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Josh Shapiro on VoteMatch



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Defended reproductive rights & woman's right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Oppose increasing regulations for abortion clinics: Strongly Opposes topic 1
He will veto any bill that would restrict abortion rights: Strongly Favors topic 1
I will protect Pennsylvania law allowing right to abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
Women deserve to make their own choices about their bodies: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More state contracts for companies that have been shut out: Strongly Favors topic 2
Change black businesses getting only 4% of state contracts: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Support transgender and LGBTQ+ rights
(+5 points on Social scale)
Helped the first LGBT couples in Pennsylvania to marry: Strongly Favors topic 3
Ban LGBTQ+ discrimination in Pennsylvania: Strongly Favors topic 3
Long past time to pass LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination law: Strongly Favors topic 3
Once led the nation on LGBTQ rights now we're falling behind: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
America was founded on Christian values
(-5 points on Social scale)
Shapiro has remained Jewishly engaged as a politician: Favors topic 4
Observes Jewish Sabbath even while campaigning: Strongly Favors topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Brokered deal between insurance companies to expand coverage: Favors topic 5
Ensure that mental health benefits are covered fairly: Favors topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
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Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
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Cost-free preschool will be an essential lifeline: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Fully fund and fix up our schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
$66.7 million investment to increase early child care jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Develop a toolkit on digital literacy and critical thinking: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Businesses have a right to pollute
(+2 points on Social scale)
Fought rolling back critical environmental protections: Strongly Opposes topic 8
False choice between protecting jobs and protecting planet: Neutral on topic 8
Need to cut the red tape; move at the speed of business: Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Helped create statewide Police Misconduct Database: Opposes topic 9
For the first time Pennsylvania should fund public defenders: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Exposed predator priests, cover up of child sexual abuse: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Regulate "ghost guns"; trace guns used in crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Supports "stand your ground" expansion to self-defense: Favors topic 10
Let's strengthen our gun laws and bring about more order: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
We need to lower taxes, close loopholes, increase wages: Opposes topic 11
Eliminate the state cell phone tax, expand property rebates: Neutral on topic 11
Lower the Corporate Net Income Tax: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
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Government shouldn't go back on its promise to DREAMers: Strongly Favors topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
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Stay away from the UN & Globalism
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No opinion on topic 15:
Peace through Strength
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Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
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Defend 2020 election results all the way to Supreme Court: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes tinkering with photo ID voter requirements: Strongly Favors topic 16
Expand early voting; implement same-day voter registration: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of foreign wars
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As child, started campaign for Soviet Jewish children: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
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Criminally charged multiple fracking companies: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Has taken on Pharma over opioid epidemic: Strongly Favors topic 19
Supports legalization, expunging non-violent convictions: Strongly Opposes topic 19
It's time to catch up, legalize, regulate and tax marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
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Start budgets at zero, define mission, then fund it: Neutral on topic 20
Provide funding for women and minority-owned businesses: Strongly Favors topic 20
$1.5B investment in mass transit over the next five years: Strongly Favors topic 20
Get rid of nuisance taxes like the state cell phone tax: Strongly Favors topic 20
Raise SNAP benefit, free breakfast in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 20
We're funding the summer food program so no kid goes hungry: Strongly Favors topic 20

Josh Shapiro is a Moderate Liberal
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