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Keisha Sean Waites

Keisha Waites' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Keisha Sean Waites
Office: State House (GA) - District 60, Democratic
First Elected: 02/07/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State House - District 60
Primary May 20, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Single
Birth Date: 10/30/1972
Birth Place: Atlanta, GA
Home City: Atlanta, GA
Religion: Non-denomination
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Georgia State Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage 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.

Pro-choicea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
b) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
c) 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?
f) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
g) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
h) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

I believe that the reproductive rights of women should never be up for debate. Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and any efforts to suppress the rights of woman should be and will be fought forcefully. I whole heartedly support the reproductive rights of woman, and our reproductive healthcare rights should never be up for debate.

1) State Spending:
Using the key, 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.
Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Maintain Statusf) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

I think government must operate more efficiently with less resources. Therefore, I support maintaining funding at its existing level and seeking opportunities for utilizing public-private parnerships.

2) State Taxes:
Using the key, indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increasec) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreased) Gas/Oil taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Georgia's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Georgia's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noc) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Nod) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Noe) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
f) Other or expanded principles:

I believe we can balance Georgia's budget by eliminating corporate welfare. I am adamantly opposed to corporations and big business escaping tax burdens through the use of legal loopholes and major campaign donations. Therefore, I support public financing of campaigns to reduce the influence of lobbyist and special interest groups.

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
b) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
d) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
e) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
c) Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
e) 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:
a) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yesc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesd) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Yesf) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
g) Do you support an effort to deepen the Savannah harbor?
Yesh) Do you support public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects?
i) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
b) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
c) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
d) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
e) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
f) Do you support a statewide charter commission with the power to approve applications for charter school status that are denied by local school disctricts?
g) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
h) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Georgia high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
i) Do you support efforts to merge several of Georgia's state colleges and universities?
j) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
c) Do you support state funding for improvements to Georgia's energy infrastructure?
d) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
b) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
c) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:
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?
c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
d) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
e) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
f) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
g) Other or expanded principles:
a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Georgia anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Georgia anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:
In the following area, on an attached page, or via e-mail, please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding or implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Community revitalization and sustainable economic development are my top priorities. Communities in the district have been ravished by rampant foreclosure, high unemployment rates, record levels of crime and a large educational achievement gap. district The district is prime for growth and development due to our low cost real estate, close proximity to downtown Atlanta and home to the Airport. This initiative will include bringing more jobs to my district, improving the traffic conditions and making Georgia more competitive by improving the quality education and the workforce. As legislators we have an obligation to protect homeowners from the foreclosure crises.

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