Governor Clement 'Butch' Leroy Otter's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Clement 'Butch' Leroy Otter
Current Office: Governor, Republican
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/02/2010
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for Governor
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Lori; 4 Children: John, Carolyn, Kimberly Dawn, Corrine
Birth Date: 05/03/1942
Birth Place: Caldwell, ID
Home City: Star, ID
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Idaho Gubernatorial Election 2010 Political Courage Test

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Pro-lifea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Yesb) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
g) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
h) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

Regarding g and h, decisions about sexual education programs should be made at the local school district level with the advice and consent of parents.

1) State Spending

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.

a) Education (higher)
b) Education (K-12)
c) Environment
d) Health care
e) Law enforcement
f) Transportation and highway infrastructure
g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

All spending decisions depend on revenue availability.

2) State Taxes

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
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
d) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories

Tax rates generally should be reduced whenever possible. I'm waiting for a task force recommendation on the state gas tax.

3) Budget Stabilization

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Idaho's budget.

Yesa) Tapping into Idaho's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Yesc) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesd) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Noe) Withholding cost of living increases for Idaho state government retirees
Yesf) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesg) Reducing general fund support for Idaho state parks
Yesh) Privatizing certain government services
i) Other or expanded principles

Increased public school funding will be my top priority when State revenue growth allows for that kind of expenditure without raising taxes.

Noa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Idaho governors?
Nob) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Idaho state legislators?

c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?

No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Nod) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles

There should be no limit on political contributions or spending, but candidates should be required to disclose all contributions received within 24 hours.

Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Noc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Yesd) Should minors accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as adults?
Yese) Should minors who send sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesf) Do you support the suspension of business licenses for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants?
Yesg) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles

Judicial discretion is essential in the administration of justice, and judges must be allowed to consider each case independently on its facts and merits.

Yesa) 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?
Yesd) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Yesg) Do you support increasing the grocery tax credit?
h) Other or expanded principles

"Financial incentives" in d should be in the form of training funds and tax credits and should be limited to specific circumstances based on local needs.

Yesa) Do you support national education standards?
Yesb) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Yesc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yese) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nof) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Idaho high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesb) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Noc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to Idaho's energy infrastructure?
Noe) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nof) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles

While I do not support "environmental regulations" aimed at "climate change," I do support initiatives and programs aimed at addressing specific environmental concerns.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles

All these responses are premised on lawful possession and use of firearms. They do not apply to certain felons and those adjudicated as mentally incompetent.

Noa) 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?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Idaho?
Nog) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should Idaho allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Noe) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Nof) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Idaho's anti-discrimination laws?
Nog) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Idaho's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles
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.