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Janet Peckinpaugh

Janet Peckinpaugh's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Janet Peckinpaugh
Gender: Female
Family: Single; 1 Child: Alexander
Birth Place: Indiana
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Janet Peckinpaugh 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.

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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

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  • Janet Peckinpaugh. Comparing the Candidates: Tax Increases. 25 October 2010. "Congressman Courtney versus Janet Peckinpaugh on Extending Tax Relief Janet Peckinpaugh, the Republican candidate for Congress in the Second District, contrasted her views on the impending $3.7 billion tax hike with those incumbent Congressman Joe Courtney. "People are trying to figure out how to make ends meet," said Peckinpaugh. "Tax increases just as our economy is trying to bounce back from recession are reckless and wrong. It's shameful that Congressman Courtney voted to adjourn Congress so he could campaign instead of doing his job to stop the tax hikes." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

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  • Janet Peckinpaugh. 2010. Hartford Advocate: A Guide to the Aug. 10, 2010 Connecticut Primaries. Responded: "I would not. I don't think that's the way to go. I don't think that's how you stimulate the economy. The government tends to pick winners and losers. In Obama's stimulus bill now, the businesses that are getting help and getting stimulus money-I have not talked to one or two businesses. I meet most of the day with small business owners in the district. I've only found one business who's gotten some stimulus and that's it and they weren't even allowed to use it the way they'd asked to do it. We need to get our small business growing again. Small business is the engine of this nation. It creates new jobs. If every small business person could hire one person, we wouldn't have an employment problem. But now they're paralyzed, they don't know what's coming down the road," to the question: "Would you support another stimulus bill? Why/why not?" (www.hartfordadvocate.com)
  • Janet Peckinpaugh. Issue Position: Jobs. "We've got to get people back to work. Period. Get rid of burdensome mandates so the private sector can start building business again. Small business, entrepreneurs and innovators are responsible for 2/3 of our new jobs. Eliminate costly government mandates-detrimental rules and regulations are costly to businesses. New free trade agreements could mean new jobs. Increasing U-S exports by 1% could create as many as 250,000 new jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Janet Peckinpaugh. Where are the Jobs, Congressman Courtney? 25 October 2010. "I want to represent eastern Connecticut in Congress because I believe that creating jobs should be our top priority," said Janet Peckinpaugh. "We need to cultivate an environment that is conducive to job growth. Reducing the tax burden, streamlining the regulatory process and making government work better for regular people will stimulate our economy more than reckless federal spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Janet Peckinpaugh. Comparing the Candidates: Stimulus. 25 October 2010. "Congressman Courtney versus Janet Peckinpaugh on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Janet Peckinpaugh, the Republican candidate for Congress in the Second District, contrasted her views on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, more commonly known as the Stimulus, with the voting record of incumbent Congressman Joe Courtney. "Like most people in eastern Connecticut, I think that spending in Washington has gotten out of control," said Peckinpaugh. "I would have voted against the Stimulus and its $787 billion in spending." Peckinpaugh concluded: "Congressman Courtney supported his party and their reckless spending. When I am in Congress, I will stand up to the party bosses to get federal spending under control." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Janet Peckinpaugh. Issue Position: Education. "Parents need to have choice for their children's education. Major reform is needed in our schools. I support charter schools, school vouchers and home schooling. We should not be forced to send our children to government schools. All American children have the right to a good education so we can compete in a global economy." (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

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  • Janet Peckinpaugh. 2010. Hartford Advocate: A Guide to the Aug. 10, 2010 Connecticut Primaries. Responded: "My thought is right now because of the situation we're in and the job crisis that we need to find out what happened and have safety measures in place. Let's find out what happened, make sure we have safety in place and keep deepwater drilling going so all those people still have jobs. I fear that once those rigs go other places that they'll never come back again," to the question: "Should there be a moratorium on deep water oil drilling? why/why not?" (www.hartfordadvocate.com)
  • Janet Peckinpaugh. Issue Position: Energy. "We need to protect our environment for future generations. The current Cap and Trade bill before Congress is a jobs killer. We do need to do what we can to find sustainable and clean sources of energy and in doing so, avoid sending billons of dollars a year to unstable and dangerous parts of the world. Doing this could also create thousands of new jobs for American citizens." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Janet Peckinpaugh. Issue Position: Guns. "I support the Second Amendment. Our citizens should continue to have the right to keep and bear arms. Connecticut has strong gun laws in place and I support them." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

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  • Janet Peckinpaugh. 2010. Hartford Advocate: A Guide to the Aug. 10, 2010 Connecticut Primaries. Responded: "I am very against the current health care law. I will vote to repeal it and if there are not enough votes to repeal the law, I will defund it and I think we should work for a comprehensive health care bill that will work for the majority of Americans, not just 15 percent or less of the population," to the question: "Should we expand the new health care law to become universal health care? why or why not?" (www.hartfordadvocate.com)
  • Janet Peckinpaugh. Issue Position: Healthcare. "The doctor-patient relationship must be protected. We have a healthcare bill that was passed without bi-partisan support. It does not work for the majority of Americans. We must change that. If we get enough Republicans in Congress, we can repeal that law. If not, it can be defunded until a new bill can be crafted that will protect all Americans. We must protect our Seniors whose spaces the Baby Boomer generation will quickly fill. Doctors must be able to afford to keep Seniors as patients." (votesmart.org)
  • Janet Peckinpaugh. Comparing the Candidates: Health Care Reform. 25 October 2010. "Congressman Courtney versus Janet Peckinpaugh on Health Care Reform Janet Peckinpaugh, the Republican candidate for Congress in the Second District, contrasted her views on the health care reform law that passed in March with those of incumbent Congressman Joe Courtney. "We need health care reform in America," said Peckinpaugh. "But the law that passed doesn't effectively address the biggest problem with health care: it costs too much. Instead, I fear that the new law will increase costs for patients while hampering small businesses just when they are trying to grow jobs." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

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  • Rinker Buck. 2010.Hartford Courant: Janet Peckinpaugh Wins 2nd Congressional District GOP Nomination. 10 August 2010. "Peckinpaugh has staked out broad, general positions on national issues of interest to conservative voters, favoring a freeze on domestic federal spending, a repeal of the recent health care overhaul and more aggressive patrol of U.S. borders to deter illegal immigration." (articles.courant.com)
  • Janet Peckinpaugh. 2010. Hartford Advocate: A Guide to the Aug. 10, 2010 Connecticut Primaries. Responded: "I think that we need to do, for national security reasons, is protect our borders. We have a great immigration system and I would like to see people who want to come to this country go through the process of immigration as everyone else does. It's a good system. We could shorten it maybe. I think the illegal alien problem is clogging our hospitals, it's putting burden on the taxpayers and I'm all about taking burden off taxpayers," to the question: "What should be done about the 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country?" (www.hartfordadvocate.com)
  • Janet Peckinpaugh. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. "Our borders are not secure. There are some things the federal government should do. One of them is to protect our borders. We have two thousand miles of unprotected border between the U-S and Mexico. Many of the people who come here illegally are using valuable resources that should be reserved for legal citizens. We have a law, let's stand behind it." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Janet Peckinpaugh. 2010. Hartford Advocate: A Guide to the Aug. 10, 2010 Connecticut Primaries. Responded: "I think that Afghanistan is something that our military leaders and leaders in government need to look further into. I do not think its right to tell our enemies what date we'll move our troops out. It doesn't send a strong message to troops fighting for our freedom to know that. That's just not how you conduct a war. But I think the whole Afghanistan-the whole strategy-needs to be rethought, which we're seeing right now. There needs to be a clear plan of action, as there was in Iraq-we will help you, we will stay until we have a secure government in place before we leave. I think we owe them that," to the question: "What do you think about the current plan to pull out combat troops from Afghanistan in 2011?" (www.hartfordadvocate.com)
  • Janet Peckinpaugh. Issue Position: National Security. "Our troops need to know we stand behind them. Setting arbitrary dates for pulling our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan only aids the terrorists and demoralizes our troops. Setting realistic goals for our involvement in these countries and removing troops when we achieve our stated goals is a much better policy. Helping Iraq and Afghanistan establish strong and self-sustaining democracies would go a long way toward bringing peace to the Middle East." (votesmart.org)
  • Janet Peckinpaugh. Comparing the Candidates: Afghanistan Rules of Engagement. 25 October 2010. "Peckinpaugh versus Courtney on the 9th Anniversary of the Conflict in Afghanistan Janet Peckinpaugh, the Republican candidate for Congress in the Second District, highlighted how her leadership in Congress would be fundamentally different from that of incumbent Congressman Joe Courtney. "Many American soldiers are reporting that the war in Afghanistan is being fought with rules of engagement that are far too restrictive," said Peckinpaugh. "I was pleased to learn last month that a classified House Armed Services Committee review of the rules is in the works[i] and I look forward to getting actively involved in this process when I am in Congress. It is the right thing to do for our troops." Peckinpaugh concluded: "As a Member of Congress, fighting for our troops in harm's way will be my top priority. My first trip abroad as eastern Connecticut's Congressman will be to thank our troops in Afghanistan and determine whether we can do more for the people that serve us so well." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? 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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