|Full Name:||Walter H. Dalton|
|Family:||Wife: Lucille; 2 Children: Brian, Elizabeth|
|Birth Place:||Rutherfordton, NC|
|Home City:||Rutherfordton, NC|
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
|a) Abortions should always be legally available.|
|X||b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.|
|c) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.|
|d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.|
|e) Abortions should always be illegal.|
|f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.|
|g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.|
|h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.|
I would not criminalize abortion during the first trimester or if rape, incest or life of the mother was involved.
|j) Should North Carolina government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?|
Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:
|a) College and university admissions|
|b) Public employment|
|c) State contracting|
Best qualified person should be selected always.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
|a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.|
|b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons|
|X||c) End parole for repeat violent felons.|
|d) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.|
|e) Oppose the death penalty.|
|f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.|
|X||g) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.|
|h) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.|
|i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.|
|X||j) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.|
|X||k) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.|
|X||l) Lower the limit defining drunk driving to .08 blood alcohol content.|
|X||m) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.|
Approve of those checked above as budgets permit.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
|a) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.|
|b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.|
|c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.|
|X||d) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.|
|X||e) Provide tax incentives to attract out-of-state businesses to relocate to North Carolina.|
|X||f) Support increased state funding for economic development programs in rural areas of North Carolina.|
|g) Support the use of state funding for the construction of a sports stadium in North Carolina.|
Under section E- should include incentives for existing businesses.
|No||i) Should the state government compensate farmers who lose money from any new federal regulations on tobacco?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
|X||a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.|
|X||b) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.|
|c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).|
|d) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.|
|X||e) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.|
|X||f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.|
|X||g) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.|
|h) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.|
|i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.|
|X||j) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.|
|k) Provide free tuition to any North Carolina high school graduate who immediately enrolls in a community college.|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
|a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.|
|X||b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.|
|X||c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.|
|X||d) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.|
|X||e) Provide funding for recycling programs in North Carolina.|
|f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.|
|g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.|
|h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.|
|i) Support stricter controls on corporate hog farms.|
|j) Provide state funding for a low-level radioactive waste landfill in Wake County.|
H should await information provided by consultant to legislature.
|Undecided||l) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
a) Do you support amending the North Carolina Constitution to limit the number of terms of the following officials?
|No||1) State Senators and Representatives|
b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
|Yes||c) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?|
|Yes||d) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?|
|No||e) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?|
|f) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
|a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.|
|b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.|
|X||c) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.|
|d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.|
|e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.|
|X||f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.|
|g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.|
[G] is interesting option - but would like to hear debate first.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
|X||a) Provide tax incentives to small businesses who provide health care to their employees.|
|X||b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.|
|c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.|
|d) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.|
|e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.|
|f) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
|X||a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.|
|X||b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.|
|c) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.|
|X||d) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.|
|e) Favor banning smoking in public places.|
|X||f) Increase state funding for Smart Start, a program which guarantees child care, nutrition and preschool education to all North Carolina children.|
|g) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.|
|h) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.|
|j) Do you believe that the North Carolina government should include sexual orientation in North Carolina's anti-discrimination laws?|
|No||k) Do you believe that the North Carolina government should recognize same-sex marriages?|
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
|Slightly Increase||a) Agriculture|
|Slightly Increase||b) Education (K-12)|
|Maintain Status||c) Education (Higher)|
|Slightly Increase||d) Environment|
|Slightly Increase||e) Health care|
|Slightly Increase||f) Law enforcement|
|Maintain Status||g) Smart Start (Child care, nutrition and preschool education programs)|
|Slightly Increase||h) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)|
|Slightly Decrease||i) Welfare|
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
|Slightly Increase||a) Alcohol taxes|
|Maintain Status||b) Capital gains taxes|
|Slightly Increase||c) Cigarette taxes|
|Maintain Status||d) Corporate taxes|
|Eliminate||e) Food taxes|
|Maintain Status||f) Gas taxes|
|Maintain Status||g) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)|
|Maintain Status||h) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)|
|Slightly Decrease||i) Inheritance taxes|
|Maintain Status||j) Property taxes|
|Maintain Status||k) Sales taxes|
|m) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
|a) Continue to give counties primary responsibility for developing welfare-to-work programs.|
|X||b) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.|
|X||c) Provide tax incentives to businesses who hire welfare recipients.|
|d) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.|
|e) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.|
|f) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.|
|g) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.|
|h) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.|
|X||i) Require teenage mothers to live at home and stay in school in order to receive welfare benefits.|
|Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.|
Education and Economic Development continue to be my focus in the State Senate. These issues are clearly linked and I believe the success of future generations depends on what we do to improve our educational system and to prepare children to be successful at the jobs of the future. We need to support our schools at every level, including our fine Community Colleges and Universities. The excellent reputation of our Community Colleges and Universities continues to bring new industries to our state.