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MJ King's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (KY) - District 16, Democratic
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MJ King has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Kentucky State Legislative Election 2014 Political Courage Test

a) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
b) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
e) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
f) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
g) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
h) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

I consider myself pro-life with exceptions, for the life of the mother, rape and incest. I agree with parental consent and notification when a minor is involved. I supported the ultrasound bill the the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Sessions in the House of Representatives. Advances in medical technology continue to give us more tools with which to make informed decisions. I think all information should be made available to all women. I do not support public funds for abortions.

1) State Spending:
Using the key, indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:
2) State Taxes:
Using the key, indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded principles:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Kentucky's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Kentucky's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noc) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
Nod) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Noe) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Nof) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Yesb) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
d) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
e) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:

d) I support the integrity of our legislative districts and taking partisan politics out of the process.. I am open a conversation on how we can achieve that goal.
e)Kentucky voter law now says voters must produce, Driver's license, Social Security card, credit card, or another form of ID containing both picture and signature, or be personally acquainted with the precinct officer. I would not support any legislation which would disenfranchise voters.

Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Noc) Do you support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
e) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesf) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles:

d) Prosecuting a minor as an adult depends on the crime and that decision should be left to the juvenile judicial process.
E) I sponsored bills in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 General Assembly, that would make the first offense a violation, punishable by community service and a fine, after appearing before the juvenile judge. The second offense would be punishable under existing statute than may result in felony charges.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesd) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesf) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Yesg) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage?
h) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Nob) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesc) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Nod) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Noe) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nog) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Kentucky high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
c) Do you support state funding for improvements to Kentucky's energy infrastructure?
d) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
e) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
f) Other or expanded principles:

I believe in Kentucky we should protect coal, our greatest energy resource, as well as natural gas and oil, I support common sense ways to protect our environment, but I do not support over-regulation. At the same time we must continue to invest in Kentucky's energy future, looking towards any and all alternative energy resources. Using the renewable energy which we have in Kentucky will help reduce our dependency on foreign oil. I want Kentucky's Energy portfolio to include all of our resources here in our state.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
d) Do you support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act?
e) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
f) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
g) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles:

There are benefits to health care reform that I support: Guaranteed insurance for those with preexisting conditions, prohibiting insurance companies from raising rates or dropping people's coverage when they get sick, lowering seniors prescription drug prices, and eliminating lifetime and annual limits, allowing children to stay on their parents plan until 26.
G) I voted for the bill allowing seizure patients use an oil derived from hemp and marijuana.

Yesa) Do you support same-sex marriage?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:
In the following area, on an attached page, or via e-mail, please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

In Logan and Todd Counties the issues I hear discussed the most are jobs, the economy, education and improving social services.
1. Economic development, job creation, improving infrastructure.
2. Restoring fiscal responsibility, reducing fraud and waste in government programs.
3. Continuing teamwork with local and state officials.
4. Supporting our social responsibility to seniors, veterans, and children.
5. Expansion of technical and vocational training, and continuing to improve education.

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