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Susan Almy's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (NH) - Grafton 13, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State House - Grafton 13
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New Hampshire State Legislative Election 2012 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-choicea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Nob) 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?
Noe) 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 the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Noh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

A live woman should not be forced to give up her life or her ability to create and support a family for a fetus that may not survive birth. Let her doctor advise her - using medical science, not ideologies - and her decide, with whomever she wants to consult.

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.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
Slightly Increaseh) Other or expanded categories:

Mental health and substance abuse treatment
Basic administration of the state
Note that ALL of these have been cut too far to sustain function by the current group.

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.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increased) Gas/Oil taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Property taxes
f) Other or expanded categories:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New Hampshire's budget.
Noa) Tapping into New Hampshire'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:

We have already done all of that, beyond bearing for the economic health of our state. See (2)

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?
f) Other or expanded principles:

Note that the contribution and spending limits only work if tied to the cost of key campaign resources - postage, media, staff. If they aren't, the candidates'voices can't get heard unless they refuse to cooperate with the system.

Noa) 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 expanding New Hampshire's homicide law to include causing the death of a fetus?
Nog) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles:

The privatization of prisons is economically unviable. So is the death penalty.

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?
Noc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Nod) 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?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Nog) Do you support expanding gambling in New Hampshire?
h) Other or expanded principles:

a) except for making the regulations less complicated and easier to comply with, eliminating obsolete ones and ones impossible to enforce, or less effective at their purpose than the disruption they cause
d) doesn't work, our version of (b) does
e) only if we need the work done - and we've got a lot of that backed up
f) technical information, legal help - but not financial, except through legal settlements for bad behavior of foreclosers

a) 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?
Yese) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Nof) Do you support a constitutional amendment giving the legislature more control over school funding decisions?
Yesg) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Yesh) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from New Hampshire high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
i) Other or expanded principles:

a) dk what this is enough to answer
c) can't tell - I do know it protects them from occasional rogue school boards when the latter don't want their kids to learn to think

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)?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for improvements to New Hampshire's 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:

a,b) state can't afford it
c) if you mean the state's own buildings and operations; the state reduces long-term costs and has responsibility for its own contribution to our worsening climate
d) as a partnership with local governments

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?
Nod) Should a license be required for gun possession?
Yese) Do you support prohibiting state colleges from banning guns on their campuses?
f) Other or expanded principles:

a) only enough to reduce possession by violent criminals, dangerously mentally ill and underage kids
d) but concealed carry should be licensed or registered

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 expanding Medicaid eligibility in New Hampshire with federal funding as provided through the Affordable Care Act?
Yesf) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles:

a-e) whatever will work to get us to lower health care costs - but not at the cost of making the insurance you can buy too ineffective to help when you get sick (the likely result of (c) unless carefully limited) - the goal is not lower insurance costs but bringing health care down to near the level of all the developed nations we compete economically with, and making it available to all

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

We need to learn to all get along. Someone else's private life is no concern of mine.

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.

To find funding to restore the essential services of our state government - transportation and communications infrastructure, education and job training, public health and safety, air/water/soil health, basic safety net - and I want to get an open conversation about how far we have sunk in basic governance and the pros and cons of the funding options to start to pull us out of it. I am only one vote, we need people to pull their heads out of the sand and start making real choices for our future. Back to the 18th century, or some way forward?

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