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Justin Alexander

Justin Alexander's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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What is the Political Courage Test?

South Carolina State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
Xa) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
Xg) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

I oppose a generic "health" exception for abortion ban because this could lead to circumvention on grounds of mental health. The only exception I would countenance would with the affidavit of a panel of doctors saying probable life of mother. In that circumstance, I would not want to force the choice. This exception would be exceedingly rare. Dr. Ron Paul, obstetrician and former presidential candidate, says that he delivered over 4,000 babies and never encountered this situation.

State Budget: Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Decreasea) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Emergency preparedness
Maintain Statusd) Environment
Slightly Decreasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreased) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminateg) Property taxes
Maintain Statush) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreasei) Vehicle taxes
j) Other or expanded categories
No1) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
No2) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
Yes3) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
4) Other or expanded principles

I am more in favor of fee's than general tax increases, but I would balance the state budget by cutting spending first.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of terms for South Carolina governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for South Carolina state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) PAC
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Parties
Undecidedd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
Nof) Should South Carolina participate in the federal REAL ID program?
g) Other or expanded principles

We should use E-Verify. REAL ID is an unfunded mandate which creates a large administrative burden. Our efforts should be focused on border control and internal enforcement.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support the death penalty in South Carolina.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
e) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xf) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xg) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
h) Support hate crime legislation.
Xi) Restrict sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare center, park, or public playground.
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
b) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xc) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
Xd) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xe) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
Xf) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
g) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xh) Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
i) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
j) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of South Carolina to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today’s job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in South Carolina's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Include gender identity in South Carolina's anti-discrimination laws.
h) Increase the state minimum wage.
i) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
Xj) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
Xk) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
l) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
Xc) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
d) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
e) Support funding for improvements to South Carolina's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xf) Support funding for open space preservation.
g) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Undecideda) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesb) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Noc) Should a license be required for gun possession?
d) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
e) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
f) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
Xb) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
c) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in South Carolina.
g) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Noa) Should South Carolina recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Noc) Should South Carolina provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
Yesd) Should South Carolina continue to recognize common law marriages?
Yese) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
Yesf) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
Yesg) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yesh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
Noi) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
Noj) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
Nok) Should South Carolina continue affirmative action programs?
Nol) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
Nom) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
Yesn) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
Yeso) Should South Carolina require that the distance between a dancer and a patron at a strip club be at least six feet?
Yesp) Should South Carolina require that strip clubs close no later than midnight?
q) Other or expanded principles
Legislative Priorities
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.
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