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John Kitzhaber on Abortion
Click here for 2 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Endorsed by NARAL and Planned Parenthood. (Aug 2010)
  • Abortions always legally available, & government funded. (Nov 1998)
John Kitzhaber on Budget & Economy
Click here for 3 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Budget to focus on people's futures, not taxes or problems. (Jan 2011)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
John Kitzhaber on Civil Rights
Click here for 4 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Endorsed by pro-GLBT Basic Rights Oregon's Equality PAC. (Aug 2010)
  • Maintain affirmative action in colleges & state hiring. (Nov 1998)
  • Recognize same-sex marriages. (Nov 1998)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
John Kitzhaber on Corporations
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  • Oregon Business Plan: create jobs & income; reduce poverty. (Jan 2013)
John Kitzhaber on Crime
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  • Spend $600M on education now instead of on prisons later. (Jan 2013)
  • Oppose the death penalty. (Nov 1998)
  • End parole for repeat violent felons. (Nov 1998)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
  • Zero tolerance for violence against government employees. (Aug 2001)
John Kitzhaber on Drugs
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  • Decriminalize medicinal marijuana. (Nov 1998)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
  • States should make drug policy, not feds. (Aug 2001)
John Kitzhaber on Education
Click here for 4 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Governor's Cool Schools project is funded by teachers union. (Nov 2011)
  • Welcomes waiver from No Child Left Behind standards. (Sep 2011)
  • Public education is the cornerstone of democracy. (Jan 2001)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)
John Kitzhaber on Energy & Oil
Click here for 6 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Making renewable energy in state also keeps dollars in state. (Apr 2011)
  • Transition away from damaging fossil fuels. (Nov 2010)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions. (Aug 2001)
  • Letter to Congress supporting renewable energy tax credit. (Nov 2011)
John Kitzhaber on Environment
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  • Seeks to balance environmental and economic interests. (Nov 2011)
  • Developed the Enlibra principles of environmental protection. (Jun 2002)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species. (Aug 2001)
  • Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions. (Aug 2001)
  • Apply "Good Samaritan" rules to abandoned mine cleanup. (Aug 2001)
  • State primacy over water quantity & quality issues. (Aug 2001)
John Kitzhaber on Families & Children
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  • Invest in children in early years to prevent tragic failures. (Jan 2001)
  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
John Kitzhaber on Foreign Policy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
John Kitzhaber on Free Trade
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  • Encouraging more trade agreements with China. (Sep 2011)
John Kitzhaber on Government Reform
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  • Limit individual campaign donations; require full disclosure. (Nov 1998)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
John Kitzhaber on Gun Control
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  • Increase restrictions on gun purchase and possession. (Nov 1998)
John Kitzhaber on Health Care
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  • Healthcare reform needed at both state and federal levels. (Oct 2011)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • More federal funding for rural health services. (Aug 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
John Kitzhaber on Homeland Security
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  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
  • Study terrorist threats against nuclear waste repositories. (Aug 2001)
John Kitzhaber on Immigration
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  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
John Kitzhaber on Jobs
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  • Focus budget on investing in jobs and innovation. (Jan 2013)
  • Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship. (Aug 2001)
John Kitzhaber on Local Issues
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John Kitzhaber on Principles & Values
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  • Religious affiliation: Nondenominational. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Western Governors' Association. (Aug 2001)
John Kitzhaber on Social Security
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  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
John Kitzhaber on Tax Reform
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  • Opportunity for revenue: capping total deductions & credits. (Jan 2013)
  • No state sales tax; no flat tax; increase gas tax. (Nov 1998)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
John Kitzhaber on Technology
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  • Level playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax. (Aug 2001)
John Kitzhaber on War & Peace
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John Kitzhaber on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Beware uneven, unequal "recovery" without rural & minorities. (Jan 2013)
  • Promote the next generation of welfare reform. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Endorsed by NARAL and Planned Parenthood: Strongly Favors topic 1
Abortions always legally available, & government funded: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Maintain affirmative action in colleges & state hiring: Strongly Favors topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Endorsed by pro-GLBT Basic Rights Oregon's Equality PAC: Strongly Favors topic 3
Recognize same-sex marriages: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Healthcare reform needed at both state and federal levels: Favors topic 5
More federal funding for rural health services: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Governor's Cool Schools project is funded by teachers union: Opposes topic 7
Welcomes waiver from No Child Left Behind standards: Opposes topic 7
Improve and invest in public schools: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+2 points on Social scale)
Seeks to balance environmental and economic interests: Opposes topic 8
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
State primacy over water quantity & quality issues: Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Spend $600M on education now instead of on prisons later: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Oppose the death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
End parole for repeat violent felons: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Zero tolerance for violence against government employees: Neutral on topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Increase restrictions on gun purchase and possession: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Opportunity for revenue: capping total deductions & credits: Strongly Favors topic 11
No state sales tax; no flat tax; increase gas tax: Favors topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions: Neutral on topic 11
No opinion on topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(0 points on Social scale)
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Encouraging more trade agreements with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+2 points on Social scale)
Limit individual campaign donations; require full disclosure: Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Making renewable energy in state also keeps dollars in state: Strongly Favors topic 18
Transition away from damaging fossil fuels: Strongly Favors topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship: Neutral on topic 18
Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions: Neutral on topic 18
Letter to Congress supporting renewable energy tax credit: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+2 points on Social scale)
Decriminalize medicinal marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
States should make drug policy, not feds: Neutral on topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Beware uneven, unequal "recovery" without rural & minorities: Strongly Favors topic 20
Budget to focus on people's futures, not taxes or problems: Strongly Favors topic 20
Oregon Business Plan: create jobs & income; reduce poverty: Strongly Favors topic 20

John Kitzhaber is a Moderate Liberal.
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