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Senator Allan Kittleman
Legislative & Political Record
Allan Kittleman: Ratings
Senator Allan Kittleman's reliably conservative record earned high ratings from conservative groups like the National Rifle Association and Maryland Right to Life, and low ratings from Maryland's teachers. These are just some of his legislative scorecards from independent observers.
Maryland State Education Association, 2006
Maryland State Education Association, 2010
National Rifle Association, 2010
Maryland Right to Life, (four years running. 2008-2011)
League of Conservation Voters, 2014 Lifetime Score
Although there's generally broad agreement among Republicans, Democrats and Independents that Maryland should do all it can to preserve our #1 public schools, Senator Allan Kittleman repeatedly cast votes that would undermine our school funding.
Repeated Failing Grades From Maryland's Teachers
Maryland's teachers repeatedly awarded Senator Kittleman low grades for his failure to support public schools: a 17% rating in 2006, a 20% rating in 2007, a 0% rating in 2010 and 50% ratings in 2011 and 2012.
[Project Vote Smart website]
Proposed Drastic Reductions in Funding for Howard County Schools & Libraries
As a Howard County Councilman, Allan Kittleman proposed a budget that cut more than $5 million from our local public schools, and even cut over $500,000 from our local public libraries.
[Baltimore Sun, 5/25/03; Washington Post, 5/22/03; Baltimore Sun, 5/18/03.]
Voted Repeatedly Against Investing in Howard County Schools
Senator Kittleman voted against all state education funding for Howard County Schools from 2007 to 2014. In total, he opposed over $51 billion of statewide education funding.
[Maryland Operating Budget Bills, FY 2008-2015; Maryland State Department of Education, Aid to Education Analysis, FY 2008-2015]
GUNS IN MARYLAND
When Republicans, Independents and Democrats were working together to implement common sense gun safety measures in Maryland, Senator Allan Kittleman led the fight against them all.
Fought Against Taking Guns Away From Domestic Abusers
When advocates for victims of domestic violence came to the legislature with a plan to give judges the power to protect victims, Senator Kittleman voted against requiring, or even allowing, judges to confiscate firearms from domestic abuse suspects.
Strongly Supported By The National Rifle Association
Senator Kittleman earned the National Rifle Association's "A" rating for repeatedly opposing common-sense gun safety measures in Maryland.
Led Opposition to Banning 45 Different Kinds of Assault Weapons in Maryland
In the wake of Sandy Hook, a bipartisan group of parents and advocates crafted the "Firearm Safety Act of 2013," a common-sense plan to cut down on the number of assault weapons available in Maryland.
But Senator Kittleman led the fight against the Firearm Safety Act because, according to the Baltimore Sun, "he felt it went too far in its restrictions, which included a ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons."
He also fought against limits on gun magazine sizes.
See the Video: Kittleman Fights Against Gun Safety Legislation
Senator Allan Kittleman led the fight to keep 45 kinds of assault weapons legal in Maryland. In this brief excerpt from the longer debate, he argues against gun-safety advocate Senator Brian Frosh.
In the wake of Sandy Hook, Maryland Republicans and Democrats joined together to advance common-sense legislation that would restrict the movement of certain assault weapons in Maryland. Allan Kittleman led the opposition to the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, a bill which made 45 kinds of assault weapons illegal in Maryland.
Almost since the day he arrived in the Maryland Senate, Allan Kittleman has fought against pro-choice legislation, and tried to advance his pro-life agenda.
100% Anti-Choice Rating
Maryland Right-to-Life awarded Senator Kittleman a perfect 100% score four years in a row.
Kittleman Voted to Remove Funding From Groups Like Planned Parenthood in Maryland
Maryland Right-to-Life hailed Senator Kittleman for voting for the infamous 2008 "Greenip Amendment" - an early attempt to defund family planning groups like Planned Parenthood in Maryland.
[SB 90, Amdt. #133022/1, 3/12/08; Maryland Right to Life Roll Call Votes, 2008]
Kittleman Tried to Limit Stem-Cell Research in Maryland.
Republicans and Democrats agree that stem-cell research can lead to life-saving cures. But Allan Kittleman voted to limit stem-cell research in Maryland -- another reason that Maryland Right to Life awarded him a 100% rating.
[SB 140, Amdt. #913426/1, 3/23/10; SB 90, Amdt. #903728/1, 3/12/08; Maryland Right to Life Roll Call Votes, 2008, 2010]
Kittleman Tried to Limit Women's Access to Common Forms of Birth Control.
Emergency birth control is relied on by women across Maryland. But in 2006, Senator Kittleman voted twice to make it harder for women to access emergency contraceptives.
Senator Kittleman repeatedly earned failing grades from Maryland's environmentalists. He opposed increasing renewable energy like wind and solar in Maryland, but tried to make burning garbage eligible for the state's highest renewable energy standard.
[SB 791, 3rd Reading, 3/29/12; Maryland League of Conservation Voters Scorecard, 2012; SB 278, 4/13/09; Project Vote Smart website; Maryland League of Conservation Voters Scorecard, 2006]
Failing Grades from The League of Conservation Voters.
Senator Kittleman's lifetime rating from the League of Conservation Voters is currently a failing 16%, after earning grades as low as 0% in some years.
[Maryland League of Conservation Voters]
Failing Grades from Environment Maryland, Five Years in a Row.
Senator Kittleman's voting record earned him ratings from 31% down to 0%.
[Environment Maryland scorecards]
Burning Garbage = Renewable Energy?
Senator Kittleman supported legislation that made burning garbage eligible for the highest level in the state renewable energy standard.
[SB 690, Senate Finance Committee, 2011; Maryland League of Conservation Voters Scorecard, 2011]
MINIMUM WAGE &
EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK
Senator Kittleman repeatedly sided against an increase to Maryland's minimum wage, calling it a "terrible" idea. He even opposed measures to ensure that Maryland's women are paid the same as their male colleagues.
2011: Opposed an $8.25/hour minimum wage.
The minimum wage bill (HB 988/SB 716) would have stepped up the state’s minimum wage from the federally mandated $7.25 to $8.25 starting July 1, 2011.
Despite the fact that "87% of low-wage workers are adults and approximately 210,000 Maryland children have at least one parent who would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage," Senator Kittleman said that he sees minimum wage "as a starting wage and not a living wage," explaining why he sided against raising it.
In 2008, a bipartisan attempt was made to guard against pay discrimination in Maryland. Even though 82% of the Maryland House supported it, Senator Kittleman was one of just 11 Senators to vote against it.
Allan Kittleman reports on his 2013 agenda to the Howard County Republican Club.
For the current 2014 campaign, Allan Kittleman has begun describing himself as "independent." However, as recently as last year, he was proudly discussing his advocacy of the Republican agenda, including strong opposition to raising the minimum wage and opposing efforts to grow local new energy solutions.
Meet Longtime Republican Activist Allan Kittleman
Allan Kittleman is a longtime Republican Activist and elected Republican official representing western Howard County.
In 1988, he was elected Vice President of the Howard County Republican Club. He served as Republican Club President in 1989. In 1992, he was of the chair of Howard County Republican Party. Elected as a Republican to County Council, he served until 2004 when he was appointed by Governor Bob Ehrlich to the State Senate. He currently supports Delegate Warren Miller, and also supports Delegate Gail Bates as his replacement.
With the exception of marriage equality and capital punishment, he has been a reliable vote for a Republican agenda, including blocking common-sense gun legislation, accumulating a strong anti-choice record, praising the Tea Party and voting to cut public school funding.
Calls The Tea Party "The People's Movement"
Allan Kittleman headlines Tea Party Rally at the Maryland legislature.
Many Maryland Republicans, Independents and Democrats reject the extreme Tea Party agenda. However, Senator Kittleman headlined a Tea Party rally at the Maryland Legislature on opening day in 2010, and described the Tea Party as "the people's movement," saying that Democrats have "destroyed this state."
A CONSERVATIVE PERSPECTIVE
"I Had to Buy a House In Columbia"
Allan Kittleman made it clear that he views Columbia as less desirable than other parts of Howard County, saying “I had to buy a house in Columbia, and I saved and then moved to the west."
[Baltimore Sun, 3/23/99]
Opposed Measures to Preserve African-American Heritage in Howard County
When Republicans and Democrats teamed up to preserve African-American historical sites throughout Howard County, Senator Kittleman was one of only four Senators to oppose the effort.
[SB 319, 3rd Reading, 4/08/10]
Longtime Republican Activist
and officeholder Allan Kittleman
speaks at a Maryland Republican Party event.
In 2012, Allan Kittleman continued his Republican activism as a Mitt Romney delegate to the Republican National Convention.
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