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Dee Adcock's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Dee Adcock has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Dee Adcock is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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

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

  • "We need lower taxes in Pennsylvania to make it more competitive for job creation." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to limit government...Limit the taxation. Limit the spending, and move toward a balanced budget." (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

  • "Dee Adcock believes education is the primary responsibility of parents, and the states, not the federal government are responsible to implement policy changes for schools." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "American is one of the few nations to limit access to supplies of domestic oil and natural gas. Not only would domestic oil drilling ease our energy needs it would provide some 160,000 jobs over the next 20 years. Modern nuclear energy is safe, effective, affordable and non-polluting. Lawmakers should ease licensing standards to encourage production while ensuring strong safety standards." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In order to regain the 8 million jobs lost during this recession we need to create stability in the free market by limiting government interference as much as possible, lower taxes across the board, cut spending, repeal the healthcare bill, put an end to Cap and Trade, fix Social Security and Medicare to protect our seniors and reform Fannie and Freddie. If elected to Congress in November I pledge to work toward achieving these goals and once again make the American Dream attainable for all those who pursue it." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I've been speaking out against ObamaCare since the beginning" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred 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

  • "The federal government has failed to secure the border. I play on a softball team that has been to Mexico many times over the last 30 years. I've met some wonderful Mexican people in that time. I would welcome any of them to our country, as long as they come here legally. However, anyone that comes here legally needs to contribute to our society. We need to reduce government funded benefits to discourage illegal crossing of our border in the first place." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have consistently believed in and upheld traditional values" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Terrorists declared war on us. They have no remorse in killing innocent people. I believe we need to maintain an offensive posture when seeking out terrorist operatives and cutting off their funding." (votesmart.org)
  • "One of the most basic jobs of government is to protect against external threats. I believe a strong and active military is vital to ensure America's national security and the security of our allies." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • "My plan will fix the system now so that anyone that is 55 years and older has the security of knowing the system will be there for them. If you are 54 years old or younger, you will have the opportunity to opt out of the system and receive a graduated scale of Social Security benefits according to what you paid into during your working years.By opting out, you would be able to contribute part of your current Social Security taxes to accounts that would acquire real assets instead of paying into an infamous "lock box" that the government fills with IOUs instead of your contributions" (votesmart.org)

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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.

Pennsylvania Congressional Election 2010 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 Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

I am pro-choice before conception. I am pro-life after conception. Free choices carry with them responsibility.

1) Spending
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.
Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status2) Military hardware
Slightly Increase3) National missile defense
Maintain Status4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusd) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
2) 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.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

4) Move Toward
Free market private sector capitalism has produced the greatest wealth the world has ever known.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Noc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
d) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

a) Free choice
b) Generally
d) Card check no allowing unions Y
Only the private sector produces real economic growth and resulting employment growth.

Yesa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Nob) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
c) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles

c) U.D.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
c) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
d) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

d) How

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Nob) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Noe) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles

I believe in educational choices and competition with funding taking place at the state and local level closer to the end user.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations
  • Carson Dee Adcock. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Environment and Energy Issues: h) Other or expanded principles: "We need to let markets work freely. The climate has been changing over the course of history."
  • Carson Dee Adcock. What Are the Consequences of Copenhagen? "All eyes are on Denmark this week for the international conference on Global Warming. As snow falls in Copenhagen, and the President lobbies for an aggressive, multi-state agreement, we're all wondering - what does this mean for the United States? [...] It's my hope that sound science will win over Hollywood hype on this defining public policy issue." (deeadcock.com)
  • The Intelligencer. Jobs, Economy Are Big Issues, Say 13th District Candidates. 12 May 2010. "His major disagreement with Haughton centers on Haughton's support of mandates requiring that a certain percentage of power be generated by renewable energy such as wind, solar or geothermal energy, Adcock said. "Mandates drive up the cost of electricity and are especially difficult for lower income residents who spend a higher proportion of their income on energy," said Adcock, adding that when alternative energy is ready and able to compete in the marketplace it will be successful without mandates or subsidies." (www.phillyburbs.com)
  • Carson Dee Adcock. Issue Position: Creating True Energy Independence. "American is one of the few nations to limit access to supplies of domestic oil and natural gas. [...] Lawmakers should ease licensing standards to encourage production while ensuring strong safety standards. Lawmakers should ease licensing standards to encourage production while ensuring strong safety standards." (votesmart.org)
b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Nof) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

We need to let markets work freely. The climate has been changing over the course of history.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

I believe states should have some rights regarding gun control.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

I belive in tort reform, private sector solutions, competition and transparancy.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

The pathway to citizenship is through legal immigration

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Nof) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

h) when fesible
We must produce well defined goals for Afghanistan.

YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yesd) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
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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