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Former Democratic Governor; previously Representative (WV-2):
Bob Wise on the Issues

Bob Wise on Abortion

  • Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

Bob Wise on Budget & Economy

  • Limit capital assistance find to new businesses. (Feb 2001)
  • The cupboard is bare, despite national economic growth. (Feb 2001)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Protect local milk supplies with Southern Dairy Compact. (Sep 2001)

Bob Wise on Civil Rights

  • Restrict and regulate video gambling. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)

Bob Wise on Corporations

No stance on record.

Bob Wise on Crime

  • $1.5M to raise pay for police and prison guards. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining right of habeus corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)

Bob Wise on Drugs

  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)

Bob Wise on Education

  • First priority: PROMISE College Scholarship Program. (Feb 2001)
  • Raise teacher salaries by $1,000; plus $2,500 in incentives. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)

Bob Wise on Energy & Oil

  • Renew 5-cent gas tax to pay for road-building. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • More funding to develop domestic energy supplies. (Sep 2001)
  • Use federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input. (Sep 2001)
  • Share offshore oil development revenue with states. (Sep 2001)

Bob Wise on Environment

  • Create cabinet Environment post; end tradeoff with economy. (Feb 2001)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports national drought policy, focusing on readiness. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain water flow in Mississippi & Missouri Rivers. (Feb 2001)

Bob Wise on Families & Children

  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)

Bob Wise on Foreign Policy

  • Voted YES on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)

Bob Wise on Free Trade

  • Protect steel industry from illegal imports. (Feb 2001)
  • Require use of US steel in state-funded projects. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports. (Sep 2001)

Bob Wise on Government Reform

  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)

Bob Wise on Gun Control

  • Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)

Bob Wise on Health Care

  • $1.5M to provide healthcare access for every child. (Feb 2001)
  • Improve patient rights by allowing to sue HMOs. (Feb 2001)
  • More discounts for prescription drugs. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted NO on Prescription drug coverage under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)

Bob Wise on Homeland Security

  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)

Bob Wise on Immigration

  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Import farm workers from Mexico. (Sep 2001)

Bob Wise on Jobs

  • More R&D & tax incentives for small farmers. (Sep 2001)
  • Repeal the federal unemployment "temporary surtax". (Feb 2001)

Bob Wise on Local Issues

No stance on record.

Bob Wise on Principles & Values

  • Treat citizens as customers of government, not as subjects. (Feb 2001)
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopalian. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)

Bob Wise on Social Security

  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)

Bob Wise on Tax Reform

  • Top-to-bottom review of business taxes & regulations. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)

Bob Wise on War & Peace

  • Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)

Bob Wise on Welfare & Poverty

  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Promote the next generation of welfare reform. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)