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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(0 points on Social scale)
No federal funding of abortion, but no litmus test: Neutral on topic 1
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Opposes topic 1
YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Opposes topic 1
YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Opposes 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
Favors topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(2 points on Economic scale)
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(0 points on Social scale)
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Opposes topic 3
YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Teach family values in public schools
(0 points on Social scale)
Rated 90% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors 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
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(7 points on Economic scale)
Abolish federal Medicare entitlement; leave it to states: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Rated 22% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
NO on subsidize privat insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors 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
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(10 points on Economic scale)
Rated 30% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record: Strongly Favors topic 6
Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings: 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
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(10 points on Social scale)
Abolish the federal Department of Education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Rated 8% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
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 habeus corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(0 points on Social scale)
Rated 30% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Favors topic 9
NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(10 points on Social scale)
Support the Second Amendment : Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(10 points on Economic scale)
Overhaul income tax; end capital gains & inheritance tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Abolish IRS--replace income tax with national sales tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 78% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes: Favors topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Favors topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Favors topic 11
YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Favors topic 11
YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Favors topic 11
Neutral on topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Opposes topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(7 points on Economic scale)
No restrictions on import/export; but maintain sovereignty : Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 67% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes 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
NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Opposes topic 13
YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Opposes topic 13
Neutral on topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(5 points on Social scale)
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Favors topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(2 points on Economic scale)
End draft registration; all-volunteer forces : Strongly Opposes topic 15
Federal duty to provide missile defense : Strongly Favors topic 15
Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record: Strongly Favors 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
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(2 points on Economic scale)
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties: Favors topic 16
YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions: Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Replace US troops with UN in Iraq
(7 points on Economic scale)
Foreign aid often more harmful than helpful : Strongly Opposes topic 17
No US troops under UN command; more defense spending: Opposes topic 17
YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo: Opposes topic 17
NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations: Opposes topic 17
NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction: Opposes topic 17
NO on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored: Favors topic 17
YES on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(10 points on Economic scale)
Rated 10% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Neutral on topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(5 points on Social scale)
War on Drugs has abused Bill of Rights : Strongly Opposes topic 19
YES on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Favors topic 19
NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(2 points on Social scale)
Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states: Strongly Favors topic 20
Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending: Favors topic 20
NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Opposes topic 20
YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Favors topic 20

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Debbie Stabenow
Keith Butler
Leonard Schwartz
Mike Bouchard

2004 Presidential:
Pres.George W. Bush
V.P.Dick Cheney
Sen.John Kerry
Sen.John Edwards
Ralph Nader

2008 possibilities:
Sen.Hillary Clinton
Sen.John McCain
V.P.Al Gore

2006 Senate retirements:
Jon Corzine(D,NJ)
Mark Dayton(DFL,MN)
Bill Frist(R,TN)
Jim Jeffords(I,VT)
Paul Sarbanes(D,MD)

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Abortion
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Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
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Health Care
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Immigration
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