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Roy Herron refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Eason, Brian. 2010. The Leaf Chronicle: Herron talks jobs, debt with voters. 14 August 2010. "Herron pointed to their stances on abortion as one example. Herron said Fincher is on record opposing all abortions, regardless of circumstance. 'We're both pro-life, but he believes that even if a woman's life is endangered (by pregnancy), the federal government ought to decide that she cannot save her own life,' Herron said, adding that Fincher opposed abortion rights in cases of rape and incest." (www.theleafchronicle.com)
  • Jackson Baker. 2010. Memphis Flyer: 4 for the 8th. 3 June 2010. "he [Roy Herron] calls himself 'pro-life' on abortion, though he admits exceptions for rape, incest, and threats to the life of the mother. Those who doubt his sincerity on the issue should know his personal history. His 19-year-old twin sons, John and Rick Herron, the latter a Yale freshman who accompanied his father to Big Sandy, would have been aborted had Roy and Nancy Herron, who had pregnancy complications, heeded medical advice." (www.memphisflyer.com)
  • Southcomm. 2010. The Nashville City Paper: State Senate passes anti-abortion amendment. 31 January 2008. "'To be pro-life, you do not have to be anti-victim,' said Sen. Roy Herron (D-Dresden), who voted against the constitutional amendment. 'To be pro-baby, you do not have to be anti-mother.'" (nashvillecitypaper.com)

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  • Roy Brasfield Herron. News. 1 September 2010. "Herron said he was fiscally conservative, and did not believe in spending but did believe in investing 'in the future of this country.'" (www.royherron.com)
  • Baker, Jackson. 2010. Memphis Flyer: 4 for the 8th. 3 June 2010. "Herron is somewhat vague about whether he would have voted for President Obama's 2009 stimulus program, but he opposes an additional stimulus package, and he is certain he would have voted against the Wall Street bailout." (www.memphisflyer.com)
  • Roy Brasfield Herron. News. 1 September 2010. "Dave Porch asked if federal stimulus money 'was really doing what they thought it was going to do' because 'it doesn't seem like it's reached this far.' He also asked Herron and Tidwell to finish Highway 13. 'I'm with you,' Herron said. 'I will continue to push.' He said, 'The job was started but not done.' 'A lot of it hasn't been spent yet,' Herron said about stimulus money. 'A lot of it is just now coming. It's hard to say how much of it's helping.'" (www.royherron.com)
  • Roy Brasfield Herron. News. 1 September 2010. "Herron said he would fight to eliminate earmarks but would ask for his district's fair share if they are continued. He said he does support earmarks if it involves economic development." (www.royherron.com)
  • Roy Brasfield Herron. News. 30 August 2010. "I support federal pay-as-you-go rules, so Washington will have to live within its means like Tennesseans do." (www.royherron.com)

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  • Roy Brasfield Herron. News. 31 August 2010. "'You can be certain that Roy Herron will fight to make sure Washington keeps our commitment to Social Security. It is a promise that should never be broken,' Puttbrese said. 'We simply cannot gamble the financial future of senior citizens on the unpredictable swings of fortune in the stock market.'" (www.royherron.com)
  • Roy Brasfield Herron. Notes. 30 August 2010. "'Roy Herron has made it abundantly clear that he will stand up to those who plan to privatize Social Security.'" (www.facebook.com)
  • Brannon, John. NWTN Today: Dresden's Roy Herron offers fix in Congress. "'I believe in Social Security, ladies and gentlemen. I don't believe in turning it into Social insecurity. I don't believe in taking taxpayer dollars to gamble on Wall Street and leaving widows and vulnerable people at risk.'" (www.nwtntoday.com)
  • Roy Brasfield Herron. Notes. 30 August 2010. "The Social Security system is a promise that America made to Tennessee's hard-working seniors and must never be broken,' said Roy Herron, who is running for Congress in the 8th District. 'I will fight anyone's risky plans to destroy that contract." (www.facebook.com)
  • Roy Brasfield Herron. Issue Position: Social Security. "Social Security is a promise to our senior citizens. Roy will insist that we keep that promise. Roy opposes privatizing Social Security and gambling the financial future of senior citizens on the unpredictable whims of Wall Street and the swings of fortune in the stock market." He knows we must cut spending and live within our means if we want to keep Social Security solvent and strong." (votesmart.org)

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  • Roy Brasfield Herron. News. 31 August 2010. "I'm tired of seeing Tennessee near the bottom of every education ranking. I want better for our children, and I'm happy to report that our successful application secured us $500 million for Tennessee in education dollars over the next four years,' Herron said. 'A quality education begins with quality teachers in every classroom, and these funds will give teachers the support they need.' The Race to the Top program will focus on four key areas: adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace; building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals how to improve instruction; recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals; and turning around their lowest-performing schools." (www.royherron.com)
  • Roy Brasfield Herron. Issue Position: Improving Education and Our Children's Future. "If keeping and creating jobs is Roy's top priority, Roy believes education is the best means of achieving it. As the father of three who attended public schools, Roy is passionately committed to improving education for all Tennesseans. Roy knows that the days when we could make a good living with a strong back and a strong work ethic are almost gone. Now and in the future, it's still going to take a strong work ethic, but the good-paying jobs will go to those with strong minds. Roy believes education is the key to preparing Tennesseans to compete in the information age and global economy. In the General Assembly, Roy supported K-12 education reform and sponsored legislation that helps our public schools recruit and retain the best and brightest teachers. As Chair of the Select Committee on Children and Youth, he fought for better education, and as a member of the Broadband Task Force, he is still working to increase internet access to students and schools all over the state. Roy believes access to technology is crucial to preparing Tennesseans for the jobs of the future. Roy will continue working to improve pre-K programs and K-12 education by attracting and rewarding good teachers and increasing access to technology. Roy will also work to increase access to colleges and universities and ensure opportunities for those who want to pursue vocational or technical training. Roy believes education is the key to new and better jobs and a better and brighter future for Tennessee." (votesmart.org)

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  • Roy Brasfield Herron. Issue Position: Good Stewardship. "Roy is committed to growing 'green jobs' and making Tennessee a leader in both energy and conservation. In the Senate, Roy supported a bill to bring new green jobs to Tennessee. He will continue his commitment to creating jobs while conserving our environment." (votesmart.org)

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  • National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "In 2008 National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund gave Senator Herron a grade of A." (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Brasfield Herron. News. 31 August 2010. "Roy Herron pledged Friday to defend 2nd Amendment rights and to fight efforts by the federal government to infringe on the right to keep and bear arms." (www.royherron.com)
  • Roy Brasfield Herron. Notes. 1 September 2010. "The Constitution guarantees an individual's right to keep and bear arms. In Tennessee, I [Roy Herron] have worked to protect the rights of hunters and gun owners. And in Congress, I pledge to defend these freedoms and traditions." (www.facebook.com)
  • Roy Brasfield Herron. Issue Position: Pro-Guns. "A lifelong hunter and outdoorsman, Roy has received an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, along with their past endorsement. He defends our Second Amendment rights and helped pass a state constitutional amendment to protect our rights to hunt and fish." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jackson Baker. 2010. Memphis Flyer: 4 for the 8th. 3 June 2010. "He [Roy Herron] would also have opposed the health-care act 'in that form,' though he is gratified by provisions of the bill prohibiting denial of health insurance to persons with prior conditions and preventing insurors from arbitrary cutoffs of faithful premium payers." (www.memphisflyer.com)
  • Roy Brasfield Herron. News. 1 September 2010. "Dr. Lee Carter questioned if Herron will help clean-up the recently approved health care reform. Carter said the bill offers some very good things, but other elements are bad. Herron said there is talk to repeal, however, even Senator Bob Corker, R-Chattanooga, realizes it requires a two-thirds vote to override an all-but-certain presidential veto of any repeal efforts. Herron said he would work to keep the good and change the problematic areas." (www.royherron.com)
  • Beadle, Nicholas. 2010. Jackson Sun: TN-08: Republicans target Herron in automated calls on health care reform; Herron responds. 4 March 2010. "Roy Herron is opposed to the legislation. He does not think we can afford a new trillion dollar program, and we should focus first on getting the economy fixed and getting jobs here. Roy's top priority on health care is to hold costs down, and there is no evidence this bill would accomplish that." (www.jacksonsun.com)
  • Maldonado, Charles. 2010. Nashville City Newspaper: Big corporate money is being spent in Tennessee campaigns. 17 October 2010. 'But Herron has shown wavering support for the health care reform law. He has shown strong support for the elimination of the so-called Medicare Part D "donut hole," a part of the law that stands to reduce pharmaceutical profits. Largely, though, he's indicated that he would vote to repeal much of the reform plan (he voted with most of the rest of the state Senate for the Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act, a grand harrumph to the new law, and cast another "aye" on a resolution urging the state attorney general's office to sue the federal government over insurance mandates).' (nashvillecitypaper.com)
  • Roy Brasfield Herron. Issue Position: Making Health Care Affordable and Accessible. "Roy has served on, and chaired, committees addressing health care, including the General Welfare, Health and Human Resources Committee; the TennCare Oversight Committee; and the Select Committee on Children and Youth. He has sponsored legislation to expand access to generic prescription medications, and he sponsored the Tennessee Rural Health Act, which brings needed medical care to underserved areas while expanding access to higher education for those studying to become health care professionals." (votesmart.org)
  • Roy Brasfield Herron. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. "The health care bill was too big, and it fails to contain soaring costs. It needs major improvement, but there are some common-sense measures we can agree on, such as preventing insurance companies from dropping patients with "pre-existing conditions and closing the Medicare D "donut hole" which saves our seniors billions of dollars in prescription drug benefits." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roy Brasfield Herron. HJR 1253. 111th Congress. Resolution Recognizing Arizona Statehood and New Immigration Policy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Roy Brasfield Herron voted "YES" on 4 June 2010. (votesmart.org)

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