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Penny Huggins Bailey

Penny Bailey's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Penny Huggins Bailey
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: JD; 3 Children
Birth Place: Grand Canyon, AZ
Home City: Leeds, AL
Religion: Southern Baptist
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Penny Bailey refused to tell citizens where she 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.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mary Orndorff. The Birmingham News: Alabama Campaign 2012: Two Democrats on ballot in Bachus' GOP-leaning district. 5 March 2012. "That is not freedom; abortion is legal and a woman have the right to make decisions concerning her own body.” (blog.al.com)
  • Penny Bailey. Issue Position: Abortion. 6 February 2012. “Reality is that abortion cannot be outlawed. If it were illegal to have an abortion, women would be subject to brutal "alley abortions'. Some would go there voluntarily and some would be forced into it. Either way, this is not good enough for America's women.” (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brandon Moseley. Alabama Political Reporter: Bailey Challenging Bachus. 29 August 2012. “Some in the Military have called for leaving a force of 15,000 to 24,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan in a support role after the scheduled pullout. Do you support that or a clean break with a total withdrawal? Col. Bailey said, 'I leave the military decisions to the military leaders, but as a wife of a soldier currently serving in Afghanistan I am ready for my husband to come home.'” (www.alreporter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brandon Moseley. Alabama Political Reporter: Bailey Challenging Bachus. 29 August 2012. “Col. Bailey said, 'One of the reasons I am running is less than 10% of Congress has any military experience. If we don't have people in Congress who understand the mission and strategy, our defense is going to continue to dwindle down.' On impending sequestration cuts to the Department of Defense, Col. Bailey said, 'A $500 billion cut scares the heck out of me. I was on the frontline of the terrorist attacks on 9-11 in the Pentagon. I know the danger of being unprepared.'” (www.alreporter.com)
  • Penny Bailey. Video: Penny Bailey interview on Matt Murphy Show. 23 February 2012. “Q: I've seen a lot of measures designed to cut the budgets, and Democrats oftentimes point to military spending as an area in which we could cut a significant amount of money. What's your position? Bailey: Well, you know, it's because it's an easy target. When you look at a pie chart, you see that the Department of Defense has a huge part of that pie. But you know what? The 500 billion that we've just been cut I think is going to take care of any fat that we had.” (www.youtube.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Penny Bailey. Video: Penny Bailey interview on Matt Murphy Show. 23 February 2012. “I am so for a flat tax, a fair tax – something of that nature that cuts out all of these loopholes.” (www.youtube.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Penny Bailey. The Economy - Our Concern. 20 January 2012. “I submit this is exactly what our leaders in Congress must do. First, they must realize there is a problem: our leaders are spending more money than our country is bringing in. This affects everyone.” (pennyforcongress.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Penny Bailey. Issue Position: Jobs and Economy. 1 January 2012. “I will work to ensure our middle-class continues to grow through opportunities and entrepreneurships And, I will do all I can to decrease their tax burdens and regulations that hinder their growth.” (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Penny Bailey. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. “Education is without question one of important issues in this campaign. When I'm elected to represent you in District 6, I will continue to push for better education standards in our state while working toward improving our schools systems and making sure that every student has access to better tools to prepare them properly for tomorrow's challenges!” (votesmart.org)
  • Penny Bailey. A special “Thank You” to our Educators. 4 January 2012. “Throwing money at a problem never solves it. We must get involved in our local Boards of Education, meet with the teachers, develop a long term plan, and provide the proper tools our teachers and future leaders need. Each community must come together in an effort to make schools better for their children and in-turn for our country.” (pennyforcongress.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? 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 Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brandon Moseley. Alabama Political Reporter: Air Force Colonel Bailey Runs For Congress. “On new EPA regulations on carbon dioxide emissions, Col. Bailey said, 'The CO2 is a much bigger problem than just in America. China and other countries are pumping more into the atmosphere than we ever would. God has given us an amazing country and world and I believe it is our duty to take care of it. EPA’s purpose is meant to help us take care of what we have in a reasonable manner. We don’t need to get to the point of ridiculous.' Col. Bailey said that the federal government 'shouldn’t shut down an entire town over a minnow' and that we don’t need to put domes over cows to try to limit greenhouse emissions. 'EPA is not a legislative branch of the government and they should not have far reaching powers” to set a regulatory agenda without Congressional oversight.'” (www.alreporter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Penny Bailey. Issue Position: Guns. 1 January 2012. “I think any criminal who commits a violent crime using a gun should get a lengthy automatic incarceration. And, I think if you own a gun or if somebody in your family owns a gun, they need to be responsible and know how to use it for what it was made for. Gun owners should be responsible citizens. For the safety of Americans, I do not think criminals and mentally unstable people should be allowed to purchase guns...I totally and completely support the Second Amendment and agree with Thomas Jefferson when he said: 'No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." Likewise, Walter Mondale reminded us in 1994 that: "Gun bans don't disarm criminals, gun bans attract them.' My bottom-line is that in no way would I vote for any legislation that would take away the rights and freedoms of American citizens” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brandon Moseley. Alabama Political Reporter: Bailey Challenging Bachus. 29 August 2012. “On the subject of Obamacare, Col. Bailey said, 'The Supreme Court has told us this is what we are going to live with and now we need to find out how.' Bailey said that we need to provide for those who can't provide for themselves, but she believes government should help you in a time of need--not make you needy. Bailey said that the fate of Obamacare largely hinges on who is elected President. Col. Bailey says that she like the parts of Obamacare where college age kids can stay on their parent's health care coverage and that people with preexisting conditions aren't slaves to their jobs. Col. Bailey said, I think there is a lot of goodness in the package. I don't like my health being a commodity.” (www.alreporter.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

  • Penny Bailey. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. “Here are steps I believe we need to take: […] we should use technology to develop a national program that allows people to file for work visas, and receive a decision within 6 weeks of their application. These work visas should be good for 5 years. At that time, they will have had time to become a legal American citizen, if they chose. Otherwise, they should return to their home country for a minimum of one year [...] once we have a national filing system in place, we need to offer illegal immigrants a 12 month grace period that allows them to legally document their presence. After that, if they are found to be in America illegally, they should be immediately deported and not allowed to re-enter the USA. (votesmart.org)
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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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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