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Former Democratic Jr Senator (MN, 2001-2007):
Mark Dayton on the Issues

Mark Dayton on Abortion

  • Supports legalized abortion with some limits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)

Mark Dayton on Budget & Economy

  • Don’t “give it all back”; economy will sour someday. (Aug 2000)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)

Mark Dayton on Civil Rights

  • Supports federal funding of arts organizations. (Nov 2000)
  • Promote racial tolerance publicly. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Include special-needs people in emergency evacuation plans. (Sep 2005)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)

Mark Dayton on Corporations

  • Voted YES on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 35% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Mark Dayton on Crime

  • More resources for local law enforcement & COPS. (Jul 2000)
  • More gang prosecution. (Jul 2000)
  • Disgusted by Defense of Marriage Act. (Jul 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)

Mark Dayton on Drugs

  • Greatest threat to national security is flood of drugs. (Oct 2000)
  • Strengthen the fight against illegal drugs. (Jul 2000)

Mark Dayton on Education

  • Make college tuition fully tax deductible. (Nov 2000)
  • 40% more for special education; plus easier college loans. (Jul 2000)
  • More funding for progressive public school programs. (Jul 1998)
  • Vouchers undermine our educational system. (Nov 2000)
  • Vouchers take precious tax dollars from public schools. (Jul 2000)
  • Public schools are doing a good job; need more money. (Jul 1998)
  • Supports charter schools, opposed to vouchers. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

Mark Dayton on Energy & Oil

  • Voted against Gale Norton, citing ANWR. (Jan 2001)
  • Triple MN highway construction projects for next 10 years. (Jul 1998)
  • Mass transit is an essential public service. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)

Mark Dayton on Environment

  • Development conflict comes mostly from miscommunication. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat. (Jun 2001)
  • Rated 79% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Health impact assessments for environmental health. (Apr 2006)

Mark Dayton on Families & Children

  • More funding for family leave & early childhood. (Nov 2000)
  • Economic rat race is the prime destroyer of families. (Jul 1998)
  • Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)

Mark Dayton on Foreign Policy

  • Relax the Cuban embargo. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Increase aid to avert humanitarian crisis in Congo. (Dec 2005)

Mark Dayton on Free Trade

  • US policy should favor American workers and sovereignty. (Jul 2000)
  • Against Permanent Normal Trade Relations; for human rights. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Rated 25% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)

Mark Dayton on Government Reform

  • No PAC money, no soft money. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Post earmarks on the Internet before voting on them. (Jan 2006)

Mark Dayton on Gun Control

  • Against gun registration. (Nov 2000)
  • Opposes gun licensing and gun registration. (Oct 2000)
  • For background checks & trigger locks. (Jul 2000)
  • Zero tolerance for guns in schools. (Jul 2000)
  • Supports some licensing & some registration. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)

Mark Dayton on Health Care

  • Immediate health care coverage for all Americans. (Nov 2000)
  • Doctors decide, not HMOs or insurance companies. (Nov 2000)
  • Employer-mandated coverage and universal insurance. (Nov 2000)
  • Expand Medicare Rx coverage & other coverage. (Jul 2000)
  • Tobacco industry is highly culpable. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations. (May 2003)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)

Mark Dayton on Homeland Security

  • Advocate for veterans’ needs. (Oct 2000)
  • Redirect military spending to focus within US. (Oct 2000)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Federalize aviation security. (Nov 2001)
  • Small business in developing homeland security technologies. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)

Mark Dayton on Immigration

  • Unsnarl the INS bureaucracy to reduce backlog. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)

Mark Dayton on Jobs

  • Freedom To Farm Bill causes falling farm prices. (Jul 2000)
  • Supports living wage law & mandatory employee insurance. (Jul 1998)
  • Problem isn’t lack of jobs, but lack of GOOD jobs. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Protect overtime pay protections. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)

Mark Dayton on Principles & Values

  • Truly believes in government. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)

Mark Dayton on Social Security

  • People shouldn’t have access to withholdings; too risky. (Nov 2000)
  • Opposes privatization of social security. (Oct 2000)
  • Keep Social Security intact. (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

Mark Dayton on Tax Reform

  • Targeted middle class tax cuts. (Nov 2000)
  • Target tax cuts to middle class, not the rich. (Jul 2000)
  • Property taxes are the most unfair tax. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Rated 17% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)

Mark Dayton on War & Peace

  • Maintain military & economic aid to Israel at current level. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted NO on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)

Mark Dayton on Welfare & Poverty

  • No 5-year limit on cash benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promite home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)