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Martha Coakley on SenateMatch


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted 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:
Legally require hiring 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:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+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
Federal DOMA violates rights of same-sex couples: 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)
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-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:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports well-funded public education system: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Supports well-funded public education system: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Concerned about financial impact of charter schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+5 points on Social scale)
Reduce burdensome lobster fishing regulations: Favors topic 8
Supports commuter rail for the South Coast: Opposes topic 8
Develop large scale utility-backed solar power projects: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Greenhouse gases are pollutants that threaten public health: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Endangered Species Act should consider greenhouse gas effect: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports seeking federal death penalty for Marathon Bomber: Strongly Favors topic 9
Lobbied hard to keep Gerald Amirault in prison: Strongly Favors topic 9
Mandatory prosecution of restraining order violations: Favors topic 9
Opposes death penalty, but federal death penalty ok: Opposes topic 9
Limit Supreme Court review of state death penalty conviction: Favors topic 9
Signed death penalty brief with 15 death penalty states: Favors topic 9
Supported death penalty for cop killers, but now opposes it: Strongly 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 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-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:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Opposed Real ID law; it just creates a market for fake IDs: Favors topic 12
Opposed services for illegal immigrants; now supports them: Favors topic 12
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)
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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)
Help veterans receive the benefits they deserve: Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-3 points on Social scale)
Fined for violating campaign finance laws: Opposes topic 16
Paid $17,000 fine for using state vehicle for campaigning: Opposes topic 16
Enhance Super PAC donor disclosure and boost donation limits: Favors topic 16
Promises to disavow super PAC money even if rivals don't: Favors topic 16
Current FEC reporting on donors & meetings is enough: Opposes topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+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
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports raising gas tax from 10 cents (actually 24 cents): Favors topic 18
Supports cap-and-trade, but not a carbon tax: Favors topic 18
Supports national cap-and-trade system, plus renewables: Strongly Favors topic 18
National cap-and-trade market-based CO2 reduction: Strongly Favors topic 18
Spent nuclear fuel is subject to terrorist attack: Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-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
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Economic system spiraling out of control; go after Wall St.: Strongly Favors topic 20

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Retiring in 2014 election:

Retired as of Jan. 2013:
Senate Retirements 2014:

Senate races Nov. 2014:
AK: Begich(D) vs.Miller(R) vs.Treadwell(R) vs.Sullivan(R)
AL: Sessions(R,unopposed)
AR: Pryor(D) vs.Cotton(R) vs.Swaney(G) vs.LaFrance(L)
CO: Udall(D) vs.Gardner(R) vs.Baumgardner(R) vs.Buck(R) vs.Hill(R) vs.Stephens(R)
DE: Coons(D) vs.Wade(R)
GA: Nunn(D) vs.Perdue(R) vs.Swafford(L) vs.Kingston(R) vs.Gingrey(R) vs.Handel(R) vs.Broun(R)
HI: Schatz(D) vs.Hanabusa(D) vs.Cavasso(R) vs.Pirkowski(R)
IA: Braley(D) vs.Ernst(R) vs.Butzier(L) vs.Whitaker(R) vs.Clovis(R)
ID: Risch(R) vs.Mitchell(D)
IL: Durbin(D) vs.Oberweis(R) vs.Hansen(L) vs.Truax(R)
KS: Roberts(R) vs.Orman(I) vs.Batson(L) vs.Wolf(R) vs.Taylor(D)
KY: McConnell(R) vs.Bevin(R) vs.Grimes(D)
LA: Landrieu(D) vs.Cassidy(R) vs.Maness(R)
MA: Markey(D) vs.Herr(R) vs.Skarin(I) vs.Gomez(R)
ME: Collins(R) vs.D`Amboise(R) vs.Bellows(D)
MI: Land(R) vs.Peters(D) vs.Wiedenhoeft(R)
MN: Franken(D) vs.McFadden(R) vs.Johnson(L) vs.Abeler(R)
MS: Cochran(R) vs.Childers(D) vs.McDaniel(R)
MT: Walsh(D) vs.Daines(R) vs.Curtis(D) vs.Rankin(I) vs.Edmunds(R) vs.Bohlinger(D)
NC: Hagan(D) vs.Tillis(R) vs.Haugh(L)
NE: Sasse(R) vs.Domina(D) vs.Haugh(L) vs.Osborn(R)
NH: Shaheen(D) vs.Brown(R) vs.Smith(R) vs.Rubens(R) vs.Testerman(R) vs.Martin(R)
NJ: Booker(D) vs.Bell(R) vs.Sabrin(R)
NM: Udall(D) vs.Weh(R) vs.Clements(R)
OK-2: Lankford(R) vs.Johnson(D) vs.Shannon(R)
OK-6: Inhofe(R) vs.Silverstein(D)
OR: Merkley(D) vs.Wehby(R) vs.Conger(R)
RI: Reed(D) vs.Zaccaria(R)
SC-2: Scott(R) vs.Dickerson(D) vs.Wade(D)
SC-6: Graham(R) vs.Hutto(D) vs.Ravenel(I) vs.Stamper(D) vs.Mace(R) vs.Bright(R)
SD: Rounds(R) vs.Weiland(D) vs.Pressler(I) vs.Howie(I)
TN: Alexander(R) vs.Ball(D) vs.Carr(R) vs.Adams(D)
TX: Cornyn(R) vs.Alameel(D) vs.Roland(L) vs.Sanchez(G) vs.Stockman(R)
VA: Warner(D) vs.Gillespie(R) vs.Sarvis(L)
WV: Capito(R) vs.Tennant(D) vs.Buckley(L) vs.Lawhorn(I) vs.Raese(R) vs.McGeehan(R)
WY: Enzi(R) vs.Cheney(R) vs.Hardy(D)
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