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John Oceguera's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Oceguera. What I Stand for. 9 May 2012. "And I will defend women when their health care is under attack, and support their right to choose." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Oceguera. What I Stand for. 9 May 2012. "We should end operations in Afghanistan and bring our troops home." (votesmart.org)
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.
Yes Inferred 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

  • John Oceguera. Facebook: Timeline. 17 April 2012. "On Tax Day, one thing is clear: President Reagan was right. Yes, you read that correctly. Millionaires shouldn't have a lower tax rate than middle class families who struggle to send kids to college or pay the mortgage. That's why I support the Buffett Rule, which would ensure millionaires pay their fair share." (www.facebook.com)
  • John Oceguera. Reagan was Right. 17 April 2012. "That's why I support the Buffett Rule, which would ensure millionaires and billionaires finally pay their fair share." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Oceguera. Twitter: @JohnOceguera. 3 August 2011. "AB 449 will create jobs and stimulate the growth we need to end the recession in NV https://twitter.com/JohnOceguera/status/98799853831852033 (bit.ly)
  • John Oceguera. Twitter: @JohnOceguera. 3 August 2011. "AB 449 will create jobs and stimulate the growth we need to end the recession in NV " https://twitter.com/JohnOceguera/status/98799853831852033. (bit.ly)
  • John Oceguera. Facebook: Timeline. 24 January 2012. "In the SOTU tonight, the President made clear that jobs and the economy should be the #1 priority for all Americans. This is a defining time in our nation's history for rebuilding the middle class, and expanding economic opportunity. It will be smart investments in infrastructure, education along with a simple, stable, and equitable tax structure that builds a better future for our children, and keeps our economy strong. I look forward to talking to more about your ideas to get our economy back on track." (www.facebook.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

  • John Oceguera. What I Stand for. 9 May 2012. "Instead, we've got to end special tax breaks to corporations shipping jobs overseas and Big Oil companies." (votesmart.org)
  • John Oceguera. Facebook: Timeline. 21 May 2012. "While we celebrate National Small Business Week, our focus should always be on supporting small businesses "because that's where American jobs get created. We need to stop giving special tax credits to corporations shipping jobs overseas and start giving real tax incentives to spur small business, create jobs, and get people back to work here at home." (www.facebook.com)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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.
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Oceguera. Johnny O Goes to War with NRA Warrior. 27 April 2011. "I am a strong supporter of gun-owner rights, have been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) for over a decade, and, as you know, I myself am a Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit holder. I have sponsored and supported pro-gun legislation throughout my career at the Nevada Assembly, and am sponsoring AB282 to further the interest of Nevada's gun owners and to strengthen Nevadans' 2nd Amendment rights. AB282 would permit categorical CCW permit qualification for semiautomatic firearms, provide an exemption from the Brady check for each firearm purchase where a purchaser holds a valid CCW permit, allow for carrying of firearms in state parks consistent with State law, and ensure that certain information about CCW permit holders remains confidential. It is astounding to me that the NRA would oppose a bill that would provide significant reform in favor of gun owners." (www.muthstruths.com)
  • Mike Searson. USA Carry: Nevada Passes Concealed Carry Reform. 26 May 2011. "Today the Nevada Legislature passed John Oceguera's AB 282, a concealed carry bill with an amendment limiting the fees to those necessary to obtain the reports required for a permit. The bill was amended by Senator Halseth to include all Republican Senators as co-sponsors. The language of the bill should satisfy the folks at BATFE with regards to the background check and most importantly for some permit holders, eliminates the qualification of every semi-auto firearm they may wish to carry. Simply put, a licensee can now qualify with any revolver or any semiautomatic pistol of their choosing and be allowed to carry any revolver, semiauto, or derringer." (www.usacarry.com)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed John Oceguera in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Oceguera. Twitter: @JohnOceguera. 11 July 2011. "Tell Joe Heck that after 31 votes to repeal ª#ACA¬, it's time to move on & start focusing on the right priorities! ª#NV03" https://twitter.com/JohnOceguera/status/223178508812300288. (www.johnoceguera.com)
  • John Oceguera. Twitter: @JohnOceguera. 11 July 2011. "Tell Joe Heck that after 31 votes to repeal ª#ACA¬, it's time to move on & start focusing on the right priorities! ª#NV03" https://twitter.com/JohnOceguera/status/223178508812300288 (www.johnoceguera.com)
  • John Oceguera. Facebook: Timeline. 28 June 2012. "With the Supreme Court now having ruled on the Affordable Care Act, Washington should move on and get to work fixing our economy. Don't you agree?" (www.facebook.com)
  • John Oceguera. Twitter: @JohnOceguera. 28 June 2012. "With ª#SCOTUS¬ ruling on ª#ACA¬, Washington should move on, stop trying to score political points & get to work fixing our economy. ª#NV03" (twitter.com)
  • Steve Sebelius. Las Vegas Review Journal: Stand for Something. 13 May 2012. "On the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: He's for it. 'I think the Affordable Care Act was a good start,' he said, mentioning specifically allowing children to remain on their parent's health-insurance plans until age 26, and a ban on denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. And, 'Unlike [his Republican opponent, Dr.] Joe Heck, I would not vote to repeal health care.'" (www.lvrj.com)
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

  • John Oceguera. Aiding Asian-American Voters. 17 October 2012. Responded "I support the DREAM Act because it is consistent with a policy reflecting we're a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. If someone wants to serve in our military or go to school and become part of our educated workforce, we should help find a way for them to stay here legally." to the question: "Will you support the DREAM Act or any legislation that will aid undocumented youth in getting a path to citizenship?" (votesmart.org)
  • John Oceguera. News 4: Politicians' reactions following immigration law crackdown. 25 June 2012. "While I am encouraged the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's immigration law, the ruling makes it very clear Joe Heck and his colleagues in Congress are not doing their job. Our immigration laws should be tough, practical and reflect the values we share and our nation was founded upon. The practical impacts of the remaining provision of the Arizona law are the most concerning. We must have an immigration system in America that protects our national security while recognizing the enormous contributions immigrants have made and continue to make to our nation. Instead of working to solve our immigration challenges, Congressman Joe Heck has embraced the immigration agenda of the Tea Party -- even going so far as to suggest amending the U.S. Constitution to change birthright citizenship. Joe Heck just has the wrong priorities." (www.mynews4.com)
  • John Oceguera. Statement by John Oceguera on Obama Administration Policy Change on Deportations for Younger Undocumented Immigrants. 15 June 2012. "Nevada Assembly Speaker John Oceguera released the following statement after the Obama Administration announced a policy change on deportations for younger undocumented immigrants today: 'Congress has failed to secure our borders or take on immigration reform. I support an approach to immigration that is tough, fair and practical. The policy announced today is a clear step towards finding a tough, fair and practical solution for young immigrant children to get an education, serve in our military, and go on to be a vibrant part of America.'" (www.johnoceguera.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Oceguera. Twitter: @JohnOceguera. 9 May 2012. "I fully support ª#MarriageEquality¬. Proud President Obama declared his support today. More about what I stand for: ¦ ª#NV03" https://twitter.com/JohnOceguera/status/200335476765364224. (www.johnoceguera.com)
  • John Oceguera. Twitter: @JohnOceguera. 9 May 2012. "I fully support ª#MarriageEquality¬. Proud President Obama declared his support today. More about what I stand for: ¦ ª#NV03" https://twitter.com/JohnOceguera/status/200335476765364224 (www.johnoceguera.com)
  • John Oceguera. Twitter: @JohnOceguera. 10 May 2012. "As we continue celebrating ª#MarriageEquality¬, I want to wish my beautiful, supportive and patient wife Janie a happy anniversary." (twitter.com)
  • John Oceguera. What I Stand for. 9 May 2012. "I fully support marriage equality - all Americans having the same rights, responsibilities, and freedoms to marry the person they love. I was proud to see President Obama share this position in his remarks today." (votesmart.org)
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

  • John Oceguera. What I Stand for. 9 May 2012. "I'll stand up to those who are trying to turn Medicare into a voucher program, or want to privatize Social Security and turn over the profits to Wall Street." (votesmart.org)
  • John Oceguera. Twitter: @JohnOceguera. "Having lunch with Seniors United. I will fight for them against efforts to privatize Medicare and slash Social Security. ª#NV03" 9 November 2011. (twitter.com)
  • John Oceguera. Las Vegas Review Journal. 2012 Meet the Candidates. Responded "I'll stand up to those who are trying to turn Medicare into a voucher program, and want to privatize Social Security and turn over the profits to Wall Street" to the question: "What are three major things you hope to accomplish if elected?" (www.lvrj.com)

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