Senator Lisa A. Murkowski's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Lisa A. Murkowski
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Sr, Republican
First Appointed: 12/20/2002
Last Appointed: 11/02/2010
Next Election: 2016
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Verne Martell; 2 Children: Nicolas, Matthew
Birth Date: 05/22/1957
Birth Place: Ketchikan, AK
Home City: Anchorage, AK
Religion: Catholic
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Lisa Murkowski refused to tell citizens where she 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lisa Murkowski. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Alaska Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape;" "e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered;" "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion;" Other or expanded principles: "Public funding of abortion in the instance of rape, incest or where medically necessary for the health of the mother."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lisa Murkowski supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 25 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lisa Murkowski supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 66 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Issue Position: Abortion. "Over a million abortions are taking place every year in the United States. Despite this, I am encouraged that our country is succeeding in reducing the number of surgical abortions taking place. As a woman, and as a mother, I believe that abortion is a very personal issue that must be left to a woman and her physician, and not to elected officials." (lisamurkowski.com)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lisa Murkowski supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 31 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Issue Position: Abortion. "As a practicing Roman Catholic, Senator Murkowski is personally opposed to the practice of abortion. In fact, she does whatever she can to support societal assistance to women and families to alleviate the pressures that cause some to consider abortion. In her four years in the Alaska State Legislature and now in the U.S. Senate, Senator Murkowski has and intends to support funding for pre-natal care, counseling, health care, adoptive services and tangible financial support for newborns, be it for the Women, Infants and Children nutritional program (WIC) or for Head Start programs for children. Senator Murkowski recently introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to help cut the cost of adoption by allowing couples to take money out of their IRA's without penalties or taxes being applied. With the cost of adoption reaching and exceeding $10,000 she believes that we must find ways to make adoption more affordable. The question, however, is that as a public official in a secular society Senator Murkowski has sworn an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and the laws of both this nation and of the State of Alaska. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Constitution recognizes abortion, and the Alaska Constitution provides the same." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lisa Murkowski supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 71 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Alaska Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: "4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lisa Murkowski supported the interests of the Club for Growth 57 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Issue Position: Economy. "Unfortunately, the response from Washington so far has been to stubbornly increase the role of government. We need the government to get out of the way and let the private sector create jobs." (lisamurkowski.com)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Murkowski Statement On Stimulus Agreement. 8 February 2009. "With the rough parameters of an agreement outlined by Sens. Susan Collins and Ben Nelson, it appears that the measure still doesn't meet the concerns I've raised throughout the process and therefore I will not be able to support the package." (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Murkowski Votes Against Economic Stimulus Plan. 10 February 2009. "U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today voted against an economic stimulus plan that she said was excessive, not sufficiently stimulative and leaves states on the hook for future spending. The bill passed the Senate 61 - 37 and now goes to a joint Senate-House conference committee where lawmakers will iron out differences in the two chambers' versions. Congress must then vote on the new measure before sending it to the White House. 'Today's vote on another bailout should be viewed among a series of Federal bailouts and stimulus spending which have topped $2 trillion since last February -- $700 billion in TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) funds, $323 billion in AIG and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac bailouts, a $168 billion stimulus measure enacted last year and now another $838 billion stimulus comprised mostly of spending,' Murkowski said." (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Sen. Murkowski Reacts to White House Stimulus Report. 14 July 2010. "While the Democrats tout their new report on stimulus spending most Americans are wondering: where are the jobs? The unemployment rate still hovers in the double digits in several states and many job seekers have simply given up trying to find work. My constituents in Alaska share the frustration that many people have when looking at what Congress has spent its time on over the past year. The Democrats' agenda has been to take over health care, student loans and auto manufacturers, advocate for a cap-and-trade system that would further damage our economy, and push America's debt to more than $13 trillion. These policies have a tremendous impact on women and minorities in particular, who are now more likely than ever to head households and own small businesses. If we want to get Americans working again, we must focus on pro-growth policies, such as lowering taxes, reducing the regulatory burdens that face our small businesses and preventing more Washington takeovers that simply add to our debt." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lisa Murkowski. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Alaska Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves;" "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Lisa Murkowski. Speech to the Alaska Legislature. 30 March 2005. "We need to start the debate and act while we have the luxury of time. As the baby-boomers retire, the demographics of social security are changing. Compared to when the program was begun in 1935, women now make up 47% of the work force and the average American lives to 77 - statistics few would question but societal changes that nonetheless require adjustments. As important as Social Security is for retired workers, it is meaningful as a safety net for families. Especially for middle and lower income families, Social Security often makes the difference when a single breadwinner's wages are cut off whether by retirement, disability or death. Alaska has 60,860 Social Security beneficiaries and is first in the nation of beneficiaries who are children. Alaska is also seventh in the nation when it comes to beneficiaries who receive survivors' payments. The safety net of Social Security needs to be ensured. Future changes are necessary to strengthen the long term health of the program and guarantee benefits to future retirees." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lisa Murkowski supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 30 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lisa Murkowski. Issue Position: Education. "One of the keys to a healthy economy and healthy community is a well-educated population and workforce. In a world that is growing increasingly interconnected, it doesn't matter if you live in Hooper Bay or New York City--access to a good education and the willingness to work hard will provide every opportunity to succeed in life. After all, there is no monopoly on brains, and a good education is the ultimate stimulus package. Alaska certainly has its own set of hurdles to overcome in providing our children with educational opportunities, but our unique challenges can also lead to innovative solutions. Alaska needs the flexibility in education policy to be able to put in place solutions that work for Alaska -- not requirements to implement policies developed for California or Florida. For example, while the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) put in place some good tools to help our schools improve -- like better data for educators to help struggling students more effectively and more opportunities for parents to influence their children's education -- NCLB has frustrated many at times, including myself. I continue to press for commonsense solutions to make the program more workable in our state and across the country."
  • Lisa Murkowski. Statements on Introduced Bills and Joint Resolutions. 26 April 2007. "We all know about No Child Left Behind, the Federal legislation that was introduced in 2001. We recognize that NCLB made significant changes to Federal requirements for school districts in our States. Many of these changes have been very positive and truly quite necessary. Because of No Child Left Behind, there is clearly more national attention being paid to ensure that school districts and the States are held accountable for the achievement of students with disabilities and for those who are economically disadvantaged and for minority students....While these are just a few of the positive effects of No Child Left Behind, we recognize there have been problems. This is not surprising, as it is quite difficult to write one law that will work for a large urban city such as New York City in the East and have that be made generally applicable to a small remote rural community such as Nuiqsuit, AK." (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Issue Position: Education. "I am fully committed to ensuring that all children have access to a quality K-12 education as well. When the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, was reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in 2001 (http://www.ed.gov/nclb), it laid out a blueprint for reforming our education system. I am proud that Alaska has embraced the fundamental goals of the Act: to ensure academic excellence for each and every child, to give schools and educators more tools to meet the challenges they face, and to empower parents." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lisa Murkowski. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Alaska Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land;" "d) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands;" "e) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage;" "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil);" "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles;" "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration;" "i) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution. k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lisa Murkowski supported the interests of Environment America 14 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Anchorage Daily News: Murkowski Tries Again to Limit EPA Rules on Greenhouse Gas. 14 December 2009. "Her first attempt failed, but on Monday Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, moved again to try to halt the Environmental Protection Agency's movement toward regulating the emission of greenhouse gases. The federal agency last week announced that global warming pollution endangers public health, and announced plans to move forward with regulations that will limit emissions by large producers of greenhouse gases. It could be years before any EPA regulations take effect, and the White House has said it would prefer that Congress write the guidelines. But if Congress doesn't act, the EPA's rules could set the standard for greenhouse gas emissions on the part of large emitters such as power plants, factories and other stationary sources of pollution." (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Issue Position: Energy. 1 June 2009. "I intend to continue to press for the most significant step Congress can take to achieve a balanced energy plan. That would be to increase domestic energy production by allowing a tiny portion of the Arctic coastal plain in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to be opened for some type of oil exploration and development. Opening just a few thousand acres offers the nation the single best opportunity to find more oil improving our energy security. Opening ANWR will grow our economy by producing thousands of jobs across the country and through the use of new technology will protect our environment. But Alaska has more than oil on our North Slope and in offshore waters. We lead the nation in coal reserves. I intend to continue to push for more research and development funding to help produce coal and then to capture and store the carbon emissions it releases and capture any pollution it can cause. I also will continue to fight for funding to install alternative energy that can cut the high cost of electricity based upon the current high fossil fuels that too many Alaskans pay. Natural Gas: Alaska has 35 trillion cubic feet of natural gas ready to go to market from the Prudhoe Bay fields, gas that may be worth well over $150 billion. It is also expected that another 150 to 200 trillion cubic feet of conventional gas can be found under the ground and oceans of northern Alaska, gas that could spur petrochemical development and meet Alaska's energy needs for decades into the future. Thus it is vital that Alaska redouble its efforts to get that gas to market as quickly as possible, before alternative technologies or liquefied natural gas from elsewhere in the world fills the niche for Alaska's gas in domestic markets." (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Murkowski Comment on Conclusion of Copenhagen Conference. 19 December 2009. "Much has been made of the Senate majority's failure to prioritize a climate bill ahead of the negotiations in Copenhagen, but the past two weeks have made clear that domestic legislation will not resolve the full range of fundamental, international disagreements. Emissions cuts and reporting commitments from countries around the world cannot be advanced by the U.S. Congress, and any sum of money that America is capable of providing to developing nations will probably be rejected as too small by its would-be recipients. I want the President, the people of Alaska, and my colleagues in the Senate to know that I stand ready to work on climate legislation," Murkowski continued. "But given the difficulty in developing a new international treaty, this matter must be addressed in a way that strengthens our economy and bolsters our energy security. Our climate policy needs to stand on its own because it is the right approach for our country, regardless of the actions other nations do, or do not, take." (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Roll Call: Murkowski Walks Delicate Line as Ranking Member. 1 June 2009. "For me, when we talk about climate change and what is happening, it's not a theoretical exercise," she said. "I go up to Alaska and I go out to some of the villages and I see for myself that we're seeing changes in the land. It's real. I've got villages in Alaska that are literally on the edge of the ocean and dropping in." But just as Murkowski calls it wise and sensible to do what we can to reduce our emissions," she feels just as strongly that the economic costs must be a factor in determining how to do so. "If there's a responsibility to help reduce emissions, let's figure out how to do it in a way that is reasonable and responsible," she said. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lisa Murkowski. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Alaska Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns;" "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns;" "j) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims."
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Lisa Murkowski a grade of B. (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Issue Position: Firearm Rights. "The right to keep and bear arms is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans. Our Founding Fathers created the Second Amendment to safeguard individual's rights to hunt, defend themselves, and protect against tyranny. For some reason, some politicians have refused to treat the second amendment with the same respect as the other amendments in the Bill of Rights. I, on the other hand, have consistently worked to protect Second Amendment rights from encroachment by the government... Of course, some gun control activists will continue to push silly regulations. We have heard talk of reviving the so-called assault weapons ban. I helped end the ban, and I will oppose reinstating it. We have seen proposals to register all firearms, or stamp all ammunition. I will continue to oppose those as well. I have also supported legislation to level the playing field for ammunition manufacturers, so they are able to cope with ammunition shortages." (lisamurkowski.com)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Anchorage Daily News: Murkowski Presses Sotomayor About Past Remarks. 18 June 2009. "Murkowski also said she made it clear to Sotomayor how important Second Amendment freedoms are to the people she represents in Alaska. Sotomayor spoke in generalities about the Supreme Court's decision last year in the Heller case, which overturned Washington D.C.'s gun ban. Murkowski said she asked whether the individual rights protected in the Heller decision would apply to states as well. "I kind of prefaced my question about the Second Amendment," Murkowski said. "In a state like Alaska, independent people are very passionate about many things but most certainly, they're supportive of the Second Amendment. I stated that Alaskans are very concerned about their ability to provide for their own defense."" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lisa Murkowski. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Alaska Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts;" "f) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits;" "g) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare;" "i) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage;" "l) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells."
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lisa Murkowski supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 29 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Hopkins, Kyle. Anchorage Daily News: Alaska Senators Don't See Health Bill Passing as it Stands Now. 21 November 2009. "Murkowski opposes the public option saying it wouldn't offer people lower premiums than private insurers. She predicts it won't survive the coming Senate debate." (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Anchorage Daily News: Alaskans Urge Health Care Changes. 20 June 2009. "Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski was also in Anchorage talking about health care, holding a Friday discussion with local providers of health care. Murkowski, who is on the health committee in the U.S. Senate, brought up the proposed bill presented to her committee that's estimated to cost more than $1 trillion over 10 years but cover only about one-third of those Americans lacking health insurance. Democrats have protested that the bill is incomplete and the estimate doesn't include money savers to be added later, but there's still sticker shock. "We want to know how we're going to pay for it, that's a big problem," Murkowski said. "And, if in fact we accept that this is the route that we go, are we really providing for better health care? ... We're not convinced that we're getting good quality care with the proposal that's out there." Murkowski said there's no disputing health care reform is needed, it's a question of what to do. "Health care reform is going to be expensive, we know that. But we also know doing nothing is not really an option, that too is incredibly expensive," she said." (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Issue Position: Health Care. "Small businesses are quickly getting priced out of the health care system and are unable to offer their employees affordable insurance options. I believe there are three initiatives that can help reduce healthcare premiums and make health insurance more affordable for small businesses: The first is to incentivize the use of Consumer Driven Health Plans coupled with Health Savings Accounts that allow consumers to pay for any and all health, dental and prescription drug needs with pre-tax dollars.The second way is to help Americans become more informed health care consumers. Increased health care transparency will make insurance companies accountable to their consumers and will be especially helpful to small businesses by making them cautious healthcare 'shoppers'. Every healthcare consumer should be able to compare medical charges and know their out-of-pocket costs beforehand. The third way to reduce health care premiums is through investing more resources in Health Information Technology (Health IT), which is estimated to produce a cumulative savings of $88 billion over a ten year period. Health IT will freely enable the transfer and sharing of information among all doctors and institutions that care for a patient. These records would lessen the chances of errors and duplication and would encourage better coordination of medical treatment so that all Americans will have the same health care opportunities no matter where they live." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lisa Murkowski supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 40 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Issue Position: Immigration. "The topic of immigration, border security and what to do with the estimated 10 to 12 million illegal aliens residing in the United States remains a pressing issue before Congress and generates tremendous emotional response across the ideological spectrum. While many suggest this is an issue that must be dealt with in a comprehensive manner, I believe we are more likely to achieve success if the issue is broken down into manageable pieces...With regard to undocumented aliens, I believe that those who illegally entered or remained in the United States should not be granted amnesty. Granting amnesty to illegal aliens sends the wrong message and is not fair to the vast majority of immigrants who abided by U.S. immigration laws. Granting amnesty would only encourage further illegal immigration." (lisamurkowski.com)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lisa Murkowski supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 69 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Lisa Murkowski supported the interests of Peace Action West 20 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Lisa Murkowski. Murkowski Comments on Confirmation of Gen. Petraeus. 30 June 2010. "I am pleased that President Obama selected Gen. David Petraeus to advance our vital mission in Afghanistan. There is no doubt that the road to success in Afghanistan has been, and continues to be, difficult. But Gen. Petraeus proved his ability to roll back an insurgency during the 2007 force build-up in Iraq, and he literally wrote the Army's training manual on counterinsurgency doctrine. There is no soldier more qualified than David Petreaus for this new posting. I was encouraged by the General's commitment during his confirmation hearing this week to take a new look at the rules of engagement to ensure that our fighting men and women can accomplish their difficult mission while minimizing risk to themselves. Many good Alaskans and their fellow soldiers from around the country have given their lives in the war on terror. It is essential that the President devote his full attention to a strategy that works in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lisa Murkowski. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Alaska Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"

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Congressional Election 2004 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.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xh) Other or expanded principles

Public funding of abortion in the instance of rape, incest or where medically necessary for the health of the mother

Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Budget Priorities

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasei) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Slightly Increasek) Public health services
Maintain Statusl) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasem) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statuso) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Slightly Increasea) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Maintain Statuse) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Taxes

Income Taxes:

Family Income

Slightly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000-$150,000
Maintain Statusd) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Retiree Income

Slightly Decreasef) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes:

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits:

Slightly Increasea) Charitable contributions
Maintain Statusb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
Yes6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
f) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
g) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Undecidedh) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
Noi) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesk) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
f) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xg) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xi) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xj) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
k) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
l) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
m) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.

a) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
e) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
h) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
i) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
k) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xl) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xm) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
n) Other or expanded principles

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
i) Other or expanded principles

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.

Xa) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
Xd) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
Xd) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
Xe) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
Xf) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xg) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xi) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
j) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xk) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
Xj) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xe) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xf) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xg) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
h) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
Xi) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
j) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
k) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
Xl) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
m) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
g) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.

Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Noc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Discuss your proposals for the reconstruction of Iraq. What funding sources would you use to implement these proposals? (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
e) Other or expanded principles

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.

Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Nob) Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Noc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Undecidede) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles

3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.

Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
No4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
Undecided5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs"?
6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Undecided3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes6) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
7) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yesb) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Noc) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesd) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yese) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
Xb) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.

a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement regulation of Internet content.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xh) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xd) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for low-income families.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 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.

Economic development through reliable affordable energy, access to resources, and a trained and skilled workforce. I'll continue to push for responsible development in balance with the environment. Education at all levels that works in every corner of Alaska and improved medical access and health care - for seniors, veterans, and all Alaskans. And I will continue to press the federal government to make sure that promises made to Alaska are promises kept.