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Zachary 'Zack' T. Space

Zack Space's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Zachary 'Zack' T. Space
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mary; 2 Children: Gina, Nick
Birth Date: 01/27/1961
Birth Place: Dover, OH
Home City: Dover, OH
Religion: Greek Orthodox
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Zack Space 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

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Zachary Space supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 50 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Zachary Space supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 25 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Zachary Space supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Zachary Space voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. Desperate Tactics from a Desperate Politician. 25 May 2006. "Dover, OH -- In an automated telephone call paid for by the Bob Ney for Congress campaign, embattled Representative Bob Ney today launched a misleading negative attack against challenger Zack Space. 'Much like Ney could not be honest about the cost of his lobbyist funded travel, he cannot be honest about my values,' said Space. 'I am opposed to same sex marriage, I favor restrictions on abortion, am a strong advocate for Second Amendment rights, and I favor tax cuts for the middle class instead of the ultra-rich.'" (votesmart.org)
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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Zachary Space supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Zachary Space supported the interests of the Club for Growth 0 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Zachary Space voted YES on 3 October 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Zachary Space voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Phillips, Jim. 2008. Athens News (Athens, OH). Dailey-Space Talk Bailout. 2 October 2008. "Incumbent Democrat Zack Space of Dover, who voted for the narrowly defeated 'bailout bill,' called it an 'admittedly imperfect' measure, but expressed disappointment in a news release at his 228 House colleagues who voted against it." (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. Space Praises Clean Coal Job Creation Opportunities in Stimulus Legislation. 23 January 2009. "Praising funding that will likely create jobs in Ohio, Congressman Zack Space (OH-18) today hailed the $2.4 billion included in the stimulus proposal before Congress. With Ohio sitting on top of one of the world's largest coal deposits, we have the opportunity to create a number of jobs in this advanced energy field. This is one of the job growth areas outlined in Space's RENEW Ohio-18 project." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Zachary Space. Congressman Space Talks to Belmont County Seniors About Future of Medicare, Social Security. 24 October 2008. "We need a real way to secure Social Security for the future, one that does not leave retiree savings at the mercy of the markets. If Social Security was privatized right now, we would have seen billions of retiree benefits wiped out in a matter of days. We need to shore up Social Security for future generations without sacrificing the safety net it was created to be." (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. Congressman Space Talks to Belmont County Seniors About Future of Medicare, Social Security. 24 October 2008. "Fighting to preserve and protect Social Security and Medicare, Congressman Zack Space (OH-18) met with seniors today at the JB Martin Center in St. Clairsville and talked about the need to preserve these crucial programs and never compromise on protections for Ohio's seniors....'Social Security and Medicare are two of the most important programs in our nation and their solvency is a high priority for all members of Congress,' Space said. 'Millions of seniors nationwide rely on the benefits of these programs and are rightfully concerned about their future. We need a real way to secure Social Security for the future,' Space said, 'one that does not leave retiree savings at the mercy of the markets. If Social Security was privatized right now, we would have seen billions of retiree benefits wiped out in a matter of days. We need to shore up Social Security for future generations without sacrificing the safety net it was created to be.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. Zack Space Holds Round Table Discussion On Social Security. 13 June 2006. "Today, Zack Space, candidate for Congress in Ohio's 18th District, expressed his strong opposition to any plans for Social Security privatization. 'Earlier in this campaign, I pledged to not accept contributions from lobbyists as well as other perks like gifts, trips and meals, because we need to change the culture in Washington and put the people's interests ahead of the special interests. Today, I pledge to fight tooth and nail against the corporate interests and those in Congress who wish to privatize Social Security,' said Space." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? 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 Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Zachary Space. Issue Position: Education. "Our country's education system needs to be strengthened and improved. That's why Congressman Space is fighting hard to make sure that our schools get the resources they need. He believes in holding teachers and schools accountable for what they're teaching our students - but he also believes it's unfair, and even counterproductive, to hold them to the No Child Left Behind mandates without ensuring proper resources. Congressman Space is also quickly becoming a leader in advocating for the needs of America's rural schools. In the past, rural schools have struggled to retain quality teachers and get necessary funding for updating and constructing new facilities. Congressman Space is also concerned that schools in southeastern Ohio are not receiving the technology funding they need. Through his work on the development of broadband in southeastern Ohio, Congressman Space is working to eliminate the digital divide." (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. Issue Position: Education. "Congressman Space believes strongly in the importance of accountability in our nation's education system. Testing provisions included in the landmark No Child Left Behind law allow our nation to track the progress of our students, and provide support where it is most needed. However, No Child Left Behind can and should be improved. The law's overemphasis on testing forces many teachers to teach to the test, eliminating aspects of school curricula that encourage creative thinking and innovation. Furthermore, the punitive damages prescribed to schools falling short of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) only hurt those schools already in need of assistance. Rural schools already struggling to attract and retain teachers often feel this pinch the most.Additionally, the federal government has fallen short on its obligations by failing to fully fund No Child Left Behind. In the 2005-2006 school year alone, the President's budget was more than $9 billion below what was supposed to be provided to states and local school districts. Congressman Space believes that such underfunding is unfair to state and local school districts and is, most importantly, detrimental to our students. After hearing from teachers, principles, and school administrators around his district, Congressman Space sent a list of recommendations to the House Committee on Education and Labor outlining needed changes to the No Child Left Behind Act. These changes would make our nation's system of education stronger by improving how we evaluate our schools, and ending unnecessary punishment for struggling schools." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Zachary Space supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Zachary Space voted YES on 26 July 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. Issue Position: Advanced Energy. "To help make Appalachian Ohio part of the national movement towards alternative sources of energy, Congressman Space introduced an amendment to HR 799, legislation to reauthorize the Appalachian Regional Commission, that authorized an additional $48 million for alternative energy investments in Appalachian regions. This commitment ensures that Appalachian Ohio will be a part of the alternative energy and our nation's rapidly evolving energy portfolio.Congressman Space also helped craft a part of the Farm Bill that includes significant new investment into alternative Energy. As a Member of the House Committee on Agriculture, Congressman Space voted in committee for legislation that: * Provides loan guarantee authority for biorefineries, with half going to loans less than $100 million, and the other half for loans up to $250 million. * Provides $10 million to continue the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program * Increases funding for the Renewable Energy & Efficiency Improvements Program, to be renamed the Rural Energy for America Program, over the 5 years included in the 2007 Farm Bill. * Provides funding to continue the Bioenergy Program, which provides production incentives for increases in production of ethanol and biodiesel made from agricultural and forestry crops and associated waste materials, including animal manure and livestock/food processing waste. * Establishes a program to encourage the production of feedstocks for cellulosic ethanol and other energy production and provides for 5 year contracts for producers to grow dedicated energy crops." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Zachary Space. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Zachary Space voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Zachary Space a grade of C." (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. Issue Position: Second Amendment Rights. "As a gun owner and as a member of the NRA, Congressman Space believes the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms is a cornerstone of the Bill of Rights. The right to bear arms was clearly outlined in our Constitution by our Founding Fathers over two centuries ago, and laws that threaten the Second Amendment are threats to our Constitution and our democracy. Congressman Space introduced H.R. 4900, a bill to limit the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE)'s jurisdiction. This legislation currently has over 150 cosponsors and would: * Ban the federal background check tax * Limit availability of electronic records in order to protect law-abiding citizens' privacy * Provide more flexibility in punishing those who violate gun sales laws, better define the 'willful violation of the law' * Create specific sentencing guidelines for felons convicted of a gun offense * Ease the restriction on the importation of replacement parts for military-style semiautomatic rifles. Congressman Space will act to prevent Congress and Washington bureaucrats from carving away at the Second Amendment and will oppose legislation to create stricter gun laws that would threaten our fundamental civil liberties." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Zachary Space supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 89 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Zachary Space voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. MSNBC "The Ed Show" Transcript. 10 July 2009. "REP. ZACK SPACE (D), OHIO: No, I'm not against a public option, Ed. SCHULTZ: Well, then why did you sign the letter? SPACE: Because I think we need to refine this. Right now, what I'd like to do is get the input of the hospitals that are so important not just to the provision of the medical care to the people I represent, but it's also an economic engine in our district. They're the largest employers in the district. I want to find out from them how this public plan affects them. Is it going to drive them out of business? Look, I believe we need a public plan, but I think it needs to be actuarially sound. It has to be designed to do exactly what leadership has said they want the public plan to do, and that is compete with the private market. We want to bring out what's best about the market forces and suppress what's bad about them. That's the problem with the system now - it's not done that. I'm all for public option, I just want to make sure it's done right." (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. Issue Position: Health Care. "Insurance companies and drug manufacturers will not like my position on health care, but the reality is that the current health care delivery system is not working for Americans. Like so many of the other problems facing our nation, the failure of our health care delivery system cannot be cured overnight. But we can begin to address the problem through the eventual implementation of a policy guaranteeing adequate health care for every American. Such a pursuit would be a gradual progression from the current system that already sees a form of government assisted coverage in its Medicaid and Medicare programs. I recognize that the costs will be high, but the current failures of the system are costing this country untold billions. Our government is already paying for health care for millions of Americans through Medicare, Medicaid, and the countless government employees whose health care packages are paid for by taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Zachary Space supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 77 percent in 2007-2008." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Zachary Space supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 0 percent in 2007-2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. "Congressman Space believes: We must secure our borders by further constructing the border fence, hiring additional Border Patrol Agents, and utilizing the most recent technology. The free flow of illegal immigrants across our borders must be stopped. Congressman Space's trip to the southern border last year enforced his views on the need for stronger border protection. Amnesty approach is absolutely wrong for the millions of illegal immigrants already in our country. He believes that we should not be in the business of rewarding those who break our country's laws with citizenship. We should crack down on employers who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.Congressman Space is an original co-sponsor because he believes the SAVE Act effectively tackles the immigration problem by increasing our border security, tightening employer verification standards, and better enforcing our nation's existing immigration laws. The SAVE Act calls for additional Border Patrol agents and better recruitment incentives, improves the existing e-verify system and makes identification checks mandatory, and increases Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.He feels that the SAVE Act will create a better method of employee immigration status verification, thereby protecting employers from unknowingly employing illegal immigrants. The program is not intended to impinge on the rights of U.S. citizens or those who are pursuing immigration legally, but to ensure that we are not unknowingly employing or supporting illegal immigrants....He's also supported measures that prevented primary residential mortgages from being provided to any individuals who do not have a valid Social Security number. It also requires owners and renters of housing built by funds from the affordable housing fund to present secure IDs to prove legal residence. This is just one additional deterrent for illegal immigrants hoping to put down roots in the U.S." (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. Issue Position: Immigration. "From the outset of his campaign for Congress, Zack Space has said that the American government needs to do more to carry out and enforce the immigration laws we have on the books. Unforunately, too many in Washington DC continue to persist with immigration plans that provide amnesty for the millions of immigrants who are here illegally. Congressman Space has repeatedly said that such a path to citizenship is the wrong approach. He believes that, first and foremost, we should strengthen our borders because tougher border security isn't just an immigration issue - it's a national security issue. He remains adamant that any proposal to address the immigration crisis should not provide a gift to immigrants who have already broken the law. Such an action would burden American taxpayers and increase competition for jobs." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Zachary Space supported the interests of Peace Action West 23 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan. Project Vote Smart Summary: Zachary Space voted NO on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Zachary Space voted NO on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Zachary Space. We Can't Afford To Fail In Afghanistan. 28 August 2009. "My hope is to communicate to other Members of Congress and the Administration about not just the need to remain active and invest resources in the region but, more importantly, to do it properly." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Zachary Space. Desperate Tactics from a Desperate Politician. 25 May 2006. "In an automated telephone call paid for by the Bob Ney for Congress campaign, embattled Representative Bob Ney today launched a misleading negative attack against challenger Zack Space. 'Much like Ney could not be honest about the cost of his lobbyist funded travel, he cannot be honest about my values,' said Space. 'I am opposed to same sex marriage, I favor restrictions on abortion, am a strong advocate for Second Amendment rights, and I favor tax cuts for the middle class instead of the ultra-rich.'" (votesmart.org)

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