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Marilyn Rasmussen's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Washington State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Yesb) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yesh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

Adult consent if parent is not available
minor under the age of 16
abstinance only if nothing else is available.
I am personally pro-life, however, I support the laws of
the State of Wasington and I believe that women have the
right of Choice. This issue is between them and their Physician.

1) State Spending
Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
Slightly Increaseh) Other or expanded categories

Economic development

2) State Taxes
Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
c) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Other or expanded categories

we do not have Corporate taxes
we have Business and Occupation (B&O)

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Washington's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Washington's "rainy day" fund
b) Instituting an income tax on high-earners
Noc) Extending the suspension of Initiative 960, the Taxpayer Protection Act
Nod) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Noe) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Nof) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Nog) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesh) Privatizing certain government services
i) Other or expanded principles

bThis is on the ballot but will probably be unconstitutional
c. I would not overturn a inititative
h. depends on services...

Noa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Washington governors?
Nob) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Washington state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Yesd) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles

I spent 12 cents a vote my opponent spent 98 cents
I think the current limits are sufficient

Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Nob) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Noc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Nod) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Noe) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesf) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles

b. I support counseling , treatment, house arrest etc. but only after incarceration for a certain time
c. minors should be incarcerated and treated as a minor but the crime should not "go away"
when adult
e. depends....they certainly should face counseling and treatment programs

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Nob) Do you support the privatization of liquor sales?
Yesc) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Nod) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yese) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yesf) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nog) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
h) Other or expanded principles

a. depends, certainly must protect plublic and worker safety
b. Privatization only state stores that already sell liquor....not to all drug and grocery stores
they need to get a special license like the private "state" stores have currently
e.only within the Constitution provisions of "lending of credit"
g. this is an issue with the financial institutions

Yesa) Do you support national education standards?
Yesb) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Noc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Nod) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yese) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nof) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Washington high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

b. within reason of OSPI
c. this is the job of the local school boards to evaluate and contract with their teachers
I believe that "merit pay" would only cause teacher disruption and not enhance education
Is a 1st grade teacher more important than a 6th or 10th or science or reading? Who would
evaluate? Hold the local elected School Boards accountable.

Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesb) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to Washington's energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nof) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles

f. we must all do our part.
All of these questions have the issue of constitutional prohibitions......cost share , matching funds and in the case of open space...e. we have an adequate tax incentative in place. I answered yes but nothing more than what is in place already.We have wonderful Parks, DNR land and National Parks .......let public lands work for the taxpayer and let private land owers
have tax incentatives to keep "open space". We should not "take" private lands.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
Noe) Do you support a ban on assault weapons?
f) Other or expanded principles

Current laws are sufficient.
I support the 2nd ammendment
a. I support the current regulations
b. gun dealears are licensed at gun shows
d. I have a license for my 22 and had to have a background check for my hunting guns
e. not a ban but they have the same restrictons as other guns

Yesa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
d) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support continuing to allow physician-assisted suicide in Washington?
Nog) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles

these are all questions that deserve better answers
I would like to have available and afforable health care to everyone
how it is done remains to be discussed
d. required? It should be available and affordable
e. monetary limits at 1million,500,000$? somewhere, there needs to be some liimit.....
however, there should be in place a mandatory arbitration board to determine is lawsuits are "frivilious".

Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
b) Should Washington continue to allow same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
d) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yese) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
f) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Washington's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesg) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Washington's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles

b. I did not vote for domestic partnerships
c. I am sure that research is done in our Univ. of Wash. Hospital campus...is that
state funding of stem cell research?
d. there needs to be guidelines
f. this is about "behavior" not about discrimination...I do not discriminate against anyone But I do
"discriminate" and so should employers, about unacceptable "behaviors".

Please explain in a total of 100 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.

Education, Early Learning and K-12 is my top prority.
Public Safey, safe communities, infrastructure, transportation. care and support for the
Disabled and Elderly and most important our Children.
We can and always have balanced a budget without raising taxes,
dipping into a rainy day fund or overturning an initative.
I have "been there" and done that.

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