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Shannon O'Brien on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • History of protecting women's right to choose. (Sep 2002)
  • Changed her mind on abortion in 1990s. (Apr 2002)
  • Will continue strong record of support for choice. (Feb 2002)
Shannon O'Brien on Budget & Economy
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  • Fostered banking competition by providing consumer info. (Dec 2001)
  • Pressure banks to keep ATM fees low. (Nov 2001)
  • Accused of mismanagement of Abandoned Property account. (Feb 2001)
  • We must pay off Massachusetts’ state debt. (Jan 2001)
Shannon O'Brien on Civil Rights
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  • Protect civil rights of gays; allow civil unions. (Sep 2002)
  • Supports more AIDS funding; civil unions; gay civil rights. (Feb 2002)
Shannon O'Brien on Corporations
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Shannon O'Brien on Crime
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  • DNA "fingerprint" all felons. (Sep 2002)
  • Advocates life without parole, but no death penalty. (Feb 2002)
Shannon O'Brien on Drugs
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Shannon O'Brien on Education
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  • Training & resources for standards-based school environment. (Feb 2002)
  • Introduced U.Fund, tax-subsidized savings plan for college. (Dec 2001)
  • Established U.Fund, tax incentive for college savings. (Nov 2001)
Shannon O'Brien on Energy & Oil
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Shannon O'Brien on Environment
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  • Increase economic incentives for a healthy environment. (Feb 2002)
  • Implement measures that protect both health and environment. (Feb 2002)
  • Planning for growth will protect environment. (Feb 2002)
Shannon O'Brien on Families & Children
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Shannon O'Brien on Foreign Policy
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Shannon O'Brien on Free Trade
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Shannon O'Brien on Government Reform
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  • Will hold state accountable for revenue and spending. (Feb 2002)
  • Passed whistle-blower law; restored Treasury after scandal. (Dec 2001)
Shannon O'Brien on Gun Control
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  • Increase penalties for felon handgun possession. (Sep 2002)
  • Increase gun safety regulations but maintain hunters' rights. (Sep 2002)
  • Proud of strong MA gun control laws. (Feb 2002)
Shannon O'Brien on Health Care
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  • Will insure affordable quality care for seniors. (Feb 2002)
  • Use Florida model of purchasing prescription drugs in bulk. (Feb 2002)
  • Raise cigarette tax and use revenue to insure uninsured. (Feb 2002)
Shannon O'Brien on Homeland Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Shannon O'Brien on Immigration
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Shannon O'Brien on Jobs
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  • Provide resources and tools for workforce training. (Feb 2002)
Shannon O'Brien on Local Issues
Click here for 7 full quotes on Local Issues OR background on Local Issues.

    Big Dig

  • Push for full disclosure of Big Dig cost overruns. (Nov 2001)
  • Angry about non-disclosure of Big Dig cost increases. (Jun 2001)

    Clean Elections

  • O’Brien’s Withdrawal from Clean Election hurts its viability. (Oct 2001)
  • Gives up Clean Election campaign; offers to return donations. (Oct 2001)
  • State House abandoned Clean Elections; she will fight for it. (Oct 2001)
  • Asks opponents to voluntarily follow Clean Election rules. (Aug 2001)

    MCAS

  • Keep MCAS, but help students, teachers adjust. (Feb 2002)
Shannon O'Brien on Principles & Values
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Shannon O'Brien on Social Security
Click here for 3 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Swift’s pension plan would cost an extra $8 billion. (Dec 2001)
  • Created “On the Money” web site for retirement planning. (Dec 2001)
  • State pension fund should be self-funded by employees. (Jan 2001)
Shannon O'Brien on Tax Reform
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  • 3% investment tax credit should be permanent. (Feb 2002)
Shannon O'Brien on Technology
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  • Move to Internet-based health insurance administration. (Feb 2002)
  • Provided Abandoned Property web site for 1.6 million items. (Dec 2001)
Shannon O'Brien on War & Peace
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  • 5-point plan to protect without infringing personal freedoms. (Feb 2002)
  • 5-point plan to protect without infringing personal freedoms. (Feb 2002)
  • $3 million to assess threat against water supplies. (Oct 2001)
Shannon O'Brien on Welfare & Poverty
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VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
(Click on question for explanation and background)
Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(7 points on Social scale)
History of protecting women's right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Changed her mind on abortion in 1990s: Opposes topic 1
Will continue strong record of support for choice: Strongly Favors topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(10 points on Social scale)
Protect civil rights of gays; allow civil unions: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports more AIDS funding; civil unions; gay civil rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Permit prayer in public schools
(2 points on Social scale)
Training & resources for standards-based school environment: Favors topic 4
Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(2 points on Economic scale)
Will insure affordable quality care for seniors: Favors topic 5
Use Florida model of purchasing prescription drugs in bulk: Opposes topic 5
Raise cigarette tax and use revenue to insure uninsured: Strongly Favors topic 5
Use health care resources wisely to care for needy: Favors topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(10 points on Social scale)
Advocates life without parole, but no death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(2 points on Social scale)
DNA "fingerprint" all felons: Favors topic 9
Increase penalties for felon handgun possession: Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Social scale)
Increase gun safety regulations but maintain hunters' rights: Opposes topic 10
Proud of strong MA gun control laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(7 points on Economic scale)
Will hold state accountable for revenue and spending: Favors topic 11
3% investment tax credit should be permanent: Favors topic 11
No opinion on topic 12:
Immigration helps our economy-encourage it
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 14:
Link human rights to trade with China
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 16:
Reduce spending on missile defense (Star Wars)
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 17:
Seek UN approval for military action
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 18:
Reduce use of coal, oil, & nuclear energy
(2 points on Economic scale)
Increase economic incentives for a healthy environment: Favors topic 18
Implement measures that protect both health and environment: Favors topic 18
Planning for growth will protect environment: Favors topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)

Shannon O'Brien is a Centrist.
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