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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Opposes topic 1
YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Opposes topic 1
YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Opposes topic 1
YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 86% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 25% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights: Neutral on topic 3
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC: Opposes topic 3
YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 61% by the Christian Coalition: mixed voting record on Family Values: Neutral on topic 4
Rated 33% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation: Neutral on topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Favors topic 4
YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-3 points on Social scale)
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Opposes topic 8
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 8
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 14% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Opposes topic 9
NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 56% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues: Neutral on topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Favors topic 5
NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors topic 5
YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Favors topic 5
NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Rated 80% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age: Strongly Opposes topic 6
YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Opposes topic 6
NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Opposes topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup: Opposes topic 18
Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: Favors topic 18
Rated 70% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 18
Tax credit for gas stations providing 85% ethanol fuel: Favors topic 18
Rated 83% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Establish a Carbon Storage Research Corporation: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Opposes topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Neutral on topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(0 points on Social scale)
Rated -30 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 19
YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Increase the earned income tax credit: Opposes topic 20
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 20
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 20
YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention: Opposes topic 20
Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Phaseout the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 34% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 83% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Favors topic 11
NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Opposes topic 11
NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 42% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders: Neutral on topic 12
NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Opposes topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire : Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 28% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Tariffs against countries undervaluing their currency: Opposes topic 13
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Opposes topic 13
NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Favors topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 67% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues: Neutral on topic 15
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
NO on deploying SDI: Opposes topic 15
YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties: Opposes topic 16
YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions: Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
Address abuses of electronic monitoring in the workplace: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance: Favors topic 14
Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(+2 points on Social scale)
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
No contact & enforce sanctions on Iran until threat is gone: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes: Opposes topic 17
Terminate funding for Iraq War on Dec. 31, 2011: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Opposes topic 17
NO on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17

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Running for President:
TX-14:Ron Paul(R)

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CA-51:Bob Filner(D)

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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)
NY-9:Bob Turner(R)
WI-2:Tammy Baldwin(D)
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AZ-8:Gabby Giffords(D)
AZ-8:Ron Barber(D)
CA-36:Jane Harman(D)
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NJ-10:Donald Payne(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)

Lost Primary 2012:
IL-16:Donald Manzullo(R)
NJ-9:Steven Rothman(D)
OH-2:Jean Schmidt(R)
OH-9:Dennis Kucinich(D)
PA-4:Jason Altmire(D)
PA-17:Tim Holden(D)
TX-16:Silvestre Reyes(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:Dennis Cardoza(R)
CA-24:Elton Gallegly(D)
CA-26:David Dreier(R)
CA-41:Jerry Lewis(R)
IL-12:Jerry Costello(D)
IL-15:Timothy Johnson(R)
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-9:Sue Myrick(R)
NC-11:Heath Shuler(D)
NC-13:Brad Miller(D)
NY-5:Gary Ackerman(D)
NY-10:Ed Towns(D)
NY-22:Maurice Hinchey(D)
OH-7:Steve Austria(R)
OK-2:Dan Boren(D)
PA-19:Todd Platts(R)
TX-20:Charles Gonzalez(D)
WA-6:Norm Dicks(D)
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