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    Where they stand

    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published November 2, 2002

    Divided on the issues
    Candidates go toe to toe with TV ads

    Buffett plans Tampa concert to support McBride


    JEB BUSH: Opposes tax increases but warns that taxes may rise if a class size amendment passes. Pushed $4-billion in tax cuts through the Legislature the past four years.

    BILL McBRIDE: Favors a 50-cent per pack cigarette tax for education and eliminating some tax exemptions. Criticizes previous tax cuts for draining a state surplus.

    School grading and vouchers

    BUSH: Uses standardized tests to grade schools, offers vouchers to students in failing schools and rewards schools that improve.

    McBRIDE: Favors standardized tests but says they should be used to evaluate students' strengths and weaknesses, not grade schools. Opposes vouchers.

    Gay adoption ban

    BUSH: Supports.

    McBRIDE: Opposes.

    Capital punishment

    BUSH: Supports.

    McBRIDE: Supports. Favors temporary moratorium to improve system and ensure innocent people are not executed.

    Voting rights for ex-felons

    BUSH: Supports current law that requires felons to apply to the governor and Cabinet to restore voting rights.

    McBRIDE: Supports automatic restoration of rights.

    Class size amendment (Amendment 9)

    BUSH: Opposes.

    McBRIDE: Supports.

    Statewide university governing board (Amendment 11)

    BUSH: Opposes. Supports a "seamless" approach in which one governing board oversees all education, kindergarten to postgraduate studies.

    McBRIDE: Supports. Favors a statewide board to establish policy and spend money for the 11 public universities only.

    Ban new development where schools are overcrowded

    BUSH: Supports, but in two attempts could not get the Legislature to agree.

    McBRIDE: Supports.

    Child protection

    McBRIDE: Would search nationally for a new department head, reduce turnover by raising salaries and reduce case loads

    Affirmative action

    BUSH: Opposes. Created One Florida initiative that eliminated affirmative action in university admissions and state procurement.

    McBRIDE: Supports. Would dismantle One Florida plan.

    Campaign finance

    BUSH: Opposes further restrictions on raising campaign contributions; opposes public financing for state campaigns; supports instant on-line reporting of contributions.

    McBRIDE: Favors further restrictions on big money contributions.

    Abortion rights

    BUSH: Opposes.

    McBRIDE: Supports.

    Health care

    BUSH: Supports limiting awards of noneconomic damages, also known as pain and suffering, in medical malpractice cases.

    McBRIDE: Opposes limiting those awards.

    Growth management

    BUSH: Supports giving local governments more power to decide where growth should occur.

    McBRIDE: Says the state should oversee local governments' work to ensure a regional view.

    Citizen standing

    BUSH: Signed bill that limits citizens' right to challenge development.

    McBRIDE: Says he would work to overturn the law and restore citizens' rights.

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