Meet Vivian Figures


running against Rep.Jeff Sessions — GOP

 

Vivian began her political career in 1984 when she ran as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in which capacity she has served for six consecutive times, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. In 1993, Ms. Figures was elected to a four-year term on the Mobile City Council, attaining the status of the “only council member in Mobile’s history to hold a perfect attendance record.” Due to the untimely death of her husband, Michael A. Figures, she was later elected in the 1997 general election by an 87% victory to the Alabama State Senate to serve the remainder of his term. The victory made her the first African-American woman to be elected to the Senate from Mobile County and the second one in the state of Alabama. Her husband was the first African-American from Mobile County to be elected to the post in 1978 and he was elected overwhelmingly by his Senate cohorts as President Pro Tempore in 1995.  She was re-elected in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.

In 2008, she became Alabama’s first African American woman to become the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Although this was her first statewide run for public office, she garnered 37 percent of the vote while President Barack Obama had 39 percent.

As Senator, she played a major role in helping to author legislation for school personnel background checks for both public and private schools to make children safer. Because of her sponsorship and passage of the Alabama Clean Indoor Act, she was awarded the National Tobacco Award from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Outstanding Advocate Award from the American Heart Association. Senator Figures continues to work for a Smoke-Free Alabama.

Resources : From her website

I did a regular search and found that the NRA rates her 67% and while she is in a red state she backs education and most issues that any left of center does but not much information on reproductive rights with the exception of minors. I am not a one issue voter but admit to wanting to read a lot more about where she stood on reproductive rights. So, unless you have a better democratic candidate choice, she looks good on paper but as always … do your research and vote Jeff Sessions out of office !!!!

Meet Rep.Virginia Foxx


I have to admit I do not have much respect for the extremists that hold office in Congress.

Virginia Foxx seems to be allowed to act other than the title bestowed them after taking an oath …

She is a Public Servant and does NOT act like one in my opinion.

The Government exists to help those who cannot help themselves… she and her Party do not!

Reproductive rights

Support parental consent and oppose partial birth abortions. (Nov 2004)

 

Environment

 

Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros.

Voted NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences.

Voted NO on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013.

Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M.

Technology

Voted YES on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government. (Apr 2013)

  • Voted YES on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms’ warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on establishing “network neutrality” (non-tiered Internet). (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
  • Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)
  • Defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. (Jan 2011)
  • End net neutrality; allow tiered Internet service. (Jan 2011)
  • Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine. (Jan 2009)
  • No performance royalties for radio music. (Mar 2009)

War

Voted YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)

  • Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition. (Apr 2008)
  • No contact & enforce sanctions on Iran until threat is gone. (May 2011)
  • Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes. (May 2011)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (Mar 2012)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)

Welfare & Poverty

Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)

  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)

Resources:

wiki

internet

ontheissues.org

Jindal Versus Louisiana Schoolchildren … a repost


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Another Republican chooses to sue the Administration

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Bobby Jindal, the Republican Governor of Louisiana, filed suit against the Obama administration on Wednesday. He argues that the Department of Education has exceeded its constitutional authority by offering states grants if they choose to opt-in to the Common Core standards.

Jindal’s Complaint claims the Common Core is “an attempt by the executive branch to implement national education reform far beyond the intentions of Congress; in fact, in contradiction to 50 years of Congressional policy forbidding federal direction or control of curriculum, the cornerstone of education policy.”

While this lawsuit makes little sense for a variety of reasons, perhaps the strangest is the complete about-face Jindal made. Not only did he sign the legislation implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), his administration actively pushed the legislature to enact them. Back in 2012, Stafford Palmieri, Jindal’s top education policy adviser, wrote: “I frankly don’t foresee a controversy over this and if there is one and we come out swinging about how impt [sic] this is that helps not hurts our case. We stand very firmly behind CCSS as you know,” according to emails obtained The Times-Picayune.

However, in Louisiana, Bobby Jindal is one of only a few politicians to choose politics over kids.

Back in May, a bill to repeal the Common Core didn’t even make it out of the Louisiana Senate Education Committee. And in April, the corresponding House committee shot down two Jindal-backed repeal bills. While a fraction of the state legislature tried to stop implementation by suing Education Superintendent John White, their request was denied. White, too, remains an ardent supporter of the standards.

Jindal marks the far-right on Common Core: only a handful of states are not participating in the voluntary program. If Jindal gets his way, he will join a select group of flip-floppers:

  • Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who once supported their implementation, signed a bill this June to repeal them.
  • South Carolina first adopted the standards in 2010, but also had them repealed this summer.
  • Indiana led the way with its repeal in March, though its new state standards are remarkably similar.

By choosing to sue the Obama administration, Bobby Jindal enters a league of his own on the Common Core. He himself has protested unnecessary lawsuits, once remarking: “This bill will help stop frivolous lawsuits and create a more fair and predictable legal environment, and I am proud to sign it into law.” Unfortunately, he and other Republicans are gumming up the legal system instead of helping ordinary Americans.

BOTTOM LINE: When your duly elected state legislature and elected members of your Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Superintendent of education that you appointed all believe that the Common Core is good for Louisiana’s students, you should listen. Choosing politics – and a possible 2016 presidential run – over schoolchildren is wrong.

meet pat roberts , a Republican running for Senate


Agriculture

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    Aviation

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  • Education

    Education

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  • Energy

    Energy

    When I travel home and visit with Kansans I often hear about one issue that hits everyone’s pocketbook – the high cost of ene… read more
  • Environment

    Environment

    It is important that Americans enjoy the benefits of clean air, soil, and water. According to the Environmental Protection Ag… read more
  • Family

    Family

    Throughout my years as a public servant I have consistently supported efforts that promote strong family values based on a st… read more
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    Federal Judges

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  • Foreign Policy

    Foreign Policy

    Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, United States foreign policy has evolved to meet both the increasing global terroris… read more
  • Health Care

    Health Care

    As a member of the Senate Health Committee and Rural Health Caucus, I am a strong supporter of quality health care for all K… read more
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    Identity Theft

    Advances in technology and the ease with which individuals can share financial and other personal information has heightened … read more
  • Immigration

    Immigration

    There has been much debate about how to address illegal immigration, border security, and legal immigration policy. While I a… read more
  • Military Affairs

    Military Affairs

    As a former Marine and a former member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I stand in strong support of the men and women… read more
  • Second Amendment

    Second Amendment

    I am a strong supporter of congressional efforts to preserve our Second Amendment right to bear arms. Furthermore, I am oppos… read more
  • Small Business

    Small Business

    I have long supported efforts to help small businesses grow and expand. Small businesses are America’s job creators. They cre… read more
  • Social Security

    Social Security

    Social Security is an important component of American workers’ retirement planning and also serves as a vital safety net for … read more
  • Taxes

    Taxes

    My record on tax relief is clear. I have consistently supported efforts to reduce the tax burden on Kansans to allow them to … read more
  • Telecommunications-Broadband

    Telecommunications-Broadband

    The past century saw great changes in technology, bringing with it new or improved means of communications. These technologic… read more
  • Trade

    Trade

    Trade is important to our national economy with nearly one in five jobs depending on trade. In 2006, Kansas exports were a r… read more
  • Transportation

    Transportation

    Being centrally located in the U.S. provides Kansans with many economic opportunities. Businesses, homeowners, and our farme… read more
  • Veterans

    Veterans

    Throughout our nation’s history brave men and women have answered the call to duty to protect and preserve freedom and libert… read more

Resource: his website

I don’t know very much about Pat Roberts but his stance on “family values” struck me … and not in a good way.

meet Shelley moore Capito


from WVA

running against democrat Natalie Tennant

Her stand on Legislative Issues

 I think Shelley Moore Capito’s record of saying one thing in West Virginia and voting another way in Washington has finally caught up with her.”

Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. 

Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime.

Voted YES on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info

Resources: wvblue.com, her website