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Dean Knudson

Dean Knudson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Dean Knudson
Office: State Assembly (WI) - District 30, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State Assembly - District 30
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Joy; 2 Children: Sonya, Reed
Birth Date: 04/29/1961
Birth Place: Mayville, ND
Home City: Hudson, WI
Religion: Lutheran
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Wisconsin 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?
Noc) 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?
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?
i) Other or expanded principles

d) I believe the child has a right to life except when the fetus is located in a tubal or ectopic site, where the pregnancy must end to save the mother's life.

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.
Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreasec) Environment
Slightly Decreased) Health care
Slightly Decreasee) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

We need to find innovative and creative ways to provide quality services at lower cost across all areas of state government.

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.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories
3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Wisconsin's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Wisconsin's "rainy day" fund
Yesb) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Yesc) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesd) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Yese) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesf) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles

a) the Rainy Day fund is essentially empty in Wisconsin
b thru g) All options for solving the budget deficit need to be on the table

Noa) Do you support online voter registration?
Yesb) Should voters be required to present government-issued photo identification at the polls?
Noc) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Wisconsin governors?
Nod) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Wisconsin state legislators?
e) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Nof) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesg) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
h) Other or expanded principles
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?
Yesc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Nod) Do you support the criminalization of drunken driving for first-time offenders?
Noe) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Nof) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesg) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles

We spend 50% more per capita on Corrections than does our neighbor Minnesota, and we have twice as many prisoners incarcerated in jail or prison compared to Minnesota. For two states that are similar in population these differences are striking. We must explore alternatives to reduce the cost of Corrections.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Nob) Do you support capping interest rates and fees on payday loans?
Noc) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Nod) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yese) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nog) Do you support using public funds to construct a high-speed rail line in Wisconsin?
Noh) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
i) Other or expanded principles

e) Financial incentives to the private sector should be broad based rather than targeting specific businesses or industries.

Yesa) Do you support national education standards?
Yesb) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Yesc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Noe) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nof) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Wisconsin high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles
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)?
Noc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Nod) Do you support state funding for improvements to Wisconsin's energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nof) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles

e) Until the current budget crisis has been resolved we will need to curtail state funding for open space preservation.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Should it be a state felony to purchase a gun for a convicted felon?
Noc) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesd) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Noe) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
f) Other or expanded principles
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?
Yesc) 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 Wisconsin?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles

g) I support allowing doctors to prescribe synthetic THC products like Marinol in various delivery forms including pills, transdermal patches, and inhalers to help patients suffering from a variety of medical conditions that benefit from the use of marijuana.

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