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W. Williamson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

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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.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? 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: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support balancing the budget by not only spending cuts, but also by a slight tax increase to pay down the debt. The slight tax increase would be called the DOLLARS TO DOWNSIZE THE DEBT program. Those with incomes of less than $250,000 per year would pay an extra dollar in taxes per year. Those making $250,000 or more would pay an additional $2 per year." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support balancing the budget by not only spending cuts, but also by a slight tax increase to pay down the debt. The slight tax increase would be called the DOLLARS TO DOWNSIZE THE DEBT program. Those with incomes of less than $250,000 per year would pay an extra dollar in taxes per year. Those making $250,000 or more would pay an additional $2 per year." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
  • "I support balancing the budget by not only spending cuts, but also by a slight tax increase to pay down the debt. The slight tax increase would be called the DOLLARS TO DOWNSIZE THE DEBT program. Those with incomes of less than $250,000 per year would pay an extra dollar in taxes per year. Those making $250,000 or more would pay an additional $2 per year." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? 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 Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "When elected as your member of Congress, I will not take lightlyenvironmental issues that impact the well-being of commercial andrecreational fishing. Arizona has a lot of recreational fishing, and Iwould want to protect that." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
  • "When elected as your member of Congress, I will not take lightlyenvironmental issues that impact the well-being of commercial andrecreational fishing. Arizona has a lot of recreational fishing, and Iwould want to protect that." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I favor universal background checks on gun purchases; that is, abackground check should be required, regardless of where that purchase ismade. Thus, if a purchase is going to be made at a gun show, there must bea background check on the potential purchaser. The same would apply to anInternet transaction. We register car titles; why shouldn’t the same thingpertain to gun purchases? Further, only a licensed driver may operate anautomobile because of safety considerations. A car can be a lethal weapon,just as a gun, if handled recklessly. Witness the severe penalties forDUI’s in our own state. Guns and gun-buyers–just like automobiles andlicensed drivers–should, in my view, be analogously kept track of for thesake of our children, our loved ones, our schools, our country, andinnocent human beings at large." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
  • "I favor universal background checks on gun purchases; that is, abackground check should be required, regardless of where that purchase ismade. Thus, if a purchase is going to be made at a gun show, there must bea background check on the potential purchaser. The same would apply to anInternet transaction. We register car titles; why shouldn’t the same thingpertain to gun purchases? Further, only a licensed driver may operate anautomobile because of safety considerations. A car can be a lethal weapon,just as a gun, if handled recklessly. Witness the severe penalties forDUI’s in our own state. Guns and gun-buyers–just like automobiles andlicensed drivers–should, in my view, be analogously kept track of for thesake of our children, our loved ones, our schools, our country, andinnocent human beings at large." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as expanding Medicaid for childless adults on the state level." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
  • "I support the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as expanding Medicaid for childless adults on the state level." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
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

  • "I believe there should be a path to citizenship, even for illegalimmigrants; but it would be a very long path." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
  • "I believe there should be a path to citizenship, even for illegalimmigrants; but it would be a very long path." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
  • "I support humanitarian aid to Central American countries and to Mexico to help them solve social problems faced by their societies so as to diminish the overflow of immigrants from their countries to the United States. In the meanwhile, I support providing asylum to those minors who qualify for refugee status. Some of them, after all, have come from San Pedro Sula, “a city in northwestern Honduras that has the world’s highest homicide rate, according to United Nations figures.” (“Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border,” Frances Robles, New York Times, July 9, 2014, www.nytimes.com). They should be allowed to enroll in our public schools, as has already occurred in the Phoenix Union High School District. (“Migrant kids’ 2,500-mile trek leads to Arizona schools,” Daniel Gonzalez, Sept. 2, 2014, Arizona Republic, www.azcentral.com). This is the moral and the American thing to do." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
  • "I support humanitarian aid to Central American countries and to Mexico to help them solve social problems faced by their societies so as to diminish the overflow of immigrants from their countries to the United States. In the meanwhile, I support providing asylum to those minors who qualify for refugee status. Some of them, after all, have come from San Pedro Sula, “a city in northwestern Honduras that has the world’s highest homicide rate, according to United Nations figures.” (“Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border,” Frances Robles, New York Times, July 9, 2014, www.nytimes.com). They should be allowed to enroll in our public schools, as has already occurred in the Phoenix Union High School District. (“Migrant kids’ 2,500-mile trek leads to Arizona schools,” Daniel Gonzalez, Sept. 2, 2014, Arizona Republic, www.azcentral.com). This is the moral and the American thing to do." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
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

  • "I propose that, under the auspices of the Arizona Board of Regents, a Cyberdefense Institute be established as part of Arizona State University where professors, students, and industry professionals would study and develop state-of-the-art techniques to cope with and thwart cyberattacks that threaten to disrupt our nation’s computer-based government and business activities. I propose that the Cyberdefense Institute be based at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center–”A place where the future is invented.” (from City of Scottsdale website.) SkySong is located at the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads in the McDowell Corridor." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
  • "I propose that, under the auspices of the Arizona Board of Regents, a Cyberdefense Institute be established as part of Arizona State University where professors, students, and industry professionals would study and develop state-of-the-art techniques to cope with and thwart cyberattacks that threaten to disrupt our nation’s computer-based government and business activities. I propose that the Cyberdefense Institute be based at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center–”A place where the future is invented.” (from City of Scottsdale website.) SkySong is located at the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads in the McDowell Corridor." (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
No 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

  • "When elected as your congressman on Nov. 4th, I will continue to supportMedicare and Social Security in their current forms. " (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
  • "When elected as your congressman on Nov. 4th, I will continue to supportMedicare and Social Security in their current forms. " (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)

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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.

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