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Gary Herbert on Government Reform
Republican Governor: Click here for Gary Herbert on other issues.
    No stance on record.

Senate:

UT 2012: 2012 Utah Senate Debates


Orrin Hatch on Government Reform
Republican Sr Senator (UT): Click here for 21 full quotes OR click here for Orrin Hatch on other issues.
  • McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform is unconstitutional. (Jan 2000)
  • Real campaign finance reform is disclosure & more disclosure. (Dec 1999)
  • Opposes judicial activism; stick to interpreting laws. (Oct 1999)
  • Campaign reform by example: $36 donations instead of $1000. (Oct 1999)
  • Soft money gets out the vote; against banning it. (Oct 1999)
  • Soft money is free speech; daily disclosure is better. (Oct 1999)
  • For lobbyist reporting; but unlimited $ and tax deductions. (Jul 1995)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Ban paid voter registration. (May 2009)
Mike Lee on Government Reform
Republican Jr Senator: Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Mike Lee on other issues.
  • Congress constitutionally lacks general police powers. (Jan 2012)
  • Limited government must come politically, not judicially. (Jan 2012)
  • Antidote to federal "mission creep" is enumerated powers. (Jul 2011)
  • Constitution says Congress is not about making life better. (Jul 2011)
  • Citizens need to hold elected representatives accountable. (Jul 2011)
  • Make "no" the default vote on all spending measures. (Jul 2011)
  • Always ask, should program be federal or state? (Jul 2011)
  • Reclaim right to constitutionally limited government. (Sep 2010)
  • Reduce government bureaucracy to improve economy. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit congressional terms to 12 years. (Jul 2010)
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)

House:


Rob Bishop on Government Reform
Republican Representative (UT-1): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Rob Bishop on other issues.
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Member of House Rules Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Require defining constitutional authority for every new law. (Jan 2011)
  • Require all laws to cite Constitutional authorization. (Jun 2009)
Jim Matheson on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (UT-2): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Jim Matheson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
Chris Stewart on Government Reform
Republican (District 2): Click here for Chris Stewart on other issues.
    No stance on record.

Former candidates & officeholders:


Rocky Anderson on Government Reform
Justice Party challenger for President: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Rocky Anderson on other issues.
  • Stricter limits on political campaign funds. (Feb 2012)
  • Limit individual donations to $100 a person. (Dec 2011)
Jon Huntsman on Government Reform
Republican UT Governor: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Jon Huntsman on other issues.
  • Congress needs term limits. (Nov 2011)
  • We're running on empty; people no longer trust government. (Nov 2011)
  • Cap campaign contributions; they lead to political mischief. (Jun 2011)
  • Two-year cooling-off period before State employees can lobby. (Jan 2007)
Pete Ashdown on Government Reform
Democratic challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Pete Ashdown on other issues.
  • Refuses any money from political action committees. (Apr 2012)
  • Supports public election financing. (Jun 2006)
  • Opposes term limits; but choose Senate leaders by lottery. (Jun 2006)
Jason Chaffetz on Government Reform
2012 Senate Challenger; Republicam House member (UT-3): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Jason Chaffetz on other issues.
  • Disallow lobbyists in senior administration positions. (Jan 2010)
  • Run campaigns %& budgets as fiscal conservative. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Member of House Judiciary Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Member of House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. (Mar 2011)
  • Require Congressional certification of president's "Czars". (Jan 2011)
Scott Howell on Government Reform
2000 Democratic Challenger for Senate (UT): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Scott Howell on other issues.
  • Taxpayer funding for Congressional candidates. (Nov 2000)
Dan Liljenquist on Government Reform
Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Dan Liljenquist on other issues.
  • Congress should pass regulations, not executive agencies. (May 2012)
  • Sprinklers in every house are out-of-hand regulation. (May 2012)
Jason Chaffetz on Government Reform
2012 Senate Challenger; Republicam House member (UT-3): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Jason Chaffetz on other issues.
  • Disallow lobbyists in senior administration positions. (Jan 2010)
  • Run campaigns %& budgets as fiscal conservative. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Member of House Judiciary Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Member of House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. (Mar 2011)
  • Require Congressional certification of president's "Czars". (Jan 2011)
Mike Leavitt-Gov on Government Reform
Former Republican Governor (1993-2003); Sec. HHS & EPA: Click here for Mike Leavitt-Gov on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Olene Walker on Government Reform
Former Republican Governor (2003-2004): Click here for Olene Walker on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Merrill Cook on Government Reform
2010 Republican challenger (lost primary): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Merrill Cook on other issues.
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
Merrill Cook on Government Reform
Former Republican (until 2001) (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Merrill Cook on other issues.
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
Paul Van Dam on Government Reform
2004 former Democratic challenger: Click here for Paul Van Dam on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Enid Waldholtz on Government Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 2): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Enid Waldholtz on other issues.
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Robert Bennett on Government Reform
Republican Jr Senator (UT): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Robert Bennett on other issues.
  • Strong proponent of earmarks. (Jan 2012)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
Sam Granato on Government Reform
2010 Democratic challenger: Click here for Sam Granato on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Hansen on Government Reform
Republican (District 1): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for James Hansen on other issues.
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Chris Cannon on Government Reform
Republican Representative (UT-3): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Chris Cannon on other issues.
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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