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Richard 'Dick' J. Harwood

Richard Harwood's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Richard 'Dick' J. Harwood
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Carole; 3 Children: Chuck, Jannell, Travis
Birth Date: 10/04/1947
Birth Place: Saint Maries, ID
Home City: Saint Maries, ID
Religion: Protestant
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Richard Harwood 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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Idaho State Legislative Election 1998 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) concerning abortion.
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.
Xd) 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.
Xg) 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.
i) Other
Noj) Should Idaho 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:
Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other
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.
c) End parole for repeat violent felons.
Xd) 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) 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.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
Xl) Support the current limit defining drunk driving at .08 blood alcohol content.
Xm) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
Xn) Other

a. Limitations on rights of convicted criminals in state prisons.
b. Reduce number of times of appeals and time limit

Noo) Do you support returning Idaho prisoners, incarcerated in other states, to Idaho in order to reduce costs?
Undecidedp) Do you support early release of non-violent offenders?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xe) Support increasing state funds to develop highways that enhance accessibility to rural areas.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
Xc) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
d) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
g) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
h) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
j) Support amending the Idaho Constitution, to authorize the state to guarantee school district bonds.
k) Other
Yesl) Do you support removing tenure programs for teachers and professors at Idaho universities and colleges?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) 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.
e) Provide funding for recycling programs in Idaho.
f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
i) Increase deer and elk tag prices in order to maintain current levels of service by the Idaho Fish and Game Department.
Xj) Oppose federal reintroduction of grizzly bears in Idaho.
k) Other
Undecidedl) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Yesm) Do you support removing Canadian Wolves from Central Idaho?
n) Should road construction be allowed in roadless, wilderness areas in Idaho?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
a) Do you support the current law which limits the number of terms of the following Idaho officials?
Yes1) State Senators and Representatives
Yes2) Governor
b) Do you support the current limits on the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
1) Individual
2) PAC
3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesd) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noe) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
g) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) 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.
Xf) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses who provide health care to their employees.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xc) Provide health care to uninsured children by designing a children's health insurance program.
d) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
e) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
Xf) 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.
Xh) Allow Medicaid recipients to receive Medicaid insurance for up to one year after they find employment.
i) Exempt hospitals from state taxes.
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
c) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
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.
f) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
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.
Xi) Other

Tax credits for child care low income families.

Noj) Do you believe that the Idaho government should include sexual orientation in Idaho's anti-discrimination laws?
Nok) Do you believe that the Idaho government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
Slightly Increasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Education (Higher)
Slightly Decreased) Environment
Slightly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Greatly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Property taxes
Slightly Increasei) Sales taxes
j) Other
Undecidedk) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support a time limit on welfare benefits, rather than allowing the Idaho Welfare Department to determine individual limits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
d) Provide tax incentives to businesses who hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients that work.
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.
Xh) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
Xi) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
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.

My #1 priority will be to work on getting a Parental Consent Bill passed. This will require no funding to give back a God given right.
My #2 prioritiy will be to give parents the right to choose their childs form of education whether it be Private or Public Education by vouchers or credits.

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