Governor Howard Dean
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Equality, Civil Liberties and Minorities:
Dean supports affirmative action. He wants to make racial profiling a form of discrimination and keep federal money from state or local authorities using the technique.
He favors increased rights for same-sex couples, stronger federal legislation against hate crimes based on sexual orientation and bans on job discrimination on the basis of sexual preference.
Dean opposes expansion of the Patriot Act and seeks removal of parts of it that are incongruent with the Constitution.
He wants to make sure that the civil rights of detained immigrants are respected.(*)
Dean wants to end tax cuts implemented by President Bush. He'll use the money to create jobs, support homeland security and pay for universal health care. He proposed a $100 billion fund to add jobs.
Dean will strive for a balanced budget.
To help small businesses, Dean proposes better enforcing anti-trust laws, reducing the high health care costs, giving more federal support and easing the required paperwork.(*)
Dean's early childhood education plan seeks to double current spending in order to increase early education programs and health care.
For K-12th grade, Dean wants to change accountability problems by reducing reliability on a single standardized test, including other evaluations of learning and including ways to assess students with disabilities and children learning English as a second language. Dean also proposes a plan in which state and local funds to fix or construct schools over a three-year period will be matched by the federal government.
Dean's higher education plans include promising eigth -grade students who commit to finishing high school and preparing themselves for college $10,000 in financial aid per year to use toward the college or career program of their choice. He plans to pay for this by repealing President Bush's tax cuts.(*)
Dean opposed the invasion of Iraq.(*)
He supports letting a coalition, led by NATO, take over and ensuring a democratic government within 18-24 months. He thinks the U.N. should change its Oil for Food program to an Oil for Recovery program in order to help fund rebuilding.(*)
Dean supports reproductive choice and family planning programs.
He favors reinstating legislation that mandates federal employees receive health insurance coverage for contraceptives as they do for any other prescription.
He believes in sex education that is comprehensive, not just abstinence-based.(*)
For more on these and other issues, visit Dean's campaign site.