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    2004  Senator Feingold supported the interests of the Arab American Institute 60 percent in 2004.

    2003-2004  Senator Feingold supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 88 percent in 2003-2004.

    2003-2004  Senator Feingold supported the interests of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 97 percent in 2003-2004.

    2003-2004  Senator Feingold supported the interests of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights 96 percent in 2003-2004.

    2003-2004  Senator Feingold supported the interests of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda 100 percent in 2003-2004.

    From their PVS site.  I can't do links - way too blond, but here are the most recent statistics.  If you go to their site,,,you'll see records back to 2000 I believe, plus issue statements, voting record, etc.  Pretty good site.

    "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 2120+ dead Americans. Jesus Christ, make it stop already.

    by Miss Blue on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 04:38:45 PM PST

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      Where are the real polls? He gets a 60% for supporting Arab Americans, why is that? He only gets 88% supporting human rights, does that mean for the majority he supports human rights but falls short of supporting  human rights fully? Not the best statistics to show. Since you're a Feingold woman how are his environmental standings? It seemed like every lib loved Dean but ignored that he didn't have the best environmental record as gov. How is Feingold on the environment?
      •  Environment (none)
        Clean Water: Russ Feingold has opposed numerous efforts to roll back or eliminate the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act and cosponsored legislation requiring the establishment of a national drinking water standard and treatment techniques for harmful bacteria.

        Preserving Wetlands: Senator Feingold fought provisions in the 1996 Clean Water Act that threatened the classification and protection of wetlands, and authored a clean water bill that would clarify that streams, ponds, and lakes are subject to Clean Water Act protections.

        Air Quality: Senator Feingold has fought efforts by the Administration and some Republicans to undermine federal enforcement of Clean Air Act protections. In April 2004, Feingold joined a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues to ask the Administration to re-evaluate its proposed federal mercury emissions plan.

        Defending Wilderness: Senator Feingold is the founder of the Senate Wilderness and Public Land Caucus. This 10 member bipartisan caucus defends existing wilderness areas, and provides a forum for Senate members seeking to designate new areas as wilderness. One such area that Russ Feingold has shown national leadership in Congress was by helping designate a 9 million acre area of redrock wilderness in Utah.

        Drilling in ANWR: Russ Feingold has always stood against drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Drilling there sidesteps the energy concerns that our nation faces and also destroys wildlife habitats needlessly.

        Drilling in the Great Lakes: Senator Feingold cosponsored the Great Lakes Amendment, passed by the Senate in July 2000. This will prevent both onshore and offshore drilling for oil and gas in the Great Lakes until Congress has clear information about dangers that drilling could pose to the Lakes. In 2004, Senator Feingold has urged ths US Senate to extend this moratorium.

        Toxic Waste Clean-up: Since Senator Feingold took office in 1993, he has worked with the EPA to complete toxic waste cleanups in 16 Wisconsin communities. This is five times as many sites as were cleaned up in the previous 12 years combined.

        Saving Taxpayers Money: Senator Feingold believes that by protecting the environment, we do not have to hurt the nation's budget. In fact, he believes that we can help the situation by practicing sound conservation. Senator Feingold has proposed reform of the Corps of Engineers, which would remove 54 billion in proposed projects. This bill would also make sure that water projects are subject to sound economic analysis, and also that the government meet the same standards that private developers meet regarding wetlands. Senator Feingold has also worked to require that large agribusiness interests payback taxpayers for costly irrigation subsidies. Senator Feingold has also introduced legislation to eliminate tax breaks for mining companies who mine on public lands. This legislation would save the taxpayers $478 million over five years.

        Awards:

        The League of Conservation Voters recognizes Senator Feingold as having one of the highest lifetime voting records of any seated U.S. Senator.

        The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, which consists of 84 hunting and trapping organizations in Wisconsin and the National Wildlife Federation presented Senator Feingold the 2004 Conservation Service Citation for his efforts to protect water quality and fight for wetlands protections.

        The National Parks and Conservation Association has recognized Senator Feingold's perfect 100% voting record for supporting legislation to protect and conserve our national parks and given him the Friends of the National Parks Award (2000, 2002): .

        Taxpayers for Commonsense recognized Senator Feingold for his work reducing the deficit through environmental protection by giving him the "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" Award (2000).

        "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 2120+ dead Americans. Jesus Christ, make it stop already.

        by Miss Blue on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 06:21:13 PM PST

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      •  Please,,,,, (none)
        read the entire post.  I am not technically astute enough to post links, as hard as I have tried to learn.  Check the site - the records are there for his entire Senate career.  In years past, he has scored 100% on Civil Rights.  

        These scores are based on voting records.  They are partisan in nature, obviously.  That must be taken into consideration.  

        "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 2120+ dead Americans. Jesus Christ, make it stop already.

        by Miss Blue on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 06:23:47 PM PST

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        •  asdf (none)
          i'm sorry, what i was initially asking was did you have his approval ratings by latino/hispanic voters, not organizations. i know feingold is...uh...gold when it comes to his voting record. i was curious if everyday latino voters were aware of it.

          crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

          by wu ming on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 06:58:51 PM PST

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