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Deborah 'Debbie' Halvorson

Deborah 'Debbie' Halvorson's Ratings and Endorsements

Full Name: Deborah 'Debbie' Halvorson

Budget, Spending and Taxes

2010 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 13%
2010 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 0%
2010 FreedomWorks - Positions 5%
2010 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 11%
2010 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 100%
2010 The Club for Growth - Positions 12%
2009-2010 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 13%
2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 86%
2009 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 100%
2009 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2009 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 21%
2009 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 84%
2009 FreedomWorks - Positions 19%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5%
2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 12%
2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 12%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 29%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 13%
2009 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 100
2009 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 90%
2009 The Club for Growth - Positions 14%
2008 Americans for Fair Taxation - Positions on the FairTax 0
2007-2008 National Taxpayers United of Illinois - Positions 8%
2005-2006 National Taxpayers United of Illinois - Positions 25%
2001-2002 National Taxpayers United of Illinois - Positions 10%
1999 National Taxpayers United of Illinois - Positions 0%

Business and Consumers

2010 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 50%
2010 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 38%
2009-2010 American Association of University Women - Positions 82%
2009-2010 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 89%
2009-2010 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 37%
2009-2010 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions 0%
2009-2010 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 0%
2009-2010 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 26%
2009-2010 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 100%
2009-2010 National Association for the Self-Employed - U.S. House Score 100%
2009-2010 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 50%
2009-2010 National Retail Federation - Positions 25%
2009-2010 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 55%
2009-2010 School Nutrition Association - Positions (House Only) 100%
2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 86%
2009-2010 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 9%
2009 American Association of University Women - Positions 78%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5%
2009 National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues A
2009 National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues A
2009 Population Connection - Committee Votes Score 100%
2009 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 20%
2009 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 60%
2008-2011 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 0%
2007-2008 Illinois Chamber of Commerce - Positions 27%
2006 Illinois National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 33%
2005-2006 Illinois Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40%
2004 Illinois Prosperity Project - Positions 66%
2003-2004 Illinois Chamber of Commerce - Positions 0%
2002 Illinois Chamber of Commerce - Positions 39%
2001-2002 Illinois National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 29%
1999-2000 Illinois National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 33%
1997-1998 Illinois National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 57%

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2010 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 0%
2009-2010 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 81%
2009-2010 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 78%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 54%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 29%
2009-2010 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2009-2010 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 90%
2009-2010 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -4%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85%
2009 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 84%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 19%
2009 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 88%
2009 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -2%
2008 Citizen Action Illinois - Positions 80
2007-2008 Applied Research Center - Positions on Racial Justice 82
2007 Citizen Action Illinois - Positions on Progressive Policy 81.3
2007 Illinois Civil Justice League - Positions 14
2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 0%
2006 Applied Research Center - Positions on Racial Justice 100
2003 Citizen Action Illinois - Positions 96%
2001-2003 Gay Rights Information - Positions on LGBT Rights 0%
2001 Citizen Action Illinois - Positions on Progressive Policy 0%
2001 Gay Rights Information - Positions on LGBT Rights 0%

Conservative

2010 American Conservative Union - Positions 8%
2010 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 14%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2010 FreedomWorks - Positions 5%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 46%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 54%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 42%
2010 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 48%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 54%
2010 The Club for Growth - Positions 12%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0%
2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 5%
2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 5%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 4%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 4%
2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2009-2010 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 13%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 10%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 10%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 7%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 5%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 7%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 5%
2009 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 20%
2009 American Conservative Union - Positions 20%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 4%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 4%
2009 FreedomWorks - Positions 19%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 43%
2009 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 49%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 48%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 53%
2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 12%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 29%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 13%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 29%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 13%
2009 The Club for Growth - Positions 14%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 10%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 10%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 0%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 5%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 5%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 0%
2007 United Republican Fund of Illinois (URF) - Positions on Conservative Issues 10
2001-2010 Keep America Safe - Positions 46%

Foreign Affairs

2010 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 40%
2010 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score B+
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 45%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 54%
2010 Peace Action - Positions 14%
2010 Peace Action West - Positions 14%
2009-2010 ACT! for America - Positions 80%
2009-2010 Council for a Livable World - Positions 33%
2009-2010 PeacePAC - Positions (PeacePAC is sister organization of Council for a Livable World rating House Only) 33%
2009-2010 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -4%
2009-2010 USA Engage - Positions 40%
2009-2010 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) - Positions 20%
2009 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 70%
2009 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 33%
2009 Latin America Working Group - Positions 0%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 47%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 53%
2009 NewPolicy.org - Positions on International Middle East Policy Advocacy 0%
2009 Peace Action West - Positions 31%
2009 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -2%
2008 Resolve Uganda - Lifetime Score F
2007-2009 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score B+
2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 0%

Labor Unions

2010 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 93%
2010 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 100%
2010 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 100%
2010 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 100%
2010 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - House of Representatives Score 100%
2009-2010 Communications Workers of America - Positions 78%
2009-2010 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 100%
2009-2010 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 0%
2009-2010 National Farmers Union - Positions 88%
2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 86%
2009 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 85%
2009 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 90%
2009 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 90%
2009 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 100%
2009 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 92%
2009 Illinois AFL-CIO - Lifetime Score 92%
2009 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 100%
2009 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 100%
2009 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 90%
2009 United Auto Workers - Positions 80%
2009 Women Employed - Positions 50%
2008 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 25%
2007 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions on Workplace Rights 100
2005-2006 Tooling & Manufacturing Association - Positions on Manufacturers Advocacy 55
2005 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 83%
2004 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 100%
2003 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 96%
2001 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 100%
1999 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 100%

Social

2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2010 Liberty Central - Positions on Conservative Issues F
2010 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 54%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 42%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0%
2010 Vote Kids - Positions 100%
2009-2010 ACT! for America - Positions 80%
2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2009-2010 American Immigration Lawyers Association - U.S. House Score 100%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 4%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 4%
2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 22
2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2009-2010 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 100%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 5%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 7%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 7%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 10%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 10%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 5%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 4%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 28%
2009 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 43%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 54%
2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2009 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2009 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 13%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 29%
2009 The Children's Health Fund - Positions 66%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 10%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 0%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 5%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 5%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 0%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 10%
2009 Vote Kids - Positions 100%
2008 Citizen Action Illinois - Positions 80
2007 Citizen Action Illinois - Positions on Progressive Policy 81.3
2007 Illinois Civil Justice League - Positions 14
2003 Citizen Action Illinois - Positions 96%
2002 Illinois Family Institute - Positions 33%
2002 Illinois Family Institute - Positions 33%
2001 Citizen Action Illinois - Positions on Progressive Policy 0%
1999-2004 Illinois Churches in Action - ILLCAAAP - Positions 67%
1999-2004 Illinois Churches in Action - ILLCAAAP - Positions 67%
1999-2000 Illinois Churches in Action - ILLCAAAP - Positions 100%
1999-2000 Illinois Churches in Action - ILLCAAAP - Positions 100%
1998-1999 Illinois Churches in Action - ILLCAAAP - Positions 100%
1998-1999 Illinois Churches in Action - ILLCAAAP - Positions 100%
1997-1998 National Association of Social Workers - Illinois Chapter - Positions 100%
1997 Illinois Churches in Action - ILLCAAAP - Positions 100%
1997 Illinois Churches in Action - ILLCAAAP - Positions 100%

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