(05-08-2012 05:34 PM)pappy Wrote: Do Dems. have a shot against this tea bagger?
On checking on Joe Donnelly.....
<..> Donnelly is a member of Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate Democrats in Congress. In March 2007, he was recognized as "Blue Dog of the Week" for his work on helping small businesses. He has also broken with the Democratic leadership on several budgetary issues, including the 2008 fiscal budget proposal. In June 2007, he was ranked as one of the ten most independent Democrats by a nonpartisan Congressional Quarterly report.
<..> Donnelly strongly supports expanding health care so it covers a greater number of people. Because many are losing their insurance as a result of losing their jobs, or because their small business cannot afford to provide workers with health care, Donnelly suggests revising the health care plan so that all Americans are covered, as opposed to the 46 million that are currently uninsured. On March 21, 2010, Joe Donnelly voted in favor of approving the Senate version of the Democrats' health care reform bill.
<..> The National Rifle Association (NRA) has consistently supported Donnelly on his views on gun control. He helped promote a project that would get rid of gun registration and the trigger lock law in Washington D.C. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has disapproved of Donnelly’s views and actions since 1998, based on his gun control voting records. He values family traditions and human life; therefore, he is working on making inappropriate content on the web, television, and radio unavailable to children. Donnelly is morally opposed to abortion, and is trying to make adoption more accessible to families.
In 2011, he co-sponsored HR 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The bill contained an exception for "forcible rape," which opponents criticized as potentially excluding drug-facilitated rape, date rape, and other forms of rape. The bill also allowed an exception for minors who are victims of incest.