D: Jay Nixon
(term-limited 2016)
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
(retiring 2016)
WV-D: Earl Ray Tomblin
(term-limited 2016)
Civil Rights
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Local Issues
Social Security
Tax Reform

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: Sep 08, 2016