Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)
Steve Pearce (R)
Steve Pearce (R)

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Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Legal. Opposed bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks unless women’s life was at risk or pregnancy was from rape or incest.

Steve Pearce  – Ban. Voted to ban abortion after 20 weeks unless women’s life was at risk or pregnancy was from rape or incest.


Campaign Finance: Require political ads to disclose largest funders? Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes, on disclosure. Sponsored bills to reverse Citizens United,  & require tax-exempt social welfare organizations that run political ads to reveal donors.

Steve Pearce  – Supported Citizens United. No position on disclosure bills. Voted to defund House Ethics office after it investigated his staffer.


Climate Change: Consider climate change a serious threat?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. It would be irresponsible to ignore human impact on the changing climate. Modern science should guide our policy.

Steve Pearce  – No. In 2010 said Intergovernmental Panel, which measured climate change, “doesn’t even believe the crap.”


Climate Change: Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Says: Limit greenhouse gases, join Paris Climate Accord, lead on renewable energy—50% of energy from renewables by 2030, 80% by 2040.

Steve Pearce  – No. “Burdensome regulations are killing jobs & driving up energy prices.” Voted to prohibit EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. Called Paris Accord an unfair deal for Americans.


Contraception: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No. Access to free contraception essential “regardless of employer’s religious beliefs.”

Steve Pearce  – Yes. “This is not an issue of birth control, it’s an issue of government control.”


Courts: Support Judge Kavanaugh nomination? [before recent controversies]

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No. His “reactionary judicial record threatens decades of progress for” woman’s rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, & access to healthcare.

Steve Pearce  – Yes. Hopes nomination process will reveal Kavanaugh to be “committed to preserving our freedoms as set forth in the Constitution.”


Economy: Support Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No. Concerned will cause “dangerous & short-sighted” trade war, harming NM agriculture & consumers.

Steve Pearce  – Some reservations. “I will not support putting our businesses at a disadvantage & raising prices on our consumers.”


Education: Increase funding for K-12 education?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Supports passing constitutional amendment to allow distributions from NM Permanent Fund. Also supports universal pre-K & shifting funding from administrators to classroom teachers.

Steve Pearce  – Unclear. Reluctant to dip into Permanent Fund, for pre-K or in general. “Far more complex than just throwing more money at the situation.” Support better management, mental health support & apprenticeship programs.


Education: Provide publicly funded vouchers to help pay for private schools?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No. Strongly opposes school vouchers.

Steve Pearce  – Yes. “Vouchers break link of low-income & low-quality schools.”


Education: Increase funding for higher education?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Find sources of money to replace lottery. In Congress opposed budget that would have lowered Pell Grants.

Steve Pearce  – No. “Right now we don’t have the money.” Must first grow the economy. so that we have the money.


Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Supported NM marriage equality before Supreme Court ruling.

Steve Pearce  – No. Personally opposes, voted against, but now settled law.


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

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Strengthen background checks, ban assault weapons & high-capacity magazines. Ban anyone convicted of domestic violence from buying guns.

Steve Pearce  – No. “I don’t think gun control legislation works.” Restrictions would divert resources to “cataloguing & confiscating the guns of law-abiding citizens.”


Healthcare: Support or Repeal ACA, aka Obamacare?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Supports ACA, voted against repeal. Protect & strengthen Medicaid.

Steve Pearce  – “Repeal & replace.” Voted for repeal.


Healthcare: Require people to work to receive Medicaid?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No. Opposed work requirements enacted by current governor Susana Martinez.

Steve Pearce  – Yes. Require “able-bodied” Medicaid recipients to work.


Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Values their preventive care.

Steve Pearce  – No. Willing to shut down government to stop any public funding of them.


Immigration: Support DREAM Act (DACA), allowing “Dreamers” who arrived illegally as children, then grew up in the US, to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Worked to protect their status. Supports earned path to citizenship, for DACA recipients and illegal immigrants in general.

Steve Pearce  – Yes. On DACA, proposed 10-year “conditional protected status” with option to renew but no path to citizenship. Supports guest worker program, without amnesty.


Labor: Enact right-to-work law, preventing unions from mandating dues for workers they represent?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No, opposes.

Steve Pearce  – Yes, supports.


Marijuana: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Supported NM medical marijuana program & voted in Congress to protect.  Supports recreational legalization.

Steve Pearce  – No. Strongly opposes recreational legalization. “It would hinder the economic fortunes of poor people.”


Minimum Wage: Raise the minimum wage from current $7.25/hour?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Supports raising to $10 immediately, & to $12 in 4 years, indexed to inflation.

Steve Pearce  – No. Raising the minimum wage would hurt small business & people at the bottom of the economic ladder.


Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Co-sponsored Congressional resolution to reinstate net neutrality.

Steve Pearce  – No. Net neutrality rules “undermine the free marketplace.”


President Trump: Percentage of major votes  supporting Trump’s positions?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Voted 25% with Trump as of October 1.

Steve Pearce  – Voted 90% with Trump as of October 1.


Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Committed to facilitating investments in renewable energy sector. 

Steve Pearce  – No. Wants to “support every form of energy.” Voted repeatedly against credits or support for renewables.


Student Financial Aid: Increase federal or state student financial aid?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Backed Elizabeth Warren proposal to lower student interest rates by taxing the wealthy. Also backed Pell Grant support & financial aid for people not pursuing 4-year degree.

Steve Pearce  – Unclear. Voted for a 2015 Federal budget that significantly cut Pell Grants. Also 2006 budget that cut student loan support in favor of deficit reduction.


Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cuts?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No. They resemble failed past policies that “reward the wealthiest people & special interests, while adding as much as $1.5 trillion to our national debt.”

Steve Pearce  – Yes. Will “give a shot in the arm to all manufacturers, & small businesses will be able to become a little more stable.”


Voting Rights: Support stricter voting rules such as voter ID requirements even if they prevent some people from voting?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No. “Burdensome voter ID laws & purging of voter registration rolls… disproportionately impact poor, elderly, disabled & Americans of color.”

Steve Pearce  – Yes. Voted for photo ID in federal races.