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Torrey N. Westrom

Torrey Westrom's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Torrey N. Westrom
Office: State Senate (MN) - District 12, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Anna; 3 Children: Carter, Madelyne, Whitney
Birth Date: 03/27/1973
Birth Place: Golden Valley, MN
Home City: Elbow Lake, MN
Religion: Evangelical Free Christian
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Torrey Westrom 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 1996 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.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the 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.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
g) Should Minnesota government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and civil rights in Minnesota.
Xa) The Minnesota government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sectors.
b) The Minnesota government should provide no affirmative action programs.
Noc) Do you believe that the Minnesota government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding children & family issues in Minnesota.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in Minnesota.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
Xc) Support "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Institute the death penalty in Minnesota.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Require mandatory life sentences for third-time, violent felons.
Xh) Support the current law which requires that communities be informed when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
i) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
k) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
Xl) Implement chain gangs in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.
Xm) Support laws requiring restitution to crime victims at the personal expense of the criminal.
Xn) Implement restrictions on living conditions of state prison inmates (e.g. no weight rooms, no smoking, no frivolous lawsuits).
Xo) Require inmates to help pay for their health care services.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in Minnesota.
Xa) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious, violent crimes as adults.
Xb) Provide state funding for military-style "boot-camps" for juvenile first-time felons.
c) Increase state funding for local community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
d) Support state government funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
e) Increase state funding for mentor programs that pair troubled juveniles with qualified college and graduate students.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Minnesota's economic development.
a) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways and airports.
b) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up, or relocating businesses.
c) Expand legalized gambling (either state lottery, slot machines or video gambling).
Xd) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
Xe) Remove state government controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production and interest rates.
Xf) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
g) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Minnesota's education system.
a) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
Xb) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
Xc) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
d) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
e) Support continuation of charter schools where teachers and other professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xf) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
Xg) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
Xh) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
i) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
j) Provide state funding for programs which increase Minnesota students' access to the Internet and other telecommunications networks.
Xk) Require periodic competency testing for private and public school teachers.
l) Increase state funds for higher education.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Minnesota's environment and natural resources.
a) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout Minnesota.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for polluting industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed on the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state-sponsored environmental regulations limit the use of privately owned land.
e) Continue to provide funding for recycling programs in Minnesota.
Xf) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend Minnesota's participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.
Xi) Support recent modifications to the Wetlands Conservation Act which provide greater flexibility in fulfilling former requirements for wetlands replacement.
a) Would you support amending the Minnesota Constitution to limit the terms of the following state officials?
Yes1) State Senators
Yes2) State Representatives
Yes3) Governor
Yesb) Do you support amending the US Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesc) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesd) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yese) Do you support the current ban on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesg) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Undecidedh) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Support expanding the nationwide federal ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms.
Xd) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of firearms.
Xe) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
Xf) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Minnesota's health care system.
a) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
Xb) Provide tax incentives to assist small businesses in providing health care to their employees.
c) Ensure that Minnesota citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
d) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xe) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Provide tax credits or state-funded vouchers to assist the working poor in receiving health insurance.
g) Support legislation requiring health insurance providers to cover certain medical services (e.g. 48 hr. hospital stay for mothers after childbirth).
Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one option only.
Eliminatea) Abortion
Greatly Decreaseb) Affirmative Action
Maintain Statusc) Agriculture
Maintain Statusd) AIDS Programs
Greatly Increasee) Education
Maintain Statusf) Environment
Slightly Increaseg) Health Care
Slightly Increaseh) Law Enforcement
Greatly Decreasei) Welfare
Please indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning Minnesota's tax levels. Select one option only.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol Taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Business Taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Capital Gains Taxes
Maintain Statusd) Cigarette Taxes
Maintain Statuse) Income Taxes (incomes less than $75,000)
Maintain Statusf) Income Taxes (incomes greater than $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseg) Property Taxes
Maintain Statush) Sales Taxes
Slightly Decreasei) State Fees
Undecidedj) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Minnesota's welfare system.
Xa) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
Xb) Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care (if needed) until they become self-sufficient.
Xc) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
Xd) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive welfare benefits.
Xe) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional children.
f) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare and advocate privately-funded assistance to people in need.
Xh) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected to the Minnesota State Legislature. If any of your priorities will require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.

My top legislative priorities are to enhance rural economic development and to trim government waste.

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