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    Keith Butkovich
    (NLP)

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    John Moolenaar
    (Rep)

  • Jordan Salvi
    (Grn)

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    Leonard Schwartz
    (L)

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    George M. Zimmer
    (UST)

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Do you support and will you appear at campaign events with your party’s presidential nominee?

How would you rate the State of Michigan's response to the Flint water crisis?

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How would you rate the federal government’s response to the Flint water crisis?

Explain.

Should Congress provide funding to help Flint, and other cities across the U.S., reduce and eventually eliminate lead service lines?

Do you support deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Do they help create jobs in the U.S.? Why or why not?

What do you think needs to be done to make the U.S. tax code fairer?

Do you think Obamacare should be augmented or replaced? How would you change it? What would you replace it with?

Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony? If so, please explain.

Have you ever filed for personal bankruptcy? If so, please explain.

What specifically would you do to help colleges control the cost of tuition?

The U.S., and Michigan specifically, has long been a place of refuge for people displaced by wars and acts of terror. Should it remain so, especially with regard to refugees from Iraq, Syria and the Middle East?

Would you support a Constitutional amendment repealing Citizens United?

If an American auto company wants to open a plant in another country in order to reduce costs and increase its competitiveness worldwide, should it be able to do so? Should it have to pay additional taxes or fees for work performed overseas?

Where should the U.S. concentrate its job creation efforts?

Should the U.S. Senate confirm a Supreme Court Justice before a new president takes office? If not, why not?

What is the role of Congress when its majority sits in political opposition to the president?

Has the relationship between Congress and the president lost the respect it ought to have during the last two terms? If so, how would you restore it?

How effective has the Republican majority in the House been in exercising the House’s constitutional role in the federal government?

Do you believe income inequality is a problem in America? If so, what would you do about it?

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Racial inequality continues to be a serious problem in America.

If you agree, what would you do about it? If you disagree, explain why.

Do you support a moratorium on the deportation of undocumented immigrants whose children were born in the United States?

Do you favor the deportation of all undocumented immigrants?

Do you support legislation to reform the decennial redistricting process by placing it in the hands of in the hands of a non-partisan agency?

How would you reduce the number of firearm-related injuries and deaths in the U.S.?

As more boomers enter retirement, the nation faces critical shortages in eldercare services and rapidly rising levels of poverty among older Americans. What should Congress do about it?

City of residence Wayne
Age 32
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I do not support the presidential nominee and will not campaign or appear with them. The Natural Law Party is purely independent and all candidates run on their own beliefs. There is no platform you must adopt.
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The state has meddled too much and will not let Flint solve this problem with their own officials and citizens.
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The federal government should leave this to Flint officials and the local citizens and business owners.
No, because this is a local issue and Congress should not get involved. The local government officials and citizens can solve this much more efficiently
No, because there is too much government bureaucracy involved. Get government out of the way and let people trade with whomever they wish with whatever terms they agree to
Eliminate taxes. Taxation is theft. If people want to donate to a government, that is their choice but we must not be forced to.
It should be repealed and replaced with nothing. It is not the role of the government to provide healthcare. The private sector and charities can do so for a far lower cost and better services. I would also attempt to eliminate the Health and Human Services Department, as it is a huge bloated bureaucracy.
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Get the government out of the way and privatize all universities. This would create a real competition and costs for education and materials would drop dramatically.
Yes, though they could not receive government welfare.
I am undecided, as I would need to see the actual amendment that is proposed. Citizens United is a very complicated issue and cannot be dealt without really studying deeply.
Yes, as they are a private company and can do as they wish. The government should stay out of the way and not charge them taxes, though I would also not charge taxes for them to stay in the US. Of course, I would suggest they remain here.
Stay out of the way and let the private sector handle that. As said before, I would eliminate taxes to recharge the economy.
At this late stage of the game, no, because the president cannot be reelected. If it was a president running for a second term, then yes
Stand by their beliefs and do not bend to the president. Vetoes and gridlock can be a good thing at times. Congress usually spends more and more money and expands government, which does not help the people at all. The president usually suggests the same, just in different areas.
No, because it is rare Congress is respected to begin with.
Poorly, just as the Democrat majority was before that. Neither of the two major parties, with rare exceptions such as the retired Ron Paul, understand and follow the Constitution.
No, because not all jobs are the same. The problem is the government meddles in the economy and makes it far worse. Get out of the way and leave it to the businesses and the people. Abolish the Federal Reserve, as they are destroying the value of our money.
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It is in some cases, but problems are across the board. Racism will always exist because you sadly cannot convince every single person how bad it is. People need to try and work out their differences instead of fighting and hating one another.
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Yes, it should be made out of ordinary citizens with no governmental involvement. This group is more likely to make districts and square or rectangular shaped as possible, instead of the strange and swirling districts we have today. MI-14 is a perfect example of what bureaucrats do.
I would not do anything. It is not the role of the government to do this.
The government should stay out of healthcare, however I would grandfather those currently on Social Security and Medicare, as they were promised this. Younger Americans should be able to receive what they have paid into Social Security returned to them so they can invest as they wish. Most simple investments pay out far more over time than government Social Security.
City of residence Midland
Age 55
Family Wife, Amy Six Children
Education Herbert Henry Dow High School, Midland, MI Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Hope College, Holland, MI Master’s of Public Administration, Harvard University
Vehicles owned Two
Professional Experience Chemist Business Development Director School Administrator
Political Experience Midland City Council, Michigan House of Representatives (Six years), Michigan Senate (Four years).
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
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If the Presidential candidate is in Michigan's Fourth Congressional District and my schedule permitted, I would attend the events.
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The initial response was poor, however since the State of Michigan has accepted responsibility, it has taken positive steps to resolve the crisis and improve the health of Flint residents.
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The federal government ignored its own experts, allowing the crisis to persist, and never told the residents of Flint that their water was contaminated and unsafe to drink.
Yes. Congress does have a role to play regarding helping to eliminate lead service lines across the United States. That's why I have introduced legislation that would provide funding for Flint and rural communities to receive assistance to identify these problems and funding to replace contaminated service lines.
I'm open to trade policy and trade agreements that open markets for United States producers and grow our economy. I believe that the United States should have a seat at the table and that we cannot have countries in the Asia-Pacific dictate our economic policy at home and abroad.
I believe the tax code should be simpler and fairer. We should promote pro-growth tax policy that provides certainty and relief for hardworking Michigan families while promoting investment in the United States.
The Affordable Care Act should be repealed and replaced. It represents an unprecedented expansion of the federal government and is not working for the American people. Congress should replace it by first looking into policies such as refundable tax credits for purchasing health insurance, expanding health savings accounts, ending the Cadillac tax, and allow for the sale of health insurance across state lines. Further, reforms and maximum state flexibility of government programs are badly needed in order to promote better outcomes for patients, and to control cost as they rapidly contribute to our nation’s debt. By doing so, we will preserve these programs for future generations.
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We must ensure that every child has the opportunity to access higher education. Parents and students should have better information on the cost of higher education. We need to do a better job encouraging students to explore all education opportunities, including skilled trade programs.
The United States is a humanitarian nation that has welcomes refugees from around the world. We must continue to do so; however, we must be vigilant to ensure those who want to do us harm are not taking advantage of the system.
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I support policies that allow American companies to be competitive around the world. I oppose raising taxes.
The United States should concentrate its job creation efforts on all sectors of our economy, while not picking winners and losers. Further, we should encourage small business growth, lessen regulatory burdens, and promote pro-growth tax reform.
As a member of the House, I will respect the Senate's constitutional role to advise and consent.
Congress is a co-equal branch of government. Congress' role as the branch closest to the people is to conduct oversight of the executive branch and look for common ground with the executive branch where it exists.
Congress and the executive branch should always work together where possible to find common ground and improve the lives of the American people.
Congress has been effective in its oversight role of the Administration. It has fought against executive overreach and unconstitutional executive orders. The courts have affirmed many of these actions by the Congress.
The federal government needs to eliminate burdensome polices that hinder upward economic mobility and promote policies that provide opportunities for all Americans to succeed.
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I believe, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that we should continue to strive to live in a nation where individuals should not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character.
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I believe we should enforce the United States' current immigration laws to strengthen border security and improve the process of legal immigration.
This is an issue that should be handled by the state government.
First and foremost, we must protect American citizens' due process so their 2nd and 4th Amendment rights are upheld. That said, I support accountable screening measures and ensure those who are on the terrorist watch list are fully vetted to keep guns out the hands of those who would do us harm.
Congress should reform government programs in order to keep the promises made to our senior citizens.
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City of residence Oak Park
Age 71
Family single
Education BA, U. of Chicago; MA, Johns Hopkins U.; JD, Wayne State U. Law School
Vehicles owned 2014 Mitsubishi (made in USA by UAW workers)
Professional Experience economist, lawyer, teacher
Political Experience none
Race/ethnicity white
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Elections are rarely decided by only a few votes. Therefore, your vote rarely affects who wins. But your vote always sends a message. Clinton & Trump believe they can spend your money & manage your life better than you can. If you vote for either as the lesser of 2 evils, you send a message that you agree. Don't waste your vote on the lesser of 2 evils. Libertarians don't want to spend your money or manage your life. Vote for Governor Gary Johnson for president & Governor Bill Weld for VP - www.JohnsonWeld.com.
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Trade occurs only when both parties benefit. That is true regardless of whether trade is domestic or international. Free trade benefits Americans. To promote our own prosperity we should reduce restrictions on trade.
The biggest problem with the US tax code is that it is ridiculously voluminous & incomprehensible. I want to simplify & clarify taxes. There are many good ways to do this. This will reduce the time & money individuals & businesses spend on tax paperwork & litigation.
The biggest problem with federal healthcare programs -- Medicare, Medicaid, ObamaCare & others -- is that they overlap & are ridiculously complicated. This makes healthcare expensive & fearful. For example, doctors fear prosecution for mistakenly violating this week's interpretation of this week's voluminous & incomprehensible healthcare regulations. I want to simplify & clarify healthcare regulations.
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I'm a retired professor. I know that federal regulations have increased the administrative costs of colleges. If elected to Congress, I will fight to reduce unnecessary federal regulations.
I support everyone's right to spend their own time & money helping refugees. Democrats & Republicans want to spend taxpayer money. I don't.
Secret ballots protect voters from retaliation. To further protect people from retaliation, campaign contributions should likewise be secret. Therefore, I oppose that amendment.
Trade occurs only if both parties benefit. Free trade benefits Americans. To promote our own prosperity, we shouldn't impose additional taxes or fees on American businesses.
Democrats & Republicans want to micro-manage the economy. They want to spend taxpayer money on gimmicks they hope will be successful. I don't.
I have no opinion on this.
The US Constitution creates a system of checks & balances. The worst situation is either (A) a Democratic president & Democratic control of both houses of Congress or (B) a Republican president & Republican control of both houses of Congress. Power corrupts. Political diversity promotes compromise.
Democrats & Republicans believe they can spend your money & manage your life better than you can. I'm not a busybody. I don't want to spend your money or manage your life. For government better than Democrats on the left or Republicans on the right, vote Libertarian, the traditional middle-of-the-road party. I'm a moderate. I support common sense in Congress.
I let the Democrats & Republicans quibble about which party is worse.
Democrats & Republicans want to micro-manage the economy. They want to spend taxpayer money on gimmicks they hope will be successful. I don't. I support your right to spend your own time & money helping whomever you consider the deserving poor in whatever way you consider helpful.
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President Nixon created racial goals or quotas for the US civil service & employers who receive more than $50,000 a year from the US. In 1980, Reagan & Bush promised to cancel those regulations. They reneged on that campaign promise. Neither George W. Bush nor the Republicans, who controlled both houses of Congress during his first 6 years as president, cancelled Nixon's regulations. Democrats likewise support racial goals or quotas. Some claim that racial goals or quotas don't lead to discrimination. If that is true, then the reports employers must file are useless paperwork & should be eliminated for that reason. I support equal rights & oppose racial preferences.
Families are crucial for all civilizations. Some Republicans want to break up families. I don't.
Not when this would break up families.
In theory, yes. But no government agency is truly non-partisan.
I support your right to spend your own time & money supporting firearm safety.
I support your right to spend your own time & money helping whomever you consider the deserving poor in whatever way you consider helpful.
City of residence Byron
Age 74
Family wife and two grown children
Education 3 years college economics major
Vehicles owned 2013 Honda CRV
Professional Experience Air traffic controller Automation specialist Blast Furnace foreman
Political Experience Precinct delegate
Race/ethnicity White
Campaign Website http://ustpm.org
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There was reason for using Detroit water in the first place. The idea to save money without looking for consequences is deplorable.
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There appeared to be little interest in helping Flint with its water problem until it became a political item of interest.
The US government should do the testing and suggest improvements. Loans should be made available.
No There should be no more favored nation trading status. Free enterprise should prevail.
Lower business taxes but eliminate loopholes. All business should be treated alike.
Replaced. Medical care is too expensive in large part because of the large number of coders,insurance specialists and bookkeepers required. There should be no advertising by ambulance chasing lawyers and medicine producers. This worked fine for many years.
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Revise tenure requirements so salaries would be competitive. Limit tuition increases to inflation,no more.
We should not be a magnet for countries that molest their own people. These people have their own religion and culture which often differs from ours.
Yes Corporations are just that. They are not people.
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Social work. A good social worker is worth several policemen.
No. Things change around election time. Let things settle down and let someone who respects the constitution be installed. There has been too much legislation coming from the supreme court.
Organize and try to achieve a compromise with the president. If this doesn't work they must try hard to override a veto.
Yes. There is little frugality with the president nor the congress. Congress is charged with the budget. They should act accordingly.
Not very much. There is too much bickering among themselves.
Yes. Loopholes in paying tax are often used by the rich. These must be curtailed.
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Encourage morality. There are too many children being raised in one parent homes. Marriage between a man and a woman, in sickness and health till death do they part would resolve many of the problems that exist. Bring back the ten commandments. Even if one does not believe in God, they are a perfect guideline to good life.
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If they cause trouble.
Yes. We are the only nation that allows the legislature to pick its constituents. The representative district of Austin Texas resembles a flower petal.
Restrict war weapons to the military.
Increase the number of social workers, pay them descent wages, and give them suitable workloads. There is no cure all for this situation as everyone has a different situation.

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