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Jim Slezak's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Jim Slezak refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, 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

  • Kristin Longley. Michigan Live: Abortion would be outlawed under proposed state constitutional amendment from Davison-area lawmaker. 22 October 2009. "Abortion would be considered murder under a state constitutional amendment proposed by a Davison-area state lawmaker.The "personhood amendment" " introduced by Rep. Jim Slezak, D-Davison Township " would essentially outlaw abortion and possibly some common birth control methods by defining a person as a human being whose life begins at conception." [¦] "I would like to get rid of (abortion) " make it a nonissue here once and for all," Slezak said. "Growing up, my parents never told me it was a Republican or Democrat thing. This is just something I believe in." (blog.mlive.com)
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

  • Jim Slezak. Military. 23 August 2012. "Jim believes we must maintain a strong National Defense. The world we live in today is filled with uncertainty and the way to keep peace is through strength. We must support the men and women that are defending our country whether they are on foreign soil or right here in the United States. Any cuts in pay or benefits will only weaken our country." (www.slezakforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Slezak. Campaign Ad: "Jim Slezak, Democrat for State Representative, 50th District." 2 June 2012. "When I'm elected, I'll bring back tax dollars to fix our roads, our schools, and help create jobs." (votejimslezak.com)
  • Jim Slezak. Issue Position: Creating a Climate for Job Creation. 2 July 2012. "Jim believes that the government does not create jobs. The government's role is to create a climate in which entrepreneurs can create career opportunities for our community and America at large." (www.slezakforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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 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

  • Jim Slezak. Issue Position: Spending Your Taxpayer Money Wisely." 2 July 2012. "The fundamental flaw we have in our education system is the Federal Government's increased involvement in education [¦] Jim will fight to abolish the Department of Education in Washington and repeal No Child Left Behind. Despite No Child Left Behind's name, the program has not improved education for our children. Instead it has given the Federal Government more control and taken control away from the community." (www.slezakforcongress.com)
  • Jim Slezak. Issue Position: Spending Your Taxpayer Money Wisely. 2 July 2012. " Jim will fight to restore power to our community and fight to restore control to parents, teachers, and administrators." (www.slezakforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Slezak. Issue Position: Removing Burdensome Regulations. 2 July 2012. "As a top priority, Jim will fight to remove the burdensome regulations that are a detriment to our economy. Jim supports removing regulations that are preventing companies from both drilling oil and tapping into other natural resources." (www.slezakforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? 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 Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Slezak. Issue Position: Healthcare. 2 July 2012. "The Federal Government takeover of healthcare has to stop. Jim believes we need to repeal the healthcare legislation that was passed in Washington D.C. The government cannot and should not be able to force the public purchase a product. Especially a product that has been put in place by Washington bureaucrats who have no idea the effects it will have on our country and community. We need to bring control back to the states in regards to healthcare. This healthcare legislation, which was rushed through Congress, is the perfect example of the Federal Government stepping on the rights of states and the people." (www.slezakforcongress.com)
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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? 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 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.

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