Senator Alan Franken

DETAILS: Senator Alan Franken
(1951 - )
    • MN Senate
      (2009- 2018)
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    ISSUES: Senator Alan Franken

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    Cryptocurrency

    Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are considered an asset and commodity rather than legal currency. There is a Bipartisan support for regulating cryptocurrency, though not as a legal currency. source

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    FOR Republicans

    Support regulating cryptocurrencies as a commodity and security. They also back using cryptocurrency as an election contribution source. source

    FOR Democrats

    Many house democrats want to regulate cryptocurrency and use it as a campaign contribution source. They also want to ban Big Tech like Facebook from providing their own cryptocurrencies, believing it would weaken US financial power. source


    FOR

    Voting

    There are various aspects to voting that are in contention. Two popular topics are securing the ballots and if a popular vote should replace electoral votes.

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    AGAINST Republicans

    Against Popular vote. Republicans support greater transparency, stronger security, and a paper ballot. They strongly oppose a popular vote because they feel it would make ballot boxes and technology more vulnerable to exploitation. source

    FOR Democrats

    For popular vote. Democrats support further funding of HAVA and updating equipment to support more secure paper ballots. They believe everyone has a right to vote, including people who have already served their time for past legal transgressions. There is also a movement to push for a National Popular Vote instead of an electoral vote because it is more in line with the voice of those voting. source


    FOR

    Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

    Fighting discrimination and fighting the limiting of personal rights.

    DETAILS:

    FOR Republicans

    Both sides are against discrimination and bias against any individual.

    FOR Democrats

    Both sides are against discrimination and bias against any individual.


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    Military

    Both sides support the soldiers, but differ in how much spending and size should go into the active military force.

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    FOR Republicans

    See the military as integral to security. They support growing and funding military branches and operations as well as improving the care of veterins. source

    FOR Democrats

    Democrats support the military and call for more robust support programs for veterans. They want to cut back on large scale military maneuvers, finding them dangerous and costly.


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    Health Care

    There is an ongoing controversy on how to address rising healthcare costs for Americans.

    DETAILS:

    FOR Republicans

    Republicans have put forth a 68-page bill that is focused on Choice and Competition in the public healthcare marketplace. Some plans include loosening rules on health savings accounts and allowing businesses more freedoms in insuring their employees. source

    FOR Democrats

    Democrats primarily back a Medicare for All Plan, which would insure everyone has insurance and that costs were controlled. source


    FOR

    Cryptocurrency

    Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are considered an asset and commodity rather than legal currency. There is a Bipartisan support for regulating cryptocurrency, though not as a legal currency. source

    DETAILS:

    FOR Republicans

    Support regulating cryptocurrencies as a commodity and security. They also back using cryptocurrency as an election contribution source. source

    FOR Democrats

    Many house democrats want to regulate cryptocurrency and use it as a campaign contribution source. They also want to ban Big Tech like Facebook from providing their own cryptocurrencies, believing it would weaken US financial power. source


    FOR

    Voting

    There are various aspects to voting that are in contention. Two popular topics are securing the ballots and if a popular vote should replace electoral votes.

    DETAILS:

    AGAINST Republicans

    Against Popular vote. Republicans support greater transparency, stronger security, and a paper ballot. They strongly oppose a popular vote because they feel it would make ballot boxes and technology more vulnerable to exploitation. source

    FOR Democrats

    For popular vote. Democrats support further funding of HAVA and updating equipment to support more secure paper ballots. They believe everyone has a right to vote, including people who have already served their time for past legal transgressions. There is also a movement to push for a National Popular Vote instead of an electoral vote because it is more in line with the voice of those voting. source


    FOR

    Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

    Fighting discrimination and fighting the limiting of personal rights.

    DETAILS:

    FOR Republicans

    Both sides are against discrimination and bias against any individual.

    FOR Democrats

    Both sides are against discrimination and bias against any individual.


    FOR

    Military

    Both sides support the soldiers, but differ in how much spending and size should go into the active military force.

    DETAILS:

    FOR Republicans

    See the military as integral to security. They support growing and funding military branches and operations as well as improving the care of veterins. source

    FOR Democrats

    Democrats support the military and call for more robust support programs for veterans. They want to cut back on large scale military maneuvers, finding them dangerous and costly.


    FOR

    Health Care

    There is an ongoing controversy on how to address rising healthcare costs for Americans.

    DETAILS:

    FOR Republicans

    Republicans have put forth a 68-page bill that is focused on Choice and Competition in the public healthcare marketplace. Some plans include loosening rules on health savings accounts and allowing businesses more freedoms in insuring their employees. source

    FOR Democrats

    Democrats primarily back a Medicare for All Plan, which would insure everyone has insurance and that costs were controlled. source


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