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Bill Lee on VoteMatch



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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
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Against abortion: life begins at conception: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Ban abortion, even for rape and incest: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Seeing premature granddaughter strengthened my resolve: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Ready to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade overturned: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Signed Tennessee fetal heartbeat abortion ban: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Pro-life includes improving lives of struggling families: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Extending post-partum Medicaid coverage is pro-life: Opposes topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Opposes topic 3:
Support transgender and LGBTQ+ rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
Common sense view of gender: there are two sexes: Strongly Favors topic 3
My faith informs my view of marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Historical evidence: marriage is between a man and a woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Marriage is between a man & a woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Define "sex" as immutably determined at birth: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
America was founded on Christian values
(-5 points on Social scale)
Faith would influence my decisions as governor: Favors topic 4
Former chairman of the Tennessee Prayer Breakfast: Strongly Favors topic 4
Don't exclude faith from public life: Strongly Favors topic 4
Religious liberty is guaranteed to us by the constitution: Strongly Favors topic 4
Faith-based & community initiatives better than government: Strongly Favors topic 4
Proclaimed statewide Day of Prayer & Fasting: Strongly Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Extend coverage for new moms, mental health for children: Favors topic 5
Out-of-box approach to healthcare: create your own system: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare will not expand in Tennessee under my watch: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Community/faith-based care, not big government: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Expand funding for mental health treatment: Favors topic 5
Create K-12 Mental Health Trust Fund for teachers & students: Favors topic 5
Extend postpartum coverage under TennCare to 12 months: Favors topic 5
Tennessee first state to get Medicaid block grant waiver: Opposes topic 5
Defies judges; lets parents opt out of mask mandates: Strongly Opposes topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
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Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Charter schools change lives of at-risk youth: Favors topic 7
Education, including vocational, is key to a bright future: Opposes topic 7
Supports charter schools & vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Fund school choice; competition via charters and ESAs: Strongly Favors topic 7
4% salary boost for teachers; make $40,000 minimum salary: Favors topic 7
Focus on new initiatives in teacher training: Favors topic 7
Set aside money per child for the public school they attend: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strive for best public schools, provide choices for parents: Favors topic 7
We can support choice and public schools at the same time: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Businesses have a right to pollute
(-5 points on Social scale)
Cost-benefit analysis of agricultural regulations: Strongly Favors topic 8
Cutting red tape is a green light for job creators: Strongly Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
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Men of Valor: re-entry program for former offenders: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Sentences should be upheld and violent offenders prioritized: Opposes topic 9
Electronic monitoring for low-risk offenders: Opposes topic 9
Volunteer to mentor degree-seeking inmates: Opposes topic 9
Increase penalties for firearm theft & reckless endangerment: Strongly Favors topic 9
Improve supervision; encourage hiring of former prisoners: Opposes topic 9
Improved enforcement training for police cadets: Favors topic 9
Respect rule of law; reject defund the police movement: Strongly Favors topic 9
At least one Homeland Security Agent in each of our counties: Favors topic 9
Drug traffickers should fear Tennessee: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Law-abiding citizens have a right to guns; don't punish them: Strongly Favors topic 10
Oppose any attempt to ban an entire class of weapons: Strongly Favors topic 10
Reintroducing concealed carry legislation: Strongly Favors topic 10
Mass shooting, concealed carry law "separate issues": Strongly Favors topic 10
Enact permitless "Constitutional Carry" of handguns: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Better to save for emergencies than spend now: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reduce the tax & regulatory burden for everyone: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Halve professional privilege tax, it's arbitrary and unfair: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Break from grocery tax, $150M tax relief to small business: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
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Build the border wall built and forbid sanctuary cities: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Benefits for illegal immigrants is the wrong strategy: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Opposes Trump's tariffs on China: Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Stay away from the UN & Globalism
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Teach civics, with unapologetic American exceptionalism: Strongly Favors topic 14
Expanding civics education with Civics Seal Initiative: Favors topic 14
Informed patriotism and American exceptionalism at colleges: Strongly Favors topic 14
State slogan: "Tennessee - America at Its Best": Strongly Favors topic 14
Elites don't always know best; everyday American people do: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Peace through Strength
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Adjust budget to include benefits, services veterans earned: Favors topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
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Strongly Favors topic 17:
Stay out of foreign wars
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Shut down university group tied to Chinese Communist Party: Strongly Favors topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
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Nuclear power is clean energy that actually works: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Tennessee should be the leader in nuclear energy for America: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
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Raise penalties on drug traffickers, aid non-violent addicts: Opposes topic 19
Opposes recreational marijuana; wait on medical marijuana: Strongly Favors topic 19
Fight Medicaid fraudulent distribution of opioid medications: Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
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Made hard decisions needed on company budget; it worked: Opposes topic 20
Investment & incentives to support rural counties: Favors topic 20
Addressing maintenance the fiscally responsible thing to do: Favors topic 20
Get government out of the way; give jobs chance to flourish: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Recruit business to locate in distressed, at-risk counties: Opposes topic 20

Bill Lee is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative
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