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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals: Favors topic 1
Rated 10% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Favors topic 1
YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Opposes topic 1
NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Favors 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
NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-3 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 56% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action: Neutral on topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+2 points on Social scale)
Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights: Favors topic 3
Rated 63% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights: Neutral on topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Opposes topic 3
NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors 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 requiring schools to allow prayer: Favors topic 4
Rated 38% by the Christian Coalition: mixed voting record on families: Neutral on topic 4
Rated 40% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation: Neutral on topic 4
YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Favors 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
YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-3 points on Social scale)
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Opposes topic 8
More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty: Favors 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
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 40% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation: Neutral on topic 9
YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Favors topic 9
YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Opposes topic 9
YES on expanding services for offendors' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Sponsored bill to close the Gun Show Loophole: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Tax credits for those without employee health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
$350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors: Favors topic 5
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
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Opposes topic 5
YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Favors topic 5
YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Opposes topic 5
YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Opposes topic 5
YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Opposes 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 Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record: Strongly Favors topic 6
Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings: Favors topic 6
Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives: Favors topic 6
NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Favors topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable: Favors topic 7
Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes: Strongly Favors topic 7
Support the goals and ideals of Charter Schools: Favors topic 7
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Favors topic 7
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 7
NO on $40B for green public schools: Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Make EPA into a Cabinet department: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 70% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 18
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 33% by CAF, indicating a mixed record on energy independence: Neutral on topic 18
Fund nanomaterial research project for car batteries: Favors topic 18
Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: 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 scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: 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
YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-3 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
YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending: Favors topic 20
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 20
YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention: Opposes topic 20
Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Rated 50% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes: Neutral on topic 11
Rated 33% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation: Neutral on topic 11
Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes: Opposes topic 11
Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts: Favors topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Favors topic 11
YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+2 points on Social scale)
English immersion over bilingual education: Opposes topic 12
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 67% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders: Neutral on topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 61% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Favors topic 13
NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Favors topic 13
YES on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Favors topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports $48 billion in new spending for anti-terrorism: Favors topic 15
Rated 22% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record: Strongly Favors topic 15
No US troops under UN command; more defense spending: Favors topic 15
Reduce federal government size & scope, including military: Opposes topic 15
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors 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
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Subject independent 527s to rules for political committees: 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
YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees: Opposes topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(-5 points on Social scale)
NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(-5 points on Social scale)
YES on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17

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Retiring as of Jan. 2011:
CT:Dodd(D)
DE:Kaufman(D)
FL:Martinez(R)
FL:LeMieux(R)
IL:Burris(D)
IN:Bayh(D)
KS:Brownback(R)
KY:Bunning(R)
MO:Bond(R)
ND:Dorgan(D)
NH:Gregg(R)
OH:Voinovich(R)
PA:Specter(R)
UT:Bennett(R)
WV:Goodwin(D)

Unseated as of Jan. 2011:
AR:Lincoln(D)
UT:Bennett(R)
WI:Feingold(D)


Newly elected, Nov. 2010:
AR:Boozman(R)
CT:Blumenthal(D)
CO:Bennet(D)
DE:Coons(D)
FL:Rubio(R)
IL:Kirk(R)
IN:Coats(R)
KS:Moran(R)
KY:Paul(R)
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UT:Lee(R)
WI:Johnson(R)
WV:Manchin(D)


Re-elected, Nov. 2010:
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CA:Boxer(D)
GA:Isakson(R)
HI:Inouye(D)
IA:Grassley(R)
ID:Crapo(R)
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WA:Murray(D)
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