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Donna L. Pence

Donna Pence's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Donna L. Pence
Office: State House (ID) - 26B, Democratic Minority Caucus Chair
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State House - 26B
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Lewis; 3 Children: Lynn, Kim, Dusty
Birth Date: 08/23/1942
Birth Place: Joliet, IL
Home City: Gooding, ID
Religion: Methodist
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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.

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.
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) 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.
Comprehensive sex education classes should be available to all. Everyone should be knowledgeable about sexually transmitted diseases, birth control methods, and the emotional consequences of an unwanted pregnancy. Abstinence only education works well with serious religiously oriented individuals, but many others require information to make educated life choices.

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 Increasea) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Emergency preparedness
Slightly Increased) Environment
Slightly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseh) 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 Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increased) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatee) Grocery taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Sales taxes
i) Other or expanded categories
Yes1) Do you support extending the grocery tax credit to low income Idahoans?
Yes2) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Yes3) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
Yes4) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
Yes5) Should vehicle registration fees be increased to address the transportation department’s budget shortfall?
6) Other or expanded principles

1. I would rather see grocery taxes eliminated at the cash register.
3. Rainy day funds are emergency funds for when the economy tanks and funds are needed to keep the budget in tact. They should not be used other than in emergencies.
5. registration fees should be part of the answer to the transportation shortfall, but we must remain competitive with registration fees in surrounding states.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Idaho governors?
Nob) 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?
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?
Nof) 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.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support the death penalty in Idaho.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) 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.
Xg) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
Xh) 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.
f. I think this should be on a case by case basis and should take in the capacity for making judgement decisions of the individudal minor.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) 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) 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.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) 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.
Xf) Include sexual orientation in Idaho's anti-discrimination laws.
Xg) Include gender identity in Idaho's anti-discrimination laws.
Xh) Increase the state minimum wage.
Xi) 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.
Xl) 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.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) 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.
e) Support funding for improvements to Idaho'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.
Xh) 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.
c. I would rather see research funds directed towards cellulosic sources of bio-fuels in order to save feed grains for the food chain.

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


b. Only with a concealed weapons permit.
c. I think to carry a gun outside the home either a hunting license or a concealed weapons permit should be required.

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.
d) 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 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.
Yesa) Should Idaho recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Yesc) Should Idaho provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
Yesd) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
Undecidede) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
Yesf) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Nog) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
Noh) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
Noi) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
Noj) Should Idaho continue affirmative action programs?
Yesk) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
Yesl) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
Undecidedm) 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.
m. I feel they have a right to not dispense it, but they need to turn the customer over to another pharmacist or if one is not available then give the person the name and address of a close by pharmacy that will fill the perscription.

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.

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.
2. Idaho needs to look at its educational funding formula to re-adjust its classroom units allocation for the number of staff generated by NCLB.
3. Idaho should provides incentives for alternative forms of energy production: Wind, Geothermal, and solar. I believe the new business and enrgy created will provide the funds.

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