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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Hobby Lobby: contraception for all employees in MA: Favors topic 1
Pro-choice; respects woman's right to decide medical care: Strongly Favors topic 1
I support a woman's right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
OpEd: Campaign staff almost all white; others show diversity: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Include gender identity in public accommodation rules: Favors topic 3
2010: opposed trans-gendered "bathroom bill"; 2014: it's ok: Favors topic 3
Supports marriage equality; gay brother is married: Strongly Favors topic 3
Running-mate supports existing law on gay marriage: 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)
Emergency telehealth order worked, now it's permanent: Favors topic 5
Modern health issues more challenging than in the past: Favors topic 5
Health Connector: replace mess with hope: Favors topic 5
Opposed Republican bill to eliminate ObamaCare: Favors topic 5
Push for a state waiver from ObamaCare: Opposes topic 5
Access to health care is a basic right: Strongly Favors topic 5
Eliminate mandated benefits that are more than people need: Opposes topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Make Massachusetts the most age-friendly state in the nation: Opposes topic 6
No opinion on topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(0 points on Economic scale)
Vocational schools should provide classes in three shifts: Opposes topic 7
Update Foundation Formula for urban vs. suburban districts: Opposes topic 7
Lift the cap on public charter schools: Favors topic 7
Opposes Common Core, but willing to work with federal system: Favors topic 7
I attended public schools, and so do my three kids: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Pioneer Institute: promote charter schools: Favors topic 7
Improve public schools, plus college tuition reform: Opposes topic 7
Increase charter, magnet, and alternative public schools: Favors topic 7
Teachers' unions put their own interests above students': Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(-3 points on Social scale)
My job is to make sure the T works, not to ride it: Favors topic 8
Bottle bill is a money grab; don't expand it: Favors topic 8
Lobster fishing regulations are dangerous and burdensome: Favors topic 8
Protect & preserve natural resources for future generations: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Passed one of the most comprehensive police reform laws: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Account for criminal history in dangerousness hearing: Strongly Favors topic 9
2010: charge state prisoners $5 a day for their room & board: Favors topic 9
Seek death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber: Strongly Favors topic 9
Hold accountable those responsible for state drug lab crisis: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Federal assault weapons ban hasn't solved the problem: Favors topic 10
Let local police chiefs decide who can get shotguns: Favors topic 10
Expand background checks; no gun unless mentally healthy: Opposes topic 10
Supports tough gun control laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
States for Gun Safety: fill void left by no Federal policy: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
2010: 5-5-5 plan to cut sales, income, and business taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reform before revenue: no status quo but no tax increase: Favors topic 11
Cut business tax to 5%; remove ancillary business fees: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Make MA taxes competitive with other states: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Change direction on job losses and tax increases: Opposes topic 11
Signed the no-new taxes pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Revoke MA National Guard on border due to family separation: Favors topic 12
Open to ideas from Latino advisers on sanctuary state: Favors topic 12
Adopt Secure Communities and REAL ID standards: Opposes topic 12
Teach English to immigrants and match up with jobs: Opposes topic 12
Humanitarian relief for unaccompanied kids crossing border: Favors topic 12
Verify legal status before providing any state benefits: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Protect DREAMers instead of deporting them: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Support long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
$200 million rebuild of the Soldier's Home in Chelsea: Favors topic 15
$4,000 tax credit for hiring unemployed veterans: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Automatic voter registration via RMV and MassHealth: Strongly Favors topic 16
Declined to sign "People's Pledge" against outside PAC ads: Opposes topic 16
More campaign finance disclosure but remove union exemptions: Favors topic 16
Supports open meeting law: make legislative debate public: Favors topic 16
$500 donor limit is crazy; it's suppression of free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Roadmap to reach net zero emissions by 2050: Strongly Favors topic 18
$1 billion for climate resiliency by 2022: Favors topic 18
Reduce carbon footprint while maintaining supply of energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Develop hydropower--most cost effective renewable: Strongly Favors topic 18
2010: questioned global warming; 2014: yes, it's manmade: Favors topic 18
Helped gather signatures to repeal gas tax increase: Strongly Opposes topic 18
2010: Opposed Cape Wind; 2014: it's a done deal: Favors topic 18
Support Hydro Quebec, efficient appliances, and LED lighting: Strongly Favors topic 18
Renewable energy is an important investment in our future: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Led the nation in responding to warning signs for vaping: Favors topic 19
Four pillars: prevention, education, treatment and recovery: Opposes topic 19
Reduce opioid prescribing and drive Fentanyl off our streets: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposed legalizing marijuana, but implemented it once passed: Opposes topic 19
Legal marijuana sales in Massachusetts by 2020: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Don't legalize marijuana: it's unsafe & lowers IQ in kids: Strongly Favors topic 19
Vigorously oppose recreational marijuana but medical pot ok: Strongly Favors topic 19
Get dispensaries open for medical marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Alternative incarceration & treat non-violent offenders: Opposes topic 19
Repeal mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug offenses: Strongly Opposes topic 19
I've smoked pot many times, but legalizing is a bad idea: Favors topic 19
Rated F by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
Massive transformation of work has wide impact: Strongly Favors topic 20
Last Mile program: high-speed internet for rural communities: Favors topic 20
Raise minimum wage from $8 to $10.50, but not $11/hour: Favors topic 20
Lower minimum wage for teens; maybe $7 to $9 instead of $11: Opposes topic 20
Raise both minimum wage & Earned Income Tax Credit: Favors topic 20
Getting MA Back in Business: streamline rules; reduce taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Cut government spending and roll back sakes taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Charlie Baker is a Centrist
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Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
NJ: Incumbent Phil Murphy(D)
vs.State Rep. Jack Ciattarelli(R)
vs.Candidate Hirsh Singh(R)
vs.GOP Hair Doug Steinhardt(R)
VA: Incumbent Ralph Northam(D,term-limited)
vs.A.G. Mark Herring(D)
vs.State Sen. Amanda Chase(R)
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vs.State Rep. Jennifer Carroll Foy(D)
vs.State Rep. Lee Carter(D)
vs.Former Governor Terry McAuliffe(D)
vs.State Sen. Jennifer McClellan(D)
vs.State Rep. Kirk Cox(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2022:
AK: Incumbent Mike Dunleavy(R)
(no prospective opponents yet)
AL: Incumbent Kay Ivey(R)
(no prospective opponents yet)
AR: Incumbent Asa Hutchinson(R,term-limited)
vs.Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin(R)
vs.Trump Adviser Sarah Huckabee Sanders(R)
vs.A.G. Leslie Rutledge(R)
AZ: Incumbent Doug Ducey(R,term-limited)
(no prospective opponents yet)
CA: Incumbent Gavin Newsom(D)
vs.S.D.Mayor Kevin_Faulconer(R)
vs.Former Gov. nominee John Cox(R)
CO: Incumbent Jared Polis(D)
vs.Mayor Greg Lopez(R)
CT: Incumbent Ned Lamont(D)
(no prospective opponents yet)
FL: Incumbent Ron DeSantis(R)
vs.U.S.Rep. Val Demings(? D)
vs.Former Gov.Charlie Crist(? D)
GA: Incumbent Brian Kemp(R)
vs.Minority Leader Stacey Abrams(D)
vs.Senate candidate Shane Hazel(L)
HI: Incumbent David Ige(D,term-limited)
vs.State Rep. Andria Tupola(R)
IA: Incumbent Kim Reynolds(R)
vs.U.S.Rep. Cindy Axne(? R)
ID: Incumbent Brad Little(R)
(no prospective opponents yet)
IL: Incumbent J. B. Pritzker(D)
(no prospective opponents yet)
KS: Incumbent Laura Kelly(D)
(no prospective opponents yet)
MA: Incumbent Charlie Baker(R)
vs.Harvard Professor Danielle Allen(D)
vs.State Sen.Ben Downing(D)
MD: Incumbent Larry Hogan(R,term-limited)
vs.State Rep. Robin Ficker(R)
vs.State Rep. Peter Franchot(D)
vs.DNC chair Thomas Perez(D)
vs.RNC chair Michael Steele(? R)
Gubernatorial Debates 2022 (continued):
ME: Incumbent Janet Mills(D)
vs.Former Gov. Paul LePage(R)
MI: Incumbent Gretchen Whitmer(D)
(no prospective opponents yet)
MN: Incumbent Tim Walz(DFL)
vs.Mayor Mike Murphy(R)
NE: Incumbent Pete Ricketts(R,term-limited)
vs.U.S.Senator Bob Krist(R)
NH: Incumbent Chris Sununu(R)
(no prospective opponents yet)
NM: Incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham(D)
(no prospective opponents yet)
NV: Incumbent Steve Sisolak(D)
vs.A.G.Adam Laxalt(? R)
vs.U.S.Rep. Mark Amodei(? R)
NY: Incumbent Andrew Cuomo(D)
(no prospective opponents yet)
OH: Incumbent Mike DeWine(R)
vs.Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley(? D)
OK: Incumbent Kevin Stitt(R)
vs.State Sen. Ervin Yen(R)
OR: Incumbent Kate Brown(D,term-limited)
vs.Gov. nominee Bud Pierce(R)
PA: Incumbent Tom Wolf(D,term-limited)
vs.U.S.Rep. Lou Barletta(? R)
RI: Incumbent Gina Raimondo(D,term-limited)
vs.Lt.Gov. Dan McKee(D)
vs.Secy.Matt Brown(? D)
SC: Incumbent Henry McMaster(R)
vs.State Rep. James Emerson Smith(? D)
vs.U.S.Rep. Joe Cunningham(? R)
SD: Incumbent Kristi Noem(R)
vs.State Rep. Billie Sutton(? D)
TN: Incumbent Bill Lee(R)
vs.Senate nominee Marquita Bradshaw(? D)
TX: Incumbent Greg Abbott(R)
vs.U.S.Rep. Allen West(? R)
VT: Incumbent Phil Scott(R)
(no prospective opponents yet)
WI: Incumbent Tony Evers(D)
(no prospective opponents yet)
WY: Incumbent Mark Gordon(R)
vs.Minority Leader Chris Rothfuss(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
KY: Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.Former Gov. Matt Bevin(? R)
Senator Rand Paul(? R)
LA: Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Biden Adviser Cedric Richmond(? D)
vs.Senator John Neely Kennedy(? R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
(no prospective opponents yet)
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Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families/Children
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Infrastructure/Technology
Jobs
Local Issues
Principles/Values
Social Security
Tax Reform
War/Iraq/Mideast
Welfare/Poverty

 

Page last updated: Feb 26, 2021