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Jim Lawrence's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Jim Lawrence 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.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe that life begins at conception and am strongly pro-life. We all have a role in protecting life, promoting adoption and pre-natal services, and providing support for those who need our help." http://jimfornh.com/ (jimfornh.com)
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

  • "I support a simplified and fair flat tax." http://jimfornh.com/ (jimfornh.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support a combination approach that is tough on criminal drug traffickers but also recognizes that good families across the state are struggling with this problem. We must improve treatment programs and explore solutions that bring addicted individuals back from the brink and back into society." http://www.wmur.com/article/where-2016-candidates-in-second-congressional-district-stand-on-issues/5213958 (www.wmur.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must cut spending, eliminate waste, and reduce the size and reach of the federal government." http://jimfornh.com/ (jimfornh.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "And jobs are created when taxes are low, government gets out of the way, and entrepreneurs are able to invest in creating or expanding businesses. We must cut regulation and red tape, reduce taxes on job-creators, and eliminate government waste and overreach." http://jimfornh.com/ (jimfornh.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Top down Federal Government programs do not work. Our education system is built on the premise that locally controlled and run schools service the community better. I will empower the best advocates for our children to make education decisions; their parents." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918119/issue-position-repeal-common-core#.V4egPXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Every year we cede more power – and more tax money – to the federal Department of Education in Washington. We must reclaim our power, through local school boards, to educate our children. That includes giving parents choice of public, private, and home schools." http://jimfornh.com/ (jimfornh.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.
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

  • "We can not allow wind power to destroy our most treasured landscape. New Hampshire is a wonder of natural beauty visited by millions from all over the world. I will defend our vital tourist industry by not allowing wind turbine projects to destroy our state's beauty." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918126/issue-position-no-wind-turbines#.V4egP3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? 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 Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have a 6 year voting record of supporting the right to bear arms for American Citizens. I will continue to fight for this critical constitutional right. I am the only candidate who has a lifetime membership to the NRA and an A+ rating from the Gun Owners of New Hampshire." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918123/issue-position-support-2nd-amendment#.V4egV3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/154385/jim-lawrence/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "As a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, I believe that the right to bear arms must never be infringed. Our founders understood that the 2nd Amendment isn’t just about hunting or home protection. It is the foundation of a free nation." http://jimfornh.com/ (jimfornh.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support replacing Obamacare with a system that allows for lower costs and more patient choice." http://jimfornh.com/ (jimfornh.com)
  • "Obamacare has robbed many New Hampshire residents of their choices for doctors and hospitals. Now there are whole counties in New Hampshire without covered hospitals or healthcare providers. It has not only put Washington bureaucrats between patients and their doctors but has increased insurance costs. The citizens of New Hampshire deserve better. I will fight to restore our options for healthcare and support common sense policy that will introduce savings and quality through competition." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918117/issue-position-repeal-obamacare#.V4egY3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "If you enter the US illegally, you should never get to stay." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918118/issue-position-secure-the-border-and-no-amnesty#.V4egP3VTQfI (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.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to work closely with allied intelligence to root out ISIS, and continue to pursue opportunities to take the fight to our enemies before they can reach us in our cities." http://www.wmur.com/article/where-2016-candidates-in-second-congressional-district-stand-on-issues/5213958 (www.wmur.com)
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

  • "It is now time to first and foremost fence this funding so that it cannot be spent on other items. We must then make the tough decisions to make Social Security solvent so that future generations can receive the benefits owed without the spectra of crippling tax increases." http://www.wmur.com/article/where-2016-candidates-in-second-congressional-district-stand-on-issues/5213958 (www.wmur.com)

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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