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Sean Casten's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 6
Sean Casten has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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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 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must support and expand women's rights and opportunities -- by protecting reproductive rights, fighting for equal pay for equal work, defending women subjected to harassment and abuse, and much more." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1220041/issue-position-womens-rights-opportunity#.WmtXhHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "45 years ago yesterday, the US Supreme Court ruled that it's none of the government's &*$@# business what a woman does with her own body. Happy birthday, Roe V. Wade. And many more." https://twitter.com/SeanCasten/status/955775068927397888 (twitter.com)
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

  • "Make no mistake about it, Congressman Roskam sold out the people of this district, plain and simple. His plan will increase taxes for middle-class families and hit our district especially hard. It will also eliminate incentives for people to make charitable contributions. All so Peter Roskam can make a charitable contribution to the special interests that fund him, and slash taxes for the rich, the super-rich and big corporations." https://www.castenforcongress.com/roskam-tax-plan/ (www.castenforcongress.com)
  • "Bottom line. If you think the tax code should incentivize work, drive economic growth and reward the 'makers instead of the takers', the GOP tax reform is a disaster. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. /end" https://twitter.com/SeanCasten/status/939874532717940737 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? 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 Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, 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

  • "We need an infrastructure package that invests both federal dollars and private capital to build critical and necessary bridges, roads, power plants and industrial facilities that will provide decades of future value. These are the things that are going to help the economy, and the middle class." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1211527/issue-position-jobs#.WjGWeWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Make no mistake about it, Congressman Roskam sold out the people of this district, plain and simple. His plan will increase taxes for middle-class families and hit our district especially hard. It will also eliminate incentives for people to make charitable contributions. All so Peter Roskam can make a charitable contribution to the special interests that fund him, and slash taxes for the rich, the super-rich and big corporations." https://www.castenforcongress.com/roskam-tax-plan/ (www.castenforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support testing in schools for the purpose of student evaluation. I oppose testing for the evaluation of schools and teachers. Many schools have become too burdened with testing and reporting, distracting from teaching. Moreover, standardized testing often does not provide results in time to guide teachers in the classroom." https://www.castenforcongress.com/education/ (www.castenforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Furthermore, clean energy is another area where we could be growing jobs, by investing in research and technology so that the next generation of wind turbines, solar panels, fuel cells and more are designed and manufactured right here, by American workers." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1211527/issue-position-jobs#.WjGWeWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am a scientist and a clean energy entrepreneur. Climate change is the challenge of our generation […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1211517/issue-position-environment#.WjGVvWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "More than growing evidence: predictions coming true. There is a reason why DoD and State have said that climate change is a national security threat. Be v nervous about shrinking glaciers that feed China's two main rivers." https://twitter.com/SeanCasten/status/951113318206464001 (twitter.com)
  • "Support nationwide CO2 regulation […]" https://www.castenforcongress.com/energy-climate/ (www.castenforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Obamacare isn't perfect, but the data is clear: it made meaningful progress in protecting patient's rights and expanding coverage to more Americans. We need an affordable health care system that works for everyone." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1211523/issue-position-healthcare#.WjGVSWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? 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 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? 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: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? 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 increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

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 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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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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