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Barry Michaels' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Barry Michaels 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

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Choice". https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/65927/barry-michaels/#.W5fkrWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No". https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/65927/barry-michaels/#.W5fkrWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/65927/barry-michaels/#.W5fkrWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/65927/barry-michaels/#.W5fkrWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Creating jobs can be simple, my plan calls for the government to issue a new type of savings bond (possibly: USA BizBonds) used exclusively to finance small businesses and create jobs. The bonds would be available in different denominations at any FDIC bank or other financial institution. Each bond would yield a reasonable rate of return which would be preset for a period of 5 – 10 years." http://barryforussenate.com/jobs-2/ (barryforussenate.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? 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 Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • "I also believe in exploring all alternative methods of clean energy" http://barryforussenate.com/environment/ (barryforussenate.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/65927/barry-michaels/#.W5fkrWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe in the Second Amendment like I do all the other amendments, but I also believe there can be restrictions as to the type of weapons available without conflicting with one’s constitutional rights." http://barryforussenate.com/guns/ (barryforussenate.com)
  • "There are things we should do to reduce the number of "mass" shootings and there are things we can do that may be of some help. To begin with we should ban future sales of high capacity magazine clips and military style rapid fire assault type weapons (with a suitable buy back provision for existing ones). I recognize this alone will not solve the entire problem but will provide the biggest piece of the much complicated problem. Mental illness is a big problem but unfortunately one that will not be solved overnight." http://barryforussenate.com/guns/ (barryforussenate.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Since I’m currently on Medicare I have personal knowledge of the program and I believe it’s simple and most of all it will work well for all Americans. Not only would you be covered for pre-existing conditions but you could also purchase a supplemental plan for even better coverage, if they so desire." http://barryforussenate.com/healthcare/ (barryforussenate.com)
  • "Since I first ran for office in 2005, I have promoted a plan to modify Medicare and require everyone under the age of retirement to "buy" into the program through their payroll deduction tax." http://barryforussenate.com/healthcare/ (barryforussenate.com)
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.
No 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

  • "For all of the above, I believe we need to develop a plan which leads to legalization and eventually citizenship." http://barryforussenate.com/immigration-2/ (barryforussenate.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Let’s begin slowly with marijuana, many states have already legalized it in one form or another, however it remains illegal under federal law. It’s time to change that NOW!" http://barryforussenate.com/drugs/ (barryforussenate.com)
  • "It's my opinion that the only way to eliminate illegal drugs is to take the money out, legalize, tax and regulate them." http://barryforussenate.com/drugs/ (barryforussenate.com)
No Inferred 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

  • Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? "No". https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/65927/barry-michaels/#.W5fkrWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I’ve always been against both the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. I believe you can not kill an ideology with the barrel of a gun. However, I do believe the more the U.S. is involved militarily, the more we help promote ISIS ideology and terrorism attacks within our own borders." http://barryforussenate.com/isis/ (barryforussenate.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 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.

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. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Nevada Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage 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.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
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
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate 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
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoDo 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
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
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
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.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) 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
Maintain Statusc) Small business taxes
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statusf) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatej) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasek) 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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