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Martha Coakley on Abortion
Click here for 7 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Pro-life Catholics shouldn't serve in emergency rooms. (May 2010)
  • AdWatch: Brown denied contraception to rape victims. (Jan 2010)
  • Helped minors get court orders without parental consent. (Jan 2010)
  • Partial-birth ban needs exceptions for maternal health. (Jan 2010)
  • Steadfast champion of Roe v. Wade. (Oct 2009)
  • Streamline approval process for stem cell research. (Sep 2009)
  • Supported 35-foot buffer zone at abortion clinics. (Jul 2009)
Martha Coakley on Budget & Economy
Click here for 3 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Economic system spiraling out of control; go after Wall St. (Oct 2009)
  • Increase safe, affordable housing; end predatory lending. (Oct 2009)
  • Every economic crisis statistic has a name and a story. (Sep 2009)
Martha Coakley on Civil Rights
Click here for 6 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Repeal DOMA: full rights for same-sex couples. (Oct 2009)
  • End discrimination on basis of race, gender, and disability. (Oct 2009)
  • More women should take active role in policy discussions. (Aug 2009)
  • Penalize racially-motivated crime as civil rights violation. (Jul 2009)
  • Anti-gay hate crimes devastate victims & communities. (Jul 2009)
  • Federal DOMA violates rights of same-sex couples. (Jul 2009)
Martha Coakley on Corporations
Click here for 2 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Don't take business for granted; both small and large. (Oct 2009)
  • Pushed anti-trust rules against Google and Yahoo. (Nov 2008)
Martha Coakley on Crime
Click here for 8 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Lobbied hard to keep Gerald Amirault in prison. (Jan 2010)
  • Opposes death penalty, but federal death penalty ok. (Jan 2010)
  • Limit Supreme Court review of state death penalty conviction. (Nov 2009)
  • Signed death penalty brief with 15 death penalty states. (Nov 2009)
  • Supported death penalty for cop killers, but now opposes it. (Nov 2009)
  • Criminal defense lawyer before switching to prosecution. (Sep 2009)
  • As Middlesex DA, passionate advocate for public safety. (Sep 2009)
  • Enhance victim compensation assistance. (Apr 2009)
Martha Coakley on Drugs
Click here for 3 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Deport illegal aliens who are drug dealers. (Nov 2009)
  • Prosecuted marijuana case for growing 100 lbs hydroponically. (Jul 2009)
  • Prosecuted cocaine trafficking cases. (Jun 2009)
Martha Coakley on Education
Click here for 2 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Supports well-funded public education system. (Nov 2009)
  • Concerned about financial impact of charter schools. (Nov 2009)
Martha Coakley on Energy & Oil
Click here for 6 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Supports cap-and-trade, but not a carbon tax. (Feb 2014)
  • Supports national cap-and-trade system, plus renewables. (Jan 2010)
  • National cap-and-trade market-based CO2 reduction. (Oct 2009)
  • Develop large scale utility-backed solar power projects. (Jul 2009)
  • Greenhouse gases are pollutants that threaten public health. (Jun 2009)
  • Spent nuclear fuel is subject to terrorist attack. (Jun 2009)
Martha Coakley on Environment
Click here for 3 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Clean up & redevelop contaminated brownfields. (Oct 2009)
  • Endangered Species Act should consider greenhouse gas effect. (Apr 2009)
  • Enforced hazardous waste management and transport laws. (Apr 2009)
Martha Coakley on Families & Children
Click here for 3 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Mandatory prosecution of restraining order violations. (Jan 2010)
  • Victim-centered prosecution of crimes against children. (Sep 2009)
  • Prosecuted against no-show jobs at MBTA. (Sep 2008)
Martha Coakley on Foreign Policy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Martha Coakley on Free Trade
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Martha Coakley on Government Reform
Click here for 2 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Current FEC reporting on donors & meetings is enough. (Dec 2009)
  • Democracy's promise based on government working well for all. (Sep 2009)
Martha Coakley on Gun Control
Click here for the full quote on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Anti-gun rights. (Oct 2009)
Martha Coakley on Health Care
Click here for 7 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • System is broken and needs to be fixed now. (Jan 2010)
  • Individual mandate with public insurance option. (Dec 2009)
  • Target enforcement against corrupt long term care facilities. (Dec 2009)
  • Require health insurance to cover abortion. (Nov 2009)
  • Expand coverage; improve quality; reduce costs. (Oct 2009)
  • Pushed Pfizer to pay $15M for Medicare fraud. (Sep 2009)
  • Require drug manufacturers to disclose risks. (Mar 2009)
Martha Coakley on Homeland Security
Click here for 4 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Protect due process in any plan to keep America safe. (Jan 2010)
  • Would vote against Patriot Act as currently formulated. (Dec 2009)
  • Help veterans receive the benefits they deserve. (Nov 2009)
  • Published guide and website for veteran's benefits. (Nov 2008)
Martha Coakley on Immigration
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  • Opposed services for illegal immigrants; now supports them. (Jun 2014)
  • End purgatorial status quo with penalties then citizenship. (Nov 2009)
Martha Coakley on Jobs
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  • Restore the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. (Dec 2009)
  • Keep historic industries like fishing in Massachusetts. (Oct 2009)
  • Prosecuted minimum wage and child labor violations. (Aug 2009)
Martha Coakley on Local Issues
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Martha Coakley on Principles & Values
Click here for 6 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • I know how tough my 2010 Senate loss was for many people. (Jun 2014)
  • Considers herself a liberal, but look at the record. (Oct 2009)
  • BA from Williams; JD from Boston U.; resides in Medford. (Sep 2009)
  • Values: family, community, pitch in, plan for future. (Sep 2009)
  • Served public for 20 years as District Attorney then AG. (Sep 2009)
  • Planned Senate campaign for year prior to Kennedy's passing. (Sep 2009)
Martha Coakley on Social Security
Click here for 2 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Safety net of Social Security is more important than ever. (Dec 2009)
  • Safety net of Social Security is more important than eve. (Nov 2009)
Martha Coakley on Tax Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Bush tax cuts favor wealthy Americans. (Jan 2010)
  • AdWatch: Get taxes up from more employment, not tax increase. (Jan 2010)
  • Extend Bush tax cuts for the lowest four tax brackets. (Jan 2010)
  • Some taxes are investments like for infrastructure & schools. (Jan 2010)
  • Consider a war tax to pay for Afghanistan surge. (Dec 2009)
Martha Coakley on Technology
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  • Supports commuter rail for the South Coast. (Jan 2014)
  • Make federal research-and-development tax credit permanent. (Jan 2010)
  • Take into account drivers' abilities, from teens to seniors. (Dec 2009)
  • Enhanced DNA analysis in police Crime Labs. (Sep 2009)
  • Prosecuted identity theft cases. (Aug 2009)
  • Expand wire interception law with one-party consent. (Aug 2009)
  • Give law enforcement tools to prosecute 21st century crime. (Aug 2009)
  • Settled all claims on Big Dig ceiling collapse. (Mar 2009)
Martha Coakley on War & Peace
Click here for 3 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Bring troops home from Afghanistan. (Jan 2010)
  • Focus efforts where terrorists are, not Afghanistan. (Jan 2010)
  • End the war in Iraq by 2011. (Nov 2009)
Martha Coakley on Welfare & Poverty
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
AdWatch: Brown denied contraception to rape victims: Favors topic 1
Helped minors get court orders without parental consent: Strongly Favors topic 1
Partial-birth ban needs exceptions for maternal health: Strongly Favors topic 1
Require health insurance to cover abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
Steadfast champion of Roe v. Wade: Strongly Favors topic 1
Streamline approval process for stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Supported 35-foot buffer zone at abortion clinics: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Restore the Age Discrimination in Employment Act: Favors topic 2
End discrimination on basis of race, gender, and disability: Strongly Favors topic 2
More women should take active role in policy discussions: Favors topic 2
Penalize racially-motivated crime as civil rights violation: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Repeal DOMA: full rights for same-sex couples: Strongly Favors topic 3
Anti-gay hate crimes devastate victims & communities: Favors topic 3
Federal DOMA violates rights of same-sex couples: Strongly Favors topic 3
Federal DOMA violates rights of same-sex couples: 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)
System is broken and needs to be fixed now: Strongly Favors topic 5
Individual mandate with public insurance option: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand coverage; improve quality; reduce costs: Strongly Favors topic 5
Pushed Pfizer to pay $15M for Medicare fraud: Favors topic 5
Require drug manufacturers to disclose risks: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Safety net of Social Security is more important than ever: Opposes topic 6
Safety net of Social Security is more important than eve: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports well-funded public education system: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Supports well-funded public education system: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Concerned about financial impact of charter schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports commuter rail for the South Coast: Opposes topic 8
Develop large scale utility-backed solar power projects: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Greenhouse gases are pollutants that threaten public health: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Endangered Species Act should consider greenhouse gas effect: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Lobbied hard to keep Gerald Amirault in prison: Strongly Favors topic 9
Mandatory prosecution of restraining order violations: Favors topic 9
Opposes death penalty, but federal death penalty ok: Opposes topic 9
Limit Supreme Court review of state death penalty conviction: Favors topic 9
Signed death penalty brief with 15 death penalty states: Favors topic 9
Supported death penalty for cop killers, but now opposes it: Strongly Favors topic 9
Criminal defense lawyer before switching to prosecution: Opposes topic 9
As Middlesex DA, passionate advocate for public safety: Strongly Favors topic 9
Victim-centered prosecution of crimes against children: Favors topic 9
Served public for 20 years as District Attorney then AG: Favors topic 9
Enhanced DNA analysis in police Crime Labs: Favors topic 9
Prosecuted identity theft cases: Favors topic 9
Prosecuted minimum wage and child labor violations: Favors topic 9
Enhance victim compensation assistance: Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Anti-gun rights: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Bush tax cuts favor wealthy Americans: Strongly Favors topic 11
AdWatch: Get taxes up from more employment, not tax increase: Favors topic 11
Extend Bush tax cuts for the lowest four tax brackets: Strongly Favors topic 11
Some taxes are investments like for infrastructure & schools: Favors topic 11
Consider a war tax to pay for Afghanistan surge: Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Opposed services for illegal immigrants; now supports them: Favors topic 12
End purgatorial status quo with penalties then citizenship: Favors topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Help veterans receive the benefits they deserve: Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(+2 points on Social scale)
Current FEC reporting on donors & meetings is enough: Opposes topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+5 points on Social scale)
Bring troops home from Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
Focus efforts where terrorists are, not Afghanistan: Favors topic 17
End the war in Iraq by 2011: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports cap-and-trade, but not a carbon tax: Favors topic 18
Supports national cap-and-trade system, plus renewables: Strongly Favors topic 18
National cap-and-trade market-based CO2 reduction: Strongly Favors topic 18
Spent nuclear fuel is subject to terrorist attack: Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
Deport illegal aliens who are drug dealers: Favors topic 19
Prosecuted marijuana case for growing 100 lbs hydroponically: Strongly Favors topic 19
Prosecuted cocaine trafficking cases: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Economic system spiraling out of control; go after Wall St.: Strongly Favors topic 20

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