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Mark Dayton on SenateMatch


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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports legalized abortion with some limits: Favors topic 1
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Opposes topic 1
YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Favors topic 1
NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Promote racial tolerance publicly: Favors topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
Disgusted by Defense of Marriage Act: Strongly Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(0 points on Social scale)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
No opinion on topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
More resources for local law enforcement & COPS: Strongly Opposes topic 9
More gang prosecution: Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Against gun registration: Favors topic 10
Opposes gun licensing and gun registration: Strongly Favors topic 10
For background checks & trigger locks: Opposes topic 10
Zero tolerance for guns in schools: Opposes topic 10
Supports some licensing & some registration: Opposes topic 10
NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Immediate health care coverage for all Americans: Strongly Favors topic 5
Employer-mandated coverage and universal insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand Medicare Rx coverage & other coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage: Favors topic 5
Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations: Opposes topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: 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
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes privatization of social security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Keep Social Security intact: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More funding for progressive public school programs: Opposes topic 7
Vouchers undermine our educational system: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Vouchers take precious tax dollars from public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Public schools are doing a good job; need more money: Opposes topic 7
Supports charter schools, opposed to vouchers: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Voted against Gale Norton, citing ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
Triple MN highway construction projects for next 10 years: Neutral on topic 18
Mass transit is an essential public service: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 79% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 18
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill: 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
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-5 points on Social scale)
Greatest threat to national security is flood of drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strengthen the fight against illegal drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No 5-year limit on cash benefits: Opposes topic 20
Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Targeted middle class tax cuts: Favors topic 11
Don’t “give it all back”; economy will sour someday: Favors topic 11
Target tax cuts to middle class, not the rich: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 17% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Favors topic 11
YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Favors topic 11
NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly 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 opinion on topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(0 points on Social scale)
Unsnarl the INS bureaucracy to reduce backlog: Favors topic 12
NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: Favors topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
US policy should favor American workers and sovereignty: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated 25% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on removing common goods from national security export rules: Favors topic 13
YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Favors topic 13
YES on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Opposes topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+2 points on Social scale)
Advocate for veterans’ needs: Favors topic 15
Redirect military spending to focus within US: Favors topic 15
Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No PAC money, no soft money: Strongly Favors topic 16
YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Favors topic 16
YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: 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
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
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
Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+2 points on Social scale)
Relax the Cuban embargo: Favors topic 17
Maintain military & economic aid to Israel at current level: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17

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IA:Grassley (R)
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Page last updated: Nov 20, 2009