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Jack Conway

Jack Conway's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Jack Conway
Office: Attorney General (KY)
First Elected: 11/06/2007
Last Elected: 11/08/2011
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Elizabeth; 1 Child: Eva
Birth Date: 07/05/1969
Birth Place: Louisville, KY
Home City: Louisville, KY
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Jack Conway 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.

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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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Conway. 2002. Project Vote Smart: Kentucky Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Abortion Issues: g) Other or expanded principles: "Abortion should be rare, but safe and legal."
  • Jack Conway. 2002. Project Vote Smart: Kentucky Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy."
  • Jack Conway. 2010. Lexington Herald-Leader: Voter’s Guide. Responded: "Abortion should be as rare as possible and should be kept safe and legal. I support a woman's right to make her own reproductive health choices in consultation with her family, her doctor and her spiritual adviser," to the question: "In what instances do you think abortion should be legal?" (media.kentucky.com)
  • Gerth, Joseph. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway leans left, but not on all issues. 10 July 2010. "... Conway has said publicly that he favors abortion rights during the first trimester of pregnancy; backs tougher regulation of business; supports the health-care reform bill that President Barack Obama signed into law earlier this year; wants to end the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay service members; and would expand the federal civil-rights law to add protections based on sexual orientation." (www.courier-journal.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Conway. 2002. Project Vote Smart: Kentucky Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected SLIGHTLY DECREASE for: "f) Inheritance taxes."
  • Gerth, Joseph. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway leans left, but not on all issues. 10 July 2010. "In his interview, Conway said he doesn't believe that the government should raise taxes on most Americans while the recession continues and he favors a modified federal-estate tax that would affect only about the top 1 percent." (www.courier-journal.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Conway. 2010. Courier Journal: 2010 Voter Guide. Responded: "If elected to the United States Senate, my top priorities will be to create jobs, cut the deficit, and bring accountability to Washington. To create jobs, I have proposed a Hometown Tax Credit of 20% for any employer that increases payroll this year. To cut the deficit, I have already identified $330 billion in savings we can recoup for taxpayers by shutting down offshore tax shelters and closing loopholes in the corporate tax code that encourage companies to invest and ship jobs overseas, and by making big pharmaceutical companies negotiate with Medicare for lower prices on prescription drugs. And to bring accountability to Washington, I will fight for Wall Street reform that puts taxpayers first, protects consumers, and cracks down on the big banks by preventing any institution from ever again becoming “too big to fail," to the question: "What are the most crucial issues, and how would you address them?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Jack Conway. An Interview with Jack Conway for U.S. Senate. 10 April 2009. "Where was the FTC? Where was the Justice Department? Why are we dealing with all of these wasteful and corrupt companies? Businesses need to be competing against each other, not growing so large that they automatically fail. (paraphrased) We’ve got to change our ways. We need our fiscal sanity back." (pageonekentucky.com)
  • Jack Conway. Conway pushing job plan. 21 January 2010. “With the first $780 billion stimulus bill, we heard a lot about shovel-ready projects, but there weren’t many funded. It was not the job creator it was supposed to be. I have reservations about a second round of stimulus money.” (www.allvoices.com)
  • Jack Conway. Issue Position: Wall Street Reform. "When financial markets collapsed in the fall of 2008 Washington wrote a blank check for big banks on Wall Street and Jack thinks that should never happen again. He knows that the banks and insurance companies got too big and out of control when they placed risky bets on the housing market... If the government had done its job properly, there would have been more accountability for the taxpayer money that was spent on the TARP bailouts and maybe the American people would have been cashing bonus checks instead of Wall Street traders. If Jack had been faced with the decision to support TARP, he would have spoken out for more accountability and not just voted for a blank check... Earlier this year, Jack supported a bill that would place a one-time windfall tax on bonuses for any executive at a company that received TARP bailout funds, because he thinks it's offensive that bailed-out bankers are taking huge bonuses at the same time they are refusing to lend to struggling small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Conway. Issue Position: Creating Jobs. "With unemployment over 10% in Kentucky, we need to jumpstart the economy and create jobs right away. Therefore, as your next United States Senator, Jack will push for a Hometown Tax Credit that rewards companies and small businesses that create jobs right here in Kentucky." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Conway. 2010. Lexington Herald-Leader: Voter’s Guide. Responded: "I will always defend Social Security benefits for seniors and oppose any risky privatization proposal," to the question: "To keep Social Security solvent, would you raise payroll taxes, reduce benefits, raise the required retirement age or abolish the program?" (media.kentucky.com)
  • Jack Conway. Issue Position: Protecting Social Security. "As Senator, Jack will oppose any effort to privatize Social Security. He believes Social Security has to be maintained as a public program that provides guaranteed retirement benefits. He thinks those benefits should be maintained and protected from any outside risks associated with the financial markets. When the stock market fell in 2008, millions of Americans lost billions in retirement savings. Fortunately Social Security funds were not invested in the stock market, or else they would have been destroyed as well." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gerth, Joseph. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway leans left, but not on all issues. 10 July 2010. "... Conway as Kentucky's attorney general has sought execution warrants against death-row inmates who have exhausted their appeals; opposed gay marriage; backed mandatory sentences for drug dealers; and cracked down on Internet crime -- positions that moderate his politics." (www.courier-journal.com)
  • Associated Press: Lawmakers ask Beshear not to sign death warrants. 8 December 2009. "Five anti-death penalty lawmakers have sent a letter to Gov. Steve Beshear asking him not to sign any death warrants until after the American Bar Association completes a review of Kentucky's use of the death penalty. Attorney General Jack Conway requested last month that execution dates be set for three convicted murderers on Kentucky's death row. The lawmakers, including Republican state Rep. David Floyd of Bardstown and Democratic state Rep. Jim Wayne of Louisville, sent the letter despite a ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court that essentially put a hold on executions until new regulations are developed for administering lethal injections." (www.kfvs12.com)
  • Delahanty, Pat. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway requested three death warrants this morning. 23 November 2009. "Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway requested three death warrants this morning. The figure would double the number of citizens the commonwealth has executed since the death penalty was re-established in 1976. Conway’s request to Gov. Steve Beshear to set execution dates for three death row inmates comes just two weeks after the Louisville Courier-Journal ran a series of articles and editorials about the ineffectiveness of Kentucky’s death row system." (kcadp.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Conway. 2002. Project Vote Smart: Kentucky Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Conway. 2002. Project Vote Smart: Kentucky Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act;" "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act;" "f) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology."
  • Jack Conway. 2010. Courier Journal: 2010 Voter Guide. Responded: "There is overwhelming scientific evidence that high carbon emissions are contributing to climate change and global warming. However, as Attorney General, I have opposed EPA efforts to regulate carbon without the consent of Congress. And as Senator, I will oppose any cap and trade system that raises prices on Kentucky consumers or businesses, and I will fight to keep Kentucky coal a central part of our energy future. I support federal investments in carbon capture and sequestration technology that would continue to utilize cost-efficient coal in an environmentally-responsible way. But the long-run solution to the global warming problem is for every country to reduce carbon emissions, and I think large developing economies like China and India should have to reduce emissions along with industrialized countries. I also believe there is much more we can do to conserve energy and to reduce carbon emissions, such as retrofitting large city buildings with efficiency-improving technology," to the question: "Do you support domestic and international efforts to curb global warming and reduce America’s reliance on fossil fuels such as coal?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Jack Conway. 2010. Lexington Herald-Leader: Voter’s Guide. Responded: "No. I oppose cap and trade because it will raise prices on Kentucky consumers and businesses, and I will always fight to keep Kentucky coal a central part of our energy future," to the question: "Should the government impose mandatory caps on carbon emissions from coal-burning plants?" (media.kentucky.com)
  • Jack Conway. An Interview with Jack Conway for U.S. Senate. 10 April 2009. "Coal is an important part of our energy future, there’s no doubt about it. But it has to be responsibly mined. Most of the coal operators I’ve talked to went to want to mine responsibly. We have to take the safety of the miner and the environment into consideration and we need to mine coal in the most environmentally responsible manner possible. In doing so, we can protect coal jobs, the energy industry as far as coal is concerned and prevent serious environmental impacts. All issues need to be looked out for." (pageonekentucky.com)
  • Jack Conway. Conway voices opinion on Cap and Trade . 8 October 2009. "Attorney General Jack Conway says a new cap and trade bill would affect thousands of Kentucky miners. Conway is against the current bill being proposed by lawmakers. He says a recent study by the treasury department shows the legislation could cost miners and their families 18 hundred dollars a year. "I don't think we can put that type of burden on Kentucky families right now when families are concerned about how they are going to buy groceries and find a job. it doesn't make sense to me," said Conway. Conway says, if done right, an energy bill can create jobs and that's what Kentuckians need." (www.wkyt.com)
  • Jack Conway. WBKO.com - Conway Speaks on the Issues in Bowling Green. 25 August 2010. "Coal is also a part of Kentucky that Conway says is important. "I'm against Cap and Trade," said Conway. "Always have been against Cap and Trade. I've been consistent on this issue. I worked for an energy governor. I've chaired energy task forces. I know that coal needs to be an important part of energy generation into the future." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Conway. 2002. Project Vote Smart: Kentucky Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns;" "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns;" "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns;" "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows;" Gun Issues: j) Other or expanded principles: "I support the 2nd Amendment--and believe there is nothing wrong with owning a gun for personal protection or recreation."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Conway. 2002. Project Vote Smart: Kentucky Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied;" "d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied;" "f) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare."
  • Gerth, Joesph. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway leans left, but not on all issues. 10 July 2010. "... Conway has said publicly that he favors abortion rights during the first trimester of pregnancy; backs tougher regulation of business; supports the health-care reform bill that President Barack Obama signed into law earlier this year; wants to end the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay service members; and would expand the federal civil-rights law to add protections based on sexual orientation... Conway has said he favors the Obama-backed reform measure passed earlier this year; supports an expansion of Medicare; and endorses legislation sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., that required health insurers to provide certain screenings and preventative care for women at little or no cost." (www.courier-journal.com)
  • Jack Conway. 2010. Courier Journal: 2010 Voter Guide. Responded: "I would have voted for health care reform, because, while far from perfect, it expands coverage for at least 654,000 uninsured Kentuckians and stops insurance companies from discriminating against individuals with pre-existing conditions. The law also provides health care tax credits for small businesses, which will provide strong hiring incentives to create jobs," to the question: "Do you support the health-care reform package that passed, or would you vote to repeal some or all of it? What would you replace it with?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Jack Conway. Huffington Post: Kentucky AG: Health Care Lawsuits Are Baseless Tea Party Meanderings. "Once people see this good provisions in this bill, that you can't be denied coverage for a preexisting condition... once you see the insurance reforms that are going to help people in this bill, I think support will only grow. The Republicans are going to try and put health care around the necks of Democrats this fall. While Kentucky may be more conservative on social issues, it is a state with tremendous democratic needs. And this is a major democratic need." (action.jackconway.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Conway. 2002. Project Vote Smart: Kentucky Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Gerth, Joseph. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway leans left, but not on all issues. 10 July 2010. "Conway says he favors increased border security and supports giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship -- if they wait in line behind those who came to the United States legally." (www.courier-journal.com)
  • Jack Conway. 2010. Lexington Herald-Leader: Voter’s Guide. Responded: "We need to increase border security to prevent illegal aliens from entering the country, and the 10 million people who broke the law to get here need to go to the back of the line before they can become citizens," to the question: "The Department of Homeland Security estimates there are more than 10 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. Do you favor removing them, and if so, how?" (media.kentucky.com)
  • Jack Conway. WBKO.com - Conway Speaks on the Issues in Bowling Green. 25 August 2010. "As far as immigration, Conway says we need to increase border security and be "tough, sensible, and fair." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Conway. 2010. Lexington Herald-Leader: Voter’s Guide. Responded: "We need to do more to get Pakistan involved in the effort to combat al-Qaida in the Afghanistan border region. We need a clearer policy that will eliminate the actual terrorist threat and brings our troops home quickly," to the question: "U.S. Troops entered Afghanistan in 2001. Congress appropriated about $73 billion for this fiscal year to keep them there. How much longer should our troops remain?" (media.kentucky.com)
  • Jack Conway. 2010. Courier Journal: 2010 Voter Guide. Responded: "As a United States Senator it will be my primary duty to help keep Americans safe. Right now we are at war with Al Qaeda and radical extremists who spread hate and violence. Our national security depends on us winning the war against Al Qaeda today and deterring any potential long-term threats from rising powers like China. Pakistan harbors the most dangerous mix of terrorists and nuclear weapons in the world. I do not feel President Obama has adequately explained how he will get Pakistan involved in the effort to combat Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. At its core, we are dealing with a regional issue that requires the cooperation of regional partners to ensure success. I have the highest respect for our Kentucky military men and women who serve valiantly, and I believe they deserve a clear policy that demonstrates how we will root out terrorists from their hiding places, eliminate their threat, and brings our troops home quickly," to the question: "Do you support America’s current military policy in Iraq and Afghanistan? How long should the United States keep troops in both countries?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gerth, Joesph. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway leans left, but not on all issues. 10 July 2010. "... Conway as Kentucky's attorney general has sought execution warrants against death-row inmates who have exhausted their appeals; opposed gay marriage; backed mandatory sentences for drug dealers; and cracked down on Internet crime -- positions that moderate his politics [...] Conway also said during the debate that he believes marriage is only between a man and a woman. And, in a recent interview, he refused to say how he voted on the 2004 state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Kentucky. In a 2007 debate on Kentucky Educational Television during his campaign for attorney general, Conway said he agreed with the ruling by then-Attorney General Greg Stumbo that state universities offering same-sex partner benefits were violating the Kentucky Constitution." (www.courier-journal.com)
  • Jack Conway. An Interview with Jack Conway for U.S. Senate. 10 April 2009. "I will not legislate discrimination. I don’t support discrimination against anyone at any time. I don’t believe in discrimination. Period." (pageonekentucky.com)
  • Jack Conway. WFPL News: Candidates Meet At Senate Forum. 1 April 2010. ”I abhor discrimination in all forms and I think marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman.” (www.wfpl.org)

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Congressional Election 2002 National Political Awareness 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) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xc) 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) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

Abortion should be rare, but safe and legal.

Budgetary Priorities
Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Slightly Increase Fundinga) Agricultural
Maintain Funding Statusb) Arts
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Defense
Greatly Increase Fundingd) Education
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Environmental
Slightly Decrease Fundingf) International Aid
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Law Enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Medical Research
Slightly Decrease Fundingi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Public Health Services
Slightly Increase Fundingl) Scientific Research
Greatly Increase Fundingm) Terrorism Prevention
Slightly Increase Fundingn) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Fundingo) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories

The welfare response indicates support for transitioning to work.

Defense Spending
Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number per category.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Covert intelligence operations
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Military hardware
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Decrease Fundinge) National Missile Defense Program
Maintain Funding Statusf) Programs to improve military retention rates
Maintain Funding Statusg) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Troop and equipment readiness
i) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax.
Income Taxes - Family Income
Slightly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000 - $75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000 - $150,000
Maintain Statusd) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Income Taxes - Retiree Income
Maintain Statusf) Over $40, 000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) Charitable deductions
Slightly Increaseb) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusc) Mortgage deductions
Slightly Increased) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasee) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increasef) Student loan tax credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Yes2) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
No3) Would you use Social Security surpluses to balance the budget?
4) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform issues.
a) Support public taxpayer funding for congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
Xe) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xf) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.
Xg) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
h) Remove all contribution limits to federal candidates and parties.
i) Require congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
j) Require that unions give members the option of not having membership dues used for political purposes.
Yesk) Support the federal government mandate that creates national voting system standards.
Nol) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms that members of Congress can serve?
Nom) Do you support voting on-line?
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
e) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xf) Increase funding for community policing programs.
Xg) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
j) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
k) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xl) Other or expanded principles

Civil rights enforcement should occur at all levels of government. Prosecuting minors as adults should depend on the crime and age.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.
a) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
d) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
Xg) Other or expanded principles

Federal drug penalties are a strong deterrent now.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
Xh) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xi) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
Xj) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xk) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xl) Other or expanded principles

I support efforts to increase pay for teachers.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
f) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xg) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xh) Considering race and gender in government contracting decisions is appropriate for the federal government.
i) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
Xj) Continue federal affirmative action programs.
k) Discontinue federal affirmative action programs.
Xl) Other or expanded principles

Race and gender considerations in government contracting should address proven past discrimination.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
e) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Provide tax credits for state and local bonds to preserve open spaces, build parks, improve water quality and redevelop brownfields.
i) Support the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act prohibiting commercial logging in our national forests.
j) Provide states and local communities with more flexibility to address their respective environmental problems.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

I support the 2nd Amendment--and believe there is nothing wrong with owning a gun for personal protection or recreation.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
e) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xg) Increase research funding of the human genome to find cures for diseases such as cancer, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
Xh) Increase federal funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
Xi) Prohibit the procedure of cloning human embryos.
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
c) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
d) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
Xe) Establish English as the official U.S. language.
Xf) Collect fingerprint data from all U.S. visa applicants which would be accessible to all federal immigration-related agencies.
Xg) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S.
h) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U. S. economic assistance.
Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.
Xc) Aid should be granted to countries that are close allies of the U. S. and in need of financial/military assistance.
d) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
e) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
f) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
a) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
b) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
c) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
d) The U.S. should support the formation of a Palestinian state.
Xe) Other or expanded principles

We should enter Iraq only after the President makes the case for doing so, such as involvement in Sept. 11 or amassing weapons of mass destruction.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.
a) The U.S. should participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
b) The U.S. should not commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
d) Other or expanded principles
No3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
No4) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
No5) Should the U.S. increase its financial support to Colombia for the "war on drugs?"
Yes6) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
Undecided7) Do you support the recent withdrawal of the U.S. from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty in order to deploy a national missile defense system?
Yes8) Should the U.S. hold nations accountable for terrorists who operate from their country?
X9) Other or expanded principles

Recognizing Taiwan is unnecessary due to their special status under current federal law--plus it would provoke China.

International Trade
Undecided1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
No4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) trading status with the United States? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
No6) Should the President have "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade agreements?
Undecided7) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
X8) Other or expanded principles

I would have voted against Trade Promotion Authority for this President due to a failure of commitment to environmental, wage and workers rights issues.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Yes1. Do you support the President using military tribunals to try terrorist suspects when the President deems ordinary civil courts to be inappropriate or impractical?
Yes2. Should the U.S. adopt higher qualification rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Yes3. Should law enforcement agencies be granted greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yes4. Should federal law enforcement agencies share intelligence data with local law enforcement agencies?
Yes5. Should the federal government provide states with funding for homeland security?
6. Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) The federal government should invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
Xf) Support a "lock box" measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs except Social Security and Medicare, until each program's long-term solvency is guaranteed.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.
Xa) Continue the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
Xc) Regulation of the Internet should not be controlled by the federal government.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.
a) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
b) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to defray the cost of an apartment.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.
Xd) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
Xe) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
f) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
g) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
h) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
i) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
j) Provide states with additional funding for Medicaid programs to alleviate increasing state budget deficits.
Xk) Other or expanded principles

I support faith-based program funding, so long as secular programs may also compete for funding.

In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional funding needed to implement these priorities.

My top priorities would be 1) steering federal education dollars to the districts and early development programs for disadvantaged children; 2) reducing deficits so that our prospects for long term fiscal prosperity are increased; and 3) delivering a real prescription drug benefit for seniors.

Funding the first and last will require fiscal austerity in other areas of the budget and will require asking those corporations that continually avoid taxation to pay their fair share.

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