Senator Joel B. Lourie's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Joel B. Lourie
Current Office: State Senate - District 22, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2016
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Rebecca; 2 Children: Rachel, Sam
Birth Date: 09/24/1962
Birth Place: Columbia, SC
Home City: Columbia, SC
Religion: Jewish
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Joel Lourie refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

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South Carolina 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.

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Candidate Answer
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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.
Xc) 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.
f) 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)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increasec) Environment
Greatly Increased) Health care
Greatly Increasee) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

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

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminateh) Inheritance taxes
Eliminatei) Property taxes
j) Sales taxes
Eliminatek) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Non) Do you support a revenue-dependent income tax reduction in South Carolina?
Undecidedo) Do you support allowing the Governor to appoint constitutional officers rather than having voters elect them?
Xp) Other or expanded principles

I support in principle eliminating property and vehicle taxes and offsetting this revenue with a marginal sales taxx increase.

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 South Carolina governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for South Carolina state senators and representatives?

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

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

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

Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support the death penalty in South Carolina.
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.
e) 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.
Xh) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xi) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xj) Increase funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent and to respond to terrorist attacks.
Xk) Allow police to ticket motorists for not wearing their safety belts, even if they have committed no other traffic violation.
l) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow families making less than $75,000 annually to receive an education tax credit on property or income taxes to use toward private education, home schooling, or the cost of transferring a child to another school district.
e) Establish a statewide charter school district through which charter schools in South Carolina would be authorized and funded.
Xf) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xg) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
h) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
Xi) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xj) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xk) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xl) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xm) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
n) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
Xo) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
p) 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.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in South Carolina's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Other or expanded principles

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

Undecideda) Public employment
Undecidedb) State college and university admissions
Undecidedc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
Xc) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xd) Support increased funding for open space preservation. (e.g. Conservation Bank)
Xe) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
f) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) 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.
Xe) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
g) Require a license for gun possession in South Carolina.
h) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) 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.
c) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) 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) Legalize physician assisted suicide in South Carolina.
h) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
i) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xb) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Xd) Support current limits on benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
e) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xf) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
g) 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.

(1) Education Improvement must be our top priority. We must fully fund the Education Finance Act. In addition to K-12, early childhood and higher education funding should be increased too. Sources of funding include lottery dollars as well as new revenue from an economic recovery.

(2) Our state healthcare agencies need to be restructured for a better, more cost efficient delivery of services.

(3) Budget practices that prioritize and focus on our most critical needs.