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Gene Jeffress' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Gene Jeffress 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.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gene Jeffress. Arkansas Voter's Guide: 2012 Arkansas Voter's Guide Survey. Responded "Oppose" to the question: "Abortion: The U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision." (www.arkansasvotersguide.com)
  • Gene Jeffress. Arkansas Right to Life: 2002 Voter's Guide. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Would you vote for legislation to regulate the prescribing of the abortion pill RU-486?" (www.artl.org)
  • Gene Jeffress. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Arkansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Gene Jeffress. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Arkansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Gene Jeffress. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Arkansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Gene Jeffress. Arkansas Right to Life: 2002 Voter's Guide. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Will you vote for measures to protect living human embryos from being used for medical experiments that would harm or kill them, including so-called "embryonic stem cell research" that would require the killing of human embryos?" (www.artl.org)
  • Gene Jeffress. Arkansas Right to Life: 2002 Voter's Guide. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Would you vote for a law requiring that women, who are 20 weeks or more pregnant, be given information about fetal pain before having an abortion?" (www.artl.org)
  • Gene Jeffress. Arkansas Voter's Guide: 2012 Arkansas Voter's Guide Survey. Responded "Oppose. I am against abortion. I support their true women's health programs." to the question: "Abortion: Federal funding for Planned Parenthood." (www.arkansasvotersguide.com)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gene Jeffress. Economic Growth. "Gene also believes that in order to increase trade and commerce, we need to maintain a strong infrastructure system, which can also create construction jobs for Arkansans. Completing interstates 69 and 49 will help with this, as will improving the roads, ports, and airports that currently serve areas throughout the Fourth District." (jeffressforcongress.com)
  • Gene Jeffress. Arkansas Voter's Guide: 2012 Arkansas Voter's Guide Survey. Responded "Support" to the question: "Economy: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, known as the economic stimulus package, passed by Congress in response to the economic recession." (www.arkansasvotersguide.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gene Jeffress. Economic Growth. "Gene Jeffress believes that the United States must reward companies that want to open their business in our country with tax incentives, but companies that choose to outsource jobs should not be rewarded with incentives and tax breaks. Gene Jeffress truly takes pride in 'Made in America,' and wants to work with both sides of the aisle and businessmen and women to attract more jobs to the Fourth District." (jeffressforcongress.com)
No Inferred 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

  • Gene Jeffress. Video: One-on-One with Congressional Candidate Gene Jeffress. 21 May 2012. "Schools are a local entity. Everyone has a local school board and that's the way it's set up. [¦] But we should keep our schools local, it should be under local control." (arkansasmatters.com)
  • Wanda Freeman and Jeff Arnold. Southwest Times Record: 4th District Hopeful Jeffress Wants To 'Make Congress Work'. 8 May 2012. "Federal government doesn't and shouldn't control schools, he stressed. 'Local government controls schools, and I'll fight to the death to keep that alive and well,' Jeffress said." (swtimes.com)
  • Gene Jeffress. Video: One-on-One with Congressional Candidate Gene Jeffress. 21 May 2012. "Schools are a local entity. Everyone has a local school board and that's the way it's set up [¦] But we should keep our schools local, it should be under local control." (arkansasmatters.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? 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 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

  • Nathan Vandiver. kuar.org: 4th District Candidates Focus On Republican Rival, Runoff Tomorrow. 11 June 2012. "'I am that family values man ¦ You know, Second Amendment rights are another deal, I have a Hunting and Fishing License in my pocket today' said Jeffress, calling himself a 'regular man of the Fourth District.'" (www.kuar.org)
  • Gene Jeffress. Second Amendment. "As a Hunter Education Instructor, avid deer hunter and sportsman, and NRA member, Gene Jeffress is committed to protecting our right to bear arms. For Gene Jeffress, protecting our 2nd Amendment rights isn't a political talking point; it's a way of life." (jeffressforcongress.com)
  • Nathan Vandiver. kuar.org: 4th District Candidates Focus On Republican Rival, Runoff Tomorrow. 11 June 2012. "I am that family values man ¦ You know, Second Amendment rights are another deal, I have a Hunting and Fishing License in my pocket today" said Jeffress, calling himself a "regular man of the Fourth District." (www.kuar.org)
  • Gene Jeffress. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Arkansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Gene Jeffress. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Arkansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Gene Jeffress. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Arkansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Gene Jeffress. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Arkansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gene Jeffress. Arkansas Voter's Guide: 2012 Arkansas Voter's Guide. Responded "Support. I have concerns about the mandate. I am concerned about working families that cannot afford health insurance as was the case for my family when I was growing up." to the question: "Health Care: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama." (www.arkansasvotersguide.com)
  • Gene Jeffress. Arkansas Voter's Guide: 2012 Arkansas Voter's Guide. Responded "Support. I have concerns about the mandate. I am concerned about working families that cannot afford health insurance as was the case for my family when I was growing up." tp the question: "Health Care: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama." (www.arkansasvotersguide.com)
  • Larry Fugate. Pine Bluffs Commercial: Stating their cases Candidates participate in PB forum. 14 May 2012. "'We have to save Social Security,' Morrison said, adding that some changes in the program will be necessary. He said he is not sure of the answer to a question about keeping the health care legislation known as Obamacare, but would consider amending the legislation to improve the program. 'I'd leave it alone,' said Jeffress." (www.pbcommercial.com)
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

  • Gene Jeffress. Arkansas Voter's Guide: 2012 Arkansas Voter's Guide. Responded "Oppose. The federal government should enforce our existing immigration laws." to the question "Immigration: Allowing states to enforce laws similar to ones passed in Arizona and Alabama in response to illegal immigration." (www.arkansasvotersguide.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gene Jeffress. Arkansas Voter's Guide: 2012 Arkansas Voter's Guide Survey. Responded "Support" to the question: "Marriage: An amendment to the U.S. Constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman." (www.arkansasvotersguide.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

  • Gene Jeffress. Protecting Our Senior Citizens. "Our seniors should be protected, and Gene Jeffress will be a strong voice for keeping Medicare and Social Security safe from privatization. While some want to dramatically change both systems, Gene understands that our seniors have paid their dues to the government, and deserve the benefits they have promised and worked hard for." (jeffressforcongress.com)

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Arkansas State Legislative Election 2000 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape or the life of the woman is endangered.
Xe) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xf) Support prohibition of the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.
Xh) Support prohibition of public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xi) Other

Only when the life of the mother is in danger.

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
Slightly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decrease Fundingc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Maintain Funding Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
h) Other
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Increaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasei) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreasek) Vehicle taxes
l) Other
Yesm) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Non) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Noo) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Arkansas taxpayers?
Yesp) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Undecidedq) Do you support eliminating the sales tax on food?
Yesr) Do you support a property tax exemption on residential property occupied by the owner?
Yess) Do you support placing the entire tobacco settlement in a trust fund where only the interest would be spent?
t) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty in Arkansas.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xf) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xg) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
h) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
i) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xj) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
Xk) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
l) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
m) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xn) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
o) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
p) Other
Undecidedq) Do you support allocating additional funds to restructure the Youth Services Division?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
d) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xf) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xg) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
i) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
j) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
k) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xl) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
m) Require yearly passage of Benchmark tests for promotion to the next grade.
n) Other
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Other
Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?
Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
Nod) Other

Anything

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Support funding for recycling programs in Arkansas.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Add Crooked Creek and the Illinois River to the list of endangered waterways.
i) Other
Noj) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit on terms for Arkansas Governors?
Nob) Do you support the current limit on terms for Arkansas State Senators and Representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Noa) Individual
Nob) PAC
Noc) Corporate
Nod) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nog) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support on-line voter registration?
Undecidedi) Do you support creating a state holiday honoring Daisy Bates?
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other
Yesj) Do you support prohibiting Arkansas cities and counties from suing gun or ammunition manufacturers for damages?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
d) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.
Xg) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
h) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
i) Limit ARKids to only include children ineligible for Medicaid.
j) Prohibit further state mandates on insurance companies.
k) Provide a tax credit for the purchase of health insurance.
l) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Xa) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xb) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xd) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xe) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xf) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
Xg) Prohibit gambling via instant racing terminals.
h) Amend the Arkansas constitution to establish a state lottery.
i) Other
Noj) Should physician assisted suicide be legally available in Arkansas?
Nok) Should Arkansas include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
Nol) Should Arkansas recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesm) Should Arkansas restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
Xh) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xk) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
Xl) Implement financial oversight of the county-based coalitions that manage welfare reform.
Xm) Create conflict of interest standards for the county-based coalitions that manage welfare reform.
n) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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