Anthony 'Tony' Strickland's Political Positions

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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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  • Jerry Roberts. Santa Barbara Independent: Republican Tony Strickland Offers a Stark Alternative to Hannah-Beth Jackson. 26 June 2008. "Strickland consistently voted the pro-life position as a legislator." (www.independent.com)
  • Steve Ertelt. LifeNews: California Pro-Life Group Says Top Gubernatorial Candidates Pro-Abortion. 28 May 2010. "However, the June 8 primary does have some candidates the California Pro-Life Council can recommend. The pro-life group has endorsed [¦] Tony Strickland for Controller." (www.lifenews.com)
  • "I am pro-life, pro-family and pro-traditional marriage between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry Roberts. Santa Barbara Independent: Republican Tony Strickland Offers a Stark Alternative to Hannah-Beth Jackson. 26 June 2008. "Strickland consistently voted the pro-life position as a legislator." (www.independent.com)
  • Steve Ertelt. LifeNews: California Pro-Life Group Says Top Gubernatorial Candidates Pro-Abortion. 28 May 2010. "However, the June 8 primary does have some candidates the California Pro-Life Council can recommend. The pro-life group has endorsed [¦] Tony Strickland for Controller." (www.lifenews.com)
  • "I am pro-life, pro-family and pro-traditional marriage between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tony Strickland. Video: Tony Strickland, California State Senator. 21 April 2011. "We are not in this budget mess because we are taxed too little, in fact we are taxed too much." (www.youtube.com)
  • Tony Strickland. California should spend within its means. 14 April 2011. "California's taxes are some of the highest in the nation. We have the highest sales taxes. We have the highest gas taxes. Our personal income taxes are the third-highest in the nation. Now the governor wants to increase taxes by $1,000 for every family in California. This amounts to $51 billion over five years. [¦] To get us out of this budget mess, we need to come up with meaningful reforms and ensure we do not raise taxes on over-burdened Californians. This is why I've authored Senate constitutional amendment 10, which creates a spending cap. The Legislature has an appetite for spending and SCA 10 will put it on a diet." (cssrc.us)
  • Tony Strickland. Sen. Tony Strickland Introduces Bill To Streamline State Agencies. 23 January 2012. "California is in need of reform and I believe SB 953 is a solid first step in achieving that reform. Rather than raising taxes on hardworking Californians yet again, we should be looking at ways to trim the fat and make good use of the precious dollars that do come to Sacramento." (cssrc.us)
  • Tony Strickland. Sen. Tony Strickland issues statement on today's budget vote. 10 June 2011. "The majority party's budget that was released today is a disappointing consolation prize to the people of California. The hardworking people of California are continuing to live pay check to pay check and every time the legislature runs out of money, we reach in to their pockets and treat them as personal ATM machines. I was entrusted to protect California's economy and create jobs. Rather than raise taxes yet again, we need to really target the waste that goes on in California government, such as pension reform. We should implement a spending cap, like my Senate Constitutional Amendment 10, which means the legislature would have to spend within their means like every hardworking family." (cssrc.us)
  • "Raising taxes on hardworking Americans is the last thing we should be doing. Washington does not tax us too little…it taxes us far too much. The government already takes too much money from its citizens. At a time when many Americans are facing financial hardships, the last thing they can afford is higher taxes. We can promote economic growth by following conservative principles: cut spending and balance the budget like every hardworking family has to do in their family budget. Washington needs to stand up for hardworking American families instead of asking them for another bailout." (votesmart.org)
  • Tony Strickland. California should spend within its means. 14 April 2011. "California's taxes are some of the highest in the nation. We have the highest sales taxes. We have the highest gas taxes. Our personal income taxes are the third-highest in the nation. Now the governor wants to increase taxes by $1,000 for every family in California. This amounts to $51 billion over five years. [¦] To get us out of this budget mess, we need to come up with meaningful reforms and ensure we do not raise taxes on over-burdened Californians. This is why I've authored Senate constitutional amendment 10, which creates a spending cap. The Legislature has an appetite for spending and SCA 10 will put it on a diet." (cssrc.us)
  • Tony Strickland. Sen. Tony Strickland Introduces Bill To Streamline State Agencies. 23 January 2012. "California is in need of reform and I believe SB 953 is a solid first step in achieving that reform. Rather than raising taxes on hardworking Californians yet again, we should be looking at ways to trim the fat and make good use of the precious dollars that do come to Sacramento." (cssrc.us)
  • Tony Strickland. Sen. Tony Strickland issues statement on today's budget vote. 10 June 2011. "The majority party's budget that was released today is a disappointing consolation prize to the people of California. The hardworking people of California are continuing to live pay check to pay check and every time the legislature runs out of money, we reach in to their pockets and treat them as personal ATM machines. I was entrusted to protect California's economy and create jobs. Rather than raise taxes yet again, we need to really target the waste that goes on in California government, such as pension reform. We should implement a spending cap, like my Senate Constitutional Amendment 10, which means the legislature would have to spend within their means like every hardworking family." (cssrc.us)
  • Tony Strickland. Video: Tony Strickland, California State Senator. 21 April 2011. "We are not in this budget mess because we are taxed too little, in fact we are taxed too much." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Tony Strickland. About. 31 July 2012. "His efforts to cap state spending, reform our unsustainable pension system, and seek regulatory reforms to put people back to work make him a frequent target of the Democrats and their allies." (www.tonystrickland.com)
  • Tony Strickland. Save jobs by saving the enterprise zones. 8 March 2011. "We should get serious about cutting spending and explore ways to encourage more " not less " investment in job creation and business development in California." (cssrc.us)
  • Tony Strickland. California should spend within its means. 14 April 2011. "California government continues to overspend (the governor's budget still proposes increasing spending by 31 percent) and then reaches into the pockets of hardworking taxpayers when it runs out of cash. California is not in this budget crisis because we're taxed too little, it's because we're taxed too much. To get us out of this budget mess, we need to come up with meaningful reforms and ensure we do not raise taxes on over-burdened Californians. This is why I've authored Senate constitutional amendment 10, which creates a spending cap. The Legislature has an appetite for spending and SCA 10 will put it on a diet." (cssrc.us)
  • "Washington has a spending problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Tony Strickland. About. 31 July 2012. "His efforts to cap state spending, reform our unsustainable pension system, and seek regulatory reforms to put people back to work make him a frequent target of the Democrats and their allies." (www.tonystrickland.com)
  • Tony Strickland. California should spend within its means. 14 April 2011. "California government continues to overspend (the governor's budget still proposes increasing spending by 31 percent) and then reaches into the pockets of hardworking taxpayers when it runs out of cash. California is not in this budget crisis because we're taxed too little, it's because we're taxed too much. To get us out of this budget mess, we need to come up with meaningful reforms and ensure we do not raise taxes on over-burdened Californians. This is why I've authored Senate constitutional amendment 10, which creates a spending cap. The Legislature has an appetite for spending and SCA 10 will put it on a diet." (cssrc.us)
  • Tony Strickland. Save jobs by saving the enterprise zones. 8 March 2011. "We should get serious about cutting spending and explore ways to encourage more " not less " investment in job creation and business development in California." (cssrc.us)
  • "Washington has a spending problem." (votesmart.org)

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  • "I support the development of the Keystone XL pipeline in order to bring energy costs down today, as well as the development of similar projects in the future." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tony Strickland. Rivals move toward middle. 13 October 2008. "Strickland voted against requirements for renewable energy and many other bills that required energy conservation while in the Assembly. In 2003, he wrote a letter to then-Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer opposing the state's efforts to regulate greenhouse gases, citing an 'utter absence of scientific consensus" on global warming...' But Strickland says his change of heart is real. Like T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire oil man now advocating cleaner energy sources, he has decided that America must 'get off foreign oil,' Strickland said. 'You can have a clean environment and grow the economy,' he said." (articles.latimes.com)
  • Timm Herdt. Ventura County Star: 26th District: A state Republican star seeks to move up to a new level. 3 May 2012. "He notes that he was one of just three Republican lawmakers in Sacramento to support a law that requires electrical utilities to attain 30 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020." (www.vcstar.com)
  • "I support the development of the Keystone XL pipeline in order to bring energy costs down today, as well as the development of similar projects in the future.[...]The federal government must aggressively pursue a balanced and realistic energy policy. The building of the Keystone XL Pipeline would create jobs across much of the central United States while bringing down prices for consumers at the pump. It will also decrease our country's long-term dependence on foreign oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Tony Strickland. Rivals move toward middle. 13 October 2008. "Strickland voted against requirements for renewable energy and many other bills that required energy conservation while in the Assembly. In 2003, he wrote a letter to then-Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer opposing the state's efforts to regulate greenhouse gases, citing an 'utter absence of scientific consensus" on global warming...' But Strickland says his change of heart is real. Like T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire oil man now advocating cleaner energy sources, he has decided that America must 'get off foreign oil,' Strickland said. 'You can have a clean environment and grow the economy,' he said." (articles.latimes.com)
  • Timm Herdt. Ventura County Star: 26th District: A state Republican star seeks to move up to a new level. 3 May 2012. "He notes that he was one of just three Republican lawmakers in Sacramento to support a law that requires electrical utilities to attain 30 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020." (www.vcstar.com)
  • "I support the development of the Keystone XL pipeline in order to bring energy costs down today, as well as the development of similar projects in the future.[...]The federal government must aggressively pursue a balanced and realistic energy policy. The building of the Keystone XL Pipeline would create jobs across much of the central United States while bringing down prices for consumers at the pump. It will also decrease our country's long-term dependence on foreign oil." (votesmart.org)

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  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tony Strickland in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • "I was a founding member of the NRA's member council for Ventura County and former Rifle and Pistol Association legislator of year. I support the NRA and will continue to oppose and actively fight any legislation that would take away our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tony Strickland in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • "I was a founding member of the NRA's member council for Ventura County and former Rifle and Pistol Association legislator of year. I support the NRA and will continue to oppose and actively fight any legislation that would take away our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tony Strickland. Let's Bring Jobs Back to California. 17 April 2011. "We also need to defeat legislation that would cause California to lose more jobs. Take SB 810 (Leno-D), which would create a massive, government-run health care program. When a similar bill was introduced two years ago, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office estimated it would cost more than double the entire state's general-fund budget. In our current economy, with businesses fleeing California left and right, how are we supposed to pay for this? No doubt the cost to implement such a program would likely be shifted to small businesses and hardworking California families." (cssrc.us)
  • Tony Strickland. Video: Senator Strickland Introduces CA Healthcare Protection Act. 25 February 2010. "If you like the compassion of the IRS and the efficiency of the DMV running your health care, that's what will happen under a single pair or government-run system. What we would like to see is more competition." (cssrc.us)
  • Timm Herdt. Ventura County Star: 26th District: A state Republican star seeks to move up to a new level. 3 May 2012. "He supports construction of the Keystone pipeline, would vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, wants to keep the Bush tax cuts in place for all taxpayers, opposes any cuts in defense spending, and praises House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan for 'coming up with ways to reform Medicare.'" (www.vcstar.com)
  • Timm Herdt. Ventura County Star: How will Obamacare play in the 26th CD? 29 June 2012. "The Strickland campaign did not make a public statement on the decision. During the primary, he told me in an interview that he would vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act if elected to Congress and given the opportunity to do so." (blogs.venturacountystar.com)
  • "I'm dedicated to the repeal of the wrongly named Affordable Care Act and want to replace it with a market driven solution that preserves the relationship between the patient and their doctor and guarantees that insurance companies and the government can never get in it's way." (votesmart.org)
  • Tony Strickland. Let's Bring Jobs Back to California. 17 April 2011. "We also need to defeat legislation that would cause California to lose more jobs. Take SB 810 (Leno-D), which would create a massive, government-run health care program. When a similar bill was introduced two years ago, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office estimated it would cost more than double the entire state's general-fund budget. In our current economy, with businesses fleeing California left and right, how are we supposed to pay for this? No doubt the cost to implement such a program would likely be shifted to small businesses and hardworking California families." (cssrc.us)
  • Timm Herdt. Ventura County Star: 26th District: A state Republican star seeks to move up to a new level. 3 May 2012. "He supports construction of the Keystone pipeline, would vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, wants to keep the Bush tax cuts in place for all taxpayers, opposes any cuts in defense spending, and praises House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan for 'coming up with ways to reform Medicare.'" (www.vcstar.com)
  • Timm Herdt. Ventura County Star: How will Obamacare play in the 26th CD? 29 June 2012. "The Strickland campaign did not make a public statement on the decision. During the primary, he told me in an interview that he would vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act if elected to Congress and given the opportunity to do so." (blogs.venturacountystar.com)
  • Tony Strickland. Video: Senator Strickland Introduces CA Healthcare Protection Act. 25 February 2010. "If you like the compassion of the IRS and the efficiency of the DMV running your health care, that's what will happen under a single pair or government-run system. What we would like to see is more competition." (cssrc.us)
  • "I'm dedicated to the repeal of the wrongly named Affordable Care Act and want to replace it with a market driven solution that preserves the relationship between the patient and their doctor and guarantees that insurance companies and the government can never get in it's way." (votesmart.org)

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  • Timm Herdt. Ventura County Star: 26th District: A state Republican star seeks to move up to a new level. 3 May 2012. "On immigration, Strickland believes creating a legal pathway to residency for illegal immigrants who have lived in the country for years is 'something to definitely take a look at' " but only after a number of other steps are taken first. That includes establishment of a guest worker program and expansion of legal immigration through the issuance of more HB1 visas for foreign workers in specialized occupations." (www.vcstar.com)
  • Timm Herdt. Ventura County Star: 26th District: A state Republican star seeks to move up to a new level. 3 May 2012. "On immigration, Strickland believes creating a legal pathway to residency for illegal immigrants who have lived in the country for years is 'something to definitely take a look at' " but only after a number of other steps are taken first. That includes establishment of a guest worker program and expansion of legal immigration through the issuance of more HB1 visas for foreign workers in specialized occupations." (www.vcstar.com)

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  • Tony Strickland. SB 54. Recognizing Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages. California Legislature 2009 Session. Tony Strickland voted NO on 9 September 2009. Project Vote Smart summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry Roberts. Santa Barbara Independent: Republican Tony Strickland Offers a Stark Alternative to Hannah-Beth Jackson. 26 June 2008. "On gay rights, Jackson opposes a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to ban gay marriage; Strickland supports it." (www.independent.com)
  • "I am pro-life, pro-family and pro-traditional marriage between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)
  • Tony Strickland. SB 54. Recognizing Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages. California Legislature 2009 Session. Tony Strickland voted NO on 9 September 2009. Project Vote Smart summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry Roberts. Santa Barbara Independent: Republican Tony Strickland Offers a Stark Alternative to Hannah-Beth Jackson. 26 June 2008. "On gay rights, Jackson opposes a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to ban gay marriage; Strickland supports it." (www.independent.com)
  • "I am pro-life, pro-family and pro-traditional marriage between one man and one woman." (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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  • "I believe...Social Security should provide for a stable and secure retirement for seniors. That's why...I've signed the Social Security and Medicare Protection Pledge." (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe...Social Security should provide for a stable and secure retirement for seniors. That's why...I've signed the Social Security and Medicare Protection Pledge." (votesmart.org)

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