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Thomas 'Tom' M. McKee

Thomas McKee's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Thomas 'Tom' M. McKee
Office: State House (KY) - District 78, Democratic
First Elected: 11/05/1996
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State House - District 78
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Sue
Birth Date: 03/13/1941
Birth Place: Cynthiana, KY
Home City: Cynthiana, KY
Religion: Presbyterian
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Kentucky State Legislative Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test

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.

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) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xb) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xd) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xf) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xg) 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) Other
Noj) Should Kentucky 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:
Yesa) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to manage medium security prisons.
Xc) 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.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) 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.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
Xl) Lower the limit defining drunk driving to .08 blood alcohol content.
m) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
Xn) Increase pay for police officers.
o) Other
Yesp) Do you support the Racial Justice Act, which allows accused killers to seek review of whether race played a role in their death penalty prosecution?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) 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.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Support collective bargaining for public employees.
f) Implement a deposit on beverage bottles and cans.
g) Increase the weight limit on coal trucks.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
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.
e) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xg) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
Xh) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
Xi) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
j) Support additional funding for a literacy research center and literacy intervention programs in elementary schools.
k) Other
Yesl) Do you support requiring students to take a statewide exam (CATS) and provide financial rewards or penalties to schools based on the results?
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.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Kentucky.
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) Block new mining permits for coal companies controlled by other companies that have violated environmental regulations.
j) Support stricter regulations on large scale hog production.
k) Other
Yesl) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Yesm) Do you support the Kentucky Forest Conservation Act that requires logger training and the use of certain techniques to reduce erosion?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
Noa) Do you support amending the Kentucky Constitution to limit the number of terms of State Senators and Representatives?
Yesb) Do you support the current law which limits the number of terms the Governor can serve? (2, 4-year terms)
c) Do you support current limits on the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yesd) 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) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesg) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesh) Would you support an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution requiring the legislature to meet every year?
i) Other
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.
Xc) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xd) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
e) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xc) Support the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) that provides access to health care for uninsured children.
Xd) 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.
Xg) Support state-funded incentives that increase the supply and retention of health professionals in rural areas.
h) Other
Yesi) Do you support the current law that allows insurers to charge more for people with poor health?
Yesj) Do you support the current law that allows insurers not to provide coverage for people with certain conditions such as AIDS, strokes and cancer?
Yesk) Do you support recent changes to the Medicaid program that brought it under a managed care system?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
Xd) 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.
Xf) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xg) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xh) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Other
Noj) Do you believe that the Kentucky government should include sexual orientation in Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
Nok) Do you believe that the Kentucky government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
Greatly Increasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusd) Environment
Slightly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Maintain Statush) Welfare
i) Other
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Property taxes
Maintain Statusi) Sales taxes
j) Other
Nok) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yesl) Do you support the proposed constitutional amendment allowing the Kentucky legislature to change or eliminate taxes on personal property?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Maintain the current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Require able-bodied recipients to participate in work activities in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
d) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
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.

I have a commitment to agriculture and agricultural issues. By serving on the House agriculture committee and the tobacco task force, I can respond to the needs of my district. I plan to refile House Bill 163 to raise the funding from the state to local governments for jail operations....

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