2018 Michigan Senate Candidate Guide

John James (R) vs Debbie Stabenow (D)

State Senate | Election | Nov 6, 2018

The Candidates

John James

John James

Republican

Debbie Stabenow

Debbie Stabenow

Democrat

Incumbent

The Issues

Abortion

Mostly ban or mostly legal?

James

Ban,  with exception for life of the mother—but not for rape or incest.

Campaign Finance

Require political ads to disclose their funders? Support Citizens United decision for unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

James

No public statement found.

Stabenow

Yes. Leader in fight against big money in politics.  Co-sponsored updated DISCLOSE Act . “Would gladly repeal Citizens United.”

Climate Change

Consider climate change a serious crisis? Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases?

James

No public statement found.

Contraception

Let employers withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

James

Let employers withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

Courts

Support Brett Kavanaugh nomination (before recent allegations)?

Stabenow

Will review his record but concerned about environment & healthcare stands.

Courts

Support Brett Kavanaugh nomination (before recent allegations)?

Stabenow

Will review his record but concerned about environment & healthcare stands.

Education

Give parents vouchers to send children to private schools with public $?

Elections

Support Michigan’s redistricting ballot initiative to address charges of partisan gerrymandering?

James

No public statement found.

Stabenow

Strongly supports. Voting districts should be drawn fairly, without “strange configurations.”

Environment

Support cutbacks of Environmental Protection Administration?

James

No overall statement found, but a likely yes.

Financial Regulation

Support cutbacks of Consumer Protection Bureau?

James

No public statement found.

Gay Rights

Support gay marriage?

Stabenow

Yes. Many votes against discrimination, even before Supreme Court ruling.

Gun Control

Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?

James

No. Second amendment rights “SHALL NOT be infringed [upon]. Enough said!”

Stabenow

Yes. Supports common-sense gun reform: expanded background checks, banning high-capacity magazines & bump stocks

Healthcare

Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare? Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion healthcare?

Immigration

Support DACA, letting “Dreamers” who arrived illegally as children, then grew up in the US, achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?

James

No public statement found. But opposes path to citizenship for America’s 11 million illegal immigrants. “We must end illegal immigration” & secure the border.

Stabenow

Yes. Voted for original 2007 DACA bill that failed to pass. Advocating for new DACA bill. Has supported more money for border funding, mixed votes on path to citizenship.

Iran

Withdraw from treaty to limit Iran’s nuclear capability & lift some sanctions?

Marijuana

Support medical & recreational decriminalization? Legalization is on the ballot as Measure 1.

Minimum Wage

Raise federal minimum wage from $7.25/hr?

James

Critical of increasing to $15/hr, but unclear if he’d support smaller increase.

Stabenow

Has supported raising, but no statement on current proposal to raise to $15/hr.

Net Neutrality

Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

James

Unknown. 

Stabenow

Yes. FCC decision to overturn net neutrality is “terrible.”

President Trump

Response to President Trump’s actions & policies? Percentage of key votes supporting Trump’s positions while in office?

James

Supports. “President Trump is keeping his promises to the American people.” Percentage not applicable, as background is in business, not as elected official.

Stabenow

Opposed some executive orders: Farm Bill & drilling in Great Lakes. Disturbed by Trump’s “bromance” with Putin. Voted 33% with Trump as of 09/25/18.

Renewable Energy

Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

James

No public statement found.

Student Debt & Financial Aid

Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by more tax on high earners (Elizabeth Warren proposal)? Increase federal aid, like Pell Grants?

James

Unknown. Would “have to take a more detailed look” at student loan forgiveness before commenting.

Taxes

Support President Trump’s tax cuts?

Voting Rights

Support stricter voting rules like photo-ID requirements?

James

No public statement found.