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Jessica Ehrlich

Jessica Ehrlich's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Jessica Ehrlich
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Saint Petersburg, FL
Home City: Saint Petersburg, FL
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Jessica Ehrlich 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

  • Jessica Ehrlich. Issue Position: Women and Families. 1 January 2012. "Jessica will always be a strong advocate for women and families, whether protecting women's access to basic health care services or working for equal pay for equal work. Jessica has served on the New York board of the United Nations Fund for Women and she is proud to be "On the List" with EMILY's List. Women's Health Jessica believes that medical decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor -- not by politicians in Washington. She will fight efforts to slash funding for life saving women's cancer screenings and work to protect women and children's access to health care services." (votesmart.org)
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

  • 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 an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jessica Ehrlich. Ehrlich Battles to Strengthen the Middle Class “ Bill Young Battles for Billionaires and his Big Oil Buddies. 2 August 2012. "Strengthening the middle class is vital to our community," said Ehrlich about the Town Hall meeting on the economy. "We need leaders who will engage in conversation with those working every day to support their families. Bill Young has repeatedly voted to slash Medicare, give tax breaks to billionaires and companies that ship jobs overseas, and further shrink a struggling middle class. Young thinks we can't afford to invest in our future, I think we can't afford not to." (www.ehrlichforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jessica Ehrlich. Fiscal Responsibility. 27 July 2012. "Slashing spending or implementing short-term fixes to address the deficit is pennywise and pound foolish. Growing our economy must be our number one priority, and to do that we need fiscal responsibility and forward thinking. That means ensuring that we support American companies and American workers, and closing tax loopholes that allow corporations to ship jobs overseas. By investing in our workforce and infrastructure today, we are affirming our commitment to a stronger tomorrow." (www.ehrlichforcongress.com)
  • Jessica Ehrlich. Choice Set for Pinellas County: Fresh Approach of Ehrlich or more Out of Touch Republican Policies of Young. 18 August 2012. "Like any business facing budget shortfalls, we must look for ways to cut spending but we can't do it on the backs of seniors and the middle class." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jessica Ehrlich. Choice Set for Pinellas County: Fresh Approach of Ehrlich or more Out of Touch Republican Policies of Young. 18 August 2012. "'Like any business facing budget shortfalls, we must look for ways to cut spending but we can't do it on the backs of seniors and the middle class' [¦] Jessica Ehrlich knows that small businesses are the backbone of our national and local economy. That's why she supports tax breaks for small business, cutting the bureaucratic red-tape and ensuring the availability of credit so that small business owners can grow their businesses and create new good-paying jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Jessica Ehrlich. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 1 January 2012. "Small businesses make up the backbone of our local economy here in Pinellas County and in communities across the country. Increasing the clarity, stability and transparency in our tax code is key to giving these businesses the confidence they need to make hiring and expansion decisions now and for the future. We must reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses and engage the entrepreneurial spirit to put Americans back to work and grow our economy." (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

  • Jessica Ehrlich. First Day of School Shines Spotlight on Need for Support of Education in Pinellas County. 20 August 2012. "We need to support investment in math, science, art and engineering so that our students are prepared for the high-tech and high-paying jobs of the future and can compete in a global marketplace." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jessica Ehrlich. BILL YOUNG PUTS BIG OIL AHEAD OF FLORIDA'S FAMILIES AND LOCAL BUSINESS -- AGAIN. . 2 August 2012. "Congressman Young continues to show that he's out of touch with the middle class families and businesses of St. Petersburg, and has become part of the problem in Washington," said Jessica Ehrlich, candidate for congress in Florida's 13th district. "After accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Big Oil, Young is doing their bidding in Congress. Its disappointing and reckless that Young would put the interest of Big Oil ahead of local businesses and jobs. Young actions are exactly what's wrong with Congress, and Floridians deserve a Representative who will stand up to Big Oil and do what's right for the middle class families of St. Petersburg." (www.ehrlichforcongress.com)
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.
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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? 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 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.
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mitch Perry. Daily Loaf: Jessica Ehrlich says Bill Young no longer represents the values of Pinellas voters. 23 May 2012. "In the wake of President Obama's announcement two weeks ago that he supports same-sex marriage, Hayden told CL that she disagrees, saying she believes marriage should be between a man and woman. When Cl asked Ehrlich that question today, she responded by saying, "I think it's wonderful for the president to come out and support same-sex marriage. I think we should have no discrimination of people regardless of their sexual identity, of their race, of their religion. Discrimination is beneath us as a country at any level." (cltampa.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

  • Jessica Ehrlich. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2012. "She understands that Social Security is the bedrock of providing a stable foundation for our seniors -- after a lifetime of hard work, they've earned it. Using threats to Social Security as a political ploy is a dangerous game for the millions of Americans who rely on this vital program. As a Member of Congress, Jessica will vehemently fight efforts to weaken Social Security. Like she has done before, Jessica will work with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to keep the program solvent. Privatization and benefit cuts would only serve to weaken this critical social safety net and would throw millions of seniors into poverty. We cannot and must not balance the budget on the backs of seniors." (votesmart.org)

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.

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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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