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Martha Coakley on SenateMatch


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+5 points on Social scale)
AdWatch: Brown denied contraception to rape victims: Favors topic 1
Helped minors get court orders without parental consent: Strongly Favors topic 1
Partial-birth ban needs exceptions for maternal health: Strongly Favors topic 1
Require health insurance to cover abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
Steadfast champion of Roe v. Wade: Strongly Favors topic 1
Streamline approval process for stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Supported 35-foot buffer zone at abortion clinics: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Restore the Age Discrimination in Employment Act: Favors topic 2
End discrimination on basis of race, gender, and disability: Strongly Favors topic 2
More women should take active role in policy discussions: Favors topic 2
Penalize racially-motivated crime as civil rights violation: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
Repeal DOMA: full rights for same-sex couples: Strongly Favors topic 3
Anti-gay hate crimes devastate victims & communities: Favors topic 3
Federal DOMA violates rights of same-sex couples: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-3 points on Social scale)
Opposes death penalty, but federal death penalty ok: Opposes topic 8
Limit Supreme Court review of state death penalty conviction: Favors topic 8
Signed death penalty brief with 15 death penalty states: Favors topic 8
Supported death penalty for cop killers, but now opposes it: Strongly Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
Lobbied hard to keep Gerald Amirault in prison: Strongly Favors topic 9
Mandatory prosecution of restraining order violations: Favors topic 9
Criminal defense lawyer before switching to prosecution: Opposes topic 9
As Middlesex DA, passionate advocate for public safety: Strongly Favors topic 9
Victim-centered prosecution of crimes against children: Favors topic 9
Served public for 20 years as District Attorney then AG: Favors topic 9
Enhanced DNA analysis in police Crime Labs: Favors topic 9
Prosecuted identity theft cases: Favors topic 9
Prosecuted minimum wage and child labor violations: Favors topic 9
Enhance victim compensation assistance: Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Anti-gun rights: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
System is broken and needs to be fixed now: Strongly Favors topic 5
Individual mandate with public insurance option: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand coverage; improve quality; reduce costs: Strongly Favors topic 5
Pushed Pfizer to pay $15M for Medicare fraud: Favors topic 5
Require drug manufacturers to disclose risks: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Safety net of Social Security is more important than ever: Opposes topic 6
Safety net of Social Security is more important than eve: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports well-funded public education system: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Concerned about financial impact of charter schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports national cap-and-trade system, plus renewables: Strongly Favors topic 18
National cap-and-trade market-based CO2 reduction: Strongly Favors topic 18
Develop large scale utility-backed solar power projects: Strongly Favors topic 18
Greenhouse gases are pollutants that threaten public health: Strongly Favors topic 18
Spent nuclear fuel is subject to terrorist attack: Favors topic 18
Endangered Species Act should consider greenhouse gas effect: Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-5 points on Social scale)
Deport illegal aliens who are drug dealers: Favors topic 19
Prosecuted marijuana case for growing 100 lbs hydroponically: Strongly Favors topic 19
Prosecuted cocaine trafficking cases: Favors topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Bush tax cuts favor wealthy Americans: Strongly Favors topic 11
AdWatch: Get taxes up from more employment, not tax increase: Favors topic 11
Extend Bush tax cuts for the lowest four tax brackets: Strongly Favors topic 11
Some taxes are investments like for infrastructure & schools: Favors topic 11
Consider a war tax to pay for Afghanistan surge: Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+2 points on Social scale)
End purgatorial status quo with penalties then citizenship: Favors topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
Help veterans receive the benefits they deserve: Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Current FEC reporting on donors & meetings is enough: Opposes topic 16
Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+2 points on Social scale)
Protect due process in any plan to keep America safe: Strongly Favors topic 14
Would vote against Patriot Act as currently formulated: Favors topic 14
Expand wire interception law with one-party consent: Opposes topic 14
Give law enforcement tools to prosecute 21st century crime: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+5 points on Social scale)
Bring troops home from Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
Focus efforts where terrorists are, not Afghanistan: Favors topic 17
End the war in Iraq by 2011: Strongly Favors topic 17

Other candidates' VoteMatch: Martha Coakley on the issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Deval Patrick
MA Senatorial:
Joe L. Kennedy
John Kerry
Scott Brown

Newly elected in 2008 & seated in 2009:
AK:Begich (D)
CO:Udall (D)
ID:Risch (R)
MN:Franken (D)
NC:Hagan (D)
NE:Johanns (R)
NH:Shaheen (D)
NM:Udall (D)
OR:Merkley (D)
VA:Warner (D)

Newly appointed in 2009;
special election in 2010:

DE:Kaufman (D)
CO:Bennet (D)
IL:Burris (D)
MA:Brown (R)
NY:Gillibrand (D)

Announced retirement as of 2010:
DE:Kaufman (D)
FL:Martinez (R)
KS:Brownback (R)
MO:Bond (R)
OH:Voinovich (R)

Up for 6-year term in 2010:
(13 Democrats; 15 Republicans)
AK:Murkowski (R)
AL:Shelby (R)
AR:Lincoln (D)
AZ:McCain (R)
CA:Boxer (D)
CT:Dodd (D)
GA:Isakson (R)
HI:Inouye (D)
IA:Grassley (R)
ID:Crapo (R)
IN:Bayh (D)
KY:Bunning (R)
LA:Vitter (R)
MD:Mikulski (D)
NC:Burr (R)
ND:Dorgan (D)
NH:Gregg (R)
NV:Reid (D)
NY:Schumer (D)
OK:Coburn (R)
OR:Wyden (D)
PA:Specter (R)
SC:DeMint (R)
SD:Thune (R)
UT:Bennett (R)
VT:Leahy (D)
WA:Murray (D)
WI:Feingold (D)
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Page last updated: Jan 30, 2010