Sunday, September 29, 2013

Better know a politician: Sherrod Brown

Name: Sherrod Brown


Position: Senator


Tenure: 2007-present


State: Ohio


Political Party: Democratic (D)


Previous position: Member, U.S. House of Representatives Ohio's 12th District, 1993-2007
Secretary of State, Ohio, 1983-1991


Future position: Brown has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the 2016 presidential election. If Brown does not run in that election, he will be up for re-election in 2018.


Previous election: 2012, U.S. Senate, Ohio


Sherrod Brown (D): 51%
Josh Mandel: 45%


Polling results: Public Policy Polling, August 23, 2013


Favorable: 46%
Unfavorable: 36%
Not sure: 18%


Issues/Positions


Abortions
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record
  • Voted to expand embryonic stem cell research
  • Voted against banning banning partial-birth abortion
  • Supported all hospitals providing emergency contraception for rape victims


Animal rights/welfare
  • Voted to strengthen penalties against animal fighting


Budget/Economy
  • Voted for the stimulus spending measures intended to stimulate the economy
  • Supports re-authorizing Glass-Steagall Act
  • Received a 100% for the Citizens for Tax Justice, indicating a progressive taxation stance
  • Supports providing tax credits for businesses, in order to create jobs
  • Voted for raising taxes on those who make $1 million or more
  • Voted against raising the estate tax exemption
  • Voted against eliminating the estate tax
  • Voted against retaining reduced tax rates on capital gains and dividends


Civil rights
  • Voted against the USA PATRIOT Act
  • Voted against making the USA PATRIOT Act permanent
  • Voted against a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage
  • Opposed Issue 1, Ohio's efforts to ban gay marriage
  • Given a 100% rating by the Human Rights Campaign, indicating a pro-gay rights record
  • Voted against banning same-sex couples from adopting children in Washington, DC
  • Supports the Employee Non-discrimination Act
  • Voted yes to add constitutional amendment to prohibit flag burning
  • Supports constitutional amendment for equal rights by gender
  • Wants to re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment
  • More funding for fighting and strengthening hate crimes
  • Voted for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell


Corporations
  • Given a 25% rating by the United States Chamber of Commerce, indicating an anti-business record


Crime
  • Does not support the death penalty
  • Voted to replace death penalty with life imprisonment
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions


Drugs
  • Voted against prohibiting needle exchanges and medical marijuana in DC
  • Rated 0 by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform


Education
  • Voted against vouchers for private and parochial schools
  • Voted against vouchers in DC
  • Opposes schools requiring school prayers
  • Rated 92% by the National Educators Association, pro-public education


Environment/Energy
  • Voted on keeping oil and drilling moratorium
  • Voted against authorization of new oil refineries
  • Voted against the Bush-Cheney energy policy
  • Voted on prohibiting drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • Set goal of of 25% renewable energy by 2025
  • Supports the EPA regulating greenhouse gas emissions


Foreign Policy
  • Voted against the Iraq war
  • Does not support the operation in Afghanistan
  • Believes Bush lied to get us into Iraq
  • Wants to sanction Iran, in order to end their nuclear program


Free trade
  • Supports fair trade
  • Critical of free trade agreements because other countries exploit labor
  • Voted against free trade agreements


Gun control
  • Supports the Assault Weapons Ban
  • Rated an F by the NRA
  • Supports background checks for purchases of all guns


Health care
  • Supports the Affordable Care Act
  • Voted to expand SCHIP to cover more children
  • Wants to improve services for families of children with autism


Immigration
  • Supports immigration reform
  • Voted for the Gang of Eight's immigration bill
  • Claims to not support amnesty for undocumented workers


Labor
  • Supporter of labor unions
  • Criticized Republicans for anti-union sentiments, compared them to Hitler and Stalin
  • Received 100% from AFL-CIO indicating a pro-union record
  • Supports forming unions as card-checks rather than secret ballots


Technology
  • co-sponsor of Protect IP Act (PIPA)
  • Voted to ban internet gambling with a credit card


Welfare
  • Voted to extend unemployment benefits
  • Wants to increase the earned income tax credit


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