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Brenda Cleary's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Brenda Cleary has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2014.

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

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  • "Continuing with the theme of discrimination, women have come a long way since the Women's Suffrage Movement. However, we have a ways to go in some areas of inequality -- like equal pay for equal for work and adequate protections against domestic violence in which women are overwhelmingly the victims. Women are also the target of gender discrimination in relation to health care or opportunities for leadership roles in the corporate sector and large not-for-profit organizations." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • "Frankly, I am a bit surprised by the sudden push back on Common Core Standards, which are not a federal mandate." (www.clearyforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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  • "The state of the environment is a crucial one that must be addressed. The number of severe weather events are increasing and North Carolina sits at a vulnerable point on the Atlantic Ocean, making us more susceptible to both winter weather storms as well as tropical storms and hurricanes. Rapid sea level rise continues to pose a threat to our coastal communities. North Carolina's natural beauty and resources continue to make this a great state to live, work, and raise a family and that beauty must be protected. Our main economic generators of tourism, agriculture, forestry, and real estate require our environment to be relatively unspoiled. It is our duty as responsible citizens of North Carolina and of the Earth to find sustainable solutions that benefit both the environment and our economy, especially in light of recent issues such as hydraulic fracturing and coal ash spills.A vote for Cleary is a vote in support of environmental protection as well as economic growth." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The state of the environment is a crucial one that must be addressed. The number of severe weather events are increasing and North Carolina sits at a vulnerable point on the Atlantic Ocean, making us more susceptible to both winter weather storms as well as tropical storms and hurricanes. Rapid sea level rise continues to pose a threat to our coastal communities. North Carolina's natural beauty and resources continue to make this a great state to live, work, and raise a family and that beauty must be protected. Our main economic generators of tourism, agriculture, forestry, and real estate require our environment to be relatively unspoiled. It is our duty as responsible citizens of North Carolina and of the Earth to find sustainable solutions that benefit both the environment and our economy, especially in light of recent issues such as hydraulic fracturing and coal ash spills." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Where there are deep divides on an issue, the most effective approach is creating common sense policy solutions; solutions that most Americans agree upon. Millions of Americans, even if not directly affected, are shaken nearly every day by the growing violence in our country. While guns are not always involved, most Americans believe that universal background checks for gun buyers will close one important loophole in protecting our people. In fact, a recent poll showed that background checks of buyers from private sellers and at gun shows were supported by the vast majority of Americans. And there is bipartisan support: 88% among Democrats; 78 percent among Republicans; and 72 percent of among independents.A large number of gun control bills were introduced on the first day of the 113th Congress on the heels of the Newtown tragedy but as it typical in the 113th, none of them came to the floor for a vote. George Holding issued this quote on his campaign website on Election Day 2012: “I believe in the right to keep and bear arms. The 2nd Amendment is written in plain English”.If you vote me in as your future Congresswoman, I will also be a protector of Constitutional rights. However, I do not believe that precludes stepping up efforts to keep guns out of the hands of people who would use them to massacre innocent Americans, especially children." (www.clearyforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Affordable Care Act is a massive step forward in assuring that an essential human service like heath care is accessible to all Americans. Before its passage, health care in the United States left too many people out despite runaway costs. [...] The American people are now fully experiencing ACA's personal benefits, especially affordable coverage, not being turned away because of a pre-existing condition and no lifetime caps. [...] Early indicators show that ACA is working. Congress should continue to track its return on investment and the overall impact on the health of our nation" (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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • "Lawmakers will have to make changes to bring the system back into balance, while resisting efforts to privatize Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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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 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.

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