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Nathan 'Nate' I. Shinagawa

Nate Shinagawa's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Nathan 'Nate' I. Shinagawa
Office: Legislator (Tompkins County, NY) - District 4, Democratic Vice Chair
Gender: Male
Home City: Ithaca, NY
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Nate Shinagawa refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nate Shinagawa. Women's Health and Equality. 11 September 2012. "Nate believes people should be able to make their own life and health decisions. That includes choosing the right time to become a parent and when to start a family. The government should not dictate a woman's medical decisions. Nate has long been an advocate for reproductive rights and believes that protecting these rights should be a priority for Congress." (www.nateshinagawa.com)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nate Shinagawa. MILITARY and our VETERANS. 14 October 2012. "With looming cuts to our defense budgets, Nate believes we need to look for ways to decrease spending while not hurting defense contracts that supply countless jobs in our district. To do this, Nate supports common sense reforms such as auditing and adding accountability to the Pentagon, closing or downsizing overseas bases that have not been utilized for decades, and assisting in the timely and appropriate end to the war in Afghanistan." (www.nateshinagawa.com)
  • Nate Shinagawa. The Corning Leader: 2012 Candidates go on the Record. 9 October 2012. "We should truly bring to an end our ongoing conflicts in the Middle East “ these have not served our national security interests in the least and have effectively wasted hundreds of billions in taxpayer money." (www.the-leader.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nate Shinagawa. MILITARY and our VETERANS. 14 October 2012. "With looming cuts to our defense budgets, Nate believes we need to look for ways to decrease spending while not hurting defense contracts that supply countless jobs in our district. To do this, Nate supports common sense reforms such as auditing and adding accountability to the Pentagon, closing or downsizing overseas bases that have not been utilized for decades, and assisting in the timely and appropriate end to the war in Afghanistan." (www.nateshinagawa.com)
  • Nate Shinagawa. Shinagawa's Response to Sequestration, Fiscal Cliff. 15 September 2012. "Congressman Reed's plan ignores simple answers like raising revenues from the wealthiest Americans through Clinton-era tax reform that would not only prevent devastating cuts to education and women's health, but also prevent cuts to the defense budget," said Shinagawa. (www.nateshinagawa.com)
  • Nate Shinagawa. The Corning Leader: 2012 Candidates go on the Record. 9 October 2012. "Reducing waste in our defense budget is a necessary step toward paying down our debt." (www.the-leader.com)
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

  • Nate Shinagawa. The Corning Leader: 2012 Candidates go on the Record. 9 October 2012. "First, we must repeal the Bush tax cuts for those with incomes over $250,000. This would provide billions in new revenue and would fix at least a quarter of our annual deficit problem." (www.the-leader.com)
  • Nate Shinagawa. Facebook: Photos. 22 August 2012. "We talked about the Affordable Care Act (I support it but have reform ideas), taxes (I said we need to make sure the rich pay their fair share), and infrastructure development (a critical role of government)." (www.facebook.com)
  • Nate Shinagawa. Shinagawa's Response to Sequestration, Fiscal Cliff. 15 September 2012. "Congressman Reed's plan ignores simple answers like raising revenues from the wealthiest Americans through Clinton-era tax reform that would not only prevent devastating cuts to education and women's health, but also prevent cuts to the defense budget," said Shinagawa. (www.nateshinagawa.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nate Shinagawa. Facebook: Photos. 22 August 2012. "We talked about the Affordable Care Act (I support it but have reform ideas), taxes (I said we need to make sure the rich pay their fair share), and infrastructure development (a critical role of government)." (www.facebook.com)
  • Nate Shinagawa. The Corning Leader: 2012 Candidates go on the Record. 9 October 2012. "Infrastructure investments would not only help to quickly create quality jobs, but such projects would also provide much-needed upgrades to the vital connections that allow regional businesses to grow and prosper." (www.the-leader.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nate Shinagawa. The Corning Leader: 2012 Candidates go on the Record. 9 October 2012. "Similarly, tax credits for small businesses and manufacturers who keep their jobs in the region would help induce companies to grow and take on new hires." (www.the-leader.com)
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

  • Nate Shinagawa. Issue Position: Education for our Future. 1 January 2012. "Nate believes there needs to be an overhaul of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. Performance evaluations and test scores are not enough to measure the quality of our education system. Nate believes that we should learn from successful models of education reform to improve our education policies and job training programs. We need to improve access to early childhood education, close the achievement gap through a fair distribution of Title I funds, and provide the tools necessary to engage parents better, improve support services in schools, and promote the use of technology." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nate Shinagawa. Sustainable Energy. 11 September 2012. "There is no silver bullet to fixing this problem. The U.S. will not be able to "drill" its way out of our energy needs. We need to continue to spur innovation in electric cars, more fuel-efficient cars, as well as tap into 21st century technology that takes advantage of renewable resources." (www.nateshinagawa.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nate Shinagawa. Issue Position: The Air We Breathe and the Water We Drink. 1 January 2012. "For agriculture, tourism, and the prevention of natural disasters, we must acknowledge and start dealing with climate change through higher fuel efficiency standards and a greater investment in clean energy [¦] Enforce, Protect, and Improve the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts: These two bills have been the cornerstone of our environmental policy. We need to make sure that Republican efforts to roll back these laws are strongly opposed. We cannot risk living in an era of acid rain, oil spills, and contaminated drinking water." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nate Shinagawa. Hornell Evening Tribune: After Aurora: Stricter gun laws not the answer, lawmakers say. 26 July 2012. "This tragedy [the shooting in Aurora, Colorado] is a painful reminder that we must enforce current laws on the books and make sure we have the people to do it. We also need greater focus on mental health services so we can help detect and help troubled people early on." (www.eveningtribune.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andrew Poole. Hornell Evening Tribune: Reed, Shinagawa split on court ruling. 30 June 2012. "Shinagawa called the Affordable Care Act 'a very good first step to reduce health care costs in the long run, but there is more work to do.'" (www.eveningtribune.com)
  • Nate Shinagawa. Affordable, Quality Healthcare. 11 September 2012. "For far too long, healthcare in America has supported insurance companies at the expense of everyday Americans and small businesses. Nate strongly supports the Affordable Care Act's protection for those with preexisting conditions and diabetes. Without this important reform, millions more Americans would have gone into debt just to take care of themselves and their loved ones. Nate also strongly supports caps on insurance companies, requiring that they spend at least 85% of their revenue on direct health care services instead of padding the pockets of their executives. During the health care debate, Nate was a strong advocate for the public option, believing that there needed to be an insurance choice for Americans focused on care over profit" (www.nateshinagawa.com)
  • Nate Shinagawa. Facebook: Photos. 22 August 2012. "We talked about the Affordable Care Act (I support it but have reform ideas), taxes (I said we need to make sure the rich pay their fair share), and infrastructure development (a critical role of government)." (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

  • Nate Shinagawa. Blue America: Blue America Welcomes Nate Shinagawa (D-NY). 24 July 2012. Responded "I also am a big supporter of things like The DREAM Act. I grew up in a Mexican American community until I was 18. Many of my friends came to the United States when they were just 2-3 years old. They were some of the best students I knew, but they couldn't get into college because of their immigration status. I think we're missing out on our next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and more without something like The DREAM Act in place" to the question: "I'm wondering if comprehensive immigration reform is on your radar much." (blueamerica.crooksandliars.com)
  • Nate Shinagawa. Facebook: Timeline. 17 December 2010. "A very important vote for the DREAM Act will take place in the Senate tomorrow at 10:30am. 'If made into law, the DREAM Act would allow individuals brought to the U.S. as children, who have remained in school and are of good moral character, to work toward citizenship. They could get a green card six years after graduating from high school if during that time they continue on to college or serve in the military.'" (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nate Shinagawa. Twitter: NateShinagawa. 24 June 2011. "Marriage equality just passed in the NY State Senate!" (twitter.com)
  • Nate Shinagawa. Twitter: NateShinagawa. 20 June 2011. "Let's hope gay marriage passes in NY soon! https://twitter.com/NateShinagawa/statuses/82964135926706177. (fb.me)
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

  • Nate Shinagawa. Protecting our Seniors. 11 September 2012. "Seniors work hard their entire lives in order to get access to their Social Security benefits. We must make sure that it isn't turned into a private system subject to the ups and downs of the stock market." (www.nateshinagawa.com)

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