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Bonnie Watson Coleman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 12, Democratic
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Bonnie Watson Coleman has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Bonnie Watson Coleman is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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 2014, 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

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  • "Bonnie Watson Coleman is 100% pro-choice and will always fight for a woman's right to choose." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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  • "Reducing our fossil fuel dependence will make America a stronger, safer place to live.Bonnie Watson Coleman led the way for New Jersey to invest in energy efficient appliances long before the green revolution took root. Now, she continues that mission of promoting common-sense, sustainable energy policies through solar, wind, and cutting our dependence on fossil fuels to ensure clean air, clean water, and a better place for our future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by the Sierra Club in 2014 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • "Reducing our fossil fuel dependence will make America a stronger, safer place to live.Bonnie Watson Coleman led the way for New Jersey to invest in energy efficient appliances long before the green revolution took root. Now, she continues that mission of promoting common-sense, sustainable energy policies through solar, wind, and cutting our dependence on fossil fuels to ensure clean air, clean water, and a better place for our future generations." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Rated 7% in 2014 by National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • "Additionally Bonnie supported legislation requiring State Police to report firearms data for use in the Uniform Crime Report and penalties on licensed dealers who knowingly sell to persons transferring to an ineligible purchaser.In Washington D.C., she will stand with Vice President Biden and his actions to close loopholes at gun shows and reduce magazine clips." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • "When New Jersey debated extending equality to all couples regardless of their sexual orientation, Bonnie Watson Coleman stood up and spoke out for LGBT rights regardless of the external pressures. Bonnie spoke fiercely on the New Jersey Assembly Chamber in favor of granting marriage equality for all New Jersey couples. Her voting record shows that she has always voted in favor of any legislation that allows for equality of all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • 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

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Inferred Answer

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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.

New Jersey State Legislative Election 2005 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) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Slightly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Greatly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Increasef) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
g) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreaseh) Property taxes
Maintain Statusi) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusj) Vehicle taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Yesl) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Nom) Do you support raising the gasoline tax to help balance the state budget?
Undecidedn) Do you support raising the gasoline tax to finance road improvements?
Undecidedo) Do you support installing video lottery terminals at the Meadowlands horse track to increase state revenue?
Yesp) Should New Jersey convene a constitutional convention to address its property tax system?
q) Should New Jersey convene a special session of the state legislature to address its property tax system?
r) What are your proposals for correcting New Jersey’s structural budget deficit? Please use forty (40) words or less. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

I believe we need to cut inefficiencies and hold the line on spending without diminishing the quality of government services. By streamlining the performance of government, and growing the economy, we can eliminate the need for borrowing or additional taxes.

s) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of two consecutive four-year terms for New Jersey governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for New Jersey state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
No1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Nog) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in New Jersey are closed?
h) Should New Jersey prohibit “wheeling,” the practice of funneling funds into a local campaign from various entities across the state in order to circumvent contribution limits?
i) Should New Jersey prohibit contributors to municipal level campaigns from being awarded state contracts worth more than $17,500?
j) Should New Jersey prohibit elected officials from holding more than one office at the same time?
Yesk) Should New Jersey amend its constitution to create the office of lieutenant governor?
Yesl) Should New Jersey recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
m) Should New Jersey restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support the death penalty in New Jersey.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xf) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xg) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xi) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xj) Increase funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent and to respond to terrorist attacks.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xe) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
Xg) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Yesa) Public employment
Yesb) State college and university admissions
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
Xc) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xd) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xe) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
f) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xe) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xg) Support current licensing requirements for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
Xb) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
c) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician assisted suicide in New Jersey.
Xh) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xi) Support a $200 million housing trust fund for individuals with mental illness or other disabilities.
Xj) Forgive up to $20,000 in student loans for New Jersey residents who work in a state, county, or non-profit mental health or social service agency.
Xk) Allocate $150 million in capital funds to build a stem cell institute in New Jersey.
Xl) Support a $230 million bond referendum to increase funding for stem cell research.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
a) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xb) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Support current limits on benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
e) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xf) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
g) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
h) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
i) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 75 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.

If re-elected, I will continue to advance legislation which promotes the construction of affordable housing, so that we can make New Jersey and affordable place for all income levels.

Also, I plan to establish a Task Force on Education Reform for the purpose of looking at the best delivery systems for public education with an objective of finding ways to make it more efficient and cost effective to taxpayers, and consequently, lower property taxes.

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