2006 Senate Elections - Who Is Pro-Gun


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Bartholomew Roberts
August 27, 2006, 10:08 PM
Here are some contested seats for the 2006 Senate elections. These are the seats where the race is close and includes their GOA grade (note GOA grades do not include votes for the 2006 session):
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FLORIDA
D Bill Nelson (2000-?) - GOA - Not Rated (as in refused to fill out or return the questionaire - usually means strong anti)
R Katharine Harris - GOA C

MARYLAND D Sarbanes - retiring (1976-2006) GOA F- (see www.mcrkba.org (http://www.mcrkba.org/SenateRaces.html))
D Ben Cardin (http://www.bencardin.com/issues?id=0009), Most likely anti-gun.
R Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (http://www.steeleformaryland.com/issues.htm), no info. See Lambo's comments (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=2695434&postcount=42)

MICHIGAN
D Deb Stabenow (2000-?) GOA F-
R Mike Bouchard (http://www.bouchardforussenate.com/), former Oakland Co. Sheriff - returned very positive pro-gun questionairre (see comments by Barbara (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=2655723&postcount=9) below)

MINNESOTA D Dayton GOA F - retiring
D Amy Klobuchar - See halvey's comments (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=2660880&postcount=22)
R Rep. Mark Kennedy - NRA Endorsed candidate (see above link)

MISSOURI
R Jim Talent (http://talent.senate.gov/Issues/default.cfm) (2002-?) GOA B, Talent won the 2002 midterm elections and supported us during the fight to kill the AWB/pass gun lawsuit reform. However, the Dems are mounting a hard effort to get rid of him in his first reelection bid and the polls are close.
D Claire McCaskill (http://claireonline.com/issues/), no info - lost the 2004 governor's race. Has a reputation as a gun grabber (see Bruce's comments (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=2655601&postcount=8) below).

MONTANA
R Conrad Burns (1988-?) GOA B, as of July 11, Burns has the lowest approval rating in the country.
D John Tester - no info

NEBRASKA
D Ben Nelson (http://bennelson.senate.gov/issues/index.cfm) (2000-?) GOA F - Nelson was polling very weakly; but the GOP had trouble finding a candidate to run against him all the same.
R Pete Ricketts - no info, Pro-2A comment on his website (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=2658640&postcount=16) (http://petericketts.com/about_issues.asp). Says he supports the 2A; but not clear whether he supports it like John Kerry or supports it like Larry Craig.

NEW JERSEY D Corzine (2000-?) - GOA F-, running for Governor/open seat
D Robert Menendez (http://menendez.senate.gov/issues/#4) - no info; but personally appointed by Corzine to fill out his term in 2004. List gun issues under "Crime" on his website, wants to release ATF trace data to the public. Likely no friend of ours.
R Tom Kean Jr. (http://www.tomkean.com/today/index.cfm?e=user.issues.overview) - no info; but apparently part of a NJ political dynasty and already polling well against the incumbent

OHIO
R Mike DeWine (1994-?) GOA F
D Sherrod Brown - no info; reputed to be as bad as Dewine on guns (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=2658685&postcount=17); but can replacing Dewine be a bad choice? Only worry here is any D vote puts us one step closer to Leahy or Teddy Kennedy as Chairman of the Judiciary.

PENNSYLVANIA
R Rick Santorum (1994-?) GOA C, very close race - Santorum trailing
D Bob Casey Jr - no info

RHODE ISLAND - See http://www.cralri.com/ for more info on Rhode Island Gun Rights.
R Lincoln Chafee (2000-?) GOA F-, (conservative Cranston, RI Mayor Stephen Laffey came within 6% of winning)
D Sheldon Whitehouse - Former AG, (reputed to be a strong anti)

TENNESSEE R Frist (1994-2006) - GOA D (though Frist was essential in stopping the AWB renewal and passing lawsuit protection, don't know what problem GOA has with him) retiring, open seat
R Bob Corker (http://www.bobcorkerforsenate.com/Issues.aspx?Section=9), no info - former Chattanooga mayor. Strong pro-2nd comments on website "As Senator, I will protect the Second Amendment’s guarantee of our right to bear arms and reject attempts to limit the freedom of law-abiding gun owners. The best way to stop crime is to capture and imprison criminals—not to impose new burdens on law-abiding citizens."
D Harold Ford (http://www.fordfortennessee.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=34), GOA F and already getting much media attention. Avoids gun issue entirely on his website.

VERMONT I Jeffords (1988-2006) - GOA D-, retiring, open seat - Primary is Sept. 12
I Bernie Sanders, GOA F, former Vermont House Rep.
R Richard Tarrant (http://www.tarrant06.com/issues/), buisnessman, no info yet

VIRGINIA
R George Allen (http://allen.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=IssueStatements.View&Issue_id=8f7533ba-802a-23ad-44cc-31ac9392ae07&CFID=15083216&CFTOKEN=62973855) - GOA C
D James Webb (http://www.webbforsenate.com/issues/issues.php#econ) - former SecNav under Reagan, noted author and decorated Vietnam-era Marine, jumped from R party to run against Allen as a D. no info yet; but see Bubbles' comments (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=2658585&postcount=14). No mention of RKBA.

WASHINGTON
D Maria Cantwell (2000-?) GOA F, won her 2000 Senate race by a mere 2,000 votes and hasn't improved her popularity any. Excellent chance to get rid of an anti by turning out pro-gun voters.
R Mike McGavick (http://www.mikemcgavick.com/issues.asp) - no info; but likely better than Cantwell in any case. See Diamondback 6's comments (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=2657456&postcount=13).

WEST VIRGINIA
D Byrd (1958-?) GOA F - kind of a dark horse chance; but Byrd is getting old (89)
R John Raese (http://www.raeseforsenate.org/issues/?id=5) (NRA endorsed candidate (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=2655740&postcount=10)), nice pro-2A statement on website.
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As you can see, we have lots of opportunities to get rid of some really bad Senate votes on RKBA. Even if we don't replace them with strong pro-RKBA votes, we do replace them with junior Senators with less power and less ability to get good committees.

We also have at least two B-rated Senators who are in a tight spot and could use your help. If anybody has any additional information about pro-RKBA candidates running for open seats or pro-RKBA info, please chime in and share what you know. Hopefully, we can not only be well-informed come November, we can help inform other gun owners as well.

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Diomed
August 28, 2006, 02:43 AM
Why was Virginia omitted? Allen is losing ground to the Democrat, it's only going to get closer.

Bartholomew Roberts
August 28, 2006, 09:37 AM
So tell us what you know about Allen, his challenger and the poll numbers. The chart above is only as good as the input from other THR members.

RealGun
August 28, 2006, 09:41 AM
Note that "Not rated" means the questionnaire, in the absence of a voting record for a new Senator, was not honored, filled out, and submitted, a quite negative classification.

Helmetcase
August 28, 2006, 09:42 AM
I don't understand the GOA ranking system. Nelson of NE voted against the AWB extension and for gun owner immunity. You'd think that'd be worth more than an F.

If you don't reward pols for voting with you, what the heck do you expect them to do?

RealGun
August 28, 2006, 09:53 AM
GOA ratings do not include an incomplete 2006 session, as I pointed out previously in another thread. Both of the votes cited occurred in 2006. They are certainly noteworthy, and anyone is free to attribute their own import to them.

Keep in mind that the Dems were quite aware that they had been politically burned by the AWB, and Bill Clinton went so far as to say it cost them the White House or a chance of regaining a majority in either house of Congress. There are 22 die hard leftists/obstructionists in the Senate, so that leaves a number of Dem votes that can go in other directions, when the caucus is not resolved to be in lock step.

glennv
August 28, 2006, 10:29 AM
AS for Rhode Island, Sheldon Whitehouse is no friend to gun onwers. Chafee (anti) is running against challenger Steve Laffey who is somewhat pro-gun. Trouble is that Laffey will never beat Whitehouse. Chafee can. I'd rather have Chafee just to keep the seat in the Senate. Whitehouse is the mastermind behind the CCW restrictions in RI.

Any RI members can check out www.cralri.com for more info on Whitehouse and the current AG race in RI.

Bruce H
August 28, 2006, 11:03 AM
Claire McCaskill is a grabber of the highest order. She would like to be Missouri's answer to Feinstein.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claire_McCaskill

This link will explain lots about her.

Barbara
August 28, 2006, 11:54 AM
Bouchard beat Butler in the primary and is the candidate for the Republican party.

He's ok. He is courting the pro-gun vote and his survey for our PAC was the highest of anyone in the state (ok, that means he knows what to say, but he was willing to put it in writing which is a good sign.)

He also hunts as does his 16 year old daughter, so guns are a part of his life to a certain extent.

The biggest issue seems to be a lot of disorganization in his campaign which will hopefully improve here shortly.

Running against Stabenow, he's the only candidate.

SolaScriptura139
August 28, 2006, 12:01 PM
I've looked into a Senate Candidate for West Virginia, John Raese. He is an NRA-Endorsed Pro-Gun candidate. His website is http://www.raeseforsenate.org/

Everyone in West Virginia should check him out and consider voting for him, he's got my vote.

Bartholomew Roberts
August 28, 2006, 01:32 PM
Thanks for the info everyone, I've updated the chart accordingly. Also, if you know who won a primary (Thanks Barbara) or when the primary election will be held, please share that info as well.

Also even if your state isn't close, I'll be more than happy to add info from any gunowners who want to share that with the rest of us. Hopefully, we can build a nice one-stop shopping resource for gun owners to see what is happening in their Senate race.

m0ntels
August 28, 2006, 03:06 PM
I've been curious about Casey. He seems to have a decent pro-2nd stance from what little I can find. Santorum has been great so far, but sadly, that's the only beliefs of his I stand behind.

Randy

Diamondback6
August 28, 2006, 11:43 PM
Intel about McGavick, from a Washington resident: He's a "Mainstream Republican", a McCainiac just like WA SecState Reed. "Reagan conservatives" will probably find him more tolerable than Cantwell, but still sorely lacking.

He's a Bush Leaguer on immigration issues, and I'd suspect he's keeping silent on firearms isssues for a reason: What he doesn't say, we can't hold against him. He's probably hoping we'll interpret his silence as better than Can'tvotewell's record no matter what.

I'm not voting for him--I'm voting against Cantwell.

Bubbles
August 29, 2006, 12:53 PM
Raese won the WV primary a few months ago.

In VA, George Allen (R) is better on RKBA than James Webb (D).

LAR-15
August 29, 2006, 01:19 PM
George Allen has introduced a CCW bill in the US Senate.

Jim Webb jumped from Republican to Democrat just to run against Allen.

Both Casey and Santorum in PA are very pro life and that has turned a lot of voters off on that race.

Ben Nelson (NE) is the most pro gun Democrat in the US Senate but that is not saying much. However he did support letting the AWB lapse unlike all the other Senate Dems.

I don't see how you can be anti gun and win statewide in Nebraska.

Still I'd vote Republican there because Nelson is a minority in his party (pro gun senate Dem)

LAR-15
August 29, 2006, 01:24 PM
Guns: I strongly support the Second Amendment—our right to keep and bear arms.

From Petericketts.com

Deanimator
August 29, 2006, 01:37 PM
OHIO
R DeWine (1994-?) GOA F
D Sherrod Brown - no info; but can replacing Dewine be a bad choice? Only worry here is any D vote puts us one step closer to Leahy or Teddy Kennedy as Chairman of the Judiciary.

DeWine and Sherrod Brown are completely interchangeable on gun control. You couldn't tell them apart from each other [and Voinovich] with a DNA test. On gun control, they're clones of each other.

I once put DeWine's campaign HQ number out on usenet talk.politics.guns. This was right after he voted for the AWB. I'm told quite a few gunowners called. Towards the end, his campaign workers were supposedly getting quite rude...

Nomoney
August 29, 2006, 01:43 PM
As far as I know, Burns has always casted pro-gun votes. However, he did co-sponsor Mccain's gag bill.

Tester, so far, hasn't commented on his stand on the 2nd. I've sent him 3 letters so far without a response. Something just strikes me as wierd about Tester.

gopguy
August 29, 2006, 04:49 PM
Deanimator is quite right about DeWine. He had two primary challengers this year, a third John Mitchell dropped out prior to the primary. Those two guys took more than a quarter million votes. This shows the disgust of the base of the GOP with Senator DeWine......pity they did not unseat him as both Smith and Pierce would have been a great improvement. Sherod Brown the dem and very antigun was apparently very offended when Sarah Brady gave DeWine her endorsement.

Here is what I have to say to my fellow Buckeyes about this November. There is one reason and one reason only to vote for Mike in my view. The President needs a Republican majority in the US Senate and especially so if there are any more vacancies on the US Supreme Court. This is possible as Stevens is getting up in his years and Ginsburg has cancer. Been known to lay her head down and sleep during arguments lately. If the President gets those openings then he needs a Republican majority to get more conservative, hopefully strict constructionist (thus hopefully will read the second amendment correctly) Justices. If the Dems pick up the Senate then Charlie Schumer and Teddy Kennedy will determine who will sit on the Court.......a chilling thought. Moving the court further to the right, and thus pro gun is more important than anything else. This will be a hedge against Democrats in the White House and if they get control of congress. Supreme Court Justices sit on that court for decades in most cases. So I am going to pinch my nose til it bleed to vote for him......but I am going to hate it. I am also going to work hard in six years to unseat him in the primary of 2012. But for now......as a gun owner who cares about the future, I think that is our choice. But I am not happy about it.:banghead:

LAR-15
August 29, 2006, 05:01 PM
Mike Dewhine is far more conservative than Brown

Voting for Brown to punish Dewhine in the gen election does not accomplish a thing.

BOTH support gun control.

Only one (Mike) would support Bush's supreme court nominees.

Rugerlvr
August 29, 2006, 05:08 PM
UT Dem Pete Ashdown's statement on guns (running against Orrin Hatch)

The right of Utah citizens to own and use weapons for personal and public defense is mentioned in both the US Bill of Rights and also in the Utah State Constitution. As a Senator, I will support those Constitutional rights to responsibly own and use guns. The State of Utah is primarily responsible for defining what constitutes legal use of guns for the citizens of the state and the current laws seem to be reasonable and working as they presently exist.

I would like to see cooperation on both sides of the issue to reduce the motivations for gun violence. The U.S. should work to eliminate poverty, ignorance, and despair as these are prime motivators for crime and its subsequent violence. Reactive approaches are all too often the short term patch, where the proactive approach is best for the long term.

halvey
August 30, 2006, 10:41 AM
MINNESOTA D Dayton GOA F - retiring
D two leading candidates Amy Klobuchar and Ford Bell, no info
R two leading candidates - Rep. Mark Kennedy and John Uldrich, no info No info? This must be out of date.

That said, this race is Kennedy v. Klobuchar

Klobuchar is an anti, Kennedy is a pro-gun NRA endorsed canidate.

DKSuddeth
August 30, 2006, 11:29 AM
disregard

Bartholomew Roberts
August 31, 2006, 03:14 PM
Updated with some links to candidate websites.

Bartholomew Roberts
September 4, 2006, 07:48 PM
Just a reminder, Primaries are coming up in many states on Sept. 9 and Sept. 12 - see glennv's comments on Rhode Island for one example of where a pro-gun candidate is leading in the primaries to replace an anti-gun candidate.

beerslurpy
September 4, 2006, 08:36 PM
Nelson (D-FL) is very antigun. I had some email correspondence with him last year where he praised the assault weapon ban and bragged about working to close the "gun show loopholes" etc etc. He is basically copying his assignments out of the Brady book.

I dont like Harris very much, but she seems solid on the 2nd amendment. She didnt betray us in the House. I fully intend to pull the lever for her.

SomeKid
September 5, 2006, 12:00 AM
Ford (D) is an anti. Up until 2006 he had solid F ratings. Come '06 and his desire to look moderate he casted a few bones to us. He is our enemy. (The Ford family is a corrupt Memphis powerhouse. They own Memphis. One recently resigned from the State Senate after the FBI did a sting called 'Tennessee Waltz'. That Ford was Harold Ford's uncle. Let me repeat, Ford is an enemy to any free man. He is a very liberal black Democrat.)

Corker (R) is in my eyes no better. If the conservatives (Bryant and Hillary, if you read this, you guys are idiots) had not split the vote, liberal Corker would not be the nominee. He won with a plurality, not a majority. I personally have no plans to vote for either of these guys. I do not trust Corker. He has flip-flopped, and he has in the past been known to support liberal Democrats, and gladly supports liberal Republicans over conservative Republicans.

For more reading on why Bob Corker is human filth, read this. It was writtin by my outgoing state House rep, who is a very conservative guy, and will personally miss. Scroll down to 20 Years and 20 Reasons Why Many Republicans May Boycott Corker in a General Election: and pay attention to points-4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16 (if you do not know who Jimmy Naifeh is, understand he kills pro-gun bills on site, and hates the NRA).

http://www.teamgop.org/blog/archives/chris_clem/index.html

Corker vs Ford, this is like DeWine vs Voinovich, or Rudy vs Bloomburg. Not exactly a great choice if you are pro-gun or even slightly conservative.

Fastlane
September 5, 2006, 10:04 AM
Sorry fellow Ohioians and gun owners, I cannot vote for Dewine. If he "Dewine" looses to Brown maybe the rest of the RINOS will get the message.

Manedwolf
September 5, 2006, 10:13 AM
So tell us what you know about Allen, his challenger and the poll numbers. The chart above is only as good as the input from other THR members.

Allen violently shoved his own foot in his mouth with that whole "Macaca", and "Welcome to America" bit to a guy that was like second or third generation American. That IS costing him in the polls. To be blunt, people just don't like an ass.

Webb doesn't seem really antigun, either.

And to those who vote straight tickets, do ask yourselves why, with a completely R-controlled Congress for quite a few years now, when they COULD have wiped out every idiotic gun law back to 1934...they haven't?

"No new laws" is a pretty weak victory when they all had the power to delete a half century of restriction, and did not.

Vote on issues individually before the party, I say.

Henry Bowman
September 5, 2006, 10:41 AM
Re: Ohio dilema

I can't vote for DeWine either. I will probably just abstain this time.

Only one (Mike) would support Bush's supreme court nominees.That's not a sure thing. DeWine is a turncoat on judicial nominations and cannot be counted on even to vote with the Republicans, let alone for a conservative or constuctionist.

RealGun
September 5, 2006, 10:51 AM
DeWine is a turncoat on judicial nominations and cannot be counted on even to vote with the Republicans, let alone for a conservative or constuctionist.

Okay in context, but one must avoid being too critical of independence, because that's what gun owners need from the Democrats.

emc
September 7, 2006, 10:35 AM
Another Republican running for re-election to the Senate is Dick Lugar of Indiana. He's made no secret of supporting various anti-gun ideas like voting in favor of the assault weapon ban every time it has come up, etc. :fire: There are any number of other issues that he's very squishy on. He voted in favor of McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform, excess spending, etc. Sad to say, the Republican Party here seems to care not a bit about any of this, and just wants to have some warm body in office, regardless of how bad some of his votes and ideas are. This is one Indiana resident who will never vote for him.

FWIW,

emc

RealGun
September 7, 2006, 10:55 AM
Sad to say, the Republican Party here seems to care not a bit about any of this, and just wants to have some warm body in office, regardless of how bad some of his votes and ideas are. This is one Indiana resident who will never vote for him.

Unfortunately, simply stopping the Dems from gaining a seat may prove to be the best strategy unless you can come up with some unusually independent Dem candidate who likes his guns for more than hunting. Good luck. Keep in mind that going to Washington ruins the best of them.

emc
September 7, 2006, 11:03 AM
Thanks for the comments, RealGun! What I was getting at, however, is that the Republican Party keeps on supporting him, rather than telling good old Dick that it's time to go. They just won't replace him with a better candidate who is willing to stand for the proper position on key issues.

As some talk show host put it, with certain Republicans in the Senate, you may as well have a Democrat. While I don't think Lugar is quite as bad as Lincoln Chaffee, or the two senators from Maine, or Chuck Hagel from Nebraska, he certainly doesn't represent local values. When I've mentioned to fellow Hoosiers how he's voted on key issues, they are genuinely surprised at first, and then angry that he would vote in opposition to the positions that they happen to hold.

LAR-15
September 7, 2006, 07:48 PM
Republicans can't do anything because of all the RINOs in the Senate BUT voting Dem or abstaining is STUPID.

George Allen BTW AUTHORED A CONCEALED CARRY BILL IN THE US SENATE.

That gets major props in my book.

Gray Peterson
September 8, 2006, 06:39 AM
Unfortunately, simply stopping the Dems from gaining a seat may prove to be the best strategy unless you can come up with some unusually independent Dem candidate who likes his guns for more than hunting. Good luck. Keep in mind that going to Washington ruins the best of them.

If I were running for office as a Democrat, you could count on me for being a leader for the RKBA in terms of bills and so on. Then again, I'd have to be running for office, and I'm not eligible for House Rep for another few months, or US Senator for another 5.

Then again, my other political opinions you may vehemently oppose, however I can guarantee that I'm more pro-gun than most GOP politicians here in Washington State.

ProguninTN
September 8, 2006, 05:01 PM
The Ford family is a corrupt Memphis powerhouse

You can say that again.

Emmett Ford: Convicted of Federal Corruption Charges
Harold Ford, Sr.: Invesitgated, but acquitted of Federal Charges
John Ford: Set to go on trial for Federal Corruption Charges
Ophelia Ford: elected to replace brother, John, have his ouster. She was ousted after it was determined that votes from felons and the deceased were cast for her.

Harold Ford, Jr. : See SomeKid's very accurate description above.

ProguninTN

Bartholomew Roberts
September 9, 2006, 05:49 PM
Here is a good link to the status of the various Senate races;
http://www.slate.com/id/2148600/

Bartholomew Roberts
September 13, 2006, 04:22 PM
OK folks, the primaries are over... whoever we have running in the general election is who we are stuck with now. Please do what you can to help educate other gun owners on these Senate candidates and any other races that are close.

Clean97GTI
September 13, 2006, 05:17 PM
Thankfully, John Ensign won the primary in NV.

Senator Ensign has a good record as far as protecting our gun rights. He doesn't share my views on things like the war on terror, but thats a small sacrifice for his strong support of gun rights and net neutrality.
Now, if we could just get someone to take on Harry Reid. Its a tough call though, Reid is a rather powerful senator and does excellent things for Nevada even though his gun rights record is poor.

Henry Bowman
September 14, 2006, 09:44 AM
Republicans can't do anything because of all the RINOs in the Senate BUT voting Dem or abstaining is STUPID.Then how will DeWine or the Ohio Rep. Party ever learn? Unfortunately, when they lose (or almost lose) to a leftist (because the conservative base stayed home or abstained), they interpret it as their RINO candidate not being "moderate" enough. It's a lose-lose proposition for us. :banghead:

Lambo
September 14, 2006, 03:07 PM
Maryland:
D Ben Cardin, is not the past NAACP President. One of his Opponents, Mefume was! BC is Anti Gun as one can get!
R Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, has said in the past that he favors an AWB! He's Anti-Gun but how exteme, ?????

lostone1413
September 14, 2006, 08:09 PM
Seems like less and less Pro-Gun people anymore. That is why I'l vote the Constitution Party for the Federal Elections

Evil_Ed
September 18, 2006, 11:42 PM
FLORIDA
Nelson is very anti, do whatever you can to oust him.
Harris is ok, NRA likes her but she's not the greatest...just the best we were handed in the primary.

Duramaximum
September 19, 2006, 01:04 PM
Conrad Burns has an A+ from the NRA. His opponent, John Tester, has a B from the Montana Shooting Sports Association. The NRA hasn't even rated him. He's stands for the right sides of the issues, but he is a polititian; he's going to say or do something stupid every now and then.

vito
September 30, 2006, 03:46 PM
Illinois:

No Senate race this year (both of our U.S. Senators are Dems and strongly anti-gun) but we have a race for Govenor. The incumbent, a Dem ("Blago") is an avid gun grabber, who tries every year to pass more restrictive gun laws, and the challenger is a Republican, barely (Judy Barr Topinka) who has never spoken out publicly in support of the RKBA. But not voting, or voting for a Libertarian candidate is just a vote for the Dems, so I guess I'll swallow hard and vote for Topinka.

Low Key
October 2, 2006, 12:08 PM
Tennessee.

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Ford (D) is an anti. Up until 2006 he had solid F ratings. Come '06 and his desire to look moderate he casted a few bones to us. He is our enemy. (The Ford family is a corrupt Memphis powerhouse. They own Memphis. One recently resigned from the State Senate after the FBI did a sting called 'Tennessee Waltz'. That Ford was Harold Ford's uncle. Let me repeat, Ford is an enemy to any free man. He is a very liberal black Democrat.)

Corker (R) is in my eyes no better. If the conservatives (Bryant and Hillary, if you read this, you guys are idiots) had not split the vote, liberal Corker would not be the nominee. He won with a plurality, not a majority. I personally have no plans to vote for either of these guys. I do not trust Corker. He has flip-flopped, and he has in the past been known to support liberal Democrats, and gladly supports liberal Republicans over conservative Republicans.

For more reading on why Bob Corker is human filth, read this. It was writtin by my outgoing state House rep, who is a very conservative guy, and will personally miss. Scroll down to 20 Years and 20 Reasons Why Many Republicans May Boycott Corker in a General Election: and pay attention to points-4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16 (if you do not know who Jimmy Naifeh is, understand he kills pro-gun bills on site, and hates the NRA).

http://www.teamgop.org/blog/archives...lem/index.html

Corker vs Ford, this is like DeWine vs Voinovich, or Rudy vs Bloomburg. Not exactly a great choice if you are pro-gun or even slightly conservative.
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All true to the best of my knowledge. corker is bad, Ford is far worse...extreme liberal, hates guns and 2nd amendment even though he is pretending to be conservative in 06 just to garner votes. Don't believe him! +1 somekid, good post, good info.

SodiumBenzoate
October 5, 2006, 09:38 PM
Pennsylvania:

Bob Casey (D) appears to be pro-gun.

http://www.issues2000.org/Senate/Bob_Casey.htm#Gun_Control

Casey opposes gun-control laws, including the 10-year ban on 19 types of assault weapons that expired in 2004. He vowed to aggressively court sportsmen's support by emphasizing his character, his long support for gun owners' rights and his record in state government. "I've been a strong supporter of the second amendment, the right to bear arms. That's evidenced not just by what I've said but the support I've gotten over the last decade from sportsmen's groups, including the NRA," Casey said.

Source: Brett Lieberman, The Patriot News Feb 21, 2006

m0ntels
October 6, 2006, 11:46 AM
Bob Casey (D) appears to be pro-gun.

That seems to be true from what little I can find. None of these guys seem to like to list anything concerning RKBA on their own web sites. I hope it is true because polls seem to show him winning thus far.

Randy

RNB65
October 10, 2006, 01:39 PM
I believe the simple fact that there is absolutely no mention of firearms or the 2nd amendment anywhere on Jim Webb's campaign website is very revealing. I have e-mailed them with some very specific questions regarding Mr. Webb's position on gun control, the 2nd amendment, and the AWB. If I get a response, I'll post it here.

SoCalShooter
October 10, 2006, 03:24 PM
Hey what about cali?


GOA RATINGS

1 THOMPSON C
2 HERGER A
3 LUNGREN F
4 DOOLITTLE A
5 MATSUI F-
6 WOOLSEY F-
7 MILLER F-
8 PELOSI F-
9 LEE F-
10 TAUSCHER F-
11 POMBO A
12 LANTOS F-
13 STARK F-
14 ESHOO F-
15 HONDA F-
16 LOFGREN F-
17 FARR F-
18 CARDOZA B-
19 RADANOVICH B-
20 COSTA B-
21 NUNES A-
22 THOMAS A-
23 CAPPS F-
24 GALLEGLY A-
25 MCKEON A-
26 DREIER B-


27 SHERMAN F-
28 BERMAN F-
29 SCHIFF F-
30 WAXMAN F-
31 BECERRA F-
32 SOLIS F-
33 WATSON F-
34 ROYBAL-ALLARD F-
35 WATERS F-
36 HARMAN F-
37 MILL.-McDONALD F-
38 NAPOLITANO F-
39 SANCHEZ F-
40 ROYCE F-
41 LEWIS B-
42 MILLER A-
43 BACA B-
44 CALVERT A-
45 BONO D
46 ROHRABACHER A
47 SANCHEZ F-
48 CAMPBELL A
49 ISSA A-
50 BILBRAY F
51 FILNER F-
52 HUNTER A
53 DAVIS F

That is 31 F or F-
Only 13 A or A-
Only 5 B or B-
1 C-
1 D

Hunter is an A if that is Duncan than he is in my area and will be getting my vote.

Atticus
October 12, 2006, 08:57 PM
OHIO
R Mike DeWine (1994-?) GOA F
D Sherrod Brown - no info; reputed to be as bad as Dewine on guns; but can replacing Dewine be a bad choice? Only worry here is any D vote puts us one step closer to Leahy or Teddy Kennedy as Chairman of the Judiciary.

Kinda like deciding whether to commit suicide with a revolver or semi-auto...
not a good choice either way. Brown is far worse than Dewine in almost every way...and I'd prefer to vote against him. Is there another communist, leftist,or some other wacko I can vote for on the ballot this year?

Henry Bowman
October 13, 2006, 09:19 AM
Is there another communist, leftist,or some other wacko I can vote for on the ballot this year?If only there were. :banghead: I am really torn on this. I HATE to reward DeWine for stabbing us all in the back. The race is close and Brown is falling behind.

elcaminos
October 15, 2006, 11:01 AM
There are far too many acronyms in this thread for someone like me.

thrasher64
October 15, 2006, 08:00 PM
Could I suggest putting our libertarian candidate on the list? Libertarians are always 100% pro-gun rights :)

Washington - Bruce Guthrie (L)

http://www.bruceguthrie.com/

He is getting my vote :neener:

Bartholomew Roberts
October 15, 2006, 09:47 PM
If Libertarian candidates are always 100% pro-gun rights, then there isn't much need to examine their record on gun rights, is there?

However, any users who want to mention a particular candidate who isn't on the list and who is good on gun rights are welcome to throw in a post about them. I just don't have a lot of my own time to spend listing candidates who everybody understands are pro-gun.

thrasher64
October 17, 2006, 03:03 PM
This should pretty much sum up every true Libertarian (and libertarians) view on guns.

http://www.lp.org/lpn/9809-guns.html

wingedmonkey
October 20, 2006, 01:34 PM
is at this point it is like giving a vote to the Dems which puts us one step closer to Leahy as chairman of Senate Judiciary and Pelosi as House Speaker. All we have to do is look at the 2002 SD race where enough votes went to the Libertarian that most observers said would likely have voted for Thune. Thune lost by a relative hand full of votes (though it could be argued had Thune not lost in '02 there likely would not have been a stronge enough candidate to knock off Dashcle in '04).

I don't consider myself a one issue voter (and I will freely admit to being a Republican) but last week's Wall Street Journal article on how the NRA is playing this election hit the nail on the head. NRA is supporting pro-gun incumbant Dems but actively working to preserve the Republican majorities in both houses because the party that controls the chambers controls what legislation comes to the floor. We can be sure that Pelosi and (and to a lessor extent Harry Reid because he has voted pro-gun from time to time) will not allow pro-gun bills to come to the floor and Pelosi most assuredly will allow anti-gun legislation to the floor.

We only need look to the Sarah Brady quote in this month's NRA magazines where she said "This is the opportunity we have been waiting for."

Dan from MI
October 22, 2006, 10:39 PM
Between Bouchard and Stabenow, there's no comparison. Bouchard all the way.

Stabenow is worthless.

SSN Vet
October 23, 2006, 04:26 PM
And to those who vote straight tickets, do ask yourselves why, with a completely R-controlled Congress for quite a few years now, when they COULD have wiped out every idiotic gun law back to 1934...they haven't?

and if I'm not mistaken....you need 60 votes to break one.

Only one president and party leadership has had the brass to even flirt with the "nuclear option" (change the Senate rules to illiminate the fillibuster)......I only wish they had the brass to actually do it!

Mayo
October 24, 2006, 06:35 PM
Just heard on MSNBC, that the NRA endorsed Santorum today. Can't find it on the web---anybody know?

NineseveN
October 26, 2006, 12:23 AM
Want to know the skinny on the people up for election in your neck of the woods this November?

http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm

Go there and on the left, enter your 9-digit zip code (there's a link to the United States Postal Service to find your 9-digit zip if you don't know it)...it'll give you a breakdown on each of the candidates including survey responses, ratings from lobbying organizations and actual voting records. Just click on each candidate’s name in the "CURRENT CANDIDATES" section at the bottom, and then navigate the menu to the right on the page that comes up (under their picture).

Every election is important, and unless you're a 1-trick pony, there's more to the future of this nation than whether or not there’s an (R) or a (D) after a candidate’s name.

If you want to see a sample ballot as it will appear in November, go to http://www.vote-pa.org/ and replace the "pa" with your state's two letter abbreviation (i.e. http://www.vote-oh.org/ or http://www.vote-ma.org/ - I tested a number of them, hopefully they all work).

Feel free to copy and past this info into e-mails, other message boards, whatever...even if you feel that the system is broken (which I tend to agree), voting is a right that other people in other countries don’t always have; your vote is your voice, make your voice heard.



“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” -- Thomas Paine

RealGun
October 26, 2006, 08:40 AM
Every election is important, and unless you're a 1-trick pony, there's more to the future of this nation than whether or not there’s an (R) or a (D) after a candidate’s name.

This is not a primary. Now is the time to be concerned about majority and minority caucuses and which controls committee chairmanships. As we see with NRA endorsements, party affiliation can trump the fine points of RKBA support...or any other issue for that matter. It is time for strategy over tactics.

jackz
October 26, 2006, 11:11 PM
Hello folks..
If I may..
I'm up here in Vermont and the Republican Senate candidate is Rich Tarrent. About a month or so ago I was at a luncheon with him and I Point Blank asked him his opinion on the 2nd ammendment. He looked me straight in the eye and his reply was he 100% believes in our right and that the Federal government has no right to stick their nose in our business!
Believe it or not the Dems here in vermont are actually ANTI but are aware that it is an extremely touchy subjest and just "won't go there" for fear of their jobs!!
The Dem incumbant Attorney general is William Sorrel ,a hold over from Dean. The Atty Gen has the power of the pen to change our Vermont 2nd ammendment rights!! The Rep candidate is Dennis Carver who I think would make a good Atty General!!

Regards, Jack

I know I probably haven't properly entered The High Road so let me say Hello to all you folks.
I'm just about 70 and have drawn the line in the sand about 5 years ago and I'm not backing up!! I loath PC talk and am using it less and less each week!!
I'm and avid shooter and at an early age was a competition trapshooter! (Back when it had honor and class!!)

Rafterman191
October 26, 2006, 11:49 PM
here is a great site for voting records and such. http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm

RNB65
November 2, 2006, 10:23 AM
I have e-mailed them with some very specific questions regarding Mr. Webb's position on gun control, the 2nd amendment, and the AWB. If I get a response, I'll post it here.

FYI -- A couple of weeks ago I sent the Webb compaign some very detailed questions on Mr. Webb's stance on gun control and 2A issues. Here is the response I received yesterday:


Thank you for your inquiry regarding the Jim Webb for Senate campaign.
Your question concerned the Second Amendment.

Jim Webb is a gun owner and is a strong supporter of the Second
Amendment. The National Rifle Association has given him an A on gun
issues.

Thank you for your question and your interest in the Jim Webb for
Senate Campaign. Please vote for Jim Webb on Tuesday, November 7.

Best Regards,
Chris Hickling
For Josh Chernila
Jim Webb for Senate Grassroots Coordinator

RealGun
November 2, 2006, 11:03 AM
The problem with Webb gaining a seat would be that it would help release Feinstein, Schumer, Lautenberg, et al to push through whatever they wanted to in the form of gun control. You can send postcards till the cows come how, but it won't help if the Democrats vote as a block and are in the majority.

Machete
November 2, 2006, 12:23 PM
I'm actually pretty happy as far as the gun control issue with my state goes. Both the Democratic and Republican candidates are pro-gun all the way. I live in PA and will be voting for Rick Santorum, but only to help keep Republican Control of congress. Bob Casey is more seems to be a conservative democrat (against gun-control, against abortion, for death penalty, he voted to authorize force in Iraq and wants us to finish the job). Either way I'll be happy.
My main problem is with Governor Rendell.

SodiumBenzoate
November 6, 2006, 10:29 PM
My main problem is with Governor Rendell.

Rendell is pretty bad on gun issues. Lynn Swann is much, much better (opposes any further regulation), but unfortunately he's trailing in the polls.


/edit: ugh, sorry, I guess that was off topic

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