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Glenn Gruenhagen

Glenn Gruenhagen's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Glenn Gruenhagen
Office: State House (MN) - 18B, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Emily; 3 Children
Birth Date: 02/01/1952
Home City: Glencoe, MN
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Glenn Gruenhagen refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Minnesota State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage 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.

Pro-lifea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
g) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
h) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

item C Depends on the circumstances but generally two wrongs don't make a right
Item G Support abstinence until marriage curriculum that includes the failure rate of so called safe sex alternatives
Item H Abstinence until marriage sex ed programs

1) State Spending
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.
a) Education (higher)
b) Education (K-12)
c) Environment
d) Health care
e) Law enforcement
f) Transportation and highway infrastructure
g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

with a $200 Billion deficit facing the state it is difficult if not impossible to answer the questions until final budget figures are in.

2) State Taxes
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.
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Cigarette taxes
c) Corporate taxes
d) Gasoline taxes
e) Property taxes
f) Sales taxes
g) Income taxes (low-income families)
h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
i) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories

we need to lower taxes and reform and consolidate government programs

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Minnesota's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Minnesota's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Noc) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
d) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
e) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesf) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles

item d implementing a hard freeze on government spending along with a freeze on hiring new or replacement workers
Item e reform medicaid with tax credit for medicaid recipients so they can purchase individual health insurance. along with implementing other reforms

a) Do you support a state constitutional amendment mandating a retention election system for all judges?
b) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Minnesota governors?
c) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Minnesota state legislators?
d) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
1) Individual
2) Political Action Committee
3) Corporate
4) Political Party
e) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
f) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
g) Other or expanded principles

I need more info before giving a clear answer on these items

Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
b) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Noc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Yesd) 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) Should all funds raised from the sale of seized property be turned over to the state general fund?
h) Other or expanded principles

need additional info on these items for a yes or no answer

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
b) Do you support expanding gaming at race tracks?
Noc) Do you support public funding for construction of a new Vikings stadium?
d) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noe) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
f) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
g) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
h) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
i) Other or expanded principles

need more info for a definite answer

Noa) Do you support national education standards?
b) Do you support alternative pathways to teacher licensure?
Yesc) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
d) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
e) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
f) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nog) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Minnesota high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles

need more info on the blank items

Noa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nob) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support lifting the state moratorium on the construction of new nuclear power plants?
d) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
e) Do you support state funding for improvements to Minnesota's energy infrastructure?
f) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
g) Should mining companies be required to provide financial assurance to cover the estimated cost of environmental impact before starting operations?
Noh) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
i) Other or expanded principles

blank items need more info

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
b) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
d) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles

need clarification on these items but I am a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment

Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Minnesota?
g) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles

need more info on these items, if marijuana has a medicinal benefit it should be issued in pill form

Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should Minnesota allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
e) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Nof) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Minnesota's anti-discrimination laws?
Nog) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Minnesota's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles

blank item need more info

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.

lower taxes and create more private sector jobs
Health care reform
welfare reform

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