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Rick Nolan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MN) - District 8, Democratic/Farmer/Labor
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Rick Nolan has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Rick Nolan is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 2014, 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

  • Brainerd Dispatch: Nolan responds to Cravaak's statements. 17 August 2012. "Commenting on his pro-life position, Nolan said: 'I don't believe it's the proper role for government to be interfering with a woman's birth control or reproductive rights.'" (brainerddispatch.com)
  • Martiga Lohn. Brainerd Dispatch: Rick Nolan makes case for Act 2 in Congress. 15 June 2012. "Nolan backs abortion rights and gun rights." (brainerddispatch.com)
  • Brainerd Dispatch: Nolan responds to Cravaak's statements. 17 August 2012. "Commenting on his pro-life position, Nolan said: 'I don't believe it's the proper role for government to be interfering with a woman's birth control or reproductive rights.'" (brainerddispatch.com)
  • Martiga Lohn. Brainerd Dispatch: Rick Nolan makes case for Act 2 in Congress. 15 June 2012. "Nolan backs abortion rights and gun rights." (brainerddispatch.com)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: The Defecit. 1 January 2012. "There are lots of ways to reduce the deficit without declaring war on the middle class and public employees. End the Bush tax cuts for the rich and bring our troops home from the Middle East, and from countries that pose no danger to the U.S. such as Japan. Those changes alone could save trillions of dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Nolan. Facebook: Timeline. 21 March 2012. "It's a simple matter of priorities. We can balance the budget by ending the Bush tax cuts for the super rich, ending the wars of choice abroad and receding our military footprint around the world -OR- we can do it on the backs of seniors, students and working families by dismantling Medicare & Social Security, Head Start programs and Pell grants. It's an easy choice for me. I will always stand with the seniors, kids and families of the 8th district, not corporations and billionaires." (www.facebook.com)
  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: The Defecit. 1 January 2012. "There are lots of ways to reduce the deficit without declaring war on the middle class and public employees. End the Bush tax cuts for the rich and bring our troops home from the Middle East, and from countries that pose no danger to the U.S. such as Japan. Those changes alone could save trillions of dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Nolan. Facebook: Timeline. 21 March 2012. "It's a simple matter of priorities. We can balance the budget by ending the Bush tax cuts for the super rich, ending the wars of choice abroad and receding our military footprint around the world -OR- we can do it on the backs of seniors, students and working families by dismantling Medicare & Social Security, Head Start programs and Pell grants. It's an easy choice for me. I will always stand with the seniors, kids and families of the 8th district, not corporations and billionaires." (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: Rebuilding America and Jobs. 1 January 2012. "Rebuilding America's infrastructure -- roads, bridges, wastewater treatment, mass transit and high-speed light-rail, would improve our quality of life, create millions of good paying jobs, and strengthen our economy. We can pay for this by ending the Bush tax cuts and loopholes for the rich, and by pulling back our military footprint in countries like Japan that pose no threat to us whatsoever." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: Rebuilding America and Jobs. 1 January 2012. "Rebuilding America's infrastructure -- roads, bridges, wastewater treatment, mass transit and high-speed light-rail, would improve our quality of life, create millions of good paying jobs, and strengthen our economy. We can pay for this by ending the Bush tax cuts and loopholes for the rich, and by pulling back our military footprint in countries like Japan that pose no threat to us whatsoever." (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

  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: Education for America's Future. 1 January 2012. "Rick's spent a lifetime fighting for an educational system that provides every young person with the opportunity to learn and achieve to full potential. As a State Representative, Rick was one of the architects of the Minnesota Miracle, the most progressive tax and school finance system in the nation. As 8th District Congressman, Rick will lead the progressive drive to: [¦] Reform No Child Left Behind so teachers will be free to teach to the child, instead of to the test. - Fully fund elementary and secondary education and supply every school with all the 21st Century technology and resources necessary to provide every student with the resources they need to succeed. -Fully fund federal mandates, lifting those costs from state and local governments and taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: Education for America's Future. 1 January 2012. "Rick's spent a lifetime fighting for an educational system that provides every young person with the opportunity to learn and achieve to full potential. As a State Representative, Rick was one of the architects of the Minnesota Miracle, the most progressive tax and school finance system in the nation. As 8th District Congressman, Rick will lead the progressive drive to: [¦] Reform No Child Left Behind so teachers will be free to teach to the child, instead of to the test. - Fully fund elementary and secondary education and supply every school with all the 21st Century technology and resources necessary to provide every student with the resources they need to succeed. -Fully fund federal mandates, lifting those costs from state and local governments and taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: Environment. 1 January 2012. "The environment, our air, lakes, rivers and forests, are crucial to our 8th district economy. The degradation of our air and water, along with global warming, threaten the very survival of our species here on mother earth. We absolutely must do what is called for to prevent this calamity." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: Environment. 1 January 2012. "The environment, our air, lakes, rivers and forests, are crucial to our 8th district economy. The degradation of our air and water, along with global warming, threaten the very survival of our species here on mother earth. We absolutely must do what is called for to prevent this calamity." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Devin Henry. Minnesota Post: Rick Nolan looks to make a congressional comeback. 10 August 2012. "Though all three DFL candidates have espoused traditional Democratic positions, Nolan pitches himself as the most progressive in the race, advocating a single-payer health-care plan, public campaign financing, more rigid gun control laws and immediately removing U.S. troops from Afghanistan: While campaigning, Nolan reaches a crescendo when talking about 'ending these wars of choice.'" (www.minnpost.com)
  • Martiga Lohn. Brainerd Dispatch: Rick Nolan makes case for Act 2 in Congress. 15 June 2012. "Nolan backs abortion rights and gun rights." (brainerddispatch.com)
  • Brainerd Dispatch: Nolan responds to Cravaak's statements. 17 August 2012. "Cravaack said earlier he disagreed with Nolan's position that assault rifles should be banned. He also disagreed with Nolan's pro-choice stance on abortion. Nolan said he's a big Second Amendment supporter and a hunter but that he doesn't want people going to schools or movie theaters with assault rifles." (brainerddispatch.com)
  • Devin Henry. Minnesota Post: Rick Nolan looks to make a congressional comeback. 10 August 2012. "Though all three DFL candidates have espoused traditional Democratic positions, Nolan pitches himself as the most progressive in the race, advocating a single-payer health-care plan, public campaign financing, more rigid gun control laws and immediately removing U.S. troops from Afghanistan: While campaigning, Nolan reaches a crescendo when talking about 'ending these wars of choice.'" (www.minnpost.com)
  • Martiga Lohn. Brainerd Dispatch: Rick Nolan makes case for Act 2 in Congress. 15 June 2012. "Nolan backs abortion rights and gun rights." (brainerddispatch.com)
  • Brainerd Dispatch: Nolan responds to Cravaak's statements. 17 August 2012. "Cravaack said earlier he disagreed with Nolan's position that assault rifles should be banned. He also disagreed with Nolan's pro-choice stance on abortion. Nolan said he's a big Second Amendment supporter and a hunter but that he doesn't want people going to schools or movie theaters with assault rifles." (brainerddispatch.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: Single Payer Universal Health Care “ NOW. 1 January 2012. "The right wing is determined to un-do and destroy health care reform. We are determined to expand it. America needs an efficient, all encompassing, single payer universal health care system, so no one will ever again face bankruptcy to pay a medical bill, or be forced to choose between medical treatment and the basic necessities of life. Rick Nolan will return to Washington to lead the fight." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: Health Care. 26 April 2012. "Single Payer Universal Health Care “ NOW The right wing is determined to un-do and destroy health care reform. We are determined to expand it. America needs an efficient, all encompassing, single payer universal health care system, so no one will ever again face bankruptcy to pay a medical bill, or be forced to choose between medical treatment and the basic necessities of life. Rick Nolan will return to Washington to lead the fight." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: Single Payer Universal Health Care “ NOW. 1 January 2012. "The right wing is determined to un-do and destroy health care reform. We are determined to expand it. America needs an efficient, all encompassing, single payer universal health care system, so no one will ever again face bankruptcy to pay a medical bill, or be forced to choose between medical treatment and the basic necessities of life. Rick Nolan will return to Washington to lead the fight." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: Health Care. 26 April 2012. "Single Payer Universal Health Care “ NOW The right wing is determined to un-do and destroy health care reform. We are determined to expand it. America needs an efficient, all encompassing, single payer universal health care system, so no one will ever again face bankruptcy to pay a medical bill, or be forced to choose between medical treatment and the basic necessities of life. Rick Nolan will return to Washington to lead the fight." (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike O'Rourke. Brainerd Dispatch: DFLers appear in 8th District debate. 6 August 2012. "Nolan wanted to see a path toward citizenship for illegal immigrants and strong penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants." (brainerddispatch.com)
  • Mike O'Rourke. Brainerd Dispatch: DFLers appear in 8th District debate. 6 August 2012. "Nolan wanted to see a path toward citizenship for illegal immigrants and strong penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants." (brainerddispatch.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cliff Buchan. Forest Lake Times: Nolan has DFL backing in 8th District primary. 8 August 2012. "Nolan opposes the proposed photo ID and same-sex marriage-ban constitutional amendments appearing on the November ballot."I think at the end of the day they're going to neutralize each other," he said of the impact of the amendments on voter turnout." (forestlaketimes.com)
  • Doug Grow. Minnesota Post: Former Congressman Rick Nolan, in comeback bid, revs up DFL convention crowd. 4 June 2012. "Nolan was talking about the need to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan. He was talking about a single-payer health care system. He was talking about "gay marriage," not just opposing the so-called marriage amendment. He was talking, in compelling tones, about issues that most Democrats seem to no longer talk about." (www.minnpost.com)
  • Rick Nolan. Facebook: Wall. 9 February 2012. "First Prop 8 gets overturned and now Washington passes a bill to legalize gay marriage. What a great week for equal rights! Now we need to unite Minnesota families against the hateful amendment on the ballot this November." (www.facebook.com)
  • Cliff Buchan. Forest Lake Times: Nolan has DFL backing in 8th District primary. 8 August 2012. "Nolan opposes the proposed photo ID and same-sex marriage-ban constitutional amendments appearing on the November ballot."I think at the end of the day they're going to neutralize each other," he said of the impact of the amendments on voter turnout." (forestlaketimes.com)
  • Doug Grow. Minnesota Post: Former Congressman Rick Nolan, in comeback bid, revs up DFL convention crowd. 4 June 2012. "Nolan was talking about the need to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan. He was talking about a single-payer health care system. He was talking about "gay marriage," not just opposing the so-called marriage amendment. He was talking, in compelling tones, about issues that most Democrats seem to no longer talk about." (www.minnpost.com)
  • Rick Nolan. Facebook: Wall. 9 February 2012. "First Prop 8 gets overturned and now Washington passes a bill to legalize gay marriage. What a great week for equal rights! Now we need to unite Minnesota families against the hateful amendment on the ballot this November." (www.facebook.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.
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

  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2012. "Social Security is a compact with the American people that must be honored. Don't turn it over to Wall Street. Stabilize the Social Security Fund for generations to come by requiring the very rich to pay Social Security taxes on a higher percentage of their income." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2012. "Social Security is a compact with the American people that must be honored. Don't turn it over to Wall Street. Stabilize the Social Security Fund for generations to come by requiring the very rich to pay Social Security taxes on a higher percentage of their income." (votesmart.org)

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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

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