Kay Bailey Hutchison
25) Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas – retiring
Owner of two funeral homes and small cemetaries in Magnolia and Spring, Texas, Glenn Addison has been a small-business owner since he was 26. He has also served 15 years on the Magnolia ISD school board.
Addison pledges to serve only six years and go back to his current job, without signing up for the lavish pension or health care members of the U.S. Senate have provided themselves.
Addison’s campaign is centered around his message of restoring the U.S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land, beginning by repealing destructive federal legislation and eliminating unconstitutional departments and agencies. He believes Obamacare must be repealed and Americans should be given tax incentives to purchase their own health insurance. “The massive numbers of new governmental panels, programs and agencies it authorizes will cause much frustration for the American people and lead to government control of health-related matters that should be between an individual and their physician,” he said.
On government spending. Addison proposes:
- Freeze, immediately, all federal spending, including employee promotions to higher pay grades, defense and all entitlements.
- Convert all entitlement programs to a plan in which budgeted spending, to be determined by a percentage of revenue received, is divided among those who qualify for that particular program
- Convert Medicare, which has its own dedicated revenue source from payroll taxes and enrollee premiums, to a plan where revenue is divided among those eligible for coverage. Enrollees would tell Medicare which health insurance company they want revenue directed to and would have the option of purchasing a supplemental plan for anything not covered by the main plan.
- Set an automatic “trigger” in place that would require any supplemental appropriations approved by Congress to come out of the previously approved federal budget, thereby automatically reducing funding for all other federal programs by a pro-rated amount.
Addison is a proponent of local control of public school systems. He proposes major changes in the tax code, repealing large numbers of “insane” regulations and working toward phasing out the income tax altogether. He is pro-life, supports increased border security and believes the United States must stop being “the world’s problem solver.”
“There’s a new kid on the block running for U.S. Senate,” Andrew Castanuela’s campaign website states. “He doesn’t hold the title of doctor, lawyer or Indian chief. He is not the ‘political fat cat’ we all love to hate. He is not up to his elbows in money and running for a title. … Cas has joined the race only because, like most of us, he is tired of too much government and no common sense in fiscal spending or the protection of American morals and character.”
Castanuela is a retired Air Force program director who was deployed to Thailand, Korea and the United Arab Emirates. He currently works with Central Texas mental health/mental retardation substance abuse youth services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social psychology from Park University and has pursued continuing medical education at Rutgers University, Kansas State University, Harvard Medical and the University of New Mexico.
Among numerous defense ideas, Castanuela proposes a 15 percent increase in recruitment and employment of military personnel in all branches of services, redeployment of short-ranged ballistic missiles into the Pacific, South American and European theaters, a substantial increase in production of naval carriers to operate as mobile bases and the development of space craft capable of launching nuclear missiles.
Castanuela supports drilling for oil and natural gas in ANWAR, offshore and in the continental U.S.; repealing NAFTA and withdrawing from the World Trade Organization; restructuring the tax system to a flat tax; abolishing the Federal Reserve; imposing term limits in Congress; and eliminating taxes on real estate, food, medication, dividends, interest, capital gains, 401K plans, Social Security, estates, imports and exports. He advocates repeal of Obamacare and supports life and the Second Amendment.
Curt Cleaver describes himself as a godly man, family man and businessman who is “a man of principles, with a heart to see our nation return to God.” He believes answers to the nation’s problems can be found if Americans seek God first and that “godly men, working together, through the power of Jesus Christ, can bring hope and restoration to our nation.”
Cleaver began his career in the hotel industry as a van driver for a hotel chain, and he worked his way up to national sales manager. He then launched his own business, building a successful hotel sales, consulting and management company. Cleaver enjoys spending time with his family and working in the yard together. He has a great appreciation for cars and often attends car shows with his boys.
Cleaver believes America must return to the biblical principles upon which the nation was founded. His positions on political issues are as follows:
- limited government, with a conservative interpretation of the Constitution
- eliminate excessive spending on federal programs
- balance the budget
- welfare reform with a shift to personal and community responsibility
- protect Social Security benefits
- care for U.S. veterans
- health-care reform without socialized medicine
- tax reform with a fair or flat tax
- job creation and incentives to create small businesses
- promote free enterprise
- reduce dependency on foreign oil
- eliminate federal earmarks
- defend and protect unalienable right to life
- defend and protect freedom of religion
- return to Christian and godly values in textbooks, pledges and schools
- return education system to states and communites
- preserve sanctity of marriage
- defend and protect right to bear arms
- strongly enforce borders
- strong military and defense
- protect Israel, at any cost
The son of a poor Cuban immigrant who had $100 sewn into his underwear when he came to Austin, Ted Cruz served as the solicitor general of Texas from 2003-2008. He was the youngest solicitor general in the nation, the longest serving solicitor general in Texas and the first Hispanic solicitor general in Texas. He has authored more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and presented 40 oral arguments, including nine before the Supreme Court.
National Review described Cruz as “a Republican rising star in Texas” and “a great Reaganite hope.” American Lawyer magazine named him one of the 50 best litigators under 45 in America.
Cruz is currently a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Houston. He taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law from 2004-2009.
Before becoming solicitor general, Cruz held the following positions: director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, associate deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice and domestic policy adviser for the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign. Cruz also clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist in the U.S. Supreme Court and was the first Hispanic ever to clerk for the chief justice.
Cruz studied at Princeton University and Harvard University, where he served as primary editor of the Harvard Law Review, executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review.
On his campaign website, Cruz explains: “The election of a president as radical as Barack Obama resoundingly demonstrated the depressing scarcity of principled conservative leaders who can communicate common-sense ideas in a way that resonates with the American people. We need to rediscover the leadership embodied by President Reagan and the values that have kept our nation strong, including faith, family, limited government, individual responsibility and expanding opportunity for every American.”
Cruz authored, “Reclaiming the Constitution: Toward an Agenda for State Action,” which outlines a national strategy for states to fight excessive government regulation and preserve economic freedom. He spearheaded a leading proposal to defeat Obamacare and met with state legislators across the nation to map out a comprehensive strategy to rein in the federal government. Cruz also sued the federal government on behalf of Texas and four other states to strike down portions of the Medicare Prescription Drug program as an unconstitutional intrusion in the states’ sovereign authority. He also defended U.S. sovereignty when he represented Texas before the U.S. Supreme Court in Medellin v. Texas, which upheld U.S. sovereignty and held that the World Court cannot bind the U.S. justice system and the president cannot order state courts to obey the World Court.
Among other cases, Cruz also successfully defended the constitutionality of the Texas Ten Commandments monument before the U.S. Supreme Court. He authored a Supreme Court brief for all 50 states successfully defending the Pledge of Allegiance and preserving the words “under God.” Cruz successfully defended the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act and authored a brief on behalf of 31 states supporting the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. He has worked to increase penalties for felons who enter the country illegally and to fight against President Obama’s moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Cruz represented more than 3 million veterans before the U.S. Supreme Court in Salazar v. Buono, defending the constitutionality of the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial. He has supported the federal Defense of Marriage Act and successfully defended the constitutionality of a Texas law that allowed the state to fully monitor sexual predators determined to threaten children. He argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of nine states in Kennedy v. Louisiana in support of capital punishment for the very worst child rapists.
David Dewhurst and family
A businessman, rancher, veteran and community leader, David Dewhurst is the 41st lieutenant governor or Texas, serving under Gov. Rick Perry. Dewhurst helped pass the largest tax cut in state history, balance five state budgets and maintain a reserve of more than $6 billion in Texas’ Rainy Day Fund. In 1998, he became the first Republican since Reconstruction to be elected Texas land commissioner.
During the Cold War, Dewhurst served in the U.S. Air Force, the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. State Department. In the 1980s, he began his own company but lost nearly everything when the oil and gas and real-estate markets suffered. He gradually built back all he had lost and more.
Dewhurst played basketball while he attended the University of Arizona. In 2009, he was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Dewhurst has balanced every budget without raising taxes, cut $15.2 billion in state spending and cut taxes for 40,000 small-business owners. Under his leadership, Texas became home to more Fortune 1000 companies than any other state in the nation, and Texas remains America’s top exporting state. Dewhurst has passed legislation increasing funding for border security by $230 million.
He has passed a sonogram bill, requiring women wanting abortions to view a sonogram and wait for 24 hours before ending the life of the baby. Dewhurst also passed a ban on the use of state taxes to fund abortion facilities and a bill defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. He has passed landmark tort reform legislation and helped to protect Texans’ Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert
Before his 2007 election as mayor of Dallas, Tom Leppert led national and international companies in the areas of construction, financial services and real estate. He served as CEO of The Turner Corporation, the nation’s largest general building company, creating thousands of new jobs during his tenure.
Leppert worked his way through college and earned a degree from Claremont McKenna College and a master of business administration from Harvard Business School. He served under President Ronald Reagan as a White House fellow in the Treasury Department and the White House.
In the Senate, Leppert promises to ask the following question every time he considers a new idea or a new piece of legislation: “Does this reduce the influence of Washington on our families and businesses?” He said, if the answer is no, he won’t even consider the legislation.
Leppert offers “The Leppert Jobs Plan” on his website. He also argues that the federal government must rein in spending and make real cuts to discretionary spending, rolling it back to 2008 levels and freezing it there until we get our debt under control. He supports a balanced-budget amendment and a plan to force the federal government to switch to zero-based budgeting, where government departments will be forced to justify all expenditures. Leppert said he opposes and would have voted against the TARP legislation and federal bailouts passed by Congress. He supports extending the Bush tax cuts permanently and cutting corporate tax rates, and he pledges to vote against any new taxes.
Leppert opposes “any form of amnesty,” abortion and cap and trade. He promises to vote to repeal Obamacare and work to replace it with market-based solutions. He supports Americans’ right to bear arms, traditional marriage and the death penalty.
Lela Pittenger was born in Lubbock to an agriculture family. She lived throughout the Panhandle and West Texas. Pittenger attended Austin College and worked several jobs, including a position as an intern in the school’s financial aid office. She later worked there as an admissions counselor.
Pittenger moved to Dallas with her husband and pursued her master’s degree in dispute resolution from Southern Methodist University. She moved again to Texas Hill Country to care for her husband’s ailing grandmother. Pittenger commuted to Dallas on a weekly basis and finished her master’s degree in 2007. She is now a full-time caregiver while also serving as a weekly volunteer for The Friends Foundation, volunteering in her church and teaching Bible studies. She became a certified ombudsman and a volunteer tax preparer for her community.
She became active in politics in Hays County and attended all of the 2008 Republican conventions, including a rare experience at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Minn. As her campaign website explains, Pittenger became increasingly alarmed at the direction of the nation and is “passionate about doing her part to return our nation to its roots of Judeo-Christian values and constitutional government.”
Pittenger said Texans are tired of the same-old-politicans and are excited by the matchless perspective she brings to the table. “They are usually surprised to hear that I am a first-time office seeker and do not have a team of political operatives pulling the strings just off-stage,” she said.
She encourages voters to elect a candidate who will lead with humility, “setting aside their own ego for the sake of saving our nation.” Pittenger said her campaign has been run on honest, Christian principles, and she is not interested in a career in politics. “Serving Texas and my country are my goals,” she said. “I want to see leaders promoting the American people instead of themselves.”
“I am proud of my pro-life stance. I am proud to be a woman. I am proud to be a caregiver to an infant and senior citizen at the same time. I am proud to share ‘normal’ American life, with its fears and joys, too. The qualities I have described above are greatly underrepresented by the political status quo. I am conservative like other Republicans in this race but bring to the table many experiences and values they cannot.”
As a senator, Pittenger vows to require proposed legislation to explain its constitutional authority, expect every Senate amendment to be germane to the bill, work for appointment of clearly constructionalist judges who don’t legislate from the bench, fight massive government encroachment and refuse to vote for legislation that is not given proper time for consideration and debate.
She supports the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms and opposes the U.N. Small Arms Treaty. Pittenger supports domestic oil drilling, ending energy subsidies, making clean coal plants operational, wisely using lands for wind, solar and hydroelectric sources. On immigration, she advocates ending federal funds for sanctuary cities and increasing and empowering border agents. On education, she would seek to abolish the Department of Education, keep education money inside local districts, encourage schools to base teacher and administrator salaries on performance and end federal subsidies on higher education campuses.
Pittenger favors a switch to the Flat Tax or Fair Tax, abolishing the death tax, ending the progressive nature of the tax code, ending taxes on capital gains and dividends and cutting corporate tax rates to 15 percent. When it comes to tax violations, she believes the burden of proof must fall on the Internal Revenue Service – not U.S. citizens. She advocates an end to the U.S. role in the World Bank, reduced role and funding in the U.N., ending the “nation-building” currently expected of America and repealing executive orders allowing for U.N. and Agenda 21 power over our nation.
She is also calling for an end to taxpayer-funded bailouts, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Pittenger said she will refuse to vote “yes” on raising the debt ceiling or on continuing resolutions for government spending. She will vote for repeal of Obamacare and a requirement that all voters in federal elections must present a photo ID.
Chris Tina Foxx Bruce was born a man and is now a “male-to-female” transgender bodybuilder and personal trainer from Dallas who is running for U.S. senator as an independent candidate. Bruce asks voters to vote for him in a “diva contest” so he can use his winnings to pay for his campaign. Bruce is founder of Be Bold Be Proud, a nonprofit “transgender equality” organization and a freelance writer.
Bruce divorced his wife in 2007 and began hormonal therapy in 2008. He completed his surgical transformation with breast implants and facial surgery in 2009. He has re-entered the world of competitive bodybuilding – this time as a female competitor. Bruce’s former wife told the Dallas Voice she is not supportive and “hates” her ex’s new life. They have two children together, ages 12 and 8.
On his website, Bruce has accused Abraham Lincoln of “treason” and posted entries favoring the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
Jon Roland grew up in Seguin, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago. He has completed some graduate work in computer science. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an air-traffic control officer.
Roland has been a real-estate investor and worked as a computer professional before he retired. He is founder and president of the Constitution Society and has been the Texas Libertarian Party nominee for Texas attorney general in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 elections. Roland has drafted three sets of amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
As senator, Roland would seek to repeal statutes on firearms and drug control, reform judicial procedures and insist that all criminal trials be by jury. He would pursue continuing congressional investigations of compliance with the constitutional requirement that all judicial officers be required to take an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
Roland proposes a requirement that officials disclose the activities and the finances of their offices, and he opposes suspension of the rules to allow bills to be submitted to a vote without complete reading. He believes grand juries should be empowered to decide whether officials have official immunity for an act and decide whether federal or state courts have jurisdiction over criminal charges against federal agents or officials.
Roland supports replacement of the federal income tax with a purchase tax and repeal statutes making anything but gold and silver coin legal tender on state territory. He would also “seek to revive the constitutional militia system envisioned by the founders, involving the organizing and training of the entire population to defend their communities against threats, including threats from terrorism, foreign invasion, insurrection, crime and disasters and to secure national borders against unlawful entry.”
He concludes, “Voters can expect that I would play a role in the U.S. Senate similar to that of Dr. Ron Paul in the U.S. House of Representatives, with perhaps more of a focus on review of the constitutionality of legislation proposed by other members.”
Stanley Garza has formed an exploratory committee and will soon make the final decision about whether to run for U.S. Senate. On his website, he states, “I for one have grown very weary of ‘country club politics.’”
He cites statistics from OpenSecrets.org stating that 1 percent of all Americans are millionaires and between 40 and 50 percent of the members in Congress are part of that group. Garza explains that lawmakers don’t have to worry about the same economic pressures Americans face. “Trust me. They are way out of touch,” he said.
Garza opposes earmarks and argues that government officials should be responsive to the people who elect them rather than focusing on political payback. He has served as an election judge and precinct chairman. In 2008, he ran for tax assessor/collector in San Jacinto County as a Republican. He has said border-control legislation caused him to switch parties. According to Electful.com, Garza has worked for UPS for 17 years and served in the military. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.
Ricardo Sanchez, former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, served in the Army as a lieutenant general. He graduated from Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1973. Sanchez attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
He was assigned to Fort Knox, Ky.; Frankfurt, Germany; Fort Benning, Ga.; and deployed his battalion to combat for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Kuwait and Iraq. He served as an investigator in the Office of the Inspector General Agency in Washington, D.C. Sanchez assumed command of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, at Fort Riley, Kan. He was later stationed in Panama, where he served as deputy chief of staff. Sanchez was assistant division commander in Schwienfurt, Germany. In 1999, he became commander of the Multi-National Brigade (East) in Kosovo. He continued to serve in Heidelberg, Germany; Wiesbaden, Germany and Iraq. In Germany, Sanchez was the longest serving corps commander in V Corps history.
Sanchez supports the DREAM Act and illegal-alien amnesty, stating, “Any comprehensive solution must incorporate a path to citizenship for the large number of illegal immigrants who are currently residing in the United States. Identification, paying taxes, learning English and processing through the immigration system, possibly with some penalties, should be key components of a proposed solution. However, Sanchez notes that America “simply cannot provide illegal immigrants with blanket access to all of the services and benefits that are afforded to our citizens.”
On his website, Sanchez said he supports job creation through tax cuts, incentives and investments in small businesses. He believes America must bring manufacturing back through investment in a clean-energy economy and by providing tax credits to spark manufacturing of windmills, solar panels and electric cars. Sanchez also stated, “Our government must also support unemployment benefits, improve wages and working conditions and recognize the value of trade with our neighbor, Mexico, and the rest of the world.”
Sanchez argues for preservation of Social Security and Medicare and supports teachers’ unions and public schooling. He said, “We must raise teacher salaries, address teacher shortages, and provide teachers with all the support and resources they require.”
On so-called climate change, he warns, “[I]t is clear that global warming is caused by carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere by human activity. It is a fact that the earth’s polar ice caps are melting, that the Greenland ice sheet is melting, that the world’s glaciers are melting and retreating at staggering rates, that ocean temperatures are rising, and that there is much more moisture in the atmosphere. … My Christian value system tells me that we have a responsibility to be good shepherds of the earth. … America should work to reduce worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, invest in cleaner energy solutions, such as natural gas, wind, solar, and nuclear power, and pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation. … The future of our fragile earth depends on it.”
Sanchez said he is a gun owner and hunter and supports the right of citizens to own guns to protect their homes. He also said “health care is an American right,” and “the United States has a responsibility to provide an equitable system where every citizen has access to a basic level of affordable care.”
He applauded repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on open homosexuals serving and supports “gay civil unions/civil marriage” with all legal guarantees associated with such unions. He also supports homosexual adoption and the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. He supports abortion but does not agree with the use of federal tax dollars for abortion services. Sanchez advocates term limits for members of Congress.
26) Richard Lugar, R-Ind. – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Richard Lugar has served in the U.S. Senate since 1997. He previously served as mayor of Indianapolis from 1968 to 1976. Lugar has expressed support for free trade, gun ownership, the death penalty, Social Security privatization, expanding the armed forces and prayer in public schools. He opposes abortion, progressive taxation and increased federal funding for health coverage.
Lugar has voted “yes” on the following issues: restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortion, expanding embryonic stem cell research, banning partial birth abortions, maintaining ban on military abortions, balanced-budget constitutional amendment, constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds, banning the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, protecting the middle class from a national energy tax, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, factoring global warming into federal project planning, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, pay raise for Congress, requiring a photo ID to vote in federal elections, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, extending the Patriot Act’s wiretaps, continuing federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities,” building a fence along the Mexican border, allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security, raising the death and estate tax exemptions, repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax and instituting national service as a new social invention.
Lugar has voted “no” on the following issues: Obamacare, banning federal grants to organizations that perform abortions, banning human cloning, additional $825 billion for economic “stimulus” package, $60 billion “stimulus” package, adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes, banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers and increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million.
Indiana state treasurer Richard Mourdock was elected to the position in 2006 and re-elected in 2010, leading the GOP ticket with more than 62 percent of the vote.
Mourdock earned his master’s degree in geology from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and worked as a geologist for AMAX Coal Company, where he was promoted to surface mine geology project coordinator. From 1979 to 1984, he worked as a geologist for Standard Oil Company of Ohio. In 1984, Mourdock took a position with Koester Companies in Evansville, Ind. He was vice president of Koester’s coal subsidiary, and he became president of business development for the parent company. In 2000, Mourdock launched an environmental consulting business.
Mourdock’s website notes that the candidate is known nationwide for “leading the fight to challenge the Obama administration’s illegal bailout and takeover of Chrysler. [Murdock] took this case all the way to the Supreme Court on behalf of Indiana pensioners.” He speaks to tea-party rallies, and he gave a speech to more than 1 million people during the 9-12 March on Washington in 2009.
A licensed pilot who has taken part in Christian missions to Bolivia, Mourdock has also completed six marathons in the last eight years.
Regarding U.S. Supreme Court nominees, Mourdock said he would have voted against Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, “citing clear evidence of their strongly held liberal biases toward government supported legal abortion and their openness to weakening our Second Amendment right to bear arms.” He believes judges should respect the founders’ original intent when interpreting the U.S. Constitution.
Mourdock supports secured borders and opposes the DREAM Act and amnesty for illegal aliens. He called Obamacare “blatantly unconstitutional” and said it “must be repealed, defunded or overturned by the courts.” Mourdock added, “If left in place, Obamacare will bankrupt our nation, destroy private sector jobs, create mountains of bureaucracy, promote abortion with federal dollars, and co-opt the states to do the bidding of the federal government.”
A strong supporter of life, Mourdoch said Roe V. Wade “represents a serious misreading of the original intent of those who established our Constitution.” He has earned an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association for his support of the Second Amendment. Mourdock opposes earmarks and said he believes TARP was a slush fund for the Obama administration to promote its agenda of placing more of the U.S. economy under federal control. “This program should be ended immediately,” he wrote. He also supports a constitutional amendment limiting congressional terms to no more than 12 years.
U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate Democrats in Congress. He is fiscally conservative, opposes abortion and gun control and has often split with his own party. Donnelly opposed the June 2009 House climate-change bill and funding for stem-cell research. He is a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs and Financial Services committees.
A graduate of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School, Donnelly practiced law and worked in business for 15 years. He opened a printing and rubber-stamp company called Marking Solutions. From 1988-1989, he served on the Indiana state election board and later became a member of the school board for Mishawaka Marian High School.
Donnelly voted for Obamacare, saying it would “level the playing field between Hoosier families and insurance companies.” He claimed the legislation would cover Americans with pre-existing conditions without increasing the national debt. In 2008, he voted in favor of the government bailout of the financial industry.
Donnelly supports increasing Border Patrol agents on the U.S.-Mexico border and believes illegal aliens should have to apply for U.S. citizenship under the current system.
27) Olympia Snowe, R-Maine – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Olympia Snowe has served in the U.S. Senate since 1995. She previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 1995. Snowe has expressed support for abortion, affirmative-action, same-sex partner benefits, the death penalty, gun ownership and more federal funding for health coverage.
She has voted “yes” on the following issues: expanding stem-cell research, stimulus/bailouts, adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes, prohibiting same-sex marriage, barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, protecting the middle class from a national energy tax, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, factoring global warming into federal project planning, banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, raise Congress’ pay, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, extending the Patriot Act’s roving wiretaps, federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities,” building a fence along the Mexican border, permanently repealing the “death tax,” tax cuts on capital gains and dividends and instituting National Service as a new social invention.
Snowe has voted “no” on the following issues: Obamacare, restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortion, barring federal grants to organizations that perform abortions, notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions, banning partial birth abortions, a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, banning affirmative-action hiring with federal funds, requiring a photo ID to vote in federal elections, allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security, increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million and repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax.
Scott D’Amboise has served as a town selectman, advocating strongly for “live within your means” tax reforms designed to lighten tax burdens on families and business owners. He helped save the town of Lisbon, Maine, more than $2 million.
He works in the health care field as an ophthalmic technician and owns a small business. He is involved with his church, Little League baseball and the Boy Scouts of America.
D’Amboise said he would have voted against Obamacare, and he supports deregulation to increase competition in the marketplace. Regarding U.S. Supreme Court nominees, D’Amboise said he would have voted against Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan because he opposes “all judicial nominees signaling their unwillingness to adhere to the framers’ intent for the Constitution.” He supports congressional term limits of 12 years and opposed the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on open homosexuals serving in the military.
A fierce opponent of any and all government bailouts of private companies or “stimulus” programs, D’Amboise believes “the free markets must be allowed to operate unencumbered by senseless overregulation and biased decisions on which companies should be allowed to fail and which should receive bailouts.” As senator, he promises to work to reduce the corporate tax rate, pass legislation that simplifies corporate and individual tax codes and eliminate harsh market regulations.
Describing himself as an “unabashed conservative,” he supports the right to life, traditional marriage and the right to bear arms. D’Amboise proposes enforcement of current U.S. immigration laws and secured borders by a combination of immigration and military personnel. He opposes amnesty and the DREAM Act.
Andrew Ian Dodge
A tea-party activist, science fiction writer, computer games consultant, musician and blogger, Andrew Ian Dodge co-authored a letter by GOProud, a “gay” conservative group, warning Republican lawmakers against running “down any social issue rabbit holes.” Dodge said the letter was meant to “stiffen” GOP backbones.
“I don’t see Republicans being dumb enough to chase social issues,” he said.
Dodge typically dresses in black, works as a freelance writer and has lived in England, Honduras and Miami. He graduated from Colby College and earned a post-graduate degree in legislative politics from the University of Hull in the U.K. According to the Lewiston Sun Journal, he describes himself as a “19th-century Gladstonian liberal, the British free-market, limited-government doctrine embraced by Winston Churchill.”
While Dodge opposes government bailouts of the car and banking industries, he supports legalization of marijuana and a lowered drinking age to 18.
On his campaign website, Dodge said he lives by three core conservative values: constitutionally limited government, free market and fiscal responsibility. “As a senator, I would judge any piece of legislation that crossed my desk by those values alone,” he wrote.
“As a senator, I would push for the radical reformation, if not abolition, of government departments like the FCC, NEA and the TSA. I would adhere to a philosophy that every government program is wasteful until proven worthy. I would push for a permanent ban on earmarks, and severely curtail special interest subsidies. I would purge corporate welfare and the ‘too big to fail’ philosophy that turns the government into a sugar daddy for big business.
“I have the courage to do this because unlike so many professional politicians who have adopted tea party colors for the sake of their ambition, I am the real deal. In this era of bailouts and mandates, I stand for the proposition that the only thing that is too big to fail is our freedom, and the only mandate is for a new breed of leadership. I stand against debt, dependency and decline because I stand for liberty, personal responsibility and American greatness.”
28) Scott Brown, R-Mass. – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Scott Brown has served in the U.S. Senate since 2010, when he won a special election for the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. He was the first Republican elected to the Senate from Massachusetts since 1972. Brown has expressed support for abortion, the death penalty, mandatory three-strikes sentencing laws, eliminating the estate tax, 15 percent across-the-board tax cuts and vouchers for public, private or religious schools. He opposes affirmative action, progressive taxation and Cap and Trade. Brown has voted “yes” on the following issues: defining marriage as between one man and one woman, extending corporate tax credits and barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.
Marisa DeFranco (photo: Marisa DeFranco for U.S. Senate)
The granddaughter of Sicilian immigrants, Marisa DeFranco is an immigration attorney who began her own law practice at the tender age of 26. In addition to her work with immigrants, DeFranco also works with businesses, children in state custody and survivors of violence.
DeFranco supports single-payer health care, and she said Republicans use “scare tactics,” talking about “government doctors and rationing.” However, she said, “Anyone who thinks we do not already ration our health care has not been to an ER or clinic lately or tried to get an appointment with a doctor. Plus, leaving 17% of our population uninsured is health care rationing.”
She also supports “Net neutrality” and homosexual “equality.” According to her campaign website, DeFranco said she is running “because the American Dream is at stake.”
“I am running to ensure that every American has the opportunity and the very access to that American Dream,” she wrote. “I am running to put the government back into the hands of the people, not the wealthiest 10% who currently own and operate the system. …
“We cede no ground, as Democrats, on equality. Workers should receive their just due, their fair pay for their labor. Period.
“The top 1% is redistributing the hard-earned dollars of the people into the pockets of their too-big-to-fail pants, and we will not stand for it, sit for it, take it lying down, or in any way, shape, or form cede our democracy to a small group of plutocrats who care not for the life, liberty and happiness of the people. …
“Women. We are 51% of the population, and we will not be denied equality any longer. We are done waiting patiently, working just as hard as men for only 3/4 of the pay, and being a paltry 16% of the United States Congress, and an even smaller percentage in the board room.
“We are in the 21st century. We will not be used, will not allow our most private and personal issues to be used as political footballs. We want equality. We have more than earned it. And we want it now.”
Herb Robinson has worked as a farm laborer, a mason’s helper at a job site with no electricity, a soda jerk at his father’s drug store, a musician while he was in college and a dishwasher. He is now employed by Stratus Technologies. He cites four reasons for why he is running for the U.S. Senate:
1) Three years ago, I became fed up with Congress’ inability to stop the Iraq war and switch to green energy; so I decided to become directly involved in politics.
2) The Fukushima Daiichi disaster reminded me just how long I have been advising my elected officials about how dangerous nuclear power is – and how long I have been ignored.
3) I believe the country is facing a crisis. We desperately need leadership committed to solving the crisis, not blaming the problem on the other party while they do nothing and attempt to undo what has been done to date.
4) Somebody has to do it, and I have always been the kind of person to jump into a void when a job really needs doing.
Robinson said one of his top priorities is to stimulate the economy “with FDR-style incentive spending and stimulus targeted reduced taxes.” He said “reducing taxes for rich people … just doesn’t work…. I believe we need an all hands on deck policy to radically reduce our use of fossil fuels, create jobs, fix the economy and improve our security. That said, we also have to do it safely and with as little harm to the environment as possible.”
He proposes a tax increase for those making more than $300,000 per year, lowering the capital gains tax and expanding alternative energy incentives. He supports labor unions, public schooling and increasing the minimum wage. Robinson promises not to accept contributions from political action committees or lobbyists. He said, “There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with earmarks – After all, we do expect our senators and representatives to bring federal money back to their districts: It keeps the federal government from being totally insensitive to regional concerns.”
Robinson said he is “not really wild” about Obamacare and offers a list of the options he would like to see in a national health plan. He is a member of the ACLU and considers the Patriot Act to be “a complete travesty.” He is pro-abortion and supports amnesty for illegal aliens, legalization of marijuana, homosexuals openly serving in the military and homosexual “marriage.”
Robinson said he also supports affirmative action:
“Given the current president, I would say current affirmative action programs are working.”
A 20-year Harvard professor and a leading bankruptcy expert who has been twice named to TIME magazine’s “America’s 100 Most Influential People” list, Elizabeth Warren began waiting tables at her Aunt Alice’s Mexican restaurant when she was only 13. She married at 19, graduated from college and taught at an elementary school. When her children were very young, Warren graduated from law school and practiced law “out of her living room.” She has written nine books, including two national best-sellers, and has authored more than 100 articles.
Following the 2008 financial crisis, she served as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. Warren is widely credited with helping to create President Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, part of the massive 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. However, despite public pressure from 89 House Democrats to name Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, President Obama passed her up and instead selected Richard Cordray, former attorney general of Ohio. At the end of his announcement, Obama turned to Warren and kissed her on the cheek.
President Obama announces nomination of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, right, as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau despite intense pressure from Democrats to select Elizabeth Warren, left. (photo: WhiteHouse.gov)
Warren’s campaign spokesman has said she “understands” the Occupy Wall Street movement’s mission, though she refused to sign a petition supporting Occupy Harvard. In October, Warren – who lives in a $1.7 million Cambridge home – told The Daily Beast: “I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do. I support what they do.”
Warren lists seven top campaign priorities: 1) education at public schools and universities, 2) construction of aging roads, bridges, mass transit and water and sewage lines, 3) renewable energy using green technology to cut production costs, 4) research that produces new products and new industries, 5) a level playing field for self-employed individuals and small businesses, 6) workers’ rights to organize and 7) strengthened trade laws.
(Editor’s note: Another challenger in this race is Democrat Jim King. However, he does not have
an active campaign website at this time.)
29) Roger Wicker, R-Miss. – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Roger Wicker has served in the U.S. Senate since 2007, when he was appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour to fill the seat vacated by Trent Lott. He later won the 2008 special election. Wicker previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2007. He believes life begins at conception. He opposes abortion, progressive taxation, affirmative-action, same-sex partner benefits and increased federal funding for health coverage. Wicker has expressed support for the death penalty, offshore oil drilling, the Second Amendment, cutting taxes, prayer in public schools, Social Security privatization and a secret ballot process for union elections.
Wicker has voted “yes” on the following issues: restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortion, banning partial-birth abortion, forbidding human cloning, $192 billion additional anti-recession stimulus spending in 2009, constitutionally defining marriage as being between one man and one woman, making the Patriot Act permanent, banning gay adoptions in D.C., ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions, allowing school prayer during the War on Terror, allowing vouchers for private and parochial schools, barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, protecting the middle class from a national energy tax, construction of new oil refineries, congressional pay raise, requiring a photo ID for voting in federal elections, extending the Patriot Act’s roving wiretaps, building a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment and instituting national service as a new social invention.
Wicker has voted “no” on the following issues: Obamacare, expanding embryonic stem-cell research, an additional $825 billion stimulus package in 2009, $60 billion stimulus package, regulating the subprime mortgage industry, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, moratorium on drilling for oil offshore, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, continuing federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities” and increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million.
There are no challengers to Wicker’s bid at this time.
30) Dean Heller, R-Nev. – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Dean Heller has served in the U.S. Senate since May 2011, when he was appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval following the resignation of Sen. John Ensign amid an investigation of an ethics violation. Heller previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011.
He has expressed support for Israel, gun ownership, limits on political campaign funds, repealing Obamacare reporting requirements for small business, repealing any federal health-care takeover, blocking the NAFTA Superhighway and North American Union. He opposes same-sex partner benefits, amnesty, birthright citizenship, the so-called “Fairness Doctrine” and any attempt to raise taxes.
Heller has voted “yes” on the following issues: banning federal health coverage that includes abortion, expanding embryonic stem cell research, $192 billion stimulus spending, $60 billion stimulus package, regulating the subprime mortgage industry, barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases and terminating funding for National Public Radio.
Heller has voted “no” on the following issues: $825 billion stimulus package, $15 billion bailout for GM and Chrysler, prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation, more funding for Mexico to fight drugs, $40 billion for “green” public schools, enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution, tax incentives for renewable energy, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, Senate pay raise, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program and instituting national service as a new social invention.
Edward Hamilton (photo: Anthem View)
“I don’t think any politician should go to the general election without being challenged,” Edward Hamilton told the Las Vegas Sun. “There shouldn’t be a free ride in a mature and robust democracy.”
Hamilton, a self-described “staunch anti-Marxist/anti-socialist,” challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last year as a Democrat. In 2006, he ran against GOP Sen. John Ensign as a Republican.
He told the Sun he is a “switch hitter” who is conservative on the budget and government spending and liberal in foreign policy. His website states, “As your peace candidate, he espouses a brand new U.S. foreign policy based on non-interventionist or non-military approach (this idea akin to Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul’s foreign policy approach).”
- making America more competitive and No. 1 again in manufacturing.
- reforming teachers’ unions and school administrators’ unions by modifying the seniority system to keep bright teachers during layoff periods and eliminating collective bargaining rights for management and public executive employees such as county prosecutors or high-school assistant principals.
- streamlining the school systems by spending more money on the children and cutting bloated free-pension.
- ending teachers’ tenure and increasing salaries for teachers who perform well.
- beefing up Medicare Part C offering HMOs and PPOs.
- making 18 the true age of adulthood, allowing those older than 18 to consume alcohol and gamble.
- balancing the federal budget by cutting spending instead of increasing taxes or printing more money.
- stationing soldiers along the U.S.-Mexico border to secure it.
- adding a low 12-volt electric current to the border fence to “freak out potential illegal immigrants trying to sneak into America.”
- championing legal immigration while deporting all illegals currently in the country and double-fencing the border.
If elected, Hamilton promises to introduce a Senate bill “requiring U.S. presidential and vice presidential candidates representing all political parties to submit their original-at-birth American birth certificates prior to getting on the state ballot.”
A graduate of Las Vegas public schools, U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley was the first in her family to earn a college degree. She attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and earned a degree in political science. Berkley worked as a cocktail waitress and keno runner to put herself through college and law school at the University of San Diego School of Law.
Berkley served in the Nevada Assembly from 1982 to 1984. She was appointed and twice elected to the Nevada University Board of Regents, serving from 1990-1998. In 1998, Berkley was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, making her the first woman to represent her district in Congress.
She received a 100 percent pro-abortion rating from NARAL while the National Right to Life Committee gave her a 0 percent rating in 2010. Berkley voted for Obamacare, the cap-and-trade bill, the Wall Street bailout and the invasion of Iraq.
Berkley describes herself as “a strong ally of the state’s entrepreneurs, fighting to secure tax breaks to help them hire, provide quality benefits to their employees and work with the Small Business Administration to get the resources and tools they need to grow and succeed.” She supports investment in America’s infrastructure and proposes upgrades to roads, bridges, airports, dams, trains and transit systems. She has pushed legislation to allow bankruptcy judges to modify existing mortgages for families that file Chapter 13 bankruptcy and called for investigation of financial institutions’ handling of foreclosure proceedings.
She opposes efforts to privatize Social Security accounts, arguing that such a move would “put Americans’ safety nets at the whim of Wall Street manipulation and foreign market fluctuations.” She has pushed for Nevada to be “a world leader in solar energy production” and supported the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act that keeps proceeds from federal land sales from leaving the state. Berkley supports Head Start programs and the DREAM Act, allowing the children of illegal immigrants to earn legal status by attending college or serving in the armed forces.
Berkley supports Israel, noting that the U.S. and Israel “share an unbreakable bond.” Her campaign website states: “Shelley believes that we must promote peace in the region with the understanding that lasting peace cannot be achieved by imposing an agreement on Israel. It must come through meaningful discussion and consensus between Israel and its neighbors and cannot be realized until the terrorist Hamas network has been dismantled.”
31) Bob Corker, R-Tenn. – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Bob Corker has served in the U.S. Senate since 2007. He previously served as mayor of Chattanooga from 2001 to 2005. Corker has expressed support for the Second Amendment, opening the Outer Continental Shelf for oil and gas leasing, traditional marriage, health-savings accounts and only appointing judges who won’t overstep their bounds. He opposes progressive taxation, the so-called “Fairness Doctrine,” same-sex partnership benefits, federal funding for abortion and stem-cell research that destroys human life.
Corker has voted “yes” 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, paying down federal debt by rating programs’ effectiveness, barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, protecting the middle class from a national energy tax, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, congressional pay raise, requiring a photo ID to vote in federal elections, repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax and raising death and estate tax exemptions to $5 million.
Corker has voted “no” on the following issues: Obamacare, expanding embryonic stem-cell research, $192 billion additional stimulus spending, additional $825 billion for recovery package, $60 billion stimulus, factoring global warming into federal project planning, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, extending the Patriot Act’s roving wiretaps, continuing 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.
A former landscape foreman over a crew that maintained yards and installed brick patios, James Durkan attended Dalton State College. He built carpet plant equipment and worked as a safety manager and quality control manager.
“I disagreed with the $23 billion of wasteful spending in the form of tax breaks for the wealthiest 6,000 citizens,” he wrote on his campaign website. ” And I feel the START treaty was better left in the hands of freshman senators who the public in 2010 entrusted it to. I do not expect the wealthiest citizens will do much funding in this campaign. I am for bringing back jobs that have been handed over to other nations. They need to come back to our citizens through research, development and American engineering.”
Zach and Lenore Poskavich and daughter, Reagan
A technology consultant and U.S. Army veteran of Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Zach Poskevich said America’s biggest problems are that politicians are not upholding the U.S. Constitution and they lack courage to stand by their principles.
“Courage is not being politically correct or telling people what they want to hear,” he said. “If you have the courage to stand for right, then people know you stand against wrong.”
Poskevich takes issue with citizens who believe the Constitution is irrelevant. He told a crowd that the founding document is based on the Declaration of Independence, which is based on a belief in God. Therefore, he argued, the Constitution is relevant because God grants rights to man. Poskevich believes only God possesses the power to restore the nation and Americans must turn back to Him. A self-described constitutional conservative, Poskevich has never before run for political office.
Poskevich grew up on a farm with eight brother and sisters. He enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was 17 and was stationed in Egypt. “I saw first-hand how important it is that we defend Israel as a partner in the Middle East and it’s more important now than ever,” Poskevich said. “During that tour of duty, I was able to see the pyramids in Cairo and most of the Holy Land in Israel. Seeing the lands where Abraham, David, Isaac and Jesus Christ walked and lived their lives was awe-inspiring to say the least and certainly strengthened my faith in God at an early age.”
He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Tennessee Technological University. Following graduation, he worked in finance, information technology and management, developing software and leading teams around the world. Poskevich named his daughter Reagan, after President Ronald Reagan, whom he calls “one of the greatest leaders of our time.”
Poskevich believes in American exceptionalism and makes no apologies that “our innovation and entrepreneurship have led to higher standard of living not just in America but around the world.”
He said he was outraged when Obamacare was “unconstitutionally passed by Congress” and signed into law by President Obama: “We continue to uncover just how invasive and costly this bill is. Perhaps the most damning of evidence is the more than 1,400 waivers granted by the White House to favored parties and unions. The promise of cost savings was outright deceit when its only intent was to control one of the most important aspects of our lives. As senator, one of my top priorities is to repeal Obamacare.”
Poskevich said he will “work to find common-sense solutions for returning illegals to their countries of origin and securing our borders so they will not continue to be a burden to all legal U.S. citizens.” He also supports streamlining the process for legal immigration and integrating immigrants into society as taxpaying, law-abiding citizens.
America can sustain the energy it needs from within its own borders, Poskevich argues. He believes America needs to drill for oil, reassess current regulation effectiveness and develop a real energy plan – not prolong moratoriums.
Poskevich supports a strong military and believes “nothing poses a greater threat to our nation’s security than radical Islam.” A proud handgun owner, he also believes the Second Amendment is the “one right that protects all of our liberties.” He said, “Gun control does not control guns; it simply disarms would-be victims.”
He supports states’ rights, fiscal restraint and transparency. Poskevich warns, “With a $14 trillion debt ceiling and the declining value of the American dollar, our economy is desperately on the verge of collapse. We have spent far more than we have, and it is time to cut up the credit cards.”
China, our largest creditor, can “call in our debt at any time,” he said. “Our enemies understand the strain of debt and its impact on a nation. … A country indebted to others has silently relinquished freedoms that one day will be revealed when the debt is to be paid or when new debt must be issued.”
32) Orrin Hatch, R-Utah – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: Orrin Hatch has served in the U.S. Senate since 1977. He currently serves as ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee. Hatch has expressed support for balancing the budget, free trade, school vouchers, Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts, the Second Amendment and prayer in schools.
Hatch has voted “yes” 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, expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, banning partial birth abortions, banning military abortions, banning human cloning, paying down federal debt by rating programs’ effectiveness, constitutional ban of same-sex marriage, banning affirmative-action hiring with federal funds, protecting middle class from a national energy tax, barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, congressional pay raise, requiring a photo ID to vote in federal elections, reauthorizing the Patriot Act, building a fence along the Mexican border, tax cuts on capital gains and dividends and instituting national service as a new social invention.
Hatch has voted “no” on the following issues: Obamacare, $192 billion stimulus spending, $825 billion stimulus package, $60 billion stimulus package, adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes, banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, factoring global warming into federal project planning, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees, federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities,” allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security, increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million and permanently repealing the “death tax.”
A Democrat who openly supports homosexual “marriage” and Obamacare, Christopher Stout is a U.S. Army Reserve Gulf War veteran and sales tax accountant who backs cuts on defense spending. He also supported the recent debt-ceiling hike. Stout founded a sales and use tax consulting firm in Salt Lake City.
Stout said the biggest problem America faces right now is “ourselves”: “Our continued desire to find fault by applying labels to individuals and groups is ripping apart the economic and social fabric of the country.” He also said, “Protecting our environment must be the number one concern in meeting our energy needs. … Drilling off-shore has a greater risk of environmental and economic disaster and proved to be when the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank.”
Stout supports labor unions, and he believes job creators should be given tax incentives to create jobs, “not a free pass on taxes”:
“Think of these incentives as a type of ‘welfare reform for the rich.’ In the late ’90s, the country changed the way we doled our government assistance, and in this decade we need to change the way we dole out tax cuts. Instead of giving a $750 billion tax cut to millionaires and billionaires, let’s make them work for it.”
33) John Barrasso, R-Wyo. – seeking re-election
About the incumbent: John Barrasso has served in the U.S. Senate since 2007, when he was appointed to the seat following the death of Sen. Craig Thomas. He won a special election in 2008. Barrasso has expressed support for limited government and lower taxes. He opposes federal funding for abortion, homosexual marriage and driver’s licenses for illegals.
Barrasso has voted “yes” 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, barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, protecting the middle class from a national energy tax, open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil and gas leasing, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, requiring a photo ID to vote in federal elections, extending the Patriot Act’s roving wiretaps and raising the death tax exemption to $5 million.
Barrasso has voted “no” on the following issues: Obamacare, $192 billion stimulus spending, $825 billion for stimulus package, $60 billion stimulus package, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, congressional pay raise, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, federal funds for declared “sanctuary cities” and increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million.
There are no challengers to Barrasso’s bid at this time.