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Robert Murray's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 19
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Murray. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered; g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors." Abortion: h) Other or expanded principles: "Performing an abotrtion shod be illegal except if the life of the mother is endangered. If such law cannot be implemented because of Roe v Wade, then laws should be implemented to ensure that abortions are rare and are not state funded."
  • Robert Murray. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Robert Murray. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Murray. Issue Position: Taxes and Spending. 1 January 2012. "Washington doesn't have a revenue problem -- it has a spending problem. At a time of severe economic downturn, job losses and high unemployment, high gas and food prices and government spending at record levels, the last thing that Americans need is more and increased taxes. Republicans in Congress and thoughtful public policy proponents have put forth alternatives to the Democrats' tax and spend habits that are measured and can reduce taxes while continuing to provide the necessary social services to those who need them most, balance the budget and reduce the deficit. America now has the highest tax rate in the industrialized world (higher than Communist China's tax rate!). That kills American jobs, stifles foreign investment in this Country, and puts American companies at a competitive disadvantage in the global economy. Such job killing taxes must be addressed." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Murray. Issue Position: Taxes and Spending. 1 January 2012."Washington doesn't have a revenue problem -- it has a spending problem...That is simply unsustainable, it is wrong, and we have no choice but to stop the growth of federal spending now or our children will deal with the disastrous consequences." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Murray. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 1 January 2012. "Government does not create jobs. The American people create jobs. When supported with a balanced budget, smaller government, and much needed tax reform (corporate and capital gains), the power of the American entrepreneur is released allowing the market to do what it does best -- create jobs and grow the economy." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Murray. Issue Position: Innovation and Technology. 1 January 2012. "What is needed to foster innovation in Silicon Valley and the rest of America is not more government regulation or directives, but rather a freeing of the marketplace to do what it does best -- job creation and innovation. We can unleash the productive energies of the market by reforming corporate tax policy, increasing the Research & Development Tax Credit, and appropriately reducing burdensome regulations so that Silicon Valley continues to lead the world in innovation." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Murray. Issues: Education. 22 August 2012. "I am committed to improving education by empowering parents, who are in the best position to make educational choices for their children. By shrinking the federal Department of Education and returning power to the states, communities and parents, we can reduce costs and provide a first class education for all children. Let's start supporting our children and stop supporting the bureaucrats. This includes strong support for home schooling, private schools and charter schools, a well as public schools." (murray2012.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Murray. Issue Position: Jobs & Energy & the Enviornment. 1 January 2012. "We need to remove unneeded restrictions and provide incentives that will empower American industry. American ingenuity and industry can solve our energy needs while at the same time IMPROVING our environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Murray. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Political Courage Test. Environment & Energy: I) Other or expanded principles:: "In some instances I may support stricter environmental regulations than under federal law."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Murray. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Political Courage Test. Selected UNDECIDED for: "a) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?; c) Should a license be required for gun possession?; d) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?; e) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Selected YES for: "b) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?" Guns: f) Other or expanded principles: "I support the rights of law abiding citizens to purchase, own and carry firearms, including handguns, without undue restrictions and regulations."
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Murray. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2012. "ObamaCare must be repealed. The way to provide affordable access to the best health care system in the world is by providing targeted, market-driven, patient-centered solutions. Although legitimate health care system issues exists in America (high costs, large numbers without insurance), imposing on Americans a system with a job destroying bureaucracy, additional taxes, unconstitutional mandates and heavy handed government decision making (not to mention crony capitalism at its best with exemptions given to friends of those in high places) is not the way to make our healthcare system more efficient, increase quality, or decrease costs. It is undisputed that ObamaCare will cost Americans trillions of dollars. In fact, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has released its most current estimate indicating that ObamaCare will cost at least another Two Trillion Dollars. Instead, we should alter current public policies that fail to promote the proper functioning of the markets and replace them with patient driven, market based alternatives such as health savings accounts, reduced costs through competition, permitting purchase of health insurance across state lines, and medical liability reform, among others. Meaningful reforms to Medicare and Medicaid must be made to strengthen these programs in the near term and ensure continued coverage for senior citizens in the future." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Murray. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "a) Should California continue to recognize domestic partnerships between same-sex couples?; b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?; c) Should California provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?"
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

California Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifeInferred Answer Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations
  • Robert Murray. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered; g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors." Abortion: h) Other or expanded principles: "Performing an abotrtion shod be illegal except if the life of the mother is endangered. If such law cannot be implemented because of Roe v Wade, then laws should be implemented to ensure that abortions are rare and are not state funded."
  • Robert Murray. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Robert Murray. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
Unknown PositionInferred Answer do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
NoInferred Answer do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations
  • Robert Murray. Issue Position: Taxes and Spending. 1 January 2012. "Washington doesn't have a revenue problem -- it has a spending problem. At a time of severe economic downturn, job losses and high unemployment, high gas and food prices and government spending at record levels, the last thing that Americans need is more and increased taxes. Republicans in Congress and thoughtful public policy proponents have put forth alternatives to the Democrats' tax and spend habits that are measured and can reduce taxes while continuing to provide the necessary social services to those who need them most, balance the budget and reduce the deficit. America now has the highest tax rate in the industrialized world (higher than Communist China's tax rate!). That kills American jobs, stifles foreign investment in this Country, and puts American companies at a competitive disadvantage in the global economy. Such job killing taxes must be addressed." (votesmart.org)
do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
do you support reducing Medicare spending?
Is balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations
  • Robert Murray. Issue Position: Taxes and Spending. 1 January 2012."Washington doesn't have a revenue problem -- it has a spending problem...That is simply unsustainable, it is wrong, and we have no choice but to stop the growth of federal spending now or our children will deal with the disastrous consequences." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Murray. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 1 January 2012. "Government does not create jobs. The American people create jobs. When supported with a balanced budget, smaller government, and much needed tax reform (corporate and capital gains), the power of the American entrepreneur is released allowing the market to do what it does best -- create jobs and grow the economy." (votesmart.org)
YesInferred Answer Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations
  • Robert Murray. Issue Position: Innovation and Technology. 1 January 2012. "What is needed to foster innovation in Silicon Valley and the rest of America is not more government regulation or directives, but rather a freeing of the marketplace to do what it does best -- job creation and innovation. We can unleash the productive energies of the market by reforming corporate tax policy, increasing the Research & Development Tax Credit, and appropriately reducing burdensome regulations so that Silicon Valley continues to lead the world in innovation." (votesmart.org)
Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Do you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations
  • Robert Murray. Issues: Education. 22 August 2012. "I am committed to improving education by empowering parents, who are in the best position to make educational choices for their children. By shrinking the federal Department of Education and returning power to the states, communities and parents, we can reduce costs and provide a first class education for all children. Let's start supporting our children and stop supporting the bureaucrats. This includes strong support for home schooling, private schools and charter schools, a well as public schools." (murray2012.com)
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Other or expanded principles
Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations
  • Robert Murray. Issue Position: Jobs & Energy & the Enviornment. 1 January 2012. "We need to remove unneeded restrictions and provide incentives that will empower American industry. American ingenuity and industry can solve our energy needs while at the same time IMPROVING our environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Murray. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Political Courage Test. Environment & Energy: I) Other or expanded principles:: "In some instances I may support stricter environmental regulations than under federal law."
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • Robert Murray. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Political Courage Test. Selected UNDECIDED for: "a) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?; c) Should a license be required for gun possession?; d) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?; e) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Selected YES for: "b) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?" Guns: f) Other or expanded principles: "I support the rights of law abiding citizens to purchase, own and carry firearms, including handguns, without undue restrictions and regulations."
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations
  • Robert Murray. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2012. "ObamaCare must be repealed. The way to provide affordable access to the best health care system in the world is by providing targeted, market-driven, patient-centered solutions. Although legitimate health care system issues exists in America (high costs, large numbers without insurance), imposing on Americans a system with a job destroying bureaucracy, additional taxes, unconstitutional mandates and heavy handed government decision making (not to mention crony capitalism at its best with exemptions given to friends of those in high places) is not the way to make our healthcare system more efficient, increase quality, or decrease costs. It is undisputed that ObamaCare will cost Americans trillions of dollars. In fact, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has released its most current estimate indicating that ObamaCare will cost at least another Two Trillion Dollars. Instead, we should alter current public policies that fail to promote the proper functioning of the markets and replace them with patient driven, market based alternatives such as health savings accounts, reduced costs through competition, permitting purchase of health insurance across state lines, and medical liability reform, among others. Meaningful reforms to Medicare and Medicaid must be made to strengthen these programs in the near term and ensure continued coverage for senior citizens in the future." (votesmart.org)
Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations
  • Robert Murray. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California State Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "a) Should California continue to recognize domestic partnerships between same-sex couples?; b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?; c) Should California provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?"
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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