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David Gill's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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David Gill refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • David Gill. Twitter: davidgill2012. 16 March 2012. "Pro-choice,pro-women's health care and pro-Planned Parenthood? Your only choice on 3/20 is David Gill." (twitter.com)
  • David Gill. The State Journal-Register: 2012 13th District Candidates State Positions in Questionnaire. Responded "I am proudly pro-choice." to the question: "Do you favor or oppose keeping abortion legal?" (extras.sj-r.com)
  • David Gill. Issue Position: Reproductive Rights. 19 March 2012. "Finally, we must protect the right of a woman to choose what she will do when she does become pregnant. This is an extremely difficult decision, but it is her extremely difficult decision, not yours or mine or Uncle Sam's." (votesmart.org)
  • David Gill. Issues Summary. 19 March 2012. "Supporting women's health issues and options, David Gill is the only 100% pro-choice candidate in the race for IL-13" (www.gill2012.com)
  • David Gill. Blog Talk Radio: Interview with Illinois 13th District Congressional Candidate David Gill. 23 February 2012. "We have far too many unwanted pregnancies in this country and we need to stand up for pregnant women and allow them to have their full reproductive rights [¦] I am the only 100% pro-choice candidate in this race from either party." Http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-purple-coalition/2012/02/24/interview-with-ill-13th-dist-cong-candidate-david-gill
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "As an E.R physician, I spend my days preserving and saving life. I've seen many miscarriages and all other pregnancy-related complications. The circumstances surrounding such complications are far too diverse and unique for legislation to address each and every situation; we tread into very murky waters when we pretend to write laws which might account for each of the many and varied pregnancy-related issues-- such attempts will certainly result in otherwise moral and good persons being wrongly accused of criminal behavior."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "As an E.R physician, I spend my days preserving and saving life. I've seen many miscarriages and all other pregnancy-related complications. The circumstances surrounding such complications are far too diverse and unique for legislation to address each and every situation; we tread into very murky waters when we pretend to write laws which might account for each of the many and varied pregnancy-related issues-- such attempts will certainly result in otherwise moral and good persons being wrongly accused of criminal behavior."
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?"
  • Pearl Korn. Huffington Post: As the Old Guard Liberals Exit Congress, a New Breed Must Take Their Place. 13 March 2012. "He opposes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and wants to bring all our troops home now." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  • David Gill. WJBC: 2012 Candidates for Congressional District 13 Questionnaire. Responded "It is well past time to bring our brave troops home and concentrate on nation-building in the U.S. The exit strategy needs to be executed as efficiently and judiciously as possible to protect our troops and assets, and to give the Afghan people the chance and responsibility for their own governance." to the question: "Do you support the troop draw down in Afghanistan and the exit strategy?" (wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net)
  • David Gill. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "Military force should always be our last resort, and should be undertaken only with approval by the U.S. Congress granted by the Constitution [¦] Our initial involvement in Afghanistan was necessary, as a means of apprehending the perpetrators of the terrorist acts of 9/11/2001. However, with the development of 'mission creep,' it has long been apparent that our ongoing deployment there is neither necessary nor effective. Our mission in Afghanistan has deteriorated into a fruitless nation-building exercise. We should continue and accelerate our withdrawal of military troops from that region, maintaining a minimal military presence and an expanded diplomatic presence engaged in Middle East regional disputes and flashpoints. " to the question: "What role should the U.S. play in world affairs? In essence: Tell us your foreign policy. / Specifically, what should the U.S. mission be in Afghanistan?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • David Gill. Issues Summary. 19 March 2012. "Opposing unilateral military interventions and investing that money in America instead" (www.gill2012.com)
  • David Gill. ABC 7 Chicago: 2012 Survey Questions. Responded "I think we should accelerate the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in order to let the Afghans govern themselves and to use our precious resources of blood and treasure to rebuild our own country." to the question: "Do you favor President Obama's planned 2014 military withdrawal from Afghanistan? Why or why not?" (abclocal.go.com)
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?"
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "We should greatly reduce the amount of corporate welfare, which currently dwarfs the amount of welfare provided to struggling families. Corporations should "sink or swim" on their own, without the welfare currently doled out to them by a Congress whose halls are filled with corporate lobbyists."
  • David Gill. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "Spending cuts need to come from the draw-down of military and support forces in Iraq and Afghanistan" to the question: "Specify what spending you want to cut and/or what revenues you want to increase." (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • David Gill. WILL Radio: Talk with the Candidate David Gill. 5 March 2012. "Our defense budget has tripled since the late 1990s [¦] and that can surely be pared back substantially without making us any less safe here in central Illinois." (audio01.will.illinois.edu)
  • David Gill. Issues Summary. 19 March 2012. "Opposing unilateral military interventions and investing that money in America instead" (www.gill2012.com)
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "We should greatly reduce the amount of corporate welfare, which currently dwarfs the amount of welfare provided to struggling families. Corporations should "sink or swim" on their own, without the welfare currently doled out to them by a Congress whose halls are filled with corporate lobbyists."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Greatly Increase: Public transportation"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Rescind President Bush's tax cuts, with further increased rates on individuals with annual income > $500,000 and on corporations."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • David Gill. The State Journal-Register: 2012 13th District Candidates State Positions in Questionnaire. Responded "Our first priority in changing tax policy must be to ensure that the most fortunate among us pay their fair share in taxes. The Bush-era tax cuts for the top earners helped explode our deficit. To continue them would be fiscally irresponsible." to the question: "Do you think the top earners in the country should pay more in taxes?" (extras.sj-r.com)
  • David Gill. Issue Position:Jobs and the Economy. 23 March 2012. "The recent recession, caused in part by Republican-led tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, has had major negative effects on the economy of Illinois' 15th Congressional District. " (votesmart.org)
  • David Gill. ABC 7 Chicago: 2012 Survey Questions. Responded "The federal budget deficit requires a balanced approach, including spending cuts to use our resources more wisely and more revenue raised through targeted tax hikes on the wealthiest one percent of Americans [¦]" to the question: "Can the budget deficit be controlled only by spending cuts or does the federal government need to raise more revenue? If you favor more revenue, should there be a general tax hike?" (abclocal.go.com)
  • David Gill. BND: 2012 13th Congressional District. Responded "We need to raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires, they're dong very well and we need to ask them to pay more." to the question: "Should tax cuts set to expire in December 2012 be extended or allowed to expire?" (www.bnd.com)
  • David Gill. Issue Position: Tax and Fiscal Policy. 22 March 2012. "As your next Congressman, I will support common sense tax policies and fiscal conservatism [¦] We must end Republican "fat cat" tax cuts--tax cuts Tim Johnson has consistently supported--and close corporate tax loopholes that led to a deficit growing by $1.7 billion each and every day in recent years. Median income in Illinois dropped during the past decade, in part because of outrageous Republican tax cut schemes to benefit the ultra-rich at the expense of average citizens." (www.votesmart.org)
  • David Gill. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "Middle- and working-class Americans have shouldered the brunt of domestic spending cuts, so our first priority must be to ensure that the most fortunate among us pay their fair share in taxes [¦] Changes can and should be made to the U.S. tax code. We cannot afford continuation of the Bush-era tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. Investments and capital gains should be taxed at the same rate as earned income." to the question: "Should Congress rewrite the U.S. tax code? If so, what would your priorities be?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • David Gill. The State Journal-Register: 2012 13th District Candidates State Positions in Questionnaire. Responded "Middle- and working-class Americans have shouldered the brunt of domestic spending cuts, so our first priority must be to ensure that the most fortunate among us pay their fair share in taxes [¦] Changes can and should be made to the U.S. tax code. We cannot afford continuation of the Bush-era tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans." to the question: "What is your position on federal taxes? Can you specify any tax increases or cuts you would advocate or rule out?" (extras.sj-r.com)
  • David Gill. WILL Radio: Talk with the Candidate David Gill. 5 March 2012. "Certainly on the millionaires and billionaires [¦] I am a believer in progressive taxes." (audio01.will.illinois.edu)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Progressive Democrats of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Progressive Democrats of America endorsed David Gill in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?" Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support an estate tax with a $4 million exemption per person ($8 million per couple). Balancing the budget over a period of time is necessary, but requiring this annually is foolishness, given the potential for unexpected disasters or wars. Targeted stimulus funding can frequently result in a net GAIN of dollars for the government. "
  • David Gill. Dr. Gill Urges Quick Passage of Jobs Bill. 5 February 2010. "Dr. David Gill urged both houses of Congress to cooperate in passing a robust jobs bill quickly." (www.votesmart.org)
  • David Gill. Jobs. 19 March 2012. "For years I have advocated new initiatives to promote job creation by strengthening different sectors of our economy, both nationally and right here in Central Illinois and Southwest Illinois [¦] First, we have the immediate need both for job creation and infrastructure repair, maintenance, and development. Funding these projects will boost employment, pump money into our local economy and ensure that businesses large and small in our community can safely and efficiently bring their products to market. " (www.gill2012.com)
  • David Gill. The State Journal-Register: 2012 13th District Candidates State Positions in Questionnaire. Responded "Congress should channel funds openly and fairly to state and local governments" to the question: "What steps should the government take to help people find jobs?" (extras.sj-r.com)
  • Progressive Democrats of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Progressive Democrats of America endorsed David Gill in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Gill. Jobs. 19 March 2012. "Through tax breaks for hiring and 'in-sourcing' jobs we can reinvigorate the small business sector that is the main engine of job creation in our economy." (www.gill2012.com)
  • David Gill. Issue Position: Tax and Fiscal Policy. 22 March 2012. "As your next Congressman, I will support common sense tax policies and fiscal conservatism [¦] In the interest of sound economic policy and basic fairness, we must reverse tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas." (www.votesmart.org)
  • David Gill. The State Journal-Register: 2012 13th District Candidates State Positions in Questionnaire. Responded "We should provide tax incentives for businesses that hire full-time employees in the U.S. and disincentives to businesses that offshore profits and jobs." to the question: "What is your position on federal taxes? Can you specify any tax increases or cuts you would advocate or rule out?" (extras.sj-r.com)
  • David Gill. Questions From Jeff Savoie. 4 February 2006. "We need a dramatic change in our tax policy, such that we reward companies that maintain and create jobs here at home, and fiscally punish those that ship jobs overseas." (www.votesmart.org)
  • David Gill. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "We should provide tax incentives for businesses that hire full-time employees in the U.S. and disincentives to businesses that offshore profits and jobs." to the question: "Should Congress rewrite the U.S. tax code? If so, what would your priorities be?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • David Gill. Congressional Candidate David Gill Backs Proposed Business Tax Relief. 17 September 2010. "I strongly support President Obama's proposals to let businesses quickly write off 100 percent of their spending on new plants and equipment through 2011, as well as a $50 billion program to rebuild roads, railways and airports. According to economists, these proposals will work well in stimulating job growth, something desperately needed here in Illinois-15." (www.votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "We should greatly reduce the amount of corporate welfare, which currently dwarfs the amount of welfare provided to struggling families. Corporations should "sink or swim" on their own, without the welfare currently doled out to them by a Congress whose halls are filled with corporate lobbyists."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • David Gill. No Child Left Behind. 9 May 2006. "'No Child Left Behind,' the Bush administration's woefully under funded plan to raise the academic achievement of all students, is flawed in so many ways that one must question the motivation of those who designed and passed this legislation." (www.votesmart.org)
  • David Gill. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "The federal government should work multilaterally to improve access to education and to ensure that minimum quality standards of achievement are met throughout the country while allowing states and local entities to maintain reasonable control over their educational institutions. I favor the Obama administration's Race to the Top program and would like to see it expanded." to the question: "What role should the federal government play in public education? Do you favor or oppose the Obama administration's Race To The Top program?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • David Gill. Issue Position: Education. 23 March 2012. "We must leave behind the unfunded mandate, 'No Child Left Behind,' a plan with systemic flaws [¦] Fully funding education must be among the highest of our national priorities in the coming years. Federal stimulus money has temporarily cushioned the impact of the recession. When it runs out in fiscal year 2011, Congress will need to consider proper and sustainable funding levels to education." (votesmart.org)
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Greatly Increase: Public transportation"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "We should greatly reduce the amount of corporate welfare, which currently dwarfs the amount of welfare provided to struggling families. Corporations should "sink or swim" on their own, without the welfare currently doled out to them by a Congress whose halls are filled with corporate lobbyists."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Gill. Jobs. 19 March 2012. "From wind energy to solar to bio-mass, local farmers from Piatt County to Pana can help fuel America's next generation of green jobs and sustainable energy that doesn't come from the Middle East or the Tar Sands of Canada [¦] I also support President Obama's call to increase energy efficiency by retro-fitting old buildings and implementing energy-saving processes to provide much-needed jobs in the short-term, cut energy usage and preserve the overall health of our land, air, and water for future generations." (www.gill2012.com)
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • David Gill. Blog Talk Radio: Interview with Illinois 13th District Congressional Candidate David Gill. 23 February 2012. "Probably the number one issue of concern to me is the health of our planet. I think that all of the issues are going to be moot in 50 or 80 or 100 years if don't begin to have people in Washington who will take global climate change seriously [¦] We need to invest ourselves very, very, aggressively in terms of reducing our carbon footprint and getting away from our addiction to fossil fuels." Http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-purple-coalition/2012/02/24/interview-with-ill-13th-dist-cong-candidate-david-gill
  • David Gill. ABC 7 Chicago: 2012 Survey Questions. Responded "Human activities have certainly contributed to the climate change now occurring at such an accelerated rate throughout the world [¦] Ideally, nations and governments would work together to curb emissions and find sustainable energy alternatives." to the question: "Do you believe there is global warming? If so, is any of it man made and can we do anything about it?" (abclocal.go.com)
  • David Gill. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "Stronger conservation measures"both voluntary through education and mandatory through sensible regulation"will give our nation the time it needs to transition away from fossil fuel dependence. We must reduce our carbon footprint immediately by increasing conservation measures and practices, developing cleaner burning fossil fuels, and eventually relying on sustainable renewable resources for the majority of our energy production." to the question: "What are your priorities for U.S. energy production and conservation?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • David Gill. The State Journal-Register: 2012 13th District Candidates State Positions in Questionnaire. Responded "With global climate change a definite threat to the well-being of our habitat, we need a combination of conservation measures and development of less harmful sources of energy to slow and reverse the impact of humanity on our climate [¦] We must facilitate and support research and business ventures into more sustainable alternatives to finite supplies of fossil fuels, and work to make fossil fuels less deleterious to the environment." to the question: "How do you want to see America meet the demand for energy?" (extras.sj-r.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Gun issues should be settled by locality, rather than at the federal level"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Gun issues should be settled by locality, rather than at the federal level"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mystateline.com: 13th District Candidates: Gun Control. 14 October 2012. "No, i think there's not really a role for increased federal legislation with regards to guns. I'm an avid second ammendment supporter and I see victims of assault in the emergency department, I'm an emergency room doctor, I'm not a politician, I've never worked for politicians, and in my line of work, I see people who have been assaulted and harmed and I think that they should have the opportunity to defend themselves," (mystateline.com)
  • David Gill. Issues Summary. 19 March 2012. "Supporting Second Amendment rights" (www.gill2012.com)
  • David Gill. Questions From Jeff Savoie. 4 February 2006. "I don't believe there's a need for any further gun control legislation, esp. here in IL's 15th district. I think the federal govt. should not involve itself further in this, and that these decisions should be made on a locality-by-locality basis." (www.votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support limits on NON-ECONOMIC damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. As a longtime member of Physicians for a National Health Program, I recognize the need to enact "Improved Medicare for All American Citizens" legislation. This is needed to both greatly improve our quality of care, as well as restore our nation's economic health. We also must revise EMTALA, the law that currently requires that every person with a tiny paper cut who goes to the E.R. be evaluated and treated, at tremendous cost to all of us."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support limits on NON-ECONOMIC damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. As a longtime member of Physicians for a National Health Program, I recognize the need to enact "Improved Medicare for All American Citizens" legislation. This is needed to both greatly improve our quality of care, as well as restore our nation's economic health. We also must revise EMTALA, the law that currently requires that every person with a tiny paper cut who goes to the E.R. be evaluated and treated, at tremendous cost to all of us."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • David Gill. The State Journal-Register: 2012 13th District Candidates State Positions in Questionnaire. Responded "It ought not be repealed, but it requires considerable adjustment to make it work toward the goal of providing quality health care access to all Americans." to the question: "Do you favor implementation of the health care plan signed into law by President Obama, and if not, what changes would you make?" (extras.sj-r.com)
  • David Gill. Issue Position: Workers' Rights. 23 March 2012. "As a physician, I am a strong advocate of a Universal Coverage National Healthcare Program that would resolve this issue in contract negotiations." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Schoenburg. The State Journal-Register. 14 March 2012. "David Gill, a Bloomington emergency room doctor, thinks America needs a single-payer health care program [¦] "We can't afford not to have a single-payer system," Gill said. 'We throw away 40 percent of our giant health care budget into a black hole known as the private health-insurance industry. We need to take that money back.' He called it a 'moral failure' that many Americans die because they can't afford health care. 'If you're a true Democrat like I am, you can't tolerate that,' Gill said." (www.sj-r.com)
  • David Gill. BND: 2012 13th Congressional District. Responded "I am an avid proponent of a single-payer health care system or improved Medicare for all." to the question: "Many have cited access to health care as one of their most important social and economic issues. What do you think about the recent health care legislation and what actions would you take as a congressman in this regard?" (www.bnd.com)
  • David Gill. Dr. Gill Reacts to Passage of Health Insurance Reform. 30 March 2010. "We have seen a lot of theatrics and hyperbole on both sides of the aisle, obscuring and distorting many vital elements of real health care reform. Unfortunately, this deeply flawed law will not provide substantive and sweeping reform to our broken health care system. Written primarily by lobbyists for the health insurance industry, it misses crucial opportunities to control health care-related costs. It provides no real competition for private insurance companies, and ignores the pressing need for reform of malpractice insurance reform." (www.votesmart.org)
  • David Gill. Issue Position: RX for Health Care. 23 March 2012. "The Preamble of the U. S. Constitution establishes the "promotion of the general welfare" as a fundamental reason for the federal government. What is more fundamental to the general welfare than adequate, accessible, and affordable health care for every American citizen? [¦] As your Congressman, I will work for a universal health care plan that empowers patients and providers and serves as a cure for the existing, broken system." (votesmart.org)
  • David Gill. Jobs. 19 March 2012. "The recently passed Affordable Health Care Act has some good provisions, but in the end, the law delivers 36 million Americans into the clutches of the health insurance industry whose lobbyists essentially wrote the bill. I have publicly advocated for a single-payer system based on Medicare that would provide access to quality care while drastically reducing overhead costs. We would be healthier and wealthier as a nation with a single payer system." (www.gill2012.com)
  • David Gill. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "The Affordable Health Care Act is a good first step toward providing access to quality health care to all Americans. It ought not be repealed, but it requires considerable adjustment to make it work toward the goal of providing quality health care access to all Americans." to the question: "Do you favor repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2010? What changes, if any, would you support in the health care law?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • David Gill. WILL Radio: Talk with the Candidate David Gill. 5 March 2012. "It's no where near good enough. The John Roberts Supreme court certainly has yet to take its action with respect to the mandate that citizens purchase this shoddy product [¦] We need health care reform not only to be far healthier, but also to be far wealthier." (audio01.will.illinois.edu)
  • David Gill. WJBC: 2012 Candidates for Congressional District 13 Questionnaire. Responded "The Affordable Care Act is an important first step in affirming access to health care as a basic human right [¦] We need to fix the law to limit the power of the insurance companies and extend real and affordable access to health care to all Americans, preferably through an Improved Medicare For All system with more efficiencies of scale and much lower overhead and administrative costs." to the question: "Do you approve of the recent healthcare reforms? Are there portions you approve of or would you like the whole law repealed? What would you like to keep and what would you change?" (wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "We need a multi-factorial approach to this issue, as suggested by President Bush in 2006. We must secure our borders, crack down on the employers who so abuse the system, penalize those undocumented workers who are already here, and modify the so-called "Free Trade" agreements that have played a huge role in provoking this problem."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "We need a multi-factorial approach to this issue, as suggested by President Bush in 2006. We must secure our borders, crack down on the employers who so abuse the system, penalize those undocumented workers who are already here, and modify the so-called "Free Trade" agreements that have played a huge role in provoking this problem."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • David Gill. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "This country needs comprehensive immigration reform to ensure a healthy democracy and a robust economic system. [¦] We need to find a way for these workers to become legal and to be counted." to the question: "How should the U.S. government reform its immigration system, and how should it treat the 12 million immigrants who are here illegally?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • David Gill. The State Journal-Register: 2012 13th District Candidates State Positions in Questionnaire. Responded "I favor a federal Dream Act, because our country has always depended on immigrants to refresh and reinvigorate our culture and our economy. True comprehensive immigration reform removes economic incentives for people come to the U.S., and fines employers who knowingly exploit them. The only fair solution is to bring these people out of the shadows to become productive members of our society. They should go through background checks, pay back taxes and fines, learn English, and get in line for citizenship." to the question: "Are you in favor of a federal Dream Act, which would allow certain young illegal immigrant students, under certain circumstances, to move toward U.S. citizenship if they go to college or serve in the U.S. military? Why or why not?" (extras.sj-r.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • David Gill. Blog Talk Radio: Interview with Illinois 13th District Congressional Candidate David Gill. 23 February 2012. "I think we need to stand up for our LGBT friends. I am the only 100% pro-freedom-to-marry candidate in this race from either party." Http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-purple-coalition/2012/02/24/interview-with-ill-13th-dist-cong-candidate-david-gill
  • David Gill. Issue Position: Human Rights. 23 March 2012. "I will pursue repeal of the "Defense of Marriage Act" in order to extend full citizenship to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Bernard Schoenburg. The State Journal-Register. 14 March 2012. "On a social issue, Gill said it is 'shameful' that Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as one man and one woman, and it should be repealed." (www.sj-r.com)
  • David Gill. The State Journal-Register: 2012 13th District Candidates State Positions in Questionnaire. Responded "The U.S. Constitution should be amended only when necessary to preserve good government and guarantee civil rights and liberties against governmental intrusion, so I would vehemently oppose a constitutional amendment to make marriage only between a man and a woman. Our country's strength and success depends on the expansion of freedom, not the restriction and subjugation of our citizenry." to the question: "Are you for a federal constitutional amendment to make marriage only between a man and a woman? Why or why not?" (extras.sj-r.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • David Gill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • David Gill. Chicago Tribune: David M. Gill-13th Congress-Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. 28 September 2012. "I most certainly do not support the deep cuts and privatization schemes included in the original Ryan Plan." (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • David Gill. Facebook: Wall. 11 March 2012. "That's why I'm running for Congress--to put working people first, create family-sustaining jobs here in Central Illinois, protect Social Security and Medicare from risky privatization schemes and ensure quality healthcare is accessible to all." (www.facebook.com)

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Illinois Congressional Election 2010 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-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) 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?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

As an E.R physician, I spend my days preserving and saving life. I've seen many miscarriages and all other pregnancy-related complications. The circumstances surrounding such complications are far too diverse and unique for legislation to address each and every situation; we tread into very murky waters when we pretend to write laws which might account for each of the many and varied pregnancy-related issues-- such attempts will certainly result in otherwise moral and good persons being wrongly accused of criminal behavior.

1) Spending
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Decrease2) Military hardware
Slightly Decrease3) National missile defense
Greatly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
Greatly Decreasem) Other or expanded categories

We should greatly reduce the amount of corporate welfare, which currently dwarfs the amount of welfare provided to struggling families. Corporations should "sink or swim" on their own, without the welfare currently doled out to them by a Congress whose halls are filled with corporate lobbyists.

2) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
No4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

I support an estate tax with a $4 million exemption per person ($8 million per couple). Balancing the budget over a period of time is necessary, but requiring this annually is foolishness, given the potential for unexpected disasters or wars. Targeted stimulus funding can frequently result in a net GAIN of dollars for the government.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Nob) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles

Publicly financed campaigns would go far toward preserving our democracy. I also strongly support term limits for U.S. House and Senate members, in direct contrast to my opponent, who pledged to leave Washington, D.C. effective January 2007.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
b) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
d) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
e) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

I believe that vocational training can be provided during the prisoners' time of incarceration. Most non-violent offenses should have reduced sentences, and most sales of illegal drugs should result in a prison sentence, but the precise details of each case should be at the discretion of a judge.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nog) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

I support limits on NON-ECONOMIC damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.

As a longtime member of Physicians for a National Health Program, I recognize the need to enact "Improved Medicare for All American Citizens" legislation. This is needed to both greatly improve our quality of care, as well as restore our nation's economic health.

We also must revise EMTALA, the law that currently requires that every person with a tiny paper cut who goes to the E.R. be evaluated and treated, at tremendous cost to all of us.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Noc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

We need a multi-factorial approach to this issue, as suggested by President Bush in 2006. We must secure our borders, crack down on the employers who so abuse the system, penalize those undocumented workers who are already here, and modify the so-called "Free Trade" agreements that have played a huge role in provoking this problem.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Nod) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Noi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
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.

Government subsidies to start the "Green Revolution" NOW-- the health of our planet is in grave danger, and failure to act today risks the habitability of Earth for our grandchildren's children. This will provide jobs for tens of millions, and will pay for itself through a greatly expanded tax base.

Implementation of "Improved Medicare for All"-- taking back the 35% of our $2 trillion health care budget currently wasted by the private health insurance industry will provide an economic boon rarely seen before in America.

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