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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Apply 14th amendment protections to pre-born fetuses: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No family planning assistance that includes abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Include pre-born human beings in 14th Amendment protection: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Declare preborn as persons under 14th amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Opposes topic 1
YES on Unknown roll call for 2001-89: Opposes topic 1
YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Opposes topic 1
NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Opposes topic 1
YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Opposes topic 1
NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Opposes topic 1
YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 21% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Opposes topic 2
YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Opposes topic 2
NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC: Opposes topic 3
YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
$110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools: Favors topic 4
Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 4
YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers: Opposes topic 5
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Opposes topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Opposes topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Opposes topic 5
NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Opposes topic 5
YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000: Favors topic 5
NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Opposes topic 5
NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Opposes topic 5
NO on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Opposes topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Rated 12% by ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues: Neutral on topic 6
NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Favors topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Favors topic 6
Neutral on topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(0 points on Economic scale)
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Favors topic 7
NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
(-3 points on Social scale)
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
No EPA permits required for forest road runoff: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Favors topic 8
YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 20% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees: Strongly Favors topic 9
Rated 64% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues: Neutral on topic 9
YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Favors topic 9
NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Sponsored bill for national standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A+ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad: Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
Allow firearms in National Parks: Strongly Favors topic 10
Sponsored bill to apply concealed carry permit to all states: Strongly Favors topic 10
Dangerousness, not mental incompetence, limits gun rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Favors topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Phaseout the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Keep reduction of capital gains tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Opposes topic 11
YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Opposes topic 11
YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Opposes topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 100% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Government services in English only: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated A by the ALI, indicating a strongly anti-amnesty stance: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on establishing a Guest Worker program: Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire : Strongly Favors topic 13
Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets: Favors topic 13
Rated 63% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade: Neutral on topic 13
YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Sponsored opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty: Strongly Favors topic 14
Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty: Favors topic 14
NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Favors topic 14
NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11: Favors topic 15
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors topic 15
YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Opposes topic 15
NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks: Favors topic 16
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties: Favors topic 16
NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Opposes topic 16
YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-5 points on Social scale)
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Support the completion of the US mission in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup: Opposes topic 18
Rated 33% by CAF, indicating a mixed record on energy independence: Neutral on topic 18
Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Opposes topic 18
NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Opposes topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Opposes topic 18
NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Opposes topic 18
YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Opposes topic 18
NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Disapprove of increasing the debt limit: Opposes topic 20
Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record: Opposes topic 20
Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans: Opposes topic 20
NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Opposes topic 20
NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Opposes topic 20
NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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AK: Murkowski(R) vs.Metcalfe(D) vs.Stevens(L) vs.Lamb(R)
AL: Shelby(R) vs.Crumpton(D) vs.Bowman(R)
AR: Boozman(R) vs.Eldridge(D) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Beebe(D)
AZ: McCain(R) vs.Ward(R) vs.Kirkpatrick(D) vs.Mealer(I)
CA: Sanchez(D) vs.Harris(D) vs.Chavez(R) vs.Del Beccaro(R) vs.Sundheim(R) vs.Brannon(R)
CO: Bennet(D) vs.Glenn(R) vs.Neville(R) vs.Frazier(R) vs.Keyser(R) vs.Littleton(R)
CT: Blumenthal(D) vs.Carter(R) vs.Orchulli(R) vs.Kudlow(R) vs.Wolf(R) vs.Foley(R)
FL: Rubio(R) vs.Murphy(D) vs.Grayson(D) vs.Keith(D) vs.DeSantis(R) vs.Cantera(R)
GA: Isakson(R) vs.Barksdale(D) vs.Buckley(L) vs.Barrow(D) vs.Grayson(R)
HI: Schatz(D) vs.Carroll(R) vs.Pirkowski(R) vs.Cavasso(R)
IA: Grassley(R) vs.Judge(D) vs.Fiegen(D) vs.Hogg(D) vs.Krause(D)
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IL: Kirk(R) vs.Duckworth(D) vs.Harris(D) vs.Zopp(D)
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KY: Paul(R) vs.Gray(D) vs.Conway(D)
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MD: Van Hollen(D) vs.Szeliga(R) vs.Flowers(G) vs.Douglas(R) vs.Steele(R)
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