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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 the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.|
|X||e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.|
|X||f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.|
|g) Other or expanded principles|
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|
|Slightly Increase Funding||d) Health care|
|Slightly Increase Funding||e) Law enforcement|
|Slightly Increase Funding||f) Transportation and Highway infrastructure|
|Greatly Decrease Funding||g) Welfare|
|h) Other or expanded categories|
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
|Maintain Status||a) Alcohol taxes|
|Greatly Decrease||b) Capital gains taxes|
|Maintain Status||c) Cigarette taxes|
|Maintain Status||d) Corporate taxes|
|Maintain Status||e) Estate taxes|
|Maintain Status||f) Gasoline taxes|
|Eliminate||g) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)|
|Eliminate||h) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)|
|Maintain Status||i) Property taxes|
|Maintain Status||j) Sales taxes|
|Maintain Status||k) Vehicle taxes|
|l) Other or expanded categories|
|No||m) Do you support increasing the cigarette tax to assist Medicaid programs?|
|Yes||n) Should Internet sales be taxed?|
|Yes||o) Other or expanded principles|
A big part of my campaign is structural tax reform, including eliminating the state income tax over 18 years.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
|Yes||a) Do you support the current limit of two, four-year terms for South Carolina governors?|
|Yes||b) Do you support limiting the number of terms for South Carolina state senators and representatives?|
|Yes||c) Do you support shortening the legislative session in South Carolina?|
d) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
|Yes||4) Political Parties|
|Yes||e) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?|
|No||f) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns that limit spending?|
|No||g) Do you support voting on-line?|
|Yes||h) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?|
|Yes||i) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in South Carolina are closed?|
|No||j) Should South Carolina recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?|
|Yes||k) Should South Carolina restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?|
|Yes||l) Should South Carolina allow bars and restaurants to free-pour liquor rather than use minibottles?|
|Yes||m) Other or expanded principles|
I believe we need to bring sunshine to the political process in South Carolina. Soft money that is donated to political parties should be disclosed; it currently is not.
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.|
|X||b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.|
|X||c) Support the use of the death penalty in South Carolina.|
|X||d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.|
|X||e) End parole for repeat violent offenders.|
|X||f) Require all felons serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.|
|X||g) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.|
|h) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.|
|X||i) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.|
|X||j) Lower the .10 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.|
|X||k) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.|
|l) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.|
|m) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.|
|n) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.|
|o) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.|
|p) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
|X||a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.|
|b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).|
|c) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).|
|d) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.|
|X||e) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.|
|X||f) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.|
|X||g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.|
|X||h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.|
|X||i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.|
|j) Increase state funding to expand Head Start programs.|
|X||k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.|
|l) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives and HIV/STD prevention methods.|
|X||m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.|
|X||n) Prioritize the use of education lottery revenues for K-12 education.|
|o) Prioritize the use of education lottery revenues for higher education.|
|p) Other or expanded principles|
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
|X||a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.|
|X||b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.|
|c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses.|
|d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.|
|e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.|
|f) Include sexual orientation in South Carolina's anti-discrimination laws.|
|g) Other or expanded principles|
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
|No||a) College and university admissions|
|Yes||b) Public employment|
|Yes||c) State contracting|
|d) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
|a) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.|
|X||b) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.|
|Yes||c) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?|
|d) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?|
|X||e) Other or expanded principles|
In regards to question "d," it depends on the specific regulation. For example, we should substantially raise fines for litter, while on other issues standards should be lower.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
|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.|
|X||c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.|
|d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.|
|X||e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.|
|f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.|
|g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.|
|h) Require a license for gun possession.|
|i) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
|a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state-funded care where necessary.|
|X||b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.|
|c) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.|
|X||d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.|
|e) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied by their HMO.|
|f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.|
|g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in South Carolina.|
|h) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.|
|X||i) Use South Carolina's portion of the national tobacco settlement only for anti-smoking and health programs.|
|j) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
|a) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.|
|X||b) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.|
|c) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.|
|d) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.|
|e) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.|
|f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.|
|X||g) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.|
|h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.|
|i) Other or expanded principles|
|In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, 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.|
Keeping South Carolina home to my and Jenny's four little boys is the theme of the campaign. The first legislative goal to advance this lies in reshaping South Carolina tax and spending policy. We spend 30% above the U.S. average on government, while income is only 80% the national average. Second, reform education. It's important that we get money to the frontline of the educational battlefield, which is teacher pay and the classroom. The resources...