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Democratic Challenger:
Mark Begich on the Issues

Mark Begich on Abortion

  • Accepts contributions from abortion-rights group NARAL. (Jul 2008)
  • Mayor’s Charity Ball donated $25K to Planned Parenthood. (Dec 2003)

Mark Begich on Budget & Economy

  • Closed $33M budget gap without using one-time reserves. (Jul 2008)
  • No secret earmarks; full online disclosure. (May 2008)
  • As mayor: bond rating up; jobs increased; taxes down. (Apr 2008)

Mark Begich on Civil Rights

  • Added sexual orientation to Anchorage non-discrimination law. (Nov 2008)

Mark Begich on Corporations

No stance on record.

Mark Begich on Crime

  • Added $5M and 13 more police to Anchorage budget. (Oct 2008)
  • Added city police; pushed anti-gang & cyber-crime units. (Apr 2008)
  • Three strikes traffic violators should face felonies. (Oct 2006)

Mark Begich on Drugs

  • Prevent youth from trying the deadly drug methamphetamine. (Jul 2008)

Mark Begich on Education

  • Local control and accountability of America’s schools. (Aug 2008)

Mark Begich on Energy & Oil

  • Advocate for opening up ANWR to drilling. (Nov 2008)
  • Short term: $2.5B for LIHEAP; 70M bbl from strategic reserve. (Sep 2008)
  • Long term: develop ANWR; build renewable energy plants. (Sep 2008)
  • Support US participation in binding climate agreements. (Sep 2008)
  • Open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (May 2008)
  • Alaska is ground zero for global warming. (May 2008)

Mark Begich on Environment

  • Implemented energy efficiency and conservation in Anchorage. (May 2008)
  • Respect unique cultural role of subsistence whaling. (May 2007)

Mark Begich on Families & Children

No stance on record.

Mark Begich on Foreign Policy

  • Rebuild US reputation by diplomatic efforts. (Sep 2008)
  • Pay dues to UN, and cooperate with ICC. (Sep 2008)
  • Supports adding 1% of US budget to international aid. (Sep 2008)

Mark Begich on Free Trade

  • Capitalize on our assets in the global economy. (Jul 2007)

Mark Begich on Government Reform

  • Brought greater openness to city government. (May 2008)
  • Increase financial transparency for Senate staff. (May 2008)
  • Senate lobbying disclosures should include family ties. (May 2008)
  • Campaign transparency with sortable online database. (May 2008)
  • No secret meetings; full appointment disclosure for Senators. (May 2008)
  • No more automatic pay raises for Senators. (May 2008)
  • No revolving door for former senate staff to lobby. (May 2008)
  • No campaign fundraising through private foundations. (May 2008)
  • Support an Independent Office of Public Integrity. (May 2008)

Mark Begich on Gun Control

  • Strongly supports Constitutional right to bear arms. (Aug 2008)
  • Lifetime member of NRA. (Apr 2008)

Mark Begich on Health Care

  • Protect future Medicare with “medical home” model. (Oct 2008)
  • Privatization undermines the integrity of Medicare. (Oct 2008)
  • Increase Medicare reimbursements and affordable health care. (May 2008)
  • Favors expanding Alaska’s Denali KidCare program. (May 2008)

Mark Begich on Homeland Security

  • Consult with Congress on major military actions. (Sep 2008)
  • Ratify Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; no new nukes. (Sep 2008)
  • Repeal the Patriot Act. (Aug 2008)
  • Pledges full support for the 21st Century GI Bill. (May 2008)
  • Increased Anchorage’s support for military personnel. (Apr 2008)

Mark Begich on Immigration

  • Reservations about denying illegals’ retirement benefits. (Oct 2008)

Mark Begich on Jobs

  • Anchorage employment grew by 800 jobs since Jan. 2008. (Jul 2008)

Mark Begich on Principles & Values

  • Democrats advertise Stevens’ calls secretly recorded by FBI. (Oct 2008)
  • Reputation as mayor for getting things done. (Sep 2008)
  • Served 10 years on Anchorage Assembly and 5 years as Mayor. (Apr 2008)

Mark Begich on Social Security

  • Treat “Notch babies” equally with all other seniors. (Oct 2008)
  • Adjust Soc. Sec. cost of living by consumer price index. (Oct 2008)
  • No privatization; no individual investment accounts. (Oct 2008)
  • Elderly are entitled to solvent & reliable Social Security. (Aug 2008)

Mark Begich on Tax Reform

  • Extend tax cuts; and end the AMT. (Aug 2008)

Mark Begich on War & Peace

  • Fully fund US contribution to UN operations in Darfur. (Sep 2008)
  • We must responsibly re-deploy out of Iraq. (May 2008)

Mark Begich on Welfare & Poverty

No stance on record.