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Ken Ashby's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Ken Ashby has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Texas Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage Test

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
Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.
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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.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

An abortion decision is best left up to the woman and her doctor.

YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

The budget should be balanced at a much lower level of overall spending and taxes.

NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I oppose all restrictions on free speech, especially attempts by government officials and politicians to silence their critics.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

I support the death penalty in murder cases only.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
NoDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

I believe in lower taxes, but not in letting government pick favorites.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

The federal government has no constitutional authority to be involved in education.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

I believe government should neither subsidize nor restrict energy markets.

NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

There has been no global warming since 1998, while CO2 levels have continued to rise, making it unlikely to be the cause.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

I strongly support the constitutional right to keep and bear firearms. We should instead restrict those who commit crimes with guns.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

I favor tax-free MSAs and interstate insurance competition to make health care affordable.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles

I favor granting legal status without automatic citizenship, which must be earned over time. Undesirables should be deported and the border secured against re-entry.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

Government has no business telling adults whom they may or may not marry.

YesInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • Ken Ashby. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "The U.S. should pursue an international policy of free trade and peaceful non-interference. Exceptions should be made only for imminent threats to our own national security. That does not include nation building and regime changes on the other side of the globe."
  • Ken Ashby. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "National security is not an excuse for ignoring the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights."
  • Ken Ashby. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "The failure of government to head warnings and prevent 9/11 is no reason to surrender our privacy and constitutional rights. If we do, then the terrorists have won."
  • "Yes, we should use necessary force to apprehend fugitive suspects. No, we should not be executing civilians without trial."2014 PCT
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

Yes, we should use necessary force to apprehend fugitive suspects. No, we should not be executing civilians without trial.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

I believe individuals should have complete control over their retirement savings.

Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

We need to get the federal government out of those areas where it has no constitutional authority and which are best left up to the states or the private sector.

Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Decreased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Decreasei) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

Taxes should be greatly reduced and simplified. The budget should be balanced at much lower levels of both spending and taxes.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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