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Corey Foister's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Corey Foister has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Ohio Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I believe people need to make their own important life decisions for themselves when it comes to reproductive health. The government should aid in providing medically accurate information and birth control to all Americans who seek it. I will never support legislation that would undermine basic rights that all women should have.

YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

The government could cut defense spending by 5% and we will still be as safe as we are today. The inconvenient truth about defense spending is that a sizable margin of our tax dollars goes toward investing in items and equipment that we don't need or is outdated. Politicians want to keep spending more money on defense to give the American people a false sense of security, something I will have the courage to stand up against. Also I would only support a tax increase on the 1%, they need to pay their fair share.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

We need to get big money out of politics because it is hurting our political discourse and makes our elected officials spend more time fundraising instead of legislating and doing the job the people elected them to do. I support the DISCLOSE Act, which would make campaign finances more transparent and ban U.S corporations controlled by foreign interests from making political contributions. Citizens United MUST be overturned, Super PACs and dark money are hurting our democracy. I support a constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles

I am personally against capital punishment and believe that a life sentence for extreme crimes is the best way to act. We must reform our criminal justice system and I will be a strong advocate for change in Congress. I support decriminalizing of cannabis usage and I believe that mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders is a major problem and has destroyed many Americans lives. American shouldn't lead the world in mass incarceration and that $80 billion spent yearly on incarceration should be spent on education and infrastructure.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
NoShould 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

Military force should always be the last option, I believe we can and should always use diplomacy when dealing with foreign governments seeking a nuclear weapon. The Iran Deal is proof that we can solve these major issues without the use of force.

NoCandidate 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.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Slightly Increasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
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.
Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increasee) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statusf) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasej) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusk) Payroll taxes
l) 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.

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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
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