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Stanley Lyson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Senate (ND) - District 1, Republican
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Stanley Lyson 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?

North Dakota 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.
Xb) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) 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.
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
Undecidedj) Should North Dakota 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.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent felons.
d) Support the use of the death penalty.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
f) 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.
l) Lower the blood alcohol content limit defining drunk driving.
Xm) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
Xn) Prohibit open containers of alcohol in motor vehicles.
o) Other
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.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) 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.
e) Other
Nof) Do you support allocating all livestock brand inspection and registration fees to the North Dakota Stockman's Association?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
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).
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.
Xg) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
Xh) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
Xi) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
j) Other
Undecidedk) Should some of North Dakota's public colleges and universities be closed in order to reduce the state budget?
Nol) Do you support "pooling" North Dakota's state college funds and giving the Board of Higher Education the authority to allocate the funds?
Nom) Do you support raising out-of-state tuition at North Dakota state universities?
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.
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.
e) Provide funding for recycling programs in North Dakota.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
i) Other
Noj) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Nok) Do you support managing the flood crisis in Devil's Lake by using state funds to build a channel diverting water to Stump Lake?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following North Dakota officials?
Yes1) State Senators and Representatives
Yes2) Governor
b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) 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.
f) 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.
a) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that 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.
c) 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.
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.
h) Other
i) Should physicians licensed in other states be required to obtain a North Dakota medical license in order to practice in the state?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
b) 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.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xe) 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.
i) Urge the federal government to relax travel regulations on Canadian visitors traveling to North Dakota.
j) Other
Yesk) Do you believe that the North Dakota government should include sexual orientation in North Dakota's anti-discrimination laws?
Nol) Do you believe that the North Dakota 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
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusd) Environment
Maintain Statuse) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Maintain Statush) Welfare
i) Other
Yesj) Do you support increasing funds to the North Dakota Emergency Management Agency to replace all the flood and tornado warning systems?
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Property taxes
Maintain Statusi) Sales taxes
j) Other
Nok) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Undecidedl) Do you support the current telecommunications tax in North Dakota?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Maintain the five-year limit on welfare benefits.
Xb) Require that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
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) 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.

1. To increase funding for K-12 public schools. This funding would help reduce the property taxes to all the citizens. I believe cutting some state funded programs, rather than raising money with more taxes can be done to accomplish this goal.
2. Increase the funding for transportation to the western part of North Dakota. This would help economic growth in that area. Changing some of the priorities in the Department of Transportation without raising any taxes to accomplish this goal could do this.

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