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Charlie L. Holley

Charlie Holley's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Charlie L. Holley
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Cassandra; 2 Children: Torrell (deceased), Kiana
Birth Date: 1964
Birth Place: Limestone County, AL
Religion: Baptist
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Charlie Holley refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 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 2012, 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

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  • Charlie L. Holley. Facebook: Wall. 2012 April 30. “I am pro-life but I am also pro-women's rights. Regardless of what some say, I do not have to be either-or, I can be both. Advocating for women doesn't mean I am pro-abortion (by the way, no one is pro-abortion). I've found the best way to speak up for babies is to speak up for mothers, give them our support not our condemnation, our assistance not our manipulative laws (personhood bill - ultrasound), and their freedom just as men have theirs.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Religious Hypocrisy. 7 September 2012. “Yet even I, a devout Christian who loves the Lord with all my heart, know when religion is being misused and when religious hypocrisy has reached an all time high. It’s presenting itself as concerned citizens, righteous groups, and holy politicians, but results in forced ultrasounds on pregnant women in hopes of manipulating their decisions about abortions. […] It’s hypocritical to cry, 'We want small government and we want government out of our lives' yet impose that same government into the lives of others.” (www.google.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Charlie L. Holley. Facebook: Timeline. 8 August 2012. “Just read an article about the chilling affects of sequester law starting in Jan 2013, thousands of SSA (Social Security Administration) employees could loose their jobs along with thousands of other government employees and defense contractors, also affecting the private industry. We cannot CUT our way of a recession which is what my opponent and his extreme group are trying to do. We must create more jobs than we loose in order to fully recover. We must invest in small businesses beyond giving them tax breaks, close tax loopholes for wealthy corporations, and allow Bush era tax cuts for the most wealthy to expire in order to create more revenue.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Twitter: @CLHolley2012. 16 August 2012. “My opponent Brooks is trying to sell a plan to move defense cuts to food-stamp & Medicaid recipients knowing we're in a recession. How sad!” (twitter.com)
  • Charlie Holley. Video: An Interview with Congressional Candidate Charlie Holley. 1 July 2012. “I would not have passed the Budget control act which basically takes a huge slice out of our government defense. And here in the 5ht district, that's going to really, really hurt. [9:30] (cache.blogtalkradio.com)
Yes Inferred 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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  • Charlie L. Holley. Facebook: Timeline. 16 August 2012. “I certainly agree that our men and women in uniform don't deserve sequestration cuts, but neither do the disabled and the poor. In fact, No one deserves the cuts. We could end sequestration TODAY if Brooks and others would simply agree to close tax loopholes and expire tax breaks for the wealthy.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Facebook: Timeline. 8 August 2012. “We must create more jobs than we loose in order to fully recover. We must invest in small businesses beyond giving them tax breaks, close tax loopholes for wealthy corporations, and allow Bush era tax cuts for the most wealthy to expire in order to create more revenue.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Issue Position: Taxes. 1 January 2012. “Closing loopholes and expiring certain tax rates should allow us to reduce the deficit faster, balance the budget sooner, and bring us back to a surplus. I realize my opponent and others will insist that closing loopholes and expiring tax breaks for the most wealthy will result in a loss of jobs. This theory is simply not true. After returning to a surplus, I believe we need to simplify our tax code, lower taxes for all, and reduce the tax burden on all citizens.” (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Holley. Video: An Interview with Congressional Candidate Charlie Holley. 1 July 2012. Answered: “I would not have passed the Budget Control Act which basically takes a huge slice out of our government defense […] when the vote came up to extend the tax ceiling without any strings attached, he should have voted for that, but he did not. He voted against it. And the resulting law that came about was this Budget Control Act” to the question: “What would you do to bring jobs to your district?” [9m] (cache.blogtalkradio.com)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Facebook: Timeline. 11 June 2012. “Multiple Veteran facilities are being closed due to a sad belief by Republicans that tax loopholes should not be closed for the most profitable of big corporations. Instead, some would rather see our Veterans go without than to make others pay their fair share.” (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Charlie Holley. Video: An Interview with Congressional Candidate Charlie Holley. 1 July 2012. Answered: ““I would not have passed the Budget Control Act which basically takes a huge slice out of our government defense […] when the vote came up to extend the tax ceiling without any strings attached, he should have voted for that, but he did not. He voted against it. And the resulting law that came about was this Budget Control Act […] And you cannot cut your way out of a recession. You have to give people jobs. You have to provide opportunities” to the question: “What would you do to bring jobs to your district?” [9:30] (cache.blogtalkradio.com)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Video: Charlie Holley on Health Care, Education, and Infrastructure 22 January 2012. “We have got to invest more in our roads, in our infrastructure, so that we can be in a 21st century generation so that our city can continue to grow, along with our roads. […] So thank god for the stimulus package, which some people say has been a complete failure, but one of the evidences that our stimulus package is working is that we have enough funds now to actually build roads, bridges, and do a whole lot of things that we would not normally be able to do.” (youtu.be)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Charlie L. Holley. Facebook: Timeline. 18 July 2012. “I will sponsor a bill that will go further than just giving business tax breaks. I will fight to get them grants for advertising, feasibility studies for expansion and improvement, and more capital through simplistic low interest loans. These are the types of things that create jobs.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Facebook: Timeline. 8 August 2012. “We must create more jobs than we loose in order to fully recover. We must invest in small businesses beyond giving them tax breaks, close tax loopholes for wealthy corporations, and allow Bush era tax cuts for the most wealthy to expire in order to create more revenue.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Issue Position: Business. 1 January 2012. “I am pro-business and believe small businesses are the back bone of our economy. I'm in favor of greater access to capital and more business grants to invest in other areas, expand, or start a new business. I will also support tax credits for hiring and greater access to business consulting in order to provide professional assistance for all business needs.” (votesmart.org)
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

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  • Charlie L. Holley. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. “Most agree the No Child Left Behind act has not accomplished its goals and in some ways has made education more difficult. Thankfully, the administration is allowing relief from No Child Left Behind by allowing schools to have more control over their programs. New and innovative ideas like "Educate to Innovate" (STEM) and "Race to the top Early Learning Challenge" are providing the spark for learning that our students need.” (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Video: Charlie Holley on Health Care, Education, and Infrastructufe. 22 January 2012. “Education feeds jobs. Jobs feed the economy. The economy keeps down our unemployment rate. So we must value education. […] We must become invested in our education system and make it better, not continuously pull from it, simply because we have a holy mindset that we cannot change taxes.” (youtu.be)
Unknown Position Unknown 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.
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Charlie L. Holley. Video:AL-05 - Charlie Holley on Environmental Protection/Regulatio. 19 January 2012. “We can't buy another earth, and if we continue to pollute our rivers, our streams, we are going to end up with an earth we can't fix and with people who are too sick to be healed. So we need these regulations. […] Someone else may think that money is more important than lives, but I don't.” (youtu.be)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Environment. 7 September 2012. “I believe the scientific evidence of man-made global warming. I believe greenhouse gases and the burning of fossil fuels is causing a climate change. I support environment friendly legislation and organizations assigned to protect the earth like the EPA. I support green jobs and green projects. I also support alternative forms of clean energy. I support emissions legislation aimed at reducing dangerous amounts of pollutants released into our air. I support energy efficiency and renewable energy. I also support efforts of this country and others to limit and control greenhouse gas emissions.” (www.clholley.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Charlie Holley. Video: An Interview with Congressional Candidate Charlie Holley. 1 July 2012. Answered: “I think that we definitely definitely need it. I am for it. I am glad that it eventually got passed. However, just like our own President said, there are some places that it can be improved […] Unfortunately, the other side is actually focused on repealing it. I think that is a huge huge huge huge loss, because we can spend that valuable time trying to perfect this piece of legislation that is very, very, very complex.” “ To the question: “Whats your views on the affordable health care?” [8m] (cache.blogtalkradio.com)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Facebook: Timeline. 28 June 2012. “The Affordable Care Act mandate was upheld 5 to 4 by the Supreme Court. The lives of millions of people will be improved and some even saved by access to healthcare. Now it’s time to improve on the model and make it even better.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Video: Charlie Holley on Health Care, Education, and Infastructufe. 22 January 2012. “Our current health care law, while it is not perfect, it will do a lot more good than it would harm, and if our counterparts had just stepped up to the table and participated in it, then perhaps we would have had a much better law. […] We cannot allow health care to be repealed and replaced because it just could cost some lives.” (youtu.be)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2012. “I support the Affordable Care Act. It is a work in progress. There are some things that need to be changed, modified, added, or removed. This isn't surprising given the complexity of healthcare reform. We need to continue to adjust the law to properly address the various issues that arise. The CBO has also estimated an increase to the deficit if the law is repealed. The most important factor to consider is the effect on human lives. There are people covered today under the plan that would not be covered if it were repealed. We simply need to improve on what we have.” (votesmart.org)
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

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  • Charlie L. Holley. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. “We must acknowledge there are problems caused by illegal immigration. However, I believe we should address these problems and develop immigration reform from the Federal level as the constitution mandates. We need to firmly secure the borders. We need to improve our immigration system, and we need to show mercy and grace by developing a criteria system to allow immigrants who meet those criteria to remain, pay a penalty, and apply for citizenship to be received after those who came the right way.” (votesmart.org)
  • Gregg Parker. The Madison Record: Holley announces Congressional Bid. 16 December 2011. “Illegal entry into the state is wrong. However, legislation should be written in a way that addresses ‘the problem’ of illegal immigration as opposed to addressing ‘the people’ that are perceived to be the problem.” (www.themadisonrecord.com)
  • Paul Gattis. al.com: Holley's ambition is to be 'servant' as Democratic candidate for 5th Congressional District. 16 December 2011. “Our state should learn to start showing a little more compassion toward people, instead of saying, 'You broke the law, we're out to get you.'” (blog.al.com)
  • Charlie Holley. An Interview with Congressional Candidate Charlie Holley. 1 July 2012. Responded “Yes and no […] we must acknowledge that there are problems caused by illegal immigration, however I believe we should address these problems and develop immigration reform from the federal level […] Yes we do have some illegal immigrants here but they are not the problem. Most of them are hardworking people who have stable jobs, who do not commit crimes. Most of them actually add to us […] We need some immigration reform that is crafted from the federal level whereby some immigrants, those who are adding to the actual state, can actually, you know, remain. There are certain people who don't want one single illegal immigrant to stay here. Some of them are actually here doing jobs that legal Americans will not do. If we just […] send everyone back, thats gonna leave our farmers here without any labor” to the question “Do you have an immigration problem in your district?” [17m] (cache.blogtalkradio.com)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Religious Hypocrisy. 5 June 2012. “It's hypocritical to consider legislation to make an unborn baby a person, yet at the same time push legislation to deny that very person citizenship because their parents may be illegal. After all, if it's not the baby's fault if the parent becomes pregnant, then it's also not the baby's fault for being born in America.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Doyle. The Huntsville Times: Democrat Charlie Holley embraces uphill fight for 5th Congressional District seat. 15 January 2012. “Holley said he supports a criteria-based system that would allow illegal immigrants, within a defined time period, to apply for citizenship without prosecution. 'Realistically, we can't tell 11 million people to pack their bags and move back'” (blog.al.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? 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 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.
Unknown Position Unknown 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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  • Charlie Holley. Video: An Interview with Congressional Candidate Charlie Holley. 1 July 2012. Answered: “Social programs. The right thing to do is to “de-fraud” these programs not “de-fund” these programs […] my opponent is not a supporter of social programs, but I think that they're needed […] and to be totally honest, we are not where we are because of social programs. We are where we are because we are in the middle of a president Bush induced recession […] we should not seek to blindly eliminate funding from social programs.” [Timestamp: around 20m] (cache.blogtalkradio.com)
  • Charlie L. Holley. Issue Position: Social Programs. “Some have suggested that social programs are the problem. They contend there is much fraud in social security, Medicare, Medicaid, EBT (food stamps), unemployment insurance, and other programs they call "entitlements." I will be the first to say they are right. There is fraud in these programs. Some experts estimate that between 8% and 20% of persons in certain social programs are using them fraudulently. So what should we do? The right thing to do is "De-fraud" them, not "De-fund" them. Simply De-funding social programs may get some fraudulent persons off them, but it will also throw some truly needy persons out in the cold.” (votesmart.org)

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