Compare the Candidates – Biographical Profiles and Positions on the Issues

November 6, 2012 Maryland General Election

Candidates for U.S. Senate, Maryland

Benjamin Cardin - D
Daniel John Bongino - R
Dean Ahmad - L
Rob S. Sobhani - U
Lih Young - D
Mary Catherine Podlesak - R
Brandy Baker - G
Ed Tinus - U
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Benjamin Cardin
Daniel John Bongino
Rob S. Sobhani
Lih Young
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)
Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
Military (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, type and date of discharge)
Reasons & Objectives
Why I Am Running for Public Office
Goals If Elected
Achievements If Elected
Areas to Concentrate On
On Entering Public Service
Immigration, a General Statement
Illegal Immigration and Reform
Border Security
Social Services to Undocumented Immigrants
Undocumented Immigrants Impact on US Economy
Federal Enforcement of Immigration Laws
State Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws
Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws
State and Local Immigration Laws
High-Skilled Worker Immigration
Securing Our Borders
Visa Enforcement
Arizona's Strict New Immigration Law
Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants
Real ID Act
Immigration Application Fees
Using National Guard Troops to Secure Mexican Border
Driver's Licenses to Illegals
Illegal Immigration as a Felony
Criminalize Assistance to Illegal Immigrants
Undocumented Immigrants
Naturalization Backlog for Immigrants
National Security & Terrorism
National Security
NSA Surveillance of Citizens
National Security Agency (NSA)
USA Patriot Act
Torture of Terrorists
Making Our Homeland More Secure
Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
National Guard in the Department of Homeland Security vs. Defense
Domestic Intelligence Agencies
Color-Coded Warning System
Local First Responders
Air Security
Hazardous Materials Security
War on Terror, a General Statement
War on Terrorism Policies
National Intelligence Estimate Assessment
Guantanamo Bay Prison (GITMO)
Terrorist Prisoner Rights Under Geneva Conventions
Trials of Terrorist and Combantant Detainees
Habeas Corpus and Legal Rights for Combatant Detainees
Enemy Combatants
Gay, Lesbian & LGBT
Gay, Lesbian & LGBT
Gay Marriage
The Military Don't Ask/Don't Tell Policy
Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Employment Non-Discrimination Act
Legislation for Hate Crimes
Iran, a General Statement
Iran Nuclear Deal
Military Strike
Iranian Opposition
Iran Diplomacy
Iran's involvement in Iraq
Economic Sanctions Against Iran
Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy, a General Statement
Overseas Interventions
Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe
Most Important Foreign Policy Issues
China, a General Statement
China as a Threat
China's Human Rights
Cuba, a General Statement
Embargo of Cuba
Foreign Aid
North Korea
Latin America (South & Central)
Sudan & Darfur
Nuclear Weapons & Non-Proliferation Treaty
Promotion of Democracy Around World
America's Image Abroad
United Nations (UN)
International Criminal Court (ICC)
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Nuclear Treaty with India
US Treaties
Worldwide HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
Nuclear Proliferation & Nuclear Terrorism
Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro
Third World Debt Relief
G8 (Group of Eight Countries)
Dubai Ports Administration Purchase
Middle East
Middle East
Israeli and Palestinian Conflict
Arab Spring
Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia
Palestinian Statehood
Recognition of a Palestinian State
Palestinian West Bank and Gaza
Palestinian Death Toll
War in Lebanon
Hizbullah and Hamas
Saudi Arabia
Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iraq
Afghanistan, a General Statement
Pakistan, a General Statement
Iraq, a General Statement
Timetable for Withdrawal
US Military Presence in Afghanistan
President Hamid Karzai
Predator Drone Strikes
Taliban & Radical Islamic Jihadists
Iraq Policy
Iraq War
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Political Progress
Private Security like Blackwater
Cutting Off War Funding
Federalizing Iraq into Kurd, Shiite and Sunni States
Sunnis and Shiites
Humanitarian Situation in Iraq
Length of Deployments
Continued US Military Presence in Iraq
Deadline for US Pullout
Troop Surge
Iraq's Role in War on Terror
Loss of American Lives in Iraq
Staying in Iraq for "as long as it takes to do the job"
Iraq Role in Making Americans Safer
Military & Defense
Use of Military Force
Military Families
Gays in the Military
Missile Defense System
Defense and Military Budget
Department of Defense and Pentagon
Military Adequacy
Military Industrial Establishment
Cluster Bombs
Reducing Military Costs
Re-instituting the Draft
Military Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC Commission)
Reservists and National Guard
Military Pay, Medical Care and Benefits
National Guard / Reserve Pay, Medical Care and Benefits
Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)
Jobs, a General Statement
Paid Sick, Family and Maternity Leave
Working Class
Equal Pay
Foreign Job Outsourcing
Affirmative Action
Workplace Violence Against Women
Independent Workers
Family and Medical Leave Act
Unemployment Insurance
Workplace Protections
Mine Safety and Health
Job Growth
Government Subsidized Jobs
Reward companies that create domestic jobs
Child Labor
Quality of Jobs
Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA)
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Unemployment Insurance (UI)
Workers Benefits
Overtime Rights
Employment Discrimination
Retirees Returning To Work
Economic Grown and Stimulation
America's Infrastructure
Federal Reserve
Federal Reserve's Interest Rate Policy
Aging of Population
Small Business
Wall Street
Dodd-Frank Act
Business Tax Incentives
Auto Industry
Sarbanes-Oxley Act
Relationship of Big Business and Government
Executive Compensation
Consumer Piracy
Minority-Owned Businesses
Start-Up Incubators
Foreign Ownership of American Businesses
Decline in Manufacturing
Antitrust Enforcement
Intellectual Property Protection
Patent System
Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements
Labor Wages & Unions
Minimum Wage
Employee Free Choice Act
Right-to-Work Laws
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
Worker Retraining
Immigration of Highly Skilled Workers
Wage Discrimination
Time-and-a-Half for Overtime
Davis Bacon Act
Political Activities of Public Union Members
Wage Gap between Rich and Poor
Wage Gap between Men and Women
Organized Labor's Place in America
Permanent Replacement of Strikers
Declining Percent of Unionized Workers
Tax Proposals
Tax Code
Tax Reform
Income Tax Rates
Taxing the the Wealthiest 1%
Corporate Income Taxes
Taxes on Interest, Dividends, and Capital Gains
Estate Taxes (Death / Birth Tax)
Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
Extending the Bush Tax Cuts
Value-Added Tax
Taxes Policy
National Sales Tax
Flat Tax
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Marriage Penalty
Income Tax on Seniors
Tax Rates on Private Equity Funds
2001 Tax Cuts
Tax Credits for College
Tax Credits for Health Care
Child Tax Credit
Tax-Free Savings Accounts
Business Tax Credits
R&D Tax Credit
Corporate Tax Loopholes
Offshore Tax Havens
Oil Company Tax Breaks
Property Taxes
Internal Revenu Service (IRS)
Higher Education
No Child Left Behind Act, a General Statement
Religion in Public Schools
Public Schools K-12
Local Control Over Education
Private School Vouchers
Charter Schools
Standardized Testing
Improving Education
Department of Education
Head Start
High Schools
Adult Education
Community Colleges
Classroom Size
Parental Involvement
Computers in Schools
Federal Mandates
Federal Funding of Private Schools
No Child Left Behind Act Federal Funding Level
Teacher Pay
Teacher Standards
Student Standards
Education Gap with Other Countries
Summer School
School Safety
Drugs in Schools
Elections & Politics
Elections, a General Statement
Campaign Contribution Limits (Citizens United)
Campaign Spending Limits
Election Reform
Campaign Finance Reform
Political Expenditures Disclosure
527 'Stealth' PACs
Bundling Campaign Contributions
Public Funding of Political Campaigns
Small Donors
Soft-money Political Contributions
Lobbyist Campaign Contributions
Voting and Election Reform
Election-day Registration
Government, a General Statement
Special Interests
Government Reform
Government Accountability
Government Agencies
Bureaucracy & Regulations
State Block Grants
States' Rights
Lobbying Reform
Reporting of Lobbyist Contacts
Government Ethics
Government Officials Becoming Lobbyists
Executive Branch Employees Accepting Corporate Gifts
Sunset Clauses
Freedom of Information Act
Citizen Participation
Availability of Government Information
Live Broadcasts of Agency Deliberations
Single 6 Year Term for US President
Term Limits for Supreme Court & Federal Justices
Term Limits for US Representatives and Senators
FEMA and Hurricane Katrina
New Orleans
U.S. Postal Service
Environment, a General Statement
Global Warming, Climate Change
ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) Oil Drilling
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Environmental Regulation
Clean Air Act & Clear Skies Initiative
Clean Air Technologies
Carbon Tax
Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
Developing World Greenhouse Emissions
Developing World and Climate Change
Environment Technology for Developing World
Tropical Deforestation
Cap-and-Trade System to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Free Market Incentives
Power Plant Emissions
Higher Gasoline Tax
Kyoto Protocol
U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Clean Water Act and Water Quality
Clean Drinking Water
Toxic Waste
Polluter-Pays Superfund Fees
Interior Department
National Parks
National Forests and Healthy Forests Initiative
National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act
Land, Rivers and Lakes
Factory Farms
Tropical Rainforests
Recycling and Trash
Abortion, Pro-Life, Stem Cell & Cloning
Legality of Abortion - Roe v. Wade
Stem Cell Research, a General Statement
Guns, a General Statement
African, Latino & Native Americans
Latino Americans
African Americans
Racism and Race Relations
Racial Profiling
National Campaign for Tolerance
Native Americans, a General Statement
Native American Rights
Trade, a General Statement
North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
Trade Policy Priorities
Free Market Vision
Trade with China
Free Trade Agreements (FTA)
Global Workers' Rights
Global Environmental Standards
China Currency Manipulation
Barriers to American Goods in Other Countries
Incentives to Move Offshore
Protective Tariffs
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
Unfair Trade Practices
Trade Deficit
Fast Track Authority
World Trade Organization / General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (WTO/GATT)
Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)
North American Union
Other Trade Agreements
Internet, Media & Communications
Internet, a General Statement
Internet Neutrality
Internet Freedom Preservation Act
Taxes on Internet Purchases
High Speed Broadband Deployment
Broadband Access for Rural and Disadvantaged Communities
Internet Crime
Internet Pornography
Internet Sexual Assault of Children
Parental Blocking
Internet Privacy Protections
Digital Rights Management
Internet Gambling
Chinese Censorship of Internet
Rich Poor 'Internet Divide'
E-Science Research
Media, a General Statement
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Concentrated of Media Ownership
Wireless Spectrum
Adult-Oriented Commercial Advertising
Federal Budget & Fiscal Policy
Fiscal Policy, a General Statement
Reducing the Deficit
Debt Limit
Government Shut Down
Federal Budget & Debt
Deficit Spending
Government Efficiency
Balanced Budget & Constitutional Amendment
Presidential Line-item Veto Power
Spending Limits
Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) Rule for Tax Cuts or New Spending
Medical Insurance
Health Insurance, a General Statement
Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
Medicare Vouchers
Universal Medical Care / Insurance
Fixing Medicare
Medically Uninsured or Underinsured
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Fixing Medical Insurance
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Limitations
Employers' Medical Insurance
Employers vs Employees As Chief Health Care Buyer
Coverage of Children
State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
Free Market Health Care
Health Insurance Purchase Choices
Portable Medical Insurance
State Plans
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
Market-Based Medical Insurance
Medical Insurance Block Grants
TRICARE Health Insurance
Medical Insurance Discrimination
Misuse of Health Records
Medicare Reimbursement Formulas
Uniform Billing and Claims
Paperless Claims
Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan (FEHBP) Buy-In
Federal Reinsurance Medical Pool
Chronic & Catastrophic Illnesses
Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)
Medical Malpractice Reform
Business Tax Credits for Employee Health Coverage
Tax Credit / Deductible for Medical Insurance
Crime, a General Statement
Human Trafficking
Police & FBI Agents
Reducing Crime
Neighborhood Crime
Youth and Gang Crime
Identity Theft
Hate Crime
Sex-related Crimes
Crimes Against Children
Violence Against Women
Child Abuse And Neglect
Corporate Crime
Victimless Crimes
Non-Violent Crime
Domestic Violence
Corporate Fraud
Courts, Laws & Justice
Courts, a General Statement
Supreme Court
America's Criminal Justice System, a General Statement
Racial Profiling
Death Penalty
Justice Department
Criminals Serving Their Full Terms
Three Strikes Criminal Sentencing Standard
Videotaping Criminal Interrogations
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
Crack-Powder Sentencing Disparity
Judicial Discretion and Alternative Sentencing
Voting Rights for X-Felons
Property Rights and Eminent Domain
Privacy Rights
Obscenity Laws
Activist Judges Legislating from the Bench
Judicial Appointments
Conservative / Liberal Balance on Supreme Court
Federal Judges Confirmation Procedures
Legal Reform, a General Statement
Tort Reform and Frivolous Suits
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Product Liability Reform
Caps on Punitive Damages
Class Action Reform
Bankruptcy Reform
Bankruptcy Means-Testing & Restrictions
Health & Medical
Health & Medical Care, a General Statement
Improving Health & Medical Care
Reducing Health Care Costs
Rationing Health Care
Disease Prevention
Rural Health Care
Health Information Interchange Network
Quality and Cost Reporting
Biomedical Superiority
Patient's Bill of Rights
Medical Errors
Immunizations and Vaccinations
Health Opportunity Accounts
Alternative Medicine
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Medical Research
Public Health Workers
Association Health Plans (AHP)
Children's Health
Women's Health
Elderly's Health
Health Disparities
Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
Lead Poisoning
Mercury Pollution
Mental Health
Bird Flu (Avian Influenza)
Drug Addiction
Mad Cow
West Nile Virus
Alzheimer's Disease
Substance Abuse
Resistance to Antibiotics
Energy, Gas, Oil & Autos
Energy, a General Statement
Energy Independence from Foreign Oil
Oil Drilling
Gas Prices
Oil and Gas Subsidies
Oil Company Profits
Canadian Oil (Keystone) Pipeline
Nuclear Power
Renewable Energy, Solar, Biomass and Wind
Fuel Efficiency & Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards
Shale Gas Development
Regulation of Energy Companies
Gulf Oil Spill
Offshore Oil Drilling Safety Standards
Energy Efficiency and Standards
Green Homes and Improvements
Energy Research and Development
Renewable Fuels, Biofuels and Ethanol
Solar Energy Investment Tax Credit Bill
Hydrogen Cell Fuel Initiative
Utility Deregulation
Natural Gas
Electricity Transmission Grid
Energy Bill
Department of Energy
Domestic Energy Production
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Production Tax Credit
Strategic Energy Fund
Energy Efficient Government Buildings
Gas & Oil, a General Statement
Developing World Oil Demand
Wellhead Tax
Low Carbon Fuels
Auto Industry
Hybrid & All Electric Cars
Flexible Fuel Vehicles
Values, Religion & Family
Family Values
American Values
Sexual Misconduct of Politicians
Religion in Government
Religious Tolerance
Child Support Enforcement Budget
Desecration of Flag Constitutional Amendment
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
Transportation, a General Statement
Traffic Congestion
Highway Safety
Drunk Driving
Public Transportation
Bikes and Pedestrians
Veterans, a General Statement
Veterans' Health and Medical Care
GI Bill & Veterans' Benefits
Retired Veterans Benefits and Health Care
Survivor Benefits
Disabled Veterans Health Care
Homeless Veterans
Vetreran Job Retraining
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Veterans Funding
Disability Claims
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Brain Injuries (TBI)
Persian Gulf War Illnesses
Agent Orange Related Illness
Walter Reed Army Medical Center Scandal
POWs and MIAs
Veterans Administration (VA)
Theft of Military Identity Data from VA
Veterans' Recognition
Civil Rights
Civil Rights, a General Statement
USA Patriot Act
Women's Issues
Hate Crimes
Human Rights
Equal Rights Amendment
Persons with Disabilities
Property Rights vs. Civil Rights
National Security Agency (NSA) Electronic Surveillance of US Citizens
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
Housing, a General Statement
Subprime Mortgage Crisis
Mortgage Lending
Federal Mortgage Regulation
Predatory Lending
Mortgage Bankers Lending Standards
Federal Housing Administration (FHA)
Neighborhoods, a General Statement
Community Development
Community Development Block Grant Program
Affordable Housing
Low Income Housing
Veteran Homeownership
Prescription Drugs
Prescription Drugs, a General Statement
Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program for Seniors
Safety of Prescription Drugs
Increasing Prescription Drug Competition
Negotiating Pharmaceutical Prices
Bringing Generic Drugs on the Market Sooner
Regulating Drug Advertising, Like Cigarettes and Alcohol
Social Security & Pensions
Social Security, a General Statement
Long Term Viability of Social Security
Privatizing Social Security
Social Security Trust Fund
Raising the Retirement Age or Reducing Payment Levels
Means Testing for Social Security Payments
Tax on Social Security Benefits
Pensions, a General Statement
Pension Reform
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Individual Retirement Accounts
401(k) Plans
Savers' Credit
Other Retirement Improvements
Consumers, a General Statement
Credit Cards
Consumer Fraud and Protection
Credit Card Bill of Rights
Credit Card Company Practices
Credit Agencies
Truth In Lending
Insurance Industry
Financial Consumer Protection
Payday Loans
Imported Products' Safety
Consumer Product Safety
Consumer Products Safety Commission
Illegal Drugs & Marijuana
Illegal Drugs, a General Statement
Medical Use of Marijuana
Legalization of Marijuana
War on Drugs
Punishments for Drug Crimes
Drug Czar
Drug Prevention
Drug Rehabilitation
Poverty & Welfare
Poverty, a General Statement
Urban Poverty
Urban Recovery
Rural Poverty
Rural Recovery
Poor Children
Housing Assistance
Katrina Victims
Welfare, a General Statement
Faith-based Initiative Funding
Improving the Welfare System
Public Service
Public Service, a General Statement
Mandate Public Service
Peace Corps
Science, Technology & Space
Science, a General Statement
Science and Technology Research and Development
Technology, a General Statement
National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding
Women and Minority Research Grants
Space, a General Statement
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Transfer Space Travel to Private Companies
Space Station
Aerospace Industry
Food & Agriculture
Food, a General Statement
Agriculture, a General Statement
Agriculture Reforms
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Protecting Food Safety
Department of Agriculture
Farm Bill
Farm Subsidies
Farm Corporation Subsidies
Other Farm Assistance
Financial Crisis
Financial Crisis
Banks too Big to Fail
Bank & Financial Corp Bailouts
Bail Outs of General Motors and Chrysler
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
$700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Bailout
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Financial Industry Regulation
Prosecution of Financial Fraud
Investment Banking
High-Frequency Trading
Hedge Funds & Private Equity Firms
Financial Meltdown
America's Brand of Capitalism
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