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W. Williamson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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W. Williamson has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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 2016, 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

  • "[...] regarding women's issues, I am a Pro-Choice candidate. I support Planned Parenthood, and I believe women have the right to make their own decisions about their healthcare concerns." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/934863/the-future-can-be-ours-i-support-the-violence-against-women-reauthorization-act-of-2013 (votesmart.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

  • "I support balancing the budget by not only spending cuts, but also by a slight tax increase to pay down the debt. The slight tax increase would be called the DOLLARS TO DOWNSIZE THE DEBT program. Those with incomes of less than $250,000 per year would pay an extra dollar in taxes per year. Those making $250,000 or more would pay an additional $2 per year." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1103751/issue-position-my-platform-positions-on-the-issues-are (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? 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 Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support balancing the budget by not only spending cuts, but also by a slight tax increase to pay down the debt." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1103751/issue-position-my-platform-positions-on-the-issues-are (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes 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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "When elected your congressman in November 2016, I will continue to advocate for accessible preschools for children from all income levels. I will speak up for adequate funding for the federal Headstart program. To ignore our preschool age children is to forget that the future is theirs, and we must equip them to take charge of it in an effective fashion." http://www.williamsonforuscongress.com/?p=672 (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? 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 Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With our almost ever-present sun in the daytime, our state is a natural for heliocentric energy; we would be foolish not to do everything we can to promote its use both by industry and the private consumer. Technologies will have to be adapted to expedite the use of this renewable energy source." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/935530/the-future-can-be-ours-corporation-commissions-november-decision-gives-renewable-energy-its-day-in-the-sun#.V18v9borIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "When elected to Congress on November 4th, I will support the President's efforts to get meaningful climate change legislation passed in the House. In addition, I will support his efforts to bring into being an international 'climate accord' that will be respected by all parties so that greenhouse gases and carbon emissions can be effectively reduced." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/935535/the-future-can-be-ours-schweikert-says-global-warming-may-be-folklore (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "When elected your congressman in November 2016, I will support effective background checks on gun purchases that seek to screen out the dangerously mentally ill and those with a history of committing violent crimes." http://www.williamsonforuscongress.com/?page_id=12 (www.williamsonforuscongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as expanding Medicaid for childless adults on the state level." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1103751/issue-position-my-platform-positions-on-the-issues-are (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In the meanwhile, I support providing asylum to those minors who qualify for refugee status. Some of them, after all, have come from San Pedro Sula, 'a city in northwestern Honduras that has the world's highest homicide rate, according to United Nations figures.' ("Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border," Frances Robles, New York Times, July 9, 2014, www.nytimes.com). They should be allowed to enroll in our public schools, as has already occurred in the Phoenix Union High School District." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1103751/issue-position-my-platform-positions-on-the-issues-are (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? 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 National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? 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.

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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