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Charlie Baker on Families & Children
Republican nominee for Governor: Click here for Charlie Baker on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Don Berwick on Families & Children
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Don Berwick on other issues.
  • Seeds of kids' success are sown early--beginning prenatally. (Jan 2014)
Martha Coakley on Families & Children
Democratic Challenger : Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Martha Coakley on other issues.
  • Mandatory prosecution of restraining order violations. (Jan 2010)
  • Victim-centered prosecution of crimes against children. (Sep 2009)
  • Prosecuted against no-show jobs at MBTA. (Sep 2008)
Tom Menino on Families & Children
Mayor of Boston: Click here for Tom Menino on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Deval Patrick on Families & Children
Democrat: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Deval Patrick on other issues.
  • A child's future should not be defined by their zip code. (Jan 2014)
  • Parents wonder if their kids will do as well as them. (Jan 2012)
Karyn Polito on Families & Children
Eleventh Worcester Republican (MA State Rep): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Karyn Polito on other issues.
  • Voted YES on affirming marriage for heterosexuals only. (Sep 2005)
Marty Walsh on Families & Children
Mayor of Boston: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Marty Walsh on other issues.
  • Voted NO on affirming marriage for heterosexuals only. (Sep 2005)
Dan Wolf on Families & Children
Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Dan Wolf on other issues.
  • Real estate tax abatements for elderly on fixed income. (Nov 2012)

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Martha Coakley on Families & Children
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Martha Coakley on other issues.
  • Mandatory prosecution of restraining order violations. (Jan 2010)
  • Victim-centered prosecution of crimes against children. (Sep 2009)
  • Prosecuted against no-show jobs at MBTA. (Sep 2008)
Mo Cowan on Families & Children
Democratic Appointee: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mo Cowan on other issues.
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Feb 2013)
Gabriel Gomez on Families & Children
Republican Challenger: Click here for Gabriel Gomez on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Brian Herr on Families & Children
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for Brian Herr on other issues.
    No stance on record.
John Kerry on Families & Children
Jr Senator (MA), Democratic nominee for President: Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for John Kerry on other issues.
  • 2004: Campaign event featured Mayor plus a single mother. (Nov 2009)
  • Care for our children and protect the neighborhoods. (Jul 2004)
  • Fighting for America’s Children: insurance & care for all. (Mar 2004)
  • Fully fund Head Start for all 3- and 4-year-olds. (Mar 2004)
  • Supports Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act. (Mar 2004)
  • New “Kids Safety Effort” at the FDA. (Mar 2004)
  • Fund Head Start to leave no child behind. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Give parents tools to balance work and family. (Aug 2000)
  • Small Business loans for child care businesses. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth. (Mar 2008)
  • Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)
Ed Markey on Families & Children
Democratic Representative (MA-7): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Ed Markey on other issues.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 7% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
Bruce Skarin on Families & Children
Independent Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bruce Skarin on other issues.
  • Much-needed deep social change begins with family. (Feb 2014)
Elizabeth Warren on Families & Children
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.
  • I grew up in a family on the ragged edge of the middle class. (Sep 2012)
  • Talk about families from perspective of mother & grandmother. (Oct 2011)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)

House:


Michael Capuano on Families & Children
Democratic Representative (MA-8): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Michael Capuano on other issues.
  • Healthy Families Act: paid time off for respite care. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Missing & Exploited Children's Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 7% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
  • Increase number of children eligible for free school meals. (Oct 2009)
Katherine Clark on Families & Children
Democrat (District 5): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Katherine Clark on other issues.
  • Champion of victims' rights in domestic violence. (Oct 2013)
Bill Keating on Families & Children
Democrat (District 9): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bill Keating on other issues.
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Feb 2013)
Joe Kennedy III on Families & Children
Democrat (District 4): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joe Kennedy III on other issues.
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Feb 2013)
Jim McGovern on Families & Children
Democratic Representative (MA-3): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Jim McGovern on other issues.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Missing & Exploited Children's Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 7% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth. (Mar 2008)
  • Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • Encourage adoption of children in foster care. (Nov 2012)
  • Sponsored supporting No Name-Calling Week in schools. (Feb 2013)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
  • Increase number of children eligible for free school meals. (Oct 2009)
  • Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception. (Mar 2009)
Seth Moulton on Families & Children
Democratic Nominee (District 6): Click here for Seth Moulton on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Richard Neal on Families & Children
Democratic Representative (MA-2): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Richard Neal on other issues.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Missing & Exploited Children's Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 15% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Feb 2013)
  • Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)
John Tierney on Families & Children
Democratic Representative (MA-6): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for John Tierney on other issues.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 9% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Feb 2013)
  • Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception. (Mar 2009)
Richard Tisei on Families & Children
Middlesex & Essex Republican (MA Senate): Click here for Richard Tisei on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Niki Tsongas on Families & Children
Democrat: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Niki Tsongas on other issues.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Steve Grossman on Families & Children
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Steve Grossman on other issues.
  • Extend parental leave to 12 weeks of unemployment pay. (Dec 2001)
  • Capital investment in child care infrastructure. (Dec 2001)
Bill Weld on Families & Children
Previous Republican Governor: Click here for Bill Weld on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Ted Kennedy on Families & Children
Democratic Sr Senator (MA): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Ted Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Small Business loans for child care businesses. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)
Bob Massie on Families & Children
Former Democratic Senate Challenger (2011): Click here for Bob Massie on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Setti Warren on Families & Children
Former Democratic Senate Challenger (2011): Click here for Setti Warren on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Barney Frank on Families & Children
Democratic Representative (MA-4): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Barney Frank on other issues.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 7% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
Steve Lynch on Families & Children
Democratic Representative (MA-9): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Steve Lynch on other issues.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated 46% by the Christian Coalition: mixed voting record on Family Values. (Dec 2003)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
Ed Markey on Families & Children
Democratic Representative (MA-7): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Ed Markey on other issues.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 7% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
John Olver on Families & Children
Democratic Representative (MA-1): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for John Olver on other issues.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 7% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception. (Mar 2009)
Tom Birmingham on Families & Children
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Tom Birmingham on other issues.
  • Strengthen assault laws to focus on domestic violence. (Nov 2001)
  • Treat as crimes domestic stalking and harassment. (Nov 2001)
  • Small Necessities Leave Act: 24 hours off per year. (Nov 2001)
  • Paid leave for new parents. (Nov 2001)
Paul Celucci on Families & Children
Former Republican Governor (1999-2001): Click here for Paul Celucci on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Chris Gabrieli on Families & Children
Democratic 2006 Challenger: Click here for Chris Gabrieli on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kerry Healey on Families & Children
Former GOP 2006 Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kerry Healey on other issues.
  • Teach abstinence as part of comprehensive sex ed. (Apr 2006)
Carla Howell on Families & Children
Libertarian Challenger Governor (MA); 2000 Challenger for Senate: Click here for Carla Howell on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Christy Mihos on Families & Children
Former Independent Challenger 2006: Click here for Christy Mihos on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Shannon O'Brien on Families & Children
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for Shannon O'Brien on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Robert Reich on Families & Children
Former Dem. Challenger 2002, and Cabinet Sec'y: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Robert Reich on other issues.
  • Women entering paid work in 1970s has reshaped the family. (Apr 2011)
  • Paid leave to care for child or elderly relative. (May 2002)
  • Marriage declined in the 1970s because wages stagnated. (Feb 2002)
  • Crisis of illegitimacy is a misleading half-truth. (Feb 2002)
  • Definition of family is changing because people want it. (Feb 2002)
  • Make child care a fully tax-deductible business expense. (Feb 2002)
  • Better jobs programs would result in more stable marriages. (Jun 2001)
  • Balance of family & job is harder in new economy. (Mar 2001)
Tom Reilly on Families & Children
Former Dem. 2006 Challenger: Click here for Tom Reilly on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mitt Romney on Families & Children
Former GOP Governor (2003-2006); Pres. candidate (2008): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Mitt Romney on other issues.
  • Two-parent families reduce violence on the streets. (Oct 2012)
  • No "storybook marriage"; just family & faith. (Aug 2012)
  • Newt Gingrich's Family Values compared to Mitt's. (Feb 2012)
  • Abstinence-only education for 12-to-14 year olds. (Jan 2012)
  • 1983: Urged single mom to put up baby for adoption. (Jan 2012)
  • 1996: Staff searched full-time to find runaway teenage girl. (Jan 2012)
  • Polygamy violates marriage covenant. (Jan 2012)
  • Kids working in libraries is fine; don't change labor laws. (Dec 2011)
  • The Worst Generation precludes children from American Dream. (Mar 2010)
  • Child development enhanced by having a mother & father. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Teenage birth rate declined from 1991 to 2005. (Dec 2007)
  • Strong military, strong economy, and strong families. (Jun 2007)
  • To strengthen America, strengthen the American family. (Feb 2007)
Grace Ross on Families & Children
Former Green Challenger 2006: Click here for Grace Ross on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jane Swift on Families & Children
Former Republican Governor (2001-2002): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jane Swift on other issues.
  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
Warren Tolman on Families & Children
2002 Democratic Challenger MA Governor: Click here for Warren Tolman on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Peter Blute on Families & Children
Republican Former (1994-) (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Peter Blute on other issues.
  • Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)
Kenneth Chase on Families & Children
Republican Challenger, 2004 Congressional candidate: Click here for Kenneth Chase on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Joe Kennedy on Families & Children
Democrat (until 1999) (District 8): Click here for Joe Kennedy on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Marty Meehan on Families & Children
Democrat (Retired 2007) (District 5): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Marty Meehan on other issues.
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 7% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)
Joe Moakley on Families & Children
Democrat (until 2001) (District 9): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joe Moakley on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
Peter Torkildsen on Families & Children
Republican Former (1994-) (District 6): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Peter Torkildsen on other issues.
  • Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)
Jeff Beatty on Families & Children
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jeff Beatty on other issues.
  • Supports protecting families. (Aug 2008)
Michael Capuano on Families & Children
Democratic Representative (MA-8): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Michael Capuano on other issues.
  • Healthy Families Act: paid time off for respite care. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Missing & Exploited Children's Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 7% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
  • Increase number of children eligible for free school meals. (Oct 2009)
Bill Delahunt on Families & Children
Democratic Representative (MA-10): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Bill Delahunt on other issues.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Missing & Exploited Children's Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 7% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception. (Mar 2009)
Paul Kirk on Families & Children
Former Democratic Senate Appointee (2009): Click here for Paul Kirk on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Brian Macdonald on Families & Children
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for Brian Macdonald on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Ed O`Reilly on Families & Children
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for Ed O`Reilly on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Ogonowski on Families & Children
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for Jim Ogonowski on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Stephen Pagliuca on Families & Children
Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Stephen Pagliuca on other issues.
  • Supports Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. (Nov 2009)
Jack Robinson on Families & Children
Republican Challenger for Senate (MA): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jack Robinson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on V-chip on every television. (Jul 2000)
Kevin Scott on Families & Children
Republican Challenger, previously Wakefield Selectman: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kevin Scott on other issues.
  • No marriage tax penalty. (Jan 2006)
Bob Underwood on Families & Children
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bob Underwood on other issues.
  • Let states decide about family values in public schools. (Aug 2008)
Joe L. Kennedy on Families & Children
Libertarian Senate challenger: Click here for Joe L. Kennedy on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Alan Khazei on Families & Children
Democratic Challenger: Click here for Alan Khazei on other issues.
    No stance on record.

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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