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Deval Patrick on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Supported 35-foot buffer zone at abortion clinics. (Jul 2009)
  • Decisions on abortion should be made by women. (Jan 2006)
  • Support for stem cell research. (Sep 2005)
Deval Patrick on Budget & Economy
Click here for 6 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Trickle-down fantasies got us into recession to begin with. (Sep 2012)
  • Closed $9 billion budget gap. (Jan 2010)
  • We're broke, not poor: recession is temporary. (Jan 2009)
  • $1.1 in cuts in services this year, including many layoffs. (Jan 2009)
  • Focus on stimulating economic growth via local aid. (Sep 2006)
  • Focus on selling Massachusetts. (Sep 2005)
Deval Patrick on Civil Rights
Click here for 7 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Today in Massachusetts, you can marry whomever you love. (Sep 2012)
  • 1970s: Routinely stopped by police, on foot in Milton MA. (Apr 2011)
  • Daughter Katherine came out as lesbian at age 19. (Apr 2011)
  • Supports equal marriage rights for gays. (Jan 2006)
  • Former civil rights prosecutor under President Clinton. (Jan 2006)
  • Close the racial and ethnic gap in health. (Sep 2005)
  • Crafted ďmend it, donít end itĒ for affirmative action. (Jan 1997)
Deval Patrick on Corporations
Click here for 6 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Opportunity requires growth, and growth requires investment. (Jan 2013)
  • Financial bottom line is not the only bottom line. (Apr 2011)
  • Local capital for local biz, & state pays for infrastructure. (Sep 2006)
  • Regulation at the speed of business. (Sep 2005)
  • Access to start-up capital for small businesses. (Sep 2005)
  • Focused on fair lending practices in Clinton Admin. (Jan 1997)
Deval Patrick on Crime
Click here for 8 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Reform mandatory sentencing law: longer time for 3rd felony. (Jan 2012)
  • Comprehensive reentry program with job training & education. (Jan 2012)
  • Criticized for urging DNA tests in rape cases. (Apr 2011)
  • As NAACP lawyer, freed wrongly convicted death row inmate. (Apr 2011)
  • Misuse of CORI system prevents getting back on their feet. (Jan 2009)
  • Supports criminal rehabilitation and alternative sentencing. (Nov 2006)
  • Focus on guns & gang violence, not immigration status. (Sep 2006)
  • Opposes death penalty. (Jun 2006)
Deval Patrick on Drugs
Click here for the full quote on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Warehousing non-violent offenders is a costly policy failure. (Jan 2012)
Deval Patrick on Education
Click here for 13 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Invest in education, innovation, infrastructure. (Jan 2013)
  • Favors MCAS, but not as only measure of education reform. (Sep 2006)
  • Incentives & merit pay on school-wide basis only. (Sep 2006)
  • Veto moratorium, but cap charters until funding is reformed. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports unionized Horace Mann charter over regular charters. (Jun 2006)
  • Supports MCAS but would add a science test and other tests. (Jun 2006)
  • Cap charter schools until funding formulas improved. (Apr 2006)
  • Expand early education opportunities. (Sep 2005)
  • Extend the school day, and explore extending the school year. (Sep 2005)
  • Reduce class sizes; offer more after-school programs. (Sep 2005)
  • Supports charter schools. (Sep 2005)
  • Improve assessment tools including MCAS and beyond. (Sep 2005)
  • Reinvest in public higher education. (Sep 2005)
Deval Patrick on Energy & Oil
Click here for 9 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • At Texaco: stop arguing about climate change & seek solution. (Apr 2011)
  • Develop solar power projects to generate 250 MW by 2017. (Jul 2009)
  • Make Massachusetts a global center for alternative energy. (Sep 2006)
  • Cut Energy costs and develop renewable energy. (Sep 2005)
  • Support renewable energy like Cape Wind. (Sep 2005)
  • Tax credits for energy efficient cars. (Sep 2005)
  • Foster alternative energy businesses. (Sep 2005)
  • Convert state fleet to hybrids and fuel-efficient cars. (Sep 2005)
  • Letter to Congress supporting renewable energy tax credit. (Nov 2011)
Deval Patrick on Environment
Click here for 4 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Engage in DC regulatory fight to protect our fishing fleet. (Sep 2006)
  • Actively protect water and wetlands. (Sep 2005)
  • Focus on environmental justice in poor communities. (Sep 2005)
  • Invest in public transportation & smart growth. (Sep 2005)
Deval Patrick on Families & Children
Click here for 2 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • A child's future should not be defined by their zip code. (Jan 2014)
  • Parents wonder if their kids will do as well as them. (Jan 2012)
Deval Patrick on Foreign Policy
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  • 1978: Rockefeller fellow on UN Development Program in Sudan. (Apr 2011)
Deval Patrick on Free Trade
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  • New airports open our doors to new markets. (Jan 2014)
Deval Patrick on Government Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • To be in the leadership business, govern for the long-term. (Jan 2014)
  • Show up & vote, to claim a stake in government. (Apr 2011)
  • 2007: Deny myth that government only serves the powerful. (Aug 2008)
  • Limit campaign donations. (Nov 2006)
Deval Patrick on Gun Control
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  • More gun safety measures to help stop tragedies. (Jan 2013)
  • Strengthen existing gun laws; require background checks. (Nov 2006)
Deval Patrick on Health Care
Click here for 11 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Replace fee-for-service model with quality-of-care model. (Jan 2012)
  • 98% of all Massachusetts citizens now have health insurance. (Jan 2009)
  • Pursue cost-savings ideas within new health reform mandate. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports employer uninsured healthcare assessment, plus more. (Jun 2006)
  • Supports Health Access and Affordability Act. (Sep 2005)
  • Finance catastrophic health coverage. (Sep 2005)
  • Negotiate bulk drug purchases under governorís authority. (Sep 2005)
  • Invest in prevention. (Sep 2005)
  • Focus on prevention and wellness programs. (Sep 2005)
  • Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year. (Oct 2009)
  • 3.2% funding increase for National Institutes of Health. (Apr 2010)
Deval Patrick on Homeland Security
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  • Massachusetts leads the nation in veterans benefits. (Jan 2012)
Deval Patrick on Immigration
Click here for 3 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • In-state tuition ok for illegals; focus on employers. (Sep 2006)
  • Drivers licenses for illegals, for security and safety. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants. (Nov 2005)
Deval Patrick on Jobs
Click here for 5 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Address "skills gap" by aligned community college strategy. (Jan 2012)
  • At Coca Cola: transform employment practices and policies. (Apr 2011)
  • Pledge to work with AFL-CIO means being open to all voices. (Sep 2006)
  • Increase the minimum wage. (Sep 2005)
  • Increase small business access to credit. (May 2010)
Deval Patrick on Local Issues
Click here for 4 full quotes on Local Issues OR background on Local Issues.

    Big Dig

  • Governor should take responsibility and get Big Dig reform. (Sep 2006)
  • Big Dig cost overruns are why people question taxes. (Sep 2006)

    Transportation

  • New rail to Assembly Square, Worcester, and the Cape. (Jan 2014)
  • Saved $250M by abolishing the Turnpike Authority. (Jan 2010)
Deval Patrick on Principles & Values
Click here for 19 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Learned Arabic while crossing the Sudanese desert. (Apr 2011)
  • My life is often described as "improbable". (Apr 2011)
  • Father left family when Deval was age four. (Apr 2011)
  • Born in grandmother's bed, with no doctor. (Apr 2011)
  • Bullied at school as "high yellow": not black enough. (Apr 2011)
  • Circumstances, however difficult, need not be permanent. (Apr 2011)
  • Met wife, at Halloween party, while dressed as Masai warrior. (Apr 2011)
  • Father & grandfather were accomplished jazz musicians. (Apr 2011)
  • Faith is less about what you say & more about how you live. (Apr 2011)
  • American idealism: believe we can perfect our country. (Apr 2011)
  • 2007: Just words? No, rhetoric can be inspirational vision. (Apr 2011)
  • Learned "WASP Code" at Milton Academy. (Apr 2011)
  • Grace and generosity feel contrarian in today's culture. (Apr 2011)
  • Running to reach out to all & create a stake in the future. (Sep 2006)
  • Do we stay on this path, or do we make a change? (Sep 2006)
  • Outsider governor balances entrenched establishment. (Sep 2006)
  • Brings leadership and grassroots power to Beacon Hill. (Sep 2006)
  • Patrick wins first test at caucuses, by 2-1 margin. (Feb 2006)
  • Galvin withdraws; itís head-to-head against Tom Reilly. (Dec 2005)
Deval Patrick on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Deval Patrick on Tax Reform
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  • Reduce sales tax; and raise income tax. (Jan 2013)
  • Let municipalities raise property, meals, and lodging taxes. (Jan 2009)
  • Cut property tax; expand circuit breaker & senior exemption. (Sep 2006)
  • Tax rollback is shell game, shifting burden to property tax. (Sep 2006)
  • Cut the property tax, not the income tax. (Sep 2006)
  • Restore local aid so towns can cut property taxes. (Jun 2006)
  • Supports local meals tax and local-option taxes. (Jun 2006)
  • Opposes tax rollback because it would raise property taxes. (May 2006)
  • Allow cities to raise local meals tax-trust local officials. (Jan 2006)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Deval Patrick on Technology
Click here for 5 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Imagine a 21st Century transportation network. (Jan 2013)
  • Our citizens do not want less transportation; they want more. (Jan 2013)
  • Don't just talk about it; invest in life sciences & biotech. (Sep 2012)
  • Invest in broadband, wind turbines, roads & rails. (Jan 2009)
  • Supports state-wide WiFi. (Sep 2005)
Deval Patrick on War & Peace
Click here for 2 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Obama ended war in Iraq & is ending war in Afghanistan. (Sep 2012)
  • Bush was careless in starting Iraq war. (Apr 2011)
Deval Patrick on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Housing First strategy: 1,000 families out of shelters. (Jan 2012)
  • Saw severe poverty in 1970s West Africa. (Apr 2011)
  • As law student, won Legal Aid landlord-tenant cases. (Apr 2011)
  • Increase funding for employment and job training programs. (Nov 2006)
  • Promote more multi-family housing starts. (Sep 2005)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supported 35-foot buffer zone at abortion clinics: Favors topic 1
Decisions on abortion should be made by women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Support for stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
1970s: Routinely stopped by police, on foot in Milton MA: Strongly Favors topic 2
Former civil rights prosecutor under President Clinton: Favors topic 2
Crafted ďmend it, donít end itĒ for affirmative action: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Today in Massachusetts, you can marry whomever you love: Strongly Favors topic 3
Today in Massachusetts, you can marry whomever you love: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports equal marriage rights for gays: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Increase funding for employment and job training programs: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Pursue cost-savings ideas within new health reform mandate: Strongly Favors topic 5
Supports employer uninsured healthcare assessment, plus more: Strongly Favors topic 5
Supports Health Access and Affordability Act: Strongly Favors topic 5
Finance catastrophic health coverage: Favors topic 5
Negotiate bulk drug purchases under governorís authority: Favors topic 5
Focus on prevention and wellness programs: Favors topic 5
Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year: Strongly Favors topic 5
3.2% funding increase for National Institutes of Health: Strongly Favors topic 5
Neutral on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Veto moratorium, but cap charters until funding is reformed: Opposes topic 7
Supports unionized Horace Mann charter over regular charters: Opposes topic 7
Cap charter schools until funding formulas improved: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Expand early education opportunities: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Supports charter schools: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+5 points on Social scale)
As NAACP lawyer, freed wrongly convicted death row inmate: Opposes topic 8
Actively protect water and wetlands: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Focus on environmental justice in poor communities: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Reform mandatory sentencing law: longer time for 3rd felony: Favors topic 9
Comprehensive reentry program with job training & education: Opposes topic 9
Criticized for urging DNA tests in rape cases: Opposes topic 9
Supports criminal rehabilitation and alternative sentencing: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Opposes death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More gun safety measures to help stop tragedies: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strengthen existing gun laws; require background checks: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Focus on guns & gang violence, not immigration status: Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Tax rollback is shell game, shifting burden to property tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Cut the property tax, not the income tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Allow cities to raise local meals tax-trust local officials: Opposes topic 11
$12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
In-state tuition ok for illegals; focus on employers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Drivers licenses for illegals, for security and safety: Favors topic 12
Supports in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
New airports open our doors to new markets: Favors topic 13
Neutral on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Neutral on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+5 points on Social scale)
Show up & vote, to claim a stake in government: Favors topic 16
Limit campaign donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+5 points on Social scale)
Obama ended war in Iraq & is ending war in Afghanistan: Favors topic 17
Bush was careless in starting Iraq war: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Develop solar power projects to generate 250 MW by 2017: Strongly Favors topic 18
Make Massachusetts a global center for alternative energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Cut Energy costs and develop renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Support renewable energy like Cape Wind: Strongly Favors topic 18
Tax credits for energy efficient cars: Favors topic 18
Convert state fleet to hybrids and fuel-efficient cars: Favors topic 18
Invest in public transportation & smart growth: Strongly Favors topic 18
Letter to Congress supporting renewable energy tax credit: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+5 points on Social scale)
Warehousing non-violent offenders is a costly policy failure: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce sales tax; and raise income tax: Favors topic 20
Let municipalities raise property, meals, and lodging taxes: Favors topic 20
Focus on stimulating economic growth via local aid: Strongly Favors topic 20
Increase the minimum wage: Strongly Favors topic 20

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