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Candidate Name: James Buchal
Office Candidate is running for: Third Congressional District of Oregon
Campaign Website:
Please answer "yes" or "no" to the following questions. The optional explanations will be included in your Individual Candidate Guide.
1 Do you support drilling for oil and natural gas on public lands and waters? Yes
2 Do you support the EPA conducting aerial surveillance on agricultural operations? No
  There would have to be sufficient cause to get a warrant to do so.
3 Do you support the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act allowing the U.S. Military to arrest and detain ANY "suspected" terrorist without trial, legal counsel, or accusation of wrongdoing? No
4 Do you subscribe to the theory that human activity has a significant impact on climate? No
  Evidence of significance remains inconclusive.
5 Do you support a public audit of the Federal Reserve System? Yes
6 Do you support the IRS demanding group membership lists? No
7 Do you support the FCC monitoring newsrooms and the internet? No
8 Do you support closing Guantanamo Bay? No
  Cuba should be a free country.
9 Do you support increasing taxes for higher income families? No
10 Does the federal government have constitutional authority to regulate schools? No
11 Do you support federal secret service agents being assigned to local schools? No
  Have seen no evidence that this is happening.
12 Do you support dismantling the U.S. Department of Education? Yes
13 Do you support Common Core State Standards? No
14 Do you support a constitutional amendment to enumerate the already existing natural rights of parents? No
  The 9th and 10th Amendments are clear; the problem is with the judges, not the Constitution.
15 Do you support restrictions on the ownership of guns by law abiding citizens? No
16 Do you support the direct election of the president by popular vote? No
17 Should the federal government return to the states land it owns for the purposes not authorized by the Constitution? Yes
18 Do you support free trade agreements with foreign nations? Decline
  This depends on the country.
19 Do you support requiring all employers to verify employee eligibility to work in the United States? No
  No. We need to get control of borders, not burden employers further.
20 Do you support securing the borders before any form of amnesty is legalized? Yes
21 Do you support spending public funds to benefit illegal immigrants? No
  I oppose any expenditure of federal funds on this, but states and localities can make up their own minds.
22 Do you support automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S. when both parents are not legal residents? No
23 Do you support the Federal "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (Obamacare)? No
24 Do you support paying for the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" by cutting Medicare services and reimbursements? No
25 Do you support subsidizing insurers for lack of enrollees in the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act"? No
26 Do you support legalizing genetically altered marijuana? Yes
  Not sure what "genetically altered" means. People are not government cows. If they want to make themselves stupid, so be it.
27 Do you support the First Amendment right of business owners to run their business in accordance with their religious beliefs? Yes
28 Do you support spending public funds on abortion services? No
29 Do you support repealing the Supreme Court decision in Roe versus Wade? Yes
  It should be "overturned"; repeal is the wrong word here.
30 Do you support the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research? No
31 Do you support the Humane Society of the U.S. and the U.N. to make all animal cruelty laws a felony? No
32 Do you support adding the Oregon Spotted Frog to the endangered species list affecting Oregon ranchers and farmers and recreational areas? No
33 Do you support preserving Israel's existing borders including occupied territories? Decline
  I don't know enough about the precise borders to answer.
34 Do you support U.S. aid to Israel to ensure it can defeat its enemies? No
  Israel is an ally, but a wealthy one, and not the burden of federal taxpayers to defend.
35 Do you support laws that exempt government officials from laws that apply to private citizens? No
36 Do you support replacing Social Security gradually rolling over to private retirement plans for future beneficiaries? Decline
  Not sure what to do about this.
37 Do you support raising the Medicare eligibility age? Yes
38 Do you support enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)? Yes
39 Do you support the use of presidential executive orders that changes law? No
The following questions will not appear in the Candidate Comparison Guide, but will be included in your Individual Candidate Guide.
40 How would you ensure the land-use rights of rural Oregon and how would you protect their ability to farm and ranch?  
  By cutting funding for federal bureaucrats opposed to such rights, and amending environmental laws to focus on issues of real importance.
41 How would you propose to strengthen the checks and balances of the federal system?  
  We need to appoint better judges and work harder to defeat the apologists for executive and administrative powers.