Monday, November 18, 2013

Better know a politician: Julianne Ortman

Name: Julianne Ortman

Political party: Republican

Current position: State Senator, 47th District

State: Minnesota

Future position: Ortman is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Minnesota against current Senator Al Franken

Polling numbers:

Public Policy Polling, 10/31/13

Republican primary:
Jim Abeler: 12%
Julianne Ortman: 12%
Mike McFadden: 11%
Chris Dahlberg: 10%
Monti Moreno: 2%
Undecided: 53%

General election:

Al Franken: 49%
Julianne Ortman: 38%
Not sure: 13%

On the issues

  • Ortman does not support marriage equality
  • Wants to investigate Attorney General Eric Holder for "Fast and Furious"
  • Wants to lead an investigation on the deaths in Benghazi
  • Wants to lead an investigation into the IRS "political motivation" to target Tea Party groups
  • Wants to overturn the PATRIOT Act and FISA Court's warrants to wiretap phones with regards to the Edward Snowden leaks
  • Does not support the Gang of Eight's Comprehensive Immigration Reform because it does not enough to secure the border
  • Did not support the Minnesota Senate's tax plans to raise taxes on the wealthiest 7% of Minnesotans
  • Thinks we should greatly increase transportation and highway infrastructure
  • Wants to rework the federal tax code to lower capital gains tax, lower corporate taxes, and lower income taxes on people of all incomes
  • Wanted to increase state funds used for state built prisons and hiring of additional prison staff
  • Stated that she would support programs for prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement when released
  • Wants to implement penalties other than prison time for some non-violent offenders
  • Wants to strengthen sex-offender penalties
  • Supports teacher testing and reward with them with pay based on merit
  • Supports voluntary school prayer
  • Wanted to provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help college make more affordable
  • Reduce government regulations
  • Supports low interest tax loans to help create, build, or relocate small businesses
  • Supports providing tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families
  • Does not support ENDA
  • Wants to promote an increased use of alternative energy technology
  • Supports increased production of traditional domestic energy
  • Supports citizens to carry concealed weapons

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