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Kendrick Meek on Abortion
Click here for 13 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • I have a 100% voting record on abortion, unlike Gov. Crist. (Oct 2010)
  • Endorsed by NARAL; opposed Stupak amendment. (Aug 2010)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 9% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Opposes prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports federal abortion funding. (Aug 2010)
  • Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception. (Jan 2009)
Kendrick Meek on Budget & Economy
Click here for 15 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Grow the economy rather than applying ideology. (Oct 2010)
  • For economic stimulus, ObamaCare, & repealing Bush tax cuts. (Oct 2010)
  • $800B stimulus helps, while 95% get tax cuts. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports the stimulus bill. (Sep 2010)
Kendrick Meek on Civil Rights
Click here for 15 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Oppose Florida's ban on gay adoption. (Aug 2010)
  • Registered black voters to support affirmative action. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 94% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Supports Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). (Sep 2010)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Kendrick Meek on Corporations
Click here for 5 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Washington favored Wall Street over Main Street for too long. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 47% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Kendrick Meek on Crime
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  • First African-American captain in Florida Highway Patrol. (Aug 2010)
  • Voted YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
Kendrick Meek on Drugs
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  • Rated -5 by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform. (Dec 2006)
  • Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis. (Jan 2009)
Kendrick Meek on Education
Click here for 8 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Increase student aid; cut student loan interest in half. (Aug 2010)
  • Constitutional amendment to limit class size to 25. (Feb 2007)
  • Driven to address 35 kids in his own child's 3rd grade class. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Opposes less federal or more local control of education. (Sep 2010)
Kendrick Meek on Energy & Oil
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  • Oil is the past; solar & wind & biomass are the future. (Aug 2010)
  • Voted YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 83% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Supports passage of Cap-and-Trade energy legislation. (Sep 2010)
Kendrick Meek on Environment
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  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 85% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
Kendrick Meek on Families & Children
Click here for 5 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • 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 10% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • Increase number of children eligible for free school meals. (Oct 2009)
Kendrick Meek on Foreign Policy
Click here for 8 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Democratic change in Cuba, but allow visits until then. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Sanction Mugabe until Zimbabwe transitions to democracy. (Apr 2008)
  • Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
Kendrick Meek on Free Trade
Click here for 6 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
Kendrick Meek on Government Reform
Click here for 12 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Drafted 70 bills in Congress; some got merged into law. (Aug 2010)
  • Sought earmarks for blighted area which benefited a donor. (Aug 2010)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Election reform is #1 priority to prevent disenfranchisement. (Jan 2001)
Kendrick Meek on Gun Control
Click here for 3 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated D by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Aug 2010)
Kendrick Meek on Health Care
Click here for 17 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 89% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
Kendrick Meek on Homeland Security
Click here for 14 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • No US contracts with companies linked to Darfur genocide. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad. (Feb 2009)
Kendrick Meek on Immigration
Click here for 9 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Temporary Protected Status for Haitians living in the US. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. (Sep 2010)
  • Opposes full implementation of current border security laws. (Sep 2010)
  • Let illegal alien children attend school. (Mar 2009)
Kendrick Meek on Jobs
Click here for 11 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • I wake up and fight for jobs for Floridians every day. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports minimum wage, organizing unions, and R&D. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
  • Rated 87% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
Kendrick Meek on Principles & Values
Click here for 7 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Participated in 3-way debates with Gov. Crist and Sen. Rubio. (Jun 2012)
  • Socially progressive and fiscally responsible. (Aug 2010)
  • Son of retired Rep. Carrie Meek; married to Miami prosecutor. (Aug 2010)
  • 1994: In Florida Highway Patrol when elected to State House. (Feb 2007)
  • Member of Congressional Black Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Reject Bush's Florida electors due to election fraud. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 81% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Kendrick Meek on Social Security
Click here for 2 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
Kendrick Meek on Tax Reform
Click here for 10 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Bush tax cuts killed surpluses; no more trickle-down. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Rated 22% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty. (Aug 2010)
Kendrick Meek on Technology
Click here for 11 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Build high-speed rail to solve transportation problems. (Aug 2010)
  • Voted YES on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet). (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on promoting commercial human space flight industry. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)
  • Close digital divide with high-tech training. (Jan 2001)
  • Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)
  • No performance royalties for radio music. (Mar 2009)
Kendrick Meek on War & Peace
Click here for 9 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Get troops out of Iraq to pay for tax cuts. (Jul 2010)
  • Consistent advocate of drawdown in Iraq; focus on al-Qaeda. (Dec 2009)
  • Supporter of US aid to Israel, both in peace & conflict. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
  • Supports timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. (Sep 2010)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Kendrick Meek on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 4 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
I have a 100% voting record on abortion, unlike Gov. Crist: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated 9% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Opposes prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Supports federal abortion funding: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Registered black voters to support affirmative action: Strongly Favors topic 2
Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace: Favors topic 2
Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice: Favors topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 94% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: Favors topic 2
YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention: Favors topic 3
Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Supports Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA): Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 10% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 81% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception: Opposes topic 4
YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Favors topic 4
NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs: Favors topic 5
Rated 89% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Opposes topic 5
NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors 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
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Constitutional amendment to limit class size to 25: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Opposes less federal or more local control of education: Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 85% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated D by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Bush tax cuts killed surpluses; no more trickle-down: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 22% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation: Strongly Favors topic 11
Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Temporary Protected Status for Haitians living in the US: Favors topic 12
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes full implementation of current border security laws: Strongly Favors topic 12
Let illegal alien children attend school: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Favors topic 13
NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Favors topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: 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)
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight: Favors topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees: Favors topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+5 points on Social scale)
Consistent advocate of drawdown in Iraq; focus on al-Qaeda: Strongly Favors topic 17
Supports timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: Favors topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 83% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Supports passage of Cap-and-Trade energy legislation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated -5 by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform: Neutral on topic 19
Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis: Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
For economic stimulus, ObamaCare, & repealing Bush tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 20
Sought earmarks for blighted area which benefited a donor: Strongly Favors topic 20
$800B stimulus helps, while 95% get tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 20
Supports minimum wage, organizing unions, and R&D: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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