Saturday, March 1, 2014

Better know a politician: Joe Miller

Name: Joe Miller

Political Party: Republican

State: Alaska

Current position: N/A

Previous position: Candidate, Republican Party, U.S. Senate, Alaska, 2010
Candidate, Republican Party, U.S. House of Representatives, Alaska's At-Large District, 2004

Future position: Miller is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate election in 2014.

Previous election: 2010, U.S. Senate, Alaska
Lisa Murkowski (R): 40.0%
Joe Miller (R): 35.5%
Scott McAdams (D): 23.5%
Other: 1.2%

Future election: Miller faces Daniel S. Sullivan and Mead Treadwell in the Republican primary for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate election in Alaska.  If he wins, he will face Mark Begich in the general election.  If he loses, it is likely that Miller will continue to insert himself as a potential candidate in Alaska elections for years to come.

Polling:
Republican Primary, Public Policy Polling
02/01/14

Daniel S. Sullivan: 30%
Mead Treadwell: 25%
Joe Miller: 20%
Other/not sure: 25%

General election, Public Policy Polling
02/01/14

Mark Begich (D): 45%
Joe Miller (R): 25%
Other/not sure: 30%

Fundraising, 2014 cycle:

Raised: $62,622
Spent: $257,699
Cash on hand: $231,705

Issues/positions/accomplishments

  • Believes most problems in America have been caused by judicial activism
  • Strict constitutionalist
  • Opposes abortions in every case except when the mother's life is in danger
  • Pro-life
  • Opposes stem cell research
  • Supports balanced budget amendment
  • Supports repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
  • Opposes affirmative action; supports repealing affirmative action programs
  • Supports constitutional amendment to prevent same-sex marriage
  • Supports the death penalty
  • Opposes federal hate crime legislation which demand stricter punishment for hate crimes
  • Supports mandatory sentencing for drug offenders but supports less prison time for non-violent offenders
  • Believes federal funding for education is unconstitutional; would eliminate the Department of Education
  • Supports expanding nuclear energy technology (except no federal funding for it)
  • Wants to develop hydroelectric projects
  • Believes that manmade climate change science is inconclusive
  • Wants to make sure people stop "cramming animal rights agenda" onto Alaskan dog racing
  • Wants to increase campaign donation limits and wants to deregulate corporate donations
  • Wants to increase transparency in government
  • Would like to identify constitutionality in every bill
  • Given an A by the NRA
  • Supports conceal-carry
  • Opposes the assault weapons ban
  • Supports the repeal of Obamacare
  • Supported Ted Cruz's stance to shut down the government to defund Obamacare
  • Wants to increase missile defense and intel spending
  • Seen as strong anti-amnesty legislation for immigration
  • Supports the line-item veto for the President
  • Opposes the federal farm subsidies
  • Opposes federal minimum wage
  • Opposes unemployment benefits
  • Supports the repeal of the 17th Amendment, returning Senate elections to state legislatures
  • Opposes cuts to Social Security and Medicare for current enrollees, although supports the eventual privatization of both.  Would also eliminate the federal government from providing Social Security
  • Stated East Germany did an effective job handling immigration

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