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Scott Ellington's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Scott Ellington 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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? 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 Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Ellington. Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus: 2012 Questionnaire for Congressional Candidates on Economic Issues. Responded "The military budget is one of the largest discretionary spending line items. I foresee reductions being made there as both wars wind down. I am not sure what level I would support at this time until I have the opportunity to study the matter further." to the question: "Would you agree that military spending should be substantially reduced, and if so what level of funding cuts would you support?" (www.mdgc.us)
  • Scott Ellington. District 1 Debate Recap. 6 June 2012. "The Agency I think we need to preserve is obviously-I'm going to take a step further and say we've got to protect our military. The Constitution lays out that the Federal Government's role is to provide for the common defense, so that is one of the areas we need to be careful with cuts in our military. One of the other agencies that we can do without or curb is certainly-the Environmental Protection Agency is very important, but we need to curb some of the practices they have. I believe we can curtail it without cutting it out. But certainly we need to maintain our military as well." (8:30 in) (arkansasmatters.com)
  • Scott Ellington. District 1 Debate Recap. 6 June 2012. "The Agency I think we need to preserve is obviously-I'm going to take a step further and say we've got to protect our military. The Constitution lays out that the Federal Government's role is to provide for the common defense, so that is one of the areas we need to be careful with cuts in our military. One of the other agencies that we can do without or curb is certainly-the Environmental Protection Agency is very important, but we need to curb some of the practices they have. I believe we can curtail it without cutting it out. But certainly we need to maintain our military as well." (8:30 in) (arkansasmatters.com)
  • Scott Ellington. Video: District 1 Debate Recap. 6 June 2012. "The agency that we need to preserve is - obviously I'll take a step further and say that we need to protect our military. The constitution lays out that the federal government's role is to provide for the common defense and one of the areas we need to be careful with the cuts is our military." (arkansasmatters.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

  • Scott Ellington. Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus: 2012 Questionnaire for Congressional Candidates on Economic Issues. Responded "No, because a surtax on the rich lacks integrity. I would support going back to the tax levels of when President Bill Clinton was in office and we had a budget surplus and 4% unemployment. That some corporations pay less than 10% in taxes is just the latest example of how the rats' nest of federal tax rules and regulations are used to excuse massive corporations from paying their fair share, and that's the problem. A surtax does nothing to address that. It's time to reduce the size of the code, close cut-outs and loopholes and demand people and corporations to pay the share of taxes we're all supposed to pay." to the question: "Would you support higher taxes on higher income people in order to reduce the deficits? In particular, would you support a surtax on incomes of $1 million a year? If you would support a surtax, would you recommend a 5% rate or what level would you support?" (www.mdgc.us)
  • Scott Ellington. The Issues. 11 April 2012. "Balance the budget the right way by cutting government waste, ending tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas and making millionaires pay their fair share." (scottellington.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Ellington. Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "I would absolutely support major job creation programs that improve our nation's infrastructure. Much of our country's infrastructure was built between the end of World War II and the mid 1970s." to the question: "Would you support a major, WPA-like program of job creation by major expansion and improvements in schools, roads (including the Interstate 69 Corridor and the entire Delta Development Highway System plan), bridges, broadband, rails, inland waterway systems and other essential infrastructure?" (www.mdgc.us)
  • Scott Ellington. Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus: 2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "My priorities to jump start economic development would be to work on building and repairing infrastructure and increase funding for education and training. To jump start economic development we must put people back to work. We could start by developing a WPA-type program of building and repairing the infrastructure in this part of the state. I believe the best way to create long term jobs in our part of the state is to take advantage of our state's two year colleges and provide funding for job training and education necessary for the current job market. We can bring companies here to the middle of the country “ on the Mississippi River within hours of the FedEx headquarters to capitalize on just-in-time industry trends." to the question: ""Big picture" question on your priorities for job creation and economic recovery: It is clear that the economy requires a much stronger recovery to put people back to work, spending cuts, and more revenue to jump-start economic development while getting our fiscal house in order. What are your top priorities in job creation and economic recovery?" (www.mdgc.us)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? 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 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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Ellington. The Issues. 11 April 2012. "Get gas prices under control and end dependence on foreign oil by investing in job-creating natural gas and oil exploration." (scottellington.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Ellington. District 1 Debate Recap. 6 June 2012. "The Agency I think we need to preserve is obviously-I'm going to take a step further and say we've got to protect our military. The Constitution lays out that the Federal Government's role is to provide for the common defense, so that is one of the areas we need to be careful with cuts in our military. One of the other agencies that we can do without or curb is certainly-the Environmental Protection Agency is very important, but we need to curb some of the practices they have. I believe we can curtail it without cutting it out. But certainly we need to maintain our military as well." (8:30 in) (arkansasmatters.com)
  • Scott Ellington. District 1 Debate Recap. 6 June 2012. "The Agency I think we need to preserve is obviously-I'm going to take a step further and say we've got to protect our military. The Constitution lays out that the Federal Government's role is to provide for the common defense, so that is one of the areas we need to be careful with cuts in our military. One of the other agencies that we can do without or curb is certainly-the Environmental Protection Agency is very important, but we need to curb some of the practices they have. I believe we can curtail it without cutting it out. But certainly we need to maintain our military as well." (8:30 in) (arkansasmatters.com)
  • Scott Ellington. Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus: 2012 Questionnaire for Congressional Candidates on Economic Issues. Responded "The EPA was created in response to decades of heavy industrial pollution directly into the environment. Heavy metals, detergents and other cancer causing toxins were dumped into our rivers, our air and land. Stopping it was a moral imperative and something Democrats can take pride in. That said, the EPA's reinterpretation of decades old regulations must stop and I would support legislation delaying implementation of EPA and other regulations that would inhibit job creation." to the question "Would you support delaying implementation of EPA and other regulations that would inhibit job creation at least until the economy is fully recovered?" (www.mdgc.us)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? 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 Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Ellington. Statement by Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington on Today's Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Ruling. 28 June 2012. "The problem facing America is that Americans will spend more than $2.5 trillion for health care this year. With today's ruling the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their ruling means American families will have stable and secure health insurance coverage." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andrew DeMillo. Beaumont Enterprise/Associated Press: Dem. Candidates in Ark. not embracing gay marriage. 14 May 2012. "'It disturbs me when either party is more concerned about what goes on in someone's bedroom than putting food on the table, shoes on the baby and gas in the tank,' said Prosecutor Scott Ellington, one of three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford in east Arkansas' 1st district. 'That's what people in my district are most worried about now.' Ellington and primary rival Gary Latanich both said while they're opposed to gay marriage, expressed support for the idea of allowing same sex couples to enter into civil unions. (www.beaumontenterprise.com)
  • Andrew DeMillo. Beaumont Enterprise/Associated Press: Dem. Candidates in Ark. not embracing gay marriage. 14 May 2012. ""It disturbs me when either party is more concerned about what goes on in someone's bedroom than putting food on the table, shoes on the baby and gas in the tank," said Prosecutor Scott Ellington, one of three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford in east Arkansas' 1st district. "That's what people in my district are most worried about now." Ellington and primary rival Gary Latanich both said while they're opposed to gay marriage, expressed support for the idea of allowing same sex couples to enter into civil unions. (www.beaumontenterprise.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? 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 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

  • Scott Ellington. Video: Scott Ellington on Social Security and Medicare. 10 October 2012. "When Scott says he will fight any attempt to privatize social security [¦] I believe him [¦] 'I'm prosecuting attorney Scott Ellington and I approve this message. I will stand by my word to protect our seniors and veterans.'" (www.facebook.com)
  • Scott Ellington. Issue Position: Social Security and Medicare. 1 January 2012. "Fight to protect Social Security and Medicare from efforts to cut the guaranteed benefits our seniors have paid for and earned." (votesmart.org)

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Candidate Answer

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Inferred Answer

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Unknown Answer

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