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Jack Orswell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Jack Orswell has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Jack Orswell is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Californians for Life "Jack Orswell– is a Presbyterian elder who is personally pro-life, but not likely to be a champion for life. However, he is running against very pro-abortion Judy Chu in Pasadena. Therefore, he would be an improvement over the pro-abortion incumbent." http://californiansforlife.org/statewide-workgroups/voter-educationlegislation-and-initiatives/pro-life-voter-information/ (californiansforlife.org)
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

  • "Whether this means eliminating income tax deductions, changing to a flat tax or adding a national sales tax, Congress needs to open the debate and get it done." http://www.jackorswell.com/taxes (www.jackorswell.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Smart Voter "Excessive, wasteful spending has produced a national debt that will be an enormous financial burden to our children and grandchildren. We have not had a budget in the past three years, and the federal government continues to spend 33% more than it takes in as revenue. Congress must be honest with all Americans, and prepare budgets in the future that limit spending to providing those essential services we need, not want." http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/06/05/ca/state/vote/orswell_j/questions.html (www.smartvoter.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to implement a flat rate sales tax of 2-3% and reduce the income tax rates by 5%, which should produce about the same amount of revenue." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/702175/issue-position-taxes (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe education is a local and individual matter, with parents and the teachers making decisions for what is best for the child/student. I would like to see the role of the federal government reduced and allow local communities to be responsible for educating our children." http://www.jackorswell.com/education (www.jackorswell.com)
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 Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must also continue our efforts to develop affordable renewable energy sources that will not only reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but will reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources." http://www.jackorswell.com/energy (www.jackorswell.com)
  • "Until we are able to reach energy independence, we must meet our immediate and growing energy needs using a balanced approach, utilizing all available resources including oil, coal, natural gas, geo-thermal, nuclear power, wind, solar, biomass and hydrogen." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/737953/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Judy Chu supports the 'no fly, no buy' efforts. Because the No Fly List is created by government employees, this bill will deny American citizens of their constitutional rights without due process." https://www.facebook.com/JackOrswell27/photos/a.230921513675791.36846.136580103109933/806122792822324/?type=3&theater (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With the above goals in mind, what we need is patient-based health care, not an intrusive national health program that is subsidized with taxpayer dollars." http://www.jackorswell.com/healthcare (www.jackorswell.com)
  • "We need to eliminate the current national healthcare system requiring participation and create an open, competitive health insurance market. We should remove the restrictions that prevent insurance companies throughout the United States from competing in California. With a larger supply of available health insurance companies, we will all have the ability to choose the right healthcare program for our families at an affordable price." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1065416/issue-position-health-care (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "If elected, I will form a coalition consisting of the members of Congress from California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. These four states alone represent more than 20% of the American population and certainly bear a greater share of undocumented immigrants. The group will identify the circumstances under which an undocumented immigrant will be issued a temporary permit to stay inside the United States, while he or she gets in line and applies for permanent legal status." http://www.jackorswell.com/immigration (www.jackorswell.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.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Just when the world must stand together to defeat ISIS, US air raids are at their lowest point in 8 months." https://twitter.com/JackOrswell/status/713040921529483264 (twitter.com)
  • "I will be an advocate to maintain a strong national defense, to protect our country from all enemies, both foreign and domestic." http://www.jackorswell.com/defense (www.jackorswell.com)
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

Vote Smart's Research

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

Key

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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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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