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F. Jay Seegmiller's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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F. Jay Seegmiller 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.

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 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • F. Jay Seegmiller. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Utah State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • F. Jay Seegmiller. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Utah State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • F. Jay Seegmiller. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Utah State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
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

  • Mori Kessler. St. George News: Democratic congressional candidate runs on jobs, ending political gridlock. 9 July 2012. "While in the Utah House, Seegmiller said he "voted against every tax increase" that crossed his legislative path." (www.stgeorgeutah.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jay Seegmiller. Video: Jay Seegmiller: PoliticIt Exclusive Interview. 30 July 2012. "there's a lot of infrustructure things that need to be done and nows the time to do it when the costs are low." (youtu.be)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jay Seegmiller. Video: Jay Seegmiller - Democratic Candidate for Congress UT 2 - Salt Lake County Democratic Convention. 7 August 2012. "its time that we got these companies that have deserted us back...we can lower the corporate tax rate to where we're competitive." (youtu.be)
  • Jay Seegmiller. Jobs. 10 July 2012. "To bring businesses back home from overseas, and jobs along with them, we need to make the business climate more friendly. By lowering the corporate tax rate and tying incentives to job creation at home, we can attract new businesses and encourage those who have left to return." (jayforjobs.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

  • Jay Seegmiller. Education. 10 July 2012. "No Child Left Behind needs to be drastically reformed. Despite its good intentions, NCLB has failed because of of its one-size-fits-all approach and its chronically underfunded mandates. Rather than punish low-performing schools, the federal government needs to offer financial resources, technical assistance and other supportive interventions. To increase the number of highly qualified teachers in our schools, we should support capacity-building programs, increase funding for the professional development of educators, and encourage more teachers to become nationally board-certified." (jayforjobs.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jay Seegmiller. Energy. 10 July 2012. "Jay will lead the fight to make our country energy independent and bring energy-related jobs to Utah. He strongly supports an all-of-the-above approach that includes everything from new drilling and natural gas development to wind, solar, and geothermal energy." (jayforjobs.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jay Seegmiller. Issue Position: Energy. 10 July 2012. "Emissions of man-made greenhouse gases have contributed to changes in global climate patterns, and countries around the globe must work to address this serious problem. Much of the currently proposed legislation would change the way we create, transmit, and consume energy for years to come. Like many Utahns, Jay is deeply concerned that climate legislation may have unintended consequences for working families in Utah who are already struggling. Utah relies heavily upon coal power, and any climate legislation must protect consumers from unfair rate increases and prevent our manufacturing base from being outsourced to other nations that are unwilling to reduce their own carbon emissions. Jay is committed to working toward a compromise that protects consumers, farmers, small business, and manufacturers. He will fight to make sure that Utahns don't get the short end of the stick while moving forward to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." (jayforjobs.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? 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 Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mori Kessler. St. George News: Democratic congressional candidate runs on jobs, ending political gridlock. 9 July 2012. "With attention recently focused on the U.S. Supreme Court's upholding the individual mandate and other elements of the Affordable Care Act, Seegmiller readily stated he voted against the mandate in the Utah House in 2009. '(The ACA) didn't do enough to address the cost of healthcare,' Seegmiller said. 'While he does not like aspects of the ACA, he said it "got some movement in the right direction.' [¦] Returning to the subject of jobs in relation to the ACA, Seegmiller said he was concerned about the impact it could have on small businesses. While he doesn't want the bill repealed in its entirety, he said it was in need of additional work." (www.stgeorgeutah.com)
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

  • Jay Seegmiller. Immigration. 10 July 2012. "Illegal immigration is a separate issue. We need comprehensive reform, and Jay supports legislation to increase border security with increased personnel and better technology. Jay firmly believes that we must enforce penalties against those who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. If employers were unwilling to hire illegal immigrants, we could make real progress in reversing the tide of illegal immigration." (jayforjobs.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • KCPW. KCPW Radio Broadcast. Speaker Curtis Plays Defense in Candidate Forum. 26 June 2008. "When asked about the hot-button issue of gay marriage in the wake of the California Supreme Court's decision to allow it, Seegmiller agreed with Curtis that marriage is between a man and a woman." (kcpw.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

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

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Inferred Answer

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Utah 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.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) 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.
Slightly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Emergency preparedness
Slightly Increased) Environment
Slightly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) 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.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Increaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminateh) Sales taxes
Slightly Increasei) Vehicle taxes
j) Other or expanded categories

Greatly increase oil and gas royalties

Nok) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Yesl) Should accounts such as a “rainy day” fund be used to balance the state budget?
Yesm) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
Undecidedn) Should Utah adopt a flat income tax?
o) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Utah governors?
Yesb) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Utah 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?
Yesg) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Utah are closed?
Yesh) Should Utah recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support the death penalty in Utah.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xg) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xh) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xi) 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.
Xk) Strengthen sex-offender laws.
Xl) Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
m) Allow police to ticket motorists for not wearing their safety belts, even if they have committed no other traffic violation.
n) 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.
d) Provide tuition tax credits to parents whose children attend private schools.
e) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xf) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xg) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
Xh) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xi) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xj) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xk) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xl) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
m) Repeal the law allowing undocumented immigrant high school graduates to pay in-state tuition at Utah public universities.
Xn) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
o) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
p) Allow school districts to eliminate gay support groups from public high schools.
q) Require public school teachers to tell students that evolution is not indisputably proven.
r) 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.
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.
Xf) Include sexual orientation in Utah'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:
Noa) Public employment
Nob) State college and university admissions
Noc) 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).
c) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xd) Increase funding for improvements to Utah'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.
Xg) Allow the legislature to override a decision by the governor regarding the siting or change of operation of a low-level nuclear waste disposal facility.
h) 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.
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.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Utah.
Xg) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) 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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