Thursday, October 3, 2013

Better know a politician: Kathleen Vinehout

Name: Kathleen Vinehout

Political Party: Democratic (D)

State: Wisconsin

Current position: Member, Wisconsin Senate

Tenure: 2007-present

Previous position: Member, Buffalo County Agricultural Fair Association Board
Member, Buffalo County Farm Bureau Board

Future position: Vinehout has been mentioned as a possible candidate for 2014 Gubernatorial election. She has stated that she will not officially announce if she is running until January 2014.

Polling results:
Public Policy Polling, September 17, 2013

Favorable: 19%
Unfavorable: 21%
Not sure: 60%

Scott Walker: 47%
Kathleen Vinehout: 41%
Not sure: 12%


  • Believes every school should be graded or held accountable
  • Gained notoriety for helping lead protests against Governor Scott Walker
  • One of Wisconsin's 14 who left the state to protest Walker and Fitzgerald
  • Introduced a law that would require pharmacies to dispense birth control and emergency contraception
  • Given a 75% by the NARAL
  • Voted against a law that would require a ultrasound prior to abortion
  • Voted against prohibiting abortion coverage through healthcare insurance exchanges
  • Voted against tax cuts to be given to businesses who relocate to Wisconsin
  • Voted in favor of regulating the payday lender industry
  • Voted against the indoor smoking ban
  • Against providing school vouchers for private schools
  • Against abstinence-only sex education
  • Supported laws to require teacher evaluations based on student scores on standardized tests
  • Received an A from the NRA
  • Voted in favor of the weapons law amendments
  • Voted against allowing various school administrators to give students prescription or nonprescription medication

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