Representative Rick Nolan's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Rick Nolan
Current Office: U.S. House - District 8, Democratic/Farmer/Labor
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic/Farmer/Labor for U.S. House - District 8
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mary
Birth Date: 12/17/1943
Birth Place: Brainerd, MN
Home City: Crosby, MN
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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • 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)

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  • Rick Nolan. Issue Position: The Middle East. 1 January 2012. "America is deeply involved in three expensive wars with no apparent plan for winning them or concluding them. We need to devote those resources to jobs and the economy here at home. So bring the troops home now." (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. Facebook: Wall. "It has become increasingly clear that things will not improve in Afghanistan, now or in the future. It's time for Operation G.O.N. - Get Out Now. I sincerely appreciate the sacrifice our troops have made, but we should not risk any more American lives in this war." (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)

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  • 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. Issue Position: The Middle East. 1 January 2012. "America is deeply involved in three expensive wars with no apparent plan for winning them or concluding them. We need to devote those resources to jobs and the economy here at home. So bring the troops home now." (votesmart.org)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • Rick Nolan. Facebook: Wall. 17 April 2012. "As a small business owner, I don't need another tax break, I need demand for my product. That can only be achieved by getting more money in the hands of working men and women. We should support tax breaks for the middle class to grow the economy & creates jobs. #99taxday." (www.facebook.com)

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  • 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)

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

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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

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  • 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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