We at OnTheIssues.org ask all candidates for answers to our 20 questions in our VoteMatch quiz. The following Senate candidates have responded in detail. Responding to press inquiries like ours shows a level of openness that augurs well for the candidate in office, regardless of party affiliation.
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Below are the responses from this year's candidates.
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Rae Vogeler: Women have the right to control their bodies.
Rae Vogeler: Require health insurance to cover contraception and abortion.
Rae Vogeler: Require abortion-related medical services for women.
Rae Vogeler: Reinstate family planning aid in foreign aid.
Robert Lorge: I am the strongest Pro-Life Candidate in America.
Robert Lorge: Stem cell research is Frankenstein science.
Chris Lugo: Women’s right to privacy is fundamental to our society.
Dwight Grotberg: Every unborn child is a human being.
David Redick: A fetus has no rights as a separate person until born.
Brian Macdonald: Opposes abortion, but focuses on reducing abortion demand.
Daniel Vovak: Pro-choice in 1st trimester; pro-life in 2nd trimester.
Kevin Scott: Abortion is a woman’s right.
Kevin Scott: Keep abortion rare; promote abstinence and adoption.
Kevin Scott: Abortion traumatizes women and falls heavily on minorities.
Jean Hay Bright: Abortion is a woman’s right.
Budget & Economy|
Rae Vogeler: Focus on reducing budget deficit instead of tax cuts.
Robert Lorge: Balanced Budget amendment then 5% cuts every year.
Rae Vogeler: Require pay equity.
Rae Vogeler: Fund support programs for single mothers.
Rae Vogeler: Supports affirmative action and Reparations.
Rae Vogeler: End official racism like under-funding of schools & services.
Rae Vogeler: Strengthen LGBT anti-discrimination laws.
Rae Vogeler: Extend domestic partnership rights to more GLBT workers.
Rae Vogeler: Support the right to marry for same-sex couples.
Rae Vogeler: Support legal protections for LGBT families.
Rae Vogeler: Support LGBT youth in the schools.
Carl Sheeler: Meditation ok in schools; prayer is not.
Michael Cavlan: Equal hiring & equal pay for women & minorities.
Robert Lorge: Support minority hiring, with incentives not quotas.
Robert Lorge: One-man-one-woman definition of marriage.
Robert Lorge: Constitutional ban on flag burning.
Robert Lorge: Ban affirmative action but enforce discrimination laws.
Robert Lorge: Don’t add sexual orientation to the definition of hate crime.
Chris Lugo: Affirmative action is instrumental for social equality.
Chris Lugo: Embrace gays and lesbians in their quest for full rights.
Howie Hawkins: Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws.
Bo Heyward: No mandates on who companies hire.
Bo Heyward: People aren’t born gay; no special protections needed.
Jack Carter: Personal freedoms include sexual orientation.
Dwight Grotberg: Opposes requiring minority/women hiring.
Dwight Grotberg: No civil rights protections for sexual orientation.
Jack Carter: Existing legislation satisfactory on affirmative action.
Jack Carter: Sexual orientation is protected by civil rights laws.
David Redick: Social engineering for minority hiring doesn’t work.
David Redick: No laws about sexual orientation--they interfere with rights.
Brian Macdonald: Encourage affirmative action, but no government intervention.
Brian Macdonald: Protecting homosexuality opens the door to worse.
Daniel Vovak: Avoid regulating hiring practices.
Daniel Vovak: No regulation of marriage, not even gay marriage.
Kevin Scott: Opposes mandated affirmative action.
Kevin Scott: Ban flag-burning of US flags and all flags.
Kevin Scott: Create society where affirmative action can be phased out.
Jean Hay Bright: Require companies to hire more women & minorities.
Jean Hay Bright: Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws.
Robert Lorge: Bankruptcy reform law creates permanent indentured servitude.
Kevin Scott: Corporate corruption attacks heart of capitalism.
Rae Vogeler: Moratorium on federal executions.
Rae Vogeler: “Three strikes” locks away otherwise productive people.
Rae Vogeler: ‘Tough on crime’ policies bankrupt our state budgets.
Carl Sheeler: Life imprisonment instead of death penalty.
Carl Sheeler: Opposes mandatory Three Strikes sentencing.
Michael Cavlan: Death penalty is flawed and doesn’t teach nonviolence.
Michael Cavlan: No justice in incarcerating minor criminals for life.
Robert Lorge: Strongly opposes the death penalty.
Robert Lorge: Three Strikes sentencing laws have been abused.
Robert Lorge: Opposes death penalty because 100% pro-life.
Robert Lorge: Repeal federal speed limits.
Robert Lorge: Promote faith-based rehabilitation in prisons.
Chris Lugo: Strongly opposes the death penalty.
Chris Lugo: Strongly opposes “Three Strikes” sentencing laws.
Howie Hawkins: Opposes mandatory sentencing.
Bo Heyward: Supports giving violent criminals harsher sentences.
Dwight Grotberg: Supports the death penalty.
Dwight Grotberg: Strongly supports mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws.
Daniel Vovak: One strike is plenty.
Jack Carter: Death penalty acceptable fair trial & representation.
Jack Carter: Judges should have some judicial authority.
David Redick: Death penalty is subject to error & doe not deter.
David Redick: Don’t take judgment away from judges.
Brian Macdonald: Supports death penalty only for killing officers.
Brian Macdonald: Supports mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws.
Daniel Vovak: Swift and immediate death penalty.
Kevin Scott: Opposes the death penalty.
Kevin Scott: Child rapists deserve life sentences.
Jean Hay Bright: Strongly Opposes the Death Penalty.
Jean Hay Bright: Strongly Opposes Three Strikes sentencing laws.
Rae Vogeler: Decriminalize marijuana; save money and stop wasting lives.
Rae Vogeler: Drug addiction is a medical problem, not criminal.
Rae Vogeler: War on Drugs is an excuse for massive rights violations.
Carl Sheeler: Drug use is a health issue, not a moral issue.
Michael Cavlan: War on Drugs is really war on the poor and minorities.
Robert Lorge: Drug abuse undermines family, society, and culture.
Robert Lorge: Combat drug abuse since it destroys families and communities.
Chris Lugo: Eliminate convictions for drug use.
Brad Klippert: Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it.
Bo Heyward: Keep drug use illegal.
Dwight Grotberg: Drug use is immoral; enforce laws against it.
Daniel Vovak: Drug use is immoral, but marijuana ban is more immoral.
David Redick: Use of drugs & alcohol is none of the government’s business.
David Redick: Making drugs illegal just raise the price & causes crime.
Brian Macdonald: Prohibition failed; legalize drugs like alcohol.
Kevin Scott: Drug use is immoral.
Kevin Scott: Less drug abuse means less crime.
Kevin Scott: Sports “natural high” makes for less drug abuse.
Jean Hay Bright: Opposes enforce drug laws based on morality.
Rae Vogeler: Prayer does not belong in public schools.
Rae Vogeler: Opposes parents choosing schools via vouchers or charters.
Rae Vogeler: Increase teacher and staff pay.
Rae Vogeler: Expand access to tuition-free post-secondary education.
Rae Vogeler: Equalize school funding between districts.
Rae Vogeler: Repeal the “No Child Left Behind Act”.
Rae Vogeler: Get the military and corporations out of our schools.
Rae Vogeler: Fund life-long adult education.
Michael Cavlan: Supports teaching values in public schools.
Michael Cavlan: Vouchers were invented to privatize education.
Robert Lorge: Teach family values in public schools.
Robert Lorge: Tuition Tax Credits repaid from lifetime earnings.
Robert Lorge: Supports $11B for education improvement.
Robert Lorge: Supports school vouchers in poor performing schools.
Robert Lorge: Supports school prayer but opposes Thought Police.
Chris Lugo: School prayer breaches church-state separation.
Chris Lugo: Supports vouchers AND full public school funding.
Bo Heyward: Permit school prayer, but don’t force it.
Bo Heyward: School choice ok if done at the state level.
Jack Carter: Teach Reading, Writing and Rithmetic, not values.
David Redick: School prayer inappropriately inserts unshared religion.
David Redick: Vouchers are a step in the right direction.
Brian Macdonald: Permit prayer in public schools, but school choice better.
Brian Macdonald: Give every parent a real choice for children's school.
Daniel Vovak: Move to private control of schools instead of gov’t control.
Daniel Vovak: Prayer is a First Amendment Right, even in schools.
Kevin Scott: Supports prayer and moral standards in school.
Kevin Scott: Vouchers for students in failing districts.
Kevin Scott: Encourage language and music in schools for “Mozart effect”.
Jean Hay Bright: Opposes permitting school-sponsored prayer.
Jean Hay Bright: Opposes school vouchers.
Energy & Oil|
Rae Vogeler: We need to move away from oil as our energy source.
Rae Vogeler: Crash program for clean energy; end oil drilling.
Rae Vogeler: Retire nuclear power reactors as soon as possible.
Robert Lorge: Supplement coal & oil with solar & nuclear & others.
Robert Lorge: I support liquid fuel including oil, Ethanol, and Bio-Diesel.
Robert Lorge: Approve Yucca Mt. nuclear waste repository.
Chris Lugo: Invest in hybrid vehicles, biodiesel & public transportation.
Brad Klippert: Tax incentives for new oil refineries.
Jack Carter: Reliance on foreign oil destabilizes our economy.
Daniel Vovak: Move towards ethanol-based fuel.
Jack Carter: Replace coal & oil with alternatives.
David Redick: Supports high market prices for instant conservation.
Brian Macdonald: Oil is not an infinite resource.
Kevin Scott: Foreign oil dependence hurts national security.
Kevin Scott: Promote wind, solar, & renewable energy.
Jean Hay Bright: Favors reducing use of coal, oil, & nuclear energy.
Robert Lorge: Supports good stewardship, not radical environmentalism.
Robert Lorge: Opposes desert protection; let local habitats evolve.
Robert Lorge: More road-building in the National Forests.
Robert Lorge: Share costs between EPA & businesses for Fox River cleanup.
Kevin Scott: Expand recycling, promote energy efficiency.
Families & Children|
Robert Lorge: Let Boy Scouts regulate their own hiring.
Dwight Grotberg: Teach family values in public schools.
Jack Carter: Some family values should be taught in schools.
Kevin Scott: No marriage tax penalty.
Rae Vogeler: End the economic blockade of Cuba.
Rae Vogeler: Work with the UN to resolve conflicts non-militarily.
Robert Lorge: Slave Trade nation Communist China must be contained.
Robert Lorge: Cap foreign aid and reduce aid to IMF.
Robert Lorge: Embargo Cuba & Vietnam; minimize aid to Africa.
Brian Macdonald: Link human rights to trade with China.
Kevin Scott: Promote mutually beneficial economic partnerships.
Jean Hay Bright: Favors linking human rights to trade with China.
Rae Vogeler: Free trade has been anything but free to workers.
Rae Vogeler: Renegotiate NAFTA, CAFTA & GATT.
Rae Vogeler: Remake the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Robert Lorge: Trading with our enemies approaches treason.
Robert Lorge: Free trade is slave trade; supports exports not imports.
Robert Lorge: Trade agreements ok with Oman, Singapore, & Chile.
Robert Lorge: Impose trade sanctions on Japan until markets open.
Chris Lugo: Withdraw from NAFTA; oppose CAFTA.
Howie Hawkins: Repeal NAFTA & CAFTA.
Brad Klippert: Opposes free trade.
Bo Heyward: Free trade weakens the economy.
Jack Carter: Trade competition forces efficient behavior.
Dwight Grotberg: Strongly supports expanding free trade.
Daniel Vovak: Favor trade, but not be blind to burden on manufacturing.
Jack Carter: Support & expand free trade.
David Redick: Trade should be without government regulation.
David Redick: Don’t link human rights to trade with China.
Brian Macdonald: Free trade encourages economic growth abroad.
Kevin Scott: Foster exports for free and fair trade.
Jean Hay Bright: Strongly Opposes expanding free trade.
Tom Martin: 2,000 signatures for major parties; 67,000 for 3rd parties?
Rae Vogeler: Full public financing of elections.
Rae Vogeler: Proportional representation instead of winner-takes-all.
Rae Vogeler: Establish Instant Runoff Voting.
Rae Vogeler: Replace the Electoral College with direct election.
Rae Vogeler: Take politicians out of redistricting.
Rae Vogeler: Election day holiday, or multi-day voting.
Michael Cavlan: Limit amounts and sources of campaign donations.
Robert Lorge: Limit campaign donations to $100 per person.
Robert Lorge: Limit PACs to $100 and abolish 527 organizations.
Robert Lorge: The Pro-Incumbent system is broken.
Robert Lorge: $100 per person or PAC per entire campaign.
Chris Lugo: Public funding of campaigns at all levels of government.
Howie Hawkins: Supports publicly financed campaigns.
Brad Klippert: Limits on political campaign funds.
Bo Heyward: Much stricter limits on political campaign funds.
Dwight Grotberg: Oppose stricter limits on political campaign funds.
Daniel Vovak: Undecided on campaign finance reform.
Rae Vogeler: Possession ok for self-defense; but not concealed carry.
Carl Sheeler: Prior felonies should restrict gun ownership.
Michael Cavlan: Gun ownership is a Constitutional right, but with limits.
Robert Lorge: 2nd Amendment protects against Tyranny.
Chris Lugo: Fundamental right to gun ownership, with limits.
Bo Heyward: I strongly support gun ownership.
Jack Carter: Owning guns is Constitutionally enunciated personal freedom.
Dwight Grotberg: Strongly supports absolute right to gun ownership.
Jack Carter: Supports 2nd Amendment absolutely, except for felons.
David Redick: Absolute right to guns, if used safely by non-criminals.
Brian Macdonald: Supports the right to own a gun.
Daniel Vovak: Just read the Second Amendment.
Kevin Scott: Supports gun ownership.
Jean Hay Bright: Neutral on absolute right to gun ownership.
Rae Vogeler: Single-payer system eliminates administrative waste.
Rae Vogeler: Supports universal national single-payer health care system.
Robert Lorge: Same sex marriage undermines Healthcare Insurance delivery.
Robert Lorge: Supports healthcare tax credits, not Socialized Medicine.
Chris Lugo: Ensure Universal Health Care.
Brad Klippert: Tax incentives for competitive healthcare.
Brian Macdonald: Work with private sector to reduce health care costs.
Daniel Vovak: Merge national health care into one department.
Jean Hay Bright: More federal funding for health coverage.
Rae Vogeler: Our civil liberties are disappearing.
Rae Vogeler: Repeal the Patriot Act.
Rae Vogeler: Military spending has not made us safer nor better-off.
Rae Vogeler: Shift military spending to social programs at home.
Carl Sheeler: Patriot Act harms civil liberties.
Carl Sheeler: More spending on armed forces.
Michael Cavlan: Patriot Act is simply a means to control the people.
Michael Cavlan: Transfer military funding to veterans’ benefits.
Robert Lorge: Patriot Act needs sunset before future presidents.
Robert Lorge: Reauthorize the PATRIOT Act with sunset clauses.
Robert Lorge: Deploy National Missile Defense ASAP.
Robert Lorge: I am a Military HAWK; my opponent is a peacenik.
Chris Lugo: Patriot Act harms civil liberties.
Chris Lugo: Less spending on armed forces.
Chris Lugo: Create a cabinet-level Department of Peace.
Howie Hawkins: Halve defense spending & use funds domestically.
Brad Klippert: We need the Patriot Act for the war on terror.
Bo Heyward: Simplify the Patriot Act.
Jack Carter: Should not run our armed services on a shoe string.
Dwight Grotberg: The Patriot Act harms civil liberties.
Dwight Grotberg: Strongly supports more spending on armed forces.
Daniel Vovak: Let Senate Intelligence Committee decide military spending.
Jack Carter: Reallocate resources within the armed forces.
David Redick: Reduce military spending by having fewer political wars.
David Redick: Supports missile defense system.
Brian Macdonald: More spending on armed forces.
Brian Macdonald: Supports missile defense system.
Kevin Scott: Aggressively monitor terrorists but not US citizens.
Jean Hay Bright: Opposes more spending on armed forces.
Jean Hay Bright: Reduce spending on missile defense.
Rae Vogeler: Don’t criminalize immigrants; focus on working conditions.
Rae Vogeler: Criminalizing immigrants hurts civil liberties & due process.
Rae Vogeler: Grant permanent residency to all undocumented aliens.
Rae Vogeler: Demilitarize the Mexican border.
Michael Cavlan: All who work in US should have path to citizenship.
Robert Lorge: Illegal immigrants should stand in line like everyone else.
Robert Lorge: Military enforcement of the borders.
Robert Lorge: Require guest workers to have return plane tickets.
Robert Lorge: Limit welfare for immigrants; oppose world welfare.
Chris Lugo: I support a path to citizenship for all immigrants.
Howie Hawkins: Supports path to citizenship.
Brad Klippert: No citizenship for babies born in US to illegal aliens.
Brian Macdonald: Supports legal immigration.
Daniel Vovak: Our borders are bulging.
Kevin Scott: Opposes amnesty.
Jean Hay Bright: Neutral on encouraging immigration.
Robert Lorge: Increase & index minimum wage to end “Black Gold Standard”.
Kevin Scott: Incentives to keep jobs in the US.
Kevin Scott: Unions should focus on competitive productivity & quality.
Principles & Values|
Robert Lorge: Pro-life, pro-family, pro-business, pro-labor, & pro-America.
Rae Vogeler: Oppose efforts to privatize Social Security.
Carl Sheeler: No privatization; yes on lifting cap.
Robert Lorge: Invest a limited percentage in private investments.
Robert Lorge: Invest Social Security in municipal bonds, not federal ones.
Chris Lugo: Full funding of all entitlement programs without privatizing.
Jack Carter: Stock market too volatile for Social Security.
Jack Carter: Opposes privatizing.
David Redick: Privatizing should be option if over 40; obligatory if under.
Brian Macdonald: Opposes privatizing Social Security.
Daniel Vovak: Allow access to lifetime investment in Social Security.
Jean Hay Bright: Opposes privatizing Social Security.
Rae Vogeler: Bush tax cuts shifted taxes from wealthy to working families.
Rae Vogeler: Rescind tax cuts for families making over $200,000 a year.
Robert Lorge: Tax system is broken; throw it out and start over.
Chris Lugo: Those who earn the most should pay the most taxes.
Brad Klippert: Same fair percentage tax rate at all income levels.
David Redick: Supports flat tax; and per-person user fees.
Brian Macdonald: Supports FairTax Plan and decreasing taxes.
Daniel Vovak: Eliminate all taxes on your paychecks.
Jean Hay Bright: Opposes decreasing overall taxation of the wealthy.
Robert Lorge: I am perhaps the most pro-technology candidate in America.
Robert Lorge: No funding increase for Amtrak until they reform ticketing.
War & Peace|
Michael Cavlan: US military in Iraq is merely causing more dissension.
Robert Lorge: No UN troops in Iraq, and US troops under UN.
Robert Lorge: I support peace through strength, not cut-and-run.
Howie Hawkins: Replace Middle East occupation with peace.
Bo Heyward: Have the guts to truly unleash our military in Iraq.
Dwight Grotberg: Supports replacing US troops in Iraq.
Daniel Vovak: US must decide troop presence, not UN.
Brian Macdonald: Opposes UN approval for military action.
Kevin Scott: Insure against terrorists getting nuclear materials.
Kevin Scott: Partner with Europe & Russia in war on terror.
Jean Hay Bright: Favors seeking UN approval for military action.
Welfare & Poverty|
Rae Vogeler: Church-based social services risks tax-funded discrimination.
Carl Sheeler: Churches providing welfare ok, if equal access to all faiths.
Michael Cavlan: Churches don’t serve all; so let government run welfare.
Robert Lorge: Cut welfare bureaucracy in half; it undermines families.
Robert Lorge: A job gets you money & ends dependency.
Chris Lugo: Faith Based Initiative breaches church-state separation.
Chris Lugo: Don’t allow churches to provide welfare services.
Bo Heyward: Do away with federal welfare, and rely on charities instead.
Jack Carter: No government funding of church-based welfare.
Dwight Grotberg: Allow churches to provide welfare services.
Jack Carter: Don’t allow churches to provide welfare services.
David Redick: Faith-based organizations are a conflict on both sides.
Brian Macdonald: Allow churches to provide welfare services.
Daniel Vovak: Supports church welfare services on church-state grounds.
Jean Hay Bright: Opposes church-provided welfare services.