Jonathan 'Jon' T.E. Courtney's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Jonathan 'Jon' T.E. Courtney
Gender: Male
Family: Married; 3 Children: Andrea, Andrew, Adam; 3 Step Children
Birth Date: 07/16/1966
Home City: Springvale, ME
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Jonathan Courtney 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Courtney. Bangor Daily News: 2012 Jonathan T. E. Courtney. Responded, "I oppose abortion except in cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother," the the question: "Do you support a woman's right to an abortion?" (bangordailynews.com)
  • Jonathan Courtney. Portland Press Herald: 2012 Chat with the Candidate. Resonded, "No," to the question: "Do you support legal access to abortion?" (www.pressherald.com)
  • Jonathan Courtney. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Jonathan Courtney. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jonathan Courtney. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"

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  • Jonathan Courtney. Bangor Daily News: 2012 Jonathan T. E. Courtney. Responded, "I have not signed the pledge. I have a very strong record in my time in the legislature of opposing new taxes and reducing existing ones. This past session I help usher through the largest tax reduction in the history of Maine and also removed 70,000 low income Mainers from the tax rolls. I have been a long time advocate of promoting economic growth by reducing taxes," to the question: "Would you sign a pledge to never raise federal taxes? Why or why not?" (bangordailynews.com)
  • Jonathan Courtney. Portland Press Herald: 2012 Chat with the Candidate. Responded, "No," to the question: "Would you support a tax increase for the wealthy?" (www.pressherald.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Courtney. Bio. 22 February 2012. "He has been a strong supporter of spending limitations at all levels of government [¦]" (joncourtney.com)
  • Jonathan Courtney. Service. 22 February 2012. "As your state Senator I voted to: Cap Spending at all levels of Government [¦]" (joncourtney.com)
  • Jonathan Courtney. Bio. 22 February 2012. "He has been a strong supporter of spending limitations at all levels of government [...]" (joncourtney.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Courtney. Service. 22 February 2012. "As your Senator I voted to: [¦] Create Jobs through reducing the cost of doing business in Maine [¦]" (joncourtney.com)
  • Jonathan Courtney. Campaign Ad: Jon Courtney Maine State Senate. 24 September 2010. "I've sponsored common sense legislation to reduce taxes and to create good paying jobs." (vimeo.com)
  • Jonathan Courtney. Bio. 22 February 2012. "Senator Courtney has been a strong advocate for creating jobs through reducing the tax burden in Maine." (joncourtney.com)

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  • Jonathan Courtney. Bangor Daily News: 2012 Jonathan T. E. Courtney. Responded, "I believe the Federal Government's role in education should be minimal. However we must find ways keep up with the rest of the world," to the question: "Should the federal government have a role in K-12 education?" (bangordailynews.com)

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  • Jonathan Courtney. Bangor Daily News: 2012 Jonathan T. E. Courtney. Responded, "We should look at all forms of energy. In the short term we must produce more energy in North America so we are not dependent on the middle east. We should move forward with the Keystone Pipeline and encourage the expansion of Natural Gas. We must also insist that additional exploration is done in a manner that will protect the environment. We should also promote conservation. For the long term we should continue to promote all forms of alternative energy and encourage them to become competitive in the marketplace," to the question: "What should the country's energy policy look like?" (bangordailynews.com)

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  • Jonathan Courtney. Bangor Daily News: 2012 Jonathan T. E. Courtney. Responded, "I don't profess to be an expert of climate change and it appears the experts do not all agree. I plan on talking to the people of Maine this summer and listen to their views. From my experience as chair of the Regulatory Reform committee last year we found that you can have clear, strong environmental regulations and a pro-jobs agenda. You don't have to choose one or the other. That is how we do it in Maine and that is what we should do in Washington," to the question: "Do you believe climate change is happening? Do humans contribute to it? What should Congress do to address the problem?" (bangordailynews.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Courtney. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support the Second Amendment."
  • Jonathan Courtney. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support the Second Amendment."
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Jonathan Courtney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Courtney. Portland Press Herald: 2012 Chat with the Candidate. Responded, "No," to the question: "Do you support President Obama's health care law?" (www.pressherald.com)
  • Jonathan Courtney. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Ton Porter. Maine Public Broadcasting Network: Jon Courtney: Your Vote Profile. 8 May 2012. "Courtney believes key to getting that under control is to scrap the Affordable Care Act, which he says has been a costly failure. He disagrees with the so-called "individual mandate" portion of the act, which requires people to purchase health insurance, and he would like to see the entire plan repealed and replaced. 'Replace it with market-based reforms, do some of the things like we've done in Maine,' Courtney says. 'Some of the things we've done--we've tried to create guaranteed access plans for the sickest and small groups, tried to allow us to buy health insurance across state lines. You ought to be able to go online and pull up health insurance, google health insurance, and you ought to be able to buy your health insurance. And it should be that simple, and it isn't.' (www.mpbn.net)

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

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  • Jonathan Courtney. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Jonathan Courtney. LD 1020. 124th Legislature. An Act To End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom. Jonathan Courtney voted NO on 6 May 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Jonathan Courtney. Portland Press Herald: 2012 Chat with the Candidate. Responded, "No," to the question: "Do you support legalizing gay marriage?" (www.pressherald.com)
  • Jonathan Courtney. Bangor Daily News: 2012 Jonathan T. E. Courtney. Responded, "I support DOMA and traditional marriage," to the question: "In Congress, would you support DOMA or legislation to allow civil unions or gay marriage?" (bangordailynews.com)

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Maine State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage 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.

Pro-lifea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
h) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

1) State Spending

Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

We need to make sure that Government lives within its means. We can only maintain status if we have a strong vibrant economy.

2) State Taxes

Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Eliminateg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories

I have put forward Common Sense Solutions to reduce the income tax burden by directing future state revenue growth to reducing the income tax without expanding the sales tax to services. If we do this now, when the economy rebounds we can makeMaine much more competetive.

3) Budget Stabilization

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Maine's budget.

a) Tapping into Maine's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Noc) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
d) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
e) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesf) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles

We must change the culture of state government so every department is engaged in job creation and not an impediment to economic growth. We must have ecomomic growth in order to help those who are truly in need.

Yesa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Maine governors?
Yesb) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Maine state legislators?

c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Yesd) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles
a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
b) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Noc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yese) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Nof) Do you support allowing sex offenders to petition for removal from the sex offender registry?
Yesg) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
c) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
d) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
e) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
f) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
g) Other or expanded principles

If state dollars are invested there must be a clear return on investment. Each proposal must be evaluated on its individual merits.

Yesa) Do you support national education standards?
b) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Yesc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yese) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nof) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Maine high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesb) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to Maine's energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
f) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles

We must be sure that if state dollars are invested that we can be sure of a strong return on investment in the near future.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles

I support the Second Amendment.

Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
d) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
e) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support placing health warnings on cellular phones?
Nog) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Maine?
Noh) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
i) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
b) Should Maine allow same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships?
c) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Noe) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Nof) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Maine's anti-discrimination laws?
Nog) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Maine's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles
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.

I am looking forward to continuing to offer Common Sense Solutions for our state. I believe if we can reduce our tax burden we will create an environment where we will fulfill our commitment to our Seniors and create opportunity for our Children.

These times require a new type of leadership where elected officials roll up our sleeves, work together to create jobs, prioritize spending and reduce the tax burden for the hard working people of Maine. When we do this, we can often times come up with better solutions than either side thought possible.