Richard Grayson's Political Positions

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Richard Grayson has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

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Issue Positions

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  • "ABORTION ON DEMAND." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/874/richard-grayson/ (votesmart.org)

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  • "HIGHER TAXES FOR ALL, BUT ESPECIALLY THE WEALTHY." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/874/richard-grayson/ (votesmart.org)

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  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/874/richard-grayson/ (votesmart.org)

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  • "BIG TAXES ON GASOLINE NEEDED “ LIKE EUROPE." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/874/richard-grayson/ (votesmart.org)

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  • Do you support same-sex marriage? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/874/richard-grayson/ (votesmart.org)

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  • Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/874/richard-grayson/ (votesmart.org)

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Arizona 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
YesIn 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
YesDo 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?
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

I support lowering taxes -- along with increased federal spending -- during recessionary periods; I am a Keynesian.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
Other or expanded principles

Limit standardized testing.

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

Anyone who doesn't believe that human activity is contributing to climate change is a moron.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I believe that Doe v. Heller was wrongly decided and that we need to return to Chief Justice Burger's view that the second amendment does not support the right of an individual to own arms. I favor buyback programs to eliminate guns. If a man has a normal-sized penis, he does not need a gun.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

It needs to be improved. There should be a public option and/or buy-in to Medicare. Ultimately, we need to work toward "Medicare for all," a single-payer system, but it would be too disruptive to do so immediately.

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
Other or expanded principles

I support "amnesty." I favor keeping the undocumented immigrants and encouraging Republicans to self-deport in a time machine back to the 18th century, where they will be happier.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

I oppose the bigots who pass laws allowing people to use fake religion to discriminate against same-sex couples. I support a constitutional amendment barring anyone who has been divorced more than once from becoming President of the U.S.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
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

The answer to the first question is "Maybe; it depends."

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

Anyone who supports such a proposal is a worthless bum.

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
Greatly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Increasej) Space exploration
Slightly Increasek) United Nations
Greatly Increasel) 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.

Greatly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Greatly Increased) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increasee) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Increasef) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Increasej) Inheritance taxes
Greatly 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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