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Charles Pickering on VoteMatch


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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 31% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation: Strongly Favors topic 4
Neutral on topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
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Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
No lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Individual right to self-defense at home and as self-defense: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Opposes topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+2 points on Economic scale)
NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence: Opposes topic 18
NO on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated -30 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Ban federal funding for needle-exchange programs: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Neutral on topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Favors topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 92% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Declared English the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Favors topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Neutral on topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(0 points on Social scale)
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Neutral on topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Strongly Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(-5 points on Social scale)
NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance: Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(-3 points on Social scale)
NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Opposes topic 17

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Running for Mayor:
CA-51:Bob Filner(D)

Running for Governor:
IN-6:Mike Pence(R)
WA-1:Jay Inslee(D)

Running for Senate:
AZ-6:Jeff Flake(R)
CT-5:Chris Murphy(R)
FL-14:Connie Mack(R)
HI-2:Mazie Hirono(D)
IN-2:Joe Donnelly(D)
MO-2:Todd Akin(R)
MT-0:Dennis Rehberg(R)
ND-0:Rick Berg(D)
NM-1:Martin Heinrich(D)
NV-1:Shelley Berkley(D)
WI-2:Tammy Baldwin(D)
2011-2012 Special Elections:
AZ-8:Gabby Giffords(D)
CA-36:Jane Harman(D)
CA-36:Janice Hahn(D)
NV-2:Dean Heller(R)
NV-2:Mark Amodei(R)
NY-9:Anthony Weiner(D)
NY-9:Bob Turner(R)
NY-26:Chris Lee(R)
NY-26:Kathleen Hochul(D)
OR-1:David Wu(D)
OR-1:Suzanne Bonamici(D)

Retiring 2012:
AR-4:Mike Ross(D)
AZ-8:Gabby Giffords(D)
CA-2:Wally Herger(R)
CA-6:Lynn Woolsey(D)
CA-18:Elton Gallegly(R)
CA-24:Dennis Cardoza(D)
CA-41:Jerry Lewis(R)
IL-12:Jerry Costello(D)
IN-5:Dan Burton(R)
KY-4:Geoff Davis(R)
MA-1:John Olver(D)
MA-4:Barney Frank(D)
MI-5:Dale Kildee(D)
NC-11:Heath Shuler(D)
NC-13:Brad Miller(D)
NY-22:Maurice Hinchey(D)
OH-7:Steve Austria(R)
OK-2:Dan Boren(D)
PA-19:Todd Platts(R)
TX-14:Ron Paul(R)
TX-20:Charles Gonzalez(D)
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