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KY Governor (Democratic Governor (term-limited 2015))
Steve Beshear
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International Issues  Domestic Issues   Economic Issues  Social Issues 
Foreign Policy Gun Control Budget & Economy Education
Homeland Security Crime Government Reform   Civil Rights
War & Peace Drugs Tax Reform Abortion
Free Trade Health Care Social Security Families & Children
Immigration  Technology Corporations Welfare & Poverty
Energy & Oil  Environment Jobs Principles & Values
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Steve Beshear on Abortion
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  • Supports Roe v. Wade. (Nov 1996)
Steve Beshear on Budget & Economy
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  • Cut government spending due to the revenue shortfall. (Jan 2008)
  • Some budget priorities won’t go away despite budget crisis. (Jan 2008)
  • Revenue situation becomes a golden opportunity for change. (Jan 2008)
Steve Beshear on Civil Rights
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  • Will veto a bill that would ban gay marriage in KY. (Jan 2010)
  • Supports affirmative actions programs. (Nov 1996)
Steve Beshear on Corporations
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  • Incentive programs for businesses; to bring in jobs. (Feb 2011)
Steve Beshear on Crime
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  • Restore right to vote to most nonviolent felons. (Dec 2015)
  • Impose “truth in sentencing” for violent criminals. (Nov 1996)
  • Limit death penalty appeals; impose it for drug traffickers. (Nov 1996)
Steve Beshear on Drugs
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  • KASPER: KY All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting. (Feb 2013)
  • Reduce historic addiction to tobacco with smoke-free law. (Feb 2013)
  • More penalties; more testing; more drug war funding. (Nov 1996)
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Steve Beshear on Education
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  • We made cuts to survive; now let's assess damage. (Feb 2013)
  • Reinvest in SEEK: Support Education Excellence in Kentucky. (Feb 2013)
  • Alternative programs to reduce school dropout rate. (Feb 2011)
  • High national rankings shows that education is good in KY. (Nov 2010)
Steve Beshear on Energy & Oil
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  • To Washington: Get off our backs! about coal. (Feb 2011)
  • Letter to Congress supporting renewable energy tax credit. (Nov 2011)
Steve Beshear on Environment
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  • Secures Clean Water Act funding to clean up pollution. (Oct 2011)
Steve Beshear on Families & Children
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Steve Beshear on Foreign Policy
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  • Do the Christian thing to welcome Syrian refugees. (Nov 2015)
Steve Beshear on Free Trade
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  • New records in exports; thousands of jobs from in-sourcing. (Jan 2014)
  • Record exports to Asia & Europe means we're importing jobs. (Feb 2013)
  • NAFTA favors foreign interests over Kentucky's own. (Sep 2010)
  • Opposes NAFTA; supports tariffs. (Nov 1996)
  • Reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank. (Jul 2014)
Steve Beshear on Government Reform
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  • Smart Government: sell surplus land, buildings and vehicles. (Feb 2013)
  • 6-day furlough for state workers; cut top staff salaries 10%. (Feb 2011)
  • Comprehensive ethics package to restore trust. (Jan 2008)
  • Campaign spending limits with reduced TV rates. (Nov 1996)
Steve Beshear on Gun Control
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  • Maintain gun registration and gun restrictions. (Nov 1996)
Steve Beshear on Health Care
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  • OpEd: Like a man possessed in getting people covered. (Jan 2014)
  • Kentucky leads the way on affordable health care for all. (Jan 2014)
  • Support managed competition & healthcare tax incentives. (Nov 1996)
  • Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year. (Oct 2009)
Steve Beshear on Homeland Security
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  • Relax wiretapping restrictions. (Nov 1996)
Steve Beshear on Immigration
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  • More deportations; more border enforcement. (Nov 1996)
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Steve Beshear on Jobs
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  • Raise state worker minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. (Dec 2015)
  • Jobless rate is falling; Kentucky now 2nd in job growth. (Feb 2013)
Steve Beshear on Local Issues
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  • Statewide vote on expanding gaming: keep revenues in-state. (Jan 2014)
  • Keep KY Horse Capital of the World; a $4 billion industry. (Feb 2011)
Steve Beshear on Principles & Values
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  • Focus on helping people instead of on keeping power. (Jan 2014)
Steve Beshear on Social Security
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Steve Beshear on Tax Reform
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  • Taxes are not the answer; no broad-based increases. (Feb 2011)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
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Steve Beshear on Technology
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  • Ideas are the foundation of any new economy. (Jan 2008)
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Steve Beshear on War & Peace
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  • Gratitude for troops who fight terror & keep America free. (Sep 2011)
Steve Beshear on Welfare & Poverty
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  • We face a heavy sword: public pension unfunded liability. (Feb 2013)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports Roe v. Wade: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports affirmative actions programs: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Will veto a bill that would ban gay marriage in KY: 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)
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Kentucky leads the way on affordable health care for all: Strongly Favors topic 5
Support managed competition & healthcare tax incentives: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year: Strongly Favors topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Alternative programs to reduce school dropout rate: Opposes topic 7
High national rankings shows that education is good in KY: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+5 points on Social scale)
Secures Clean Water Act funding to clean up pollution: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Impose “truth in sentencing” for violent criminals: Strongly Favors topic 9
Limit death penalty appeals; impose it for drug traffickers: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Maintain gun registration and gun restrictions: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Incentive programs for businesses; to bring in jobs: Opposes topic 11
Taxes are not the answer; no broad-based increases: Opposes topic 11
$12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants: Favors topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
More deportations; more border enforcement: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
New records in exports; thousands of jobs from in-sourcing: Strongly Favors topic 13
Record exports to Asia & Europe means we're importing jobs: Strongly Favors topic 13
NAFTA favors foreign interests over Kentucky's own: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Opposes NAFTA; supports tariffs: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank: Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Do the Christian thing to welcome Syrian refugees: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Gratitude for troops who fight terror & keep America free: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Restore right to vote to most nonviolent felons: Strongly Favors topic 16
Campaign spending limits with reduced TV rates: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(0 points on Economic scale)
To Washington: Get off our backs! about coal: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Letter to Congress supporting renewable energy tax credit: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
KASPER: KY All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting: Favors topic 19
Reduce historic addiction to tobacco with smoke-free law: Favors topic 19
More penalties; more testing; more drug war funding: Strongly Favors topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
Raise state worker minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10: Favors topic 20
Cut government spending due to the revenue shortfall: Opposes topic 20

Steve Beshear is a Moderate Liberal Populist.
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