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Cheri Honkala's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Cheri Honkala 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

  • Cheri Honkala. Issues: Health Care. 10 October 2012. "Allow full access to all medically justified contraceptive and reproductive care." (www.jillstein.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cheri Honkala. Issues: Budget and Taxes. 10 October 2012. "Reduce the budget deficit by restoring full employment, cutting the bloated military budget, and cutting private health insurance waste." (www.jillstein.org)
  • Cheri Honkala. Green New Deal: Section IV- A Functioning Democracy. 25 January 2012. "The Green New Deal includes a 50% reduction in military spending and the withdrawal of U.S. military bases from the over 140 countries in which our military is now located." (www.jillstein.org)
  • Cheri Honkala. Issues: Peace and Foreign Policy. 10 October 2012. "Cut the bloated Pentagon budget by 50%. [¦] Close some 140 U.S. military bases abroad." (www.jillstein.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cheri Honkala. USA Today: Cheri Honkala: My response to the VP debate. 14 October 2012. "Poor, working and middle income families will pay much less in taxes, while the very rich, major corporations, Wall Street and polluters will pay more." [¦] "Specifically, we will impose a 90% tax on the salary bonuses paid at the big banks that were bailed out. We will implement the Financial Transaction Tax -- also known as the Robin Hood Tax -- which would be 50 cents on every $100 of Wall Street trades and transactions and would produce $350 billion a year. I pay a sales tax when I buy everyday items; Wall Street needs to pay its share as well." (www.usatoday.com)
  • Cheri Honkala. Issues: Budget and Taxes. 10 October 2012. "Rewrite the entire tax code to be truly progressive with tax cuts for working families, the poor and middle class, and higher taxes for the richest Americans." (www.jillstein.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cheri Honkala. Summary of the Green New Deal. 11 October 2012. "Provide green jobs by enacting the Full Employment Program which will directly provide 16 million jobs in sustainable energy and energy efficiency retrofitting, mass transit and "complete streets" that promote safe bike and pedestrian traffic, regional food systems based on sustainable organic agriculture, and clean manufacturing." (www.jillstein.org)
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

  • Cheri Honkala. Issues: Education. 10 October 2012. "End high-stakes testing and stop punishing students and teachers for failures of the system in which they work." (www.jillstein.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cheri Honkala. Issues: Environment. 10 October 2012. "Adopt the EPA's new tougher standards on ozone pollution." (www.jillstein.org)
  • Cheri Honkala. Issues: Clean Energy. 10 October 2012. "Create a binding international treaty to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide to levels deemed safe by scientific analysis to reduce global warming." (www.jillstein.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment and Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cheri Honkala. Issues: Clean Energy. 10 October 2012. "Halt all drilling that poses a threat to public lands or water resources." (www.jillstein.org)
No Inferred Answer Foreign Policy: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cheri Honkala. Issues: Peace and Foreign Policy. 10 October 2012. "End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, withdrawing both troops and military contractors." (www.jillstein.org)
  • Democracy Now! Expanding the VP Debate: Third-Party Candidates Challenge Biden & Ryan on War, Economy, Healthcare. 12 October 2012. "AMY GOODMAN: Cheri Honkala, Green Party vice-presidential nominee, on the issue of defense and war spending in this country and Afghanistan? CHERI HONKALA: We need to bring our troops home. We need to stop being the police force for the world. We need to stay out of other people's business and their fight for democracy. And we need to take that money, and we need to bring it back home. We need to bring our soldiers back home, turn them into organic farmers, help"have them be busy rebuilding America. The answer is not with war. The answer is creating a better America for all of us to live in." (www.democracynow.org)
No Inferred Answer Foreign Policy: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cheri Honkala. Issues: Peace and Foreign Policy. 10 October 2012. "Ban use of drone aircraft for assassination, bombing, and other offensive purposes." (www.jillstein.org)
  • Jill Stein. Campaign News: Stein says report shows urgent need to end drone warfare. 25 September 2012. "Green Party vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala added 'Imagine what it must be like to know that wherever you go, bomb-carrying drones of a foreign power are circling overhead, watching you, and possibly deciding to bomb you based on their own secret and error-prone decision-making process. This sounds like the bleak future from a science-fiction movie. America is not winning friends with this approach.'" (www.jillstein.org)
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

  • Cheri Honkala. Issues: Health Care. 11 October 2012. "Provide complete, affordable, quality health care for every American through an improved Medicare-for-all insurance program. " (www.jillstein.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

  • Cheri Honkala. Issues: Immigration. 10 October 2012. "Grant undocumented immigrants who are already residing and working in the United States a legal status which includes the chance to become U.S. Citizens. Halt deportations of law-abiding undocumented immigrants." (www.jillstein.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Same-Sex Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cheri Honkala. Issues: Civil Liberties. 10 October 2012. "Implement marriage equality nationwide to end discrimination against same-sex couples." (www.jillstein.org)
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

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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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