If you're thinking about going to today's debate between U.S. Congressman Raúl Grijalva and his challenger Ruth McClung (from 3 to 6 p.m. at Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus), you might want to take a look at the voter guide published by the Center for Arizona Policy.
You know the organization, led by Cathi Herrod, which battles equality by preventing gay marriage and all sorts of nasty things. I hadn't seen the guide until a co-worker mentioned it, and then my husband returned home last night with a copy after attending our son's theater program held at a local church.
On the way out, he noticed a large display on voting and then saw guide sitting there, ready for voters interested in what the Center for Arizona Policy has to say. Yes, most of the Democratic candidates declined to respond, but it's Herrod and the Center for Arizona Policy, so why would they want to respond?
McClung did respond. S means support, O means opposed, and * is a comment on original survey. The only comment McClung made was regarding internet gambling and that she needs more information before making a decision.
S 1. Replacing the current federal tax code with a flat tax or national sales tax.
S 2. Enforcing federal laws vigorously against obscene hardcore pornography.
O 3. Legalizing voluntary euthanasia.
S 4. Allowing parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or educational savings accounts to enable children to attend any public, private, or home school.
S 5. Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as between only one man and one woman.
O 6. Setting a government cap on carbon emissions, requiring companies to buy emissions credits, and allowing them to trade any leftover credits (called "cap and trade").
* 7. Prohibiting internet gambling.
S 8. Protecting healthcare workers from being required to perform procedures that violate their moral or religious beliefs.
O 9. Federal judges relying on laws of other countries when interpreting the laws of the United States.
O 10. Adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," or "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in discrimination law.
O 11. Requiring employers to recognize a union without a secret ballot election by their employees (called "card check").
S 12. Prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother.
S 13. Passing state laws that authorize local law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration laws.
O 14. Repealing the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which states that marriage is the union of one man and one woman and declares states do not have to recognize same-sex marriage from other states.
O 15. Using human embryonic stem cells for research purposes.