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Tom Birmingham on Abortion
Click here for 2 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Supported clinic buffer zones. (Nov 2001)
  • Insurance for contraception & state workers’ abortions. (Nov 2001)
Tom Birmingham on Budget & Economy
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Tom Birmingham on Civil Rights
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  • Funding to support gays & lesbians in public schools. (Nov 2001)
  • Domestic partnership benefits for state employees. (Nov 2001)
Tom Birmingham on Corporations
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Tom Birmingham on Crime
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  • Include sexual orientation as basis for hate crimes. (Nov 2001)
  • Require police ticketing records, to fight racial profiling. (Nov 2001)
  • $21 million for community policing. (Nov 2001)
  • Strengthen the arrest warrant system. (Nov 2001)
Tom Birmingham on Drugs
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Tom Birmingham on Education
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  • $106M yearly for early childhood education. (Nov 2001)
  • $55M in new school building projects this year. (Nov 2001)
  • Every student can attend college for $500 per year. (Nov 2001)

    School Choice

  • Strong advocate for strengthening public schools. (Nov 2001)
  • Equal educational opportunity regardless of where kids live. (Nov 2001)
Tom Birmingham on Energy & Oil
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Tom Birmingham on Environment
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  • $26 million for preserving open space. (Nov 2001)
  • Supports brownfield cleanup. (Nov 2001)
Tom Birmingham on Families & Children
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  • Strengthen assault laws to focus on domestic violence. (Nov 2001)
  • Treat as crimes domestic stalking and harassment. (Nov 2001)
  • Small Necessities Leave Act: 24 hours off per year. (Nov 2001)
  • Paid leave for new parents. (Nov 2001)
Tom Birmingham on Foreign Policy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Tom Birmingham on Free Trade
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Tom Birmingham on Government Reform
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Tom Birmingham on Gun Control
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  • Ban assault weapons; more licensing & penalties. (Nov 2001)
Tom Birmingham on Health Care
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  • Patient Bill of Rights; push for right to sue HMOs. (Nov 2001)
  • Protect genetic privacy in health insurance. (Nov 2001)
  • Health Now! funds low-income healthcare from cigarette tax. (Nov 2001)
  • Make universal health care coverage for kids a right. (Nov 2001)
  • Universal coverage for senior prescriptions. (Nov 2001)
Tom Birmingham on Homeland Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Tom Birmingham on Immigration
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Tom Birmingham on Jobs
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  • Increase the minimum wage to $6.75 per hour, and index it. (Nov 2001)
  • $18M yearly for workforce training & adult literacy. (Nov 2001)
  • Strengthen prevailing wage laws. (Nov 2001)
Tom Birmingham on Local Issues
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    MCAS

  • $110M to improve test scores, rather than “blame game”. (Nov 2001)
Tom Birmingham on Principles & Values
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Tom Birmingham on Social Security
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Tom Birmingham on Tax Reform
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  • $500 million tax cut for all taxpayers. (Nov 2001)
  • $750 tax credit for senior housing. (Nov 2001)
Tom Birmingham on Technology
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  • $10 million for electronic firefighter equipment. (Nov 2001)
Tom Birmingham on War & Peace
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  • Make terrorist threats a felony, whether or not carried out. (Nov 2001)
  • Allow state inspection of e-mail, to fight terrorism. (Nov 2001)
Tom Birmingham on Welfare & Poverty
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  • $100M for affordable housing fund; don’t rely on market. (Nov 2001)
  • $164M in tax incentives for charity. (Nov 2001)
  • Preserve “expiring use” housing & rent escrow. (Nov 2001)


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)
Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(10 points on Social scale)
Supported clinic buffer zones: Favors topic 1
Insurance for contraception & state workers’ abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(2 points on Economic scale)
Require police ticketing records, to fight racial profiling: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(10 points on Social scale)
Funding to support gays & lesbians in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Domestic partnership benefits for state employees: Strongly Favors topic 3
Include sexual orientation as basis for hate crimes: Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Permit prayer in public schools
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(0 points on Economic scale)
Patient Bill of Rights; push for right to sue HMOs: Favors topic 5
Health Now! funds low-income healthcare from cigarette tax: Favors topic 5
Make universal health care coverage for kids a right: Strongly Favors topic 5
Universal coverage for senior prescriptions: 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)
Strong advocate for strengthening public schools: Opposes topic 7
Equal educational opportunity regardless of where kids live: Favors topic 7
No opinion on topic 8:
Death Penalty
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(2 points on Social scale)
Strengthen the arrest warrant system: Favors topic 9
Strengthen assault laws to focus on domestic violence: Favors topic 9
Treat as crimes domestic stalking and harassment: Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Social scale)
Ban assault weapons; more licensing & penalties: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(7 points on Economic scale)
$500 million tax cut for all taxpayers: 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)
$26 million for preserving open space: Favors topic 18
Supports brownfield cleanup: 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)
$100M for affordable housing fund; don’t rely on market: Opposes topic 20
$164M in tax incentives for charity: Favors topic 20

Tom Birmingham is a Moderate Liberal Populist.
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