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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports Stem Cell Research: Favors topic 1
Pledges to focus on preventing abortions, not on attacking: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: 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)
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: Strongly Favors 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
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Opposes gay marriage; but not worth amending Constitution: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Opposes flag-burning; but not worth amending Constitution: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Protect people with pre-existing medical conditions: Strongly Favors topic 5
Negotiate for lower prescription drug prices: Strongly Favors topic 5
Extend enrollment period for new Medicare: Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: 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)
Privatization would end in massive debt or deep cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes privatization: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 93% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Public education is the backbone of our democracy: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
(+2 points on Social scale)
Sought removal of wolves from the endangered list: Favors topic 8
Global warming is much more rapid now than historically: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Clean air & water are Montana’s treasured resources: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Keep open access to public lands: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Require labeling genetically engineered food: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 73% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues: Neutral on topic 9
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Strongly believes in our Second Amendment rights: Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Sponsored veterans registering unlicensed guns from abroad: Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: 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)
Extend Bush exemption for inheritance tax up to $10M: Opposes topic 11
Focus tax cuts on the middle class, not the rich: Strongly Favors topic 11
Bush’s tax cuts are irresponsible: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Touts bipartisanship; voted against DREAM Act: Opposes topic 12
Secure borders and no amnesty for law breakers: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Recent trade agreements put our jobs & farms in jeopardy: Opposes topic 13
Federal farm subsidies are a necessary evil: Opposes topic 13
Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets: Favors topic 13
Rated 25% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions: Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Opposes 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)
Build forces to fight terror cells; not take away our rights: Favors topic 15
Non-proliferation includes disposing of nuclear materials: Opposes topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Citizens United is scary for democracy: Strongly Favors topic 16
Oppose Citizens United: limit corporate political spending: Strongly Favors topic 16
Citizens United ruling puts democracy at risk: Favors topic 16
Citizens United puts democracy at risk: Strongly Favors topic 16
K-Street cronies control Congressional spending decisions: Favors topic 16
End policymaking for those with the biggest campaign checks: Favors topic 16
End the “pay-to-play” culture of Washington: Favors topic 16
Ban lobbyist gifts, and more, starting with my own campaign: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks: Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Strongly Favors topic 16
Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 16
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
Critical of President Bush on Iraq war: Favors topic 17
It’s time for a clear exit strategy from Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Kyoto Accord needs worldwide communication & US leadership: Strongly Favors topic 18
Long-term tax credits for wind power development: Strongly Favors topic 18
4-point plan for getting over America’s oil addiction: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly 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)
Tough penalties for manufacturing & selling drugs: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
$787B in stimulus spending was step in the right direction: Strongly Favors topic 20
Montana suffered from Burns’ cuts in discretionary funding: Strongly Favors topic 20
Minimum wage increase is long overdue: Strongly Favors topic 20
Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record: Neutral on topic 20
NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Opposes 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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KY: Paul(R) vs.Gray(D) vs.Conway(D)
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