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Jeff Kaufmann's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Jeff Kaufmann refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Iowa State Legislative Election 2008 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.

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.
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.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

Endorsed by Iowa Right to Life in 2006.

State Budget: Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
a) Education (Higher)
b) Education (K-12)
c) Emergency preparedness
d) Environment
e) Health care
f) Law enforcement
g) Transportation and highway infrastructure
h) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories

I have voted for increases in categories a-g. The amount of the increase depends on the available revenue and sustainability.

State Taxes: 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.
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Cigarette taxes
c) Corporate taxes
d) Gasoline taxes
e) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
f) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
g) Sales taxes
h) Vehicle taxes
i) Other or expanded categories

Taxes are a reflection of revenue and need. I voted to eliminate the tax on social security and pensions. I continually vote to reduce property taxes.

Undecided1) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
No2) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
No3) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
4) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Undecideda) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Iowa governors?
Undecidedb) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Iowa state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
Undecidedf) Should Iowa participate in the federal REAL ID program?
g) Other or expanded principles

Campaign finance reform is long overdue. Any initiatives must be bipartisan, affect all sources (e.g. corporations, labor unions), and take into account the first amendment.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Establish the death penalty in Iowa.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
e) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xf) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xg) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
Xh) Support hate crime legislation.
i) Other or expanded principles

a) Bonding to build prisons with revenues this high is not a fiscally wise decision.b) I voted "yes" in committee to impose the death penalty in cases of rape and murder of a child.d) I would need more information and details to make my decision.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
b) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xc) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
d) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
e) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
f) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xg) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xh) Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
Xi) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
j) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of Iowa to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
k) Other or expanded principles

a) I believe this should be a combination of public and private programs.h) Merit system should NOT be the NCLB scores.

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.
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) Include sexual orientation in Iowa's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Include gender identity in Iowa's anti-discrimination laws.
h) Increase the state minimum wage.
i) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
Xj) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
Xk) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
l) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
m) Other or expanded principles

f/g) I do not believe a specific category is needed. Previous attempts to add these categories has been purely political in my opinion.h) The minimun wage was raised in the last General Assembly. I voted "yes." I think we made a big mistake by not linking the increase with small business health insurance reform/initiatives and commercial property tax relief.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
Xc) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
Xd) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xe) Support funding for improvements to Iowa's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xf) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xg) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Expand the bottle bill return program to include more kinds of containers.
j) Other or expanded principles

c, e, f) Iwould prefer private dollars and investment with possible incentives like tax credits.g) This should involve positive incentives and even voluntary goals should be research-based.i) Explore expanded curbside recycling and redemption centers separate from grocery stores.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
b) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
c) Should a license be required for gun possession?
d) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
e) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
f) Other or expanded principles

I received an "A" rating from the NRA.

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.
b) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Iowa.
g) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Support a statewide ban on smoking in public places, including bars, restaurants and casinos.
Xi) Enactment of smoking bans should take place at the local level.
j) Other or expanded principles

h/j) The statewide smoking ban that passed last session was an encroachment on local control. The casino exemption to the law was the ultimate in political hypocrisy.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Should Iowa recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
c) Should Iowa provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
d) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
e) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
f) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
g) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
h) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
i) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
j) Should Iowa continue affirmative action programs?
k) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
l) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
m) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
n) Other or expanded principles

a,b,c) I am in favor of defining marriage as between a man and a woman.d,e) Voluntary prayer in school is protected by the Constitution.f,g) I support sex education programs in schools. Participation by minors should have parental permission.h,i,j) Ability to perform the job should be the consideration when hiring.k,l) I support stem cell research. I oppose the new law that lifted the ban on human cloning and failed to make the sale of human eggs illegal.m) Pharmacists should have the same freedoms we all have.

Legislative Priorities
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.

More affordable health care: Health insurance reform that allows aggressive pooling even across state lines, exploration of a catastrophic risk pool, aggressive tax credits and incentives for small businesses to offer health insurance. How to pay- The tobacco tax was supposed to be used for initiatives like this. Another broken promise.World class education: Standards coupled with resources for remediation, research-based class sizes , seamless transfer from high school/community college to university, and competitive salaries for our best educators. How to pay- Follow through on funding promises.Good jobs: Competitive tax structure, less stringent regulation, incentives for growth and expansion.

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