| Massscorecard.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Peter Shumlin: Assist companies doing stem cell research in Vermont.
John MacGovern: Opposes abortion in most cases.
Richard Tarrant: No litmus tests; majority don’t want Roe overturned.
Budget & Economy|
Peter Shumlin: Get back to fiscal responsibility, post-stimulus.
Greg Parke: Constitutional gay marriage ban is democracy in action.
Richard Tarrant: Don’t use Constitution on special interest like gay marriage.
Bernie Sanders: Bush’s tracking citizens’ phone call patterns is illegal.
Peter Shumlin: Getting credit to entrepreneurs when they need it grows jobs.
Peter Shumlin: Help keep non-violent offenders out of jail.
Peter Shumlin: Address drug addiction as a public health crisis.
Peter Shumlin: War on recidivism: $300,000 for methadone treatment.
Peter Shumlin: Dual enrollment for high school students to state college.
Larry Drown: Strong Public Education.
Energy & Oil|
Larry Drown: Don’t drill for oil in our national parks.
Peter Shumlin: Clean up Lake Champlain: federal waivers & local flexibility.
Larry Drown: Bring back honesty and openness into government.
John MacGovern: Dislikes President Obama's health care act.
Larry Drown: Healthcare that works for everyone.
Howard Dean: Universal access for all Vermonters; insure the last 6%.
Howard Dean: Keep “community rating”: insure older people at same rates.
Bernie Sanders: F-35 fighter planes OK at Burlington Airport.
John MacGovern: No noisy F-35 fighter planes at Burlington Airport.
Larry Drown: Maintain strong Armed Forces.
Richard Tarrant: We must sacrifice some rights & privacy in times of war.
Peter Shumlin: Create Innovation Zones targeted to regional job needs.
Peter Shumlin: Vermont unemployment rate, 5.3%, is among lowest in America.
Larry Drown: Jobs in America based on alternative energy industry.
Peter Shumlin: Tropical Storm Irene recovery: we rebuilt faster & smarter.
Principles & Values|
John MacGovern: Runs the Hanover Institute, a Dartmouth alumni group.
John MacGovern: Served four terms in the Massachusetts legislature.
Larry Drown: America needs a change in culture as well as politics.
Peter Shumlin: Raise state budget reserve from 5% to 8%, for tough times.
Greg Parke: Completely eliminate federal estate tax.
Richard Tarrant: Raise the estate tax exemption but don’t eliminate it.
Bernie Sanders: Capital gains & dividend tax cuts are giveaways to the rich.
Richard Tarrant: Extend capital gains and dividend tax cuts.
Peter Shumlin: Connect VT: $53M for rural broadband & cell service.
Peter Shumlin: $106M to improve 65 bridges; plus high speed rail.
War & Peace|
John MacGovern: No nation-building in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Richard Tarrant: No specific deadline, but out of Iraq as soon as possible.
Richard Tarrant: Iraq war is over extending the country’s financial resources.