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Dino Rossi's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Dino Rossi refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brunner, Jim. 2010. The Seattle Times: Rossi stakes out his positions in first interviews. 27 May 2010. "With regard to social issues such as abortion, Rossi said that he and his wife are Catholics who believe "every soul has a value" and that he would vote his conscience if such bills came before him. But he said he never sponsored such legislation when in the Legislature and didn't intend to in the Senate. "That's not why I'm running," he said." (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • Dino J. Rossi. 2010. Washingtonvoterguides.com: Candidate Survey. Responded "Oppose. I will vote on the side of life. I will actively oppose any effort which allows taxpayer funding of abortion. I will oppose any effort to undermine parental notification laws which require parents to be involved in their minor child's decision to have an abortion, which is an invasive surgical procedure. I will support legislation which prohibits taking a minor child across state lines to have an abortion in order to circumvent parental notification laws" to the question "8. Abortion: The U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision legalizing abortion." (www.washingtonvoterguides.com)
  • Dino J. Rossi. RCP Newsmaker Interview with Dino Rossi. 28 June 2010. Question: "You are pro-life. When was the last time Washington voters elected a pro-life senator?" Answer: "[Dino Rossi] I'm not really sure about that. You'd have to go research that yourself." (www.realclearpolitics.com)
  • Dino J. Rossi. The Spokesman-Review: Election 2004 Voters Guide. "I've always believed that abortion was never intended except for maybe cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother," he said. "If I have to change my position on an issue of conscience to become governor, it's not worth it." But he argues that abortion is a federal issue and that, as governor, he'd have little say in the matter. "I'm not running for the U.S. Supreme Court," he said. "We have about as much control over that (abortion) as we do over world peace." (www.spokesmanreview.com)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Transcript of interviews with Gregoire, Rossi on social issues. 10 September 2008. Question: "John McCain has said he wants the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion. What's your position?" Answer: "[Dino Rossi]: I've got no control over the Supreme Court. I'm not running for the Supreme Court, nor do have an appointment there. My position all the way around - I mean, if you're going to double dip on that question I might as well answer the whole thing now - is that, and I've been very clear about this, my wife and I are both Catholic and believe every soul has a value. Every soul has a value. Which is one of the reasons I fought so hard in the budget when I wrote it in 2003 to protect the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled and people in nursing homes, is that I believe every soul does have a value. "And, so the people of the state of Washington have voted on that issue. I'm not running on that issue. I've never run on that issue. Seven years in the state Senate. I never sponsored a bill or even an amendment on that issue. I guess if I'd wanted to, I could have. But I didn't. "If it came before me, I'd vote my conscience, of course. If any of those issues do, I'd vote my conscience. The reality here is that it's nothing that I'm running on, or ever have, or am running on in this race. "But I've been very clear where I am in terms of every soul having a value." (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • Martin, Jonathan. 2010. The Seattle Times: Senate hopeful Dino Rossi sticks to economic message. 11 August 2010. "He says little about Afghanistan or hot-button social issues. Pressed at the Spokane breakfast forum, Rossi said he opposes abortion for "anything other than maybe rape, incest or life of the mother." (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

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  • Dino J. Rossi. Rossi Calls For Death Tax Relief. 30 July 2010. "U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi on Friday called on Sen. Patty Murray to support a bipartisan effort to prevent the death tax from coming back into effect on January 1st. Thousands of Washington State family farms and small business could be jeopardized if death tax relief is not extended. Over the last 15 years, small businesses have generated 64% of the net new jobs in the private sector[i]. "Small, family-owned businesses are the backbone of our economy, providing 64 percent of jobs in the last fifteen years, and, if Patty Murray doesn't extend this critical tax relief, many could be swallowed up by faceless corporations so that families can pay Uncle Sam," said Rossi. "Family farms and businesses are part of what make Washington State unique, and eliminating the death tax will keep this tradition alive for generations to come." According to USA Today, the "federal estate tax is scheduled to return with a vengeance on Jan. 1, 2011, imposing a levy of up to 55% on estates valued at more than $1 million." Many financial planners believe the return of the death tax will affect average families who own a home, have retirement savings, or own a family business. "Washingtonians should not have to worry about whether they will have to sell off their home or family business to pay the federal government," said Rossi. "If Patty Murray is fighting for Washington families, she should call on Congress to immediately extend death tax relief." (www.dinorossi.com)
  • Dino Rossi signed the American Family Business Institute No Death Tax Pledge. (www.nodeathtax.org)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Auburn Reporter - Rossi Talks Transportation, Taxes, Crime, and More at Redmond Chamber of Commerce. 19 September 2010. "He [Rossi] spoke out against the death tax?." (votesmart.org)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Issue Position: Reform Our Tax Code. "If we're going to get our economy back on track and get people back to work, that's got to stop. Congress must make permanent the 2001 and 2003 tax relief which spurred economic growth and job creation, repeal the death tax?." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

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  • Dino J. Rossi. Issue Position: Reduce Government Spending. "Our national debt topped $13 trillion this year. If Congress keeps spending your money at this unprecedented pace, our national debt will reach $19.6 trillion by 2015. Both Republicans and Democrats are guilty of running up our nation's credit card without considering how they're going to pay the bill. Congress is putting our economic future in jeopardy by continuing to spend money they don't have. Washington families have to make tough budget decisions every day to live within their means, and it's time for Congress to do the same. * Cancel unspent bailout and stimulus funds and direct them toward deficit reduction."
  • Dino J. Rossi. Blog. 30 August 2010. "Sen. Murray and her fellow Democrat leaders sold the stimulus to the American people as a job creator. Murray even said "the stimulus will help create jobs and help get the economy back on track." Here we are 18 months later and unemployment in Washington State is 8.9%. The underemployment rate is 17.4%. And this bill was supposed to keep the national unemployment under 8%! So where has that $1.2 trillion of taxpayer money gone? Here in Washington State, its replaced windows in a long-closed building, paid for puppet shows in Seattle, bought a fish statue, and even went up in smoke in the form of research on marijuana. And a new KING 5 poll shows half of Washington residents believe they're worse off now than they were two years ago." (www.dinorossi.com)
  • Dino J. Rossi. RCP Newsmaker Interview with Dino Rossi. 28 June 2010. "Start with ending TARP. There's close to $400 billion sitting there in that account. There's also the stimulus money, $270 million there that could be reallocated for debt reduction. Just not having an increase in salaries for federal workers for a year is $30 billion that's sitting on the table. Or reducing employment to pre-Obama levels, which means only hiring one person back for every two that leave. That's another $35 billion. You add these things up end-on-end, and this is how you start balancing budgets." (www.realclearpolitics.com)
  • Dino Rossi. Kitsap Sun. Election Guide: Candidate -Dino Rossi - U.S. Senate. Responded: "Washington families are hurting. We need to extend unemployment insurance but we must make sure that the extension is fully paid for without adding to the deficit. Extending unemployment benefits can be done in a responsible way which doesn't increase the deficit by $33 billion. Several Senators offered amendments to pay for extending unemployment insurance and other provisions by cutting wasteful spending in other areas, rescinding unspent stimulus funds, along with other proposals which had bipartisan support. The stimulus packages that Patty Murray and the rest of the Democratic leadership in Washington D.C., passed only added to the debt. Washington's unemployment rate before the so-called stimulus bill passed was 7.5%. When Sen. Murray voted for the failed stimulus bill, she said it "will give our economy the jolt it needs, create jobs, and help get our country back on track." Washington's unemployment rate in March 2009, jumped to 8.5%. We need to focus on empowering businesses and the private sector to grow and pass a balanced budget to get us out of this economic disaster." to the question: "Do you favor extending unemployment benefits? Do you favor another round of federal economic stimulus? In what form?" (elections.kitsapsun.com)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Issue Position: Promote Economic Growth and Job Creation. "Washington's unemployment rate is getting dangerously close to 10%. Families are worried about paying the mortgage or the rent, and putting food on the table. The most important challenge facing us is how we get the economy back on track and get people back to work. The tax and spending policies coming from Washington, DC, have failed to stimulate our economy and, because the massive debts we've run up in the past eighteen months, threaten our long term economic prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Rossi: Whatever Patty Murray Tells President Obama Will Be Too Little, Too Late. 17 August 2010. "Like most elected officials who spend time with the President when he comes to town for political fundraisers, Patty Murray will no doubt spend time afterward touting the important conversations she had with the President about issues facing Washington state, like the cleanup of Hanford or creating jobs. Unfortunately, for the people of Washington, it's too late for talk. The damage has already been done by Patty Murray's votes in the Senate. "Senator Murray has voted repeatedly for legislation that has destroyed jobs and exploded the debt. She voted for the massive bailouts, the failed stimulus...." (votesmart.org)
  • Dino Rossi. New "Stimulus' Sounds Like The Old "Stimulus'. 7 September 2010. "We need to stop the failed experiment if we're going to get our economy back on track and put people back to work' This week the White House unveiled a new stimulus proposal which would spend $50 billion on the nation's infrastructure. U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi made the following statement Tuesday regarding the administration's push for more government stimulus spending: "The folks in DC are again asking us to trust them, this time saying if we just spend $50 billion more, we'll get the economy back on track. Well, I don't believe them and neither do people here in Washington State. This new $50 billion won't work any better than the trillion plus dollars they've already spent. "Washingtonians are tired of politicians who can't admit they're wrong, and this latest stimulus proposal is a perfect example. Sen. Murray and her fellow leaders in Washington, D.C., experimented with a stimulus bill which was meant to target "shovel-ready' projects and sold as a job creation measure. Nineteen months and $1.2 trillion later, the only thing we've seen from the last stimulus is rising unemployment and a massive debt. We need to stop the failed experiment if we're going to get our economy back on track and put people back to work. Congress needs to enact proposals which encourage small businesses to grow, not more government spending which creates more debt." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

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Yes Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

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  • Dino J. Rossi. Transcript of interviews with Gregoire, Rossi on social issues. 10 September 2008. "I'm not a fan of the death penalty. I think it's maybe reserved for the Ted Bundys of the world. Getting back to every life has a value. Granted with some, maybe it's harder to find that value in a Ted Bundy. It's one where I used to be more pro death penalty probably 20 years ago. "Really I think it needs to be reserved for the most vicious of the vicious. Balancing budgets and building streets - that's easy. This would have to be the hardest thing I'd have to do as governor." (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
No Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dino J. Rossi. 2010. Washingtonvoterguides.com: Candidate Survey. Responded "By restoring local control and ending federal micro-management of our local school districts. Decisions about educating children should be made by parents, teachers, and local school boards, by people who actually know the kids' names" to the question "How do you intend to improve public education?" (www.washingtonvoterguides.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

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  • Dino Rossi signed the Contract from America. "Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures." (www.thecontract.org)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Dino Rossi: Q&A about the environment. 14 October 2008. "I believe the Earth is warming. There is still debate in the scientific community about the level of human impact on climate change, which is why I think the more important question is what we are actually going to do in order to reduce carbon emissions. Promoting new technology and providing incentives to cut emissions is the best way to accomplish that goal. The city of Seattle admits that personal efforts to be efficient have had far more impact on greenhouse gas reduction than government regulations. My approach is to allow individuals to make choices. My opponent's approach is to dictate lifestyle changes and force people out of their cars." (www.seattlepi.com)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Dino Rossi: Q&A about the environment. 14 October 2008. "I support the goals of reducing carbon emissions, but have concerns that this plan does not adequately take into account our clean, renewable energy provided by our hydroelectric dams. It will be harder and more expensive for Washington state to meet targeted reductions compared to other states because we are already so green and have one of the lowest carbon footprints in the nation. In addition, it's also unclear whether our state will get credit for our clean hydropower that we send to other states like California. We should not be entering an agreement that could put our state at an economic disadvantage. Our state's first priority should be to reduce carbon emissions from transportation, which this plan does not even hope to address until 2015. As Governor, I will engage Washington's creative high-tech sector by promoting new technology, cleaner vehicles, and reducing congestion." (www.seattlepi.com)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Issue Position: Environment. "I believe we need to move forward with a reasonable plan to reduce carbon emissions and make improvements to our environment. We are past the time of debate over "if" and we need to address "how" to reduce carbon emissions...We all share the common goals of wanting a clean environment and it's time for us to take reasonable steps to reduce carbon emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Issue Position: Energy. "We need to lessen America's energy dependence by developing more of our own resources. That means developing more renewable energy sources, increasing our reliance on alternative fuels, and expanding domestic energy production in an environmentally and fiscally responsible way. * Oppose job killing energy taxes like cap and trade. * Enhance safety procedures for any energy exploration, whether on land or off shore. * Ensure polluters pay for any environmental degradation." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Dino J. Rossi. 1996. Project Vote Smart: Washington Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • McGann, Chris. 2008. Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Rossi on right? It's not that easy. 31 July 2008. "Both the U.S. and Washington state constitutions are explicit in a citizen's right to bear arms, and he will uphold that right as governor." That said, Strait said Rossi accepts some limits. "He's not pushing to get rid of gun-free school zones or allowing convicted violent felons to have firearms," she said." (www.seattlepi.com)
  • National Rifle Association. 2010. The National Rifle Association endorsed Dino Rossi in the 2010 General Election. (www.nrapvf.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

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  • Brunner, Jim. 2010. The Seattle Times: Rossi stakes out his positions in first interviews. 27 May 2010. "An opponent of the health-care law recently passed by Congress, Rossi said he would vote to replace it with a "free market" system that didn't require tax increases that would kill jobs. Rossi gave few details, beyond repeating standard Republican arguments that limiting medical-malpractice lawsuits and reducing regulation would drive down costs and make insurance more affordable. Rossi said he supports aid for the most vulnerable, whether it comes from churches or the government. "We need to have that safety net for sure," he said, "but it doesn't mean you have to herd everybody into a government-controlled program." (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • Dino J. Rossi. RCP Newsmaker Interview with Dino Rossi. 28 June 2010. "We need to replace the healthcare bill that Patty put in place with more of a free market solution -- a solution that reduces costs and increases access. The bill that Patty Murray has helped put through does neither one of those two things. It increases costs, and it makes it much more difficult for people to be employed because of the onerous taxes that are coming forward from that bill. We should replace it, because we do need healthcare reform. I don't think anybody denies that. But this is clearly the wrong direction." (www.realclearpolitics.com)
  • Dino Rossi signed the Contract from America. "Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries." (www.thecontract.org)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Rossi: Whatever Patty Murray Tells President Obama Will Be Too Little, Too Late. 17 August 2010. "Like most elected officials who spend time with the President when he comes to town for political fundraisers, Patty Murray will no doubt spend time afterward touting the important conversations she had with the President about issues facing Washington state, like the cleanup of Hanford or creating jobs. Unfortunately, for the people of Washington, it's too late for talk. The damage has already been done by Patty Murray's votes in the Senate. "Senator Murray has voted repeatedly for legislation that has destroyed jobs and exploded the debt. She voted for...the job killing health care bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Issue Position: Fix Health Care. "The bill passed by Congress was a tax and spend bill with a little health care sprinkled on top. It seems that every day a new discovery is made about what the bill actually does. We've found out that it will cost taxpayers $1 trillion -- that's way more than was advertised at the time it passed . We've found out that most workers won't be able to keep the health insurance plan they currently have, even if they like it. And, that's in addition to what we already knew, such as under this bill health care premiums for working families will actually increase taxes on middle class families by half a trillion dollars, and seniors will see $500 billion in cuts to Medicare. Congress' health care "reform" bill was crafted by a series of backroom deals with liberal special interests, pharmaceutical companies and the insurance industry. It was designed to help special interests, not the American people. We need to repeal the bill and replace it will common-sense bipartisan proposals that give power to patients and doctors not government and insurance companies. * Replace Pelosi-Reid healthcare bill with something that will actually lower health insurance costs , improve access to a greater variety of health insurance plans, and give people choice in picking their doctors . * Allow citizens to buy health insurance across state lines, as they do for other types of insurance. * Make offering insurance more affordable for small businesses by allowing them to join together and get the discounts available to big corporations. * Give individuals the same tax deductions as corporations." (votesmart.org)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Issue Position: Health Care. "Costly regulations and a high number of mandates by state government have driven insurers out of the state, leaving consumers with fewer insurance plans to choose from. Washington state currently has 51 different health insurance mandates on each plan offered. By comparison, Idaho only has 14 mandates and has lower insurance costs. That is why we must reduce regulations and mandates, and allow health insurance companies to offer affordable plans that meet the needs of individuals. Our current system leaves individuals with fewer options and higher insurance costs, since they are paying for coverage they may not even need. We need to let the free market work. It's a simple fact: When more companies have to compete for your business, choices go up and costs go down. And state government will be there to keep insurance companies accountable and make sure they fulfill their promises to consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Tri-City Herald - Rossi Says Jobs Are No. 1 Issue During Tri-City Visit. 21 August 2010. "Rossi said the nation is on a "fiscal cliff," and accused Murray of being one of the people who brought the economy to the brink with deficit spending and industry bailouts. He said he would extend tax cuts made by Congress in 2001 and 2003, repeal the health reform law and work to reduce burdensome regulations on business if elected." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

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  • Brunner, Jim. 2010. The Seattle Times: Rossi stakes out his positions in first interviews. 27 May 2010. "To stop illegal immigration, Rossi said he supports a "tall fence with a high gate" to secure the U.S. border with Mexico. He said that's the first step before moving to any talk of a "path to citizenship" for illegal immigrants in the country." (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • Dino J. Rossi. RCP Newsmaker Interview with Dino Rossi. 28 June 2010. "The problem is there's been a colossal failure on the federal part to secure our borders. What we need down there is a tall fence with a high gate. Tall fence meaning we need to secure that border so we know who's coming and going. High gate because we do need people coming to America who want to chase the American dream. My family, when they came from Italy, came through Ellis Island because they believed America could be a better place for themselves, their children, their grandchildren. We do need to have immigration but we need to know who's here. It's also a national security issue. It wouldn't be too hard for al Qaeda to fly someone into northern Mexico and just let them walk across the border. The idea here is that we need to secure that border. What the Obama administration does or doesn't do, well, I think they need to listen to the people." (www.realclearpolitics.com)
  • Dino Rossi. Kitsap Sun. Election Guide: Candidate -Dino Rossi - U.S. Senate. Responded: "America's political leadership has lacked the will to control our borders, making it too easy to get here illegally. At the same time, they have made it much too hard for many high skilled workers and graduates of our universities to stay here and contribute to our economy and our society. Like many Washingtonians, my grandparents came to America through Ellis Island in search of a better life. They were hardworking people who contributed to their community, and America needs people like them. So we need a tall fence, but we also need a high gate. In Washington, there are a number of industries which depend on being able to recruit and hire workers in order to stay competitive in the global market. * Oppose amnesty. * Finish the border fence. * Use technology to more effectively patrol the border. * Expand the use of employment verification technologies to reduce the employment magnet. * Permit more high skilled workers and students to legally enter or remain in America." to the question: "What kind of immigration reform would you favor and why is a political solution so difficult to come by?" (elections.kitsapsun.com)
  • Dino Rossi. Washington Senate Debate. 14 October 2010. Dino Rossi responded: "?I don't support amnesty, number one. But we have to get control of our borders?" to the question: "Would you support providing amnesty to the undocumented workers currently living in the United States. If so, how would you determine who gets amnesty? If you would not, how would you address the resulting shortage of seasonal agricultural labor if those workers are deported?" (www.c-spanvideo.org)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Issue Position: Control the Border and Fix Immigration. "America's political leadership has lacked the will to control our borders, making it too easy to get here illegally. At the same time, they have made it much too hard for many high skilled workers and graduates of our universities to stay here and contribute to our economy and our society. Like many Washingtonians, my grandparents came to America through Ellis Island in search of a better life. They were hardworking people who contributed to their community, and America needs people like them. So we need a tall fence, but we also need a high gate. In Washington, there are a number of industries which depend on being able to recruit and hire workers in order to stay competitive in the global market. * Oppose amnesty. * Finish the border fence. * Use technology to more effectively patrol the border. * Expand the use of employment verification technologies to reduce the employment magnet. * Permit more high skilled workers and students to legally enter or remain in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Dupler, Michelle. Tri-City Herald - Rossi Says Jobs Are No. 1 Issue During Tri-City Visit. 21 August 2010. "Bill Scott, who owns several Tri-City apartment complexes, cornered Rossi on immigration, saying he believes the government needs to reform immigration laws and provide a path to legal immigration rather than rounding up and deporting people who help support the economy. 'If you take them out of my apartment complexes, I'd go broke,' Scott said. 'We need comprehensive reform, not just kicking folks out.' Rossi said his approach to immigration is to have a 'tall fence with a high gate.' His grandparents came from Italy to raise their standard of living, and he would like to see other people have that opportunity, he said. 'We should let people come here who want to pursue the American Dream, but we need to know who's coming,' he said. 'We need to make sure there is a way for people to come to work and live, but to do it legally.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Miller, Sean J. 2010. The Hill: Opposition to Afghanistan conflict not just a liberal issue anymore. 20 August 2010. "Washington state Senate challenger Dino Rossi (R) said he's "rarely" asked about the war when he's out campaigning. "Rarely is anyone thinking about foreign affairs when they're not sure if they're going to able to put food on the table for their family," he said. "That's really the focus - jobs, the economy, budget, spending, deficits. Everywhere I go that's what people talk about." Rossi called Petraeus a "great leader" and said he should make a decision about when American troops should withdraw based on "conditions on the ground." "I don't think you can give a date certain because the enemy will just go on vacation until then," he said." (thehill.com)
  • Dino Rossi. Kitsap Sun. Election Guide: Candidate -Dino Rossi - U.S. Senate. Responded: "We must ensure victory over the worldwide jihadist network of terrorists, including our missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. We should let our commanders in the field work with the Afghan people to establish clear benchmarks for success. I believe that the troop surge should continue as needed to backup our forces who are currently serving in Afghanistan. I commended President Obama on his outstanding pick of Gen. David Petraeus to serve as commander of the multinational forces in Afghanistan. He has the same confidence I do in Gen. Petraeus's ability to lead a successful counterinsurgency campaign. We must be fiscally responsible on all fronts of the budgeting process to ensure that we have the money to support our troops. Our troops must have the equipment, support, and training they need to complete their mission and get home safely. Neither our troops, nor funding for them, should be used as a political football by anyone. As your Senator, I can promise you that our troops will have the tools they need to do the job. I pledge also that, before I ever vote to send them into harm's way, I will demand from their commanders, a clear mission, a clear plan for victory, and a clear exit strategy." to the question: "How is the U.S. policy in Afghanistan working, and what direction would you like to see in the military strategy in the near future there?" (elections.kitsapsun.com)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Issue Position: Issue Position: Defend America and Our Allies. "Ensure victory over the worldwide jihadist network of terrorists, including our missions in Afghanistan and Iraq." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

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  • McGann, Chris. 2008. Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Rossi on right? It's not that easy. 31 July 2008. "Washington is a compassionate state. We will find a way to guarantee the ability of people to take care of themselves and their loved ones - and at the same time respect the traditional institution of marriage. He would have to consider it on a case-by-case basis, but not if it was a step towards legalizing same-sex marriage." Gay-rights activists have said that their ultimate goal in expanding gay rights is full marriage equality." (www.seattlepi.com)
  • Dino J. Rossi. 2010. Washingtonvoterguides.com: Candidate Survey. Responded "Oppose. I will oppose any efforts to define marriage as anything other than as between one man and one woman" to the question "6. Marriage: Redefining marriage to include same-sex couples;" Responded "Support" to the question "7. Marriage: An amendment to the U.S. Constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman." (www.washingtonvoterguides.com)
  • Dino J. Rossi. Transcript of interviews with Gregoire, Rossi on social issues. 10 September 2008. "I believe the traditional view of marriage is between one man and one woman." (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • McGann, Chris. 2008. Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Rossi on right? It's not that easy. 31 July 2008. "Dino voted with the bipartisan majority in the state Senate affirming the traditional view of marriage between one man and one woman. He is not a supporter of gay marriage," Strait said." (www.seattlepi.com)

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Washington Gubernatorial 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.
d) 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 Washington 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 Washington.
Xa) The Washington government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sectors.
b) The Washington government should provide no affirmative action programs.
c) Specific, adjustable percentages of contracts for state work should be awarded to minority or women-owned businesses.
Nod) Do you believe that the Washington government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Noe) Do you believe that sexual orientation should be added to Washington's anti-discrimination laws?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding children & family issues in Washington.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
c) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
d) Allow same-sex couples to become adoptive/foster parents.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in Washington.
a) 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.
d) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
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) Inform communities 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.
l) Implement chain gangs in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.
m) Implement restrictions on living conditions of state prison inmates (e.g. limited visitation, television, smoking, etc.).
n) Require prison inmates to help pay for their health care services.
Xo) Support laws requiring restitution to crime victims at the personal expense of the criminal.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in Washington.
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) Support curfews for juveniles in high crime areas.
f) Increase state funds for programs that provide training and employment for disadvantaged youths.
g) Provide tax credits for businesses that contribute to job training programs for low-income youth (Youthbuilt program).
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Washington'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 casino gambling).
Xd) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
e) 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.
h) Increase Washington state's minimum wage to $5.30 per hour.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Washington's education system.
a) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
b) 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).
Xe) Implement charter schools where teachers and other professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
f) 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.
h) 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 Washington students' access to the Internet and other telecommunications networks.
k) Increase state funds for higher education.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Washington's environment and natural resources.
a) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout Washington.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for polluting industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed on the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) 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 Washington.
f) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend Washington's participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.
a) Do you support the current laws which limit the terms of the following Washington officials?
1) State Senators (8 years, to take effect in 2002)
2) State Representatives (6 years, to take effect in 1998)
Undecided3) Governor (8 out of every 14 years)
Yesb) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Noc) 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?
e) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nog) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noh) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
i) Do you support legislation to establish English as the official and recognized language of Washington?
j) Do you support Washington's law which prohibits smoking at all state government workplaces?
k) Do you support requiring limits on the number of lobbyists that state agencies and local governments are allowed to send to the Capitol?
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.
d) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) 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 Washington's health care system.
a) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
b) Provide tax incentives to assist small businesses in providing health care to their employees.
c) Ensure that Washington 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.
f) Support the current law that requires health insurers of Washington residents to accept any applicant, regardless of pre-existing conditions.
g) Support legislation requiring health insurance providers to cover certain medical services (e.g. 48 hr. hospital stay for mothers after childbirth).
h) Do you believe that terminally ill individuals should have the right to end their lives?
Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one option only.
Eliminatea) Abortion
b) Affirmative Action
c) AIDS Programs
Slightly Increased) Education
e) Environment
f) Health Care
Slightly Increaseg) Law Enforcement
h) Welfare
Please indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning Washington's tax levels. Select one option only.
a) Alcohol Taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Business Taxes
c) Capital Gains Taxes
Slightly Decreased) Property Taxes
e) Sales Taxes
f) State Fees
Nog) Would you support a state income tax on incomes other than interest and dividend incomes?
h) If an income tax were enacted in Washington state, would you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Washington's welfare system.
a) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
b) 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.
e) 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.
h) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Xi) Place a lifetime limit of five years on the length of time a person can receive welfare benefits in Washington.
Explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected to the Washington State Legislature. If any of your priorities will require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.
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