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What is a Useful Idiot?

In political jargon, the term useful idiot was used to describe Soviet sympathizers in Western countries.

The implication is that though the person in question naively thought themselves an ally of the Soviet Union, they were actually held in contempt and were being cynically used.

The term has been extended to other people perceived as propagandists for a cause they do not understand.

Beware of the Useful Idiots who live in liberal democracies. Knowingly or unknowingly, they serve as the greatest volunteer and effective soldiers of Islam. They pave the way for the advancement of Islam and they will assuredly be among the very first victims of Islam as soon as it assumes power.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Vote with FACTS in 2012: The untold facts on all Senate candidates

Mind blowing speech by Robert Welch in 1958 predicting Insiders plans to destroy America 




 "It astonishes me to find... [that so many] of our countrymen... should be contented to live under a system which leaves to their governors the power of taking from them the trial by jury in civil cases, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of commerce, the habeas corpus laws, and of yoking them with a standing army. This is a degeneracy in the principles of liberty... which I [would not have expected for at least] four centuries." - Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1788

"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education." - Thomas Jefferson, letter to William C. Jarvis, September 28, 1820

"There has never been a golden age of liberty, and there never will be. People who value freedom will always have to defend it from those who claim the right to wield power over others." - David Boaz



Finally! The untold facts on all Senate candidates

Here's an in-depth look at 33 seats up for grabs – and who's grabbing

 Posted: December 26, 2011
8:12 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2011 WND


Control of the U.S. Senate is now up for grabs in what could be one of the most competitive elections in years – and the struggle for power appears to hinge on 10 hotly contested seats that could go to either party.

Thirty-three U.S. Senate seats are now available for the taking. Democrats have 23 seats up for election, including two independents (Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is retiring, and Vermont's Bernie Sanders, who is seeking re-election) who caucus with the Democrats. Of those 23, six are retiring and 17 are seeking re-election. 

Republicans have only 10 seats up for election. Two Republicans are retiring, while eight are seeking re-election. To claim a Senate majority, Republicans must gain four seats (or three to tie) in 2012. 

According to the Cook Political Report, some of the biggest toss-up Senate seats include New Mexico, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, Montana, Nevada, Missouri, Massachusetts, Nebraska and North Dakota. All are controlled by Democrats, except Massachusetts, where Sen. Scott Brown is struggling to hold his favor with voters against Elizabeth Warren, who is leading in recent polls.
The Cook Political Report also rates 21 races as being to some extent competitive, five more than any of the three preceding elections. 

The Cook Political Report features this race rating projection. The green area represents U.S. Senate seats that could go to any party.

The following is an in-depth look at all current contenders seeking their party's nomination and, ultimately, election to the Senate in 2012. (Please note that there are four pages to this profile.):


Joe Lieberman

1) Joe Lieberman, Indep.-Conn. – retiring 


Brian K. Hill with U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.

A lawyer, small-business owner and former Judge Advocate General Corps officer, Brian Hill was honorably discharged from active duty as a major. He was deployed around the world, including numerous times to Kuwait, Egypt and Qatar. Hill has also lived overseas and in eight different states. In the United States, he supported Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom in Washington, D.C., Georgia and Virginia. 

Hill's degrees include: bachelor of science in political science from Southern Connecticut State University, juris doctor from Howard University School of Law and master of law in military law with a specialty in federal contract law from the Army Judge Advocate General Legal School and Center. 

Hill advocates reducing the following: corporate and personal marginal tax rates, the size of federal bureaucracy, complexity of the tax code, federal regulations, the debt and the deficit. He supports increasing fair trade, domestic energy production and legal immigration for highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs. 

He proposes eliminating the alternative minimum tax, the federal gas tax, death tax, capital gains tax, food taxes and payroll taxes. 

On health care, Hill seeks to eliminate Obamacare, separate health insurance from employment, enact tort reform, promote federal health-savings accounts, impose means testing for all entitlements and eliminate waste and fraud in Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Additionally, he supports school choice, repealing "No Child Left Behind," imposing term limits, killing Cap-and-Trade legislation and developing a domestic energy plan to explore America's own natural resources.

A professional wrestling magnate, Linda McMahon developed World Wresting Entertainment, or WWE, with her husband, Vince McMahon. The largest professional wrestling company in the world, WWE promotes two brands: Raw and SmackDown. She stepped down as chief executive officer of WWE in 2009 and is widely recognized as one of the nation's top business executives.

World Wrestling Entertainment superstars John Morrison and the Miz perform for U.S. troops Dec. 4, 2009, in Iraq.

Linda McMahon
McMahon said she will soon offer a comprehensive jobs plan that "acknowledges that economic growth is not a government program." She said Obamacare is "a massive new entitlement that America cannot afford" and promised to work to repeal it and replace it with a "market-based proposal that reduces costs to individuals and increases competition." McMahon proposes allowing businesses to "pool risk" and offer insurance to employees at a discounted rate, allowing companies to sell health insurance across state lines and eliminating frivolous lawsuits.

On energy, she supports simplifying and expediting approval for oil and gas projects in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and some federal lands.

On education, McMahon supports school choice, online education and homeschooling.
McMahon serves on the boards of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., and the Close Up Foundation. In 2009, she was appointed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to serve on the Connecticut Board of Education. 

She graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor of science degree in French. McMahon won Connecticut Tea Party Patriots' 2012 Senate straw poll in February. 

Chris Shays

Chris Shays is a former U.S. representative who served Connecticut's 4th district for two decades and a prominent GOP moderate. He lost a re-election bid to Democrat Rep. Jim Himes in 2008.
Shays served as co-chairman of the federal Commission on Wartime Contracting, an independent, bipartisan legislative commission tasked with studying wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Shays has voted with Democrats many times, including casting his vote against all four articles of impeachment for then-President Bill Clinton and against the federal marriage amendment. He also voted for gun control and for overturning the ban on open homosexuals serving in the military.
Shays earned a master of business administration and a master of public administration degree from New York University. 



A libertarian and strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Paul Passarelli believes in the "presumptive right of the people to possess all manner of guns, knives, swords, weapons, etc." While he supports what he terms a woman's "right" to have an abortion, he opposes the use of federal funds to pay for the procedure. 

Passarelli explains on his campaign website that he believes homosexual marriage must be recognized by the federal government:

"The question of whether gay marriage should be recognized by the federal government in the [legal] aspect is unquestionably yes, subject to all of the same provisions as heterosexual marriage. There was a time when the notion of marriage across religious lines was 'taboo' when marriage across ethnic lines was too [sic]. While some people are still offended when they see a 'mixed' marriage, the law cannot be."

Whenever he votes on a bill, Passarelli promises to issue a summary on his vote and a position paper detailing his thoughts and analysis. He also proposes legislation that would require members of Congress to receive "the same health care as citizens are able to obtain privately and at similar out-of-pocket expense."

Passarelli describes himself as a political outsider, an advocate of American civil liberties and a fiscal conservative.


Susan Bysiewicz

A former representative and secretary of the state of Connecticut, Democrat Susan Bysiewicz graduated from Yale University and Duke University School of Law.

Bysiewicz implemented Connecticut's CONCORD system, giving the public online access to information about more than 340,000 registered businesses in the state. According to her campaign website, she also completed the Connecticut Voter Registration System to streamline the state's electoral rolls, protect voter rights and prevent voter fraud. 

As a U.S. senator, Bysiewicz said she will keep well-paying jobs in her state by rebuilding infrastructure, investing in new industry and cutting taxes for the middle class and small businesses. She promises to push for simplification of the tax code and ensuring small businesses have the resources they need to survive.

On energy, Bysiewicz would support investment in research by universities to develop new technologies to create "green jobs" and foster energy independence. She seeks to expand companies developing solar, wind and biofuel technology. On education, Bysiewicz would seek to increase federal funding for Head Start, Pell Grants and federal college loans. She said she would advocate elimination of tax breaks that encourage corporations to ship jobs overseas, ensuring the state's workers are "competing on an even playing field with foreign workers."

She promises to protect key elements of Obamacare, including: 1) reducing the cost of health insurance to small businesses, 2) requiring preventative care, 3) prohibiting denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions, 4) allowing children to receive health insurance on their parents' plan until age 26 and 5) extending Medicare's prescription drug coverage.

Finally, Bysiewicz pledges to "promote open and transparent government" by holding regular office hours, ending corporate influence on elections and making earmark requests transparent.

A Democrat representing Connecticut's 5th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, Chris Murphy is known for knocking on doors and holding dozens of "supermarket office hours." 

Murphy authored Connecticut's Stem Cell Investment Act and a statewide ban on smoking in the workplace. 

During his second congressional term, Murphy was appointed to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he helped draft Obamacare. Murphy's campaign website describes him as being "a leading voice for the public option."

As current co-chairman of the Congressional Land Conservation Caucus, Murphy prides himself on his commitment to environmental protection. He has also advocated for the federal government to abandon the Defense of Marriage Act and end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that banned openly homosexual individuals from serving in the military. A firm supporter of abortion "rights" and "comprehensive sex education," Murphy promises to fight against "efforts that chip away at Roe v. Wade."

Murphy attended Williams College and received his law degree from the University of Connecticut. 

William Tong

A corporate attorney and son of a Chinese immigrant, William Tong spent his childhood working side-by-side with his parents in their family restaurant, washing dishes, cooking and waiting tables. When his father faced deportation in 1972, the elder Tong wrote a six-page letter to President Richard Nixon. Just one year before William Tong was born, the Department of Justice allowed his father to stay and become a U.S. citizen.

In a 2006 state representative race, Tong soundly defeated a Republican incumbent and made history as the first Democrat ever to represent the 147th district in the General Assembly and the first Asian-Pacific-American elected to state level in Connecticut's history.

The Hartford Courant nicknamed him the "Asian Obama."
Tong proposes increasing credit for small businesses, expanding foreclosure relief to stabilize the housing market and taking the lead on renewable and alternative technologies by creating financing programs to speed adoption of fuel cells, solar panels and energy-efficiency products.
Tong is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Chicago Law School. Within just 50 days of announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate, Tong reportedly raised $550,000.

A 14-year union member, Democrat Lee Whitnum holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University. She is author of two novels, "Hedge Fund Mistress" and "What About the Dead?"
Whitnum's latest book is "Anti-AIPAC not Anti-Semitic: The Israel Lobby's Dangerous Control of Congress." 

She describes herself as "vehemently anti-AIPAC and anti-Zionist." On her campaign website, she writes, "American fundamentalist Christian Zionists are a huge, misguided, political force in our country. ... Israel needs to do right by its underclass; any decisions based on maintaining a 'Jewish majority' is racial prejudice and, as Americans, we should reject it as contrary to our values. If Israel desires racial purity compensate your underclass and relocate them. Many would go – and absorb the rest. Slaughter and oppression is not the answer."

She also writes, "I am running to stand by President Obama in the inevitable showdown with Netanyahu."


Daniel Akaka

2) Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii – retiring 


John Carroll enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. After graduating from the University of Hawaii, he transferred to the U.S. Air Force and became a jet fighter pilot. He earned his law degree from St. Mary's University College of Law and later specialized in aviation law. Carroll was a commercial pilot for Hawaiian Airlines from 1958 to 1989.

Carroll was elected five times to the Hawaii State Legislature, with four terms as a representative in the House and one term as a state senator.

"I have the experience needed to do this job and will bring a consistent set of conservative values that I share with so many of Hawaii's people," he said in a press release announcing his Senate bid. He offered the following 10-point plan:

1) Lower Hawaii's high cost of living by seeking relief from the archaic Jones Act.

2) Restore ideological balance on the national agenda by giving a voice to those in Hawaii who do not believe in the liberal policies espoused by all of our congressional delegation.

3) Reinvigorate the national and state economies through tax reduction, deregulation and promotion of the principles of our free-enterprise system.

4) Demand fiscal accountability from local and national government. Cut costs and eliminate waste before incurring more debt or resorting to taxation.

5. Overhaul the federal tax code. The existing tax laws have become convoluted, complex and unfair. We should seek simplification, a national sales or flat tax alternative, and eliminate the income tax and IRS.

6) Adherence to the integrity of constitutional law. Personal freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution are not negotiable, and not subject to judicial "modification."

7) Re-establish sustainable agriculture and aquaculture in Hawaii. Once a model for sustainability and self-sufficiency, Hawaii is now almost totally dependent on expensive imports for food and energy.

8) Fight the "dumbing down" of America and Hawaii. Our public-education system has failed generations of young Americans and has hastened the decline of our ability to compete globally.

9) Defend our island values and environment. Hawaii's unique resources and ecosystem must be protected for future generations.
10) Kanaka Maoli justice. Resist the race-based "define and separate" policies inherent in the proposed Akaka bill, and release land, in fee, directly to qualified native Hawaiians.

Linda Lingle, former governor of Hawaii from December 2002 to December 2010, was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the honorary delegation to accompany him to Jerusalem for the celebration of Israel's 60th anniversary in May 2008. She is active in the Republican Jewish Coalition. 

On July 6, 2010, Lingle vetoed Hawaii House Bill 444, which would have allowed civil unions for homosexuals in Hawaii, arguing the issue should be decided by referendum. Her campaign website explains that her top priority as U.S. senator will be "federal policies and initiatives that will encourage job creation in the short term and create a vibrant and growing economy in the longer term." 

Linda Lingle and President Obama at the White House in 2009.
More than a year and half after Barack Obama was elected president, Lingle is known for publicly voicing the alleged exact location of Obama's birth, saying, "The president was, in fact, born at Kapi'olani Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii." Her disclosure was believed to be the first time a state government official had declared the precise place where Obama was born, despite numerous other published claims, including some for a different hospital in Honolulu. 

"It's been an odd situation," Lingle said, referring to the continuing controversy over the disputed natural-born citizenship of Obama. "This issue kept coming up so much in the campaign, and again I think it's one of those issues that is simply a distraction from the more critical issues that are facing the country. … I think it's again a horrible distraction for the country by those people who continue this." 

Lingle earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge.

Ed Case

Ed Case attended Williams College in Massachusetts, graduating with a major in psychology in 1975. After college, he worked as a legislative assistant for U.S. Sen. Spark Matsunaga.
Just a few years later, intent upon a career in elective politics, he earned a law degree from the University of California, Hastings, College of Law in 1981. He returned to Hawaii in 1981 and worked as a law clerk to Hawaii Supreme Court Justice William Richardson. In 1983, he joined the law firm Carlsmith Ball, where he practiced for 20 years, focusing on land and commercial law. He became partner at the firm in 1989. 

In 1994, Case was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives. He served eight years and was later elected to the U.S. House of Representatives following the death of U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink, D-Hawaii. He served three terms in the U.S. House. 

As part of his agenda, Case said he will reject "unreasonable and harmful levels of taxation, regulation and spending," focus on small businesses, bring federal contracts to Hawaii, propose a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, cap discretionary spending and strengthen efforts to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in government.

He also supports reforms for No Child Left Behind and banning the use of Social Security trust funds for non-Social Security purposes. Case promises to improve Obamacare with the addition of tort reform "and other cost controls" and "heighten global environmental protection as centerpiece to our foreign policy." 

Barack Obama and Mazie Hirono

Born in Fukushima, Japan, on Nov. 3, 1947, Mazie Hirono became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1959, the year Hawaii became a state. She is the first Asian-American woman to be sworn into Congress.

Hirono graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where she focused on public interest law. Following graduation from law school, Hirono returned to Hawaii and served as deputy attorney general before entering private practice. She was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 1980. She was later elected as Hawaii's lieutenant governor in 1994, where she served two four-year terms. 

Hirono has been endorsed by EMILY's List for pro-choice women. She voted "no" on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. In 2007, she voted "yes" on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines and providing "emergency contraception" at military facilities.
She opposed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Hirono also voted no on opening the Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling and barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. She supports enforced limits on "CO2 global warming pollution" and removing oil and gas exploration subsidies.

Hirono supported the Cash for Clunkers program and repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. She voted to expand the Children's Health Insurance Program and supports eliminating tax breaks for the wealthy.


New Mexico

Jeff Bingaman

3) Jeff Bingaman, D-New Mexico – retiring


Bill English describes his name recognition as being on a level with "a pet rock named Seymour."
However,  English supports a return to the principles of the nation's Founding Fathers and its Constitution. He advocates the immediate repeal of Obamacare and a "more common sense approach to health care in America that does not violate the Constitution and does not bilk the American people of their heard-earned dollars with unconstitutional requirements to purchase government health care." He supports a reduction in government and "government interference in the lives of all Americans."

A states' rights advocate, English also supports fiscal responsibility that "takes care of the needs of the citizens of this country and does not dole out American tax dollars to foreign nations in the form of foreign aid to dictators who steal from their own citizens and would gladly slip a knife between the ribs of America the first chance they got." His fiscal policy is simple: "If we don't have the money, we don't spend the money." He supports a fair tax and term limits in the House and Senate.

English argues for reduced involvement in United Nations mandated policies and treaties that haven't been ratified by Congress and supports "absolutely no involvement either by treaty or by agreement with the United Nations World Court." 

Finally, on immigration, English advocates for "immediate expulsion of all foreign nationals who have entered or crossed our national borders illegally" and the completion of the national border security fence.

The youngest of eight children, John Sanchez was raised by a single mother in New Mexico. He has been a small-business owner for nearly 30 years. Sanchez served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002. In 2012, he was elected lieutenant governor. 

Sanchez believes in getting the government out of the way so entrepreneurs can grow their businesses and create jobs. He explains on his campaign website, "As the federal government grows and becomes a larger percentage of the American economy, it stifles private sector job growth and forces a greater reliance on government services and programs."

He is seeking to put an end to open-border policies that allow human trafficking and drugs to erode the nation's communities. He explains, "We must protect our borders so that Americans are afforded the safety and security that they rightfully expect."

Sanchez describes himself as a pro-life conservative who has "never wavered in his commitment to protecting the unborn." He also advocates for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, arguing that affordable and accessible health care starts with honest liability reform so good doctors and patients can make health decisions. Sanchez supports a balanced-budget amendment and has signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge.

Sowards family. Greg Sowards and wife are pictured in white shirts.

In 1970, Greg Sowards enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea, where he provided support for operations in Vietnam while maintaining a U.S. presence there. Sowards explains, "I learned the meaning of sacrifice, and the necessity to defend the rights of people to form and preserve a democracy in the face of communism. During this time away from the United States, I became aware of the sanctity of our Constitution and the liberty that it affords." 

When Sowards returned to the states, he graduated with his teaching degree from Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Karen, started their first business in 1982 – manufacturing mini trampolines. However, he soon learned that he could buy imports for less money than he could buy raw materials. Sowards recalled, "I learned that one-sided trade agreements, unfair taxes and over-regulation hurt businesses and the economy here in the United States."

He soon patented a soccer training device called the Kwik Kik and sold tens of thousands of them around the world. 

In 1987, he and Karen began a child-care business in Las Cruces, N.M. The business thrived, and they now care for more than 600 children in six facilities and employ more than 70 people.
Once he takes office as a U.S. senator, Sowards promises to ask himself the following five questions before considering any piece of legislation:
  • Is this legislation worth putting our children and grandchildren into debt?
  • What effect does it have on America's traditional family?
  • Does it take rights away from law-abiding citizens and give them to criminals?
  • Does it strengthen and uphold the U.S. Constitution?
  • Does it protect the sovereignty of America?
Sowards believes "life is not a choice," marriage is between one man and one woman, unimpeded gun ownership is a right and fiscal responsibility is not an option but a responsibility. He believes the government must slash spending, lower taxes and eliminate burdensome regulations to allow businesses to reinvest profits, hire employees and produce new products.

Finally, Sowards pledges to vote for repealing Obamacare without replacing it – and for legislation that will simplify the tax code.

Heather Wilson was the first woman ever to command a basic training unit after the U.S. Air Force Academy began admitting women. She graduated from the academy in 1982 as a distinguished graduate and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University. She continued her education at Jesus College, Oxford University, earning a master and doctor of philosopy in international relations. Her book, "International Law and the Use of Force by National Liberation Movements," won the 1988 Paul Reuter Prize, the second ever awarded.

Heather Wilson

Wilson served in the U.S. Air Force for seven years, until she was chosen to serve as director for European defense policy and arms control at the National Security Council. She left government work in 1991 and founded Keystone International Inc., a company that specialized in working with senior executives in American defense and scientific corporations.

In 1995, then-Gov. Gary Johnson appointed Wilson to be cabinet secretary for New Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Department. Wilson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where she served New Mexico's 1st congressional district from 1998 to 2009.
Wilson is also known for blasting CBS and Viacom at a House FCC hearing in 2004 after Janet Jackson exposed her breast during a half-time show at Super Bowl XXXVIII. 

"You knew what you were doing," she told the president of Viacom. "You knew what kind of entertainment you were selling, and you wanted us to be all abuzz, here in this room and on the playground in my kids' school, because it improves your ratings. It improves your market share, and it lines your pockets."

On the issue of life, Wilson has voted for: expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, banning partial-birth abortion, forbidding human cloning and banning abortion funding in U.S aid abroad.

On the economy, Wilson voted against the $15 billion bailout of GM and Chrysler and against the $60 billion stimulus package in 2008. She also voted for restriction of bankruptcy rules and regulation of the subprime mortgage industry. Wilson has voted for a ban on homosexual adoptions in Washington, D.C., and she believes marriage is between one man and one woman. She received an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record.


Raised by a single mother in public housing, Hector Balderas is the first person from Wagon Mound, N.M., to graduate from law school and become an attorney. He earned his degrees from New Mexico Highlands University and the University of New Mexico Law School and accepted a job as an assistant district attorney. 

Balderas served one term in the New Mexico state legislature, where he supported legislation strengthening penalties for sexual predators, creating incentives for clean energy and funding virtual education for rural public schools. According to his campaign website, he "became frustrated with the lack of accountability he was seeing from too many local and state officials that were wasting and abusing taxpayer dollars."

In November 2006, he was elected New Mexico state auditor, where he was charged with regulatory oversight of more than $60 billion in governmental assets and 603 government entitities. His office issued subpoenas to public officials and contractors to provide full accounting of how tax dollars were being spent.

Martin Heinrich and family

The son of an electrician and factory worker, Martin Heinrich graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree in science and engineering. He has served New Mexico's 1st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2009.

In 2010, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsed Heinrich, stating, "Rep. Heinrich has a solid record of standing up for women's freedom and privacy. He is an outstanding advocate for New Mexico's common sense pro-choice values. Rep. Heinrich's victory in 2008 is one reason the state has an entirely pro-choice congressional delegation and we want to keep it that way." Due to his support for abortion, he has a 0 percent record on votes scored by the National Right to Life Committee.

Heinrich is an active environmentalist who served on the Albuquerque City Council, pushing for use of wind and solar power. In 2006, Gov. Bill Richardson appointed him to be New Mexico's natural resources trustee. 

In 2008, Heinrich said he did not support homosexual marriage; however, he was an original co-sponsor of Rep. Jerry's Nadler's bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. In August this year, Heinrich told the New Mexico Independent he "absolutely" supports homosexual marriage.
Andres Valdez

Democrat Andres Valdez is executive director of Vecinos United and an activist who speaks out against cases of alleged police brutality. According to the website, Valdez did not raise enough money by Sept. 30 $5,000 – to file finance reports with the Federal Election Commission. He does not have an active campaign website.

Upon announcing his intention to run, Valdez said, "I want to rock the boat. I know I'll probably be the dark horse."

North Dakota

Kent Conrad

4) Kent Conrad, D-N.D. – retiring


Rick Berg

After serving as a North Dakota state legislator for 26 years, Rick Berg became North Dakota's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2010, he defeated nine-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy to become the first Republican in three decades to fill the seat.
Berg also ran a commercial real-estate firm in Fargo. He graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics.  

Berg is a pro-life social conservative who believes marriage is between one man and one woman. He also supports repeal of Obamacare, preserving Second Amendment rights and opening the Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling.

In March 2011, he voted yes on terminating funding for National Public Radio. In June 2011, he voted for a resolution against sending armed forces to Libya without congressional approval.

Duane Sand

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990, Duane Sand served on three nuclear submarines and achieved the rank of lieutenant commander. He was discharged from active duty in 1999 but was recalled to serve as a U.S. Navy officer during the Iraq war.

Sand helped organize tea parties in North Dakota. He believes Congress must cut unnecessary spending and pass a balanced-budget amendment immediately. According to his campaign website, Sand is calling for a comprehensive energy plan now, "a plan that uses all the resources available to our state and nation safely, including oil, natural gas, wind, solar, clean coal, nuclear and renewables, and ends the ban on offshore drilling."

He describes himself as "100 percent pro-life" and says he will work on pushing legislation "to protect life at every stage, including a push to confirm conservative nominations to the bench." Sand also believes marriage is an institution between one man and one woman.
Finally, Sand said he is "committed to going to Washington and dismantling the Obama agenda, starting with Obamacare."

Jim Webb

5) Jim Webb, D-Va. – retiring 

George Allen with former President Ronald Reagan


The son of legendary NFL coach George Herbert Allen, George Allen grew up in a football family with "grace" before every supper. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Virginia and attended University of Virginia Law School. Allen served as a law clerk in Southwestern Virginia for conservative Judge Glen M. Williams.

A self-described "common sense Jeffersonian conservative," Allen once held Thomas Jefferson's seat in the Virginia General Assembly. He became the 67th governor of Virginia in 1994 and represented Virginia's 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1993. He served in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2007.

As governor of Virginia, Allen issued an order that changed 25 years of taxpayer-funded abortions by altering the Virginia state employee health benefits plan to prohibit coverage of elective abortions. He also signed into law legislation requiring parental notification when minors seek abortions. 

As senator, he voted to ban partial-birth abortions and prohibit federal funding of the procedure. Allen also co-sponsored the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act in 2005 so mothers seeking abortions would be informed that the unborn baby could feel extreme pain in the womb during the procedure. He has earned a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee.

Allen believes in upholding the Defense of Marriage Act and supports both state and federal constitutional amendments to enshrine marriage as an institution between one man and one woman. He is also a strong advocate of property rights and opposes U.N. Agenda 21 and foreign treaties that jeopardize America's sovereignty. 

In the Senate, Allen was an original co-sponsor of the Homeschool Nondiscrimination Act, or HONDA, legislation that sought to clarify federal laws that overlook or unfairly impact homeschoolers. The law would have allowed homeschooling families to save $2,000 a year in tax-free accounts for educational expenses. 

Allen is a strong advocate of Second Amendment rights, tax cuts and efforts to repeal Obamacare.

A small businessman and broadcast journalist, Tim Donner established Horizons Television Inc., a media production company, and founded One Generation Away, a public policy organization. He is also the host of "Talkin' Baseball," a nationally syndicated radio program.

Tim Donner
Donner graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and political science. He began his career as a sports broadcaster in Boston and central Massachusetts.

In 2005, Horizons Television Inc. produced "Inconvenient Truth, or Convenient Fiction?" The documentary response to Al Gore's global warming manifesto debuted in Washington, New York and San Francisco. Donner's father, Joe Donner, was involved in founding the National Review magazine.

Donner advocates elimination of federal funding for Planned Parenthood and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He believes Medicare can be salvaged for the next generation by allowing citizens to redirect Medicare taxes into retirement health-savings accounts. He also supports securing Social Security by gradually raising the age of eligibility and applying basic means testing to eliminate the wealthiest Americans from the program. 

On immigration, Donner supports the Red Card Solution, a plan to use private employment agencies to track immigrant workers and match them with employers. The strategy would employ "smart cards" to enhance the current system of e-verification.

Donner also supports domestic oil drilling, development of renewable sources of energy, repeal of Obamacare and the Second Amendment right to bear arms. 

He advocates a flat tax and simplifying the system to a single income tax rate ideally 23 percent – while closing loopholes for special interests. Donner also supports the idea of a fair tax that would abolish the IRS, eliminate all income and payroll taxes and replace them with a single national sales tax of 23 percent for some goods and 30 percent for others. "Either the flat tax or the fair tax would be far superior to the current income tax system," he stated on his campaign website. 

E.W. Jackson Sr.
A U.S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam era whose family history in Virginia dates back to the time of the Revolutionary War, E.W. Jackson is bishop of Exodus Faith Ministries in Chesapeake, Va. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts and Harvard Law School. Jackson practiced and taught business law and ran his own small business for 10 years. 

In 2009, Jackson launched Staying True to America's National Destiny, or STAND, a national grass-roots organization dedicated to restoring America's Judeo-Christian heritage and values. In 2010, he established STAND America PAC to recruit and support conservative black candidates to run against liberals in Congressional Black Caucus districts.

"The black community has been deceived into voting for liberal black leadership which does not reflect their values," he explained. He urges black voters to register as independents and vote their Christian values. Jackson has said, "The Democrat Party's commitment to abortion, homosexuality and moral relativism is an affront to the values of the black Christian community. It is a 'coalition of the godless.' Black Christians do not belong in a 'coalition of the godless' and should not vote for those who are."

A tea-party favorite, Jackson has been published nationally and internationally. He has been seen and heard on Fox News, ABC, C-Span, National Public Radio, and his work has been reported in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and New York Times, among others. 

Jackson said he is running for U.S. Senate for one reason: "I believe that the debt that we continue to accumulate as a country will lead us to ruin. If sent to Washington, my focus will be working to halt our dangerous spending and borrowing binge." To do so, Jackson promises to support lower taxes, work to cut through burdensome overregulation that chokes businesses and repeal "the abomination that is Obamacare."

He also pledges to be a tireless advocate for veterans, to bring clean energy and jobs to Virginia and to protect the sanctity of life and traditional marriage. He offers a 10-point plan to "reverse the Obama agenda."

A newcomer to electoral politics, David McCormick served as a pilot in the Air Force for 30 years and spent more than a decade working for United Parcel Service. He graduated from Baylor University with a degree in business. McCormick earned his master's degree in business and human resources from Amber University and his law degree from Regent University Law School. He is now a part-time law professor at Regent University and a Hampton Roads lawyer who specializes in bankruptcy, traffic and divorce cases.

McCormick pledges to turn up the HEAT in Washington:
  • Honesty
  • Efficiency
  • Accountability
  • Thriftiness
"These four values are crucial to any successful effort to return our nation to its position of strength, freedom and prosperity that for generations we enjoyed," he explains. "[A]s your senator, these will be the values exemplified in everything I do."

McCormick's campaign website also has a kid's corner that features a lesson comparing government prolifigacy to a squirrel that fails to store enough seeds and nuts to make it through the winter. 

A homeschooling mother of three, Jamie Radtke became swept up in the spontaneous grassroots movement that reshaped the entire political landscape in America: the tea party. She served as president of the Richmond Tea Party and chairwoman of the Federation of Virginia Tea Party Patriots. Radtke worked to promote constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets.  

In 1995, Radtke graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor's degree in government. In the same year, she worked for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen. Jesse Helms. She earned her master of public policy from the College of William and Mary and spent two years at American Management Systems as a consultant to the Virginia Department of Taxation. 

Jamie Radtke
Radtke supports individual rights and responsibility, inalienable human rights for the born and unborn, free enterprise, restraints on taxing and government spending, religious freedom, limited government, the integrity of the traditional family as the basic unit of society and respect for the Constitution and the rule of law. 

As a U.S. senator, she promises to:
  • oppose raising the federal debt ceiling
  • end the massive and unsustainable federal deficits
  • work for meaningful, courageous reform of entitlement programs
  • protect the intrinsic right to life
  • uphold the traditional family
  • defend the Second Amendment
  • fight to eliminate government subsidies of corporations (e.g. ethanol subsidies)
  • advocate for energy-independent policies that bring down the price of gas
  • oppose illegal immigration
  • propose a simpler and fairer tax structure
  • demand a sound monetary policy

An engineer and self-described "fiscally conservative progressive" who is socially liberal, Kevin Chisholm said he wants to see the federal government put on a "long-term, steady diet to restore America's fiscal health." 

Chisholm earned his degree in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and worked for private rail companies and government in helping minimize the cost of environmental compliance. He managed teams and multi-million dollar budgets to reduce the cost of remedying chemical and nuclear contaminated disposal sites in many locations throughout the U.S. From 2003 to 2010, he served as the official for energy and utilities for the Arlington, Va., public-school system.

According to his campaign website, Chisholm travels by public transportation whenever practical because he believes "the fundamental reasons we have had most military conflicts over the past three years have related to imported oil." 

"I am both an energy expert and a father of two young adults," he said. "I simply cannot look them in the eyes and say we Americans are being responsible. We have fought too many wars over oil and squandered too many years through inaction. Energy is about the stability of our economy, jobs, and using resources not to fight wars but to build a better future."


Former governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010, Time Kaine served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from January 2009 to April 2011 at the request of President Obama. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree in economics and from Harvard Law School. During law school, Kaine took a year off to work as a Catholic missionary in Honduras. 

Kaine practiced law in Richmond for 17 years, specializing in fair housing law, representing people who claim to have been denied housing due to their race or disability. He was elected mayor of Richmond by the city council in 1998. He used public funds for an anti-gun-violence rally, but later reimbursed the city after constituents raised concerns about the funding at a city council meeting. Kaine was elected lieutenant governor in 2002.

He was elected governor of Virginia in 2005.  
An "avid outdoorsman," Kaine declares, "I reject the anti-science mentality of those who claim we can be indifferent to human impact on the climate. There is a well-funded effort under way to deny that human actions are having an impact. The right strategies for dealing with climate change are complicated, and we must always take a balanced approach. But we cannot ignore our own responsibilities as stewards of our environment."

Kaine promises to fight to protect and strengthen Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. He supports Obamacare as "a first step to put patients in charge of their health care decisions and put the brakes on runaway health care costs that were crippling patients and businesses. Kaine also supports a form of "comprehensive immigration reform" that would require millions of illegal aliens to admit a violation of immigration laws and pay a penalty. Once they have accepted responsibility and paid the fines, he explains, "we should allow individuals to seek lawful adjustment of their immigration status." Kaine supports the DREAM Act, allowing children of illegal aliens to receive in-state college tuition. To declare his run for U.S. Senate, Kaine filmed two announcement videos one in English and the second in Spanish. Likewise, in 2008, he endorsed then-Sen. Barack Obama for president in Spanish.

Kaine's website declares that the tea party is "wrecking the economy" and costing the nation jobs. He includes a petition and declares, "Tell the tea party to stop their political gamesmanship and extend the payroll tax cut so we can put Americans back to work."

A U.S. Marine veteran and founding partner of Lead Star cosulting firm, Courtney Lynch earned a law degree from the College of William and Mary and is co-author of "Leading from the Front: No Excuse Leadership Tactics for Women."

Lynch describes herself as fiscally conservative and socially moderate, and her campaign focuses on fiscal responsibility and job creation. Lynch has created an "action plan" called "Securing the Future, Restoring the Dream" on her campaign website.


Herb Kohl
6) Herb Kohl, D-Wisc. – retiring



Frank Lasee

Frank Lasee is a Republican member of the Wisconsin Senate who has represented the 1st Senate District since 2011.Lasee graduated in 1986 from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in history. Before his election to the state assembly in 1994, Lasee was the Ledgeview, Wis., town board chair and was a telemarketing supervisor for an insurance company. 

As a state senator, Lasee helped balance the state budget and close a $3.6 billion deficit without raising taxes or fees. He helped to reform auto insurance and make frivolous lawsuits more difficult to pursue. As a U.S. senator, Lasee promises to fight to repeal Obamacare and oppose the burdensome EPA regulations that drive up bills for businesses and families.  

"Most importantly, I am committed to balancing our federal budget without raising taxes and beginning the difficult task of reducing our out-of-control national debt," he wrote on his campaign website. "This is what it will take to get our nation working again." 

A businessman and politician, Mark Neumann represented Wisconsin's 1st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 2010, Neumann lost a bid to become the GOP nominee for governor of Wisconsin. 

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a master of science degree in supervision and instructional leadership. After graduating, Neumann moved to Milton, Wis., where he taught mathematics at Milton High School and Milton College.

In 1986, he started a home construction company in his basement. By 1991, his company was listed as one of the fastest growing companies in America by the magazine Inc. 

Upon announcing his intention to run for U.S. Senate, Neumann told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he sensed a change in the nation's mood in favor of balancing the federal budget.
"People are connecting the dots that the growing debt can bring America to its knees," Neumann told the paper. "They are seeing that this debt is real." 

His campaign website states: 

I'm running for Senate because our $14.6 trillion debt is destroying our country. This debt not only hurts our economy, but threatens to end the American Dream. The day of reckoning isn't in 50 years, it's coming now. We see it already in our credit rating downgrade. That won't be the last one without getting the debt under control. Poor credit ratings mean high interest rates, high unemployment, lower housing values and a transformed America. We must cut spending, balance the budget and repeal Obamacare to create jobs. That's why I'm running for Senate.

John Schiess offers no biographical information on his website. However, he advocates implementation of a fair or flat tax. 

On abortion, Schiess said, "I am against all government funded abortions and am against 98 percent of them generally. My religion recognizes three exceptions: life of the mother, rape or incest and gross deformity. This decision is made by choice of the family in counsel with church leaders. This decision is made as early as possible, in the first trimester." 

Schiess also notes, "The founding fathers regarded homsexual sodomy as a crime against nature; it should be outlawed and severely punished. The state of Virginia authorized dismemberment; the laws of other states were even more severe. George Washington even authorized the expulsion from the army of a soldier guilty of sodomy. Thomas Jefferson authored a bill calling for castration. Now we teach it in our schools!?" 

Schiess considers the "Mexican Reconquista movement" the most dangerous domestic threat to America's sovereignty.

A former Wisconsin governor and candidate in the 2008 presidential election, Tommy Thompson touts his tax and spending cuts as governor. "Barack Obama and Harry Reid have a vastly different idea for your hard-earned money," Thompson said, according to Reuters. "They want more and more and more. But I will fight them every step of the way." 

Thompson is a former captain in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve, and he holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1966. Thompson served an unprecedented four terms as the 42nd governor of Wisconsin. He left office when President George W. Bush appointed him Health and Human Services secretary. Thompson announced his resignation from Health and Human Services in 2004. 

Thompson is president of Logistics Health Incorporated, senior partner at Akin Gump, a Washington, D.C., law firm, senior adviser at the consulting firm Deloitte and chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. 

Thompson says he is committed to getting America working again through balancing the budget, repealing Obamacare, opposing new tax hikes and reducing burdensome regulations standing in the way of job growth.

The first openly homosexual non-incumbent elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Tammy Baldwin has been representing Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district since 1999. She double-majored in political science and mathematics at Smith College in 1984 and earned a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1989. After college, she interned in the office of then-Gov. Tony Earl, where she worked on his initiative on pay equity for women.
Baldwin prides herself on having voted against going to war in Iraq, and she supports ending the war in Afghanistan. In Congress, she has been an outspoken advocate for universal health care, and she pushed investment in clean energy technology and renewable fuels. Baldwin considers herself a national leader on civil rights and equality issues, including "LGBT equality."
During the 2008 presidential election, Baldwin pledged as a superdelegate to Hillary Clinton.
Gregory Paules

Gregory Paules

Gregory Paules is a resident of Eau Claire, Wis., who is seeking to "restore the office of senator back to that of public servant." He earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is employed by Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

Paules' favorite television shows are "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report." He does not have an official campaign website at this time. 

"I want to return the government back to the hands of the people," he wrote on his campaign Facebook page. "And while I acknowledge there needs to be balanced budget cuts and strict fiscal responsibilty, I do support the preservation of current programs put in place to assist those in need – such as: Medicare, Social Security, and extended unemployment benifits. I support complete withdraw from Afghanistan, and I pledge to fight for the rights granted to every citizen under the Constitution."


Dianne Feinstein

7) Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. – seeking re-election 

About the incumbent: Dianne Feinstein, one of California's first female senators, has served in the U.S. Senate since 1992 and was mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988. Feinstein has voted "yes" on the following issues: Obamacare, extension of the Patriot Act, expanding research on stem-cell lines, stimulus spending and bailouts, adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, factoring global warming into federal project planning, $2 billion for the Cash for Clunkers program, raising Congress' pay, gun control, expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program, repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, prohibiting "sexual-identity discrimination" at schools, federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities," increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million and instituting national service as a new social invention. 

She has voted "no" on a constitutional ban of same-sex marriage, banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds, barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax and prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. 

Feinstein's pro-abortion position has earned her a 100 percent rating by NARAL. She has voted against banning partial-birth abortions and in favor of allowing the military to perform abortions.

Grundmann, a 51-year-old chiropractor and herbalist practicing in San Leandro, Calif., promised on his campaign website, "In the first minute after my election to office, I will begin a national campaign regarding the truth about the IRS and the Fed. I will introduce legislation to abolish the Fed and replace it with the issuance of interest-free United States notes as our new currency, which are issued by a committee of the United States Treasury. [T]his single act will bring about a wave of true and real prosperity upon this nation such as has been scarcely imagined." 

Grundmann opposes abortion and homosexual "marriage." He seeks to abolish the Department of Education and encourage abandonment of the public-school systems in favor of homeschooling. He supports development of nuclear power and believes global warming is a hoax.

Keith Holbrook

Keith Holbrook, a 37-year-old senior chemical plant technician in California, has no political experience at all – and he's proud of it. In fact, he claims to only want one term in office.
He describes himself as a "middle-class, blue-collar worker" who passed the California High School Equivalency exam. A single parent, he admits to having filed for bankruptcy.
Holbrook advocates smaller government, banning "sanctuary cities" for illegal aliens, ending earmarks and imposing term limits on Congress. 

"I represent the middle class," he explains on his campaign website. "I want to make the opinions and feelings of the middle class heard in Washington, D.C. … I am a concerned American trying to make a difference. I am not interested in being a politician. I'm a leader, and I'm interested in writing legislation that I feel is in the best interest of this country and its citizens." 

(Editor's note: Other challengers in this race include Republicans Tim Kalemkarian and Michael Stollaire. However, they do not have campaign websites at this time.)


Tom Carper

 8) Tom Carper, D-Del. – seeking re-election 

About the incumbent: Tom Carper has served in the Senate since 2001. Before his election, he was governor of Delaware and a representative in the U.S. House, where he served five terms. He co-wrote the "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010," which would have granted the president emergency powers over the Internet. 

He has voted "yes" on the following issues: Obamacare, stimulus spending, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, factoring global warming into federal project planning, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers program, pay raise for Congress, expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program, extending the Patriot Act's roving wiretaps, applying habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees, federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities" and instituting national service as a new social invention 

Carper has voted "no" on the following issues: restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortion, barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, protecting middle class from a national energy tax, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, increasing tax rates for people earning more than $1 million, repealing the "death tax" and repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax.
There are no challengers to Carper's bid at this time.


Bill Nelson

 9) Bill Nelson, D-Fla. – seeking re-election 

About the incumbent: Bill Nelson has served in the U.S. Senate since 2001. He's a former U.S. representative and former Florida treasurer and insurance commissioner. 

Nelson has voted "yes" on the following issues: Obamacare, expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, federal stimulus and bailouts, adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes, repealing tax subsidies for companies that move U.S. jobs offshore, protecting the middle class from a national energy tax, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, factoring global warming into federal project planning, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers program, raising Congress' pay, expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program, extending the Patriot Act's roving wiretaps, repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities," increasing tax rate for people earning more than $1 million, repealing the "death tax," reduced taxes on capital gains and dividends, sanctions on Iran to end its nuclear program and instituting national service as a new social invention. 

Nelson has voted "no" on the following issues: restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortion, banning federal funds to organizations that perform abortions, constitutional ban of same-sex marriage, school choice, barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land and requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections.



William Fisher Jr.

"It's time to send a new 'Bill' to the Senate," declares William Fisher's campaign website.
A Christian, conservative, and life-long Republican living in Florida, Fisher supports Israel, investigation of the Fed, legislation "with teeth" to protect victims of identity theft, killing Cap and Trade and securing the nation's borders. He opposes abortion, bailouts, NAFTA and the purchase of foreign goods. 

"We need to protect our environment; however, I do not believe we need to destroy our economy to do so," Fisher explains on his website. "We [hear] about global warming day after day on the liberal media machine, and how its man's fault. I find it funny that the media does not cover other natural environmental causes like the more then two hundred volcanoes on the oceans floor. 

There is so much frozen methane gas coming out of the North Atlantic Sea floor, British Petroleum is trying to [tap] into it for energy. ... If you really want to slow down global warming, stop buying foreign goods."

Adam Hasner and Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs

A Florida state representative for District 87 from 2002 to 2010 and Boca Raton attorney, Adam Hasner announced he was running for U.S. Senate on Mark Levin's nationally syndicated radio show. 

Hasner earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a juris doctorate from Florida State University. 

He was chosen to serve as the deputy majority leader of the Florida House by then-Speaker Marco Rubio in 2007 and later promoted to majority leader that same year. In 2010, Hasner led the House Republican effort in Congress to pass a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He is national co-chairman of the citizen action group, Pass The Balanced Budget Amendment. Hasner's wife ran the California gubernatorial campaign of Republican former eBay CEO Meg Whitman in 2010. 

Hasner won the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, straw poll in September.

A close friend to Gov. Charlie Crist, George LeMieux was a U.S. senator from Florida from September 2009 to January 2011. While serving as senator, LeMieux was an active member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Commerce Committee and the Special Committee on Aging. LeMieux saw several of his legislative priorities signed into law, including Medicare anti-fraud legislation and an export promotion act. He introduced a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution and the 2007 Solution, a plan that would have reduced government spending to 2007 levels. LeMieux opposed wasteful earmark spending, which earned him a 93 percent rating from the National Taxpayers Union.

As deputy attorney general, LeMieux led an agency of more than 400 attorneys and argued a death penalty case before the U.S. Supreme Court and won the case with a unanimous decision. LeMieux is now chairman of the Florida law firm Gunster Yoakley & Stewart. 

LeMieux graduated from Emory University with a degree in political science and went on to earn his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. After school, he interned for Rep. E. Clay Shaw Jr. and U.S. Sen. Connie Mack III. 

George LeMieux speaks at CPAC (photo: Gage Skidmore)
LeMieux is campaigning on a platform of fiscal responsibility. His campaign website explains:
"While in the Senate, I put forward a plan that would balance the budget by 2013 and cut the debt in half by 2021. My plan did this by freezing all federal spending at fiscal year 2007 levels ($2.729 trillion). If we did that, we could extend all of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, index the Alternative Minimum Tax for inflation, and we would actually begin to pay down the national debt."
LeMieux said it is his plan to grow the nation's military training and test missions in Florida and ensure the state is the "best possible place for defense contracting companies to do business." 

On health care, LeMieux opposed Obamacare and says he believes it must be repealed:
"Instead of making the fundamental changes needed to get the system working for Americans, the bill cuts $500 billion from Medicare, drastically expands a broken Medicaid system, raises taxes by over $500 billion, increases the cost of health care for Americans and kills jobs," he explained. "This is not reform. 

What is needed is a targeted, step-by-step approach that will reduce cost and increase access without adding to the deficit. We could do things today such as reducing junk lawsuits, allowing small businesses to pool their resources, cross state purchasing of health insurance, expanding the use of health savings accounts, and cracking down on fraud and abuse that would move us in the right direction to lower costs."

On the issue of illegal immigration, LeMieux wrote, "[I]f we build security fences and walls, man the borders with law enforcement, prosecute and jail those who violate the law, we can meaningfully reduce illegal immigration." 

A strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Le Mieux is a proud member of the National Rifle Association and voted with the NRA 100 percent of the time while serving in the U.S. Senate. He is also pro-life and a supporter of traditional marriage between a man and a woman.

A retired U.S. Army colonel, businessman and university instructor, Mike McCalister served honorably in the Army National Guard, Army Reserves and on active duty for a total of 33 years between 1971 and 2005. 

McCalister has worked with physicians at biotech and health-care companies to improve efficiencies in the health-care system. He is a licensed agribusiness professional and owner of a small tree farm. He holds a degree in agriculture from Southeast Missouri State University and a doctorate in management from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

As senator, McCalister said his No. 1 priority will be "to get Floridians back to work by cutting spending, reducing the deficit, lowering taxes and protecting our products and proprietary technologies and investments against unfair foreign competition." He said he is "frustrated that political insiders have done little to combat high unemployment, rising gas prices and falling home prices."

A conservative Republican, inventor, manufacturer, businessman and author specializing in environmental engineering of products and equipment, McNeil has 12 U.S. patents granted with the last five in the environmental field.

  Ron McNeil
McNeil notes on his website that the government cannot spend the nation into prosperity, but it can spend, tax and control the nation into insolvency:

"It can make nearly everyone poor, but it cannot make everyone rich," he wrote. "Who will hire you when this country is near financial collapse and businesses cannot withstand all the government taxes, insurance and other requirements for your employment?"

He outlines the following five actions that must be taken to put America back on track:

1) Energy: We need fossil fuel, nuclear, natural gas and every other means possible to produce energy – and to eliminate the need to purchase foreign energy.

2) Military: America must have the strongest military on earth with the latest in technology and intelligence gathering capability. We must eliminate our practice of "nation building" war efforts in other countries, restrict foreign aid intended as influence buying and concentrate our efforts on protecting America and our borders.

3) Free enterprise: We must rebuild our free enterprise business advantage, reclaim our world leadership position and employ American citizens. This includes a 3-5 year tax moratorium on bringing money into the U.S. to build businesses and a 25-year commitment on corporate tax reduced to 10 percent of retained earnings. ... There will be no more U.S. or foreign corporations making billions of dollars in the U.S. market and paying no taxes to our federal government.

4) Tax system: We must replace our ever-expanding federal tax system which creates a punitive distribution of the tax load with a simple combination of low taxes on income (1/2 percent to 12.5 percent) and a fair tax on ependitures (12.5 percent).

5) Abide by the U.S. Constitution: We must require all three branches of our government to abide by our written U.S. Constitution. There can be no making or altering of laws by the judicial branch, no violating legislation enacted from either the Senate or House of Representatives in Congress and no executive orders or other alterations by the president that do not clearly adhere to the true and tested documented laws of this nation.

A Vietnam veteran, Craig Miller volunteered to enlist in the U.S. Air Force during the war. After taking the oath to defend the Constitution, he eventually deployed to Cam Rahn Bay in South Vietnam. Miller served honorably and won the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Miller earned a degree in business administration from Florida Technological University (now known as the University of Central Florida).

Craig Miller
As a teenager, Miller worked as a dish washer for Red Lobster Inns of America. He left to join Uno Restaurants and spent 17 years growing a small business into a national chain that reached sales of more than $400 million. Miller spent a year at Furr's Restaurant Group before joining Ruth's Chris Steak House as president and chief executive officer. He led Ruth's Chris through four years of record growth, sales and profits and a successful public offering. Miller was selected to serve as chairman of the National Restaurant Association. 

Miller was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to be state tourism commissioner in 2007 and has served on the board of trustees at the University of Central Florida Foundation. 

To grow the economy and lower the unemployment rate, Miller suggests reducing the tax burden and easing burdensome regulations currently in place. He advocates lowering corporate income tax rates to make businesses more competitive and reducing taxes on capital gains. Miller supports repeal of Obamacare, because he says it is "scaring small business owners and hurting job creation." 

Miller supports a balanced-budget amendment to eliminate deficits going forward. He promises to only vote to confirm judges who will be "neutral arbiters of the law" and to fight for the unborn, defend individual Second Amendment rights and work to preserve traditional marriage as being between one man and one woman. 

On energy, Miller said a comprehensive approach one that includes nuclear power, clean coal and hydropower is the only sensible strategy that will simultaneously reduce costs and protect national security. Miller also believes the U.S. must stay on the offense in the global war on terror and continue to fight and dismantle the Islamic fundamentalist networks that wish to do America harm. "We also must keep a robust foreign policy that promotes human rights, isolates rogue regimes and maintains strong ties with our allies," he explained. "In the Middle East, America must always stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel."

A homeschooling mother, concert pianist and linguist who is fluent in French and Spanish, Marielena Stuart says she opposed and survived the ravages of communism under Fidel Castro. 
"From an early age she learned to defend her God-given rights, while members of her family were imprisoned, tortured and executed," her campaign website states. "Marielena Stuart knows the price that is paid when freedom is lost. She knows, firsthand, that a socialist leaning government has a devastating effect on economic growth and job creation." 

Stuart believes fewer taxes and a strong private sector are the best ways for America to regain its economic strength. She pledges to take any and all actions to curb the nation's current fiscal crisis. Stuart also says she believes the killing of innocent human life is destroying our society, not just morally, but economically as well. 

"To be for abortion is to be against your own survival," she explained. "What will become of our nation, if this human carnage is not stopped? As a candidate for the United States Senate, I am committed to uncompromising action in defense of the sanctity of all human life which comes to each of us as a gift from Almighty God." 

As a columnist for Renew America, Stuart has shared her expertise in foreign affairs, national defense and strategic military matters especially those dealing with China-U.S. relations.
(Editor's note: Republican Alexander George is another challenger in this race. However, he does not have a campaign website at this time.)


Ben Cardin

 10) Ben Cardin, D-Md. – seeking re-election 

About the incumbent: Ben Cardin has served in the U.S. Senate since 2007. Before his election, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 2007. He has expressed support for affirmative action, civil unions, providing benefits to homosexual partners of federal employees, abortion, the death penalty and increased federal funding for health coverage.
Cardin has voted "yes" on the following issues: Obamacare, bailouts/stimulus, allowing human embryonic stem cell research and expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, making the Patriot Act permanent, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, factoring global warming into federal project planning, a moratorium on offshore oil drilling, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, raising Congress' pay, expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program, federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities," increasing tax rate for people earning more than $1 million, instituting national service as a new social invention and providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. 

Cardin has voted "no" on the following issues: restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortion, barring federal grants to organizations that perform abortions, making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime, banning partial-birth abortion, constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, banning gay adoptions in D.C., barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, protecting the middle class from a national energy tax, authorizing construction of new oil refineries, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, requiring a photo ID to vote in federal elections, banning physician-assisted suicide, building a fence along the Mexican border and repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax.


A former U.S. Secret Service agent, Dan Bongino was assigned to investigate federal crimes including but not limited to protective intelligence, computer crimes, bank fraud, credit-card fraud and counterfeiting. His signature investigation involved more than $300 million in potential financial fraud and a nexus to international terrorism. The investigation earned Bongino the Department of Justice recognition award, along with other agency specific awards, for excellence in investigations. Bongino left his New York field office in 2002 to become an instructor at the Secret Service Training Academy in Beltsville, Md. 

In 2006, he began duty on the elite presidential protection division during the administration of President George W. Bush. Bongino remained on protective duty during the change in administration to President Barack Obama. He was designated lead agent responsible for the coordination of the Obama's trip to Prague for the signing of the START treaty, his trip to Jakarta, Indonesia, amongst a myriad of terror threats and Obama's visit to Afghanistan. He was awarded a series of commendations and left the protective detail as one of the most distinguished agents in history.

Daniel and Paula Bongino with their 7-year-old daughter

Bongino transferred to the Baltimore field office in 2010 where he broke up one of the largest fraud rings in Maryland history. He and his wife, Paula, are owners of a number of small businesses ranging from web solutions and design to sporting equipment. Bongino is starting his third small business, Silverloch Risk Management, catering to the assessment and mitigation of risk for high-profile clients. 

Before becoming a Secret Service agent, Bongino worked for the New York Police Department, leaving with official commendations for both meritorious and excellent police duty. While working for the NYPD, he attend the City University of New York, where he completed both his bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology, concentrating in both neuro-psychology and behavioral learning. 

Bongino offers "four principles for prosperity" by which he promises to measure all legislation: 1) reductions in tax rates and simplification of the tax code 2) prioritizing education with school-choice vouchers, charter schools, merit-based pay systems for educators, "parent triggers" and year-round schooling 3) immigration reform, including securing the borders, re-evaluating the current chain migration and diversity visa-based system and aggressively enforcing immigration laws and 4) encourage foreign investment by reducing protectionist tariffs and increasing foreign capital investments in the U.S. economy. 

A strong advocate of school choice, William Capps said the federal Department of Education's "sole job should be that of student loans for college and tech education."

To fix the nation's illegal immigration problem, Capps proposes the following: 1) Enact E-verify across the entire nation, 2) repeal the 14th Amendment, 3) restrict and reduce trade agreements with our border countries if they do not help in stopping the illegal flow of their citizens into our country, 4) provide states with funds to help in fighting illegal immigration, 5) provide stiff fines to companies and U.S. citizens if they hire people unlawfully in the country and 5) seek ways to improve the legal process of those who are wishing to enter the U.S. in a lawful manner.

Capps proposes capping the tax rate for all industry at 20 percent, permanently. He also argues that it's time to stop buying foreign oil from countries who are adversaries to the American way of life. "We need to start employing American workers and producing the oil we need here in the USA," he said. 

Eric Wargotz has served Maryland as a doctor, small businessman, community activist and elected representative. He has worked at a nonprofit hospital in Prince George's County for more than 20 years. In 2006, he was elected president of the Queen Anne's Board of County Commissioners. Wargotz has been selected as one of America's Top Physicians and is recipient of the Physician Patient's Choice Award. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Ohio State University Medical School. 

As senator, Wargotz promises to: 1) support and defend the Constitution, 2) oppose earmarks, 3) support a balanced-budget amendment, 4) vote to repeal Obamacare, 5) vote against tax increases, 6) oppose amnesty and secure the nation's borders, 7) defend the Second Amendment, 8) protect the unborn, 9) preserve traditional marriage and 10) support congressional term limits in the House and Senate.


Raymond Blagmon is an accountant and a lieutenant commander logistics officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He has completed two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – one in the Persian Gulf and the other in the Horn of Africa. 

Raymond Blagmon

Blagmon attended Howard University and the University of Maryland, where he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1994. He then attended American University and the University of Chicago, where he earned a master's degree in taxation in 1998 and a MBA in finance and entrepreneurship in 2002, respectively. Blagmon has been a certified public accountant for 16 years. 

On his campaign website, Blagmon explains that he's running for Senate to help "balance the budget and bring down the national debt, protect our environment and strongly promote peace." He said, "[T]he Republican leadership's vision for America is way off course. Republicans talk about cutting the budget and then offer no real solutions. Republicans always say make government smaller and cut spending and then offer no solutions." 

Job creation, he said, will be one of his top priorities in the U.S. Senate: "I will be a leader in new economic development initiatives to revitalize our communities and will champion using stimulus dollars to work with good corporate partners and innovative entrepreneurs to build new manufacturing plants in Maryland." 

Blagmon said he believes the U.S. government must balance the budget and stop increasing the debt ceiling. However, he fully supports Obamacare. 

"The current health-care reform bill, now signed into law, has some wonderful ideas that will help make health insurance quotes economical and affordable," he said. "I will continue working with the president and the Senate to ensure that this important piece of legislation stays in place. And I will continue to work to make it an even better plan for all Americans that includes a public option." 

(Editor's note: Republican Rick Hoover is another challenger in this race. However, he does not have a campaign website at this time.)


Debbie Stabenow

 11) Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. – seeking re-election 

About the incumbent: Debbie Stabenow has served in the U.S. Senate since 2001. Prior to her election to the Senate, she served in the U.S House of Representatives from 1997 to 2001. She has expressed support for regulating talk radio with a measure similar to the so-called "Fairness Doctrine." 

Stabenow has voted "yes" on the following issues: Obamacare, expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, Obamacare, stimulus/bailouts, adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes, loosening restrictions on cell-phone wiretapping, adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, pay raise for Congress, expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program, extending the Patriot Act's roving wiretaps, repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities" and increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million. 

Stabenow has voted "no" on the following issues: banning gay adoptions, constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortion, banning federal grants to organizations that perform abortions, protecting middle class from a national energy tax, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, making estate tax cuts permanent and repealing the death tax. 


Scott Boman

A long-time libertarian activist and supporter of Ron Paul, Scott Bowman became a member of the Republican Party in 2008. 

In 1996 Boman ran for the U.S. House of Representatives. He received 1,705 votes for .9 percent of the vote. In 2005, he was vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Michigan, and, in 2006, he was elected chair of the party. 

Boman was endorsed by the Stonewall Libertarians for his open support of homosexual "rights." He has called for immediate repeal of federal and state Defense of Marriage Acts. 

He was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union but chose not to renew his membership in 2006 due to the ACLU's opposition to the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. Boman does not yet have an official campaign website.

Co-founder and former CEO of Cornerstone Schools, a group of charter and independent schools in inner-city Detroit, Clark Durant sold birthday cakes to fund his college education. He received his degree in economics from Tulane University. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and earned his law degree from Notre Dame Law School. 

Durant worked as the assistant to the president of Hillsdale College and then as vice president in 1972-1973. While at Hillsdale, he helped start Imprimis, a free publication containing one notable speech each month. In 2010, Imprimis reported a circulation of more than 2 million and was described by as "the most influential conservative publication you've never heard of." 

Clark Durant

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan nominated him and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, to serve on the board of the Legal Services Corporation, which provides legal aid to low-income Americans. He also served as one of four national co-chairs of Jack Kemp's presidential campaign from 1986 to 1988. In 1994, he was elected to the state board of education in Michigan. 

On his campaign website, Durant explains, "When it comes to our debt and economic growth ... we are in a time of great peril, something similar to what was seen by our parents and grandparents in the Great Depression. Simply put, our nation's economy is a mess."

Durant believes the government must roll back spending to responsible levels, halt any new programs, simplify the tax code, reduce taxes, eliminate burdensome regulation that stifles economic growth and develop tax incentives for innovation. He called Obamacare a "sharply partisan health-care law that undermines health-care programs for our senior citizens and bloats Medicaid." Durant promises to repeal Obamacare. 

He contends that any reform of the nation's immigration system must begin with secure borders. He supports establishment of pilot programs for worker verification, hiring of more immigration officers, deployment of the National Guard in targeted border areas and penalizing those who smuggle and employ illegal aliens. He opposes inclusion of illegal aliens in the Census for the purposes of reapportionment. 

Durant is pro-life and opposes taxpayer funding for abortion, embryonic stem cell research, partial-birth abortion and the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. When it comes to marriage, he believes it is an ancient institution reserved by natural law as a union between one man and one woman and should be legally protected as such. Durant also promises to vigorously oppose any and all efforts to undermine the Second Amendment right for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves, their family and their property. He also opposes efforts to do away with the Electoral College.

Gary Glenn, head of American Family Association's Michigan affiliate since 1999, has received an endorsement from 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Huckabee said of Glenn, "Gary is a person whose clarity of conviction is refreshing. He has boldly led on issues of life, traditional marriage, and the Fair Tax. When I needed help in Michigan in 2008, Gary didn't wait until it was convenient or popular, he stood with me out of sheer courage of his views. Gary Glenn won't take a poll to find out where he needs to stand. He will be a senator that will take his values with him to Washington." 

Glenn was one of two co-authors of the Marriage Protection Amendment approved by Michigan voters in 2004. He was elected and served two terms as Republican county commissioner, authoring the nation's first medical savings account plan for county employees. He was the lead spokesman and strategist of the successful effort to pass a state right to work law in Idaho, prohibiting compulsory union membership or financial support as a condition of employment. Glenn also served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard. 

He said the nation's "economy, security, liberties, moral foundation and founding principles – all that's made America and Americans exceptional in the history of the world – are under attack from within." 

"If they're not stopped, liberal ideologues like Debbie Stabenow and Barack Obama will rob our children of their birthright of freedom and turn our country into the United Socialist States of America," Glenn said. "My mission and commitment is to do whatever I can to help senators like Jim DeMint and Rand Paul and Mike Lee stop them." 

He said the main focal point of the general election for Senate in 2012 must be private-sector jobs. He proposes elimination of the following federal programs and agencies:
  • Obamacare
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Department of Education
  • Federal Reserve system
  • Department of Energy
  • Davis-Bacon Act
  • United Nations
  • Troubled Asset Relief Program
  • the paper $1 bill (save $184 million a year in printing costs by replacing it with a $1 coin)
In addition, Glenn believes the following agencies should be privatized: 1) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, 2) U.S. Postal Service and 3) Amtrak.

Randy Hekman is a U.S. Navy veteran, former prosecutor and juvenile court judge.
He served as a lieutenant in the Navy from June 1969 to June 1972 and was assigned to the Office of the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy in the Pentagon, where he developed policies for computer systems in the Department of Defense.

Randy Hekman

Hekman later became assistant prosecuting attorney in the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. He was elected in 1975 as probate juvenile judge in the Kent Country Probate Court. After 15 years, Hekman left the bench to become the founding executive director of the Michigan Family Forum based in Lansing. Hekman then served as executive director of CBH Ministries for six years before taking on the role of executive pastor at Crossroads Bible Church. 

He earned his bachelor's degree from the Sloan School of Management and his law degree from the George Washington University Law School. 

Hekman favors a balanced-budget amendment coupled with major cost cuts and caps on future budgets. He also supports elimination of earmarks, the Fair Tax, reduction of corporate taxes and repeal of the 16th Amendment that authorized the income-tax system. He is anti-Obamacare, pro-life and believes marriage is between a man and woman. 

He said the key planks of his U.S. Senate campaign are:
  • Balance federal budgets expeditiously through a reduction in the enormous size of government without raising taxes.
  • Take aggressive action to begin paying off our staggering $14+ trillion deficit now through cost cutting, not raising taxes.
  • Deal realistically with astronomically large, unfunded entitlement liabilities in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Encourage the nonprofit sector to greatly increase its contribution to human need caused by the federal government's major reductions; consider a nominal tax credit for individuals who contribute at least 10 percent of their gross income to nonprofit entities.

Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a conservative who helped found the House Tea Party Caucus, was born in the Netherlands and moved to America with his parents at the age of three. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from Hope College and a master of business administration degree from the University of Michigan. 

Pete Hoekstra

He represented Michigan's second district for 18 years before stepping down to run unsuccessfully for governor in 2010. He lost the Republican primary to Gov. Rick Snyder, who has officially endorsed Hoekstra for Senate. During his gubernatorial run, Hoekstra embraced the tea party. 

Hoekstra said he wants to do away with the federal No Child Left Behind law and lessen the restrictions in new federal banking and health-care laws. He claims those changes will put more money into school districts and allow businesses to add jobs. 

"As I talk to business owners across the state ... they're frustrated," Hoekstra told the Associated Press. "It's because of the rules and regulations of MIOSHA, OSHA and the Dodd-Frank bill." 

While in the House, Hoekstra supported the 2008 Wall Street bailout and the $15 billion bailout for GM and Chrysler. He supports a balanced-budget amendment and construction of the fence along the Mexican border. Hoekstra co-sponsored a bill declaring English as the official language of the U.S. He has voted to reduce capital gains taxes and eliminate the marriage penalty and death tax. Hoekstra co-sponsored the Fair Tax Act to abolish the IRS and enact a national sales tax. He was a member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus. Hoekstra also voted against the "hate crimes" bill. 

Hoekstra opposes abortion, taxpayer funding of human embryonic stem cell research and homosexual "marriage." He is a fan of charter schools, homeschooling and a constitutional amendment that says parents have a fundamental right to raise their children without government interference. 

Peter Konetchy has worked in small business all his life. During high school and college, he worked at small manufacturing company and drove a delivery truck. After college, he worked as a custom programmer and developed software for many industries, including mortgage processing, property management, vending services, manufacturing and legal time, billing and accounting. In the 1980s, he started his own firm servicing the time, billing and accounting needs of law firms originally in Michigan and, eventually, throughout the nation.

Konetchy graduated from the College of Business at Michigan State University with a degree in accounting. He said he is running for Senate because he understands the greatness of the United States.

"I appreciate the constitutionally restrained government our founders provided, which allowed this country to prosper and develop into a world-class beacon of morality, personal liberty, economic dominance and military strength," he said. "The majority of our current 'citizen' representatives in Washington do not share my perspective. Their role has morphed from securing our God-given rights to becoming our life-long rulers. Their actions are based on the accumulation of personal political power rather than what is best for the people. They want to completely control the thoughts and actions of the citizenry of the United States."

Konetchy believes the powers of Congress should be limited to specific enumerated powers within the Constitution. He supports the Second Amendment, a balanced budget, the phased-out elimination of all non-constitutional federal programs, free-market solutions over government programs, energy independence, repeal of Obamacare, secure borders and phasing out direct federal taxes in conjunction with elimination of non-constitutional spending. He opposes abortion and the idea that global warming is caused by humans and represents one of the greatest threats facing mankind.

Chuck Marino has never served as a politician. Instead, he has spent his career in the business arena – creating jobs, meeting payrolls, balancing budgets, negotiating contracts and mentoring future managers.

He established National Building Inspections, a company that serves banks, insurance companies and business owners nationally for property condition assessments, bank draws and asset reviews. NBI services 49 states (all but Hawaii). Marino served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1969-1973, during the Vietnam era. He was an infantry soldier and a warehouse manager. 

Marino believes that if the U.S. started drilling for oil tomorrow, it could put America back to work. He also believes the nation needs a balanced budget and that Medicare and Social Security must be fixed.

Marino proposes elimination of junk lawsuits, allowing people to purchase health insurance across state lines, allowing insurance groups from nontraditional groups (city/towns/American Legions) and allowing individuals to have the same tax breaks as large companies when they purchase health insurance. He is also pro-life and supports immigration enforcement and strengthened borders.

Rick Wilson said his 35-year career as a manager in the auto industry ended abruptly when the AC Spark Plug plant where he worked "became a parking lot instead of a place of employment." He went to high school at International School in Brussels, Belgium, and attended Central Michigan University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in industrial management.
Wilson describes himself as a free-market advocate, and the following are some of his core beliefs:
  • Government is too big, and the federal stimulus bill made government bigger instead of creating jobs.
  • Taxes are too high and are going higher if Congress continues with its out-of-control spending.
  • The historic amount of debt we are passing on to our children and grandchildren is immoral.
  • I am passionate about improving the quality of our public schools. Accountability and high standards are paramount, as is adequate funding for education.
  • A strong military and vigorous homeland defense will protect our interests and security around the world and at home.
  • I am dedicated to winning the war against radical Islam. This is, as John McCain stated, "the transcendent threat of our time," and, as I have stated to him, the transcendent threat of all time.
Wilson is pro-life and believes only adult stem cells should be used in stem-cell research. He supports "drill here, drill now" and believes exploring America's oil and gas resources will result in more jobs, more prosperity and better national security. Wilson also supports strengthened borders, repeal of Obamacare, the Second Amendment right to bear arms and the Fair Tax at both federal and state levels.


Amy Klobuchar

 12) Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. – seeking re-election 

About the incumbent: Amy Klobuchar has served in the U.S. Senate since 2007. She supports homosexual "marriage," abortion, increased funding for health coverage, the Equal Rights Amendment, the Patriot Act, fair trade and extending the ban on assault weapons. 

Klobuchar has voted "yes" on the following issues: Obamacare, bailouts and "stimulus" funding, expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, protecting middle class from a national energy tax, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, raising Congress' pay, expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program, repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities" and increasing tax rates for people earning more than $1 million. 

Klobuchar has voted "no" on the following issues: restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion, barring federal grants to organizations that perform abortions, barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land and requiring a photo ID to vote in federal elections.


Joe Arwood's public service began in St. Bonifacius, Minn., when he joined the volunteer fire department. After some years of service, he decided to run for city council and won.
His campaign website states, "I live in an average house on an average street in an average city with a wife, a daughter, three dogs, two turtles and a full-time job. I am the average Joe."

Arwood opposes "bloated farm bills" and says reform should make farm programs more efficient and market oriented, and should not include tax increases. "Farm bills should be designed to assist family farmers in times of need, rather than direct subsidies to massive corporate farming operations that put small family farms at a disadvantage," he wrote. "We need to pass a farm bill that also gives the U.S. the ability to open up new export markets for our products."

Joe Arwood with U.S. Rep. Ron Paul

Arwood supports veterans and believes the Department of Veteran's Affairs must overcome the benefits claim backlog, ensure a seamless transition back home for new veterans, care for wounded warriors, continue the mission of accounting for all U.S. military personnel from all wars and increase veteran's mobile health-care clinics and cover all those with Agent Orange exposure. He promises to seek cuts in defense spending on projects that the Department of Defense has identified as unnecessary and apply "a common-sense approach" to identifying bases in areas of the world that may no longer be needed. 

Concerning the economy and jobs, Arwood proposes lowering coporate tax rates and streamlining the regulatory requirements for job creators. He opposes federal Department of Education interference in local schools and supports involvement of parents and local independent school boards in children's education. On energy, Arwood thinks drilling for oil is not enough. He proposes construction of new oil refineries and pipelines in the U.S. 

Arwood supports a balanced budget and sensible cuts to the federal bureaucracy as a way to stop the acquistion of more debt. He promises to work across party lines to advance reforms to the current tax code. For individuals, he proposes "a flatter, simpler system for taxpayers to pay income taxes." He also promises to forward a bill immediately to suspend the 10 percent penalty for early withdrawals from 401Ks and qualifying pension plans, allowing people the freedom to direct those funds and use them to pay down mortgages to save their houses, credit cards or expand small businesses. 

Dan Severson

A former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, Dan Severson retired from the U.S. Navy after serving for 22 years as a Top Gun fighter pilot and commander. He flew A-7s and FA 18 Strike Fighters (the Hornet – same plane as the Blue Angels) and earned two meritorious service medals for leadership. 

Severson is an inventor and has a patent for an LED light communication system. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor's degree in physics. As a U.S. senator, Severson said his priorities will be to:
  • repeal Obamacare
  • champion American exceptionalism
  • reduce the size of government
  • stabilize the economy
  • incentivize private sector jobs
  • balance the budget
  • support pro-life causes
  • restore a moral compass to Washington, D.C.

A retired U.S. Army first sergeant, Dick Franson earned his bachelor's degree in public administration with a minor in Middle East studies. He earned numerous military honors and served in Vietnam. He was a Democratic candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the Senate in Minnesota, but he lost in primaries. 

(Editor's note: Jack "Doc" Shepard is another challenger in this race. However, his campaign website does not offer biographical information or positions on political issues.)


Claire McCaskill

 13) Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. – seeking re-election 

About the incumbent: Claire McCaskill has served in the U.S. Senate since 2007. She has supported "morning after" contraception at all military health facilities, expanding preschool and Head Start, expanding Pell Grants and HOPE Scholarships, raising the minimum wage and increasing federal funding for health-care programs. 

McCaskill has voted "yes" on the following issues: Obamacare, bailout/stimulus, expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, protecting the middle class from a national energy tax, factoring global warming into federal project planning, expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program, extending the Patriot Act's roving wiretaps, repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities" and increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million. 

McCaskill has voted "no" on the following issues: restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion, banning federal grants to organizations that perform abortions, barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, raising Congress' pay and repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax.


A strong voice on national security issues in the U.S. House of Representatives, Todd Akin serves as chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. He also serves on the budget committee, where, according to his campaign website, "he has fought to rein in government spending and debt, despite pressures from the White House, those across the aisle and some within his own party that just can't keep their hands off the government credit card." Akin also served as chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and Oversight. 

Akin is a long-time supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, a leader in his local church, former board member of National Right to Life, and he sits on the board of the Mission Gate Prison Ministry – an outreach program that seeks to end the revolving door recidivism rate among those released from prison and get lives back on track. 

Todd Akin at tea party (photo: Fired up! Missouri)

Akin believes the U.S. system of taxation must be overhauled. He has long been a supporter of the FairTax, because he said, "The FairTax allows taxpayers to keep more of what they make and empowers the taxpayer to take a greater role in managing their tax burden." Akin has been a co-sponsor of a balanced-budget amendment and an advocate for the recent cut, cap, and balance legislation that would reduce spending outlays, cap the debt ceiling and balance the federal budget. In 2009, he opposed the $787 billion stimulus plan. 

On education, Akin believes it's time to end Washington's trend as "federal superintendent of education" and give control and funding back to the states and local school boards. He notes that reducing excessive federal regulations will make more dollars available to local schools and allow those who actually interact with students to focus spending where it is most needed. 

Akin is committed to strong defense, the Second Amendment right to bear arms and the belief that life begins at conception.

John Brunner is chairman of V-Jon Inc., a health-care product company  his grandparents founded. It is best known for its Germ-X hand sanitizer and is one of the largest privately held companies in St. Louis, with an estimated $560 million in annual revenue.

He is a former U.S. Marine and prides himself on not having the background of an experienced politician. Upon announcing his candidacy in his warehouse, Brunner said, "I'll match my experience as a manufacturer and job creator against a career politician's resume of borrowing and spending anytime, anywhere." 

Brunner opposes tax increases, massive government spending, the economic stimulus "failure" and Obamacare. As senator, he promises to make addressing the nation's massive debt his top priority. He supports a balanced-budget amendment and promises to never seek an earmark in any bill. Brunner said his plan for the economy is to eliminate bureaucratic regulations that strangle job creators and reduce the tax burden on businesses and family farms and to reform the U.S. tax code "to produce a smaller, flatter tax rate for everyone."  Finally, Brunner said he supports term limits in Congress and will serve no more than two terms in the U.S. Senate.

Sarah Steelman served as state treasurer of Missouri from 2004 to 2008 and was responsible for managing more than $19 billion of the state's annual revenue. She managed the investment of more than $3 billion in long-term and short-term investments in the state's portfolio. Steelman started the first terror-free investment fund in the nation, which ensured that taxpayer dollars were never invested in terrorist-sponsoring countries. She also served as chairman of the states' Higher Education Savings Board and chairman of the Missouri Housing Development Commission. 

Sarah Steelman

In 1998 and 2002, Steelman was elected to the state Senate, where she served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce and the Environment. 

Previously, she served as deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Division of Geology and Land Survey. Steelman worked as an economist for the Department of Revenue and as an adjunct professor in economics at Lincoln University. She also served as an investment broker and as director of a local Big Brothers and Big Sisters program.
Steelman graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in economics from the University of Missouri.

She promises to vote 100 percent pro-life in the U.S. Senate, including giving her support to the complete defunding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion-providing organizations. She said she will fight to end the practice of partial-birth abortion and oppose the confirmation of judges who attempt to legislate from the bench. 

On immigration, Steelman opposes any effort to grant amnesty or provide government benefits to those who are in the U.S. illegally. She supports securing the U.S.-Mexico border through the completion of the fence, increasing Border Patrol agents on both the Mexican and Canadian borders and efforts of states like Arizona to take action to enforce the laws the politicians in Washington will not. She also supports efforts to increase the punishment for employers who knowingly hire illegals. 

On national energy policy, Steelman has an "all of the above approach," advocating more domestic production of energy from existing sources of oil, coal and natural gas and encouraging conservation and the development of alternative sources of energy like wind and solar power.
Steelman promises to vote in the U.S. Senate for a full repeal of Obamacare, opting instead to promote medical malpractice lawsuit reform. She supports a balanced-budget amendment, a ban on federal earmarks and simplification of the tax code.

An advocate of the Second Amendment right to bear arms, Steelman said she will oppose any efforts to restrict the right of citizens to own, possess and carry a firearm. She also opposes any efforts to force the registration of firearms or any other policies that unduly burden the lawful purchase or possession of guns.


Missouri Medical supply chain entrepreneur Samuel Lipari originated the online delivery of hospital supplies, reducing costs by 40 percent to institutional users in the 1990s. He has published several online columns; however, his campaign website offers little to no biographical background or information on Lipari's political positions.


Jon Tester

14) Jon Tester, D-Mont. – seeking re-election 

About the incumbent: Jon Tester has served in the U.S. Senate since 2007. He has supported abortion, tuition tax credits, low-interest loans and Pell Grants, the Second Amendment, repeal of the Patriot Act, repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and increased federal funding for health care. 

Tester has voted "yes" on the following issues: Obamacare, stimulus/bailouts, expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, protecting the middle class from a national energy tax, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, factoring global warming into federal project planning, $2 billion for Cash for Clunkers, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, pay raise for Congress, expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program and continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities." 

He has voted "no" on the following issues: restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion, barring federal grants to organizations that perform abortions, barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, requiring a photo ID to vote in federal elections and increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million.

A fifth-generation Montana cattle rancher and small-business owner, Denny Rehberg spent a majority of his life working on the family ranch. After attending Washington State University, he went to work in the Montana Legislature as an intern and later as a legislative assistant for Montana Rep. Ron Marlenee. 

Denny Rehberg

In 1984, Rehberg was elected to the Montana House of Representatives, where he helped balance the state's budget without raising taxes. Gov. Stan Stephens then appointed him lieutenant governor. In 1992, Rehberg joined forces with Attorney General Marc Racicot in their successful bid for governor and lieutenant governor. 

In 2000, Rehberg was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. One of the first measures he sponsored was a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and was recently appointed chairmen of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, which oversees more than one-quarter of federal discretionary spending. 

Rehberg voted against the stimulus bill, Obamacare and all of the various government bailout programs. He said the biggest threat to the nation is its out-of-control government spending while it continues to borrow more money from China. As senator, Rehberg promises to address waste, fraud and abuse in federal agencies, departments and programs. He advocates an end to federal earmarks and using leftover funds from stimulus and government bailouts to pay down the national debt. Rehberg also said the government must get off the backs of entrepreneurs by decreasing burdensome regulations and lowering taxes. 

On energy, Rehberg suggests Montana look into expanding markets domestically and using its own abundance of oil, coal and natural gas. He also supports development of alternatives forms of energy, such as wind, solar, biofuels and geothermal power.


Ben Nelson

 15) Ben Nelson, D-Neb. – seeking re-election 

About the incumbent: Ben Nelson has served in the U.S. Senate since 2001. He was elected governor of Nebraska and served in that office from 1991 to 1999. Nelson has expressed support for the death penalty, public schooling, funds to stop global warming, expanding free trade, more federal funding for health coverage and a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He opposes abortion and school vouchers.
Nelson has voted "yes" on the following issues: Obamacare, bailout/stimulus, restricting U.N. funding for population control policies, prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion, banning partial birth abortions except to save the mother's life, constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes, barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, protecting the middle class from a national energy tax, removing oil and gas exploration subsidies, banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, raising pay for Congress, expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program, reauthorizing the Patriot Act, continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities," permanently repealing the "death tax" and instituting National Service as a new social invention.
Nelson has voted "no" on the following issues: barring federal grants to organizations that perform abortions, expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines, factoring global warming into federal project planning, $2 billion for the Cash for Clunkers program, prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land, requiring a photo ID to vote in federal elections and for voter registration, applying habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees, increasing tax rates for people earning more than $1 million and repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax.


Jon Bruning, a tea party-backed candidate for U.S. Senate, was sworn into office as Nebraska's 31st Attorney General in 2003. He was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1996 and 2000.
Bruning was endorsed by the Tea Party Express in May 2011."We believe Jon Bruning is a strong candidate," a Tea Party Express spokesman told the Omaha World-Herald. "He's strongly in tune with tea party values. He's also able to put together a first-rate campaign." 

Bruning received both his undergraduate and law degrees with distinction from the University of Nebraska. Upon receiving his law degree, Bruning went to work for both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. From 1995 to 1997, he served as general counsel for Vital Learning Corporation, an Omaha-based business that provides educational services, personal business development and management training. From 1999 until 2003, Bruning worked as general counsel to Tagge-Rutherford Financial Group. 

Jon Bruning and family

On the same morning President Obama signed Obamacare into law, Bruning and 12 other attorneys general filed suit against "the federal government to stop the massive health care overhaul, claiming it's unconstitutional." He said Obamacare "tramples on individual liberty and dumps on the states the burden of an unfunded mandate that taxpayers cannot afford." 

Bruning joined eight other state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 – the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act – nearly two weeks after the U.S. Justice Department filed suit against Arizona over the anti-illegal immigration law. 

Bruning supports repeal of Obamacare, the Second Amendment right to bear arms, overturning Roe v. Wade and elimination of earmarks.

Deb Fischer owns a ranching business with her family near Valentine, Neb. She was elected to the Valentine Rural High School Board of Education, became president of the Nebraska Association of School Boards and served as a commissioner on the Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education. 

In 2004, Fischer was elected to the Nebraska Unicameral to represent the 43rd Legislative District. She currently serves as chair of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and is a member of the Revenue Committee and the Executive Board. Fischer earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Fischer has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising not to raise taxes on individuals and businesses. As senator, she promises to take her budget-cutting skills to Washington and convince Congress to cut spending, not raise taxes. She opposes printing money to pay the national debt and firmly believes Washington's first priority must be to cut spending and pass a balanced-budget amendment. 

Fischer is pro-life and also promises to vote for repeal of Obamacare, act as a key ally for Nebraska agriculture and be an advocate for gun owners. She advocates an increase in Border Patrol agents and troops on the U.S.-Mexico border and widespread use of E-verify to validate legal immigrants when they apply for jobs. Fischer opposes in-state college tuition and amnesty for illegal aliens.

As a young man, Pat Flynn's jobs included detasseling, irrigating, working cattle and hog confinements. He earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

In 1982, Flynn started a successful insurance business. He later became an investment adviser and ran his business for 29 years.

Flynn's campaign website states:

In his later teens and twenties, Pat's life was not always exemplary. He had encounters with the law regarding alcohol and marijuana; thankfully the law won regarding these situations. With the grace of God and a recovery program, Pat has been able to overcome this adversity and has been able to help effect change in other's lives. He is not proud of this part of his past but has taken full responsibility for his actions and understands the concerns and challenges of many others in our society with these same issues.
He helped start and lead a volunteer, high-school youth ministry program for 13 years.
Flynn supports enactment of policies that allow farmers to base their crop-planting decisions on market demand, not government subsidies and regulations. On agriculture, he supports enforcement of anti-trust laws, repeal of the Commodities Futures Modernization Act, enforcement of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyard Act and maintaining branding for cattle as the industry standard for identification. Flynn believes the Environmental Protection Agency should back off and "let farmers farm." He supports an end to subsidies, mandates and regulations. 

Flynn offers a "Blueprint for Recovery and Prosperity," with a plan to return to the fiscal year 2008 federal budget, cut funding to angencies by 40 percent, defund federal programs that duplicate another, defund abortion organizations, cut funding for the war in Libya, cut funding to the U.N. by 50 percent, repeal Obamacare, repeal the Dodd/Frank financial reform bill, abolish the IRS and address entitlements of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. 

On immigration, Flynn supports increased workplace compliance with hiring practices, repatriation, English as the official U.S. language and a temporary worker program. He is also pro-life and a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. 

Don Stenberg

When he needed money to attend the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Don Stenberg detassled corn, hauled bales, mowed lawns and served as a lifeguard at the local swimming pool. In college, he lettered in track and won an athletic scholarship. 

After graduating from law school and business school, Stenberg practiced law until he was named as legal counsel to the governor of Nebraska in 1979. He served as director of the Policy Reasearch Office, assistant to the governor and director of the Department of Administrative Services, where he saved state taxpayers more than $1 million.

Stenberg served as attorney general of Nebraska from 1991 to 2003 and currently serves as the state treasurer. He was also legal counsel to Gov. Charles Thone from 1979 to 1983. In one of the closest elections in Nebraska history in 2000, Stenberg lost the race for U.S. Senate to Democrat Ben Nelson by only two points. He also ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1996 and 2006. In 2011, he announced his intention to run for the Senate a fourth time. 

Stenberg touts his record of restraining government spending as an example for how the federal government must slash its out-of-control spending. As state treasurer, he asked the Nebraska Legislature to cut the budget by 13 percent for each of the following two years. As Nebraska attorney general, he operated his office on the third smallest AG budget in the nation.

As a U.S. senator, Stenberg promises to oppose any new taxes and consider additional tax cuts to strengthen the economy and create jobs. He also pledges to vote for repeal of Obamacare, support a balanced-budget amendment, serve no more than two terms and oppose all bailouts, earmarks and cap-and-trade legislation. Stenberg has received an A or A+ rating from the National Rifle Association for his support for the Second Amendment.

A strong pro-life advocate, Stenberg defended Nebraska's ban on partial-birth abortion all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and personally argued Stenberg v. Carhart in support of the ban. As Nebraska attorney general, he also joined a friend of the court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Washington and New York's statutes banning assisted suicide.

Finally, Stenberg adds, "As Nebraska's next United States senator, I will offer legislation to repeal every rule and regulation adopted by the Obama administration. Any that are truly needed can then be submitted by the bureaucrats to Congress for a vote."
Spencer Zimmerman

An Air Force veteran who was stationed at Offutt from 2000 to 2004, Spencer Zimmerman is an Omaha-based truck driver and business administration graduate of Edgewood College in Madison, Wisc. According to the Lincoln Journal Star, he is author of a novel titled "The Epoch Point." The report notes that Zimmerman plans to center his campaign on a proposal to promote establishment of a unicameral Congress as a solution to the mounting federal deficit.

"We need to create a business-friendly environment in Nebraska and throughout America that will continue to bring new jobs and opportunity to our shores by preventing tax or fee increases and promoting innovation by eliminating regulations that stifle entrepreneurs," Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman does not have an official campaign website at this time.

Russell Anderson earned a bachelor's degree in geography and a master of business administration. While he says he thought of opening a business once, "our government is so anti-business that I suspect I would have been unsuccessful." His work background includes jobs at a fast-food restaurant, a car dealership, eight-and-a-half years in the U.S. Air Force and temporary positions after his separation from the service. 

Anderson believes in a larger conspiracy behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including the idea that President George W. Bush was either "gullible and completely fooled as to what was going on, or he was an insider on the whole event." 

His campaign website states:

"My thoughts on 9-11 would be revisited in 2010 after new material was brought to my attention. This new material includes the simultaneous destruction of Building 7 at the World Trade Center, the molten steel at the World Trade Center that could not be melted by jet fuel, the suspiciously short video clips of the blast at the Pentagon, the apparent downing of a flight riddled with controversy, and an apparent attempt by the George W. Bush administration to hide and destroy evidence of the trillions of dollars that went missing from the economy announced one day prior to 9-11. It is important to know that two planes were seen hitting the World Trade Center; three buildings fell."

Anderson is calling for an "impartial full investigation" of the 9/11 attacks with "full disclosure to the public."

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