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Scott Bruun's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Scott Bruun refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? 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, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? 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, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • L. Scott Bruun. News. 29 October 2010. "'This stimulus was designed to revive the worst unemployment we have had since the Great Depression and it has failed miserably under every metric," Bruun said. "The reason it failed is that it's a failed philosophy. It's a 1930s-era European economic theory that was relegated to the ash-heap of history until this latest group dusted it off and said, "Oh no, we just didn't do it right. We didn't borrow enough last time." It's folks that just don't understand how the free markets work.' Bruun said the economic recovery doesn't come from big corporations like Microsoft or Nike, but small businesses. That will be his focus." (www.joinscott.com)
  • L. Scott Bruun. Issue Position: Federal Spending. "Right now, our federal government spends 4 billion more, per day, than it takes in. The size of our federal government has more than doubled since the year 2000. Congress spent almost $800 billion on a "stimulus" package that's failed to produce jobs. And our national debt, at $12 trillion dollars and growing, is now about the same size as our nation's GDP. That translates to $40,000 of debt for every single American man, woman and child." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • L. Scott Bruun. Issue Position: Social Security. "I am committed to protecting Social Security benefits for today's seniors and working to make the system sustainable and beneficial for future generations. We must keep the promise we have made to senior citizens, which is why I adamantly oppose increasing taxes, decreasing benefits, or raising the retirement age for those who are currently or are soon to be recipients of Social Security benefits. The out-of-control spending and growing deficit brought on by current leadership in Washington, D.C. is a serious threat to the future of Social Security. Our national debt sits at over $13 trillion, yet our government is spending $4.1 billion more per day than it takes in. In Congress, I will fight to reduce deficit spending and promote the private sector jobs we need to get the economy back on track and to ensure the long-term health and solvency of Social Security. I agree with President Obama's recent statement that "everything is on the table" in regard to ensuring the longterm health and solvency of the Social Security system. I am committed to pursuing bipartisan solutions to this challenge, and I am eager to look at any proposal that will protect Social Security benefits for today's seniors without increasing taxes. I do not support a complete privatization of Social Security for younger workers, but I do believe that option to invest a portion of their payroll taxes to conservatively managed private equity accounts should be a choice available to future recipients of Social Security benefits. At the end of the day, we all know that the current system cannot be sustained, and it is crucial that we address this problem immediately in a bipartisan way. We must have a real, honest conversation about the current threats to Social Security and the seniors who depend on it. But it is critical that we don't stop there--it is time that we come together and create sustainable solutions to the challenges we face. In Congress, I will fight for these solutions, and I am committed to keeping the promise our nation has made to our seniors." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • L. Scott Bruun. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Oregon State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Support the death penalty in Oregon."
Yes Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • L. Scott Bruun. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Oregon State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind Act)."
No Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • L. Scott Bruun. H.B. 2186. 75th Oregon Congress. Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Voted NO on 4 May 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • L. Scott Bruun signed the Contract from America. "Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures." (www.thecontract.org)
  • L. Scott Bruun. 2010. The Oregon Secretary of State: 2010 Oregon Primary Election Candidate Survey. "Scott Bruun will work to reduce dependence on foreign oil by supporting American-based alternatives. Scott supports common sense conservation, but opposes national 'Cap & Trade' legislation, which would increase energy costs for all Americans while exporting millions of our jobs." (www.sos.state.or.us)
  • L. Scott Bruun. 2010. The Oregon Tea Party: 2010 Oregon Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded: "I will support legislation to greatly reduce the EPA's arbitrary rule-making authority. The Constitution grants legislative and law making authority to congress, not executive branch agencies. The EPA's current efforts to implement broad-based carbon emission reductions (similar to cap & trade), based on false interpretation of its authority under the Clean Air Act, is an abuse of executive power - and detrimental to American jobs and freedom," to the question: "Will you stand against the EPA and their nudging of national policy into cap- and-trade?" (oregonteaparty.ning.com)
  • L. Scott Bruun. The Oregonian (Portland, OR): 2010 Oregon Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded: "National cap and trade legislation should not move forward. Cap and trade would be damaging to American business and jobs, it would be harmful to families and rate payers, and it likely would do little or nothing to affect our climate. The only entity to benefit from this type of legislation would be the New York and Chicago brokers who bought, sold and traded the carbon credits. Instead of this, America should work to reduce dependence on foreign oil by supporting American-based alternatives. Renewable energy, including Oregon hydro and bio-mass, is an important part of our energy future, as are hydrogen fuel cell and common-sense energy conservation efforts. We must also significantly expand our emphasis on clean and affordable nuclear energy. Any and all energy policies must balance national security, economic and environmental concerns," to the question: "Should Congress pass "cap and trade" legislation to combat global warming? Why or why not?" (thevoterguide.oregonlive.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America - Candidate Ratings gave Representative Bruun a grade of A." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • L. Scott Bruun. 2010. The Oregon Secretary of State: 2010 Oregon Primary Election Candidate Survey. "Scott Bruun supports free-market reforms and is staunchly opposed to efforts to nationalize health care. Scott supports reforms that allow individuals to deduct health insurance premiums, allow purchase of health plans across state lines, create block grants and high-risk pools to help people with pre-existing conditions, and promote medical liability reform to stop frivolous lawsuits." (www.sos.state.or.us)
  • L. Scott Bruun signed the Contract from America. "Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries." (www.thecontract.org)
  • L. Scott Bruun. The Oregonian (Portland, OR): 2010 Oregon Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded: "The Obama/Pelosi bill locks-in the worst aspects of our current system. The new law expands the broken, expensive third-party payer system that propels out of control costs, and also exacerbates the Medicare cost shift which will make it more difficult for seniors to find doctors willing to see them. Congress should work to repeal the bad aspects of the law, and replace these with real healthcare reforms. Real reform would allow individuals to deduct health insurance premiums from their taxes, similar to the way businesses do now. We must empower the patient to also be the customer; this is the only way to get our arms around costs. We must allow purchase of insurance across state lines to foster access and price competition, and we must also strengthen the states' high risk insurance pools (OMIP in Oregon) so that people with pre-existing conditions, like myself, are never denied coverage. We must also promote medical liability reform to stop frivolous lawsuits," to the question: "Now that the health care reform plan has become law, what should Congress do next on this issue?" (thevoterguide.oregonlive.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • L. Scott Bruun. 2010. The Oregon Tea Party: 2010 Oregon Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded: "I do not and will not support an amnesty program for illegal immigrants," to the question: "What will you do to protect our borders and eliminate illegal immigration into our country?" (oregonteaparty.ning.com)
  • L. Scott Bruun. News. 29 October 2010. "'I think a comprehensive green card system with employer sponsorship is what we need. So, whether it was a small nursery or a big, mega corporation, they would take full responsibility for the legal aspects of the workers they couldn't find locally, and found necessary to bring from somewhere else," Bruun said. "They would make sure documentation was in order, make sure there were timelines, house them adequately, feed them and then, when the time had expired, the people that were here working would leave and come back the next season or next quarter or whenever the next work time was.'" (www.joinscott.com)
  • L. Scott Bruun. News. 29 October 2010. "Bruun's positions are straightforward. On immigration he doesn't want amnesty. He also wants more done to secure the border and enforcement of current immigration laws." (www.joinscott.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? 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 Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • L. Scott Bruun. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Oregon State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"

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Oregon State Legislative Election 2008 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.

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.
d) 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.
Xf) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
Xg) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Emergency preparedness
Slightly Increased) Environment
Slightly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Greatly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statush) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Property taxes
Maintain Statush) Vehicle taxes
i) Other or expanded categories
Yes1) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
No2) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
3) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of terms for Oregon governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Oregon state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) PAC
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
Yesf) Should Oregon participate in the federal REAL ID program?
g) 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.
Xb) Support the death penalty in Oregon.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
e) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xf) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xg) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
h) Support hate crime legislation.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
Xb) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xc) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
d) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xe) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
f) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xg) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
h) Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
Xi) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
j) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of Oregon to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today’s job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
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.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Increase the state minimum wage.
g) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
Xh) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
Xi) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xj) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Yesk) Allow employers of hazardous jobs, who employ medical marijuana users, to establish a drug-free workplace.
l) 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, oil, etc).
Xc) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
Xd) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xe) Support funding for improvements to Oregon's- power generating and transmission facilities.
Xf) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xg) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesb) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Noc) Should a license be required for gun possession?
Yesd) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
e) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
f) 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) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
c) Support an Oregon constitutional amendment declaring health care a fundamental right.
Xd) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
e) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
Xf) Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
g) Support physician assisted suicide in Oregon.
h) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Should Oregon continue to recognize domestic partnerships between same-sex couples?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
c) Should Oregon provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
Yesd) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
Yese) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
Yesf) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
g) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
Noh) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
Noi) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
j) Should Oregon continue affirmative action programs?
Yesk) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
Nol) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
m) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
n) Other or expanded principles
Legislative Priorities
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.
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