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Jim Risch on VoteMatch


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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-5 points on Social scale)
I oppose abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Recognize the sanctity of life in public policy: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes mandates for affirmative action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-5 points on Social scale)
Opposes sexual orientation as a protected civil right: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-5 points on Social scale)
Teach traditional family values in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration: Favors topic 4
No opinion on topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
Eliminate epidemic of domestic violence from our society: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Gun ownership is a constitutional right: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A+ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal: Strongly Favors topic 10
Dangerousness, not mental incompetence, limits gun rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Private sector is best suited to manage health care: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention: Opposes topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Opposes topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Reform Social Security without privatization: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports choosing schools via vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Yucca Mountain is the proper site for nuclear waste: Opposes topic 18
Drill offshore; drill ANWR; drill for oil shale: Strongly Opposes topic 18
No cap-&-trade; include India & China in carbon restrictions: Opposes topic 18
We’re running out of oil; we must drill our way through this: Strongly Opposes topic 18
25x25 policy: reduce fossil fuel use 25% over 25 years: Strongly Favors topic 18
Tap domestic potential in ANWR and continental shelf: Opposes topic 18
Comprehensive policy with nuclear, clean coal & alternatives: Opposes topic 18
Opt out of EPA mercury program; no coal plants in Idaho: Strongly Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Allow horizontal drilling into Alaska's Coastal Plain: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Opposes topic 18
YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Opposes topic 18
NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-5 points on Social scale)
Enforce laws against drug use: Strongly Favors topic 19
Appointed first state Drug Czar; fight Rx drug abuse & more: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Allow churches to provide welfare services: Strongly Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce corporate tax; eliminate corporate capital gains tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
High priority on keeping lower individual tax rates: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Eliminate capital gains tax & estate tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Top priority: make Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Earned nickname “taxpayers friend” by fighting tax increases: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Phase out sales tax on groceries & food: Favors topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Keep reduction of capital gains tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-3 points on Social scale)
Don’t allow illegal immigrants to earn citizenship: Favors topic 12
I oppose amnesty in any form: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Ensure that only legal immigrants receive state benefits: Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Re-establish Fast Track; re-negotiate NAFTA: Opposes topic 13
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Opposes stricter limits on political campaign funds: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Ban paid voter registration: Opposes topic 16
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports the Patriot Act: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: Strongly Opposes topic 14
No opinion on topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(0 points on Social scale)
No open-ended funding for Iraq but no precipitous withdrawal: Favors topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17

Other governors' VoteMatch: Jim Risch on the issues:
ID Gubernatorial:
Butch Otter
ID Senatorial:
Michael Crapo

Newly Seated Jan. 2011:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
Newly seated 2009-2010:
AK Sean Parnell
AZ Jan Brewer
ND Jack Dalrymple
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Elections Oct./Nov. 2011:
KY Steve Beshear (re-elected)
LA Bobby Jindal (re-elected)
MS Phil Bryant (Governor-Elect)
MS Haley Barbour (retiring 2012)
WV Earl Ray Tomblin (elected)

Term-limited/retiring as of Nov. 2012:
IN Mitch Daniels (term-limited)
MT Brian Schweitzer (term-limited)
NH John Lynch (retiring 2012)
NH Christine Gregoire (retiring 2012)

Term-limited out as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
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Page last updated: Nov 29, 2011