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Steve Beshear on VoteMatch


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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)
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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
No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
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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
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Campaign spending limits with reduced TV rates: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
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No opinion on topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
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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
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Cut government spending due to the revenue shortfall: Opposes topic 20

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KY Senatorial:
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Matt Bevin
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Gubernatorial Debates 2015:
KY: Conway(D) vs.Bevin(R)
LA: Vitter(R) vs.Dardenne(R) vs.Edwards(D)
MS: Bryant(R) vs.Slater(D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2016:
DE: Bonini(D) vs.Carney(R)
IN: Pence(R) vs.Gregg(D)
MO: Hanaway(R) vs.Brunner(R)
MT: Bullock(D) vs.Perea(R)
NC: McCrory(R) vs.Cooper(D) vs.Spaulding(D)
ND: Dalrymple(R) vs.Heitkamp(D) vs.Pomeroy(D)
NH: Hassan(D) vs.Bradley(R)
OR: Brown(D)
UT: Herbert(R) vs.Matheson(D)
VT: Shumlin(D)
WA: Inslee(D) vs.Bryant(R)
WV: Kessler(R) vs.Cole(D)
Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2015):
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
OR-D: Kate Brown
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Lame ducks 2015-16:
DE-D: Jack Markell
(term-limited 2016)
KY-D: Steve Beshear
(term-limited 2015)
LA-R: Bobby Jindal
(term-limited 2015)
MO-D: Jay Nixon
(term-limited 2016)
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
(retiring 2016)
WV-D: Earl Ray Tomblin
(term-limited 2016)
Civil Rights
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Local Issues
Social Security
Tax Reform

Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry

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Page last updated: Jun 30, 2015