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Mark Dayton on Abortion
Click here for 7 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Supports legalized abortion with some limits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
Mark Dayton on Budget & Economy
Click here for 2 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Don’t “give it all back”; economy will sour someday. (Aug 2000)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
Mark Dayton on Civil Rights
Click here for 10 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Supports federal funding of arts organizations. (Nov 2000)
  • Promote racial tolerance publicly. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Include special-needs people in emergency evacuation plans. (Sep 2005)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
Mark Dayton on Corporations
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  • Voted YES on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 35% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Mark Dayton on Crime
Click here for 4 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • More resources for local law enforcement & COPS. (Jul 2000)
  • More gang prosecution. (Jul 2000)
  • Disgusted by Defense of Marriage Act. (Jul 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
Mark Dayton on Drugs
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  • Greatest threat to national security is flood of drugs. (Oct 2000)
  • Strengthen the fight against illegal drugs. (Jul 2000)
Mark Dayton on Education
Click here for 13 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Make college tuition fully tax deductible. (Nov 2000)
  • 40% more for special education; plus easier college loans. (Jul 2000)
  • More funding for progressive public school programs. (Jul 1998)
  • Vouchers undermine our educational system. (Nov 2000)
  • Vouchers take precious tax dollars from public schools. (Jul 2000)
  • Public schools are doing a good job; need more money. (Jul 1998)
  • Supports charter schools, opposed to vouchers. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Mark Dayton on Energy & Oil
Click here for 14 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Voted against Gale Norton, citing ANWR. (Jan 2001)
  • Triple MN highway construction projects for next 10 years. (Jul 1998)
  • Mass transit is an essential public service. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
Mark Dayton on Environment
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  • Development conflict comes mostly from miscommunication. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat. (Jun 2001)
  • Rated 79% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Health impact assessments for environmental health. (Apr 2006)
Mark Dayton on Families & Children
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  • More funding for family leave & early childhood. (Nov 2000)
  • Economic rat race is the prime destroyer of families. (Jul 1998)
  • Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
Mark Dayton on Foreign Policy
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  • Relax the Cuban embargo. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Increase aid to avert humanitarian crisis in Congo. (Dec 2005)
Mark Dayton on Free Trade
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  • US policy should favor American workers and sovereignty. (Jul 2000)
  • Against Permanent Normal Trade Relations; for human rights. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Rated 25% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Mark Dayton on Government Reform
Click here for 8 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • No PAC money, no soft money. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Post earmarks on the Internet before voting on them. (Jan 2006)
Mark Dayton on Gun Control
Click here for 7 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Against gun registration. (Nov 2000)
  • Opposes gun licensing and gun registration. (Oct 2000)
  • For background checks & trigger locks. (Jul 2000)
  • Zero tolerance for guns in schools. (Jul 2000)
  • Supports some licensing & some registration. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
Mark Dayton on Health Care
Click here for 16 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Immediate health care coverage for all Americans. (Nov 2000)
  • Doctors decide, not HMOs or insurance companies. (Nov 2000)
  • Employer-mandated coverage and universal insurance. (Nov 2000)
  • Expand Medicare Rx coverage & other coverage. (Jul 2000)
  • Tobacco industry is highly culpable. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations. (May 2003)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
Mark Dayton on Homeland Security
Click here for 11 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Advocate for veterans’ needs. (Oct 2000)
  • Redirect military spending to focus within US. (Oct 2000)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Federalize aviation security. (Nov 2001)
  • Small business in developing homeland security technologies. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
Mark Dayton on Immigration
Click here for 5 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Unsnarl the INS bureaucracy to reduce backlog. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
Mark Dayton on Jobs
Click here for 8 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Freedom To Farm Bill causes falling farm prices. (Jul 2000)
  • Supports living wage law & mandatory employee insurance. (Jul 1998)
  • Problem isn’t lack of jobs, but lack of GOOD jobs. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Protect overtime pay protections. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
Mark Dayton on Principles & Values
Click here for 3 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Truly believes in government. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
Mark Dayton on Social Security
Click here for 4 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • People shouldn’t have access to withholdings; too risky. (Nov 2000)
  • Opposes privatization of social security. (Oct 2000)
  • Keep Social Security intact. (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Mark Dayton on Tax Reform
Click here for 12 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Targeted middle class tax cuts. (Nov 2000)
  • Target tax cuts to middle class, not the rich. (Jul 2000)
  • Property taxes are the most unfair tax. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Rated 17% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Mark Dayton on Technology
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  • Voted YES on disallowing FCC approval of larger media conglomerates. (Sep 2003)
Mark Dayton on War & Peace
Click here for 6 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Maintain military & economic aid to Israel at current level. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted NO on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
Mark Dayton on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 4 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • No 5-year limit on cash benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promite home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)


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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports legalized abortion with some limits: Favors topic 1
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Opposes topic 1
YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Favors topic 1
NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Promote racial tolerance publicly: Favors topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
Disgusted by Defense of Marriage Act: Strongly Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(0 points on Social scale)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
No opinion on topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
More resources for local law enforcement & COPS: Strongly Opposes topic 9
More gang prosecution: Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Against gun registration: Favors topic 10
Opposes gun licensing and gun registration: Strongly Favors topic 10
For background checks & trigger locks: Opposes topic 10
Zero tolerance for guns in schools: Opposes topic 10
Supports some licensing & some registration: Opposes topic 10
NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Immediate health care coverage for all Americans: Strongly Favors topic 5
Employer-mandated coverage and universal insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand Medicare Rx coverage & other coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage: Favors topic 5
Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations: Opposes topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Favors topic 5
YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Favors topic 5
NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes privatization of social security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Keep Social Security intact: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More funding for progressive public school programs: Opposes topic 7
Vouchers undermine our educational system: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Vouchers take precious tax dollars from public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Public schools are doing a good job; need more money: Opposes topic 7
Supports charter schools, opposed to vouchers: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Voted against Gale Norton, citing ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
Triple MN highway construction projects for next 10 years: Neutral on topic 18
Mass transit is an essential public service: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 79% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 18
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill: Favors topic 18
YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-5 points on Social scale)
Greatest threat to national security is flood of drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strengthen the fight against illegal drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No 5-year limit on cash benefits: Opposes topic 20
Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Targeted middle class tax cuts: Favors topic 11
Don’t “give it all back”; economy will sour someday: Favors topic 11
Target tax cuts to middle class, not the rich: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 17% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Favors topic 11
YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Favors topic 11
NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Favors topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 11
No opinion on topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(0 points on Social scale)
Unsnarl the INS bureaucracy to reduce backlog: Favors topic 12
NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: Favors topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
US policy should favor American workers and sovereignty: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated 25% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on removing common goods from national security export rules: Favors topic 13
YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Favors topic 13
YES on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Opposes topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+2 points on Social scale)
Advocate for veterans’ needs: Favors topic 15
Redirect military spending to focus within US: Favors topic 15
Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No PAC money, no soft money: Strongly Favors topic 16
YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Favors topic 16
YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: Favors topic 16
NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Opposes topic 16
NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act: Opposes topic 14
YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+2 points on Social scale)
Relax the Cuban embargo: Favors topic 17
Maintain military & economic aid to Israel at current level: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17

Mark Dayton is a Populist-Leaning Liberal.
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