Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Steve Huffman - The Issues Part I

The place I choose to begin my research about a candidate, who has already served in public office, is at Project Vote Smart. Typically, I use this as a starting point, but there is usually enough information here to make that binary decision that becomes your vote - Yes or No?

To me, how someone voted in office says a lot about how they will vote in the future. Let's look at some information regarding Steve Huffman's endorsements and voting record and you can make your own determination.

In 2005, the Arizona Right to Life organization determined that Mr. Huffman voted in support of their agenda 33% of the time. This constitutes a rather negative rating if you are interested in a "pro-life" candidate. On the other hand, Mr. Huffman was given a 100% rating by Planned Parenthood in 2004. This indicates Mr Huffman has always voted in favor of the abortion agenda when those issues came before him. Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona even endorsed Mr. Huffman.

Mr. Huffman has a 55% grade with the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers, but has improved his stature with the Arizona National Federation of Independent Business over the past few years. He was endorsed by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce in past elections.

Mr. Huffman's gun rights votes are all over the place - frankly. The NRA tends to support him, but the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association only gave him a grade of 42% in 2004.

In order that this doesn't turn into a novel (and it is getting late), we'll pick up with more on Mr. Huffman, and with all the other candidates, later.

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