NONPARTISAN CANDIDATE GUIDE: 2018 FLORIDA SENATOR’S RACE
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Abortion: Highly restrict abortion?
Nelson – No. Supports a women’s right to choose.
Campaign Finance: Require political ads to disclose their largest funders?
Scott – No position found.
Campaign Finance: Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?
Nelson – No. The decision “opened the floodgates to dark money in campaigns.”
Scott – Probable yes. Considers political donations part of exercising the right to free speech.
Climate Change: Consider climate change a serious threat?
Climate Change: Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases? Support US participation in Paris Climate Accord despite President Trump’s withdrawal?
Contraception: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?
Nelson – No. Co-sponsored bill safeguarding contraceptive coverage. Would exempt religious organizations.
Courts: Support Judge Kavanaugh nomination? (Position before allegations)
Criminal Justice: Support Amendment #4 – restoring voting rights to 1.6 million former felons, excluding murderers & sex offenders?
Scott – Has historically made rights restoration difficult. Opposes Amendment 4—prefersthe existing restoration process.
Economy: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Nelson – Yes. For instance, supported the stimulus bill at height of 2008 recession.
Economy: Support Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?
Nelson – No. Says that these tariffs “may start an international trade war.”
Education: Public support for sending children to private schools?
Elections: Support nonpartisan redistricting to address possible partisan gerrymandering?
Nelson – Yes. Avoid drawing districts for your own self-interest.
Scott – Unknown. Delayed implementing 2011 nonpartisan initiative.
Environment: Support cutbacks in Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)?
Nelson – No. Publicly opposed EPA cutbacks.
Environment: Position on “red tide” algae crisis? Support reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to prevent runoff feeding algal blooms?
Nelson – Supports reservoir. Criticizes Scott’s easing state environmental regulations & cutting $700 million from water management districts. “When you dismantle the environmental agencies,” this is what happens.
Scott – Declared state of emergency. Supports reservoir. Says Nelson has had years to address the crisis & should have gotten Federal support or Army Corps to address problem. “Nelson didn’t care to make Lake Okeechobee a priority.”
Financial Regulation: Support cutbacks in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?
Nelson – No. Publicly opposed cutbacks.
Scott – Unknown. But signed legislation to blunt CFPB crackdown on payday loans.
Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?
Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?
Healthcare: Support or Repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare? Support Medicaid expansion?
Nelson – Support. Will work to ensure those with pre-existing conditions keep health coverage eligibility.
Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?
Nelson – Yes. Voted against efforts to defund.
Scott – No. Supported ban that was overturned by courts.
Immigration: Support DREAM Act (DACA), allowing “Dreamers” who arrived illegally as children, then grew up in the US, to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?
Nelson – Yes. Co-sponsored 2017 DREAM Act, including legal status & path to citizenship.
Scott – In 2010 opposed: “I don’t believe in amnesty.” Vetoed DACA drivers licenses. Now supports: Don’t punish children for actions of their parents.
Iran: Support withdrawal from treaty limiting Iran nuclear capability & lifting sanctions?
Nelson – No.
Scott – Yes.
Marijuana: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?
Scott – Mixed. Signed law broadening medical, but fought to ban smokable medical marijuana & opposes recreational use.
Minimum Wage: Raise federal minimum wage from $7.25/hour?
Nelson – Yes. Co-sponsored 2017 bill to raise to $15 by 2024.
Scott – Likely no. Says California minimum wage caused loss of 700,000 jobs.
Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?
Scott – No. Sees these rules as “burdensome regulations for job creators.”
President Trump: Support President Trump?
Nelson – Voted with Trump 43% of time.
Privatization: Support partial or full Social Security privatization?
Nelson – No. Historically opposed.
Scott – Unclear. Old positions supporting privatization, but no recent ones.
Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?
Scott – No position found. Signed bill for FL renewable credits that had passed unanimously.
Student debt: Lower student loan rates, paid by increasing taxes on high earners (Elizabeth Warren proposal)? Increase student financial aid, like Pell Grants?
Scott – No position found on federal aid. Cut higher-ed funding in first term. Recently expanded FL Bright Futures Scholarships & froze student tuition & fees.
Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cuts?
Nelson – No. “Terrible bill”
Scott – Unknown. Enacted major FL tax cuts.
Voting Rights: Support tighter voting rules even if prevent some people from voting?