Fischer, Kerrey positions on issues and voting records summarized

Bob Kerrey
Deb Fischer

The race for the U.S. Senate between Republican Deb Fischer and Democrat Bob Kerrey has captured the attention of Nebraska voters.

In an effort to go beyond the campaign ads and daily sound bites, University of Nebraska-Lincoln journalism students researched the candidates’ positions on major issues in the race and the candidates’ most recent records.

The 17 members of the Reporting I class, under the direction of professor John Bender, were divided into four teams. Two teams concentrated on compiling the candidates’ stands on a list of major issues. One team compiled Fischer’s positions and the other compiled Kerrey’s. The teams searched each candidate’s website and other published sources, such as newspaper stories, for their positions on the issues.

Here are the summaries of the candidates’ positions on major issues.

The remaining two teams looked at the legislative records of the candidates. The Fischer team looked at some of her votes and some of the bills she sponsored during her last six years in the Nebraska Legislature, 2007 through 2012. The bills included in the summaries were selected after the team had scanned the relevant issues of Unicameral Update, the Legislature’s official news report.

The Kerrey team looked as his votes on major bills and bills he sponsored during his last six years in the U.S. Senate, 1995 through 2000. The bills and votes included in the summary were selected after team members had reviewed the relevant issues of Congressional Quarterly, a nongovernmental but authoritative report on congressional actions.

Here are summaries of Fischer’s legislative record in the Nebraska Legislature and Kerrey’s legislative record in the U.S. Senate.

The members of the class and the teams they were assigned to:

Fischer – Legislative Record

  • Chris Casper
  • Nicole Rauner
  • Katie Rios
  • Sara Slater
  • Preston Thiemann
  • Liang Xiang

Kerrey – Legislative Record

  • Justice Jones
  • Vanessa Languis
  • Kollin Miller
  • Alex Schubauer
  • Roxie Siel

Fischer – Issues

  • Jason Hester
  • Rebekah Sutter
  • Daniel Wheaton

Kerrey – Issues

  • Reid Kilmer
  • Jasmine Rogers
  • Hanna Vasina

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