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Roxanne Conlin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Roxanne Conlin refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Women's Political Caucus. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Endorsements. 3 August 2010. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Roxanne Conlin in the 2010 general election." (votesmart.org)
  • Roxanne Conlin. Women. "I believe in a women's right to reproductive freedom. We must do all we can to prevent unintended pregnancies and abortions should be legal, safe and rare. Senator Grassley does not support a woman's right to choose and has a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee." (roxanneforiowa.com)
  • Planned Parenthood Action Center. Roxanne Conlin is endorsed by Planned Parenthood for the 2010 General Election. (www.plannedparenthoodaction.org)
  • Roxanne Conlin. 2010. Des Moines Register: Candidates for Senate. Responded: "II will not support any further erosion of women's reproductive rights. Here I agree with President Reagan - we need to get government off our backs, but also, out of our bedrooms. We need to concentrate on what we all agree on - that we need to reduce unintended pregnancies and make sure all children have what they need for productive, healthy lives." to the question: "Do you favor any changes in federal abortion laws?" (data.desmoinesregister.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? 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 Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roxanne Conlin. 2010. Des Moines Register: Candidates for Senate. Responded: "I supported the recovery package because the private sector was hemorrhaging jobs and credit was drying up around the nation. Iowa's unemployment numbers were on the rise and help was essential to jumpstart the economy. The ARRA was not just about creating new jobs. It was also about keeping workers employed. Funding for schools avoided massive layoffs of teachers and/or huge increases in property taxes. Road funding kept contractors working, even though residential and home development had come to a virtual standstill. Without the ARRA, even more jobs would have disappeared." to the question: "Do you think passage of the February 2009 stimulus legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was a good or bad idea?"
  • Roxanne Conlin. Details distinguish Democrats in Senate race. "The federal stimulus package last year was, in general, worth it, they said. But the government bailout of large financial institutions was a bad idea, and the government hasn't taken sufficient action to prevent another financial crisis." (roxanneforiowa.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. "In America, we have systems like speed limits, no passing zones, and air traffic control because they keep us all safe. When Senator Grassley deregulated Wall Street, he threw open the doors to unrestrained greed and recklessness. Communities across our state are now suffering from home foreclosures, farm foreclosures and bankruptcies. So many of our friends -- who were just years away from retirement -- watched their savings vanish. Senator Grassley and his colleagues in Washington allowed the greed on Wall Street to put all of us in jeopardy. Iowans lost homes, jobs and dreams of retirement. We wouldn't board a plane without air traffic controllers on duty or drive on a road without speed limits. The irresponsible deregulation of Wall Street put us all at risk. In November, we can hold those responsible accountable." (votesmart.org)
  • Roxanne Conlin. Deficit Speech. 1 September 2010. "We have to make tough choices, cut waste in the system, and invest in middle class priorities in order to put America back on the path to fiscal health. We need a leader who will look out for the next generation and not just the next election." (votesmart.org)
  • Hansen, Amy. Creston News Advertiser - 'Win This Race'. 23 August 2010. "This is affecting so many Iowa families, and the suffering is real," she said. "We need to find ways to increase the employment." Her ideas were rebuilding infrastructure and investing money into restoration projects. Conlin gave examples such as the restored Creston Depot, bridges, roads, crumbling buildings and sewers throughout the state. "Those are the kind of things we all know we need to do. Let's get on with it, and let's get on with it right this minute," she said. Conlin later said the state would be able to deal with the deficit when the job rate begins to go back up. "We can't deal with it until we get people back to work, that goes hand in hand," she said. "A lot of the deficit will be solved when we get people back on the job, and the tax rolls come back up." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roxanne Conlin. 2010. Des Moines Register: Candidates for Senate. Responded: "I will oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, which Senator Grassley has advocated for years. Had he succeeded in this radical plan, the hit on older Iowans would have been worse when the stock market tanked a few years ago. I will also oppose efforts to reduce benefits that we have promised to social security recipients. I will oppose robbing Social Security to pay for other government programs. We must assure future generations that they will not find only a series of promissory notes written by politicians when they retire." to the question: "Do you favor any changes to ensure the financial viability of Social Security?" (data.desmoinesregister.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. Issue Position: Seniors. "Seniors need and deserve a senator who will protect and defend Social Security, not try to privatize it. Senator Grassley has long supported privatizing Social Security. He wants to make seniors dependent on the private financial sector for those benefits. If he had been successful in pushing through his radical plans to risk Social Security on the stock market, imagine the devastating impact on millions of seniors when the economy came crashing down. The collapse of the stock market would have been magnified by the loss of benefits of our entire senior population." (votesmart.org)
  • Roxanne Conlin. Conlin Bashes Grassley's Plan to Privatize Social Security Offers Principles to Save the Program 1 September 2010. "I will never vote to privatize Social Security and jeopardize the retirement savings of millions of American workers," said Conlin. "The stock market collapse two years ago proves what I always knew; investing the safety net of millions of Americans on Wall Street is far too risky. The only people who win when Social Security is privatized are Wall Street bankers, who have contributed millions to Senator Grassley's campaigns." (votesmart.org)
  • Roxanne Conlin. Issue Position: Social Security. "For years, Senator Grassley has supported and promoted privatizing Social Security. This is a dramatic difference between us. I would never subject the financial safety net of millions of Americans to the greed and recklessness of Wall Street." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roxanne Conlin. Details distinguish Democrats in Senate race. "The death penalty doesn't make sense, all three believe." (roxanneforiowa.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. 2010. Des Moines Register: Candidates for Senate. Responded: "As a former state and federal prosecutor, I cannot support the death penalty. It appears to have the effect of making convictions much more difficult to obtain, thereby freeing dangerous criminals." to the question: "Do you favor continuing to allow the death penalty for some federal crimes?" (data.desmoinesregister.com)
No Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Licht, Gabe. Conlin concerned about health care. "The final question of the day regarded No Child Left Behind education legislation. 'You can't pass a mandate that makes state and local government do things and not pay for them,' Conlin stated." (roxanneforiowa.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. 2010. Des Moines Register: Candidates for Senate. Responded: "The federal government should tread lightly in matters involving local schools. Local and state control of schools has served us well in Iowa and I do not want to dismantle it. Nor am I convinced that some national test is the magic answer to improving our schools. The main goal is better performance by each individual student. More students finish high school today and more students go on to college than ever before, but we are falling behind other nations. Administering a test won't fix that. Many states, including Iowa, have worked to develop a core set of suggested goals. I support that kind of effort." to the question: "Should the federal government establish rigorous national standards and matching exams at various grade levels, so state-by-state results can be compared?" (data.desmoinesregister.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. Issue Position: Education. "In Iowa, we believe the way to a better life is a good education. Our children and grandchildren must not only compete with students in other states, they must also compete with students in Europe, China and India. This means our schools must be world quality. This will not happen just because we wish it so. We must invest in education. Today young children must not only learn the three Rs, they must learn new technology, new languages, and new job skills. And our classrooms from Algona to Cedar Rapids must have the latest technology so our kids have the tools they need to lead in the next generation. What can the federal government do? Schools across Iowa and the country are facing closings and layoffs. Class sizes are increasing and arts and music classes are being cut. As a U.S. Senator, I will assure funding for our K-12 schools, so that we can retain teachers in the classroom and advance our educational opportunities, rather than retreat from them." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roxanne Conlin. Dem Senate hopefuls spar on energy policy. 5 June 2010. "Both Fiegen and Conlin also support the idea of cap and trade, a means of limiting carbon emissions by allowing major polluters to buy additional carbon units from those companies that have reduced emissions. The provision is likely to be a part of any energy legislation debated by the Senate, but the current bill may not pass through the legislative body before the new Congress is sworn in, in 2011." (www.thehawkeye.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. e.thePeople: Iowa Democratic Party Primary Voter Guide. Responded: "I would oppose any efforts to begin exploration in wildlife refuges or land preserves and support efforts to conserve, especially with the recent oil spill," to the question: "What action should or should not be taken to address climate change? Are specific additional steps necessary to prevent disasters such as the 2010 West Virginia coal mining disaster or the oil rig collapse and spill in the Gulf Coast?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Roxanne Conlin. 2010. Des Moines Register: Candidates for Senate. Responded: "Yes. We have become poor custodians of planet earth. We are depleting the ozone, polluting the air we breathe and the water we drink; we can't continue to ignore the warning signs. Colder winters, warmer summers, droughts and flooding are all indications that we must address this global problem with the cooperation of other nations in a comprehensive way." to the question: "Do you believe man-made climate change is real and should be addressed?" (data.desmoinesregister.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. Issue Position: Energy. "The United States must invest in clean, home-grown, renewable and sustainable energy to remain the leading super power in the 21st Century. The resources we can use: the sun, the wind corn, and biomass are readily available and do not require unfair trade agreements and do not further harm the environment. But to make use of our clean energy resources, we must accelerate the building of the smart grid across the nation's heartland to accelerate distribution of this new energy from where it is produced to where it is needed. Our current system is antiquated and subject to attack by terrorists. [...] We must also institute a national policy that mandates a portion of electricity produced come from renewable sources. This national standard is estimated to created hundreds of thousands of jobs during the investment and construction period, with tens of thousands of permanent jobs created once the policy is fully implemented. In 2005, Senator Grassley repeatedly voted to protect the oil companies' record profits at the same time gas prices began to skyrocket. He also refused to support increasing corporate average fuel economy standards and placing limits on greenhouse gases. These votes harmed Iowa taxpayers. It is in our interests in Iowa and in the nation to stop favoring carbon fuels and to switch our support to renewable energy. Moving toward energy independence serves three important goals: 1. It creates new and permanent American jobs. 2. It protects our environment. 3. It enhances our national security by decreasing the amount of money that we send to nations that train and harbor terrorists. I see this issue as a moral imperative. For too long, elected officials have been focused on the next election and not the next generation. I will focus on the next generation exclusively." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roxanne Conlin. Details distinguish Democrats in Senate race. "Conlin would close the 'gun show loophole,' which allows the sale of guns without a background check. She would require waiting periods to make sure that those with mental illnesses and criminal records can't obtain guns. Conlin would also reinstate the ban on assault weapons, but said she realizes the definition of assault weapon may need refinement." (roxanneforiowa.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. 2010. Des Moines Register: Candidates for Senate. Responded: "I would close the gun show loophole and require waiting periods to make sure that those with mental illnesses and criminal records cannot obtain guns. I would reinstate the ban on assault weapons, though I understand the definition of assault weapon may need refinement. I would also work to prevent terrorists from obtaining weapons." to the question: "Do you favor any changes in federal gun laws?" (data.desmoinesregister.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henderson, O. Kay. Iowa Radio: Braley endorses one of three Democrats running for U.S. Senate. "Conlin and Braley met with union workers from the Davenport area and Conlin told the group she supports the "public option" that's in the health care reform bill pending in the senate." (roxanneforiowa.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. Conlin on a "Fight To Fix It" Tour of Iowa. "She added that when the healthcare debate is framed as 'Medicare for all' instead of the 'Public Option,' a majority of Americans are for healthcare reform. Mandeville asked who would pay for a government health program. 'We are now buying the most expensive care - in the emergency room,' Conlin said. 'We are all paying for it now.'" (roxanneforiowa.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. 2010. Des Moines Register: Candidates for Senate. Responded: "I support the new health care bill, but like many Iowans, I hoped it would go further to protect Iowa families. It will provide Iowans with pre-existing conditions with access to coverage and prevent insurance companies from canceling policies when people get sick. It also removes the lifetime cap and allows young people to say on their parents' policies through the age 26. If it does not lower costs significantly, then I will insist that further steps are taken to make sure all Iowans have access to affordable, quality health care." to the question: "Do you think passage of the new federal health care bill was a good or bad idea?" (data.desmoinesregister.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. Issue Position: Health Care. "It's time we had health care reform that puts people first, not the big insurance companies. We must ensure people are never denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. We must stop insurance companies from cancelling policies when people get sick. We must give citizens the power to fight back when insurance companies deny life saving procedures, just to increase their profits. We must bring about greater competition to the insurance industry, to create incentives that provide better coverage, costing consumers less. We must also look for ways to cut bureaucratic red tape, by standardizing medical forms and modernizing paperwork through electronic and digital record keeping. At this time, we don't know what the final bill will look like, but I want to tell you where I stand. There are three principle goals I want in Health Insurance Reform bill; First: it must give access to affordable healthcare to every American. Second: we must improve the quality of care. Third: we must reduce costs." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roxanne Conlin. 2010. Des Moines Register: Candidates for Senate. Responded: "It is simply unrealistic to think we can corral 12 million people and deport them. We must help bring these people out of the shadows so that they can move towards legal status. We must also work hand in hand with the Mexican government and the private sector so that jobs are available for Mexican citizens in Mexico." to the question: "Do you favor creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have committed no crimes other than immigration violations, if they pay a penalty and learn English?" (data.desmoinesregister.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. Issue Position: Immigration. "I do not support amnesty, which means an official pardon. Because those here illegally have in fact broken the law, there must be a penalty. However, we must recognize that we simply cannot corral the millions of undocumented persons and deport them. Even to try such a strategy would cost hundreds of billions of dollars and cause portions of our economy to collapse. We must bring these workers out of the shadows and require them to get right with the law and make their substantial contributions to our economy in the bright light of day. Each such immigrant must do the following: 1. Register his or her presence with the Federal Government. 2. Pass a criminal background check. If they have committed crimes, they must be immediately deported. 3. Pay a significant fine. 4. Pay any back taxes owed. 5. Become proficient in the English language." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Iowa Public Television. Charles Grassley (R-New Hartford) and Roxanne Conlin (D-Des Moines) (Transcript). 10 September 2010. "Glover: Is Obama wrong on Afghanistan? Conlin: I believe that we've done what we set out to do in Afghanistan and it is time to bring the troops home. No more nation building except here in America." (www.iptv.org)
  • Roxanne Conlin. KCRG-TV News: Iowa Democratic Party Primary Voter Guide. Responded: "While I would have made a different choice, I will, of course, support our troops in their mission," to the question: "In your opinion, is the Obama administration's current policy in Afghanistan the proper way to proceed? Please explain your answer." (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Roxanne Conlin. 2010. Des Moines Register: Candidates for Senate. Responded: "We are at war with Al Qaeda because they attacked us on September 11, 2001. We were misled by the previous administration about the need to go to war with Iraq, but we are now leaving the country in the hands of its citizens. In Afghanistan, I oppose the addition of more troops. I appreciate President Obama's attempts to finally focus our mission, but I would have made a different choice, I will, of course, support our troops in their mission." to the question: "Do you agree with current U.S. policy regarding military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan?" (data.desmoinesregister.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. Issue Position: Afghanistan. "We are at war with Al Quaeda because they attacked us on September 11, 2001. Since we began our occupation of Afghanistan, we have made great strides, but Al Quaeda has dispersed into Pakistan and other countries. We need better cooperation and accountability from the Afghani government. We must demand that it root out corruption. We need a narrowly focused mission, with clear, measurable goals for success. We cannot write a blank check. I appreciate President Obama's attempts to focus our mission but I oppose the addition of 30,000 more troops. While I would have made a different choice, I will, of course, support our troops in their mission." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roxanne Conlin. National Organization for Women PAC. Roxanne Conlin (D-Iowa, U.S. Senate). "Conlin also stood up for LGBT rights while an attorney in Iowa. She has supported LGBT equality since 1977 when she began speaking out about equal employment opportunities." (www.nowpacs.org)
  • Roxanne Conlin. Details distinguish Democrats in Senate race. 22 June 2010. "Conlin said she supports civil marriage rights for gays and lesbians, and Fiegen simply said he supports equal marriage rights." (roxanneforiowa.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. LGBT Issues. "I could never deny other couples the responsibilities and the protection that civil marriage has afforded to us. I could never deny other couples the joy of having a secure and loving, lifetime relationship with a person of their choice and that is why I proudly signed an amicus brief in support of marriage equality in Iowa's landmark Varnum v. Brien case. I recognize that this is a difficult issue for some, but civil marriage in no way interferes with religious marriage." (roxanneforiowa.com)
  • Roxanne Conlin. 2010. Des Moines Register: Candidates for Senate. Responded: "My husband and I have been married for 46 years and I cannot imagine my life without his love and support. The government should not deny others the same rights and responsibilities. I support civil marriage equality for same-sex couples." to the question: "Do you believe in equal marriage rights for same-sex couples?" (data.desmoinesregister.com)

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