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Julia Brownley

Julia Brownley's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Julia Brownley
Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 26, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 26
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Divorced; 2 Children: Hannah, Fred
Birth Date: 08/28/1952
Birth Place: Aiken, SC
Home City: Westlake Village, CA
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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 2014, 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

  • Julia Brownley. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Julia Brownley. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Julia Brownley. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Julia Brownley in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Julia Brownley. Facebook: Timeline. 25 June 2012. "Vote for Julia! EMILY's List, an organization that supports pro-choice Democratic women, is hosting a contest and the winning House candidates will be featured in a fundraising email sent to thousands of EMILY's List supporters." (www.facebook.com)
  • Julia Brownley. Video: 120323 California Congressional District 26. 23 March 2012. "I believe church and state, as was stated, needs to be separated [¦] I think women's rights and women's reproductive rights are under siege on a national level [¦] it's important to have the right kind of leadership, I think, in Congress to protect women's rights throughout our country." [42:46]. (www.ustream.tv)
  • Julia Brownley. Facebook: Timeline. 20 April 2012. "It's official! Proud to have the full backing of EMILY's List." (www.facebook.com)
  • Julia Brownley. About Julia. 14 June 2012. "An effective advocate for women, Brownley is a leader in preventing domestic violence, strongly supports a woman's right to choose, and will fight to make sure health insurance companies cover contraception, prenatal and preventive care for everyone." juliabrownley.com/about/.
  • Julia Brownley. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Julia Brownley. Video: 120323 California Congressional District 26. 23 March 2012. "I think we have to continue to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan." [1:09:54]. (www.ustream.tv)
  • Rachel McGrath. FIVE CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES SQUARE OFF IN THOUSAND OAKS. "All agreed [Brownley, Parks, Herrara, Thayne, Goldberg] U.S. troops should be brought home immediately from Afghanistan." (m.vcstar.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and-WILL. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and-WILL endorsed Julia Brownley in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Julia Brownley. League of Women Voters: November 6, 2012 Election. Responded "I would also use a common sense approach to defense spending that does not jeopardize our security, but that takes advantage of advanced technologies and streamlines wasteful spending" to the question: "How should the federal budget deficit be addressed, now and into the future? How should budget priorities for defense and domestic programs be adjusted?" (www.smartvoter.org)
Yes 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

  • Julia Brownley. 26th Congressional District candidates compete for voters' support. 8 May 2012. "On taxes, Brownley, Herrera and Thayne said they would vote to end the tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush and extended under President Barack Obama." (juliabrownley.com)
  • Julia Brownley. Video: CA 26 League of Women Voters TOaks EDITED mostly Julia and Parks 051812.mp4. 19 March 2012. "You need to be very clear that you cannot support the Bush Tax Cuts for the very wealthy and say that you're going to protect Medicare." (youtu.be)
  • Julia Brownley. FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. 25 July 2012. "Today, the Senate did the right thing and voted to extend tax cuts on the middle class who are still struggling. I urge the House to do the same. Share if you agree and support tax relief for the middle class" (juliabrownley.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Julia Brownley. Issue Position: Job Creation. 1 January 2012. "That's why I will advocate for strategic investments in infrastructure and new innovations and energy technologies to create jobs now and simultaneously reduce our dependence on foreign and domestic oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Julia Brownley. Video: 120323 California Congressional District 26. 23 March 2012. "I've supported economic recovery, investment in a green economy." [46:45]. (www.ustream.tv)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Julia Brownley. Issue Position: Job Creation. 1 January 2012. "Small businesses are the backbone of Ventura County's economy and I believe that we should break down barriers and help provide access to capital for small business job creators so they can start hiring again, compete in the global marketplace and be a part of Ventura County's full economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Julia Brownley. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Responded YES to the question: "d) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?"
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Julia Brownley. Video: 120323 California Congressional District 26. 23 March 2012. "I was the author of a bill in Sacramento to support California, with many other states in the country, to produce what we call common core standards, in both language arts and mathematics. When California conforms to this, for the first time in a long time, California will be able to compare itself to the rest of the states in our country and to the rest of the world, and so we can really benchmark our students and know really how they're performing. Last but not least, it is funding and supporting of our students so that they can be successful and meet the proficiency standards that is laid out in No Child Left Behind." [34:14]. (www.ustream.tv)
  • Julia Brownley. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "I have championed legislation to improve curriculum frameworks, establish Common Core standards for math and language arts, to encourage bilingual education, music and the arts and to provide more professional development for California's teachers [¦] I have spent my career working closely with the California State PTA, teachers and school principals to demand that the Governor and Legislature create a state plan for excellence in education." (votesmart.org)
  • Julia Brownley. MEET JULIA. 31 July 2012. "As a School Board President and one of California's leading education advocates, Julia helped increase student performance in local schools, fought to cut administrative spending to put more resources in the classroom, gave schools more local control and pushed to make sure every student has a quality teacher." (juliabrownley.com)
  • Julia Brownley. Video: Assemblymember Brownley Argues for Schools, Against Big Oil. 14 March 2008. "We are not to make a single cut to our already vulnerable school system [...] too much is at risk if we don't take a stand and protect education funding." (youtu.be)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Julia Brownley. California Lawmakers Reject Offshore Drilling. 7 January 2010. "The California Legislature passed two joint resolutions last week to protect California ocean waters and coast. The lawmakers approved A.J.R. 51, a resolution to protect California's coastline from expanded offshore drilling, and A.J.R. 66, a resolution to strengthen fishery management guidelines...A.J.R. 66, introduced by Assemblymember Julia Brownley and adopted on Thursday, supports efforts to strengthen national fishery management principles to protect and enhance fisheries off the California coast." (www.nbcphiladelphia.com)
  • Julia Brownley. Issue Position: Job Creation. 1 January 2012. "I understand that our economy is beginning to improve, but we still have a long way to go toward full economic recovery. That's why I will advocate for strategic investments in infrastructure and new innovations and energy technologies to create jobs now and simultaneously reduce our dependence on foreign and domestic oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Julia Brownley. Issue Position: Environment. 1 January 2012. "I have been a staunch advocate for moving America away from our dependence on dirty fossil fuels and foreign oil. We must become energy independent and make strategic investments in clean, renewable and sustainable energy right here at home and we should set a national goal to do it over the next few decades. I will continue to fight for the protection of our coastlines, open spaces and for a healthy environment for our community and for our country." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Julia Brownley in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Julia Brownley in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Julia Brownley. Facebook: Timeline. 27 March 2012. "I'm honored to have the endorsement of the California League of Conservation Voters. As a member of Congress, I will continue to stand up to the special interests that threaten the quality of our air, water and coastline, and fight for a stronger national energy policy focused on conservation, alternative energy development, and green jobs." (www.facebook.com)
  • Julia Brownley. Video: CA 26 League of Women Voters TOaks EDITED mostly Julia and Parks 051812.mp4. 19 March 2012. "With regard to AB 32, one of the best pieces of legislation ever signed in the state of California, and I think AB 32's goals are right one. And I think AB 32 is already-we're seeing it happen-leverage new technologies and innovations, new automobiles in California. It's going to be great for California's economy." (youtu.be)
  • Julia Brownley. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Responded YES to the question: "f) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Julia Brownley. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint. "In 2006, California established the first-in-the-world program to reduce greenhouse gases to help fight global warming. The author of Assembly Bill 32, Speaker Fabian Núñez, worked with the California State Legislature and the Governor to create a limit and reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions."
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Julia Brownley. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Julia Brownley. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Julia Brownley. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2012. "I strongly believe that every American deserves access to affordable high quality health care. The Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 made some much needed improvements to our health care system like eliminating pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parent's insurance until age 26, but the law also has some problems like reducing increased future spending on Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • Julia Brownley. Video: 120323 California Congressional District 26. 23 March 2012. "I think this Health Care bill is a good start in the right direction. Certainly there are component pieces of it, the preventive piece of the Affordable Health Care Act is very, very positive [¦] The fact that you can't turn anybody away for health care is a very, very positive direction for us to go in. I think we still have to work very, very hard on the quality issues and the affordability issues [¦] I think this is the right step in the right direction, but there's much more work to do." (www.ustream.tv)
  • Julia Brownley. Facebook: Timeline. 28 June 2012. "The Supreme Court's upholding of the Affordable Care Act is great news for the American people. It's not a perfect law but it's a big step in the right direction." (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred 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

  • Tony Biasotti. Ventura County Star: 26th Congressional District candidates compete for voters' support. 8 May 2012. "Brownley, Thayne and Herrera said they support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants now in the country." (www.vcstar.com)
  • Julia Brownley. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "I would advocate for an earned pathway to citizenship, with border security measures, holding accountable employers who knowingly violate the law, and making sure that workers and businesses pay their fair share of taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Julia Brownley. Facebook: Timeline. 16 June 2012. "As a co-author of the California Dream Act, I applaud the President's common sense approach to allowing undocumented children who have grown up in this country and been educated here to come out of the shadows and give back." (www.facebook.com)
  • Julia Brownley. Facebook: Timeline. 25 June 2012. "The Supreme Court's decision today is a clear indication of why we need federal immigration reform that both protects our security and reflects our values as a nation." (www.facebook.com)
  • Julia Brownley. Video: CA 26 League of Women Voters TOaks EDITED mostly Julia and Parks 051812.mp4. 19 March 2012. "No one here in Ventura County or anywhere else in our country should have to live in the shadows and we shouldn't condone an economy that is in the shadows. So I will work hard on this particular issue. With a growing population of Latinos in Venture. That should be celebrated, it's a wonderful thing for Ventura County. And I will certainly, as someone who as been a legislature before, I try very hard to listen, to seek guidance, and to seek counsil and to see...what the most compelling issues are." (youtu.be)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Julia Brownley. Facebook: Wall. 9 May 2012. "I'm delighted the President supports marriage equality. Equal treatment under the law for LGBT Americans is simply a matter of fairness and justice." (www.facebook.com)
  • Julia Brownley. Video: CA 26 League of Women Voters TOaks EDITED mostly Julia and Parks 051812.mp4. "In terms of repealing DOMA-absolutely. I was the legislator in the California Legislature who hearing asking Congress to repeal the law." 19 March 2012. (youtu.be)
  • Julia Brownley. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Julia Brownley. Video: Repeal DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). 10 September 2009. "I believe this resolution-Bringing this resolution forward is one of the most important issues that I will bring to this floor in the tenure that I will serve in the Assembly. So members, this is simply about a resolution that states that this body and our Senate will ask the President and our Congress to turn a decision around on DOMA, to repeal DOMA." (youtu.be)
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.
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Julia Brownley. Video: 120323 California Congressional District 26. 23 March 2012. "Social security and Medicare need to be protected under all circumstances." [1:04:45]. (www.ustream.tv)
  • Julia Brownley. Video: CA 26 League of Women Voters TOaks EDITED mostly Julia and Parks 051812.mp4. 19 March 2012. "I will fight and defend Social Security as we know it." (youtu.be)

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California State Legislative Election 2010 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.

Pro-choicea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nof) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Noh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles
1) State Spending
Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Greatly Increasea) Education (higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increasec) Environment
Greatly Increased) Health care
Greatly Increasee) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Increaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
2) State Taxes
Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increased) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories
3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing California's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into California's "rainy day" fund
Yesb) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Noc) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Nod) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Noe) Privatizing certain government services
f) Other or expanded principles

Instituting an oil extraction tax and reinstating the vehicle license fee.

Yesa) Should California hold a constitutional convention to rewrite the state constitution?
Yesb) Do you support changing the requirement for state budget passage from a two-thirds vote to a majority vote?
Yesc) Do you support limits on the number of terms for California governors?
Yesd) Do you support limits on the number of terms for California state legislators?
e) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Yesf) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesg) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
h) Other or expanded principles

Term limits for state legislators needs to be evaluated. Six years in the Assembly is too short and should be extended somewhat.

Noa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Yesc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Nod) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Noe) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
f) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles

I believe the federal government needs a comprehensive and fair immigration policy.

Noa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yesc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesd) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Yesf) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Nog) Do you support suspending the sale of bonds that would finance the California high-speed rail?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support national education standards?
Nob) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Noc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yese) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Yesf) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from California high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

I support charter schools with accountability and standards of innovation.

Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nob) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to California's energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yesf) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support the establishment of a single-payer, publicly-administered health care system for California?
Yesb) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesc) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesd) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
e) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Nof) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesg) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in California?
Yesh) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
i) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should California allow same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yese) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Yesf) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in California's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesg) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in California's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles
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.

California's public school system, both K-12 and higher education, are on the verge of collapse. I support a larger investment in our education systems.

We will have to consider increased revenues through an oil severance tax or the reinstatement of vehicle license fees, but California will save billions of dollars by avoiding prison expansion.

I also support school finance reform in our K-12 system. We need to insure that the dollars we do invest in education is spent wisely and effectively.

I will continue to work on legislation I carried this year to ban single use plastic bags in California.

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