Race for U.S. House District 1

in the 2014 General Election

Isaac J. Misiuk

Isaac J. Misiuk

93,569 (30.92%)

Republican - Gorham

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Richard P. Murphy

Richard P. Murphy

27,320 (9.03%)

Independent - Sanford

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Chellie Pingree

Chellie Pingree

181,668 (60.03%)

Democratic - North Haven

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Write-in candidates

  • Barry D. Stephens

Should Congress raise the federal minimum wage?

Misiuk
No Employers should have the say in whether or not they can afford raising wages. Employers should have the say in whether or not they can afford raising wages. Employees have the ability to look for other employers if their compensation is not meeting their living needs. Raising minimum wage in Maine would directly close all bottle redemption locations.

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Murphy
No I feel that States are better aware of the needs of their residents and should be the ones to set the minimum wage within their state. Like many issues, a "one size fits all" approach does not work with minimum wages. State economies and the costs of living vary. The federal government should not be the ones dictating minimum wages.

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Pingree
Yes Congress should raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Congress should raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

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How should the U.S. respond to the rise in immigrants crossing the southern border, particularly unaccompanied children?

Misiuk
We must ensure the southern boarder is properly secure for the safety of all Americans. We must ensure the southern boarder is properly secure for the safety of all Americans.

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Murphy
Our border needs to be secured. Congress needs to act on legislation passed years ago to work towards sealing our border. For the safety of our citizens, we need to know who is entering our nation. That applies to both Northern and Southern borders. With the number of enemies we currently have, increased with the 2+ decades of military campaigns, we need to get serious and stop the flow of unknowns coming into our country. We also cannot assume the financial responsibility of thousands of unaccompanied children. In the most affected states, it places a large burden on their financial resources.

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Pingree
Congress needs to fix our broken immigration system and improve economic conditions in developing areas of the world. Congress needs to fix our broken immigration system and improve economic conditions in developing areas of the world.

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How do you propose fixing Obamacare?

Misiuk
We can start by repealing all mandates imposed on individuals and businesses, small and large. We can start by repealing all mandates imposed on individuals and businesses, small and large.

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Murphy
The ACA is Un-Affordable. We need to stop trying to fix something that was a mess from the beginning and start over. The ACA does not address the main issue of of our healthcare problem. That problem was never lack of insurance, but the cost of healthcare. Propping up and enabling inflated costs by forced spreading the pain around is not a fix. We have to make healthcare affordable. Bring market forces into the healthcare industry. Empower patients to shop around. Allow the importation and sale of drugs from other developed countries. Make employer health insurance coverage an option. Allow the sale of health insurance policies across state boundaries. The also have to address Tort reform and limit punitive damages to put an end to doctors' defensive medicine practices.

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Pingree
The Affordable Care Act has already helped millions of Americans and it should be expanded with a Medicare-like option for everyone. The Affordable Care Act has already helped millions of Americans and it should be expanded with a Medicare-like option for everyone.

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Do you support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United?

Misiuk
No The supreme court has already ruled on this issue, and there are more important issues to focus on. The supreme court has already ruled on this issue, and there are more important issues to focus on.

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Murphy
Yes Simply put, Corporations are not people. I do not support the idea of Corporate personhood. Congress must to address the influence and power of corporate cash on American elections. Millions being spent does nothing but ensure the voice of the majority is drowned out. The candidate with the most money to spend to convince the voters that their promises are true wins. The result is year after year of candidates that most don't even want to go vote for. There is a reason why the US is among the lowest voter participation in the Western world. Most people don't want to bother voting anymore, and they think all the choices have been bought and paid for already.

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Pingree
Yes I support amendment; the extreme influx of money from corporations has had a negative impact on our electoral system as a whole I support amendment; the extreme influx of money from corporations has had a negative impact on our electoral system as a whole

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Are Second Amendment rights properly balanced with the reality that gun violence is a growing public safety threat in the U.S.?

Misiuk
Yes We need to address the real issue with gun violence, mental health issues. We need to address the real issue with gun violence, mental health issues.

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Murphy
No Murdock v. Penn., 319 US 105 (1943) No State shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it, and attach a fee to it. We have the right to self defense. We have the right to maintain arms to defend ourselves and our rights against the possibility of a tyrannical government gone wild. The actions of a few insane killers does not mean the rest of society should limit their liberties in the name of safety. "Gun control" controls the law abiding, not the criminals.

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Pingree
No Universal background checks and the closing of loopholes are necessary to protect public safety. Universal background checks and the closing of loopholes are necessary to protect public safety.

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Should the U.S. be less involved in international conflicts?

Misiuk
Yes The U.S. needs to stop acting like the World Police and allow the countries to solve their conflicts. The U.S. needs to stop acting like the World Police and allow the countries to solve their conflicts.

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Murphy
Yes Absolutely. No more military aid, consultants or arms. If there is not an actual threat to the U.S. we stay out. We cannot afford to continue fighting other nations' civil wars. America cannot continue with the self-imposed burden of being the worldwide police. We must return to our traditional policy of active private engagement without the constant government intervention. They must remove their own authoritarian rulers; institute their own democracy, their own civil societies and their own laws. It may be bloody and heartbreaking at times, we will be tempted to get involved...particularly when there are outcomes we do not like, but we must not. We trade with who we want, remain wary and vigilant of the lunatics to keep them out of our nation.

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Pingree
No It should be on a case by case basis focusing on political solutions. I am skeptical of sending US troops to fight in overseas conflicts. It should be on a case by case basis focusing on political solutions. I am skeptical of sending US troops to fight in overseas conflicts.

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Is the oversight that Congress currently provides the U.S.’s surveillance agencies sufficient to protect personal liberties?

Misiuk
No The federal government has gone too far spying on American citizens, and we must protect individual privacy. The federal government has gone too far spying on American citizens, and we must protect individual privacy.

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Murphy
No Between all the fundraising and breaks, no. There simply isn't enough time left to provide sufficient oversight. Congress does not even find the time to read the legislation it passes, how can we possibly be expected to believe it is providing sufficient oversight of the U.S.'s surveillance agencies?

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Pingree
No The policies related to collecting personal data need to be examined to ensure that personal liberties are protected. The policies related to collecting personal data need to be examined to ensure that personal liberties are protected.

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How would you preserve Social Security?

Misiuk
First, we need to pass legislation that would stop the borrowing of Social Security. First, we need to pass legislation that would stop the borrowing of Social Security.

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Murphy
We can add about 75 years to the Social Security Fund by making all earning subject to FICA tax while keeping the cap for benefit purposes. Those currently on Social Security and those who have planned on it should not be negatively affected. For future generations we must transition back to the original intent of the program, and that was as an insurance program for those who truly needed it. It was not designed that everyone who pays in takes out. That is the only way to save the program for future generations.

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Pingree
Scrap the cap; apply the Social Security paycheck withholding to all individual wages, not just those wages under $117,000. Scrap the cap; apply the Social Security paycheck withholding to all individual wages, not just those wages under $117,000.

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What type of infrastructure in Maine needs the greatest attention? i.e. Transportation, energy, etc.

Misiuk
Maine must decrease it's energy costs if it wants to attract more businesses. Maine must decrease it's energy costs if it wants to attract more businesses.

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Murphy
The infrastructure in Maine must be improved. Increasing the availability of natural gas and improving public transportation are both key We must focus on improving the infrastructure in MAine, increasing the availability of natural gas and the availability of statewide public transportation. We should also have a greater focus on the development of alternative energy, specifically offshore wind capabilities and hydro power.

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Pingree
Maine roads and bridges are a vital aspect of Maine's infrastructure and improving these should be a federal and state priority. Maine roads and bridges are a vital aspect of Maine's infrastructure and improving these should be a federal and state priority.

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What’s the worst thing about the federal government? How would you fix it?

Misiuk
The federal Government has gone too far operating without a balanced budget and it must be addressed immediately. The federal Government has gone too far operating without a balanced budget and it must be addressed immediately.

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Murphy
We have to get Congress back to work. Since our current representatives seem incapable, we need people who will make the tough choices. We cannot continue to allow Congress to do what neither businesses or families can do - spend more that it takes in. Our members of Congress need to focus on the job at hand, and not spend their days fundraising. I support term limits, and enforcing a 40 hour minimum work week for all members of Congress. I feel that any and all scheduled "breaks" should be suspended if Congress has not passed all 12 appropriation bills. I expect better from my representatives. Failure to perform their most basic function of passing a budget is unacceptable.

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Pingree
Government does a lot of good for people, but current GOP leaders in Congress have caused gridlock. Government does a lot of good for people, but current GOP leaders in Congress have caused gridlock.

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