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16PVS_Q9 on Nov 8, 2016

Political Group Survey: the PVS survey question on drug sentencing
Source: Political Courage Test
The Project Vote Smart Voter Guide inferred how candidates would respond to the question, 'Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?' Project Vote Smart notes, "in response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided [for candidates who] 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." Also see the PVS survey question on gun control and the CC survey question on Second Amendment.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Question 19: Marijuana is a gateway drug Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Drugs
  • Headline: Supports mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Opposes jail sentences for non-violent drug offenders (Score: -2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 16PVS_Q9

Anthony Brown s2-Maryland Democrat 
Adriano Espaillat s2-New York Democrat 
Josh Gottheimer s2-New Jersey Democrat 
Pramila Jayapal s2-Washington Democrat 
Ruben Kihuen s2-Nevada Democrat 
Al Lawson s2-Florida Democrat 
Jimmy Panetta s1+California Democrat 
Jamie Raskin s2-Maryland Democrat 



Republicans participating in 16PVS_Q9

Jim Banks s2-Indiana Republican 
Jason Lewis s2-Minnesota Republican 
Brian Mast s1+Florida Republican 
John Rutherford s2-Florida Republican 



Independents participating in 16PVS_Q9



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 8
Republicans: 4
Independents: 0


















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