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Nancy Jacobs' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Senate (MD) - District 34, Republican
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Nancy Jacobs refused to tell citizens where she 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-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nancy Jacobs. Campaign Press Release. 22 March 2012. "I'm honored to have this endorsement. Maryland Right to Life is a steadfast advocate for unborn children." (www.nancyjacobsforcongress.com)
  • Nancy Jacobs. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Nancy Jacobs. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Nancy Jacobs. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Nancy Jacobs. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Nancy Jacobs. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
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

  • Nancy Jacobs. Issue Position: American Defense and Our Veterans. 1 January 2012. "As the daughter of a World War II Army Veteran, I believe in a strong commitment to America's defense both at home and abroad. In a world with such multidimensional threats, American cannot afford to let our collective guard down. We must double-down on our commitment to the innovative hard work being performed by the men and women of our Armed Services." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Nancy Jacobs. Issue Position: Jobs and the American Economy. 1 January 2012. "I support conducting hearings on the fair and flat taxes to review their potential application, as our current tax system fails American workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Jacobs. Video: On fighting tax increases. 19 September 2010. "I've been fighting tax increases ever since I've been in the Maryland general assembly [¦] In 2007, when we had our special session in Annapolis, we were trying to tax millionaires, and unfortunately even though I voted against it and a lot of my colleagues did, it passed, and when it passed they said it was going to bring a lot of money into the state, billions of dollars. Well, they were wrong. What happened instead was the people who are millionaires, the people who own businesses said it's too expensive to be here and do business in Maryland. And so they moved [¦] I don't think Maryland government realizes that it's business that brings the jobs. It's business who keeps the people employed, who are then paying for their fair share of taxes." (www.youtube.com)
  • Nancy Jacobs. Facebook: Wall. 4 March 2012. "Excessive Taxation: I have consistently opposed the higher taxation that punishes working families, small businesses, innovation and investment. I will continue to oppose excessive taxation on a federal level and support legislation that will provide tax relief. I support the plan put forward by Rep. Cantor to streamline the tax code and lower the tax rate for businesses and individuals to no more than 25%." (www.facebook.com)
  • Nancy Jacobs. Biography of State Senator Nancy C. Jacobs. 3 February 2012. "Marylanders are upset with the economic mismanagement of the state; tax hikes, energy prices, and reckless spending. Minority Whip, Sen EJ Pipkin and I will continue to advocate for prudent fiscal policy and the issues that matter to all Marylanders." (www.nancyjacobs.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? 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 Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nancy Jacobs. Video: On fighting tax increases. 19 September 2010. "I've been fighting tax increases ever since I've been in the Maryland general assembly [¦] In 2007, when we had our special session in Annapolis, we were trying to tax millionaires, and unfortunately even though I voted against it and a lot of my colleagues did, it passed, and when it passed they said it was going to bring a lot of money into the state, billions of dollars. Well, they were wrong. What happened instead was the people who are millionaires, the people who own businesses said it's too expensive to be here and do business in Maryland. And so they moved [¦] I don't think Maryland government realizes that it's business that brings the jobs. It's business who keeps the people employed, who are then paying for their fair share of taxes." (www.youtube.com)
  • Nancy Jacobs: Video: On the importance of keeping jobs and businesses in Maryland. 10 September 2010. "We have enacted taxes that have driven business from Maryland. And when the business goes, the taxes go and the people lose their jobs [¦] If we're going to bring jobs back to Maryland, we have to understand what gives jobs to Marylanders. And that is a thriving economic climate where business can do its business without all these regulations and taxes. And that's what we're doing in Maryland, we have driven them away [¦] You're going to see jobs increase because we, once again, will become business friendly." (www.youtube.com)
  • Nancy Jacobs. Facebook: Wall. 4 March 2012. "I support tax breaks for new small businesses." (www.facebook.com)
  • Nancy Jacobs. Issue Position: Jobs and the American Economy. 1 January 2012. "I support tax breaks for new small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Jacobs. Twitter: Jacobs4Congress. 5 June 2012. "I have consistently opposed the higher taxation that punishes working families, small businesses, innovation and investment." (twitter.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

  • Nancy Jacobs. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "I oppose further nationalization of our education system, including federal mandates and rules that stifle the decision-making powers of state and local boards of education; Washington doesn't know what's best." (votesmart.org)
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.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nancy Jacobs. Vote411.org: 2012 US Representative 02. Responded: "Scientists understand earth experienced significant changes over time that had nothing to do with man's activities. There isn't consensus regarding causes of climate change. Climate experienced changes prior to the use of fossil fuels. Fed government should use extreme caution before enacting laws causing further pain to fragile economy that effectively do nothing to slow down climate change" to the question: "ENVIRONMENT: What, if anything, should the federal government do to slow down the rate of climate change?" (onyourballot.vote411.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nancy Jacobs. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Nancy Jacobs. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maryland State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Nancy Jacobs. Issues How Nancy Supports Gun Rights. "As you know, there is a strong effort underway to undermine and eliminate the Second Amendment to the Constitution that guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms. This year, anti-Second Amendment forces gathered behind a number of initiatives including a ban on guns that were deemed "assault" rifles. Despite a complete lack of evidence that banning these or any guns has any affect on crime, these anti-gun groups thought that they could politicize the tragedies of the Beltway sniper shootings to forward their liberal gun banning agenda. In an uncommon moment of honesty in the hearings, some of the groups that testified in favor of this gun ban candidly and openly admitted that banning these "assault" rifles was the first step towards BANNING ALL HANDGUNS IN MARYLAND! We know that this is their real objective. They don't understand guns or why anyone would want to own them, so they want to stop us from owning them [¦] We were able to surprisingly defeat this gun ban by one vote in my Committee with the help of Governor Ehrlich working with me to convince the swing member of my Committee to vote against it. Defeating this bill gives our side some incredible momentum, since this was the primary effort of the gun banning forces. We won't stop here though. We are putting the anti-gun groups on the defensive by sponsoring legislation to give all Maryland law-abiding citizens the right to protect themselves. There is no excuse for Maryland ignoring the truth about becoming a shall-issue state for concealed carry permits. The facts show that crime dramatically decreases when criminals don't know who might be carrying a gun [¦] I possess a right to carry permit only because of threats that were made against me based on my voting record. It is patently wrong that someone's life has to be threatened before one has the right to defend one's self in the state of Maryland. I co-sponsored the bill that would have granted Marylanders this basic right, but it fell short by one vote. You have my word that I will not rest until law abiding citizens have the right to carry a gun for self defense." (www.nancyjacobs.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nancy Jacobs. Facebook: Wall. 5 March 2012. " I strongly believe that Obamacare is not only unconstitutional, but places the entire health care system at jeopardy"including thousands of health-related jobs. I will vote to repeal ObamaCare." (www.facebook.com)
  • Nancy Jacobs. Facebook: Wall. 5 March 2012. "Specific Measures To Take Now: Repeal Obamacare." (www.facebook.com)
  • Nancy Jacobs. Issue Position: Our Debt, Our Spending and Our Budget. 1 January 2012. "Specific Measures To Take Now: Repeal Obamacare. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Jacobs. Issue Position: Healthcare. 1 January 2012. "I will vote for the immediate repeal of the unconstitutional Obamacare. Fundamentally, the government does not have the right or authority to mandate Americans purchase a product or face significant fines." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Jacobs. Issue Position: Jobs and the American Economy. 1 January 2012. "I strongly believe that Obamacare is not only unconstitutional, but places the entire health care system at jeopardy--including thousands of health-related jobs. I will vote to repeal ObamaCare." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Nancy Jacobs. Video: Maryland 2nd Congressional District Candidates' Debate “ Part 2 of 2. 19 March 2012. "I believe there is a pathway to becoming an American citizen. It's the same pathway that my grandfather took when he came to this country when he was 19 years old, and he worked his way through the process. [¦] Citizenship should not be cheap. It should not be given away. It should be earned." (youtu.be)
  • Shankar Vedantam. Md. Senate Weighs Bill to Give In-State Tuition to Undocumented Immigrants. 10 March 2011. "Jacobs demanded to know how Maryland could in good faith offer foreigners who had broken federal immigration laws in-state tuition benefits, while giving foreigners on legal student visas at the same schools a tuition bill three times higher." (www.washingtonpost.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Hill. Maryland Senate Oks Bill on Gay Marriage: Washington Times. 24 February 2011. "The bill's critics, including Mrs. Jacobs, argued that it alters the ancient recognition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. 'Marriage existed before there were hospitals, before there were tax breaks, before there were health benefits,' the Harford Republican said. 'Marriage was not created to give two adults who love each other access to such benefits.'" (www.washingtontimes.com)
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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Maryland 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.
Xf) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xg) 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)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increasec) Emergency preparedness
Maintain Statusd) Environment
Maintain Statuse) Health care
Greatly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasei) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Vehicle taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
l) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Nom) Should accounts such as a “rainy day” fund be used to balance the state budget?
Non) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
o) 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 Maryland governors?
Yesb) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Maryland 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?
Undecidede) 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?
Nog) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Maryland are closed?
Noh) Should Maryland recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesi) Do you support a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage?
j) 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.
Xb) Support the death penalty in Maryland.
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.
i) 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) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xe) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
Xg) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Supprt requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
Xm) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
Xn) Support the state taking over control of under-performing Baltimore public schools.
o) 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.
Xb) 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.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Maryland's anti-discrimination laws.
g) 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
Yesb) 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.
Xb) 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.
d) Increase funding for improvements to Maryland's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xe) Support funding for open space preservation.
f) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
g) How would you propose to alleviate the rising cost of energy in Maryland? Please use forty (40) word or less.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xb) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) 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.
Xb) Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Maryland.
g) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Allow pharmacists to dispense emergency contraceptive without a prescription.
i) Support providing state grants for embryonic stem cell research.
j) 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.
e) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
Xf) 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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