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Frank Addivinola, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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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 2013, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Candidate Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Frank Addivinola. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
Yes Candidate Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Frank Addivinola. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Frank Addivinola. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
Yes Candidate Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frank Addivinola. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
Yes Candidate Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Frank Addivinola. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
Yes Candidate Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Candidate Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Inferred Answer

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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.

Massachusetts Congressional Election 2012 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 AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

Generally pro-life, except cases of medical necessity to protect mother's health/life and where pregnancy resulted from rape or incest.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

Spending cuts must be made in most federal budget categories through meaningful and effective reforms to eliminate waste, abuse and inefficiencies and deliver more services at lower cost.

NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I support transparency in reporting of contributions to candidates and political campaigns and spending on behalf of candidates and political campaigns.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

The accused should be given exhaustive judicial remedies to prove innocence. DNA technologies should be included in both the prosecution and the defense during trial and appeals.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I support some federal spending for promotion of economic growth during an economic crisis, but it should be limited and not result in accumulating more debt. Infrastructure projects should be a scheduled budget item and on a needed basis.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

Education reforms must be initiated and implemented on state level and not be tied to federal funds, but aimed at achieving better outcomes for students of that state.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

America's energy policies should be designed to address two priorities: 1) economic growth and 2) energy independence

NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

Human activity contributes somewhat to climate change but not to the extent that we can stop/reverse climate change by regulations. Environmental protection is important but must be balanced against imposing high costs on businesses through ineffective regulations with negligible environmental outcomes.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

Very reasonable restrictions are acceptable as long as they don't violate citizens' 2nd Amendment rights and do not impose undue burdens on gun owners.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

All American want access to health care and if we can make it more affordable there is no need to force people to buy insurance. Cost is the main issue and we should focus on it. Free market solutions must be implemented to lower the cost of health care delivery for all Americans.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
NoDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

Immigration law is designed to protect Americans, not to accommodate foreigners. We must enforce current laws, secure borders and eliminate incentives for illegal immigration.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

We must provide mechanisms to offer same-sex couples equal benefits and rights, but leave the definition of "marriage" as a union between one man and one woman.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

Military intervention should be a last resort when diplomatic, political and economic remedies have been exhausted.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Maintain Statusd) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
Slightly Decreasem) Other or expanded categories

Regarding a-Agriculture: decrease subsidies for overproduction of certain crops (e.g. corn)

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.
Greatly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
Slightly Decreasek) Other or expanded categories

Regarding f, g & h: Income taxes should be lowered and flattened for ALL income levels.

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.

Helping businesses grow and create new jobs
Getting the federal spending under control and exercising fiscal responsibility
Implementing tax policies that benefit individuals and businesses
Reforming government programs to deliver services more efficiently and cost-effectively
Imposing accountability and transparency in the federal government
>> I pledge to serve no more than four terms <<

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