Candidate Profile
Merav Ben-David

Democrat , Wyoming

Biography

Name
Merav Ben-David
Party
Democrat
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

Liberal
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*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

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*Warren Davidson

Liberals

1
*Sierra Club

Selected Contributions

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
3
314 Action (2019), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (2018), State Democratic Party Organizations (2019)

Summary

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Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I recognize every person’s right to choose if and when they want to have children. That includes their right to decide to terminate an unwanted pregnancy."  Source

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

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I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

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Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "It is time to implement the Federal Job Guarantee program FDR first proposed more than 70 years ago. It was intended to use federal funds to support state-based job creation while guaranteeing employment with a livable wage."  Source

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

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How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "The only way to bridge the federal deficit is to invest. Invest in innovation, in creativity and in entrepreneurship. We will need to spend money to make money."  Source

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

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Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

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Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I strongly believe in individual liberty and personal choice – the choice to express one’s opinions, to peacefully practice one’s religion."  Source

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

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Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "The United States must adopt Universal Healthcare: a system that ensures a basic level of care for all people."  Source

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

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How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

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National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "As your senator, I will work to curb the excessive spending on the military industrial complex, to end our protracted wars while maintaining our strategic alliances, and to bring our troops home."  Source

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

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Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

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State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

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Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

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Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

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Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Wyoming's constitution guarantees good education to Wyomingites age 6 to 21. I'll support laws that bolster our education system, that promote access to top-notch instruction in the sciences and the arts, and that fuel scientific discovery."  Source


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I will do everything in my power to secure legal and social equality for the LGBTQ+ community. I will support the Equality Act, a landmark piece of legislation that would enshrine a suite of protections for LGBTQ+ individuals in civil rights law. I will also vote for the LGBT Elder Americans Act, which has already passed the House, support a federal ban on conversion therapy for minors, ensure accurate identification procedures for non-binary and intersex individuals, push for curriculum reforms that recognize LGBTQ+ history, and advocate for the repeal of the transgender military ban."  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

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Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

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2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I’m a hunter and own two rifles and a shotgun, which I intend to keep...Our laws should support responsible gun ownership to reduce incidents of suicide and mass shootings. We require people to learn to safely handle guns as part of our hunter training programs; there is no reason we can’t do the same for gun ownership more generally."  Source


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Israel has been an essential and close ally of the United States for over seven decades...I believe peace can only be achieved if the Palestinian people are treated with dignity, provided with financial assistance to develop a sustainable economy, and their human rights and wishes for self-governance in their own country is guaranteed."  Source

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

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The Electoral College should be abolished.

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In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Two of my first priorities will be to pursue legislation to close the gender wage gap both nationally and in Wyoming, and to work to implement the Equality Act that outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity." "The greatest threat to Wyoming today is our state's economy's heavy reliance on fossil fuels and the extractive technology they require. As the world transitions to alternative energy sources at a rapid pace, Wyoming risks losing more than half of its revenue."  Source  Source

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "We must rethink the ways in which we keep our communities safe. We don't need tanks and military tactical gear on our streets. Instead, we should invest in de-escalation and conflict management training, in affordable housing and mental healthcare....As your Senator, I will center BIPOC voices when advocating for policies aimed at reducing systemic racism in this country. That includes proposals to increase funding for education and affordable housing, holding companies accountable for pay gaps, conducting health disparities research, championing environmental justice, making it easier to vote, and creating citizen oversight boards to be a check on police violence and brutality."  Source


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