7) Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Dianne Feinstein, one of California’s first female senators, has served in the U.S. Senate since 1992 and was mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988. Feinstein has voted “yes” on the following issues: Obamacare, extension of the Patriot Act, expanding research on stem-cell lines, stimulus spending and bailouts, adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, factoring global warming into federal project planning, $2 billion for the Cash for Clunkers program, raising Congress’ pay, gun control, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, prohibiting “sexual-identity discrimination” at schools, federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities,” increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million and instituting national service as a new social invention.
She has voted “no” on a constitutional ban of same-sex marriage, banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds, barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax and prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land.
Feinstein’s pro-abortion position has earned her a 100 percent rating by NARAL. She has voted against banning partial-birth abortions and in favor of allowing the military to perform abortions.
Grundmann, a 51-year-old chiropractor and herbalist practicing in San Leandro, Calif., promised on his campaign website, “In the first minute after my election to office, I will begin a national campaign regarding the truth about the IRS and the Fed. I will introduce legislation to abolish the Fed and replace it with the issuance of interest-free United States notes as our new currency, which are issued by a committee of the United States Treasury. [T]his single act will bring about a wave of true and real prosperity upon this nation such as has been scarcely imagined.”
Grundmann opposes abortion and homosexual “marriage.” He seeks to abolish the Department of Education and encourage abandonment of the public-school systems in favor of homeschooling. He supports development of nuclear power and believes global warming is a hoax.
Keith Holbrook, a 37-year-old senior chemical plant technician in California, has no political experience at all – and he’s proud of it. In fact, he claims to only want one term in office.
He describes himself as a “middle-class, blue-collar worker” who passed the California High School Equivalency exam. A single parent, he admits to having filed for bankruptcy.
Holbrook advocates smaller government, banning “sanctuary cities” for illegal aliens, ending earmarks and imposing term limits on Congress.
“I represent the middle class,” he explains on his campaign website. “I want to make the opinions and feelings of the middle class heard in Washington, D.C. … I am a concerned American trying to make a difference. I am not interested in being a politician. I’m a leader, and I’m interested in writing legislation that I feel is in the best interest of this country and its citizens.”
(Editor’s note: Other challengers in this race include Republicans Tim Kalemkarian and Michael Stollaire. However, they do not have campaign websites at this time.)
8) Tom Carper, D-Del. – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Tom Carper has served in the Senate since 2001. Before his election, he was governor of Delaware and a representative in the U.S. House, where he served five terms. He co-wrote the “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010,” which would have granted the president emergency powers over the Internet.
He has voted “yes” on the following issues: Obamacare, stimulus spending, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, factoring global warming into federal project planning, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers program, pay raise for Congress, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, extending the Patriot Act’s roving wiretaps, applying habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees, federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities” and instituting national service as a new social invention
Carper has voted “no” on the following issues: restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortion, barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, protecting middle class from a national energy tax, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, increasing tax rates for people earning more than $1 million, repealing the “death tax” and repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax.
There are no challengers to Carper’s bid at this time.
9) Bill Nelson, D-Fla. – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Bill Nelson has served in the U.S. Senate since 2001. He’s a former U.S. representative and former Florida treasurer and insurance commissioner.
Nelson has voted “yes” on the following issues: Obamacare, expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, federal stimulus and bailouts, adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes, repealing tax subsidies for companies that move U.S. jobs offshore, protecting the middle class from a national energy tax, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, factoring global warming into federal project planning, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers program, raising Congress’ pay, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, extending the Patriot Act’s roving wiretaps, repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, continuing federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities,” increasing tax rate for people earning more than $1 million, repealing the “death tax,” reduced taxes on capital gains and dividends, sanctions on Iran to end its nuclear program and instituting national service as a new social invention.
Nelson has voted “no” on the following issues: restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortion, banning federal funds to organizations that perform abortions, constitutional ban of same-sex marriage, school choice, barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land and requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections.
William Fisher Jr.
“It’s time to send a new ‘Bill’ to the Senate,” declares William Fisher’s campaign website.
A Christian, conservative, and life-long Republican living in Florida, Fisher supports Israel, investigation of the Fed, legislation “with teeth” to protect victims of identity theft, killing Cap and Trade and securing the nation’s borders. He opposes abortion, bailouts, NAFTA and the purchase of foreign goods.
“We need to protect our environment; however, I do not believe we need to destroy our economy to do so,” Fisher explains on his website. “We [hear] about global warming day after day on the liberal media machine, and how its man’s fault. I find it funny that the media does not cover other natural environmental causes like the more then two hundred volcanoes on the oceans floor. There is so much frozen methane gas coming out of the North Atlantic Sea floor, British Petroleum is trying to [tap] into it for energy. … If you really want to slow down global warming, stop buying foreign goods.”
Adam Hasner and Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs
A Florida state representative for District 87 from 2002 to 2010 and Boca Raton attorney, Adam Hasner announced he was running for U.S. Senate on Mark Levin’s nationally syndicated radio show.
Hasner earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a juris doctorate from Florida State University.
He was chosen to serve as the deputy majority leader of the Florida House by then-Speaker Marco Rubio in 2007 and later promoted to majority leader that same year. In 2010, Hasner led the House Republican effort in Congress to pass a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He is national co-chairman of the citizen action group, Pass The Balanced Budget Amendment. Hasner’s wife ran the California gubernatorial campaign of Republican former eBay CEO Meg Whitman in 2010.
Hasner won the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, straw poll in September.
A close friend to Gov. Charlie Crist, George LeMieux was a U.S. senator from Florida from September 2009 to January 2011. While serving as senator, LeMieux was an active member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Commerce Committee and the Special Committee on Aging. LeMieux saw several of his legislative priorities signed into law, including Medicare anti-fraud legislation and an export promotion act. He introduced a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution and the 2007 Solution, a plan that would have reduced government spending to 2007 levels. LeMieux opposed wasteful earmark spending, which earned him a 93 percent rating from the National Taxpayers Union.
As deputy attorney general, LeMieux led an agency of more than 400 attorneys and argued a death penalty case before the U.S. Supreme Court and won the case with a unanimous decision. LeMieux is now chairman of the Florida law firm Gunster Yoakley & Stewart.
LeMieux graduated from Emory University with a degree in political science and went on to earn his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. After school, he interned for Rep. E. Clay Shaw Jr. and U.S. Sen. Connie Mack III.
George LeMieux speaks at CPAC (photo: Gage Skidmore)
LeMieux is campaigning on a platform of fiscal responsibility. His campaign website explains:
“While in the Senate, I put forward a plan that would balance the budget by 2013 and cut the debt in half by 2021. My plan did this by freezing all federal spending at fiscal year 2007 levels ($2.729 trillion). If we did that, we could extend all of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, index the Alternative Minimum Tax for inflation, and we would actually begin to pay down the national debt.”
LeMieux said it is his plan to grow the nation’s military training and test missions in Florida and ensure the state is the “best possible place for defense contracting companies to do business.”
On health care, LeMieux opposed Obamacare and says he believes it must be repealed:
“Instead of making the fundamental changes needed to get the system working for Americans, the bill cuts $500 billion from Medicare, drastically expands a broken Medicaid system, raises taxes by over $500 billion, increases the cost of health care for Americans and kills jobs,” he explained. “This is not reform. â€¨What is needed is a targeted, step-by-step approach that will reduce cost and increase access without adding to the deficit. We could do things today such as reducing junk lawsuits, allowing small businesses to pool their resources, cross state purchasing of health insurance, expanding the use of health savings accounts, and cracking down on fraud and abuse that would move us in the right direction to lower costs.”
On the issue of illegal immigration, LeMieux wrote, “[I]f we build security fences and walls, man the borders with law enforcement, prosecute and jail those who violate the law, we can meaningfully reduce illegal immigration.”
A strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Le Mieux is a proud member of the National Rifle Association and voted with the NRA 100 percent of the time while serving in the U.S. Senate. He is also pro-life and a supporter of traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
A retired U.S. Army colonel, businessman and university instructor, Mike McCalister served honorably in the Army National Guard, Army Reserves and on active duty for a total of 33 years between 1971 and 2005.
McCalister has worked with physicians at biotech and health-care companies to improve efficiencies in the health-care system. He is a licensed agribusiness professional and owner of a small tree farm. He holds a degree in agriculture from Southeast Missouri State University and a doctorate in management from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.
As senator, McCalister said his No. 1 priority will be “to get Floridians back to work by cutting spending, reducing the deficit, lowering taxes and protecting our products and proprietary technologies and investments against unfair foreign competition.” He said he is “frustrated that political insiders have done little to combat high unemployment, rising gas prices and falling home prices.”
A conservative Republican, inventor, manufacturer, businessman and author specializing in environmental engineering of products and equipment, McNeil has 12 U.S. patents granted – with the last five in the environmental field.
McNeil notes on his website that the government cannot spend the nation into prosperity, but it can spend, tax and control the nation into insolvency:
“It can make nearly everyone poor, but it cannot make everyone rich,” he wrote. “Who will hire you when this country is near financial collapse and businesses cannot withstand all the government taxes, insurance and other requirements for your employment?”
He outlines the following five actions that must be taken to put America back on track:
1) Energy: We need fossil fuel, nuclear, natural gas and every other means possible to produce energy – and to eliminate the need to purchase foreign energy.
2) Military: America must have the strongest military on earth with the latest in technology and intelligence gathering capability. We must eliminate our practice of “nation building” war efforts in other countries, restrict foreign aid intended as influence buying and concentrate our efforts on protecting America and our borders.
3) Free enterprise: We must rebuild our free enterprise business advantage, reclaim our world leadership position and employ American citizens. This includes a 3-5 year tax moratorium on bringing money into the U.S. to build businesses and a 25-year commitment on corporate tax reduced to 10 percent of retained earnings. … There will be no more U.S. or foreign corporations making billions of dollars in the U.S. market and paying no taxes to our federal government.
4) Tax system: We must replace our ever-expanding federal tax system which creates a punitive distribution of the tax load with a simple combination of low taxes on income (1/2 percent to 12.5 percent) and a fair tax on ependitures (12.5 percent).
5) Abide by the U.S. Constitution: We must require all three branches of our government to abide by our written U.S. Constitution. There can be no making or altering of laws by the judicial branch, no violating legislation enacted from either the Senate or House of Representatives in Congress and no executive orders or other alterations by the president that do not clearly adhere to the true and tested documented laws of this nation.
A Vietnam veteran, Craig Miller volunteered to enlist in the U.S. Air Force during the war. After taking the oath to defend the Constitution, he eventually deployed to Cam Rahn Bay in South Vietnam. Miller served honorably and won the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Miller earned a degree in business administration from Florida Technological University (now known as the University of Central Florida).
As a teenager, Miller worked as a dish washer for Red Lobster Inns of America. He left to join Uno Restaurants and spent 17 years growing a small business into a national chain that reached sales of more than $400 million. Miller spent a year at Furr’s Restaurant Group before joining Ruth’s Chris Steak House as president and chief executive officer. He led Ruth’s Chris through four years of record growth, sales and profits and a successful public offering. Miller was selected to serve as chairman of the National Restaurant Association.
Miller was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to be state tourism commissioner in 2007 and has served on the board of trustees at the University of Central Florida Foundation.
To grow the economy and lower the unemployment rate, Miller suggests reducing the tax burden and easing burdensome regulations currently in place. He advocates lowering corporate income tax rates to make businesses more competitive and reducing taxes on capital gains. Miller supports repeal of Obamacare, because he says it is “scaring small business owners and hurting job creation.”
Miller supports a balanced-budget amendment to eliminate deficits going forward. He promises to only vote to confirm judges who will be “neutral arbiters of the law” and to fight for the unborn, defend individual Second Amendment rights and work to preserve traditional marriage as being between one man and one woman.
On energy, Miller said a comprehensive approach – one that includes nuclear power, clean coal and hydropower – is the only sensible strategy that will simultaneously reduce costs and protect national security. Miller also believes the U.S. must stay on the offense in the global war on terror and continue to fight and dismantle the Islamic fundamentalist networks that wish to do America harm. “We also must keep a robust foreign policy that promotes human rights, isolates rogue regimes and maintains strong ties with our allies,” he explained. “In the Middle East, America must always stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel.”
A homeschooling mother, concert pianist and linguist who is fluent in French and Spanish, Marielena Stuart says she opposed and survived the ravages of communism under Fidel Castro.
“From an early age she learned to defend her God-given rights, while members of her family were imprisoned, tortured and executed,” her campaign website states. “Marielena Stuart knows the price that is paid when freedom is lost. She knows, firsthand, that a socialist leaning government has a devastating effect on economic growth and job creation.”
Stuart believes fewer taxes and a strong private sector are the best ways for America to regain its economic strength. She pledges to take any and all actions to curb the nation’s current fiscal crisis. Stuart also says she believes the killing of innocent human life is destroying our society, not just morally, but economically as well.
“To be for abortion is to be against your own survival,” she explained. “What will become of our nation, if this human carnage is not stopped? As a candidate for the United States Senate, I am committed to uncompromising action in defense of the sanctity of all human life which comes to each of us as a gift from Almighty God.”
As a columnist for Renew America, Stuart has shared her expertise in foreign affairs, national defense and strategic military matters – especially those dealing with China-U.S. relations.
(Editor’s note: Republican Alexander George is another challenger in this race. However, he does not have a campaign website at this time.)
10) Ben Cardin, D-Md. – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Ben Cardin has served in the U.S. Senate since 2007. Before his election, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 2007. He has expressed support for affirmative action, civil unions, providing benefits to homosexual partners of federal employees, abortion, the death penalty and increased federal funding for health coverage.
Cardin has voted “yes” on the following issues: Obamacare, bailouts/stimulus, allowing human embryonic stem cell research and expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, making the Patriot Act permanent, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, factoring global warming into federal project planning, a moratorium on offshore oil drilling, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, raising Congress’ pay, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities,” increasing tax rate for people earning more than $1 million, instituting national service as a new social invention and providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers.
Cardin has voted “no” on the following issues: restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortion, barring federal grants to organizations that perform abortions, making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime, banning partial-birth abortion, constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, banning gay adoptions in D.C., barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, protecting the middle class from a national energy tax, authorizing construction of new oil refineries, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, requiring a photo ID to vote in federal elections, banning physician-assisted suicide, building a fence along the Mexican border and repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax.
A former U.S. Secret Service agent, Dan Bongino was assigned to investigate federal crimes including but not limited to protective intelligence, computer crimes, bank fraud, credit-card fraud and counterfeiting. His signature investigation involved more than $300 million in potential financial fraud and a nexus to international terrorism. The investigation earned Bongino the Department of Justice recognition award, along with other agency specific awards, for excellence in investigations. Bongino left his New York field office in 2002 to become an instructor at the Secret Service Training Academy in Beltsville, Md.
In 2006, he began duty on the elite presidential protection division during the administration of President George W. Bush. Bongino remained on protective duty during the change in administration to President Barack Obama. He was designated lead agent responsible for the coordination of the Obama’s trip to Prague for the signing of the START treaty, his trip to Jakarta, Indonesia, amongst a myriad of terror threats and Obama’s visit to Afghanistan. He was awarded a series of commendations and left the protective detail as one of the most distinguished agents in history.
Daniel and Paula Bongino with their 7-year-old daughter
Bongino transferred to the Baltimore field office in 2010 where he broke up one of the largest fraud rings in Maryland history. He and his wife, Paula, are owners of a number of small businesses ranging from web solutions and design to sporting equipment. Bongino is starting his third small business, Silverloch Risk Management, catering to the assessment and mitigation of risk for high-profile clients.
Before becoming a Secret Service agent, Bongino worked for the New York Police Department, leaving with official commendations for both meritorious and excellent police duty. While working for the NYPD, he attend the City University of New York, where he completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology, concentrating in both neuro-psychology and behavioral learning.
Bongino offers “four principles for prosperity” by which he promises to measure all legislation: 1) reductions in tax rates and simplification of the tax code 2) prioritizing education with school-choice vouchers, charter schools, merit-based pay systems for educators, “parent triggers” and year-round schooling 3) immigration reform, including securing the borders, re-evaluating the current chain migration and diversity visa-based system and aggressively enforcing immigration laws and 4) encourage foreign investment by reducing protectionist tariffs and increasing foreign capital investments in the U.S. economy.
A strong advocate of school choice, William Capps said the federal Department of Education’s “sole job should be that of student loans for college and tech education.”
To fix the nation’s illegal immigration problem, Capps proposes the following: 1) Enact E-verify across the entire nation, 2) repeal the 14th Amendment, 3) restrict and reduce trade agreements with our border countries if they do not help in stopping the illegal flow of their citizens into our country, 4) provide states with funds to help in fighting illegal immigration, 5) provide stiff fines to companies and U.S. citizens if they hire people unlawfully in the country and 5) seek ways to improve the legal process of those who are wishing to enter the U.S. in a lawful manner.
Capps proposes capping the tax rate for all industry at 20 percent, permanently. He also argues that it’s time to stop buying foreign oil from countries who are adversaries to the American way of life. “We need to start employing American workers and producing the oil we need here in the USA,” he said.
Eric Wargotz has served Maryland as a doctor, small businessman, community activist and elected representative. He has worked at a nonprofit hospital in Prince George’s County for more than 20 years. In 2006, he was elected president of the Queen Anne’s Board of County Commissioners. Wargotz has been selected as one of America’s Top Physicians and is recipient of the Physician Patient’s Choice Award. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Ohio State University Medical School.
As senator, Wargotz promises to: 1) support and defend the Constitution, 2) oppose earmarks, 3) support a balanced-budget amendment, 4) vote to repeal Obamacare, 5) vote against tax increases, 6) oppose amnesty and secure the nation’s borders, 7) defend the Second Amendment, 8) protect the unborn, 9) preserve traditional marriage and 10) support congressional term limits in the House and Senate.
Raymond Blagmon is an accountant and a lieutenant commander logistics officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He has completed two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – one in the Persian Gulf and the other in the Horn of Africa.
Blagmon attended Howard University and the University of Maryland, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1994. He then attended American University and the University of Chicago, where he earned a master’s degree in taxation in 1998 and a MBA in finance and entrepreneurship in 2002, respectively. Blagmon has been a certified public accountant for 16 years.
On his campaign website, Blagmon explains that he’s running for Senate to help “balance the budget and bring down the national debt, protect our environment and strongly promote peace.” He said, “[T]he Republican leadership’s vision for America is way off course. Republicans talk about cutting the budget and then offer no real solutions. Republicans always say make government smaller and cut spending and then offer no solutions.”
Job creation, he said, will be one of his top priorities in the U.S. Senate: “I will be a leader in new economic development initiatives to revitalize our communities and will champion using stimulus dollars to work with good corporate partners and innovative entrepreneurs to build new manufacturing plants in Maryland.”
Blagmon said he believes the U.S. government must balance the budget and stop increasing the debt ceiling. However, he fully supports Obamacare.
“The current health-care reform bill, now signed into law, has some wonderful ideas that will help make health insurance quotes economical and affordable,” he said. “I will continue working with the president and the Senate to ensure that this important piece of legislation stays in place. And I will continue to work to make it an even better plan for all Americans that includes a public option.”
(Editor’s note: Republican Rick Hoover is another challenger in
this race. However, he does not have a campaign website at this time.)
11) Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Debbie Stabenow has served in the U.S. Senate since 2001. Prior to her election to the Senate, she served in the U.S House of Representatives from 1997 to 2001. She has expressed support for regulating talk radio with a measure similar to the so-called “Fairness Doctrine.”
Stabenow has voted “yes” on the following issues: Obamacare, expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, Obamacare, stimulus/bailouts, adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes, loosening restrictions on cell-phone wiretapping, adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, pay raise for Congress, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, extending the Patriot Act’s roving wiretaps, repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities” and increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million.
Stabenow has voted “no” on the following issues: banning gay adoptions, constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortion, banning federal grants to organizations that perform abortions, protecting middle class from a national energy tax, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, making estate tax cuts permanent and repealing the death tax.
A long-time libertarian activist and supporter of Ron Paul, Scott Bowman became a member of the Republican Party in 2008.
In 1996 Boman ran for the U.S. House of Representatives. He received 1,705 votes for .9 percent of the vote. In 2005, he was vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Michigan, and, in 2006, he was elected chair of the party.
Boman was endorsed by the Stonewall Libertarians for his open support of homosexual “rights.” He
has called for immediate repeal of federal and state Defense of Marriage Acts.
He was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union but chose not to renew his membership in 2006 due to the ACLU’s opposition to the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. Boman does not yet have an official campaign website.
Co-founder and former CEO of Cornerstone Schools, a group of charter and independent schools in inner-city Detroit, Clark Durant sold birthday cakes to fund his college education. He received his degree in economics from Tulane University. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and earned his law degree from Notre Dame Law School.
Durant worked as the assistant to the president of Hillsdale College and then as vice president in 1972-1973. While at Hillsdale, he helped start Imprimis, a free publication containing one notable speech each month. In 2010, Imprimis reported a circulation of more than 2 million and was described by Salon.com as “the most influential conservative publication you’ve never heard of.”
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan nominated him and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, to serve on the board of the Legal Services Corporation, which provides legal aid to low-income Americans. He also served as one of four national co-chairs of Jack Kemp’s presidential campaign from 1986 to 1988. In 1994, he was elected to the state board of education in Michigan.
On his campaign website, Durant explains, “When it comes to our debt and economic growth … we are in a time of great peril, something similar to what was seen by our parents and grandparents in the Great Depression. Simply put, our nation’s economy is a mess.”
Durant believes the government must roll back spending to responsible levels, halt any new programs, simplify the tax code, reduce taxes, eliminate burdensome regulation that stifles economic growth and develop tax incentives for innovation. He called Obamacare a “sharply partisan health-care law that undermines health-care programs for our senior citizens and bloats Medicaid.” Durant promises to repeal Obamacare.
He contends that any reform of the nation’s immigration system must begin with secure borders. He supports establishment of pilot programs for worker verification, hiring of more immigration officers, deployment of the National Guard in targeted border areas and penalizing those who smuggle and employ illegal aliens. He opposes inclusion of illegal aliens in the Census for the purposes of reapportionment.
Durant is pro-life and opposes taxpayer funding for abortion, embryonic stem cell research, partial-birth abortion and the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. When it comes to marriage, he believes it is an ancient institution reserved by natural law as a union between one man and one woman
– and should be legally protected as such. Durant also promises to vigorously oppose any and all efforts to undermine the Second Amendment right for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves, their family and their property. He also opposes efforts to do away with the Electoral College.
Gary Glenn, head of American Family Association’s Michigan affiliate since 1999, has received an endorsement from 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Huckabee said of Glenn, “Gary is a person whose clarity of conviction is refreshing. He has boldly led on issues of life, traditional marriage, and the Fair Tax. When I needed help in Michigan in 2008, Gary didn’t wait until it was convenient or popular, he stood with me out of sheer courage of his views. Gary Glenn won’t take a poll to find out where he needs to stand. He will be a senator that will take his values with him to Washington.”
Glenn was one of two co-authors of the Marriage Protection Amendment approved by Michigan voters in 2004. He was elected and served two terms as Republican county commissioner, authoring the nation’s first medical savings account plan for county employees. He was the lead spokesman and strategist of the successful effort to pass a state right to work law in Idaho, prohibiting compulsory union membership or financial support as a condition of employment. Glenn also served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard.
He said the nation’s “economy, security, liberties, moral foundation and founding principles – all that’s made America and Americans exceptional in the history of the world – are under attack from within.”
“If they’re not stopped, liberal ideologues like Debbie Stabenow and Barack Obama will rob our children of their birthright of freedom and turn our country into the United Socialist States of America,” Glenn said. “My mission and commitment is to do whatever I can to help senators like Jim DeMint and Rand Paul and Mike Lee stop them.”
He said the main focal point of the general election for Senate in 2012 must be private-sector jobs. He proposes elimination of the following federal programs and agencies:
- Internal Revenue Service
- Department of Education
- Federal Reserve system
- Department of Energy
- Davis-Bacon Act
- United Nations
- Troubled Asset Relief Program
- the paper $1 bill (save $184 million a year in printing costs by replacing it with a $1 coin)
In addition, Glenn believes the following agencies should be privatized: 1) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, 2) U.S. Postal Service and 3) Amtrak.
Randy Hekman is a U.S. Navy veteran, former prosecutor and juvenile court judge.
He served as a lieutenant in the Navy from June 1969 to June 1972 and was assigned to the Office of the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy in the Pentagon, where he developed policies for computer systems in the Department of Defense.
Hekman later became assistant prosecuting attorney in the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He was elected in 1975 as probate juvenile judge in the Kent Country Probate Court. After 15 years, Hekman left the bench to become the founding executive director of the Michigan Family Forum based in Lansing. Hekman then served as executive director of CBH Ministries for six years before taking on the role of executive pastor at Crossroads Bible Church.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Sloan School of Management and his law degree from the George Washington University Law School.
Hekman favors a balanced-budget amendment coupled with major cost cuts and caps on future budgets. He also supports elimination of earmarks, the Fair Tax, reduction of corporate taxes and repeal of the 16th Amendment that authorized the income-tax system. He is anti-Obamacare, pro-life and believes marriage is between a man and woman.
He said the key planks of his U.S. Senate campaign are:
- Balance federal budgets expeditiously through a reduction in the enormous size of government without raising taxes.
- Take aggressive action to begin paying off our staggering $14+ trillion deficit now through cost cutting, not raising taxes.
- Deal realistically with astronomically large, unfunded entitlement liabilities in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
- Encourage the nonprofit sector to greatly increase its contribution to human need caused by the federal government’s major reductions; consider a nominal tax credit for individuals who contribute at least 10 percent of their gross income to nonprofit entities.
Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a conservative who helped found the House Tea Party Caucus, was born in the Netherlands and moved to America with his parents at the age of three. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hope College and a master of business administration degree from the University of Michigan.
He represented Michigan’s second district for 18 years before stepping down to run unsuccessfully for governor in 2010. He lost the Republican primary to Gov. Rick Snyder, who has officially endorsed Hoekstra for Senate. During his gubernatorial run, Hoekstra embraced the tea party.
Hoekstra said he wants to do away with the federal No Child Left Behind law and lessen the restrictions in new federal banking and health-care laws. He claims those changes will put more money into school districts and allow businesses to add jobs.
“As I talk to business owners across the state … they’re frustrated,” Hoekstra told the Associated Press. “It’s because of the rules and regulations of MIOSHA, OSHA and the Dodd-Frank bill.”
While in the House, Hoekstra supported the 2008 Wall Street bailout and the $15 billion bailout for GM and Chrysler. He supports a balanced-budget amendment and construction of the fence along the Mexican border. Hoekstra co-sponsored a bill declaring English as the official language of the U.S. He has voted to reduce capital gains taxes and eliminate the marriage penalty and death tax. Hoekstra co-sponsored the Fair Tax Act to abolish the IRS and enact a national sales tax. He was a member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus. Hoekstra also voted against the “hate crimes” bill.
Hoekstra opposes abortion, taxpayer funding of human embryonic stem cell research and homosexual “marriage.” He is a fan of charter schools, homeschooling and a constitutional amendment that says parents have a fundamental right to raise their children without government interference.
Peter Konetchy has worked in small business all his life. During high school and college, he worked at small manufacturing company and drove a delivery truck. After college, he worked as a custom programmer and developed software for many industries, including mortgage processing, property management, vending services, manufacturing and legal time, billing and accounting.
In the 1980s, he started his own firm servicing the time, billing and accounting needs of law firms originally in Michigan and, eventually, throughout the nation.
Konetchy graduated from the College of Business at Michigan State University with a degree in accounting. He said he is running for Senate because he understands the greatness of the United States.
“I appreciate the constitutionally restrained government our founders provided, which allowed this country to prosper and develop into a world-class beacon of morality, personal liberty, economic dominance and military strength,” he said. “The majority of our current ‘citizen’ representatives in Washington do not share my perspective. Their role has morphed from securing our God-given rights to becoming our life-long rulers. Their actions are based on the accumulation of personal political power rather than what is best for the people. They want to completely control the thoughts and actions of the citizenry of the United States.”
Konetchy believes the powers of Congress should be limited to specific enumerated powers within the Constitution. He supports the Second Amendment, a balanced budget, the phased-out elimination of all non-constitutional federal programs, free-market solutions over government programs, energy independence, repeal of Obamacare, secure borders and phasing out direct federal taxes in conjunction with elimination of non-constitutional spending. He opposes abortion and the idea that global warming is caused by humans and represents one of the greatest threats facing mankind.
Chuck Marino has never served as a politician. Instead, he has spent his career in the business arena – creating jobs, meeting payrolls, balancing budgets, negotiating contracts and mentoring future managers.
He established National Building Inspections, a company that serves banks, insurance companies and business owners nationally for property condition assessments, bank draws and asset reviews. NBI services 49 states (all but Hawaii). Marino served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1969-1973, during the Vietnam era. He was an infantry soldier and a warehouse manager.
Marino believes that if the U.S. started drilling for oil tomorrow, it could put America back to work. He also believes the nation needs a balanced budget and that Medicare and Social Security must be fixed.
Marino proposes elimination of junk lawsuits, allowing people to purchase health insurance across state lines, allowing insurance groups from nontraditional groups (city/towns/American Legions) and allowing individuals to have the same tax breaks as large companies when they purchase health insurance. He is also pro-life and supports immigration enforcement and strengthened borders.
Rick Wilson said his 35-year career as a manager in the auto industry ended abruptly when the AC Spark Plug plant where he worked “became a parking lot instead of a place of employment.” He went to high school at International School in Brussels, Belgium, and attended Central Michigan University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management.
Wilson describes himself as a free-market advocate, and the following are some of his core beliefs:
- Government is too big, and the federal stimulus bill made government bigger instead of creating jobs.
- Taxes are too high and are going higher if Congress continues with its out-of-control spending.
- The historic amount of debt we are passing on to our children and grandchildren is immoral.
- I am passionate about improving the quality of our public schools. Accountability and high standards are paramount, as is adequate funding for education.
- A strong military and vigorous homeland defense will protect our interests and security around the world and at home.
- I am dedicated to winning the war against radical Islam. This is, as John McCain stated, “the transcendent threat of our time,” and, as I have stated to him, the transcendent threat of all time.
Wilson is pro-life and believes only adult stem cells should be used in stem-cell research. He supports “drill here, drill now” and believes exploring America’s oil and gas resources will result in more jobs, more prosperity and better national security. Wilson also supports strengthened borders, repeal of Obamacare, the Second Amendment right to bear arms and the Fair Tax at both federal and state levels.
12) Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Amy Klobuchar has served in the U.S. Senate since 2007. She supports homosexual “marriage,” abortion, increased funding for health coverage, the Equal Rights Amendment, the Patriot Act, fair trade and extending the ban on assault weapons.
Klobuchar has voted “yes” on the following issues: Obamacare, bailouts and “stimulus” funding, expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, protecting middle class from a national energy tax, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, raising Congress’ pay, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities” and increasing tax rates for people earning more than $1 million.
Klobuchar has voted “no” on the following issues: restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion, barring federal grants to organizations that perform abortions, barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land and requiring a photo ID to vote in federal elections.
Joe Arwood’s public service began in St. Bonifacius, Minn., when he joined the volunteer fire department. After some years of service, he decided to run for city council and won.
His campaign website states, “I live in an average house on an average street in an average city with a wife, a daughter, three dogs, two turtles and a full-time job. I am the average Joe.”
Arwood opposes “bloated farm bills” and says reform should make farm programs more efficient and market oriented, and should not include tax increases. “Farm bills should be designed to assist family farmers in times of need, rather than direct subsidies to massive corporate farming operations that put small family farms at a disadvantage,” he wrote. “We need to pass a farm bill that also gives the U.S. the ability to open up new export markets for our products.”
Joe Arwood with U.S. Rep. Ron Paul
Arwood supports veterans and believes the Department of Veteran’s Affairs must overcome the benefits claim backlog, ensure a seamless transition back home for new veterans, care for wounded warriors, continue the mission of accounting for all U.S. military personnel from all wars and increase veteran’s mobile health-care clinics and cover all those with Agent Orange exposure. He promises to seek cuts in defense spending on projects that the Department of Defense has identified as unnecessary and apply “a common-sense approach” to identifying bases in areas of the world that may no longer be needed.
Concerning the economy and jobs, Arwood proposes lowering coporate tax rates and streamlining the regulatory requirements for job creators. He opposes federal Department of Education interference in local schools and supports involvement of parents and local independent school boards in children’s education. On energy, Arwood thinks drilling for oil is not enough. He proposes construction of new oil refineries and pipelines in the U.S.
Arwood supports a balanced budget and sensible cuts to the federal bureaucracy as a way to stop the acquistion of more debt. He promises to work across party lines to advance reforms to the current tax code. For individuals, he proposes “a flatter, simpler system for taxpayers to pay income taxes.” He also promises to forward a bill immediately to suspend the 10 percent penalty for early withdrawals from 401Ks and qualifying pension plans, allowing people the freedom to direct those funds and use them to pay down mortgages to save their houses, credit cards or expand small businesses.
A former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, Dan Severson retired from the U.S. Navy after serving for 22 years as a Top Gun fighter pilot and commander. He flew A-7s and FA 18 Strike Fighters (the Hornet – same plane as the Blue Angels) and earned two meritorious service medals for leadership.
Severson is an inventor and has a patent for an LED light communication system. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in physics.
As a U.S. senator, Severson said his priorities will be to:
- repeal Obamacare
- champion American exceptionalism
- reduce the size of government
- stabilize the economy
- incentivize private sector jobs
- balance the budget
- support pro-life causes
- restore a moral compass to Washington, D.C.
A retired U.S. Army first sergeant, Dick Franson earned his bachelor’s degree in public administration with a minor in Middle East studies. He earned numerous military honors and served in Vietnam. He was a Democratic candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the Senate in Minnesota, but he lost in primaries.
(Editor’s note: Jack “Doc” Shepard is another challenger in
this race. However, his campaign website does not offer biographical information or positions on political issues.)
13) Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Claire McCaskill has served in the U.S. Senate since 2007. She has supported “morning after” contraception at all military health facilities, expanding preschool and Head Start, expanding Pell Grants and HOPE Scholarships, raising the minimum wage and increasing federal funding for health-care programs.
McCaskill has voted “yes” on the following issues: Obamacare, bailout/stimulus, expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, protecting the middle class from a national energy tax, factoring global warming into federal project planning, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, extending the Patriot Act’s roving wiretaps, repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, continuing federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities” and increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million.
McCaskill has voted “no” on the following issues: restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion, banning federal grants to organizations that perform abortions, barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, raising Congress’ pay and repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax.
A strong voice on national security issues in the U.S. House of Representatives, Todd Akin serves as chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. He also serves on the budget committee, where, according to his campaign website, “he has fought to rein in government spending and debt, despite pressures from the White House, those across the aisle and some within his own party that just can’t keep their hands off the government credit card.” Akin also served as chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and Oversight.
Akin is a long-time supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, a leader in his local church, former board member of National Right to Life, and he sits on the board of the Mission Gate Prison Ministry – an outreach program that seeks to end the revolving door recidivism rate among those released from prison and get lives back on track.
Todd Akin at tea party (photo: Fired up! Missouri)
Akin believes the U.S. system of taxation must be overhauled. He has long been a supporter of the FairTax, because he said, “The FairTax allows taxpayers to keep more of what they make and empowers the taxpayer to take a greater role in managing their tax burden.” Akin has been a co-sponsor of a balanced-budget amendment and an advocate for the recent cut, cap, and balance legislation that would reduce spending outlays, cap the debt ceiling and balance the federal budget. In 2009, he opposed the $787 billion stimulus plan.
On education, Akin believes it’s time to end Washington’s trend as “federal superintendent of education” and give control and funding back to the states and local school boards. He notes that reducing excessive federal regulations will make more dollars available to local schools and allow those who actually interact with students to focus spending where it is most needed.
Akin is committed to strong defense, the Second Amendment right to bear arms and the belief that life begins at conception.
John Brunner is chairman of V-Jon Inc., a health-care product company his grandparents founded. It is best known for its Germ-X hand sanitizer and is one of the largest privately held companies in St. Louis, with an estimated $560 million in annual revenue.
He is a former U.S. Marine and prides himself on not having the background of an experienced politician. Upon announcing his candidacy in his warehouse, Brunner said, “I’ll match my experience as a manufacturer and job creator against a career politician’s resume of borrowing and spending anytime, anywhere.”
Brunner opposes tax increases, massive government spending, the economic stimulus “failure” and Obamacare. As senator, he promises to make addressing the nation’s massive debt his top priority. He supports a balanced-budget amendment and promises to never seek an earmark in any bill. Brunner said his plan for the economy is to eliminate bureaucratic regulations that strangle job creators and reduce the tax burden on businesses and family farms and to reform the U.S. tax code “to produce a smaller, flatter tax rate for everyone.” Finally, Brunner said he supports term limits in Congress and will serve no more than two terms in the U.S. Senate.
Sarah Steelman served as state treasurer of Missouri from 2004 to 2008 and was responsible for managing more than $19 billion of the state’s annual revenue. She managed the investment of more than $3 billion in long-term and short-term investments in the state’s portfolio. Steelman started the first terror-free investment fund in the nation, which ensured that taxpayer dollars were never invested in terrorist-sponsoring countries. She also served as chairman of the states’ Higher Education Savings Board and chairman of the Missouri Housing Development Commission.
In 1998 and 2002, Steelman was elected to the state Senate, where she served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce and the Environment.
Previously, she served as deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Geology and Land Survey. Steelman worked as an economist for the Department of Revenue and as an adjunct professor in economics at Lincoln University. She also served as an investment broker and as director of a local Big Brothers and Big Sisters program.
Steelman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri.
She promises to vote 100 percent pro-life in the U.S. Senate, including giving her support to the complete defunding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion-providing organizations. She said she will fight to end the practice of partial-birth abortion and oppose the confirmation of judges who attempt to legislate from the bench.
On immigration, Steelman opposes any effort to grant amnesty or provide government benefits to those who are in the U.S. illegally. She supports securing the U.S.-Mexico border through the completion of the fence, increasing Border Patrol agents on both the Mexican and Canadian borders and efforts of states like Arizona to take action to enforce the laws the politicians in Washington will not. She also supports efforts to increase the punishment for employers who knowingly hire illegals.
On national energy policy, Steelman has an “all of the above approach,” advocating more domestic production of energy from existing sources of oil, coal and natural gas and encouraging conservation and the development of alternative sources of energy like wind and solar power.
Steelman promises to vote in the U.S. Senate for a full repeal of Obamacare, opting instead to promote medical malpractice lawsuit reform. She supports a balanced-budget amendment, a ban on federal earmarks and simplification of the tax code.
An advocate of the Second Amendment right to bear arms, Steelman said she will oppose any efforts to restrict the right of citizens to own, possess and carry a firearm. She also opposes any efforts to force the registration of firearms or any other policies that unduly burden the lawful purchase or possession of guns.
Missouri Medical supply chain entrepreneur Samuel Lipari originated the online delivery of hospital supplies, reducing costs by 40 percent to institutional users in the 1990s. He has published several online columns; however, his campaign website offers little to no biographical background or information on Lipari’s political positions.
14) Jon Tester, D-Mont. – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Jon Tester has served in the U.S. Senate since 2007. He has supported abortion, tuition tax credits, low-interest loans and Pell Grants, the Second Amendment, repeal of the Patriot Act, repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and increased federal funding for health care.
Tester has voted “yes” on the following issues: Obamacare, stimulus/bailouts, expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, protecting the middle class from a national energy tax, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, factoring global warming into federal project planning, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, pay raise for Congress, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program and continuing federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities.”
He has voted “no” on the following issues: restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion, barring federal grants to organizations that perform abortions, barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, requiring a photo ID to vote in federal elections and increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million.
A fifth-generation Montana cattle rancher and small-business owner, Denny Rehberg spent a majority of his life working on the family ranch. After attending Washington State University, he went to work in the Montana Legislature as an intern and later as a legislative assistant for Montana Rep. Ron Marlenee.
In 1984, Rehberg was elected to the Montana House of Representatives, where he helped balance the state’s budget without raising taxes. Gov. Stan Stephens then appointed him lieutenant governor. In 1992, Rehberg joined forces with Attorney General Marc Racicot in their successful bid for governor and lieutenant governor.
In 2000, Rehberg was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. One of the first measures he sponsored was a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and was recently appointed chairmen of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, which oversees more than one-quarter of federal discretionary spending.
Rehberg voted against the stimulus bill, Obamacare and all of the various government bailout programs. He said the biggest threat to the nation is its out-of-control government spending while it continues to borrow more money from China. As senator, Rehberg promises to address waste, fraud and abuse in federal agencies, departments and programs. He advocates an end to federal earmarks and using leftover funds from stimulus and government bailouts to pay down the national debt. Rehberg also said the government must get off the backs of entrepreneurs by decreasing burdensome regulations and lowering taxes.
On energy, Rehberg suggests Montana look into expanding markets domestically and using its own abundance of oil, coal and natural gas. He also supports development of alternatives forms of energy, such as wind, solar, biofuels and geothermal power.
15) Ben Nelson, D-Neb. – retiring
Jon Bruning, a tea party-backed candidate for U.S. Senate, was sworn into office as Nebraska’s 31st Attorney General in 2003. He was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1996 and 2000.
Bruning was endorsed by the Tea Party Express in May 2011.”We believe Jon Bruning is a strong candidate,” a Tea Party Express spokesman told the Omaha World-Herald. “He’s strongly in tune with tea party values. He’s also able to put together a first-rate campaign.”
Bruning received both his undergraduate and law degrees with distinction from the University of Nebraska. Upon receiving his law degree, Bruning went to work for both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. From 1995 to 1997, he served as general counsel for Vital Learning Corporation, an Omaha-based business that provides educational services, personal business development and management training. From 1999 until 2003, Bruning worked as general counsel to Tagge-Rutherford Financial Group.
Jon Bruning and family
On the same morning President Obama signed Obamacare into law, Bruning and 12 other attorneys general filed suit against “the federal government to stop the massive health care overhaul, claiming it’s unconstitutional.” He said Obamacare “tramples on individual liberty and dumps on the states the burden of an unfunded mandate that taxpayers cannot afford.”
Bruning joined eight other state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070 – the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act – nearly two weeks after the U.S. Justice Department filed suit against Arizona over the anti-illegal immigration law.
Bruning supports repeal of Obamacare, the Second Amendment right to bear arms, overturning Roe v. Wade and elimination of earmarks.
Deb Fischer owns a ranching business with her family near Valentine, Neb. She was elected to the Valentine Rural High School Board of Education, became president of the Nebraska Association of School Boards and served as a commissioner on the Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education.
In 2004, Fischer was elected to the Nebraska Unicameral to represent the 43rd Legislative District. She currently serves as chair of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and is a member of the Revenue Committee and the Executive Board. Fischer earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Fischer has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising not to raise taxes on individuals and businesses. As senator, she promises to take her budget-cutting skills to Washington and convince Congress to cut spending, not raise taxes. She opposes printing money to pay the national debt and firmly believes Washington’s first priority must be to cut spending and pass a balanced-budget amendment.
Fischer is pro-life and also promises to vote for repeal of Obamacare, act as a key ally for Nebraska agriculture and be an advocate for gun owners. She advocates an increase in Border Patrol agents and troops on the U.S.-Mexico border and widespread use of E-verify to validate legal immigrants when they apply for jobs. Fischer opposes in-state college tuition and amnesty for illegal aliens.
As a young man, Pat Flynn’s jobs included detasseling, irrigating, working cattle and hog confinements. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
In 1982, Flynn started a successful insurance business. He later became an investment adviser and ran his business for 29 years.
Flynn’s campaign website states:
In his later teens and twenties, Pat’s life was not always exemplary. He had encounters with the law regarding alcohol and marijuana; thankfully the law won regarding these situations. With the grace of God and a recovery program, Pat has been able to overcome this adversity and has been able to help effect change in other’s lives. He is not proud of this part of his past but has taken full responsibility for his actions and understands the concerns and challenges of many others in our society with these same issues.
He helped start and lead a volunteer, high-school youth ministry program for 13 years.
Flynn supports enactment of policies that allow farmers to base their crop-planting decisions on market demand, not government subsidies and regulations. On agriculture, he supports enforcement of anti-trust laws, repeal of the Commodities Futures Modernization Act, enforcement of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyard Act and maintaining branding for cattle as the industry standard for identification. Flynn believes the Environmental Protection Agency should back off and “let farmers farm.” He supports an end to subsidies, mandates and regulations.
Flynn offers a “Blueprint for Recovery and Prosperity,” with a plan to return to the fiscal year 2008 federal budget, cut funding to angencies by 40 percent, defund federal programs that duplicate another, defund abortion organizations, cut funding for the war in Libya, cut funding to the U.N. by 50 percent, repeal Obamacare, repeal the Dodd/Frank financial reform bill, abolish the IRS and address entitlements of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
On immigration, Flynn supports increased workplace compliance with hiring practices, repatriation, English as the official U.S. language and a temporary worker program. He is also pro-life and a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.
When he needed money to attend the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Don Stenberg detassled corn, hauled bales, mowed lawns and served as a lifeguard at the local swimming pool. In college, he lettered in track and won an athletic scholarship.
After graduating from law school and business school, Stenberg practiced law until he was named as legal counsel to the governor of Nebraska in 1979. He served as director of the Policy Reasearch Office, assistant to the governor and director of the Department of Administrative Services, where he saved state taxpayers more than $1 million.
Stenberg served as attorney general of Nebraska from 1991 to 2003 and currently serves as the state treasurer. He was also legal counsel to Gov. Charles Thone from 1979 to 1983. In one of the closest elections in Nebraska history in 2000, Stenberg lost the race for U.S. Senate to Democrat Ben Nelson by only two points. He also ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1996 and 2006. In 2011, he announced his intention to run for the Senate a fourth time.
Stenberg touts his record of restraining government spending as an example for how the federal government must slash its out-of-control spending. As state treasurer, he asked the Nebraska Legislature to cut the budget by 13 percent for each of the following two years. As Nebraska attorney general, he operated his office on the third smallest AG budget in the nation.
As a U.S. senator, Stenberg promises to oppose any new taxes and consider additional tax cuts to strengthen the economy and create jobs. He also pledges to vote for repeal of Obamacare, support a balanced-budget amendment, serve no more than two terms and oppose all bailouts, earmarks and cap-and-trade legislation. Stenberg has received an A or A+ rating from the National Rifle Association for his support for the Second Amendment.
A strong pro-life advocate, Stenberg defended Nebraska’s ban on partial-birth abortion all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and personally argued Stenberg v. Carhart in support of the ban. As Nebraska attorney general, he also joined a friend of the court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Washington and New York’s statutes banning assisted suicide.
Finally, Stenberg adds, “As Nebraska’s next United States senator, I will offer legislation to repeal every rule and regulation adopted by the Obama administration. Any that are truly needed can then be submitted by the bureaucrats to Congress for a vote.”
An Air Force veteran who was stationed at Offutt from 2000 to 2004, Spencer Zimmerman is an Omaha-based truck driver and business administration graduate of Edgewood College in Madison, Wisc. According to the Lincoln Journal Star, he is author of a novel titled “The Epoch Point.” The report notes that Zimmerman plans to center his campaign on a proposal to promote establishment of a unicameral Congress as a solution to the mounting federal deficit.
“We need to create a business-friendly environment in Nebraska and throughout America that will continue to bring new jobs and opportunity to our shores by preventing tax or fee increases and promoting innovation by eliminating regulations that stifle entrepreneurs,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman does not have an official campaign website at this time.
Russell Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in geography and a master of business administration. While he says he thought of opening a business once, “our government is so anti-business that I suspect I would have been unsuccessful.” His work background includes jobs at a fast-food restaurant, a car dealership, eight-and-a-half years in the U.S. Air Force and temporary positions after his separation from the service.
Anderson believes in a larger conspiracy behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including the idea that President George W. Bush was either “gullible and completely fooled as to what was going on, or he was an insider on the whole event.” His campaign website states:
“My thoughts on 9-11 would be revisited in 2010 after new material was brought to my attention. This new material includes the simultaneous destruction of Building 7 at the World Trade Center, the molten steel at the World Trade Center that could not be melted by jet fuel, the suspiciously short video clips of the blast at the Pentagon, the apparent downing of a flight riddled with controversy, and an apparent attempt by the George W. Bush administration to hide and destroy evidence of the trillions of dollars that went missing from the economy announced one day prior to 9-11. It is important to know that two planes were seen hitting the World Trade Center; three buildings fell.”
Anderson is calling for an “impartial full investigation” of the 9/11 attacks with “full disclosure to the public.”