2012 South Dakota Right to Life General Election Voter Guide

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  • 1. South Dakota Right to Life General Election Voter GuideThe general election for President, U.S. Representative, and numerous state and localoffices is set for November 6. SDRTL is distributing a voter guide in an attempt to cutthrough some of the campaign rhetoric on life issues. If your legislative race is not listed inthis voter guide, it is not a contested race. In general, candidates to the right in the federalraces and toward the top in the legislative races are more likely to be stronger pro-lifevoices in Washington and Pierre, respectively. Remember, voting records always trumpcampaign rhetoric and candidates can be intentionally ambiguous about their record and/orviews on issues concerning life. Don’t forget to turn out to vote for LIFE on November 6 th! Barack Obama (D-I) Mitt Romney (R) U.S. President ▪“I am pro-choice. I believe in ▪“I support the reversal of Roe Roe v. Wade.” v. Wade because it is bad law ▪“With one more vacancy on and bad medicine.” the court, we could be looking ▪“I will support efforts to at a majority hostile to a prohibit federal funding for woman’s right to choose for any organization like Planned the first time since Roe v. Parenthood, which primarily Wade, and that is what is at performs abortions or offers stake in this election.” abortion-related services.” ▪Three days into office he nullified the pro-life ▪“I support the Hyde Amendment, which “Mexico City Policy,” which banned federal broadly bars the use of federal funds for funding of abortions through foreign aid. abortions.” ▪The White House issued a statement ▪“Obamacare will violate that crucial first attacking the No Taxpayer Funding for principle of medicine: ‘do no harm.’” Abortion Act (H.R. 3): “If the President is presented with H.R. 3, his senior advisors ▪“. . . on day one I will eliminate the Obama would recommend that he veto the bill.” Administration rule that compels religious institutions to violate the tenets of their own ▪On March 23, 2010, he signed the Patient faith. Such rules don’t belong in the America Protection and Affordable Care Act that I believe in.” (ObamaCare) into law, which will provide funding for health plans that pay for abortion “On pro-life issues, Mitt Romney and Barack on demand, and will lead to the rationing of Obama provide a stark contrast. As the lifesaving medical treatments. countrys most pro-abortion president, Barack Obama has pursued a radical pro-abortion ▪The Obama Administration issued a “final agenda. It is now time for pro-life Americans rule” mandating that religious schools and to unite behind Mitt Romney. For the sake of hospitals provide health insurance that unborn children, the disabled, and the elderly, covers certain drugs or procedures, even if it we must win.” ~National Right to Life violates their religious and moral convictions. President Carol Tobias Matt Varilek (D) Kristi Noem (R-I) ▪“I believe that in early stages ▪“I am, and always have been, of pregnancy this painful pro-life. From the miracle of U.S. Rep. decision should remain with a conception to a dignified woman and her family.” death, life is precious and ▪First read: His rhetoric seems should be protected. The similar to Sandlin’s. If elected, federal government has no he would likely be in the business forcing taxpayers to pocket of the abortion industry pay for abortions. I’ll maintain just as much as she was. a 100% pro-life voting record.”
  • 2. Sen. Art Fryslie (R-I) ▪received an A rating Rep. Al Novstrup (R) ▪received an A rating District 3 SenateDistrict 2 Senate from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative from SDRTL for his 2011-12 voting record voting record ▪in 2011 and 2012 voted to protect women ▪in 2012 voted to prohibit exchanges from from the coercive practices of abortion including abortion coverage in health plans facilities (HB 1217 and HB 1254) (HB 1185) Rep. H. Paul Dennert (D) ▪received an F rating ▪in 2011 voted to recognize the valuable role from SDRTL for his 2011-12 voting record that pregnancy help centers play in helping ▪in 2012 voted to commemorate abortion on women (SCR 1) demand as a fundamental reproductive right Chuck Welke (D) ▪refused to respond (HCR 1001) Rep. Tim Begalka (R) ▪received an A rating Sen. Ried Holien (R-I) ▪received an A rating District 5 SenateDistrict 4 Senate from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 voting record from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative ▪in 2012 voted to prohibit exchanges from voting record including abortion coverage in health plans ▪in 2012 voted to prohibit exchanges from (HB 1185) including abortion coverage in health plans Rep. Steven Street (D) ▪received an F rating (HB 1185) from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 voting record ▪in 2011 and 2012 voted to protect women ▪in 2012 cosponsored a bill designed to shut from the coercive practices of abortion down pregnancy help centers by placing facilities (HB 1217 and HB 1254) undue regulations upon them (HB 1150) Jeff Dunn (D) ▪refused to respondDistrict 7 Senate District 10 Senate District 12 Senate District 8 Senate District 11 Senate District 13 Senate Sen. Larry Tidemann (R-I) ▪received an F Sen. Russell Olson (R-I) ▪received an A rating rating from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative legislative voting record voting record Pamela Merchant (D) ▪in 2009 voted to ▪in 2012 voted to prohibit exchanges from mandate insurance companies to cover birth including abortion coverage in health plans control measures with abortifacients (SB 134) (HB 1185) ▪in 2009 and 2010 voted for embryonic stem ▪in 2011 and 2012 voted to protect women cell research (SB 195 and SB 74) from the coercive practices of abortion ▪actively involved with Stand Up South facilities (HB 1217 and HB 1254) Dakota, which is a far-left pro-abortion group Charles J. Johnson (D) ▪refused to respond Sen. Shantel Krebs (R-I) ▪received an A rating Sen. Todd Schlekeway (R-I) ▪withdrawn from SDRTL for her 2011-2012 legislative Tom Cool (D) ▪refused to respond voting record First read: Of all the names that are presently ▪in 2011 and 2012 voted to protect women being thrown around to possibly replace from the coercive practices of abortion Senator Schlekeway, either Lora Hubbel or facilities (HB 1217 and HB 1254) Kerri Weems would provide very strong pro- ▪in 2011 voted to recognize the valuable role life representation in Pierre. Both have a solid that pregnancy help centers play in helping pro-life voting record, and both have a history women (SCR 1) of vocally standing up for important pro-life Paul A. Thompson (D) ▪refused to respond issues. Sen. Mark Johnston (R-I) ▪received a C rating Sen. Phyllis M. Heineman (R-I) ▪received an A from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative rating from SDRTL for her 2011-12 legislative voting record voting record ▪in 2011 voted against protecting women from ▪in 2011 voted to recognize the valuable role the coercive practices of abortion facilities that pregnancy help centers play in helping (HB 1217) women (SCR 1) ▪however, in 2012 he decided to vote to Sam Khoroosi (D) ▪in 2011 donated $250 to protect women from the coercive practices of SD Campaign for Healthy Families PAC, which abortion facilities in the “fix it” bill (HB 1254) is a far-left pro-abortion political group that Kent Alberty (D) ▪refused to respond routinely smears pro-life candidates
  • 3. District 15 Senate District 17 Senate District 19 Senate District 21 Senate District 25 SenateDistrict 14 Senate District 16 Senate District 18 Senate District 20 Senate District 22 Senate Deb Soholt (R) ▪refused to respond Kathy Miles (I) ▪in 2009 and 2010 voted Brian Kaatz (D) ▪refused to respond against embryonic stem cell research (SB 195 ▪First read: We are not too enthused about and SB 74) either candidate. Soholt has been dodging Angie Buhl (D-I) ▪received an F rating from our inquiries since May still refusing to have a SDRTL for her 2011-2012 legislative voting public position on life issues. As far as we record and managed to score the lowest can tell, Kaatz is not going to be an Senate pro-life ranking for 2011-2012 improvement over Soholt. We are still ▪in 2012 sponsored a bill designed to shut holding out hope that Soholt doesn’t turn into down pregnancy help centers by placing Joni Cutler 2.0 once in office. Time will tell. undue regulations upon them (HB 1150) Sen. Dan Lederman (R-I) ▪received an A rating John S. Chicoine (R) ▪“I am pro-life. I believe from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative life begins at conception.” voting record Rep. Tom Jones (D) ▪received an F rating ▪in 2012 voted to prohibit exchanges from from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 voting record including abortion coverage in health plans ▪in 2012 voted to commemorate abortion on (HB 1185) demand as a fundamental reproductive right ▪in 2011 and 2012 voted to protect women (HCR 1001) from the coercive practices of abortion ▪in 2012 voted against prohibiting exchanges facilities (HB 1217 and HB 1254) from including abortion coverage in health Michael O’Conner (D) ▪could not contact plans (HB 1185) Sen. Jean M. Hunhoff (R-I) ▪received an A Rep. Frank J. Kloucek (D) ▪received an A rating from SDRTL for her 2011-2012 rating from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative voting record legislative voting record ▪in 2012 voted to prohibit exchanges from Bill Van Gerpen (R) ▪in 2010 voted against including abortion coverage in health plans mandating insurance companies to cover (HB 1185) birth control measures that included ▪in 2011 voted to recognize the valuable role abortifacients (HB 1156) that pregnancy help centers play in helping ▪in 2001 voted for the Baby Moses Law to women (SCR 1) provide for the care of abandoned children David L. Allen (D) ▪refused to respond and the termination of parental rights (SB 92) Sen. Mike Vehle (R-I) ▪received an F rating Sen. Billie H. Sutton (D-I) ▪received an A from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative rating from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 voting record legislative voting record Quinten L. Burg (D) ▪in 2010 voted against ▪in 2011 and 2012 voted to protect women mandating insurance companies to cover from the coercive practices of abortion birth control measures that included facilities (HB 1217 and HB 1254) abortifacients (HB 1156) ▪in 2011 voted to recognize the valuable role ▪in 2007 and 2008 voted against requiring that pregnancy help centers play in helping abortion facilities to offer sonograms (HB women (SCR 1) 1296, SB 88, and HB 1193) John S. Meyer (R) ▪refused to respond Rep. Jim White (R) ▪received an A rating from Sen. Tim Rave (R-I) ▪received an A rating SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative voting from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative record voting record Chris Studer (D) ▪"Life begins at conception Dan Ahlers (D) ▪in 2009 voted for embryonic and all life is precious. With little chance of stem cell research (SB 195) outlawing abortion, I’d support legislation to ▪in 2009 voted to mandate insurance make adoption easier, increase sex education companies to cover abortifacients (SB 134) and provide access to contraception to ▪in 2007 and 2008 voted against requiring prevent unwanted pregnancies.” abortion facilities to offer sonograms (HB 1296, SB 88, and HB 1193)
  • 4. District 33 SenateDistrict 26 Senate Sen. Kent Juhnke (R-I) ▪received an A rating Rep. Phil Jensen (R) ▪received an A rating from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative voting record voting record Larry J. Lucas (D) ▪received an F rating from ▪in 2012 exposed the hypocrisy of abortion SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative voting providers with a hog housed version of HB record 1150 in committee that flipped the regulatory ▪in 2011 and 2012 voted against informed bill back onto Planned Parenthood consent bills that protected women from the Matt McGrath (I) ▪refused to respond coercive practices employed by abortion ▪has publicly attacked Jensen’s sterling pro- facilities (HB 1217 and HB 1254) life record Rep. Brock L. Greenfield (R-I) ▪received an A Rep. David Novstrup (R-I) ▪received an A District 3 HouseDistrict 2 House rating from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 rating from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative voting record legislative voting record Rep. Burt E. Tulson (R-I) ▪received an A rating Dan Kaiser (R) ▪“Our forefathers created a from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative republic to safeguard our rights — one of voting record those being our right to life. We need to Danny Miles (D) ▪refused to respond protect life.” Dennis E. Nemmers (D) ▪refused to respond Zachary Anderson (D) ▪refused to respond Bill Antonides (D) ▪refused to respond Fred Deutsch (R) ▪“I will vote to protect the Rep. Melissa Magstadt (R-I) ▪received an ADistrict 4 House District 5 House unborn, the elderly, and others too weak to rating from SDRTL for her 2011-2012 protect themselves…I AM PRO-LIFE.” legislative voting record James E. Gilkerson (R) ▪“I believe that human Rep. Roger Solum (R-I) ▪received an A rating life begins at the moment of conception.” from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative Kathy Tyler (D) ▪“I am a pro-life Democrat. I voting record do not believe in abortion at any stage of a Dorothy Kellogg (D) ▪could not contact pregnancy.” Jim Peterson (D) ▪in 2002 voted to urge the FDA to reconsider RU-486 (HCR 1012) Isaac Latterell (R-I) ▪states that he will Rep. Scott Munsterman (R-I) ▪received an ADistrict 6 House District 7 House “protect the sanctity of human life from rating from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 conception to natural death” and that he will legislative voting record “reject Obamacare” with its federal mandates Brian Roehrich (R) ▪“I firmly believe that Herman Otten (R) ▪refused to comment human life begins at conception and I Michael Christopher Jauron (D) ▪could not strongly encourage alternative solutions to contact difficult situations.” Joseph Weis (D) ▪indicated that he is “pro- Linda A. Brandt (D) ▪refused to comment choice” but is unwilling to issue a public Rep. Spencer Hawley (D-I) ▪received an F statement to further explain that view rating from SDRTL for his 2011-12 recordDistrict 8 House Leslie J. Heinemann (R) ▪“I believe in the Rep. Steve Hickey (R-I) ▪received an A rating District 9 House protection of life from conception until natural from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative death, and I will support legislation that voting record advances these objectives.” Rep. Bob Deelstra (R-I) ▪received a C rating Scott Parsley (D) ▪refused to respond from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative Roy J. Lindsay (D) ▪refused to respond voting record Mark Anderson (D) ▪refused to respond
  • 5. District 11 House District 14 House District 17 House District 19 House District 21 HouseDistrict 10 House District 12 House District 16 House District 18 House District 20 House Rep. Jenna Haggar (R-I) ▪received an A rating Jim Stalzer (R) ▪states that he believes “in the from SDRTL for her 2011-2012 voting record sanctity of life from conception to natural Don Haggar (R) ▪“I am not shy to admit that death” our religious beliefs are fundamental to how Christine M. Erickson (R) ▪states that she is we view the world, and I believe all life is “pro-life” precious.” Jim Larson (D) ▪refused to respond Jo Hausman (D) ▪refused to respond Darrell D. Solberg (D) ▪in 2010 voted for a bill that would have mandated insurance companies to cover birth control measures that included abortifacients (HB 1156) Rep. Manny Steele (R-I) ▪received an A rating Anne C. Hajek (R) ▪states that she is “very from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 voting record much pro-life.” Rep. Hal Wick (R-I) ▪received an A rating from Larry P. Zikmund (R) ▪“The unborn and SDRTL for his 2011-2012 voting record elderly are among society’s most vulnerable. Mike Knudson (D) ▪refused to respond As your Legislator I will support policies that Susan M. Randall (D) ▪refused to respond protect both groups.” ▪First read: Considering the ever evolving Jeff Winters (D) ▪“Abortion should be illegal leftward lurch of the Knudson brand of except in cases of rape, incest, or the health politics, we should be grateful if Mike is only of the mother.” equally as bad as his father on pro-life issues. Marc S. Feinstein (D-I) ▪received an F rating from SDRTL for his 2011-12 voting record Rep. Jim Bolin (R-I) ▪received an A rating Nancy Rasmussen (R) ▪“I support Right to from SDRTL for his 2011-12 voting record Life. I am a mother of three children and have Rep. Patty Miller (R-I) ▪received an A rating been a caregiver of my aging mother’s. I from SDRTL for her 2011-12 voting record value the quality of life.” Ann Tornberg (D) ▪“I am pro-life and pro- Ray Ring (D) ▪refused to comment child. To me that means, not just fighting to ▪records indicate that he has been active in help children enter the world, but standing up Right to Life in the past for education, health care, and the programs Marion Sorlien (D) ▪refused to comment which help children and families in need.” Stanley Jacobson (D) ▪could not contact Thomas D. Stotz (R) ▪“It is my position that Rep. Stace Nelson (R-I) ▪received an A rating life begins at conception. As a natural health from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative care provider, I believe that it should be voting record respected in all its stages.” Kyle Schoenfish (R) ▪“I support the sanctity Mike Stevens (R) ▪refused to respond of human life. I am pro-life; I oppose abortion, Rep. Bernie Hunhoff (D) ▪received an F rating human cloning, euthanasia, and assisted from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative suicide.” voting record Alan Fenner (D) ▪refused to respond Charlie Gross (D) ▪refused to respond Rep. Lance Carson (R-I) ▪received an A rating Julie Bartling (D) ▪in 2009 voted against from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative mandating abortifacient coverage (SB 134) voting record ▪in 2006 sponsored pro-life legislation (HB Rep. Tona Rozum (R-I) ▪received an A rating 1215 and SJR 2) from SDRTL for her 2011-2012 legislative Rep. Dave Scott (R-I) ▪received an A rating voting record from SDRTL for his 2012 voting record Dave Mitchell (D) ▪refused to respond Lee Qualm (R) ▪“I believe all humans deserve James V. Schorzmann (D) ▪refused to protection of life which begins at conception respond and ends at the time chosen by God.” Gary W. Coleman (D) ▪refused to respond
  • 6. District 25 House District 32 House District 34 House District 26B HouseDistrict 22 House District 27 House District 33 House District 35 House Dick Werner (R) ▪“I am pro-life.” Rep. Jon Hansen (R-I) ▪received an A rating Dale Hargens (D) ▪has a mixed record on life from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative Jay B.K. Slater (R) ▪speaking with him in early voting record May, he indicated that he was pro-life. But, on ▪in 2012 sponsored legislation that prohibited May 21st, he publicly told voters that he was exchanges from including abortion in health pro-choice. Apparently, he is both a pro- plans (HB 1185) abortionist and a little loose with the truth. Scott W. Ecklund (R) ▪"I am strongly pro-life." Rep. Peggy Gibson (D-I) ▪received an F rating ▪has testified in Pierre on behalf of pro-life from SDRTL for her 2011-2012 voting record legislation ▪lowest pro-life rating in the House for 2011-12 Bill Laird (D) ▪refused to respond Elizabeth May (R) ▪has publicly pledged to Rep. Kristin Conzet (R-I) ▪received an A rating support legislation to nullify the from SDRTL for her 2011-2012 legislative implementation of Obamacare voting record Kathleen Ann (I) ▪refused to comment Rep. Brian Gosch (R-I) ▪received an A rating Rep. Kevin Killer (D-I) ▪received an F rating from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 voting record voting record ▪in 2012 voted to commemorate abortion on Jackie Swanson (D) ▪refused to respond demand as a fundamental reproductive right (HCR 1001) Rep. Jacqueline Sly (R-I) ▪received an A Rep. David Lust (R-I) ▪received an A rating rating from SDRTL for her 2011-2012 from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative legislative voting record voting record ▪in 2011 voted to recognize the valuable role Rep. Dan Dryden (R-I) ▪received a B rating that pregnancy help centers play in helping from SDRTL for his 2011-12 voting record women (SCR 1) Mike Reardon (I) ▪could not contact Scott W. Craig (R) ▪"I am thoroughly pro-life, John C. Willman (D) ▪“I believe that abortion from conception to the grave." should be: legal, safe and rare. To ensure Robin A. Page (D) ▪refused to respond this, birth control must be available at a reasonable cost.” Don Kopp (R-I) ▪received an A rating from James Schaefer (R) ▪received an A rating SDRTL for his 2011-2012 legislative voting from SDRTL for his 2011-2012 voting record record ▪in 2011 and 2012 voted to protect women Blaine “Chip” Campbell (R) ▪“’We the People’ from the coercive practices of abortion love good and wise choices. ‘Life, Liberty, facilities (HB 1217 and HB 1254) and the Pursuit of Happiness’ are three of the ▪in 2012 voted to prohibit exchanges from finest.” including abortion in health plans (HB 1185) Shane Liebig (D) ▪refused to respond Maynard J. Konechne (D) ▪“I believe life Jay Pond (D) ▪refused to respond should begin at conception and end with natural death.” This voter guide reflects a complete list of contested Remember, to bring a form of ID along to the legislative races as of August 9. Since the deadline to polls in order to vote and that the polls are open on replace a vacancy created by a candidate that has election day 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM legal time. withdrawn is August 14, this may no longer be a Information for this voter guide was compiled complete list of all candidates on the November ballot. from the following sources: LRC website, SDRTL Early voting for the general election begins Pro-life Rating Scorecard, SDRTL Primary Edition September 21 and can be done either in person at your Voter Guide, Campaign for Liberty candidate county auditor’s office or through the mail by absentee campaign website, various social media, and ballot. phone and electronic media interviews. Please The deadline for registering in person for the contact Spencer Cody with any comments or November election is October 22. Registrations sent concerns regarding this publication at through the mail must be received by October 22. spencercody@hotmail.com or 605-948-2449.