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Doug LaMalfa's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 1, Republican
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Doug LaMalfa 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, 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 rise today in strong support of the sanctity of human life. I know we have, as a society, an obligation to protect life in all its forms, especially the unborn. We are confronted today by a culture that takes human life for granted and the sanctity of it." (
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee (
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 am the first candidate to sign the Americans for Tax Reform 'Taxpayer Protection Pledge.' I've never been shy about where I stand on taxes." (
  • "America already has some of the highest capital gains tax rates in the world and last year had the largest tax revenues in our history. […] Raising Americans' taxes will only move investment overseas where taxes are lower and inhibit domestic job growth." (
  • "We do not need more tax rate increases we need more taxpayers." (
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, 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

  • Flashreport "We are in debt and it threatens the security and future of our great country. We must cut spending now." (
  • "One way to deal with it is to scale back the federal government and return to the private sector any job done by the federal government that is duplicated by a business." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" (
  • "I am the first candidate to sign the Americans for Tax Reform 'Taxpayer Protection Pledge. I've never been shy about where I stand on taxes." (
  • "Increasing tax rates or creating new types of taxes will harm our fragile economy and cause more local businesses to cut jobs or close entirely." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • " Coercing states and school districts to follow a Washington knows best policy only serves to limit opportunities and silence the exact people who should have a seat at the table: parents, teachers, and education leaders who understand their children and students' concerns […]" (
  • Support national standards and testing of public school students. "Do not support" (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Use new domestic production to reduce foreign imports (often from those unfriendly to America) and reduce the price at the pump, including the keystone pipeline." (
  • "Yet again the House has voted to expedite the construction of this pipeline, a project that is backed by the majority of the American people and which President Obama's own State Department found has minimal environmental impacts." (
  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
Yes 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

  • Signed a letter stating "We appreciate your attention to this issue and look forward to working with you to promote geothermal energy production and provide support for the surrounding communities." (
  • "We like green power. We like renewable power. When it rains behind a dam, you have renewable power and it is reliable. And it is low cost, much more so than windmills and solar panels that require government assistance to put them in and keep them going." (
  • "Hydroelectric power is the cheapest, most reliable and cleanest power available. I support wind, solar, biomass and geothermal where and when cost competitive." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Americans deserve access to affordable, reliable energy and public utilities should have the ability to provide these services without facing unnecessary red tape." (
  • "Expand exploration of natural gas, oil, and coal by removing restrictions and opening new land Promote clean coal-to-liquid and remove outdated regulations restricting our vast oil shale reserves." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.2042 "Ratepayer Protection Act" (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I've got lots of great endorsments to share. Including our friends at Gun Owners of America. I am proud to stand with them and fight to protect our Second Amendment rights." (
  • "Restricting access to firearms and the rights of law abiding citizens will not change the tragedies of the past or prevent them in the future." (
  • "I am an ardent defender of our Second Amendment rights. I believe firmly in the individual right to keep and bear arms." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of "HR 45 - Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • "Repealing Obamacare would immediately overturn the $718 billion cut made to Medicare, safeguarding a medical system that serves over 48 million Americans. […] Allowing more consumer choice and competition across state lines will also help to lower medical costs for all Americans." (
  • "When held under the light of freedom so carefully constructed by those who penned our U.S. Constitution, I have faith that this seizure of our health care system will be abolished." (
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

  • "Our nation must address immigration in a meaningful manner and stop promoting illegal behavior." (
  • Cosponsored and voted for H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
  • "America needs a clear and enforceable policy that promotes legal immigration and doesn't reward illegal immigration. Amnesty is not an acceptable option." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "From being an early supporter of propositions ending racial preferences and protecting marriage as between one man and one woman […]." (
  • "If you open the floodgates to other ideas, other concepts, you don't know where it ends. Multiple marriages? Same-sex marriage? There are so many things that are not what the institution is supposed to be about, indeed, an institution created by God, and it is supposed to be held up and respected by men and women." (
  • "It is indeed something I know a lot of people are grieving over with the Supreme Court decision, first on the morality issue. Those of us that believe in the Bible, that believe in God, feel that the Bible is pretty clear on this subject of homosexuality and the application of marriage." (
  • "But, you know, amazingly, in California, two different propositions in the State of California passed, prop. 22 and then proposition 8, by the people of California, affirming that marriage is, indeed, one man and one woman." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our nation is strongest when we work together, and the only way we can defeat these barbaric killers is if the President follows through on his commitment to destroy ISIS." (
  • "At all times, we need to guard against acts of terrorism, cyber-attacks, drug trafficking, illegal immigration, and all other potential threats. While I am a strong proponent of reducing government spending, we cannot undermine the commitments we have made to our troops, our allies, and to defend our nation from foreign enemies." (
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

  • "Congress must work to preserve the benefits that those at or near retirement have planned their lives around, while also guaranteeing that future generations have the ability to control and plan for their eventual retirements." (
  • Rated 3% by the Alliance for Retired Americans (


Candidate Answer

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Inferred Answer

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Unknown Answer

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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.

California State Legislative Election 2002 National Political Awareness 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
Xa) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xg) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as partial birth abortion.
Xh) Support amending the California Civil Code to state that human life begins at conception.
Xi) Other or expanded principles


State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Education (Higher)
Maintain Funding Statusb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Decrease Fundingc) Environment
Maintain Funding Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Greatly Increase Fundingf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Fundingg) Welfare
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Other or expanded categories


State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Greatly DecreaseF) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminateh) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasei) Property taxes
Greatly Decreasej) Sales taxes
Eliminatek) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Undecidedn) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Noo) Should California legalize gambling in specific cities in order to generate tax revenue?
p) Other or expanded principles


Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current two term, eight year limit for California governors?
Yesb) Do you support the current two term, eight year limit for California state senators?
Yesc) Do you support the current three term, six year limit for California assembly members?
Nod) Do you support amending the term limit law to allow voters to place a current legislator on the ballot who would otherwise be ineligible to run for re-election?
e) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) PAC
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Parties
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nog) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noh) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Undecidedi) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesj) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Nok) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in California are closed?
Nol) Do you support allowing voter registration on Election day?
Nom) Should California recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesn) Should California restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
o) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Increase state funds for the construction, renovation, and expansion of local jails and juvenile detention centers.
Xc) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty in California.
e) Support placing a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in California.
f) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xg) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xh) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xi) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xj) Support .08 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
Xk) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
l) Support funding for alternative sentencing programs for juvenile offenders.
m) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
n) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
o) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
p) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
q) Amend the "three-strikes" law so that it is applied only when the third offense is a serious or violent felony.
r) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
c) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
d) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
e) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xf) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Support public schools administering high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase state funding for Head Start programs.
k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
Xm) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Increase the length of the public school year to provide additional hours of classroom instruction.
o) Other or expanded principles
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in California's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Create a state "living wage" standard.
Xh) Other or expanded principles


Affirmative Action: Should the following state agencies take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?
Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
c) Support a bond for clean air, parks, and water conservation programs.
Nod) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Noe) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Nof) Should California purchase the utility lines of power companies?
Nog) Should California sell state bonds to create an emergency fund for the purchase of energy?
Xh) Other or expanded principles


Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xb) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
e) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in California.
h) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
i) Require labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered products.
Xj) Eliminate the requirement that health care facilities must provide non-emergency medical assistance to illegal immigrants.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
b) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
c) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
d) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
e) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xg) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Support tax credits to developers for the construction of low income housing.
j) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, in a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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