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Lon Johnson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Lon Johnson 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.

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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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? 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 Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "End tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs and profits offshore." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072332/issue-position-the-issues#.V3aYXXVTQfI (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.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Rick Snyder has been governor since 2011 and he hasn’t gotten the job done on fixing our roads. Time for excuses to stop. #misots15" https://twitter.com/lonbjohnson (twitter.com)
  • "We need to upgrade and expand the Soo Locks to double its current capacity so bigger ships can get through fasterbringing more shipping business to Northern Michigan and creating up to 15,000 new jobs in Northern Michigan and the U.P." https://www.facebook.com/LonBJohnson/photos/a.330316030406506.62772.328693040568805/824941840943920/?type=3&theater (www.facebook.com)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • "Invest in renewable energy to lower our electricity costs and bring energy independence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072332/issue-position-the-issues#.V1WdKborIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Shut down the Line 5 oil pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072332/issue-position-the-issues#.V3aaYHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Ban natural gas hydraulic fracking." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072332/issue-position-the-issues#.V3aaYHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 86% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/140023/lon-johnson/37 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? 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 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

  • Petoskey News "When asked what steps he’d favor to fix the U.S. ‘immigration system, Johnson pointed to a need to enforce existing immigration law and increase Border Patrol authority and funding. He also noted opposition to blanket amnesty for illegal immigration and a need to better monitor visa holders’ compliance with time restrictions on their stays." http://www.petoskeynews.com/featured-pnr/congressional-candidates-square-off-at-forum/article_3dce6bf4-4e8a-11e6-a2a7-0b5114c19b94.html (www.petoskeynews.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Endorsed by Pride Source http://votesmart.org/candidate/140023/lon-johnson#.V1Wc07orIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "On marriage #equalitySnyder is clearly on the wrong side of history:" https://twitter.com/LonBJohnson/status/592708396098449410 (twitter.com)
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

  • "We should only send our soldiers into combat when absolutely necessary." http://www.lonjohnson.com/issues/ (www.lonjohnson.com)
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

  • "I will protect, preserve and strengthen Medicare and Social Security by supporting legislation that enhances these programs in the best interests of today's seniors and future generations as well." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1135248/privatizer-paul-ryan-stumps-for-ally-jack-bergman-in-michigan-today (votesmart.org)
  • "Johnson noted that Bergman's proposals to privatize Social Security, Medicare and veterans' health care show he doesn't understand what's important to people in the 1st District." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1135248/privatizer-paul-ryan-stumps-for-ally-jack-bergman-in-michigan-today (votesmart.org)

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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