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Abortion
    Kamala Harris: Rated 100% pro-choice; 0% pro-life.
    Duf Sundheim: Right to abortion is a gating issues.
    Ted Lieu: 100% ratings from pro-choice groups.
    Steve Knight: Human life begins at conception.
    Neel Kashkari: Supports abortion rights.
    Neel Kashkari: Government out of our lives on abortion.
    Jerry Brown: Allow nurses to perform non-surgical abortions.
    Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on nurses performing non-surgical abortions.
    Mark DeSaulnier: Allow nurses to perform non-surgical abortions.
    Mimi Walters: Voted NO on nurses performing non-surgical abortions.
    Norma Torres: Allow nurses to perform non-surgical abortions.
    Steve Knight: Voted NO on nurses performing non-surgical abortions.
    Ted Lieu: Allow nurses to perform non-surgical abortions.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: GOP rejects abortion in case of rape & incest.
    Gloria La Riva: Right to abortion regardless of ability to pay.
    Gloria La Riva: Supports embryonic stem cell research.
    Julia Brownley: Supports embryonic stem cell research.
    Bill Jones: Pro-life except in cases of rape, incest, or maternal health.
    Bill Jones: Oppose partial birth; support parental notification.
Budget & Economy
    Pete Aguilar: Build economy that's fair to middle-class & small business.
    Mimi Walters: $17T debt is unsustainable; scale back government.
    Norma Torres: $2 billion in federal funds: Keep Your Home California.
    Steve Knight: Free enterprise instead of assuring livable income.
    Jerry Brown: Ping-pong budgeting makes no sense.
    Jerry Brown: Follow advice from Book of Genesis: out away some surplus.
    Neel Kashkari: Ran program to bail out the nation's largest banks.
    Jerry Brown: $27B budget gap then; multibillion-dollar surplus now.
    Jerry Brown: Proposes balanced budget and $12.5 billion in cuts.
    Sam Granato: Balanced Budget Amendment leads to irresponsible tax policy.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: Painful spending cuts & temporary tax increases were needed.
    Bill Jones: Concerned about higher federal spending.
    Bill Jones: Stop subsidizing the rest of the country.
Civil Rights
    Duf Sundheim: Supports same-sex marriage.
    Loretta Sanchez: Met with Indian American group leaders upon entering race.
    Rocky Chavez: Moderate who supports gay marriage.
    Ted Lieu: Overturn the federal ban on same-sex marriage.
    Ted Lieu: Strengthen equal pay laws & diversity.
    Steve Knight: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman.
    Norma Torres: Recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.
    Neel Kashkari: Supports gay marriage.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: LA's diversity program is "absolutely insufficient".
    Tom Del Beccaro: Keep Proposition 8; but open to debate on gay marriage.
    Jerry Brown: Prohibit sexual orientation conversion therapy.
    Mark DeSaulnier: Prohibit sexual orientation conversion therapy.
    Mimi Walters: Voted NO on prohibiting sexual orientation repair therapy.
    Norma Torres: Prohibit sexual orientation conversion therapy.
    Ted Lieu: Prohibit sexual orientation conversion therapy.
    Steve Knight: Voted NO on prohibiting sexual orientation repair therapy.
    Julia Brownley: Supports affirmative action.
    Julia Brownley: Supports same-sex domestic partnerships & marriage.
    Carly Fiorina: Proud conservative vote for Proposition 8.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: Keep gambling commission independent of tribes.
Corporations
    Neel Kashkari: Corporate rate complexity encourages investment abroad.
    Carly Fiorina: Focus on supporting small family-owned businesses.
Crime
    Kamala Harris: Don't require cops to wear body cameras.
    Kamala Harris: Acknowledge that certain communities distrust police.
    Norma Torres: Work with the community to combat crime.
    Jerry Brown: Major reductions in our prison population.
    Neel Kashkari: Don't release dangerous people onto the streets.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Reduced violent crime by 50%; increased size of LAPD.
    Jerry Brown: Curb prison spending through an historic realignment.
    Jared Huffman: Life-without-parole instead of capital punishment.
    Gloria La Riva: Opposes capital punishment; shut down most prisons.
    Julia Brownley: Opposes capital punishment.
    Julia Brownley: Alternative sentencing and separate juvenile courts.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: Allow private prisons to compete, to spend less on prisons.
    Dick Mountjoy: No visitation for sex offenders with kids or grandkids.
    Bill Jones: Three Strikes is a worthy criminal justice reform.
Drugs
    Kamala Harris: Recognize the war on drugs was a failure.
    Norma Torres: Food stamps for drug felons; immunity for reporting overdose.
    Jerry Brown: How many people can get stoned and still have a great state?
    Rob Astorino: War on drugs has disproportionately hurt minorities.
    Neel Kashkari: When you legalize something, you send a signal you approve.
    Jerry Brown: Vetoed prosecutor discretion on drugs; keep it a felony.
    Jerry Brown: Vetoed reducing drug possession from felony to misdemeanor.
    Mark DeSaulnier: Reduce drug possession from felony to misdemeanor.
    Mimi Walters: Voted NO on reducing possession from felony to misdemeanor.
    Norma Torres: Reduce drug possession from felony to misdemeanor.
    Steve Knight: Voted NO on reducing possession from felony to misdemeanor.
    Ted Lieu: Reduce drug possession from felony to misdemeanor.
    Rocky Chavez: Reduce drug possession from felony to misdemeanor.
    Julia Brownley: Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Interstate commerce laws do not apply to personal marijuana.
    Sandra Day O`Connor: Interstate commerce laws do not apply to personal marijuana.
Education
    Rocky Chavez: Supports charter schools, and founded one in Oceanside.
    Pete Aguilar: Improve public education at all levels.
    Jerry Brown: Allow bilingual education in public schools.
    Neel Kashkari: Side with poor kids, not union bosses.
    Mark DeSaulnier: Allow bilingual education in public schools.
    Mimi Walters: Voted NO on bilingual education in public schools.
    Norma Torres: Allow bilingual education in public schools.
    Steve Knight: Voted NO on bilingual education in public schools.
    Ted Lieu: Allow bilingual education in public schools.
    Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on bilingual education in public schools.
    Jerry Brown: No government-imposed standards for public schools.
    Jerry Brown: Replace school achievement testing with progress testing.
    Rocky Chavez: Replace school achievement testing with progress testing.
    Mark DeSaulnier: Replace school achievement testing with progress testing.
    Norma Torres: Replace school achievement testing with progress testing.
    Ted Lieu: Replace school achievement testing with progress testing.
    Mimi Walters: NO on replacing achievement testing with progress testing.
    Jerry Brown: Allow student sports choice based on gender identity.
    Mark DeSaulnier: Allow student sports choice based on gender identity.
    Mimi Walters: Voted NO on student sports choice based on gender identity.
    Steve Knight: Voted NO on student sports choice based on gender identity.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Mayoral control of 22 poorly performing schools.
    Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on student sports choice based on gender identity.
    Jerry Brown: Consider subsidiarity: central authority only if local fails.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Police in the schools, every day, but not all day.
    Jerry Brown: Vetoed considering demographics in college admissions.
    Jerry Brown: Let people vote to avoid cutting schools & colleges.
    Gloria La Riva: Guaranteed free education from pre-K through college.
    Julia Brownley: Supports charter schools.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: Until now, children were trapped in low-performing schools.
    Dan Quayle: “Students’ rights” wrongly undermines school discipline.
    Dan Quayle: Mentioning God in classrooms should not be illegal.
Energy & Oil
    Kamala Harris: Innovate smart solutions to climate change.
    Pete Aguilar: Encourage green building and climate-friendly purchasing.
    Mimi Walters: Support new domestic oil and natural gas, including Keystone.
    Ted Lieu: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions; end fracking.
    Steve Knight: No opinion on federally subsidizing wind & solar.
    Rob Astorino: Open the Monterey Shale to fracking for shale oil.
    Neel Kashkari: Climate change compelling, but do fracking & Monterey shale.
    Jerry Brown: Slow down fracking until scientific study is completed.
    Mark DeSaulnier: Slow down fracking until scientific study is completed.
    Mimi Walters: Voted NO on scientific study on fracking.
    Norma Torres: Slow down fracking until scientific study is completed.
    Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on scientific study on fracking.
    Steve Knight: Voted NO on scientific study on fracking.
    Ted Lieu: Slow down fracking until scientific study is completed.
    Jerry Brown: CO2 emissions could warm planet by 7 degrees.
    Alan Lowenthal: Restrict offshore drilling; regulate greenhouse gases.
    Gloria La Riva: International and domestic rules to reduce climate change.
    Julia Brownley: Switch from traditional energy to alternatives.
    Carly Fiorina: Use every source, including nuclear and clean coal.
Environment
    Pete Aguilar: Fight for more sustainable development.
    Ted Lieu: Expand resources for water recycling.
    Tom Del Beccaro: Increase water supplies rather than fining citizens.
    Jerry Brown: $25B for water-shortage farmland.
    Rob Astorino: I love our natural beauty, but we need to find balance.
    Jerry Brown: $48M for funding hybrid and zero-emission vehicles.
    Mark DeSaulnier: $48M for funding hybrid and zero-emission vehicles.
    Mimi Walters: Voted NO on $48M for hybrid and zero-emission vehicles.
    Norma Torres: $48M for funding hybrid and zero-emission vehicles.
    Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on $48M for hybrid and zero-emission vehicles.
    Steve Knight: Voted NO on $48M for hybrid and zero-emission vehicles.
    Ted Lieu: $48M for funding hybrid and zero-emission vehicles.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Added 669 acres of open space & 1,549 miles of bikeways.
    Jerry Brown: $14B to build tunnels and restore San Joaquin Delta habitat.
    Jerry Brown: Banned shark fin harvesting to protect sharks and ocean.
    Gloria La Riva: Increase fuel efficiency standards; and don't build nukes.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: $11B for water bonds to invest in future water flow.
    Bill Jones: Supports the ban on drilling oil off the California coast.
Families & Children
    Dan Quayle: “Children’s rights” wrongly undermines parental authority.
Foreign Policy
    Kamala Harris: The way to keep us safe is NOT to keep outsiders out.
    Kamala Harris: Distinguish Islamic religion from terrorism.
    Mimi Walters: US directly benefits from military aid to Israel.
    Gloria La Riva: Close all US bases abroad; and exit all war zones.
    Bill Jones: UN has not acted decisively during major conflicts.
Free Trade
    Duf Sundheim: Inclined to support Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.
    Jerry Brown: Open CA trade and investment office in Shanghai.
    Carly Fiorina: Change rules about outsourcing; current climate forces it.
    Bill Jones: Fair trade with level playing field.
Government Reform
    Steve Knight: Require photo ID for voting.
    Jerry Brown: Pilot program for all-mail-in ballots.
    Mark DeSaulnier: Voted NO on pilot program for all-mail-in ballots.
    Mimi Walters: Voted NO on pilot program for all-mail-in ballots.
    Norma Torres: Pilot program for all-mail-in ballots.
    Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on pilot program for all-mail-in ballots.
    Steve Knight: Voted NO on pilot program for all-mail-in ballots.
    Ted Lieu: Pilot program for all-mail-in ballots.
    Mark DeSaulnier: Voted YES to amend Constitution to overturn Citizens United.
    Mimi Walters: Voted NO on overturning Citizens United.
    Norma Torres: Voted YES to amend Constitution to overturn Citizens United.
    Steve Knight: Voted NO on overturning Citizens United.
    Ted Lieu: Voted YES to amend Constitution to overturn Citizens United.
    Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on overturning Citizens United.
    Alan Lowenthal: Regulate corporate & union campaign contributions.
    Jared Huffman: Ban "independent expenditures"; they're out of control.
    Gloria La Riva: Eliminate corporate campaign contributions.
    Julia Brownley: Limit campaign contributions and campaign spending.
    Julia Brownley: Lengthen term limits for state legislators.
    Bill Jones: Make government more open and responsive.
    Dan Quayle: Appoint judges who won’t push a political agenda.
Gun Control
    Kamala Harris: Rated "F" (7%) by NRA on gun control policies.
    Steve Knight: Additional restrictive gun control laws are unneeded.
    Jerry Brown: Include semiautomatic pistols in unsafe handgun law.
    Neel Kashkari: Require background checks before all firearms sales.
    Jerry Brown: Ban hunting with lead bullets; but detachable magazines OK.
    Jerry Brown: Ban large-capacity kits, but veto other gun restrictions.
    Mark DeSaulnier: Voted YES on wider definition of assault rifles.
    Mimi Walters: Voted NO on wider definition of assault rifles.
    Norma Torres: Voted YES on wider definition of assault rifles.
    Steve Knight: Voted NO on wider definition of assault rifles.
    Ted Lieu: Voted YES on wider definition of assault rifles.
    Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on wider definition of assault rifles.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Supports Life Act: restrict ammunition, licenses, & weapons.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Ban sales of assault weapons and Saturday night specials.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
    Jared Huffman: 2nd amendment right is not absolute.
    Gloria La Riva: Second Amendment guarantees individual gun ownership.
    Dan Quayle: Instant gun checks OK, but real issue is self-control.
Health Care
    Duf Sundheim: Some aspects of ObamaCare ok, but rest is a boondoggle.
    Mimi Walters: ObamaCare is a takeover of our health care system.
    Ted Lieu: No vouchers for Medicare; healthcare is a right.
    Steve Knight: Repeal ObamaCare.
    Neel Kashkari: Fix ObamaCare's fundamental flaws, or replace it completely.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Healthcare.gov problems caused loss of confidence in Feds.
    Kamala Harris: Companies should provide contraception under ObamaCare.
    Jerry Brown: Expand Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare.
    Mark DeSaulnier: Expand Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare.
    Mimi Walters: Voted NO on expanding Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare.
    Norma Torres: Expand Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare.
    Steve Knight: Voted NO on expanding Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare.
    Ted Lieu: Expand Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare.
    Jerry Brown: Get started on ObamaCare, then expand Medi-Cal.
    Tom Del Beccaro: More taxes & regulations loom with ObamaCare.
    Alan Lowenthal: KeepObamaCare; require purchasing insurance.
    Jerry Brown: Insurance companies must cover maternity leave & services.
    Gloria La Riva: Healthcare is a right; create single-payer system.
    Carly Fiorina: Start with medical malpractice reform & more competition.
    Bill Jones: Lawsuit abuse is responsible for health care costs.
Homeland Security
    Rocky Chavez: Block Syrian refugees until we upgrade our intel and vetting.
    Rocky Chavez: Focus on national security: prepared to deal with ISIS.
    Pete Aguilar: Increase job training for returning veterans.
    Mimi Walters: Fight to ensure veterans receive benefits.
    Ted Lieu: Condemn the NSA's unconstitutional phone spying.
    Ted Lieu: Active duty Air Force for 4 years & reserves for 14 years.
    Steve Knight: Maintain a numerically superior nuclear arsenal.
    Jerry Brown: Governor's Military Council: avoid DOD budget cuts.
    Jared Huffman: Reduce defense spending to balance the budget.
    Jared Huffman: Diplomacy and due process, instead of military action.
    Gloria La Riva: Eliminate military hardware &missile defense programs.
    Dick Mountjoy: Extend election time limit for overseas military voting.
    Bill Jones: Stop developing weapons for yesterday’s battles.
    Bill Jones: No more base closure in California.
Immigration
    Loretta Sanchez: Refugees are not the enemy, today nor in our history.
    Rocky Chavez: We are home for the tired and oppressed, even Syrians.
    Duf Sundheim: Path to legal status without executive action.
    Kamala Harris: An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal.
    Tom Del Beccaro: Expose crime and danger at the US-Mexico border.
    Pete Aguilar: We need comprehensive immigration reform.
    Mimi Walters: Border security is broken; but we need guest workers.
    Steve Knight: Protect the border and prevent illegal entry.
    Neel Kashkari: Sensible immigration reform needed, but not open borders.
    Hilda Solis: Supports "Fast for Families" in favor of immigration reform.
    Jerry Brown: Allow driver's license for undocumented immigrants.
    Mimi Walters: Voted NO on driver's license for undocumented immigrants.
    Norma Torres: Voted YES on driver's license for undocumented immigrants.
    Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on driver's license for undocumented immigrants.
    Steve Knight: Voted NO on driver's license for undocumented immigrants.
    Ted Lieu: Voted YES on driver's license for undocumented immigrants.
    Mark DeSaulnier: Voted YES on driver's license for undocumented immigrants.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Immigration reform is an economic and moral imperative.
    Neel Kashkari: Expand visa programs for highly skilled workers.
    Jerry Brown: Supports state aid to illegals' children and DREAM Act.
    Julia Brownley: In-state tuition OK for illegal immigrants.
    Bill Jones: Support temporary work visas, but no shortcut to immigration.
    Bill Jones: Not even a suggestion of amnesty.
    Bill Jones: Oppose amnesty for undocumented immigrants.
Jobs
    Ted Lieu: Focus on job creation & raising the minimum wage.
    Jerry Brown: Extend unemployment benefits federally.
    Jerry Brown: Recover from Great Recession: GoBiz and Jobs Hiring Credit.
    Jerry Brown: Strip away regulations that prevent job creation.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: $500M jobs package, plus $10K homebuyer tax credits.
Local Issues
    Jerry Brown: Local Control Funding Formula: breakthrough in subsidiarity.
Principles & Values
    Norma Torres: Elected to City Council, State Assembly, and State Senator.
    Steve Knight: Judeo-Christian framework is moral; Shariah is a threat.
    Jerry Brown: Proclaim May 2 as California "Day of Prayer".
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: It is time to return California to the people.
Social Security
    Tom Del Beccaro: Eliminate cap on the payroll tax.
    Pete Aguilar: Fight tooth and nail to protect instead of privatize.
    Mimi Walters: Keep our promise to America's seniors.
    Ted Lieu: No privatization; no chained CPI; raise payroll cap.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Entitlement reform must be part of reining in debt.
    Jerry Brown: Cap benefits & increase retirement age.
    Neel Kashkari: Index for inflation; increase retirement age; means-testing.
    Neel Kashkari: We must cut entitlements, to avoid national insolvency.
Tax Reform
    Tom Del Beccaro: Personal & corporate flat tax: 15.5% federal and 6% state.
    Mimi Walters: Fight to reduce taxes & reckless spending.
    Jerry Brown: Only choice is raise taxes to deal with extreme difficulty.
    Gloria La Riva: Increase tax rate for high incomes; no tax below $50,000.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: Our economy is 21st century & our tax system is 20th century.
    Carly Fiorina: Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new or increased taxes.
    Bill Jones: Extend the Bush tax cuts.
    Bill Jones: Move beyond tax cuts to tax simplification.
Technology
    Ted Lieu: Expand investment in R&D plus transportation infrastructure.
    Neel Kashkari: Day one, high-speed rail train is dead.
    Jerry Brown: 32-year quest to build nation's first high-speed rail line.
    Jerry Brown: Pay for high-speed rail project with cap-and-trade revenue.
    Jerry Brown: I signed high speed rail in 1982; finally done in 2013.
    Jerry Brown: Supports high speed rail in CA to create jobs, ease traffic.
    Jerry Brown: CA entrepreneurialism reaps benefit from Pacific Rim trade.
    Carly Fiorina: Post federal budgets on Internet for public comment.
    Bill Jones: Championed updating water supply systems.
War & Peace
    Tom Del Beccaro: Nuke deal solidifies Iran conventional military gains.
    Tom Del Beccaro: Mideast was more stable with U.S. troops in Iraq.
    Mimi Walters: Thwart Iran's support of terrorism, and nuclear enrichment.
    Ted Lieu: Diplomacy with Iran ok, but it must never be based on trust.
    Jared Huffman: Timetable for Afghan withdrawal should be immediately!
    Antonio Villaraigosa: End wars & spend in US in stead of Baghdad and Kandahar.
    Jerry Brown: World assured of America's resolve in combating terrorism.
    Bill Jones: We are committed in Iraq and can’t leave the job half done.
    Bill Jones: Would have voted for the $87 billion spending on Iraq.
    Colin Powell: US need not choose between Israel & Arabs.
    Colin Powell: US has always stood with Israel; and will continue to do so.
Welfare & Poverty
    Duf Sundheim: Address the 8.9 million Californians living in poverty.
    Jerry Brown: 1977: Visited tenement & prison to see 1st-hand.
    Neel Kashkari: With $40 & no job, economy hasn't improved since 2011.


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