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Mark Pocan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WI) - District 2, Democratic
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Mark Pocan has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Mark Pocan is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Pocan. Wisconsin State Journal. 2012 Candidate profiles: 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary. Responded: "Over 14 years in the state Assembly, I have learned that at the end of the day, we have to get things done. You don't have to compromise your values, but we do have to pass laws that help people. That includes the first pro-choice legislation in 30 years, the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims Act that took six years and passed during a Republican majority" to the question: "The current legislative gridlock makes it hard to pass any legislation, let alone address the big problems facing the country. What would you do to break that and get people and ideas moving again? (host.madison.com)
  • Mark Pocan. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Wisconsin State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mark Pocan. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Mark Pocan. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mark Pocan. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mark Pocan. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Wisconsin State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mark Pocan. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Wisconsin State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mark Pocan. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Mark Pocan. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mark Pocan. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Wisconsin State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mark Pocan. Twitter: @MarkPocan. 22 January 2012. "On 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, let's recommit to it's goal everyday. We must ensure access to comprehensive health care for everyone." (twitter.com)
  • Mark Pocan. Twitter: MarkPocan. 9 March 2012. "GOP wants to tax abortions. Wonder if that violates their tax pledge w/ Grover Norquist?" (twitter.com)
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

  • Mark Pocan. Income Equity. 30 November 2011. "This session I've reintroduced the Income Equity Act. The bill would limit government tax deductions to corporations with inflated CEO pay if that company doesn't also fairly compensate the little guy too." (pocanforcongress.com)
  • Mark Pocan. Issue Position: Jobs, Tax Fairness & Rebuilding Our Economy. 1 January 2012. "Mark's To-Do List: [¦] Let the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans expire [¦] Pass the Buffett Rule -- Rep. Tammy Baldwin's Paying a Fair Share Act -- because millionaires and billionaires should pay their fair share to bolster education, health care, and infrastructure to rebuild our economy." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Pocan. Issue Position: Jobs, Tax Fairness & Rebuilding Our Economy. 1 January 2012. "Mark's To-Do List: Support stimulus money to create jobs, bolster our nation's infrastructure and rejuvenate the economy [¦] Spend resources to get teachers & police back to work locally." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Kopsick. Against Pocan, Roys, Worzala, and Silverman. 7 January 2012. "He also opposed legislation amending the Wisconsin State Constitution to limit government spending." (aquarianagrarian.blogspot.com)
  • Mark Pocan. Twitter: MarkPocan. 08 Sept. 2011. "Great speech by Pres. Obama. Invest in infrastructure, protect economic safety net, create tax fairness. Agreed!" (twitter.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.
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26238/mark-pocan/30#.VBHhAaCW1Kg (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Pocan. Issue Position: Conserving Our Environment. 1 January 2012. "Mark's To-Do List: [¦] End subsidies and tax breaks for oil companies and put that money towards a real investment in alternative energy [¦] Support working with international bodies to sustain efforts at combatting global climate change [¦] Support regulation of polluting industries and oppose efforts to tie the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [¦] Reduce carbon emissions through increased fuel efficiency standards." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Pocan. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Mark Pocan. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Mark Pocan. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Wisconsin State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Mark Pocan. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mark Pocan. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Wisconsin State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Pocan. Wisconsin State Journal: 2012 Candidate profiles: 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary. Responded: "I fully support ACA as a first step toward universal coverage under a single-payer system. Ensuring those with pre-existing conditions are covered and promoting preventative care are critical measures. If elected, I will fight to protect the bill and continue expanding coverage until all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care" to the question: Repealing the Affordable Care Act will be one of the biggest fights regardless of who wins in November. "Where do you stand on the issue, and what will you do about it if you get elected?" (host.madison.com)
  • Mark Pocan. Pocan Statement on 2-year Anniversary of Obama Signing Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act. 23 March 2012. "Through three terms on the state's budget committee, including one as co-chair, I'm proud to have helped shepherd access to health care in Wisconsin to 98 percent of Wisconsinites, including extending coverage to every child in our state and to childless adults. Wisconsin's rank as a national leader in health care access has shown us that while the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was a great victory, we could expand the number of Americans who have health care coverage if we were able to accomplish nationally what we accomplished here in Wisconsin. Ultimately, our goal should be a single-payer health care system in which everyone has access to health care. Health care is a right, not a privilege." wispolitics.com/1006/120323_Pocan.pdf.
  • Mark Pocan Twitter: MarkPocan. 11 July 2012. "As the #GOP votes to deny millions of people health care, let's review again why #ACA is an important first step" (twitter.com)
  • Mark Pocan Twitter: MarkPocan. 28 June 2012. "Affordable Care is first step towards universal coverage! the fight continues." (twitter.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

  • Mark Pocan. Issue Position: Passing Common-Sense Immigration Reform. 1 January 2012. "Immigrants built our country -- the American Dream has always been about building a life in the United States free of political oppression. People come here because they want to build a life, support themselves and the economy and live in a democracy. We need to support those goals and create a path to citizenship for productive members of our society. We also cannot burden local community resources with taking care of citizenship issues -- the federal government must step in to address illegal immigration [¦] Mark's To-Do List: Pass the Dream Act to provide a path to citizenship for productive young people who came to the U.S. as children and have no where else to go." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Pocan. Facebook: Wall. 7 February 2012. "More good news today! CA gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional. Equality 2, Discrimination 0 in today's news. (Komen exec Handel quits first win of day)" (www.facebook.com)
  • Mark Pocan. Endorsed Candidates for 2012. 27 April 2012. "In my public services, I shepherded legislation to create a domestic partner registry, created domestic partnership benefits for state employees, and increased funding for HIV/AIDS resource organizations as well as funds to help LGBT youth. I'm happy to say I married my partner Phil in 2006." (www.equalitygiving.org)
  • The Human Rights Campaign. HRC Announces Endorsement of Mark Pocan for Congress. 4 October 2011. "Pocan is a committed supporter of LGBT equality. He aggressively opposed Wisconsin's anti-marriage amendment in 2006, has fought for domestic partner benefits for Wisconsin state employees, and worked hard to pass a domestic partnerships bill, which was signed into law by former Governor Jim Doyle." (www.hrc.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.
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Mark Pocan. Issue Position: Protecting Our Seniors. 1 January 2012. "Mark Pocan has always supported our Seniors. He co-sponsored the first efforts to provide prescription drug assistance to seniors and voted to create SeniorCare. He remains committed to protecting and honoring people who have earned the right to lead a dignified life, through their lifetime of paying into social security -- and building our society as we know it today." (votesmart.org)

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Wisconsin State Legislative Election 2006 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 to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) 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.
Greatly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Emergency preparedness
Slightly Increased) Environment
Slightly Increasee) Health care
Maintain Statusf) Law enforcement
Slightly Decreaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseh) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
h) Property taxes
i) Sales taxes
j) Vehicle taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Yesl) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
m) Should accounts such as a “rainy day” fund be used to balance the state budget?
n) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
o) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Noa) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Wisconsin governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Wisconsin state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) 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 media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Wisconsin are closed?
Yesh) Should Wisconsin recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesi) Should the Ethics and Elections Boards be merged to form a non-partisan Government Accountability Board?
j) Should all voters be required to show valid photo identification on Election Day before voting?
Nok) Should Indian gaming compacts negotiated by the governor require legislative approval?
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Implement the death penalty in Wisconsin.
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.
g) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xj) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
k) Strengthen sex-offender laws.
l) Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) 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 funds for hiring additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) 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.
l) 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 retrain 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.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xf) Support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Wisconsin’s anti-discrimination laws.
Xg) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies’ decisions on:
a) 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.
d) Increase funding for improvements to Wisconsin's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xe) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xf) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
g) Require Wisconsin service stations to sell gasoline that contains 10 percent ethanol.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) 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.
e) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
f) Require a license for gun possession.
g) 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.
b) Transfer current 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.
e) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xf) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Wisconsin.
Xg) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xh) Require companies with at least 10,000 employees to pay 80 percent of the employee premiums of health insurance.
Xi) Continue to allow embryonic stem cell research in Wisconsin.
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
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) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xe) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
f) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
h) 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.
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