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Gary Palmer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 6, Republican
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Gary Palmer 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-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/146274/gary-palmer/2#.V3Um_XVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Life is sacred, it is granted by God and protected by the Constitution. It is the duty of government to protect the right to life. I will vote to protect the right to life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/848611/issue-position-right-to-life#.VXW2J3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Life" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/146274/gary-palmer/#.VW8UnXUViko (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

  • "The federal government doesn't have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. Raising taxes is not the answer. I will not support a tax increase." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/848613/issue-position-taxes#.VXW2i3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/146274/gary-palmer/#.VW8UnXUViko (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

  • "Our nation desperately needs leaders who are willing to stand up and make the tough choices -- willing to do what needs to be done to get our nation's spending under control, get our economy growing again and create good jobs for American workers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/848603/issue-position-why-im-running/?search=spending#.VXW303UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/146274/gary-palmer/#.VW8UnXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "At the federal level, I support cutting the corporate income tax rate, allowing businesses to expense capital purchases in the year they are made, cutting individual rates, cutting the capital gains tax, eliminating the double taxation of dividends, repealing the Death Tax and eventually adopting a Fair Tax." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/146274/gary-palmer/#.VW8UnXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/146274/gary-palmer/#.VW8UnXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Common Core is the latest attempt to expand the reach of federal government even more broadly into our daily lives." http://capcityfreepress.blogspot.com/2011/09/gary-palmer-common-core-standards.html (capcityfreepress.blogspot.com)
  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/146274/gary-palmer/#.VW8UnXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/19390/50944/146274/a-bill-to-approve-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VW8WZnUViko (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • "It is becoming evident that the green economy is at least for now, a pipe dream. Other U.S. green companies, many of whom received huge taxpayer-fund subsidies and loans, will surely follow Solyndra into bankruptcy or closure." http://capcityfreepress.blogspot.com/2011/11/gary-palmer-green-economy-costly-and.html (capcityfreepress.blogspot.com)
  • "Palmer has also taken on energy secretary Ernest Moniz. His department is 'investing enormous amounts of money in trying to make renewable energy economically viable. You are the Department of Energy. You are not the EPA.' Shouldn’t oil, natural gas, and coal be treated similarly, especially by efforts to make fracking more economically viable? The private sector can do that, Moniz said. His department is focusing on things like the "reuse of water." https://palmer.house.gov/media-center/in-the-news/gary-palmer-goes-washington (palmer.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/146274/gary-palmer/#.VW8UnXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "If the EPA can’t even point to controls capable of almost half the emission reductions in the East or all the reductions required in California to meet those stringent proposed standards, this sounds like shoot first, ask questions later rulemaking." https://palmer.house.gov/media-center/in-the-news/gary-palmer-goes-washington (palmer.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I do not support any additional federal restrictions, and I support the repeal of unconstitutional restrictions imposed by some states and municipalities." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/146274/gary-palmer/#.VW8UnXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 86% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/146274/gary-palmer/37#.V3Un0XVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/146274/gary-palmer/#.VW8UnXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/146274/gary-palmer/#.VW8UnXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The bill we passed today would fully repeal Obamacare and instruct the Congress to replace it with common sense solutions." https://palmer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/palmer-statement-vote-repeal-obamacare (palmer.house.gov)
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

  • "I am opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/906938/issue-position-immigration#.VXW7gHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/146274/gary-palmer/#.VW8UnXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support same-sex marriage? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/146274/gary-palmer/#.VW8UnXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe marriage is between one man and one woman, as do a large majority of the people of Alabama." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955291/palmer-comments-on-11th-circuit-decision-to-deny-stay-on-gay-marriage-decision/?search=marriage#.VXW79XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/146274/gary-palmer/#.VW8UnXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Rated 20% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/146274/gary-palmer/53#.V3UoJHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/146274/gary-palmer/#.VW8UnXUViko (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.

Alabama Congressional Election 2014 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-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

Given that individual contributions must be disclosed, I support full disclosure of the source of contributions.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

Not at the federal level, states can make their own decisions. At the federal level, I support cutting the corporate income tax rate, allowing businesses to expense capital purchases in the year they are made, cutting individual rates, cutting the capital gains tax, eliminating the double taxation of dividends, repealing the Death Tax and eventually adopting a Fair Tax.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • "I do not support any additional federal restrictions, and I support the repeal of unconstitutional restrictions imposed by some states and municipalities." PCT 2014
Other or expanded principles

I do not support any additional federal restrictions, and I support the repeal of unconstitutional restrictions imposed by some states and municipalities.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

In view of the chaotic situation in the Middle East and elsewhere, I believe we need to make sure Defense is adequately funded. In regard to the other categories, I am evaluating all spending and basing it on priorities which will lead to spending cuts across the board.

Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
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.

1) Economic Growth: open up federal lands to access our vast energy resources.
2) Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act
3) Rein in the EPA and initiate broad regulatory reform

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