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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)
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:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(-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
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No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
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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)
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
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
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

Other governors' VoteMatch: Charlie Baker on the issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Bill Weld
Dan Wolf
Deval Patrick
Don Berwick
Karyn Polito
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 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D) vs.Hunt(L)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hatch(D) vs.Hoefling(R)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) &Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Newly-elected 2014:
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(2015)
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
Civil Rights
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Local Issues
Social Security
Tax Reform

Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry


Page last updated: Jun 22, 2015