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Dianne Feinstein is running as the Democratic candidate for a third term in 2006. She has held the office since 1992. She will face Republican Richard Mountjoy, Green Todd Chretien, Libertarian Michael Metti, and Peace and Freedom Marsha Feinland in the general election. Feinstein is a member of the U.S. Senate Committees on: Appropriations, Rules and Administration, Intelligence, Judiciary, and Energy and Natural Resources. She is the only woman on the Judiciary Committee and is the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security. [1]

Major Issues[]

Ms. Feinstein is something of a mixed bag, supporting issues for which both the Republicans and Democrats have traditionally stood.

Issue Position
Flag Burning The main Democratic sponsor of the failed 2006 constitutional flag burning amendment. [2]
Abortion Pro-choice
Capital punishment In favor of capital punishment
Gun laws Advocate of gun control

In Favor of Dianne Feinstein[]

California Peace Action gives Feinstein a 94% approval rating [3]

Against Dianne Feinstein[]

  • Green Party opponent Todd Chretien on Feinstein's "pro-war" voting record and the effect it has the local communities in California:
She is the most powerful pro-war politician in California today. She steals from our children to feed the Pentagon budget. She just voted this month to hand another $550 billion to Bush so that our kids could continue killing and dying for Big Oil in Iraq. Where did that money come from? It was stolen from Fremont High School in Oakland. It was stolen from Castlemont High School. It was stolen from Oakland High. It was stolen from Oakland Tech. Predictably, dozens of young men and women have paid for this robbery with their lives, often literally within blocks of these schools. [4]
note - Mr. Chretien is likely referring to the combined total of the Defense Department FY 2007 Authorization bill [5], which passed in the Senate with no dissenting votes, and the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 [6], which had one vote in opposition, from Republican Arlen Specter.
  • Feinstein has raised over 124 times the amount of campaigning funds raised by her two major opponents, combined, and has thus far only spent less than a third of the funds raised. [7]

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