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Mark E. Amodei

Mark Amodei's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Mark E. Amodei
Office: U.S. House (NV) - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 09/13/2011
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Republican for U.S. House - District 2
Primary June 10, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Michelle; 2 Children: Ryann, Erin
Birth Date: 06/12/1958
Birth Place: Carson City
Home City: Carson City, NV
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Mark Amodei 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.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann O'Connell. Amodei Letter Mailer 2. 9 July 2012. "While a lot of people would make speeches about family values, did you know that he was the only legislator in the last ten years to have moved pro-life legislation out of his committee and out of the senate?" (docs.google.com)
  • Steven Ertelt. Life News: Nevada Pro-Life Groups Back Mark Amodei Over Kate Marshall. 5 September 2011. "Nevada Right to Life PAC and National Right to Life PAC have endorsed Mark Amodei in the special election. This endorsement reflects his commitment to preserving a culture of life in Nevada and throughout the nation." (www.lifenews.com)
  • Mark Amodei. Issue Position: Social Values. 27 July 2012. "I oppose abortion, unless it is used in emergencies where the health of the mother is in grave peril or where rape or incest has occurred. The issue of abortion is one upon which thoughtful and reasonable people can and do disagree. While I am personally pro-life, I have always respected those who have come to a different conclusion on this important issue." (amodei.house.gov)
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • National Right to Life Committee. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Right to Life Committee endorsed Mark Amodei in the 2011 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Amodei. KNPR's State of Nevada: Mark Amodei. 11 May 2011. "HOST: Should we get out of Afghanistan now? AMODEI: You know, we're going to get out of Afghanistan at some point in time, the question is when, and under what circumstances do you do it. Now? Right now? I don't think so." [17:26]. (www.knpr.org)
  • Mark Amodei. KNPR's State of Nevada: Mark Amodei. 11 May 2011. Time: 17m26s. "HOST: Should we get out of Afghanistan now? AMODEI: You know, we're going to get out of Afghanistan at some point in time, the question is when, and under what circumstances do you do it. Now? Right now? I don't think so." (www.knpr.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Amodei. Amodei: We Are Officially 'Underwater' as a Country. 29 March 2012. "Avoid the automatic cuts to defense scheduled for the end of this year by identifying savings while funding it at levels to keep our country safe and to provide for our service men and women." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Amodei. Mark Amodei wins GOP nomination for Heller's seat. 18 June 2011. "If you're going to balance the budget, you have to go where the money is and that means entitlements and that means defense." (www.lahontanvalleynews.com)
  • Mark Amodei. Video: Military. 13 June 2011. "[¦] Congress must stop spending on military hardware the Pentagon doesn't need or want." (youtu.be)
  • Mark Amodei. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2011. "As your Congressman, I will work to make sure that our military is the best equipped and trained fighting force in the world. Make funding for troops in the field the top priority in the Pentagon budget. Focus defense spending on Innovation and 21st Century warfare capabilities. Support the vital role and continued operation of Nevada's defense installations, National Guard and Reserve Units." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Amodei. Issue Position: Defense and Veterans. 27 July 2012. "Additionally, I believe we should be very cautious about cutting the budget of our Armed Forces. Eliminating waste and fraud should be an ongoing effort, but I am not in favor of reducing America's ability to defend ourselves or our allies." (amodei.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Amodei. American for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 26 October 2011. "By signing the Pledge, Amodei commits to the taxpayers of Nevada that he will 'oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Amodei. Amodei: We Are Officially 'Underwater' as a Country. 29 March 2012. "Protect middle class families and small businesses during a recession by preventing the President's proposed $1.9 trillion tax increase." (votesmart.org)
  • Anne Knowles. Nevada News Bureau: CD2 Candidates Battle Over Tax Policy, Solutions for the Economy. 26 August 2011. "Amodei recently re-signed a pledge not to raise taxes if he were elected to Congress, a pledge promulgated by Americans for Tax Reform, a Washington-based advocacy group headed by Grover Norquist." (www.nevadanewsbureau.com)
  • Mark Amodei. Video: Mark on Taxes. 9 June 2011. "I fought and beat a Nevada income tax. I fought and beat the Nevada gross receipts tax. I fought and beat creating the Nevada IRS. And when I was lucky enough to prevail on those measures, with the help of my colleagues, I wasn't just fighting Democrats. I was fighting against some in my own party. I'll do the same in Congress, because when it comes to taxes, and the power to destroy, I'll fight that no matter who proposes it: Republican, Democrat, or Independent. That's why I signed the Americans for Tax Reform, No Tax Increase Pledge several years ago." (www.youtube.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Amodei. Issue Position: Nevada Comes First. 1 January 2011. "I pledge to vote to roll back the excessive tax and spending agenda of the Obama Administration, which has done incredible harm to working Nevadans, our natural resources and our unique economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Amodei. Video: Creating Jobs. 10 June 2011. "Every dollar of government spending, every government job, is paid for by the profits created by those working in private sector jobs. We need to put Nevadans back to work by cutting government, not increasing it." (youtu.be)
  • Mark Amodei. Obama Administration Announces Higher Unemployment. 4 June 2011. "With one in eleven Americans and one in eight Nevadans out of work and nearly double that number underemployed or having given up looking for a job, it's clear Obamanomics, the idea that massive government spending and union giveaways will create jobs, has totally failed." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Amodei. Facebook: Wall. 8 March 2012. "We must increase opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs to take risks and succeed so they can innovate and create jobs." (www.facebook.com)
  • Mark Amodei. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 27 July 2012. "More taxation, regulation, and litigation will not create more jobs. Government takeovers of the economy have failed while the size and the scope of the federal government has exploded. Washington has tied the hands of small business owners and job creators with onerous regulations and backward fiscal policies that have stalled the economy, slowed innovation and destroyed jobs. We need common sense, pro-growth policies to give small businesses and entrepreneurs renewed confidence in our economy and to remove Washington as the roadblock to job creation. Nevada and America are at a crossroads and I am committed to taking every possible step to spur job creation and get our economy back on track so that Americans can do what they do best: create, innovate and lead. Our governing agenda is focused on job creation and economic growth. It will address our economic challenges, foster innovation and investment, and help job creators without raising taxes on working families and small business owners." (amodei.house.gov)
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nevada State Legislative Election National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses; Employment and Affirmative Action Issues."
  • Mark Amodei. Issue Position: Tax Fairness. 1 January 2011. "As Nevada's next Congressman, I pledge to advocate for changes in federal tax and spending policies that will reduce the burden on struggling American Families and the small businesses that are the backbone of our economy." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart. 2002 Nevada State Legislative Election National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students; Educational Issues."
  • Mark Amodei. Video: Education. 16 June 2011. "Congress directly controls only one school district in our nation, the D.C. schools. They spend the most per student, over 15,000 dollars per year, but less than half of that money gets into the classroom. They also have the lowest test scores and the highest drop out rate. The federal government gets an F when it comes to education. So here's an idea: let's have only one requirement. Every dime of federal money must be spent in the classroom, on site, on things like teachers, tutors, and textbooks [...]. We must return control of education back to the state and to local communities." (youtu.be)
  • Elizabeth Crum. Nevada News Bureau: Gloves Come Off the Night Before the GOP Battle for CD-2 Nomination. 18 June 2011. "I was glad to hear that one of the candidates adopted my idea of cutting the Dept. of Education budget and sending the money to the states." (www.nevadanewsbureau.com)
  • Mark Amodei. Video: Education. 16 June 2011. "Congress directly controls only one school district in our nation, the D.C. schools. They spend the most per student, over 15,000 dollars per year, but less than half of that money gets into the classroom. They also have the lowest test scores and the highest drop out rate. The federal government gets an F when it comes to education. So here's an idea: let's have only one requirement. Every dime of federal money must be spent in the classroom, on site, on things like teachers, tutors, and textbooks [¦] We must return control of education back to the state and to local communities." (youtu.be)
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Amodei. Issue Position: Energy Policy. 1 January 2011. "If elected, I will advocate for a rational, reasonable energy policy that does not promote a radical environmental agenda at the expense of ordinary Americans. Repeal President Obama's moratorium on oil drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf and the Arctic Coastal Plain. Repeal the Obama Administration 'lock-out' of public lands from energy exploration and production. Roll back the Obama Administration's expansion of EPA regulations that prevent badly needed increases in U.S. oil refinery capacity." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Amodei. Blog: Obama's Mandatory Black Box on Cars. 31 May 2011. "I will aggressively oppose a per-mile Federal tax on drivers. And I will support the expansion of domestic drilling for oil and gas, including the vast oil reserves in Alaska and off our shores, where states want to drill. Expansion of our domestic energy reserves will not only create thousands of new jobs, reduce our nation's foreign-trade deficit, and keep us from further funding both sides of the war on terror through petrodollars going to terrorist-friendly countries, it will add to our national treasury, and help us to balance the federal budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Amodei. Amodei: We Are Officially 'Underwater' as a Country. 29 March 2012. "Reverse the President's anti-energy policies that drive up gas prices, and instead promote all forms of American energy production to increase supplies, lower costs,and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart. 2002 Nevada State Legislative Election National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: "e) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?"
  • Mark Amodei. Issue Position: Energy Policy. 1 January 2011. "If elected, I will advocate for a rational, reasonable energy policy that does not promote a radical environmental agenda at the expense of ordinary Americans [¦] Roll back the Obama Administration's expansion of EPA regulations that prevent badly needed increases in U.S. oil refinery capacity." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Amodei. Issue Position: Energy Policy. 1 January 2011. "If elected, I will advocate for a rational, reasonable energy policy that does not promote a radical environmental agenda at the expense of ordinary Americans [¦]. Roll back the Obama Administration's expansion of EPA regulations that prevent badly needed increases in U.S. oil refinery capacity." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart. 2002 Nevada State Legislative Election National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: e) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?; Environmental and Energy Issues."
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Amodei. Mark Amodei Endorsed by National Rifle Association. 23 August 2011. "This endorsement shows that I fully support the Second Amendment rights of the residents in this district. As a hunter I understand their concerns and they should know I'm the only candidate in this race who will be an advocate for them. I am the conservative candidate who will be a conservative voice for Nevada families and stand up to Washington's tax and spend culture." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Mark Amodei. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment Rights. 27 July 212. "Americans have the Constitutional right to defend ourselves, our families, and our property -- a right the Supreme Court wisely affirmed. I will fiercely defend this Second Amendment right against any legislative attempts to overturn or undermine it [¦] The right for law-abiding citizens to bear arms for self-defense should not end at one state's borders, nor should the right to travel safely be impeded. I applaud this common-sense legislative effort, which respects the states' sovereign right to decide the conceal-carry issue for themselves, while promoting Second Amendment freedoms." (amodei.house.gov)
  • Mark Amodei Can Amodei's Staff Read? 5 January 2012. "I share your views regarding H.R. 822 and why I was pleased to vote in support of this legislation as a member of the House Judiciary Committee. Gun ownership is a right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States under the Second Amendment. Every American citizen deserves the means to defend their life, property, and safety regardless of state boundary. One lesson from the tragedy that took place Carson City last September, where a crazed gunman opened fire on a local restaurant, is that citizens ought to be able to defend themselves and a concealed weapon permit may have saved lives." (nvrdc.wordpress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Amodei. Amodei Will Continue to Push for Full Repeal of ObamaCare. 28 June 2012. "I look forward to the opportunity to vote the week of July 9 for full repeal of this harmful government intrusion into health care. Congress created this mess and it's our responsibility to clean it up. We owe it to the middle class to give them specific, well-thought out options focusing on portability of insurance across state lines and affordability, while not interfering with the patient-doctor relationship [¦] I will continue to take every opportunity to repeal and address this mess for Nevadans in a practical way without picking political winners and losers." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Amodei. Amodei Votes to Repeal ObamaCare Tax on Medical Devices. 7 June 2012. "Besides harming job creation and real health care reform, this tax is part of the fuzzy math that pays for the gross expansion of government that is ObamaCare, which hopefully will be overturned in its entirety this summer by the Supreme Court." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Amodei. Amodei Will Continue to Push for Full Repeal of ObamaCare. 28 June 2012. "I look forward to the opportunity to vote the week of July 9 for full repeal of this harmful government intrusion into health care. Congress created this mess and it's our responsibility to clean it up. We owe it to the middle class to give them specific, well-thought out options focusing on portability of insurance across state lines and affordability, while not interfering with the patient-doctor relationship. [¦] I will continue to take every opportunity to repeal and address this mess for Nevadans in a practical way without picking political winners and losers." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Amodei. Facebook: Wall. 22 March 2012. "Following last week's Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announcement that the President's health care law will cost nearly double its original trillion-dollar price tag, today Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) and House Republicans continued efforts to repeal and replace the unpopular legislation known as 'ObamaCare.'" (www.facebook.com)
  • Mark Amodei. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 1 January 2011. "The Obama Health Care Reform Program must be repealed, because a program that increases health care costs while limiting access to care is not reform. While I agree that health care costs have become too burdensome for many Americans, I do not support a radical overhaul of America's world class system of health care innovation and treatment." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Mark Amodei. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Nevada State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Mark Amodei. KNPR's State of Nevada: Mark Amodei. 11 May 2011. "HOST: Would you vote for a bill that contains a path to citizenship for immigrants already here? AMODEI: Depending on the circumstances, yeah. But, you've got to study the issue." (www.knpr.org)
  • Mark Amodei. KNPR's State of Nevada: Mark Amodei. 11 May 2011. Time: Time: 7m41s. "HOST: Would you vote for the DREAM Act? AMODEI: No [...]. It's a political solution to a real-time situation and you've got to deal with it on facts, not politics." (www.knpr.org)
  • Mark Amodei. KNPR's State of Nevada: Mark Amodei. 11 May 2011. "HOST: Would you vote for a bill that contains a path to citizenship for immigrants already here?" "AMODEI: Depending on the circumstances, yeah. But, you've got to study the issue." (www.knpr.org)
  • Mark Amodei. KNPR's State of Nevada: Mark Amodei. 11 May 2011. "HOST: Would you vote for the DREAM Act? AMODEI: No [...]. It's a political solution to a real-time situation and you've got to deal with it on facts, not politics." [7:41]. (www.knpr.org)
  • Mark Amodei. Issue Position: Immigration. 27 July 2012. "I oppose any legislation to extend Social Security benefits, grant blanket amnesty, issue driver licenses, or grant in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants. Congress must only support efforts during any consideration of immigration reform that promote fairness and emphasize the rule of law." (amodei.house.gov)
  • Mark Amodei. Video: Immigration. 15 June 2011. "First, illegal immigration is illegal. Second, it's time to build the border fence, enforce the law, and secure our borders. Not sometime in the future, not next year, right now. Third, I'll vote to block the Obama administration from spending your tax dollars to fight Arizona's immigration laws, rather than ending the southwest's illegal immigration problems. Illegal immigration is to Nevada and the Southwest what Hurricane Katrina was to Louisiana. The federal government may not have caused it, but its response has been totally flawed. Let's promote legal immigration. Let's have people in this country legally." (youtu.be)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Amodei. Issue Position: Social Values. 27 July 2012. "I believe Americans should be allowed to make lifestyle decisions free of government regulation. However, I also believe state sovereignty is important and the states' right to make decisions related to the definition of marriage should be respected. The Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA, successfully brought authority on this issue back into the hands of the States. While I support the Defense of Marriage Act, I absolutely do not harbor any prejudice towards homosexual men and women. I strongly support the right of all adult Americans to enter into personal relationships of their choosing, but I continue to believe the legal institution of marriage should remain between one man and one woman." (amodei.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Amodei. KNPR's State of Nevada: Mark Amodei. 11 May 2011. "HOST: National Security has been in the spotlight for the past couple of weeks with the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Do you agree with the President's decision to go after him in Pakistan? AMODEI: Yes [¦] I think on the circumstances present, when you have intelligence that indicates that your number one fella is someplace where you've got a history of having some security issues regarding information sharing, and you have what he believed, and it turns out hindsight correctly so, was a hard location on that person and you come up with plan to go deal with him in the manner that they were dealt with, I can't fault that." [15:04]. (www.knpr.org)
  • Mark Amodei. KNPR's State of Nevada: Mark Amodei. 11 May 2011. Time: 15m4s. "HOST: National Security has been in the spotlight for the past couple of weeks with the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Do you agree with the President's decision to go after him in Pakistan? AMODEI: Yes [...]. I think on the circumstances present, when you have intelligence that indicates that your number one fella is someplace where you've got a history of having some security issues regarding information sharing, and you have what he believed, and it turns out hindsight correctly so, was a hard location on that person and you come up with plan to go deal with him in the manner that they were dealt with, I can't fault that." (www.knpr.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Amodei. Issue Position: Seniors. 27 July2012. "Protecting and preserving Social Security is one of the most important issues facing Congress. I believe Social Security is a promise that must be kept. And while the fund is solvent for current recipients as well as those nearing retirement age, it will be insolvent by 2033. We must enact reforms in order to preserve Social Security for future generations, but I will not support legislation that will change Social Security for those already receiving benefits." (amodei.house.gov)
  • 60 Plus Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. 60 Plus Association endorsed Mark Amodei in the 2011 general election. (votesmart.org)

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Nevada State Legislative Election 2002 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 illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
Slightly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statuse) Estate taxes
Slightly Increasef) Property taxes
Maintain Statusg) Sales taxes
Maintain Statush) Vehicle taxes
i) Other or expanded categories
Yesj) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Nok) Should Nevada implement a state income tax to help alleviate budget shortfalls?
Yesl) Do you support increasing taxes to fund transportation projects?
m) Do you support increasing the property tax to fund projects that give aid to the homeless?
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of two, four-year terms for Nevada governors?
Yesb) Do you support the current limit of three, four-year terms for Nevada state senators?
Yesc) Do you support the current limit of six, two-year terms for Nevada state representatives?
d) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nog) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesi) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Nevada are closed?
Noj) Should Nevada recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesk) Should Nevada restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
Yesl) Should Nevada allow localities to place stricter regulations on smoking in public places?
m) Other or expanded principles
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.
Xc) Support the use of the death penalty in Nevada.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Legalize the possession of a limited amount of marijuana.
h) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
i) Lower the .10 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
j) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
k) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xl) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
Xm) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xn) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
o) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
c) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
d) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
e) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
f) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase state funding to expand Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Nevada's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Yesa) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Support a publicly managed energy utility in Southern Nevada.
c) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Noe) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Nof) Do you support the creation of a nuclear waste repository in Yucca Mountain?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Support current limits on damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied by their HMO.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in Nevada.
Xh) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
e) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
g) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, 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.
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