A question WW always asks Republican candidates for Congress is whether there are any tax loopholes they would like to close, or any taxes they would consider raising. It's a way of getting them to show how they think (or if they think) or if they are simply reflexive anti-government candidates.

Similarly, we always ask Democratic candidates for Congress what cuts they would consider making in the federal budget (other than the defense budget, which needs cutting for sure but is hardly a position that requires any courage on the part of an Oregon Democrat). Again, it's our attempt to separate the candidates who provide automatic, party-line responses from those with a bit more acuity.

Here are the answers to that question from the Democratic Candidates for Congressional District 1: Brad Avakian, Brad Witt and Suzanne Bonamici.