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Kevin L. Raye

Kevin Raye's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Kevin L. Raye
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Karen
Birth Date: 02/07/1961
Birth Place: Eastport, ME
Home City: Perry, ME
Religion: United Methodist
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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 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

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  • Kevin Raye. Bangor Daily News: 2012 Kevin L. Raye. Responded, "Early in a pregnancy, I believe government has no appropriate role in the decision. A government intrusive enough to get between a woman, her faith, her family and her doctor is a government intrusive enough to get between a gun owner and his gun, or between a protester and his freedom of speech. With respect to later-term pregnancy, I would vote to ban all post-viability abortions except those necessary to save the life of the woman or prevent severe harm to her physical health," to the question: "Do you support a woman's right to an abortion?" (bangordailynews.com)
  • Kevin Raye. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Kevin Raye. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Kevin Raye. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Kevin Raye. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Kevin Raye. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Kevin Raye. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine State Legislative Election Political Courage Test. Abortion Issues: h) other expanded principles: "I would support a ban on all post-viability abortions except when necessary to protect the life of the mother, or prevent serious harm to the physical health of the mother. Earlier in a pregnancy, the decision should rest with the mother, in consultation with her doctor and her family, and in the context of her faith. I support parental notification if it includes an alternative for those with extenuating family circumstances that warrant it."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Kevin Raye. WABI: Congressional Candidates Answer Question on Afghani Force Timeline. 12 October 2012. "Well, I certainly agree that we cannot, as a nation, maintain our current status in Afghanistan, into the future. I'm somewhat concerned about telegraphing, to those are our enemies, exactly what and when we're going do it. I'm not sure that that's wise, but I certainly do agree we can't continue at infinitum, whether it's 2014, or whether it's sooner. I don't know. I would, if I were in Congress, I would want to know what the commanders on the ground think. I would want to know what is in the best interest of our fighting men and women, that they're going to be secure and safe in their service to our country. And, it just isn't clear to me that telegraphing, preciously what we're going to do and when, to the other side was a wise move on behalf of the administration." to the question: "Come 2014, Afghanistan security forces will be in the lead as US forces shift to a security role. Do you agree with this timeline?" (www.wabi.tv)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Kevin Raye. Video: Kevin Raye talks at the Androscoggin County GOP Caucus. 11 February 2012. "We [Republicans] passed the largest tax cut in the history of Maine, providing tax relief for people at all income levels [¦]" (www.youtube.com)
  • Kevin Raye. Video: Kevin Raye talks at the Androscoggin County GOP Caucus. 11 February 2012. "We [Republicans] passed the largest tax cut in the history of Maine, providing tax relief for people at all income levels [...]" (www.youtube.com)
  • Kevin Raye. Portland Press Herald: 2012 On the Issues. Responded, "I oppose higher taxes, which I believe are unnecessary and counterproductive to economic recovery and job growth," to the question: "Would you support a tax increase for the wealthy?" (www.pressherald.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Eric Russell. Bangor Daily News: Raye officially launches campaign against Michaud for 2nd District seat. 5 January 2012. "In Congress, I will work to move America in a new direction, away from explosive federal spending [...]" (bangordailynews.com)
  • Eric Russell. Bangor Daily News: Raye officially launches campaign against Michaud for 2nd District seat. 5 January 2012. "In Congress, I will work to move America in a new direction, away from explosive federal spending [¦]" (bangordailynews.com)
  • Kevin Raye. Video: Kevin Raye. 03 March 2012. " [¦] will we continue down the very dangerous path that Barack Obama is leading this nation? [¦] this is the most pivotal election in the history of our country [¦] look at the issues we face, a reckless spending spree." (www.youtube.com)
  • Kevin Raye. On the Issues. 9 March 2012. "[Raye,] a consistent voice for bringing state spending, taxation,and debt under control." (kevinraye.vpweb.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Kevin Raye. Video: Kevin Raye talks at the Androscoggin County GOP Caucus. 11 February 2012. "[Republicans] pit incentives to attract private investment and job creation right here in Maine." (www.youtube.com)
  • Kevin Raye. Portland Press Herald: 2012 On the Issues. Responded, "I believe the best way to stimulate and grow our economy is to encourage job growth through policies that help small business succeed and encourage private investment. Small business is our largest source of private employment in Maine, accounting for 97 percent of our businesses. As president of the Senate, I sponsored L.D. 1 to reduce job-stifling regulations, and helped reduce the tax burden and incentivize investment in job creation. We need to do the same thing at the federal level," to the question: "What should congress be doing to create jobs and improve the economy?" (www.pressherald.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Kevin Raye. Bangor Daily News: 2012 Kevin L. Raye. Responded, "As a nation, all Americans have a stake in ensuring a well-educated populace but K-12 education is primarily the responsibility of the states and the federal government should not impose unfunded education mandates on states. For example, the federal government has a responsibility to fund its share of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA)," to the question: "Should the federal government have a role in K-12 education?" (bangordailynews.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kevin Raye. Bangor Daily News: 2012 Kevin L. Raye. Responded, "The lack of a coherent national energy policy is one of the greatest failures of our generation. Energy policy should not be ideologically driven by an either/or approach. We should embrace a well-rounded energy policy that reduces our dependence on foreign sources of oil through increased domestic gas and oil production, renewable energy, nuclear power and energy conservation," to the question: "What should the country's energy policy look like?" (bangordailynews.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kevin Raye Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine State Legislative Election Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming." Environment Issues: i) other expanded principles: "I would not oppose reasonable environmental regulations merely because they are more stringent than federal laws, but I believe those decisions should be made by the Legislature, not by bureaucrats."
  • Kevin Raye. Bangor Daily News: 2012 Kevin L. Raye. Responded, "It is my understanding that the best science indicates that climate change is cyclical but that carbon emissions also contribute to global warming. As stewards of the planet, we owe it to future generations to err on the side of caution by reducing emissions through encouraging innovation in both cleaner burning fuels and renewable energy production, as well as energy conservation," to the question: "Do you believe climate change is happening? Do humans contribute to it? What should Congress do to address the problem?" (bangordailynews.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Kevin Raye in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Raye: Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine State Legislative Election Political Courage Test. Gun Issues: f) Other or expanded principles: "I support the right of law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms, and oppose new restrictions on that right. Maine law already allows concealed weapons permits."
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kevin Raye: Video: Kevin Raye part 2 of the Lincoln Day Dinner 2012. 3 March 2012. "we as a party have to hold Barack Obama equally accountable for the things that he is doing to this country, centralizing power in Washington, crippling states with a health care law [...]" (www.youtube.com)
  • Kevin Raye. Bangor Daily News: Raye officially launches campaign against Michaud for 2nd District seat. 5 January 2012. "In Congress, I will work to move America in a new direction, away from [¦] a heavy-handed health care law that raises taxes on small business and cuts Medicare for seniors." (bangordailynews.com)
  • Kevin Raye. Statement of Senate President Kevin Raye on the Supreme Court Ruling on ObamaCare. 28 June 2012. "Today's Supreme Court ruling means it is up to the voters to elect a Congress and a President who will repeal a flawed and unworkable 2,700 page law rammed through with the kind of heavy-handed partisanship that disgusts the American people and has left Washington broken and dysfunctional." (www.maine.gov)
  • Kevin Raye. Bangor Daily News: Raye officially launches campaign against Michaud for 2nd District seat. 5 January 2012. "In Congress, I will work to move America in a new direction, away from [...] a heavy-handed health care law that raises taxes on small business and cuts Medicare for seniors." (bangordailynews.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kevin Raye. Portland Press Herald: 2012 On the Issues. Responded, "No," to the question: "Do you support legalizing gay marriage?" (www.pressherald.com)
  • Kevin Raye. Bangor Daily News: 2012 Kevin L. Raye. Responded, "I support DOMA as I believe marriage is between a man and a woman, and no state should be forced by another state to recognize another definition of marriage, particularly that a number of states have enacted constitutional amendments or laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman. I would also support legislation to allow civil unions, as I believe that is the best way to protect the rights of committed same-sex couples," to the question: "In Congress, would you support DOMA or legislation to allow civil unions or gay marriage?" (bangordailynews.com)
  • Josie Huang. MPBN: Maine Gay Rights Supporters Launch New Referendum Campaign. 26 January 2012. "'I have supported every other gay rights issue that come before us,' Raye says. 'But I believe that marriage is something very significant, and frankly I'm somewhat disappointed that we're not looking at a middle ground approach such as civil unions.'" (www.mpbn.net)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Maine State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

I would support a ban on all post-viability abortions except when necessary to protect the life of the mother, or prevent serious harm to the physical health of the mother. Earlier in a pregnancy, the decision should rest with the mother, in consultation with her doctor and her family, and in the context of her faith. I support parental notification if it includes an alternative for those with extenuating family circumstances that warrant it.

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

All state spending decisions must be assessed in the context of the overall health of Maine's economy and budget. Bringing state spending under control will require careful prioritizing. Within DHHS, for example, we should rein in the unsustainable expansion of MaineCare, while taking care to preserve a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens. I have consistently voted in support of funding for education, and for roads and bridges.

State Taxes: Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Cigarette taxes
c) Corporate taxes
d) Gasoline taxes
e) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
f) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
g) Property taxes
h) Sales taxes
i) Vehicle taxes
j) Other or expanded categories

Maine already suffers one of the highest state and local tax burdens of the 50 states, and we must reduce that burden on Maine's hard-working taxpayers. I voted against the new taxes imposed on beer, wine, soda and private health insurance claims in order to fund Dirigo Health, and support the effort to repeal them. I am opposed to raising the sales tax. I would be open to broadening it in some areas in return for cutting income and property taxes. I would also be open to reducing fuel taxes to provide relief from obscenely high fuel prices.

No1) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Undecided2) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
No3) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
No4) Should state funding to local school districts be reduced to help balance the state budget?
5) Other or expanded principles

The decision of whether or not use the budget stabilization fund (also known as the rainy day fund) should depend on the economic condition and the alternatives available.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of terms for Maine governors?
Nob) Do you support the current limit of terms for Maine state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
f) Should Maine participate in the federal REAL ID program?
g) Other or expanded principles

While the federal Real ID program is controversial among those on both ends of the political spectrum, I believe Maine must act responsibly in order to safeguard against the threat of terrorism. Maine took an important step in this direction earlier this year with enactment of LD 2309 requiring applicants to provide evidence of legal presence in the United States in order to be issued a Maine drivers license.

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

It is my understanding that Maine abolished parole years ago, and already has a procedure for prosecuting minors as adults when circumstances warrant. I support vigorous enforcement of existing laws to prevent crime. I strongly support the construction of a new prison in Washington County to replace the aging Down East Correctional Facility.

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

The most crucial problems facing K-12 education are the negative impact of the flawed school district consolidation law and the unfair Essential Programs and Services (EPS) school funding formula. Both are particularly unfair to schools, students and taxpayers in rural areas. I strongly support higher education and related research and development opportunities.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today’s job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Increase the state minimum wage.
g) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
Xh) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
Xi) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
j) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
c) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
Xd) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
e) Support funding for improvements to Maine's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xf) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xg) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Other or expanded principles

I would not oppose reasonable environmental regulations merely because they are more stringent than federal laws, but I believe those decisions should be made by the Legislature, not by bureaucrats.

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

I support the right of law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms, and oppose new restrictions on that right. Maine law already allows concealed weapons permits.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
c) Support Dirigo Health in Maine.
Xd) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xe) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
f) Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
g) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Maine.
h) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
i) Other or expanded principles

State government should work to make health care affordable and health insurance accessible to its citizens. The state-run Dirigo Health program continues to be costly and disappointing, serving far fewer Mainers than initially projected. I voted against the unacceptable new taxes on health insurance claims, beer, wine and soda to fund it. As for medicinal marijuana, I do not believe the Legislature should overturn the referendum passed by 61% of Maine voters in 1999.

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

I support a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Education, abstinence and family planning have been effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies and reducing abortion and teen pregnancy rates. I support sexual education but am troubled by the prospect of middle school children as young as 11 having access to prescription contraceptives without the knowledge of a parent or guardian. Sadly, some children have parents who are abusive or neglectful but those children deserve to be protected from their abusers. I support stem cell research, but am not aware of a need for state funding.

Legislative Priorities
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Among my top priorities are: (1) lowering Maine's oppressive tax burden in order to improve our economic climate and increase job opportunities; (2) prioritizing and reining in spending to make state government work more efficiently and effectively; and (3) reforming education by repealing both the flawed school district consolidation law and the unfair Essential Programs and Services (EPS) school funding formula.

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