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Chris Frandsen, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Texas State Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-choicea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yesb) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) 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?
Nof) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nog) Do you support requiring a doctor to show a sonogram to patients seeking an abortion?
Noh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Noi) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
j) Other or expanded principles:

Government does not belong in the medical and ethical decision process of any individual. Decisions such as abortion belong ultimately to the woman whose body is supporting the pregnancy. She should make her decision based on the input that she solicits from her supporters(parents, spouses, doctors and friends) and her own personal values.

1) State Spending:
Using the key, 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)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Greatly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
Greatly Increaseh) Other or expanded categories:

Water - A Water plan exists for the next 50 years but it is unfunded. This is unconscionable! We must provide for our children and grandchildren.

2) State Taxes:
Using the key,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.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increasec) Gas/Oil taxes
Maintain Statusd) Property taxes
Maintain Statuse) Sales taxes
Slightly Increasef) Other or expanded categories:

Gasoline tax-increase and dedicate all to transportation
Energy tax - on electric cars to dedicate to transportation
Oil/Gas - Sunset Out of date R&D Exemptions such as allowed Fracking equipment
Oil/Gas - Expand depletion taxes to offset investment in alternate long term energy supplies to replace oil and gas in Texas when shale fields are exhausted

3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which of the proposals you support (if any) for balancing Texas's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Texas's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noc) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
Nod) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Noe) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Nof) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:

Government exists to solve problems that individuals on their own cannot solve. Taxes exists to support those tasks which are determined by the people to be the responsibility of Government. The level of government that is assigned these tasks should be as low as possible to ensure oversight by the citizenry. The level of government assigned tasks should be appropriate to the proportion of the population effected by the task and resources available. Example: Water supplies have been the responsibility of local government because supplies were plentiful in the past- Population dictate that this is now a State level responsibility.

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Yesb) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesd) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Noe) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
Yesf) Do you support strengthening restrictions on the state's use of eminent domain?
g) Other or expanded principles:

We must remove money from special interests from politics. All special interests!
Citizens should be defined as individual humans. and only US citizens should be allowed to make donations.
$2000 limit per candidate per citizen for all levels of government
Campaign and issue advertising should be limited to 30 days before elections

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) Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Nod) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Noe) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Nof) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
Yesg) Should municipalities be allowed to prohibit law enforcement from checking the immigration status of individuals in custody?
h) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yesc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesd) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Yesf) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
g) Other or expanded principles:

If we give direct financial assistance to banks and auto companies then why not individuals?

Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
c) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Nod) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Noe) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Yesg) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Texas high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Tenure is not an issue in Texas.

Yesa) 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 state funding for improvements to Texas energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Other or expanded principles:

Climate change is real and serious. We may have waited too long to begin the amelioration efforts. However we must move to deal with the results, rising sea levels, drought, disease migration such as West Nile Disease, plant and species migrations and die offs.

Yesa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:

I believe in the 2nd Amendment. I also believe that unrestricted gun ownership is foolish. A weapon is a dangerous instrument and training and licensing is the minimum that should be required. I believe background checks are essential to protect the safety of society. People kill people and unstable people should not be allowed near guns. In addition to background checks I think two of the following three references should be provided before a person can get a license: from a parent, teacher, minister and or police officer.

Yesa) 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?
Noc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Yesd) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesf) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
g) Other or expanded principles:

If we retain commercial health insurance like any insurance product the state should have the right to regulate insurance companies and their products

Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Texas's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Texas's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

Marriage is a religious institution and should be available to all within the guidelines of the church performing the ceremony. Civil unions and marriage licenses are government sanctions of relationships and thus should be open to same-sex couples.

In the following area, on an attached page, or via e-mail, 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.

Restore $5.2 billion in educational funds and grants cut during the last session and properly fund enrollment growth, robust pre school programs and full year education for schools with struggling populations.
Place a moratorium on high states testing until alternate assessment vehicles for schools and teachers can be developed that are fair and provide valuable feedback to educators
Fully fund the State Water plan.
Demand complete transparency of state funds and funding instruments.

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