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Andrew Gillum (D)
Adam Putnam (R)
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Casey Cagle (R)
Hunter Hill (R)
Stacey Abrams (D)
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Nate Boulton (D)
Victor Mitchell(D)
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Bob Massie (D)
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A.G.Bill Schuette (R)
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Matt Dean (R)
Rebecca Otto (DFL)
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Mike Parson(R)
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vs.Laxalt(R)
vs.Schwartz(R)
New Hampshire:
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vs.Jilletta Jarvis (Libertarian)
New Jersey(2017):
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R, won 2017 primary)
Phil Murphy(D, won 2017 election)
vs.Ray Lesniak(D, lost 2017 primary)
Mayor Steve Fulop (declined Dem. primary, Sept. 2016)
Seth Kaper-Dale(G)
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Lujan-Grisham
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vs.Cervantes(D)
vs.Pearce(R)
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Cuomo(D)
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vs.Molinaro(R)
vs.Hawkins(G)
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Jim Renacci (R)
Betty Sutton (D)
Mary Taylor (R)
Mike DeWine (R)
Joe Schiavoni(D)
Jon Husted(R)
Nan Whaley(D)
Connie Pillich (D)
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vs.Richard Cordray(D)
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Gary Richardson(R)
Kevin Stitt(R)
Mick Cornett(R)
vs.Connie Johnson(D)
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vs.joe Maldonado(L)
vs.Chris Powell(L)
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Brown(D)
vs.Buehler(R)
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Wolf(D)
vs.Fetterman(D,Lt.Gov.)
vs.Krawchuk(Libertarian)
vs.Wagner (R)
vs.Barletta(R,declined)
vs.Krawchuk(L)
Rhode Island:
Raimondo(D)
vs.Brown(D)
vs.Fung(R)
vs.Morgan(R)
South Carolina:
McMaster(R)
vs.McGill(R)
vs.Pope(R)
vs.Templeton(R)
vs.Smith(D)
vs.Bryant(R)
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Marty Jackley (R)
Rep. Kristi Noem (R)
Billie Sutton (D)
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Karl Dean(D)
vs.Mark Green(R)
vs.Diane Black(R)
vs.Bill Lee(R)
Texas:
Abbott(R)
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vs.Glass(L)
vs.Valdez(D)
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Scott(R)
Stern(D)
Hallquist(D)
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Northam(D)
vs.Perriello(D)
vs.Wittman(R)
vs.Gillespie(R)
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Gov. Scott Walker(R)
Bob Harlow (D)
Kathleen Vinehout (D)
vs.Kelda Helen Roys(D)
vs.Tony Evers(D)
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Dahlin(R)
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Mark Begich on Abortion
Click here for 6 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • No new regulations on women's access to medical care. (Sep 2013)
  • Accepts contributions from abortion-rights group NARAL. (Jul 2008)
  • Mayor’s Charity Ball donated $25K to Planned Parenthood. (Dec 2003)
  • Voted NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Let military perform abortions in cases of rape or incest. (Jun 2011)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Nov 2013)
Mark Begich on Budget & Economy
Click here for 9 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Closed $33M budget gap without using one-time reserves. (Jul 2008)
  • No secret earmarks; full online disclosure. (May 2008)
  • As mayor: bond rating up; jobs increased; taxes down. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Feb 2013)
  • More enforcement of mortgage fraud and TARP fraud. (May 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Mark Begich on Civil Rights
Click here for 6 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Added sexual orientation to Anchorage non-discrimination law. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Jun 2013)
Mark Begich on Corporations
Click here for 2 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business. (Mar 2012)
  • Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record. (May 2012)
Mark Begich on Crime
Click here for 4 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Added $5M and 13 more police to Anchorage budget. (Oct 2008)
  • Added city police; pushed anti-gang & cyber-crime units. (Apr 2008)
  • Three strikes traffic violators should face felonies. (Oct 2006)
  • Rated 82% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance. (Dec 2014)
Mark Begich on Drugs
Click here for the full quote on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Prevent youth from trying the deadly drug methamphetamine. (Jul 2008)
Mark Begich on Education
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  • Local control and accountability of America’s schools. (Aug 2008)
  • Professional development grants for elementary principals. (Jul 2010)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
Mark Begich on Energy & Oil
Click here for 12 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Green Bank to fund energy conservation and development. (Aug 2018)
  • Drill in the Arctic Ocean; drill in National Forests. (Jan 2014)
  • Advocate for opening up ANWR to drilling. (Nov 2008)
  • Short term: $2.5B for LIHEAP; 70M bbl from strategic reserve. (Sep 2008)
  • Long term: develop ANWR; build renewable energy plants. (Sep 2008)
  • Support US participation in binding climate agreements. (Sep 2008)
  • Open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (May 2008)
  • Alaska is ground zero for global warming. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Allow horizontal drilling into Alaska's Coastal Plain. (Feb 2009)
Mark Begich on Environment
Click here for 12 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Supports the "Stand for Salmon" ballot measure. (Sep 2018)
  • Gold mine can co-exist with Native subsistence lifestyle. (Jul 2018)
  • No metal mining at Pebble Mine; it damages salmon fishery. (Jan 2014)
  • Allow gravel road through federal refuge to isolated village. (Jan 2014)
  • Implemented energy efficiency and conservation in Anchorage. (May 2008)
  • Respect unique cultural role of subsistence whaling. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Rated 100% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • No EPA permits required for forest road runoff. (Jun 2013)
  • Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing. (Feb 2013)
  • Require labeling genetically engineered food. (Apr 2013)
Mark Begich on Families & Children
Click here for 2 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
  • Increase number of children eligible for free school meals. (Oct 2009)
Mark Begich on Foreign Policy
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  • Rebuild US reputation by diplomatic efforts. (Sep 2008)
  • Pay dues to UN, and cooperate with ICC. (Sep 2008)
  • Supports adding 1% of US budget to international aid. (Sep 2008)
  • Rated 0 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Integrate gender into diplomatic and foreign aid processes. (Sep 2012)
  • Vigorous support for State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza. (Nov 2012)
Mark Begich on Free Trade
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  • Capitalize on our assets in the global economy. (Jul 2007)
  • Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires. (Sep 2014)
  • Rated 38% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions. (Dec 2012)
Mark Begich on Government Reform
Click here for 16 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Adviser to lobbying firms, but not interested in lobbying. (May 2015)
  • Active trader on the stock market, despite proposed ban. (Feb 2014)
  • Brought greater openness to city government. (May 2008)
  • Increase financial transparency for Senate staff. (May 2008)
  • Senate lobbying disclosures should include family ties. (May 2008)
  • Campaign transparency with sortable online database. (May 2008)
  • No secret meetings; full appointment disclosure for Senators. (May 2008)
  • No more automatic pay raises for Senators. (May 2008)
  • No revolving door for former senate staff to lobby. (May 2008)
  • No campaign fundraising through private foundations. (May 2008)
  • Support an Independent Office of Public Integrity. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Feb 2013)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Mark Begich on Gun Control
Click here for 9 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Strongly supports Constitutional right to bear arms. (Aug 2008)
  • Lifetime member of NRA. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2009)
  • Sponsored loosening restrictions on interstate gun purchases. (Oct 2011)
  • Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad. (Oct 2011)
  • Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. (Sep 2013)
  • Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal. (Feb 2009)
Mark Begich on Health Care
Click here for 12 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • AdWatch: Promised we could keep our plans under ObamaCare. (Jan 2014)
  • AdWatch: Begich supports ObamaCare for Alaskans. (Dec 2013)
  • AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare. (Nov 2013)
  • Protect future Medicare with “medical home” model. (Oct 2008)
  • Privatization undermines the integrity of Medicare. (Oct 2008)
  • Increase Medicare reimbursements and affordable health care. (May 2008)
  • Favors expanding Alaska’s Denali KidCare program. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
Mark Begich on Homeland Security
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  • Consult with Congress on major military actions. (Sep 2008)
  • Ratify Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; no new nukes. (Sep 2008)
  • Repeal the Patriot Act. (Aug 2008)
  • Pledges full support for the 21st Century GI Bill. (May 2008)
  • Increased Anchorage’s support for military personnel. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Oct 2013)
  • Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad. (Feb 2009)
  • Expand health services for women veterans. (Mar 2009)
Mark Begich on Immigration
Click here for 2 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Only Congress can grant amnesty, not President. (Sep 2014)
  • Reservations about denying illegals’ retirement benefits. (Oct 2008)
Mark Begich on Jobs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Anchorage employment grew by 800 jobs since Jan. 2008. (Jul 2008)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Jan 2014)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
Mark Begich on Local Issues
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Mark Begich on Principles & Values
Click here for 5 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Created Northern Compass Group: consulting on Alaska issues. (May 2015)
  • Democrats advertise Stevens’ calls secretly recorded by FBI. (Oct 2008)
  • Reputation as mayor for getting things done. (Sep 2008)
  • Served 10 years on Anchorage Assembly and 5 years as Mayor. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
Mark Begich on Social Security
Click here for 6 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Treat “Notch babies” equally with all other seniors. (Oct 2008)
  • Adjust Soc. Sec. cost of living by consumer price index. (Oct 2008)
  • No privatization; no individual investment accounts. (Oct 2008)
  • Elderly are entitled to solvent & reliable Social Security. (Aug 2008)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
  • Rated 94% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Mark Begich on Tax Reform
Click here for 2 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Extend tax cuts; and end the AMT. (Aug 2008)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Mar 2012)
Mark Begich on Technology
Click here for 2 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Warrantless wiretapping infringes on constitutional rights. (Aug 2008)
  • Invest in Port of Anchorage & pedestrian-friendly downtown. (Jul 2008)
Mark Begich on War & Peace
Click here for 8 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • I was too gung-ho supportive of Afghanistan war. (Oct 2014)
  • Air strikes against ISIS but no US forces on the ground. (Oct 2014)
  • Fully fund US contribution to UN operations in Darfur. (Sep 2008)
  • We must responsibly re-deploy out of Iraq. (May 2008)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves. (May 2013)
  • Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection. (Mar 2014)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Mark Begich on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
No new regulations on women's access to medical care: Favors topic 1
Accepts contributions from abortion-rights group NARAL: Favors topic 1
Mayor’s Charity Ball donated $25K to Planned Parenthood: Strongly Favors topic 1
Let military perform abortions in cases of rape or incest: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Privatization undermines the integrity of Medicare: No opin. on topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Added sexual orientation to Anchorage non-discrimination law: Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
AdWatch: Promised we could keep our plans under ObamaCare: Favors topic 5
AdWatch: Begich supports ObamaCare for Alaskans: Favors topic 5
Increase Medicare reimbursements and affordable health care: Favors topic 5
Favors expanding Alaska’s Denali KidCare program: Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand health services for women veterans: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: 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)
No privatization; no individual investment accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Elderly are entitled to solvent & reliable Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 94% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Local control and accountability of America’s schools: Opposes topic 7
Local control and accountability of America’s schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Professional development grants for elementary principals: Opposes topic 7
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports the "Stand for Salmon" ballot measure: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Gold mine can co-exist with Native subsistence lifestyle: Favors topic 8
No metal mining at Pebble Mine; it damages salmon fishery: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Allow gravel road through federal refuge to isolated village: Favors topic 8
Invest in Port of Anchorage & pedestrian-friendly downtown: Opposes topic 8
Implemented energy efficiency and conservation in Anchorage: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Respect unique cultural role of subsistence whaling: Favors topic 8
No EPA permits required for forest road runoff: Strongly Favors topic 8
Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing: Opposes topic 8
Require labeling genetically engineered food: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Added city police; pushed anti-gang & cyber-crime units: Favors topic 9
Three strikes traffic violators should face felonies: Favors topic 9
Rated 82% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Strongly supports Constitutional right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Lifetime member of NRA: Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Sponsored loosening restrictions on interstate gun purchases: Favors topic 10
Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad: Favors topic 10
Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Only Congress can grant amnesty, not President: Opposes topic 12
Reservations about denying illegals’ retirement benefits: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Capitalize on our assets in the global economy: Favors topic 13
Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated 38% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Pay dues to UN, and cooperate with ICC: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Fully fund US contribution to UN operations in Darfur: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Integrate gender into diplomatic and foreign aid processes: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty: Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Pledges full support for the 21st Century GI Bill: Favors topic 15
Increased Anchorage’s support for military personnel: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Campaign transparency with sortable online database: Favors topic 16
No campaign fundraising through private foundations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
I was too gung-ho supportive of Afghanistan war: Strongly Favors topic 17
Air strikes against ISIS but no US forces on the ground: Opposes topic 17
We must responsibly re-deploy out of Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves: Opposes topic 17
Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection: Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Green Bank to fund energy conservation and development: Strongly Favors topic 18
Drill in the Arctic Ocean; drill in National Forests: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Advocate for opening up ANWR to drilling: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Long term: develop ANWR; build renewable energy plants: Opposes topic 18
Open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Alaska is ground zero for global warming: Strongly Favors topic 18
Allow horizontal drilling into Alaska's Coastal Plain: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Opposes topic 18
YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Opposes topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Prevent youth from trying the deadly drug methamphetamine: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Extend tax cuts; and end the AMT: Strongly Opposes topic 20
As mayor: bond rating up; jobs increased; taxes down: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business: Favors topic 20
Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record: Neutral on topic 20
Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans: Opposes topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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