Idaho 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.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
|a) Abortions should always be illegal.|
|b) Abortions should always be legal.|
|X||c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.|
|X||d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.|
|X||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|
I favor the woman's right to choose. I also feel that very few abortions should ever occur.
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.
|Slightly Increase||a) Education (Higher)|
|Slightly Increase||b) Education (K-12)|
|Maintain Status||c) Emergency preparedness|
|Slightly Increase||d) Environment|
|Slightly Increase||e) Health care|
|Slightly Increase||f) Law enforcement|
|Slightly Increase||g) Transportation and highway infrastructure|
|Slightly Increase||h) Welfare|
|i) Other or expanded categories|
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.
|Greatly Increase||a) Alcohol taxes|
|Greatly Increase||b) Cigarette taxes|
|Maintain Status||c) Corporate taxes|
|Slightly Increase||d) Gasoline taxes|
|Eliminate||e) Grocery taxes|
|Slightly Decrease||f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)|
|Maintain Status||g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)|
|Maintain Status||h) Sales taxes|
|i) Other or expanded categories|
|Yes||1) Do you support extending the grocery tax credit to low income Idahoans?|
|Yes||2) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?|
|Yes||3) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?|
|Yes||4) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?|
|Yes||5) Should vehicle registration fees be increased to address the transportation departments budget shortfall?|
|6) Other or expanded principles|
1. I would rather see grocery taxes eliminated at the cash register.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
|Yes||a) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Idaho governors?|
|No||b) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Idaho state senators and representatives?|
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
|Yes||4) Political Parties|
|Yes||d) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?|
|Yes||e) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?|
|No||f) Should Idaho participate in the federal REAL ID program?|
|g) Other or expanded principles|
f. We do need better ID, but I believe the Real ID is too expensive.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
|X||a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.|
|X||b) Support the death penalty in Idaho.|
|X||c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.|
|X||d) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.|
|e) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.|
|f) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.|
|X||g) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.|
|X||h) Support hate crime legislation.|
|i) Other or expanded principles|
a. We have to meet the needs of our corrections system. However, I do feel that the real answer is in providing drug treatment somewhere other than in prison for most drug related crimes. We need to provide them ways to get free of the addiction which caused them to commit the crime in the first place.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
|X||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).|
|X||c) 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.|
|X||g) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.|
|X||h) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.|
|i) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of Idaho to pay in-state tuition at public universities.|
|j) Support the potential for merit pay only for teachers who accept short-term contracts.|
|k) Other or expanded principles|
i. I sponsored this bill two years ago and still feel that if a student works hard and is exhibiting the type of behavior we desire in a citizen of our country they should qualify for instate tuition. There is still a great deal of money required and they will have to work very hard to pay expenses even with this break. I am a former teacher and hate to see a good mind wasted. It will not pass in Idaho at this time.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
|X||a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in todays job market.|
|b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.|
|X||c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.|
|X||d) 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.|
|X||f) Include sexual orientation in Idaho's anti-discrimination laws.|
|X||g) Include gender identity in Idaho's anti-discrimination laws.|
|X||h) Increase the state minimum wage.|
|X||i) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.|
|X||j) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.|
|X||k) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.|
|X||l) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.|
|m) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
|X||a) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.|
|b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).|
|X||c) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.|
|X||d) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.|
|e) Support funding for improvements to Idaho's power generating and transmission facilities.|
|X||f) Support funding for open space preservation.|
|X||g) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.|
|X||h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.|
|i) Other or expanded principles|
b. We need to look for ways to make coal clean. Because there is a declining source and expanding demand for oil we need to find alternatives and become self-reliant is oil use.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
|No||a) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?|
|Yes||b) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?|
|Undecided||c) Should a license be required for gun possession?|
|Yes||d) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?|
|Yes||e) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?|
|f) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
|X||a) 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.|
|X||c) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.|
|d) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.|
|X||e) 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 Idaho.|
|g) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.|
|h) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
|Yes||a) Should Idaho recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?|
|No||b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?|
|Yes||c) Should Idaho provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?|
|Yes||d) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?|
|Undecided||e) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?|
|Yes||f) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?|
|No||g) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?|
|No||h) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?|
|No||i) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?|
|No||j) Should Idaho continue affirmative action programs?|
|Yes||k) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?|
|Yes||l) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?|
|Undecided||m) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?|
|n) Other or expanded principles|
e. I do not feel prayer is a problem in schools, however, it is not a necessary element in the education process.
|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.|
1. Providing day care rating systems so parents can choose educationally sound day cares. I think tax incentives as well as providing educational incentives for private operators will help this get started.