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Gary McDowell

Gary McDowell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Gary McDowell
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Carrie; 3 Children: Alivia, Emily, Rochelle
Birth Place: Rudyard, MI
Home City: Rudyard, MI
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Gary McDowell 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-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Gary McDowell. SB 776 Amendment. Michigan Senate 2007-2008. Amendment: Late-Term/Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Exception For Rape and Incest. Gary McDowell voted NO on 27 May 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary McDowell. SB 776. Michigan Senate 2007-2008. Late-Term/Partial-Birth Abortion Ban. Gary McDowell voted YES on 27 May 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary McDowell. The Detroit News - Quiet State Rep Fights for Seat in Congress. 22 October 2010. "McDowell, who is against abortion and endorsed by the National Rifle Association, considers his political views in the middle, similar to Stupak, who announced his retirement this year. McDowell has a history of winning votes in what he calls 'the most Republican House district held by a Democrat.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary McDowell. SB 776 Amendment. Michigan Senate 2007-2008. Amendment: Late-Term/Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Exception For A Woman's Health. Gary McDowell voted NO on 27 May 2008. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Homeland Security and the Terrorist Threat. 1 January 2012. "Our troops have done everything we have asked of them. They have performed brilliantly in Afghanistan and far too many have given the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. We cannot thank them enough for their courage, their patriotism and the sacrifices they and their families are making. But now it's time to 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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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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  • Gary McDowell. Facebook: Wall. 30 January 2012. "The New York Times covers our race in an article about Medicare being a top issue this year. My opponent actually voted to end Medicare in order to give more tax breaks to the wealthy. Share this post if you think that is as wrong as I do." (www.facebook.com)
  • Gary McDowell. Interlochen Public Radio- Race For the First: McDowell, Looking to Keep a Red District Blue. 29 February 2012. "I've voted several times for tax decreases. I voted to eliminate the single business tax, which was a job killer in Michigan." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Reducing the Tax Burden on the Middle Class. 1 January 2012. "Gary wants to end subsidies for big oil and eliminate special tax breaks for those making more than $250,000, which would save up to $900 billion. Gary wants to use these savings for middle class tax cuts and small business investments." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Ending Wall Street Bailouts and Holding Wall Street Accountable. 1 January 2012. "Gary opposed the bailout of the Wall Street banks and investment firms who were the root cause of our current economic mess. He believes that if the Wall Street banks are healthy enough to pay outrageous bonuses to their CEOs, then they are healthy enough to pay the taxpayers back every cent of the bailout." (votesmart.org)
  • The Daily News: Candidate Gary McDowell. 27 October 2010. "The best economic stimulus we could have is putting Americans back to work so I would support policies that help the private sector hire workers. One of the most important investments we can make to create jobs in the near term and lay the groundwork for future economic growth is in our infrastructure, such as roads. We need to create a sustainable, long-term plan for these investments that does not add to the deficit." (www.ironmountaindailynews.com)
  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Eliminating Wasteful Spending and Making Government More Accountable. 1 January 2012. "Gary believes that responsible deficit reduction must begin by ending wasteful government services and spending. The non-partisan Government Accountability Office reported that $200 billion in redundant and wasteful programs, that's not right. Gary knows we need to get our deficit under control but that it must be done in a responsible way. That's why he supports performance audits to measure every government program for results and end the ones that don't work [¦] But we shouldn't cut investments that create jobs, and we shouldn't balance the budget on the backs of seniors by ending Medicare and making them pay $6,000 more a year for health care, while giving even more tax breaks to the wealthy [¦] He will work to reduce wasteful government spending by eliminating bureaucracies that provide duplicate services, demanding tougher audits of federal agencies and opposing new government spending that does not directly help to put people back to work or protect our nation." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary McDowell. About Gary. 29 Feburary 2012. "As a small businessman, McDowell understands that small businesses are the engines of job creation, so he voted to repeal the Small Business Tax and to cut the taxes paid by Michigan small businesses in half. In Congress, he will help small businesses grow by cutting red tape, and making sure banks provide small businesses the credit they need to expand and create jobs." (mcdowellforcongress.com)
  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Fixing Unfair Trade. 27 June 2012. "Gary will work to close the tax loopholes that reward companies for shipping jobs overseas and instead use those savings to create small business jobs right here in Michigan." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Getting Michigan Back to Work. 1 January 2012. "As a small business owner, Gary understands small businesses are the engines that drive our local economy. He supports tax credits for small businesses that create new jobs here in Michigan and the U.S. Gary will provide real relief to small businesses by working to reduce unfair and unnecessary bureaucratic red tape that hinders job growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary McDowell. Interlochen Public Radio- Race For the First: McDowell, Looking to Keep a Red District Blue. 29 February 2012. "I've voted several times for tax decreases. I voted to eliminate the single business tax, which was a job killer in Michigan." (votesmart.org)
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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  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "Gary believes the best education occurs when the local community provides it, not when it is mandated by a federal bureaucracy. Local families, communities and schools should be allowed to educate children without interference by the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary McDowell. Benishek's Plan to Eliminate Department of Education is Out of Step With Michigan Values. 22 October 2010. "'Much like his ideas on nearly every other issue, Dan Benishek's plan to eliminate the Department of Education is out of touch and will hurt Michigan's hard working families and jeopardize our future economic prosperity,' Gary McDowell said. 'Dan Benishek has picked a side and it's not ours.' McDowell, who has earned an endorsement from the Michigan Education Association, added 'there are certainly places in government to reduce spending, but for our economic future we have to invest more in our education system to ensure our children are the best and brightest, ready to compete with anyone in the world.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Gary McDowell. Facebook: Timeline. 26 March 2012. "We need to support our school and district staff so they can be the best they can be for our students. I promise I will do just that in Congress." (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Defending our Great Lakes. 1 January 2012. "Gary has always been a defender of our Great Lakes. In Lansing, he led the fight to end drilling on the Great Lakes and stop the bottling and selling of our waters for profit." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2012. "Energy independence is not just an economic issue, but a matter of national security. Gary will fight to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by supporting a strategy that includes alternative energy like wind, solar, and biofuels while responsibly expanding production of American oil and natural gas." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary McDowell. The Daily News: Candidate Gary McDowell. 27 October 2010. "Protecting our environment has to be a priority, but we have to approach the issue with jobs in mind. I would oppose the current cap and trade proposal because it would result in higher energy costs, which would stifle job creation. But our pristine environment is itself an economic driver, particularly with regard to our tourism economy, so I would also work to further protect the Great Lakes against invasive species such as Asian carp." (www.ironmountaindailynews.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Gary McDowell in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Gun Control. 29 February 2012. "As a lifelong sportsman and member of the Drummond Island Sportsman Club, I know that hunting is a part of our way of life in the UP and Northern Michigan. I will fight to protect every citizen's right to keep and bear arms that is guaranteed in the Second Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Gun Control. 27 June 2012. "Gary authored legislation and supported the right for each of us to legally possess and carry firearms as well as preserving the right to hunt and fish. Advocating these principles is why Gary always received an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association. Gary will always uphold the bedrock principles of our 2nd Amendment for all Americans." (www.mcdowellforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Gary McDowell. Facebook: Timeline. 28 June 2012. "Despite today's ruling that the health care law is constitutional, I am deeply concerned about the impact that this law will have on the future of Medicare. Washington has work to do to fix this law and ensure that the promise of Medicare is there for our seniors." (www.facebook.com)
  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Healthcare. 23 August 2012. " The new health care law isn't perfect, and we need to make adjustments to get it right, but having witnessed the shortcomings of our system up close, I know that inaction isn't an option." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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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  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Securing our Borders. 1 January 2012. "Gary believes we also need to increase our enforcement of laws against passport and visa fraud. He opposes any type of amnesty for illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? 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 National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Homeland Security and the Terrorist Threat. 1 January 2012. "More than ten years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, America is still the target of Islamic extremists. Gary supports using all aspects of our national power to combat that threat. Here at home, that means distributing anti-terrorism funding to state and local governments wisely. It also means working to increase the security of air travel and more closely monitoring cargo at our ports for dangerous shipments. To preserve our way of life we can never let our guard down. Keeping America safe must be our top priority. We are at war with Al Qaeda because they attacked us -- and we need to make sure they can never do it again." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Social Security. 29 February 2012. "I am absolutely committed to protecting Social Security for today's seniors and future generations, which is why I pledged to oppose any and all efforts to privatize Social Security, reduce benefits or raise the retirement age. Social Security is a sacred trust for all Americans but it is particularly important here in Michigan's First Congressional District, where 26 percent of all residents receive Social Security benefits. I know the benefits that Social Security provides get put right back into our communities and I will do everything I can to protect those benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary McDowell. Petoskey News- Benishek, McDowell Duel on Social Security Privatization. 29 February 2012. "I am absolutely committed to protecting Social Security for today's seniors and future generations, this is why I pledged to oppose all and any effort to privatize Social Security and raise the retirement age." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary McDowell. Issue Position: Protecting Social Security and Medicare. 27 June 2012. "Gary opposes any plan that would undermine Social Security, cut benefits or change the age of retirement. As we have all seen from the financial catastrophe, the private market is not a safe place to keep our social security funds. Gary opposes any effort toward Social Security privatization." (www.mcdowellforcongress.com)

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