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Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
|X||a) Abortions should always be legally available.|
|b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.|
|c) Abortions should be legal only when 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) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.|
|h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.|
|Yes||j) Should Hawaii government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?|
Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:
|Yes||a) College and university admissions|
|b) Public employment|
|c) State contracting|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
|a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.|
|b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.|
|X||c) End parole for repeat violent felons.|
|d) Support the use of the death penalty.|
|X||e) Oppose the death penalty.|
|X||f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.|
|X||g) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.|
|h) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.|
|i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.|
|j) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.|
|X||k) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.|
|X||l) Support the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.|
|m) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.|
|n) Support the transfer of Hawaii inmates to out-of-state prisons.|
|o) Support building a state prison in Kau on the Big Island.|
|X||p) Support labeling Rohypnol the, "date-rape drug", as a controlled substance, which would make possession a felony.|
|Yes||r) Should suspects accused of sexual assault be tested for HIV?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
|X||a) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.|
|X||b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.|
|X||c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.|
|d) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.|
|X||e) Ban workers' compensation claims for stress attributed to disciplinary actions on the job.|
|f) Legalize casino gambling in Hawaii.|
|g) Support a state lottery.|
|h) Support a state lottery if all the funds were used to fund education.|
|X||i) Oppose a state lottery.|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
|X||a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.|
|b) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.|
|c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).|
|X||d) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.|
|X||e) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.|
|X||f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.|
|g) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.|
|X||h) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.|
|i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.|
|X||j) Grant the University of Hawaii more autonomy in running the university system.|
|Yes||l) Should the state Board of Education be appointed by the Governor instead of elected?|
|m) Do you support establishing elected county school boards in place of the state Board of Education?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
|X||a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.|
|X||b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.|
|c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.|
|d) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.|
|X||e) Provide funding for recycling programs in Hawaii.|
|f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.|
|g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.|
|h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.|
|i) Limit public access and research projects on the Mauna Kea mountaintop.|
|X||j) Support the state proposal to buy the Queen's Beach area in Hawaii Kai for $11 million to use as a state park.|
|Yes||l) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.|
|No||m) Do you support the proposal to buy the Waiahole ditch system?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Hawaii officials?
|Undecided||1) State Senators and Representatives|
b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
|Yes||c) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?|
|Undecided||d) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?|
|Yes||e) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?|
|Undecided||f) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?|
|No||h) Do you support Hawaii holding a constitutional convention to evaluate the state constitution?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
|a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.|
|X||b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.|
|c) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.|
|d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.|
|e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.|
|f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.|
|g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Hawaii's annexation.
|a) Support recognizing the laws of the Kingdom of Hawaii.|
|b) Support creating a council of Native Hawaiians who would be consulted before the approval of land transactions in the Hawaiian Islands.|
|c) Support nation-within-a-nation sovereignty similar to Tribal Nations.|
|d) Support secession from the United States and establishing Hawaii as an independent sovereign nation.|
|e) Oppose Hawaiian independence from the U.S.|
Leave matters of Hawaiian concern to those of Hawaiian descent.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
|X||a) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.|
|X||b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care when necessary.|
|X||c) Provide health care to uninsured children and low-income families through Hawaii's QUEST health insurance program.|
|d) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.|
|X||e) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.|
|X||f) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.|
|g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
|X||a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.|
|X||b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.|
|X||c) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.|
|X||d) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.|
|e) Favor banning smoking in public places.|
|X||f) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.|
|X||g) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.|
|h) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.|
|Yes||j) Do you believe that the Hawaii government should include sexual orientation in Hawaii's anti-discrimination laws?|
|Undecided||k) Do you believe that the Hawaii government should recognize same-sex marriages?|
|Undecided||l) Do you support a constitutional amendment granting the Hawaii Legislature the power to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples?|
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
|Maintain Status||a) Agriculture|
|Maintain Status||b) Education (K-12)|
|Maintain Status||c) Education (Higher)|
|Slightly Increase||d) Environment|
|Slightly Increase||e) Health care|
|Maintain Status||f) Law enforcement|
|Slightly Decrease||g) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)|
|Maintain Status||h) Welfare|
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
|Slightly Increase||a) Alcohol taxes|
|Maintain Status||b) Capital gains taxes|
|Greatly Increase||c) Cigarette taxes|
|Maintain Status||d) Corporate taxes|
|Maintain Status||e) Gas taxes|
|Slightly Decrease||f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)|
|Maintain Status||g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)|
|Slightly Decrease||h) Sales taxes|
|Maintain Status||i) Excise taxes|
|No||l) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?|
|Undecided||m) Do you support implementing state property taxes?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
|X||a) Maintain the five-year limit on welfare benefits.|
|X||b) Require that able-bodied recipients participate in work-related programs in order to receive benefits.|
|X||c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.|
|X||d) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.|
|X||e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.|
|X||f) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.|
|g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.|
|X||h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.|
|i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.|
|Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.|