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

meet pat roberts , a Republican running for Senate


Agriculture

As one of the top agriculture producing states in the country, Kansas has long been known as the breadbasket of America. But… read more
  • Aviation

    Aviation

    Kansas has long been considered the “Air Capital of the World.” A world leader in general aviation manufacturing… read more
  • Education

    Education

    As a father of three children, I recognize the valuable role education plays in shaping young minds to grow into successful … read more
  • 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
  • Federal Judges

    Federal Judges

    Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution grants presidential authority to “nominate, and by the Advise and Consent of t… read more
  • 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
  • Identity Theft

    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

 

meet Pete Gallego … running for congress, democratic Party


Democrat finds a way to knock both the GOP and Obamacare in less than 30 seconds http://wapo.st/1utPsa7 via @washingtonpost

So, given the new information re: Gallego statements about Obamacare aka ACA it is very important to read what Pete Gallego is for versus what the republican candidate will do say and vote for on floor of Congress … It is a given, that those running in (redstates) and are from the Democratic Party the issues they support may or may not push back at what the admin does, but having read the wapo story there are things to consider… It’s from wapo and folks in TX may already know that Pete just may be a blue dog and will need to answer to some things that will impact those who need healthcare now and in the future ~~ Nativegirl77

 

Gallego faces Republican Will Hurd, a former CIA operative, whoever wins will represent the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, a sprawling region that stretches from San Antonio’s western suburbs to the eastern outskirts of El Paso and includes the longest stretch of U.S.-Mexico border in any district. So, for those interested and support immigration would be doing them and their children will be best suited to vote for Gellego and inform him about how good ACA would be for your state as well.

Medicare

Medicare is one of the most important programs to seniors. More than 3 million Texans rely on Medicare for their health care. Medicare needs to be reformed and strengthened for future generations. But, we cannot make cuts to Medicare benefits that seniors have earned through a lifetime of work. I’ll protect Medicare, and fight efforts by extremists to end it or turn it into a voucher program. Our parents and grandparents should not be given vouchers and forced to negotiate with the insurance industry on their own. To strengthen the solvency of Medicare, I would support allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, which would save the program $24 billion annually.

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Immigration

Our country is made up of immigrants who made the journey to the United States in search of the American dream. But we all know that our immigration system is broken. Making sure that our borders are secure is the most important aspect of immigration policy. Reform includes border security and putting the necessary boots on the ground to protect us from those who want to do our country harm. Reform also should include an earned path to legalization for people who stay out of trouble, pay a penalty, pay back taxes, learn English and stand in line. We need to create an immigration system that makes America safer, that is realistic, and that makes economic sense.

DREAM Act

I also support the DREAM Act which would let young people who were brought to this country as children, graduated from high school and stayed out of trouble, earn a path to citizenship through military service or by going to college. I was proud to vote for the Texas DREAM Act, and I look forward to voting for the federal DREAM Act in Congress.
  Since extremists in Congress obstructed the passage of the DREAM Act, I support the deferred action policy that offers DREAM Act eligible youth, on a case-by-case basis, relief from deportation.

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Social Security

Social Security is a lifeline for many, and it allows our seniors to retire with dignity. Half of America`s seniors would fall below the poverty line without their Social Security checks. I pledge to protect our seniors by protecting the Social Security benefits that they have earned, now and in the future. I would oppose efforts to raise the retirement age, to slash benefits, or to privatize it.  We must strengthen Social Security and make it easier for Americans to save for their retirement through automatic enrollment in retirement programs at their workplaces. Seniors shouldn`t be asked to sacrifice their health after they worked hard and paid into the system their entire lives. That`s way too high a price for people who have built our nation and paid their dues.

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Energy

The oil and gas industry in Congressional District 23 is a big reason that the U.S. is now a net exporter of crude oil for the first time since the1950s. Making the most of our domestic fossil fuel resources not only creates jobs we sorely need but also moves us toward energy independence from unstable regions. And while we must do the most with the resources we’ve been given, we must also be good stewards of our future and develop green energy to grow the energy-sector jobs of tomorrow. My son’s grandchildren might not have an oil and gas industry to support their economy, and it’s our responsibility develop the energy sources of the future today.

 

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Veterans

My father was a World War II Veteran. His service helped him go to college, open a small business, and propel our family to the middle class. Lots of folks in our district work as civilians, serve as active duty, or have a family member who does one those things at Laughlin Air Force Base, Lackland Air Force Base, Brooke Army Medical Center and Fort Bliss. We owe a great debt to the men and women who defend and have defended our country. I strongly support local military families and veterans and will work to increase funding for wounded veterans coming home and provide programs so these men and women can find jobs once they get here.

 

Resource: his website petegallego.com

wapo story