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Richard R. Tisei

Richard Tisei's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Richard R. Tisei
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 6
Primary Sept. 9, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Husband: Bernard Starr
Birth Date: 08/13/1962
Birth Place: Somerville, MA
Home City: Wakefield, MA
Marisa DeFranco
(Potential)
Democratic
John Devine
(Running)
Democratic
John Gutta
(Running)
Democratic
Seth Moulton
(Running)
Democratic
John Tierney
(Running)
Democratic
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Richard Tisei 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-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Tisei. Video: Richard Tisei on ABC News. 1 June 2012. "I don't think the government should be dictating what a people can do and can't do and what the relationship should be between a person and their doctor, a woman and her doctor. I consider myself Pro-Choice in that I don't want the government involved with those decisions." (youtu.be)
  • Richard Tisei. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Richard Tisei. News: Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay Marriage, Bipartisan - and a record to prove it. 13 September 2012. "People know me and they know where I stand“I'm pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and I work for the people who elected me. I have my own record to prove it." (tiseiforcongress.com)
  • Richard Tisei. The Daily Item: Tisei fires back on abortion comments. 29 August 2012. "Tisei is pro-choice on abortion rights [¦] I'm pro-choice, I have a 25-year record on women's health that no one can argue with." (www.itemlive.com)
  • Richard Tisei. The Hill: Mass. House candidate could be first openly gay Republican in Congress. 24 July 2012. "Tisei said that in his home district, being gay is a "non-issue," but noted his profile as a pro-gay-marriage, pro-abortion-rights Republican could help him knock off eight-term Rep. John Tierney [¦] He said he has "no problem" with government funding of Planned Parenthood, and would have voted against Sen. Roy Blunt's (R-Mo.) amendment that would have repealed the Obama administration's requirement that some religious-affiliated institutions pay for their employees' contraception." (thehill.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? 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 Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? 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 Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Tisei. Press Release. 3 August 2012. "On January 25, 2012, former President Bill Clinton said that now is not the time to raise taxes on ˜anyone,' [¦] I agree with President Clinton: now isn't the time to raise taxes on anyone “ not when the economy is flat on it's back." (tiseiforcongress.com)
  • Richard Tisei. Salem News: Tisei wise to eschew gimmicky no-tax pledge. 1 June 2012. "Thus we applaud Republican congressional candidate Richard Tisei for declining to take what is perhaps the country's best-known special-interest pledge " Grover Norquist's 'Taxpayer Protection Pledge.' Not that Tisei is looking to raise taxes if he goes to Washington. He consistently opposed them as a member of the minority party in the Legislature and, it should be noted, signed a similar pledge as a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2010." (tiseiforcongress.com)
  • Jesse Roman. Newburyport News: Tisei says he won't sign the no-tax-hike pledge. 31 May 2012. "'The only pledges I'll make are to the people in the district, as opposed to Washington-based organizations,' Tisei said yesterday. 'I feel comfortable telling people I won't vote to raise tax rates. I have a record of 26 years in the state Legislature of never voting for broad-based tax increases.' [¦] The pledge states that a candidate will: 'ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and, TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.' The second part is where Tisei's main beef lies. Closing loopholes and ending unnecessary deductions, credits and subsidies should be explored without conditions, he said." (www.newburyportnews.com)
  • Jesse Roman. Salem News: Tierney, Tisei split on tax cuts. 4 August 2012. "Republican challenger Richard Tisei, meanwhile, echoed House Speaker John Boehnor, saying that raising taxes on anyone right now as the economy continues to struggle would be counterproductive. 'Today unemployment reached 8.3 percent ... the last thing we should be doing right now is increasing taxes on anybody,' Tisei said yesterday in an interview. 'The way to get out of this mess is to start growing the economy again. We need a predictable tax code. It should be reformed in a way that will promote growth, hiring and business expansion.'" (www.salemnews.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Tisei. Issues. 12 September 2012. "Government does not create wealth or jobs in this country. Free enterprise and individual creativity are being stifled by government “ even though they are the very engines of job creation in America. [¦] I will fight tirelessly to put Washington on a path to fewer regulatory burdens, lower debt, and overall conditions which promote job growth." (tiseiforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Tisei. TIERNEY OUT OF TOUCH, ATTACKS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS. 20 July 2012. "I was proud to work with business leaders during my tenure in the Massachusetts Legislature in reducing unnecessary and unwise regulations, cutting taxes and find building relationships that helped create new jobs. In Congress, I will continue my bipartisan record of working with business leaders to build the right solution for the American people." (tiseiforcongress.com)
  • Richard Tisei. Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay Marriage, Bipartisan " and a record to prove it. 13 September 2012. "Richard proposed a jobs creation tax credit for small businesses that create 5 or more full-time jobs in Massachusetts during any calendar year, with the tax credit being equal to half the income tax withholding rate payable on the salary of each new employee." (tiseiforcongress.com)
No Inferred 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

  • Richard Tisei. Issues. 12 September 2012. "While the education of our nation's children is truly a national concern and priority, it is primarily a local and state concern. Top-down mandates from the federal government place inappropriate burdens on teachers, administrators, and “ most importantly “ students. To the extent it can be encouraged by the federal government (which has a massive role in student financial aid to schools and students), we also need to do all that we can to return to the sacred purpose of state school systems: providing quality educational opportunities to all of our citizens at an affordable price." (tiseiforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? 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 Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Tisei. Eagle Tribune: Gun control also an issue in Mass Race. 28 July 2012. "Richard Tisei, Tierney's Republican challenger and the former state senate minority leader, said he supports the Massachusetts assault weapons ban and would support an identical measure on the federal level. [¦] Tisei voted for the 2004 ban, said he would only support a national assault weapons ban identical to the federal 1994 ban and to the current Massachusetts law. As for other gun control measures, such as background checks on all gun purchases or requiring gun sellers to report weapons or ammunition purchased in large quantities, he said he would have to consider an actual proposal making a call." (tiseiforcongress.com)
  • Richard Tisei. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts State Legislative Election National Political Awareness Test. Checked Support for: "c) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms; g) Support the law which mandates a six-month prison sentence for juveniles who are convicted of carrying a gun." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Tisei. Video: Richard Tisei on ABC News. 6 June 2012. "Q: How about health care? What do you do with do-called Obamacare, the President's health care bill? Tisei: Definitely repeal it. I think its a job killer, its going to bankrupt the country." (youtu.be)
  • Richard Tisei. Issues. 12 September 2012. "I will support common-sense legislation which results in lower health care costs and less bureaucratic red tape interfering in the health care decisions of the people. President Obama's "Obamacare" does not and cannot accomplish those results." (tiseiforcongress.com)
  • Richard Tisei. Video: Richard Tisei (Health Care). 12 July 2012. "I do think the smart thing to do would be to repeal the bill, and have a bunch of reasonable people sit down, who aren't going to be in a partisan food fight and put together a bill that does the things that people want and that makes insurance more accessible" (youtu.be)
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Tisei. President is wrong and Tierney is silent on waiving immigration laws. 16 August 2012. "We do have large numbers of people who are here illegally and we have to face that reality and create solutions [¦] But for the President to simply ignore Congress and announce, as he did in June, that he would ignore our current laws and order ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to begin what amounts to an amnesty program for illegals is completely improper [¦] In a time when jobs are scarce, it's very questionable whether adding millions of new legal workers to the system is a good idea. Conceivably, that could put illegals in line for jobs ahead of native born and legally present immigrants [¦] That deserves a very good look before simply being implemented by Presidential decree." (tiseiforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Tisei. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts State Legislative Election National Political Awareness Test Answered "Undecided" for the question: "d) Do you believe that the Massachusetts government should recognize same-sex marriages?"
  • Richard Tisei. Video: Richard Tisei on CNN with Wolf Blitzer. 1 June 2012. "He thinks same sex marriage should be legal." (youtu.be)
  • Richard Tisei. News: Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay Marriage, Bipartisan - and a record to prove it. 13 September 2012. "People know me and they know where I stand“I'm pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and I work for the people who elected me. I have my own record to prove it." (tiseiforcongress.com)
  • Richard Tisei. The Hill: Mass. House candidate could be first openly gay Republican in Congress. 25 July 2012. "Tisei said that in his home district, being gay is a 'non-issue,' but noted his profile as a pro-gay-marriage, pro-abortion-rights Republican could help him knock off eight-term Rep. John Tierney [¦] He called the Defense of Marriage Act, which congressional Republicans are fighting to uphold in court, 'unconstitutional,' saying there would never be 'true equality' as long as the law stands." (thehill.com)
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.
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

  • Richard Tisei. SENIORS. 26 September 2012. "It is absolutely necessary that, in order to protect our most vulnerable citizens, we put Medicare and Social Security on paths to fiscal solvency. As Congressman, I will work tirelessly to ensure that any changes made to these programs will not affect current recipients or those nearing eligibility." (tiseiforcongress.com)

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Massachusetts State Legislative Election 1996 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.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xb) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xf) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
g) Should Massachusetts government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and civil rights in Massachusetts.
Xa) The Massachusetts government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sectors.
b) The Massachusetts government should provide no affirmative action programs.
c) Specific, adjustable percentages of contracts for state work should be awarded to minority or woman-owned businesses.
Undecidedd) Do you believe that the Massachusetts government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Undecidede) Do you support the proposed repeal of the 1974 Massachusetts law requiring racially balanced schools?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding children and family issues in Massachusetts.
Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xd) Establish higher standards for foster parents in Massachusetts.
e) Support the proposal to incarcerate parents who are delinquent in their child support payments.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in Massachusetts.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
Xc) Support "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Institute the death penalty in Massachusetts.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Require mandatory life sentences for third-time, violent felons.
Xh) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
i) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
Xl) Implement chain gangs in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.
m) Allow judges the option to reduce mandatory sentences for firearms, drug and drunk driving offenses.
n) Require prison inmates to pay for the medical care they receive in prison.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in Massachusetts.
Xa) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious, violent crimes as adults.
Xb) Provide state funding for military-style "boot-camps" for juvenile first-time felons.
c) Increase state funding for local community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xd) Support state government funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
Xe) Allow prosecutors to decide on a case-by-case basis whether a juvenile should be tried as an adult.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Massachusetts's economic development.
Xa) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways and airports.
Xb) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up, or relocating businesses.
c) Expand legalized gambling in Massachusetts by allowing the construction of an Indian casino in New Bedford.
Xd) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
e) Remove state government controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production and interest rates.
f) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xg) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
Xh) Eliminate toll collections along the Massachusetts Turnpike.
i) Allow the expanded installation of Keno games in Massachusetts.
Undecidedj) Do you support the construction of a new convention center in the Boston area?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Massachusetts' education system.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
b) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
Xc) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
d) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
Xe) Support continuation of charter schools where teachers and other professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xf) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
g) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
h) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
i) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xj) Remove the state-imposed limit on the number of charter schools that can be formed in Massachusetts.
k) Support bilingual education in public schools for students who do not speak English.
Xl) Support a school choice program that allows parents to choose which public school their child(ren) should attend.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Massachusetts' environment and natural resources.
Xa) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout Massachusetts.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for polluting industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed on the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state-sponsored environmental regulations limit the use of privately owned land.
Xe) Continue to provide funding for recycling programs in Massachusetts.
Xf) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend Massachusetts' participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.
Xi) Provide state financial assistance to homeowners who must comply with Title V septic regulations when they move.
Noa) Do you support the law to take effect in 2002 which will limit the terms of Massachusetts State Senators and Representatives to eight years?
Nob) Would you support amending the Massachusetts Constitution to limit the terms of Massachusetts' Governor?
Yesc) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesd) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yese) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesf) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesg) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Undecidedh) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Undecidedi) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesj) Would you support amending the Massachusetts Constitution to allow the Governor to adjust legislators' pay every two years based on shifts in Massachusetts' household income?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Support expanding the nationwide federal ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Support recent increases in state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Xg) Support the law which mandates a six-month prison sentence for juveniles who are convicted of carrying a gun.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Massachusetts' health care system.
Xa) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
Xb) Provide tax incentives to businesses which pay a portion of the health care premiums of their employees who earn less than the poverty level.
Xc) Ensure that Massachusetts's citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
d) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Support legislation to require all private insurers and HMO's to cover certain medical services (e.g. 48 hour hospital stays for mothers after childbirth).
Xg) Provide state financial assistance to seniors and the disabled to allow them access to home and community-based health care.
Xh) Request a waiver from the federal government to provide Medicaid and Medicare services through managed care programs.
i) Require Massachusetts businesses to offer health insurance to employees working at least 20 hours a week.
Yesj) Do you believe that terminally ill individuals should have the right to end their lives?
Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one option only.
Eliminatea) Abortion
Maintain Statusb) Affirmative Action
Greatly Increasec) AIDS Programs
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Health Care
Slightly Increaseg) Law Enforcement
Slightly Decreaseh) Welfare
Undecidedi) Should some funds from the Massachusetts cigarette tax be transferred from anti-smoking and other social programs and used to reduce the Massachusetts budget deficit?
Please indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning Massachusetts' tax levels. Select one option only.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol Taxes
Maintain Statusb) Business Taxes
Eliminatec) Capital Gains Taxes
Slightly Increased) Cigarette Taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Gasoline Taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income Taxes (incomes less than $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income Taxes (incomes greater than $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Property Taxes
Maintain Statusi) Sales Taxes
Slightly Decreasej) State Fees
Yesk) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Massachusetts' welfare system.
Xa) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
Xb) Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care (if needed) until they become self-sufficient.
Xc) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
Xd) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive welfare benefits.
Xe) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional children.
f) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare and advocate privately-funded assistance to people in need.
Xh) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Xi) Require mothers to identify their child(ren)'s father in order to receive welfare benefits.
Xj) Provide incentives for Massachusetts businesses to hire welfare recipients when they are removed from welfare programs.
k) Eliminate cash grants to welfare recipients.
Xl) Provide state-funded child care to welfare recipients and the working poor.
Explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected to the Massachusetts General Court. If any of your priorities will require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.

My two legislative priorities for the upcoming session will be: 1. To work with human service agencies to improve service delivery through innovation and increased efficiency; and 2. To monitor implementation of welfare reform and education reform.

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