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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports Stem Cell Research: Favors topic 1
Pledges to focus on preventing abortions, not on attacking: Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Opposes gay marriage; but not worth amending Constitution: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Opposes flag-burning; but not worth amending Constitution: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Protect people with pre-existing medical conditions: Strongly Favors topic 5
Negotiate for lower prescription drug prices: Strongly Favors topic 5
Extend enrollment period for new Medicare: Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: 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
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Privatization would end in massive debt or deep cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes privatization: Strongly Opposes topic 6
NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Public education is the backbone of our democracy: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(+2 points on Social scale)
Sought removal of wolves from the endangered list: Favors topic 8
Global warming is much more rapid now than historically: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Clean air & water are Montana’s treasured resources: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Keep open access to public lands: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Strongly believes in our Second Amendment rights: Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Sponsored veterans registering unlicensed guns from abroad: Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Favors topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Extend Bush exemption for inheritance tax up to $10M: Opposes topic 11
Focus tax cuts on the middle class, not the rich: Strongly Favors topic 11
Bush’s tax cuts are irresponsible: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Touts bipartisanship; voted against DREAM Act: Opposes topic 12
Secure borders and no amnesty for law breakers: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Recent trade agreements put our jobs & farms in jeopardy: Opposes topic 13
Federal farm subsidies are a necessary evil: Opposes topic 13
Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets: Favors topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Social scale)
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Opposes topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
Build forces to fight terror cells; not take away our rights: Favors topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Citizens United is scary for democracy: Strongly Favors topic 16
Oppose Citizens United: limit corporate political spending: Strongly Favors topic 16
Citizens United ruling puts democracy at risk: Favors topic 16
Citizens United puts democracy at risk: Strongly Favors topic 16
K-Street cronies control Congressional spending decisions: Favors topic 16
End policymaking for those with the biggest campaign checks: Favors topic 16
End the “pay-to-play” culture of Washington: Favors topic 16
Ban lobbyist gifts, and more, starting with my own campaign: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks: Favors topic 16
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Critical of President Bush on Iraq war: Favors topic 17
It’s time for a clear exit strategy from Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Kyoto Accord needs worldwide communication & US leadership: Strongly Favors topic 18
Long-term tax credits for wind power development: Strongly Favors topic 18
4-point plan for getting over America’s oil addiction: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors 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
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Tough penalties for manufacturing & selling drugs: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
$787B in stimulus spending was step in the right direction: Strongly Favors topic 20
Montana suffered from Burns’ cuts in discretionary funding: Strongly Favors topic 20
Minimum wage increase is long overdue: Strongly Favors topic 20
Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record: Neutral on topic 20
NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Opposes topic 20
YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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Retiring in 2014 election:
GA:Chambliss(R)
IA:Harkin(D)
MI:Levin(D)
MT:Baucus(D)
NE:Johanns(R)
SD:Johnson(D)
WV:Rockefeller(D)

Retired as of Jan. 2013:
AZ:Kyl(R)
CT:Lieberman(D)
HI:Akaka(D)
ME:Snowe(R)
ND:Conrad(D)
NE:Nelson(D)
NM:Bingaman(D)
TX:Hutchison(R)
VA:Webb(D)
WI:Kohl(D)
Senate Vacancies 2013:
HI:Inouye(D,Deceased)
HI:Schatz(D,Appointed)
MA:Kerry(D,Resigned)
MA:Cowan(D,Appointed)
MA:Markey(D,elected)
MA:Gomez(R,lost special election)
NJ:Lautenberg(D,Deceased)
NJ:Chiesa(R,Appointed)
NJ:Booker(D,running)
NJ:Lonegan(R,running)
SC:DeMint(R,Resigned)
SC:Scott(R,Appointed)

Senate races Nov. 2014:
AK:Begich(D) vs.Miller(R) vs.Treadwell(R) vs.Sullivan(R)
AL:Sessions(R) vs.Bright(D)
AR:Pryor(D) vs.Cotton(R)
CO:Udall(D) vs.Buck(R) vs.Hill(R) vs.Baumgardner(R) vs.Stephens(R)
DE:Coons(D) vs.O`Donnell(R)
GA:Gingrey(R) vs.Nunn(D) vs.Perdue(R) vs.Handel(R) vs.Broun(R) vs.Kingston(R)
HI:Schatz(D) vs.Hanabusa(D) vs.Cavasso(R)
IA:Braley(D) vs.Whitaker(R) vs.Ernst(R) vs.Clovis(R)
ID:Risch(R) vs.LaRocco(D)
IL:Durbin(D) vs.Truax(R) vs.Oberweis(R) vs.Hansen(L)

KS:Roberts(R) vs.Tiahrt(R)
KY:McConnell(R) vs.Bevin(R) vs.Grimes(D)
LA:Landrieu(D) vs.Cassidy(R) vs.Maness(R)
ME:Collins(R) vs.D`Amboise(R) vs.Bellows(D)
MI:Land(R) vs.Peters(D) vs.Wiedenhoeft(R)
MN:Franken(D) vs.Abeler(R)
MS:Cochran(R) vs.McDaniel(R) vs.Childers(D)
MT:Edmunds(R) vs.Daines(R) vs.Bohlinger(D) vs.Walsh(D)
NC:Hagan(D) vs.Tillis(R)
NE:Sasse(R) vs.Osborn(R) vs.Stenberg(R)
NH:Shaheen(D) vs.Martin(R) vs.Brown(R) vs.Smith(R) vs.Rubens(R) vs.Testerman(R)
NM:Udall(D) vs.Sanchez(R)
OK:Inhofe(R) vs.Silverstein(D)
OR:Merkley(D) vs.Conger(R)
RI:Reed(D) vs.(none yet)
SC-2:Scott(R) vs.Wade(D)
SC-6:Graham(R) vs.Stamper(D) vs.Mace(R) vs.Bright(R)
SD:Rounds(R) vs.Weiland(D) vs.Pressler(I)
TN:Alexander(R) vs.Carr(R)
TX:Cornyn(R) vs.Stockman(R) vs.Roland(L)
VA:Warner(D) vs.McDonnell(R) vs.Radtke(R)
WV:Capito(R) vs.Raese(R) vs.Tennant(D) vs.McGeehan(R)
WY:Enzi(R) vs.Cheney(R)
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Health Care
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Iraq/Mideast
Infrastructure
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Medicare/Rx
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