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Lenny Ladner's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

On The Ballot: Running, Independent for U.S. House - District 7
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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 Candidate Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
No Candidate 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.
No Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" 1) Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "I will vote no on any increase in the size, cost, reach of government. When we have stopped the growth of government we must cut it back in the reverse order that it was expanded. (With the exception of "entitlements." Please see my website for further details. www.ladner4ussenate.com"
No Candidate 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate 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

  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Eliminate" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education" 1) Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "I will vote no on any increase in the size, cost, reach of government. When we have stopped the growth of government we must cut it back in the reverse order that it was expanded. (With the exception of "entitlements." Please see my website for further details. www.ladner4ussenate.com"
  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
Yes Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Get the government out of energy. Close the Department of Energy. After all how many barrels of oil has the Energy Department produced?????"
  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Get the government out of energy. Close the Department of Energy. After all how many barrels of oil has the Energy Department produced?????"
No Candidate Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
No Candidate Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Eliminate" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. Other or expanded principles: "I support the Second Amendment AS WRITTEN."
  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Eliminate" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. Other or expanded principles: "I support the Second Amendment AS WRITTEN."
Yes Candidate Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
Yes Candidate 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

  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
No Candidate Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
No Candidate Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "This whole terrorist business is being used to give the federal government more and more power over the citizens of these United States. We need to curb the power of the federal government."
Yes Candidate 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

  • Leonard Ladner. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Tennessee Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "X" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "We need to have a strong currency. The way to do this is to cut the federal budget. Balance it and make our money worth something."

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Tennessee 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-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I am in favor of sending Roe vs Wade back to the states and let the people decide on this issue themselves.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo 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,
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

The way to balance the budget is to cut the government back in the fashion it was expanded.

NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

My views on this issue.

http://lennyladner4congress.blogspot.com/2012/01/money-in-politics.html

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

Capital Punishment for murder on the state level.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I support cutting the size, cost, reach and power of government back in the reverse fashion they were expanded.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

Get the Federal Government out of education.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

That is another States Rights issue.

NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

Federal regulation of "Greenhouse Gas" is just another power grab.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

No gun control.
My views can be found here.
http://lennyladner4congress.blogspot.com/2012/02/gun-control-and-i-choose-to-control.html

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

Get the government back to what it is supposed to do. Protect the lives and property of its citizens. "Obamacare" is just another power grab and must be done away with.

My views on this subject.
http://lennyladner4congress.blogspot.com/2012/01/healthcare-is-going-to-kill-you.html

Gee I'm really a prophet. This was shot 10/2009

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

No special benefits for immigrants.
No grants, low interest loans or anything else from the taxpayers.

My views.

http://lennyladner4congress.blogspot.com/2012/02/immigration.html

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

That is not an issue for the Federal Government.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

We are being set up for a police state by fear.

http://lennyladner4congress.blogspot.com/2012/02/action-is-in-reaction.html

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

I would like to see the Federal Government out of all of these things within 25 years.

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.
Eliminatea) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Eliminated) Education
Eliminatee) Environment
Eliminatef) Homeland Security
Eliminateg) International aid
Eliminateh) Medical Research
Eliminatei) Scientific Research
Eliminatej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) 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.
Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Eliminateb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

Cut government and leave taxes where they are. Within 5 years the budget is balanced.

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.

I will ask a question on the floor, in a committee, in a caucus.
That question is "If this bill becomes law will it increase the size, cost, extend the reach and power of government." If any or all of those things are true I WILL VOTE NO ON THAT BILL.

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