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Ken Salazar on SenateMatch


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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Abortion decision should be between a woman and her God: Strongly Favors topic 1
Supports parental notification but not extreme limits: Opposes topic 1
Rated 25% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion: Neutral on 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 $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Favors topic 1
YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Opposes 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
Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Wrote brief defending U.Michigan affirmative action case: Strongly Favors topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 82% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action: Neutral on topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+2 points on Social scale)
Oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment: Favors topic 3
Rated 67% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights: Neutral on topic 3
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-3 points on Social scale)
Make sure students can skip Pledge if they so choose: Opposes topic 4
Encourage character education curriculum in schools: Favors topic 4
Rated 67% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation: Neutral on topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-5 points on Social scale)
Heinous crimes deserve the ultimate sanction: Strongly Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
Establish rights for crime victims: Favors topic 9
Greater access to sex offender registration information: Favors topic 9
Streamline Colorado’s criminal sentencing statutes: Favors topic 9
Limit post-conviction appeals, allow more restitution: Strongly Favors topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Protect the individual right to use firearms: Favors topic 10
Restrict felon possession, and ban assault weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 10
More background checks for gun purchases: Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Take next steps toward universal coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
Allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices: Favors topic 5
Allow reimportation of prescription drugs: 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
YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Favors topic 5
YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Favors topic 5
NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000: Opposes 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
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes privatization and individual investment accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Opposes topic 6
No opinion on topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(0 points on Economic scale)
Strongly supports public education: Opposes topic 7
Promoted Salazar-Spence school voucher proposal: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Protect and preserve our land and water: Favors topic 18
Tax credit for gas stations providing 85% ethanol fuel: Favors topic 18
Rated 50% by CAF, indicating a mixed record on energy independence: Neutral on topic 18
Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness: Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Favors topic 18
NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Opposes 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
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-5 points on Social scale)
Opposed 2000 initiative for medical use of marijuana: Strongly Favors topic 19
Medical marijuana partly allowed, but he doesn’t like it: Strongly Favors topic 19
Federal grants to Indian tribes to fight methamphetamine: Strongly Favors topic 19
Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use: Favors topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Enact responsible tax cuts for low- and middle-class: Strongly Favors topic 11
Permanent tax cuts for middle class; reform estate tax: Opposes topic 11
More tax cuts and ending of loopholes: Opposes topic 11
Cut national debt and close tax loopholes: Favors topic 11
Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Favors topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly 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
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+5 points on Social scale)
Give benefits to children of longtime illegal immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opportunity for undocumented workers to gain legal status: Favors topic 12
Decrease illegal immigration; stronger border enforcement: Opposes topic 12
Sponsored comprehensive immigration reform, without amnesty: Strongly Favors topic 12
Provide funding for social services for noncitizens: Favors topic 12
Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Stoutly in favor of free trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+2 points on Social scale)
Fighting war on terror is not easy nor inexpensive: Favors topic 15
Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget: Opposes topic 15
YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Opposes topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Subject independent 527s to rules for political committees: Strongly Favors topic 16
NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Opposes topic 16
NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+2 points on Social scale)
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Favors topic 14
NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act: Opposes topic 14
YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+2 points on Social scale)
We need cooperation of our traditional allies on terrorism: Favors topic 17
Work towards a global community: Favors topic 17
NATO needs to be a bigger part in US war policy: Strongly Favors topic 17
No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: 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

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Newly elected in 2008 & seated in 2009:
AK:Begich (D)
CO:Udall (D)
ID:Risch (R)
MN:Franken (D)
NC:Hagan (D)
NE:Johanns (R)
NH:Shaheen (D)
NM:Udall (D)
OR:Merkley (D)
VA:Warner (D)

Newly appointed in 2009;
special election in 2010:

DE:Kaufman (D)
CO:Bennet (D)
IL:Burris (D)
NY:Gillibrand (D)

Announced retirement as of 2010:
DE:Kaufman (D)
FL:Martinez (R)
KS:Brownback (R)
MO:Bond (R)
OH:Voinovich (R)

Up for 6-year term in 2010:
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AL:Shelby (R)
AR:Lincoln (D)
AZ:McCain (R)
CA:Boxer (D)
CT:Dodd (D)
GA:Isakson (R)
HI:Inouye (D)
IA:Grassley (R)
ID:Crapo (R)
IN:Bayh (D)
KY:Bunning (R)
LA:Vitter (R)
MD:Mikulski (D)
NC:Burr (R)
ND:Dorgan (D)
NH:Gregg (R)
NV:Reid (D)
NY:Schumer (D)
OK:Coburn (R)
OR:Wyden (D)
PA:Specter (R)
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SD:Thune (R)
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VT:Leahy (D)
WA:Murray (D)
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Page last updated: Nov 20, 2009