Representative Dianne Miller Hamilton's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Dianne Miller Hamilton
Current Office: State House - District 38, Republican
First Elected: 11/03/1998
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State House - District 38
Primary June 3, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: John; 4 Children: Drew, Jared, Lynn, Merritt
Birth Place: Kansas City, MO
Home City: Silver City, NM
Religion: Catholic
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Dianne Hamilton's processing deadline has not passed. The result of Dianne Hamilton's Political Courage Test will be released in upcoming weeks.

What is the Political Courage Test?

New Mexico State Legislative Election 2004 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) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.

Greatly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Decreasec) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.

a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
h) Inheritance taxes
i) Property taxes
j) Sales taxes
k) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories

no

Undecidedm) Should Internet sales be taxed?
n) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Yesa) Do you support the current limit of two consecutive four-year terms for New Mexico's governors?

b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yese) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesf) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in New Mexico are closed?
Nog) Should New Mexico recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesh) Should New Mexico restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
i) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support the death penalty in New Mexico.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xg) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
h) Require cars in New Mexico to be equipped with an alcohol-detecting ignition interlock device.
Xi) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
j) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xk) Increase funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent and to respond to terrorist attacks.
l) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow a charter school to go directly to the state Department of Education for chartering and oversight.
e) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xf) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xg) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
Xh) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xi) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xj) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xk) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
l) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
m) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
n) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
o) Other or expanded principles

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Increase the state minimum wage.
g) Other or expanded principles

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:

Noa) Public employment
Nob) State college and university admissions
Noc) State contracting
Yesd) Other or expanded principles

all citizens must have the same consideration in all categories.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Utilize state funds to increase use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
c) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xd) Apply proceeds from revenue bonds to fund energy efficiency measures in state facilities and public schools.
e) Support funding for open space preservation.
f) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
Xg) Increase funding for water delivery, conservation, and reuse projects across the state.
h) Give the State Engineer's Office discretionary authority to curtail approval of domestic-well applications.
i) Authorize the use of state funds to purchase water rights for the creation of a "strategic water reserve."
j) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xb) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
e) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
g) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
Xb) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Establish a "health care purchasing authority" to manage health insurance for government workers and retirees.
h) Legalize physician assisted suicide in New Mexico.
i) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
j) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
b) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
e) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
f) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
Xg) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
h) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
i) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.