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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
100 percent ratings from NARAL and Planned Parenthood: Strongly Favors topic 1
Led the fight to pass the Access to Birth Control Act: Favors topic 1
Public funding for stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Abortions should always be legally available: Strongly Favors topic 1
Let military perform abortions in cases of rape or incest: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Keep federal funding for family planning clinics: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated Born-Alive Survivors bill tries to illegalize abortion: Favors topic 1
Judicially liberal, according to CC survey: Favors topic 1
Pro-Planned Parenthood, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 1
Anti-parental notification, according to CC survey: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work: Strongly Favors topic 2
Apply affirmative action to state hiring: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Co-sponsored Equality & Family Fairness Act for gay equality: Strongly Favors topic 3
Ok to define marriage against polygamy or same-sex: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Ok to define marriage against polygamy or same-sex: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Oregon Equality Act: sexual orientation is a civil right: Strongly Favors topic 3
Sponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Strongly Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Let states recognize same sex marriage: Favors topic 3
Pro-transgender bathrooms, according to CC survey: Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports workfare and 2-year welfare limits: Favors topic 4
Religious freedom means no religious registry: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Support Healthy Americans Act: universal comprehensive care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Health care for all Americans: Strongly Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand health services for women veterans: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Fight efforts to privatize; honor promises to seniors: Opposes topic 6
Privatization would melt away retirement in stock crash: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
History making efforts that improved education in Oregon: Opposes topic 7
Fully fund public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Sustainable harvests on public lands: Opposes topic 8
Sustainable forest harvest important for economy: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing: Opposes topic 8
Require labeling genetically engineered food: Opposes topic 8
Rated Deregulating banks encourages discriminatory practices: Opposes topic 8
Rated Keep restrictive rules for predator control in Alaska: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Worked hard to get better laws to deal with criminals: Favors topic 9
More state troopers; more crime labs; more funding: Favors topic 9
Mandatory minimum sentence for some 1st-degree sex offenders: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposes the death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Increase rehabilitation & alternatives to incarceration: Opposes topic 9
First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration: Opposes topic 9
Rated 55% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues: Neutral on topic 9
Let ex-cons apply freely, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Maintain restrictions on purchase & possession of firearms: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Co-sponsored background check for every firearm sale: Strongly Favors topic 10
Pro-gun rights, according to CC survey: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports raising taxes on earnings over $250,000 per year: Strongly Favors topic 11
Repeal $18 billion in tax breaks given to big oil companies: Favors topic 11
Tax credits to families to make child care affordable: Favors topic 11
No state sales tax: Opposes topic 11
Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated Reducing tax rates balloons federal deficit & cuts programs: Favors topic 11
Undo tax cuts, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 11
Keep inheritance tax, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
State of the Union: protest child separation at border: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 90% by Oregonians for Immigration Reform: Opposes topic 12
Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported: Favors topic 12
Terminate national emergency at the Southern border: Favors topic 12
Increase both high-skill and family-based visa caps: Favors topic 12
Anti-border security, according to CC survey: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Support free-trade, but wait on Trans-Pacific Partnership: Favors topic 13
Cancel or fix unfair trade deals: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strengthen the Buy American Act: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Include real & enforceable labor & environmental standards: Opposes topic 13
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Declare Turkish rebar subject to anti-dumping duties: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
$25B more loans from Export-Import Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Implement USMCA for improved North American trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 50% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade: Neutral on topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Investigate Saudi interference in US criminal cases: Opposes topic 14
Invest in working with our allies, not power of military: Opposes topic 14
In a dangerous world, we need to work with other nations: Opposes topic 14
Enforce humanitarian aid access to South Sudan: Opposes topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
Persuasive evidence & clear objectives before military force: Opposes topic 15
Honor America’s veterans and take good care of them: Favors topic 15
Led effort to address disposing of nuclear materials: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Rated Funding wars separately is gimmick against sequestration: Opposes topic 15
Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze: Favors topic 15
Secure the grid, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
We the People democracy: extend vote to DC & territories: Strongly Favors topic 16
Spending limits on campaigns, plus full disclosure: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
Corporate political spending is not free speech: Favors topic 16
Statehood for the District of Columbia: Favors topic 16
Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers: Favors topic 16
Sponsored bill for election holiday & easier voting access: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
9/11 justified eliminating Taliban, but not nation-building: Favors topic 17
Staying in Afghanistan will not make America safer: Strongly Favors topic 17
Signed onto “A Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq”: Strongly Favors topic 17
Opposed the war from the start: Strongly Favors topic 17
Redeploy American combat troops out of Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves: Opposes topic 17
Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection: Opposes topic 17
Hold Assad accountable for slaughter of civilians: Opposes topic 17
No military force against Iran without Congress approval: Strongly Favors topic 17
Stay out of Israeli wars, according to CC survey: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Climate change is real, and it's bad for our economy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Cap greenhouse gases with international collaboration: Strongly Favors topic 18
Set a 25 percent renewable energy national standard by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050: Strongly Favors topic 18
Incentives to cities for the reduction of emissions: Favors topic 18
Sustainable, renewable energy to combat global warming: Strongly Favors topic 18
$5 billion in tax credits for alternative energy projects: Favors topic 18
50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030: Strongly Favors topic 18
Green New Deal: 10-year national mobilization: Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Favors topic 18
NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Positives of pot legalization outweigh the negatives: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Step up enforcement to combat meth: Strongly Favors topic 19
Toughen laws against meth traffickers: Favors topic 19
Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws: Opposes topic 19
Rated A by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Sponsored bank immunity for services to marijuana businesses: No opin. on topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Strengthen the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Favors topic 20
Minimum wage should be left to the states: Opposes topic 20
Bailout bill is a $700-million blank check: Opposes topic 20
Supports raising taxes on earnings over $250,000 per year: Favors topic 20
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

Jeff Merkley is a Hard-Core Liberal
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Left office as of Jan. 2019:
AZ:Flake(R,retired)
FL:Nelson(D,lost)
IN:Donnelly(D,lost)
MN:Franken(D,resigned)
MO:McCaskill(D,lost)
MS:Cochran(R,resigned)
ND:Heitkamp(D,lost)
NV:Heller(R,lost)
TN:Corker(R,retired)
UT:Hatch(R,retired)

Took office as of Jan. 2019:
AZ:McSally(R)
FL:Scott(R)
IN:Braun(R)
MN:Smith(D,2018)
MO:Hawley(R)
MS:Hyde-Smith(R,2018)
ND:Cramer(R)
NV:Rosen(D)
TN:Blackburn(R)
UT:Romney(R)
Senate races 2019-20:
AK: Sullivan(R,incumbent) vs.Gross(I) vs.Blatchford(D)
AL: Jones(D,incumbent) vs.Tuberville(R) vs.Sessions(R) vs.Moore(R) vs.Rogers(D) vs.Merrill(R)
AR: Cotton(R,incumbent) vs.Harrington(L) vs.Whitfield(I) vs.Mahony(D)
AZ: McSally(R,incumbent) vs.Kelly(D)
CO: Gardner(R,incumbent) vs.Hickenlooper(D) vs.Madden(D) vs.Baer(D) vs.Walsh(D) vs.Johnston(D) vs.Romanoff(D) vs.Burnes(D) vs.Williams(D)
DE: Coons(D,incumbent) vs.Scarane(D) vs.Witzke(R) vs.DeMartino(R)
GA-2: Isakson(R,resigned) Loeffler(R,appointed) vs.Warnock(D) vs.Collins(R) vs.Tarver(D) vs.Carter(D) vs.Lieberman(D) vs.Grayson(R) vs.Stovall(I) vs.Buckley(L)
GA-6: Perdue(R,incumbent) vs.Ossoff(D) vs.Hazel(L) vs.Tomlinson(D) vs.Terry(D)
IA: Ernst(R,incumbent) vs.Greenfield(D) vs.Graham(D) vs.Mauro(D) vs.Franken(D)
ID: Risch(R,incumbent) vs.Jordan(D) vs.Harris(D)
IL: Durbin(D,incumbent) vs.Curran(R) vs.Stava-Murray(D)
KS: Roberts(R,retiring) vs.Marshall(R) vs.Bollier(D) vs.LaTurner(R) vs.Wagle(R) vs.Kobach(R) vs.Lindstrom(R) vs.Grissom(D)
KY: McConnell(R,incumbent) vs.McGrath(D) vs.Morgan(R) vs.Cox(D) vs.Tobin(D) vs.Booker(D)
LA: Cassidy(R,incumbent) vs.Perkins(D) vs.Pierce(D)

MA: Markey(D,incumbent) vs.O`Connor(R) vs.Ayyadurai(R) vs.Kennedy(D) vs.Liss-Riordan(D)
ME: Collins(R,incumbent) vs.Gideon(D) vs.Sweet(D) vs.Rice(D)
MI: Peters(D,incumbent) vs.James(R) vs.Squier(G)
MN: Smith(D,incumbent) vs.Lewis(R) vs.Overby(G) vs.Carlson(D)
MS: Hyde-Smith(R,incumbent) vs.Espy(D) vs.Bohren(D)
MT: Daines(R,incumbent) vs.Bullock(D) vs.Collins(D) vs.Driscoll(R) vs.Mues(D) vs.Geise(L)
NC: Tillis(R,incumbent) vs.Cunningham(D) vs.E.Smith(D) vs.S.Smith(R) vs.Tucker(R) vs.Mansfield(D)
NE: Sasse(R,incumbent) vs.Janicek(R)
NH: Shaheen(D,incumbent) vs.Messner(R) vs.Martin(D) vs.Bolduc(R) vs.O'Brien(R)
NJ: Booker(D,incumbent) vs.Mehta(R) vs.Singh(R) vs.Meissner(R)
NM: Udall(D,retiring) vs.Lujan(D) vs.Ronchetti(R) vs.Walsh(L) vs.Clarkson(R) vs.Oliver(D) vs.Rich(R)
OK: Inhofe(R,incumbent) vs.Broyles(D) vs.Workman(D)
OR: Merkley(D,incumbent) vs.Perkins(R) vs.Romero(R)
RI: Reed(D,incumbent) vs.Waters(R)
SC: Graham(R,incumbent) vs.Harrison(D) vs.Tinubu(D)
SD: Rounds(R,incumbent) vs.Ahlers(D) vs.Borglum(R)
TN: Alexander(R,retiring) vs.Hagerty(R) vs.Bradshaw(D) vs.Sethi(R) vs.Mackler(D) vs.Crim(R)
TX: Cornyn(R,incumbent) vs.Hegar(D) vs.Hernandez(D) vs.Bell(D) vs.Ramirez(D) vs.West(D)
VA: Warner(D,incumbent) vs.Taylor(R) vs.Gade(R)
WV: Capito(R,incumbent) vs.Swearengin(D) vs.Ojeda(D)
WY: Enzi(R,retiring) vs.Lummis(R) vs.Ben-David(D) vs.Ludwig(D)
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Retiring in 2020 election:
KS:Roberts(R)
NM:Udall(D)
Senators running for President in 2019-20:
CA:Harris(D)
CO:Bennet(D)
MA:Warren(D)
MN:Klobuchar(D)
NJ:Booker(D)
NY:Gillibrand(D)
VT:Sanders(D)

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Page last updated: Nov 23, 2020