Governor John Albert Kitzhaber's Political Positions

Office: Governor (OR), Democratic
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John Kitzhaber has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. John Kitzhaber is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Oregon Gubernatorial 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.

Key

Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Unknown Answer
Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

Xa) 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.
i) Other
Yesj) Should Oregon 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:

Yesa) Public employment
Yesb) State contracting
Yesc) College and university admissions
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) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Support the death penalty for juveniles convicted of aggravated murder.
Xf) Oppose the death penalty.
Xg) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xh) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xi) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
Xj) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xl) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
m) Support mandatory minimum sentencing laws as created by the passage of Measure 11.
n) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
o) Strengthen penalties for property crimes.
Xp) Other

Identification of high risk juveniles and increase prevention services

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.

a) 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.
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) Abolish Oregon's Department of Economic Development.
f) Eliminate the Oregon Lottery's video poker games.
Xg) Other

regional planning and local control

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) 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).
Xd) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
Xf) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
g) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
Xh) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
j) Abolish bilingual education in public schools.
Xk) Support Oregon's 21st Century Schools Act and the new Certificate of Initial Mastery and Certificate of Advanced Mastery.
Xl) Other

Tie financing and incentives to positive results in the classroom

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.
Xb) 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.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Oregon.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
Xi) Support current urban growth boundary laws.
Xj) Support the "Three Sovereigns Plan" which establishes a state, federal, and tribal coalition to coordinate salmon recovery in the Northwest.
k) Support state authority in deciding land-use matters.
l) Support ban on clear-cut logging.
m) Other
n) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.

Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.

Federala) Border security
Federalb) Civil rights enforcement
Localc) Education
Stated) Environmental cleanup
Statee) Job training
Localf) Law enforcement
Stateg) Low-income housing
Stateh) Medicaid
Statei) Medicare
Statej) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Statek) Welfare
l) Other

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 Oregon officials?

No1) State Senators and Representatives
Yes2) Governor
Yesb) Do you support easing the current term limits for State Senators and Representatives?

c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
e) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
f) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
g) Do you support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
h) Do you support using vote-by-mail for all elections?
i) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
Xb) 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.
Xg) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
Xh) Hold gun owner legally liable if a child obtains a gun for use in a crime.
i) 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.
Xc) Support the Oregon Health Plan which ensures state-funded basic health care to Oregon citizens.
Xd) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xe) 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

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) 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.
Xe) Favor banning smoking in public places.
Xf) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xg) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xh) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
Xi) Support the current "Death With Dignity Act" which legalizes physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
j) Other
Yesk) Do you believe that the Oregon government should include sexual orientation in Oregon's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesl) Do you believe that the Oregon government should recognize same-sex marriages?

Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increased) Environment
Maintain Statuse) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Slightly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other

Bureaucracy/Administration -- Slightly Decrease

Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gas taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Property taxes
i) Other
Noj) Do you support implementing a state sales tax?
Nok) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?

l) Indicate how you would use state "kicker" funds. (Currently, when revenue exceeds projections by more than 2 percent, the money is returned to taxpayers.)

a) Refund to state taxpayers
b) Fund public education
Xc) Other

Rainy day fund for public education/return portion to taxpayer

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Maintain the 2-year limit on welfare benefits.
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 that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Xg) 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) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive benefits.
k) Other
Please explain what your two main gubernatorial priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.