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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 50% by NARAL, indicating a mixed voting record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Expand contraceptive services for low-income women: Favors topic 1
Rated 50% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Provide emergency contraception at military facilities: Favors topic 1
YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Favors topic 1
YES on Unknown roll call for 1999-340: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Favors topic 1
YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Favors topic 1
YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Favors topic 1
YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Opposes 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)
Base affirmative action on income, not race: Favors topic 2
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all: Neutral on topic 2
Rated 86% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: 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
NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training: Favors topic 2
YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 78% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: 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
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
No school prayer amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Supports V-Chip & Internet porn & gambling bans: Favors topic 4
Put all welfare recipients to work: Favors topic 4
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 33% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation: Neutral on topic 4
TV shows should have explicit viewer advisories: Strongly Favors topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Opposes topic 4
NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Favors topic 4
YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools: Favors topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care: Favors topic 5
Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage: Favors topic 5
Tax credits for those without employee health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
$350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors: Favors topic 5
Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations: Opposes topic 5
Rated 88% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly 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
Expand health services for women veterans: 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
NO on Medicare means-testing: Favors topic 5
NO on limiting self-employment health deduction: Favors topic 5
YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare: 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
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
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Create Retirement Savings Accounts: Favors topic 6
Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives: Favors topic 6
NO on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Opposes topic 6
NO on allowing personal retirement accounts: Opposes topic 6
NO on using the Social Security Surplus to fund tax reductions: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice: Opposes topic 7
Firmly opposed to Bush’s voucher proposal: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on education savings accounts: Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on Educational Savings Accounts: 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
YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports grants for brownfields remediation: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Rated 58% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment: Neutral on topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Sponsored matching grants for wetlands conservation projects: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Favors topic 8
NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Broaden use of death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 9
Truth in sentencing for violent criminals: Strongly Favors topic 9
Rated 38% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation: Neutral on topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids: Favors topic 9
More prison cells; more truth in sentencing: Strongly Favors topic 9
Life imprisonment for repeat sexual predators: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Favors topic 9
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 9
YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology: Opposes topic 10
Rated C+ by the NRA, indicating a mixed voting record on gun rights: Neutral on topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Opposes topic 10
YES on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: 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
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Rated 16% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 60% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation: Neutral on topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible: Favors topic 11
Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts: 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 Internet sales tax moratorium: Favors topic 11
NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Favors topic 11
NO on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"): Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Favors topic 11
NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: 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
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
For official English; against illegal immigrant citizenship: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated 25% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated B+ by the ALI, indicating an acceptably anti-amnesty stance: Opposes topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on prohibiting illegal immigrants from receiving FEMA benefits: Opposes topic 12
YES on limiting immigrant benefits & controlling borders more tightly: Opposes topic 12
NO on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
NO on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work: Opposes topic 12
YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Favors 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
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Build a rule-based global trading system: Favors topic 13
Free & fair trade is key to economic growth : Strongly Favors topic 13
Quick vote on PNTR; China into WTO: Neutral on topic 13
Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets: Favors topic 13
Promote fair trade restricting Canadian wheat: Opposes topic 13
YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority: Favors topic 13
YES on permanent normal trade relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on expanding trade to the third world: Favors 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
NO on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Opposes 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
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: Opposes topic 14
NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Favors topic 14
YES on $17.9 billion to IMF: Opposes topic 14
NO on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Neutral on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11: Favors topic 15
Reduce federal government size & scope, including military: Opposes topic 15
NO on favoring 36 vetoed military projects: Strongly Opposes topic 15
NO on allowing another round of military base closures: Favors topic 15
YES on military pay raise of 4.8%: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance: 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
YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: Favors topic 17
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
Require Congress' approval before military action in Iran: Favors topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes 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)
Doubled the Renewable Fuel Standard: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
Make EPA into a Cabinet department: Strongly Favors topic 18
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Opposes topic 18
NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Favors topic 18
YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Opposes 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
NO on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Opposes topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Favors 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)
Rated D by VOTE-HEMP, indicating an anti-hemp voting record: Strongly Favors topic 19
Federal grants to Indian tribes to fight methamphetamine: Strongly Favors topic 19
Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use: Favors topic 19
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 19
NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Expand microloans to small businesses: Favors topic 20
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors 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:
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IA:Harkin(D)
MI:Levin(D)
MT:Baucus(D)
NE:Johanns(R)
SD:Johnson(D)
WV:Rockefeller(D)

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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 Retirements 2014:
GA:Chambliss(R)
IA:Harkin(D)
MI:Levin(D)
MT:Baucus(D)
NE:Johanns(R)
OK:Coburn(R)
SD:Johnson(D)
WV:Rockefeller(D)

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AK: Begich(D) vs.Miller(R) vs.Treadwell(R) vs.Sullivan(R)
AL: Sessions(R,unopposed)
AR: Pryor(D) vs.Cotton(R)
CO: Udall(D) vs.Gardner(R) vs.Baumgardner(R) vs.Buck(R) vs.Hill(R) vs.Stephens(R)
DE: Coons(D) vs.O`Donnell(R)
GA: Nunn(D) vs.Perdue(R) vs.Kingston(R) vs.Gingrey(R) vs.Handel(R) vs.Broun(R)
HI: Schatz(D) vs.Hanabusa(D) vs.Cavasso(R)
IA: Braley(D) vs.Ernst(R) vs.Whitaker(R) vs.Clovis(R)
ID: Risch(R) vs.Mitchell(D)
IL: Durbin(D) vs.Oberweis(R) vs.Hansen(L) vs.Truax(R)
KS: Roberts(R) vs.Tiahrt(R) vs.Wolf(R) vs.Taylor(D) vs.Orman(I)
KY: McConnell(R) vs.Bevin(R) vs.Grimes(D)
LA: Landrieu(D) vs.Cassidy(R) vs.Maness(R)
MA: Markey(D) vs.Herr(R) vs.Skarin(I) vs.Gomez(R)
ME: Collins(R) vs.D`Amboise(R) vs.Bellows(D)
MI: Land(R) vs.Peters(D) vs.Wiedenhoeft(R)
MN: Franken(D) vs.McFadden(R) vs.Abeler(R) vs.Ortman(R)
MS: Cochran(R) vs.Childers(D) vs.McDaniel(R)
MT: Walsh(D) vs.Daines(R) vs.Edmunds(R) vs.Bohlinger(D)
NC: Hagan(D) vs.Tillis(R)
NE: Sasse(R) vs.Domina(D) vs.Haugh(L) vs.Osborn(R)
NH: Shaheen(D) vs.Brown(R) vs.Smith(R) vs.Rubens(R) vs.Testerman(R) vs.Martin(R)
NJ: Booker(D) vs.Bell(R) vs.Sabrin(R)
NM: Udall(D) vs.Weh(R) vs.Clements(R)
OK-2: Lankford(R) vs.Johnson(D) vs.Shannon(R)
OK-6: Inhofe(R) vs.Silverstein(D)
OR: Merkley(D) vs.Wehby(R) vs.Conger(R)
RI: Reed(D) vs.Zaccaria(R)
SC-2: Scott(R) vs.Dickerson(D) vs.Wade(D)
SC-6: Graham(R) vs.Hutto(D) vs.Ravenel(I) vs.Stamper(D) vs.Mace(R) vs.Bright(R)
SD: Rounds(R) vs.Weiland(D) vs.Pressler(I)
TN: Alexander(R) vs.Carr(R) vs.Adams(D)
TX: Cornyn(R) vs.Alameel(D) vs.Roland(L) vs.Stockman(R)
VA: Warner(D) vs.Gillespie(R) vs.Sarvis(L)
WV: Capito(R) vs.Tennant(D) vs.Raese(R) vs.McGeehan(R)
WY: Enzi(R) vs.Cheney(R) vs.Hardy(D)
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