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Krystal M. Ball

Krystal Ball's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Krystal M. Ball
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Jonathan; 1 Child: Ella Marie
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Krystal Ball 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

  • Pascal, Susan. 2009. LA Successful Women Entrepreneurs Examiner: Krystal Ball: Providing a fresh, new voice for America. 7 August 2009. "A Democrat, Ball says her views are Libertarian in nature, 'I'm pro choice and pro 2nd Amendment, an unusual combination, I admit,' she says. 'But to me it makes perfect, logical sense.  I believe that the government should stay out of people's lives, both at the state and federal level." (www.examiner.com)
  • Krystal Ball. 2010. Blue Virginia: Exclusive Blue Virginia Interview: Krystal Ball (D-1st CD). 1 January 2010. Responded "I'd vote in favor of a robust public option, in favor of allowing public funds to be used to provide abortion coverage...." to the question "Arguably, the biggest debate politically this year in the United States has been over health reform. If you were in Congress right now, how would you vote on: b) allowing public funds to be used to provide abortion coverage?" (www.bluevirginia.us)
  • Krystal Ball. Krystal Ball for Congress. 22 July 2010. "Other progressive values include support for true equality for the LGBT community, women's health and reproductive freedom, and a strong public option in health care reform." (www.democracyforamerica.com)
  • National Organization for Women. 2010 Elections: Krystal Ball (D-Va., 1st Congressional District). "She is staunchly pro-choice, believing that it is not the government's place to put any restrictions on this personal decision. Ball is against any restrictions on abortion, including parental notice or denying federal funding." (www.nowpacs.org)
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

  • Krystal Ball. Krystal Ball Interview. 22 July 2010. "I think that the President passed the best stimulus bill that he thought he could given the time constraints and political realities. Our generation is going to have to pay this debt off, so I am not alone amongst young people in being deeply troubled about what we are going to owe. However, this economic crisis is so deep and so serious, it is an unexaggerated emergency. I think we have to take whatever measures are necessary to save jobs and stabilize this economy. Our long term prosperity and future ability to eliminate our deficit and pay down our debt depends on our getting our economy healthy as quickly as we possibly can. This requires us to spend money now. I don't like it, but it's necessary. So, to answer your question more directly, I approve overall of the job that the President is doing on the economy, though I have different views on some of the specific decisions he has made." (tallerinthedark.com)
  • Krystal Ball. Issue Position: Economy/Jobs. "Big banks and Washington got us into this mess, but we're going to get ourselves out of it. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and we need to help small business owners compete and grow their business with tax breaks and incentives. The federal government needs to stay out of the way of individuals who work hard, play by the rules, and take the initiative in creating jobs in their communities. It's business owners who are going to get our economy moving again, not bureaucrats in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Krystal Ball. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. "I'll support a constitutional amendment to balance the budget. It's not their money that Washington is throwing away, it's ours." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? 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 Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? 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 Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Krystal Ball. 2010. Blue Virginia: Exclusive Blue Virginia Interview: Krystal Ball (D-1st CD). 1 January 2010. "I have written in the education section of this questionnaire about my thoughts on education, but I believe our system can be revitalized through a combination of increased teacher salaries, implementation of technology within the classroom, increased teacher training and mentoring, an emphasis on local control over standardized test norms, an incentive based model to replicate excellence in teaching, shared national resources to promote excellent teaching and increased support for underperforming schools that is non-punitive and designed to address issues inside and outside of the classroom that impact student success." (www.bluevirginia.us)
  • Krystal Ball. Krystal Ball for Congress. 22 July 2010. "My top three issues are: 1) Reforming education by ensuring that our teachers have the resources they need and deserve, the flexibility to bring innovation and collaborative learning to the classroom, and the respect that such an important profession merits." (www.democracyforamerica.com)
  • Krystal Ball. Issue Position: Education Reform. "A world-class education system will ensure America's continued economic dominance and will give our children the opportunity to compete and succeed. Too often, elected officials have tacitly accepted institutionalized failure in the education system by not seeking new solutions. I am determined to bring my passion for education reform and innovation to Congress. If elected, I will work to reform failing schools, support excellence within the teaching profession, including innovative pathways to alternative certification, and utilize technology to improve the efficacy and accountability of a diverse, flexible new public education system. This system should include charter schools, where students can flourish and our communities can be renewed." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Krystal Ball. Krystal Ball for Congress. 22 July 2010. "My top three issues are:...3) Protecting our environment and the Chesapeake Bay in particular. The dual problems of polluted water and rising temperatures have had devastating impacts on our nation's largest estuary. We must stem the tide of climate change and reform the regulation of non-point source pollution." (www.democracyforamerica.com)
  • Krystal Ball. 2010. Blue Virginia: Exclusive Blue Virginia Interview: Krystal Ball (D-1st CD). 1 January 2010. "Environmental Protection: I watch in horror as my own elected Congressman, Rob Wittman, votes against cap and trade. The 1st is home to the Chesapeake Bay and is all too aware of the damage caused by a polluted environment. A lot of people don't realize this but all of our Bay conservation efforts will be wasted if we do not halt global warming which is (among other things) a major contributor to the algal blooms which are so harmful to Bay ecology. My generation does not, by and large, deny global warming....I'm a pro-growth environmentalist because I believe that sustainability, technology and a healthy population are essential to long-term economic growth." (www.bluevirginia.us)
  • Krystal Ball. 2010. Blue Virginia: Exclusive Blue Virginia Interview: Krystal Ball (D-1st CD). 1 January 2010. "I believe in strong environmental and financial regulation." (www.bluevirginia.us)
  • Krystal Ball. 2010. Blue Virginia: Exclusive Blue Virginia Interview: Krystal Ball (D-1st CD). 1 January 2010. "I want a country where the environment is protected and where everyone has health care." (www.bluevirginia.us)
  • Krystal Ball. Climate Change: Copenhagen Jobs Summit. 22 July 2010. "I believe that man-made climate change is a scientific fact and confronting the reality of greenhouse gas emissions a critical moral and environmental imperative. Our failure to rise to this challenge would be a betrayal of our children and future generations....I say, for the cleanliness of our air, the purity of our water, the diversity of our wildlife, the national security of our homeland and the job creation of the 21st century, we need to heed the warning of Copenhagen and take the lead in the world-wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. And in the process, if we just happen to avoid a civilization ending climatic catastrophe, we can call that a bonus." (vbdems.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Susan Pascal. 2009. LA Successful Women Entrepreneurs Examiner: Krystal Ball: Providing a fresh, new voice for America. 7 August 2009. "A Democrat, Ball says her views are Libertarian in nature, 'I'm pro choice and pro 2nd Amendment, an unusual combination, I admit,' she says. 'But to me it makes perfect, logical sense.  I believe that the government should stay out of people's lives, both at the state and federal level.'" (www.examiner.com)
  • Krystal Ball. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment Rights. "I am an NRA member and pledge to be a fierce advocate of an individual's right to bear arms." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Krystal Ball. Krystal Ball for Congress. 22 July 2010. "Other progressive values include support for true equality for the LGBT community, women's health and reproductive freedom, and a strong public option in health care reform." (www.democracyforamerica.com)
  • Krystal Ball. 2010. Blue Virginia: Exclusive Blue Virginia Interview: Krystal Ball (D-1st CD). 1 January 2010. "I want a country where the environment is protected and where everyone has health care." (www.bluevirginia.us)
  • Krystal Ball. 2010. Blue Virginia: Exclusive Blue Virginia Interview: Krystal Ball (D-1st CD). 1 January 2010. Responded "I'd vote in favor of a robust public option?" to the question "Arguably, the biggest debate politically this year in the United States has been over health reform. If you were in Congress right now, how would you vote on: a) a robust public option?" (www.bluevirginia.us)
  • Krystal Ball. Krystal Ball on Health Care. 22 July 2010. Responded "Yes and yes. I've been a vocal supporter of the public option from the beginning and I would absolutely have voted for the healthcare bill that passed the house" to the question "The first question is do you support the public option in healthcare reform, and the second part of that is do you support and would you have voted for the House health bill which passed?" (www.youtube.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? 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 International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action 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 Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Krystal Ball. 2010. Blue Virginia: Exclusive Blue Virginia Interview: Krystal Ball (D-1st CD). 1 January 2010. "I believe in civil liberties, the right to choose for ourselves in marriage, reproduction and self-defense." (www.bluevirginia.us)
  • Krystal Ball. 2010. Blue Virginia: Exclusive Blue Virginia Interview: Krystal Ball (D-1st CD). 1 January 2010. Responded "I am 100% committed to full LGBT equality at every level including repealing "DADT", allowing full marriage equality and I am in full support of hate crimes legislation" to the question "On GLBT issues, where do you stand on: 1) repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell," 2) allowing gays and lesbians to marry; 3) "hate crimes" legislation?" (www.bluevirginia.us)
  • Krystal Ball. Krystal Ball for Congress. 22 July 2010. "Other progressive values include support for true equality for the LGBT community, women's health and reproductive freedom, and a strong public option in health care reform." (www.democracyforamerica.com)
  • National Organization for Women. 2010 Elections: Krystal Ball (D-Va., 1st Congressional District). "Ball agrees with important NOW topics such as equality, marriage rights and health care?.She also supports complete equality for the LGBT community and praised NOW for placing marriage equality at the top of its list of priorities." (www.nowpacs.org)
  • The Virginia Partisans Gay and Lesbian Democratic Club. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 22 July 2010. The Virginia Partisans Gay and Lesbian Democratic Club endorsed Krystal Ball in the 2010 General election. (votesmart.org)

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