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Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
|a) Abortions should always be illegal.|
|b) Abortions should always be legally available.|
|c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.|
|X||d) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape or the life of the woman is endangered.|
|X||e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.|
|X||f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.|
|X||g) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.|
|X||h) Prohibit public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.|
|X||i) Prohibit abortion clinics from profiting from the sale of fetal tissue.|
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
|Slightly Increase Funding||a) Education (Higher)|
|Slightly Increase Funding||b) Education (K-12)|
|Maintain Funding Status||c) Environment|
|Maintain Funding Status||d) Health care|
|Slightly Increase Funding||e) Law enforcement|
|Maintain Funding Status||f) Transportation and Highway infrastructure|
|Maintain Funding Status||g) Welfare|
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
|Maintain Status||a) Alcohol taxes|
|Slightly Decrease||b) Capital gains taxes|
|Maintain Status||c) Cigarette taxes|
|Slightly Decrease||d) Corporate taxes|
|Maintain Status||e) Gasoline taxes|
|Slightly Decrease||f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)|
|Slightly Decrease||g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)|
|Maintain Status||h) Inheritance taxes|
|Greatly Decrease||i) Property taxes|
|Maintain Status||j) Sales taxes|
|Greatly Decrease||k) Vehicle taxes|
|Yes||m) Should Internet sales be taxed?|
|No||n) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?|
|Yes||o) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Kansas taxpayers?|
|Undecided||p) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?|
|No||q) Do you support allocating a portion of the tobacco settlement to fund annual budget shortfalls?|
|Undecided||r) Do you support allocating a portion of the tobacco settlement to create a school preparatory program for young children?|
|Yes||s) Do you support expanding the motor fuel tax to include gas and diesel fuel sold on Kansas Indian reservations?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
|X||a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.|
|X||b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.|
|X||c) End parole for repeat violent offenders.|
|X||d) Support the use of the death penalty in Kansas.|
|e) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.|
|X||f) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.|
|X||g) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.|
|h) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.|
|i) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.|
|X||j) Support .08 blood alcohol content limit defining drunk driving.|
|X||k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.|
|l) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.|
|m) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.|
|X||n) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.|
|X||o) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.|
|p) Support reducing the number of prisoners in overcrowded state prisons by granting early release to non-violent offenders.|
|q) Allow law enforcement officers to stop automobile drivers for not wearing seat belts.|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
|X||a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.|
|X||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) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.|
|X||e) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).|
|f) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.|
|g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.|
|h) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.|
|i) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.|
|X||j) Support national standards and testing of public school students.|
|k) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.|
|l) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.|
|m) Increase state university tuition to fund financial aid programs.|
|n) Provide state funds to offer all-day kindergarten.|
|p) Do you support requiring that evolution be taught in Kansas public school science classes?|
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
|a) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.|
|X||b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.|
|X||c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.|
|X||d) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.|
|e) Increase the state minimum wage.|
|f) Provide tax credits to individuals investing in small businesses unable to obtain conventional loans.|
Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?
|No||a) College and university admissions|
|No||b) Public employment|
|No||c) State contracting|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
|X||a) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.|
|X||b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.|
|X||c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.|
|X||d) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.|
|e) Support funding for recycling programs in Kansas.|
|X||f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.|
|g) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.|
|h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power companies.|
|i) Prohibit grazing of agricultural animals within Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.|
|j) Require that privately owned lakes and rivers meet EPA Clean Water standards.|
|No||l) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
|No||a) Do you support the current limit on terms for Kansas Governors?|
|No||b) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Kansas State Senators and Representatives?|
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
|No||d) Political Parties|
|Yes||d) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?|
|Yes||e) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?|
|No||f) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?|
|No||g) Do you support voting on-line?|
|Undecided||h) Do you support on-line voter registration?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
|X||a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.|
|b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.|
|c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.|
|d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.|
|e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.|
|f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.|
|X||g) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.|
|h) Require a license for gun possession.|
|i) Allow retired law enforcement officers with more than twenty years of service to carry concealed guns without a license.|
|j) Require motorists to lock up handguns within the vehicle while driving on streets.|
|k) Require guns seized by the state to be destroyed instead of re-sold.|
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 where necessary.|
|c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.|
|X||d) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.|
|X||e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.|
|X||f) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.|
|X||g) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.|
|X||h) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.|
|X||i) Allow parents to leave unwanted newborn infants at Kansas hospitals, fire stations, and health departments without facing criminal charges.|
|j) Provide tax incentives to blood and organ donors.|
|X||k) Require health insurance to cover mental health treatment as they do other health issues.|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
|X||a) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.|
|X||b) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.|
|X||c) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.|
|X||d) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.|
|e) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.|
|f) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.|
|g) Require single-family homes, duplexes, and triplexes built or renovated with public money to be "handicap-accessible."|
|h) Allow adult care facilities access to job applicants' non-conviction and juvenile records.|
|No||j) Should physician-assisted suicide be legally available in Kansas?|
|Yes||k) Should Kansas include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?|
|No||l) Should Kansas recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?|
|Yes||m) Should Kansas restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
|X||a) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.|
|X||b) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.|
|X||c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.|
|d) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.|
|e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who 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.|
|h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.|
|i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.|
|j) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.|
|k) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.|
|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.|
One priority would be to reduce property taxes. Kansans pay entirely too much tax on our business equipment & machinery, on our vehicles and on our homes. A second priority would be to increase support for our schools and universities. Kansas kids deserve a quality education. If we focus on expanding our tax base, these priorities, and others, can be accomplished.