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Robert Pittenger

Robert Pittenger's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Robert Pittenger
Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 9, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 9
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Suzanne; 4 Children: Robert Jr., Natalie, Amy, Grace
Birth Date: 08/15/1948
Birth Place: Dallas, TX
Home City: Charlotte, NC
Religion: Christian
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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.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Pittenger. The Principled Conservative. 4 April 2012. "As State Senator for Charlotte, I stood up for our families by advancing pro-life legislation and supporting traditional marriage. With your prayers and personal support, I will take my principled conservative leadership to Washington and stand up for the values we hold dear." (robertpittenger.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Robert Pittenger in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Pittenger. Robert Pittenger for US Congress: About Robert Pittenger. 4 April 2012. "As a three-term Republican state Senator, Robert focused on strengthening the state's financial foundations and proposed over $1.5 billion in spending cuts to balance the state's budget. He led the fight for lower taxes for families and to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicaid. For his efforts, he received awards from conservative organizations such as Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform and the Tax Foundation. He also earned an A rating from the NRA for his strong support of North Carolina's sportsmen. Robert was a lead sponsor of Right To Life legislation and the marriage amendment." (robertpittenger.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Facebook: Wall. 6 March 2012. Responded: "While I support policies to improve the lives of all born people, sad you don't care for a being who suffers great pain and death and cannot speak for his or herself" to the comment: "I want to support the 'born' children, not the unborn ones - and the Republicans have no compassion for the ones that are already in this world. Hoping you don't have a chance." (www.facebook.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Pittenger Endorsed By NC Right To Life President. 11 April 2012. "As a State Senator I had a solid record on pro-life issues," said Pittenger. "We must protect the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Pittenger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Pittenger. Charlotte Observer: Candidates speak out on U.S. War involvement. 17 March 2012."I would want to leave when I've effectively dealt a blow to (the Taliban), that they are no longer a security threat to the United States ¦ Once (Obama) said that this was the number-one priority. Can he now say ˜mission accomplished?' He needs to explain that." (www.charlotteobserver.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Pittenger. Video: Robert Pittenger Discusses National Security. 26 April 2012. "As your congressman, I will fight to protect our defense budget and fight for the money that our service men and women need." (youtu.be)
  • Robert Pittenger. Video: Robert Pittenger "Military." 6 August 2008. "This is Robert Pittenger and I believe we must do everything necessary to assist our military personnel who serve out country and be a help to those families whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives in defending our nation." (www.youtube.com)
No 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

  • Robert Pittenger. Robert Pittenger for U.S. Congress: About Robert Pittenger. 4 April 2012. "As a three-term Republican state Senator, Robert focused on strengthening the state's financial foundations and proposed over $1.5 billion in spending cuts to balance the state's budget. He led the fight for lower taxes for families and to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicaid. For his efforts, he received awards from conservative organizations such as Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform and the Tax Foundation. He also earned an A rating from the NRA for his strong support of North Carolina's sportsmen. Robert was a lead sponsor of Right To Life legislation and the marriage amendment." (robertpittenger.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Pittenger Pledges Conservative Tax Reform. 1 May 2012. "I'll work to free people from their tax burden so they'll have more money to do what's best for their families and businesses," said Pittenger. "Small-business owners create jobs and put people to work, but they can't do that when they're weighed down by taxes. Lower taxes encourage business owners to invest and hire more people." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Pittenger. Conservative, Principled. 4 April 2012. "As a successful businessman, I know there is one clear path to returning America to prosperity, and it all starts with cutting taxes and drastically reducing spending." (robertpittenger.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Robert Pittenger for U.S. Congress: Robert Signs the Taypayer Protection Pledge. 23 March 2012. "WASHINGTON, D.C. " Ex-State Sen., Real Estate Investor and 2008 Lt. Governor Nominee Robert Pittenger has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the race for North Carolina's 9th Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), commits signers to 'oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses ¦ and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.'" (robertpittenger.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • A former state legislator who built a real estate investment company, Pittenger touted his business experience. Robert Pittenger. The Republic: GOP candidates scramble to make the cut for open Congressional seat in NC's 9th District. 4 April 2012. "'I'm a businessman. I've created jobs, I've had to meet payrolls,' he said. 'We need to greatly reduce spending in this country. Look, we can't go on with business as usual on a spending spree. And that's what's happened.'" (www.therepublic.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Senator Jim Broyhill Endorses Robert Divider. 26 March 2012. "While serving in the State Senate I established a record that the Civitas Institute called the ˜Most Conservative'; I identified $1.5 billion dollars in wasteful spending during that time. I will use those experiences uncovering waste in our state's government as I fight in Congress to get the federal government out of the way of job growth." (robertpittenger.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Issue Position: Debt. 4 April 2012. "Spending and deficits in the United States are out of control. I am not afraid to get tough and will work tirelessly to correct the misguided policies that have brought us to the brink. I will rein in government spending and reduce taxes with systems that are simple, fair and pro-growth. I want Americans to be able save throughout their working years and achieve economic security so they won't have to depend on the government in retirement. We must give government assistance only to those who are truly in need. I am committed to keeping the promises we've made to our greatest generation, but we cannot saddle our children and grandchildren with tens of trillions of dollars of debt and taxes to pay the bill. We must permanently balance our federal budget and reduce the growing debt that threatens us all." (www.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

  • Robert Pittenger. North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation: 2012 Questionnaire. Responded "Too high" to the question: "The current level of federal taxes paid by North Carolina business and industry is too high, too low, or just right?" (ncfef.org)
  • Robert Pittenger. North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation: 2012 Questionnaire. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Do you believe reducing taxes on businesses will stimulate economic activity resulting in the creation of more jobs and increased tax revenue?" (ncfef.org)
  • Robert Pittenger. Pittenger Pledges Conservative Tax Reform. 1 May 2012. "I'll work to free people from their tax burden so they'll have more money to do what's best for their families and businesses," said Pittenger. "Small-business owners create jobs and put people to work, but they can't do that when they're weighed down by taxes. Lower taxes encourage business owners to invest and hire more people." (votesmart.org)
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Pittenger. Video: Robert Pittenger "Education." 6 May 2008. "Over half our states general fund goes to education. Theres no question that its the number one priority of state government. But in the past 8 years we've see our graduation rates go down, while spending on administration and overhead go up. My education reform plan is simple. It's all about innovation accountability and technology. We need to give teachers and school boards the flexibility to innovate. We can use better pay to keep good teachers in a classroom. Charter schools and school choice can make sure no parents have to send their children to failing schools. And technology in their classrooms, with computers for every high school student in our state. We will make sure todays students reach their potential. Once the teachers and schoolboards get the freedom to innovate to the tools to do their jobs we must hold them accountable." (www.youtube.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Pittenger. North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation: 2012 Questionnaire. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Do you believe offshore energy exploration should take place off the coast of North Carolina?" (ncfef.org)
  • Robert Pittenger. Video: Robert Pittenger "Offshore Drilling". 4 September 2008. "Our families and our businesses are suffering from high gas prices. This is Robert Pittenger. To help us become more independent we need to increase our energy production here in the United States. [¦] We need to be energy independent and we need to pay close attention to the facts, not rhetoric. Drilling 40 miles offshore means tourists will never see the wells. There were no oil spills from the rigs in the gulf of Mexico from hurricane Katrina. And offshore drilling could mean an economic boost to eastern North Carolina and the fishing industry, cause fish feed off those rigs. Certainly we need to be smart and do everything we can to protect our environment, conserve energy and resources. But the time has come to make America energy independent." (www.youtube.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Pittenger. Video: Robert Pittenger "Environment." 6 August 2008. "Hi, this is Robert Pittenger. Everybody wants clean air and clean water. People want the best for their families and they don't want their health threatened. Every prudent measure should be taken to ensure that our natural resources are appropriately preserved. The problem comes when extreme environmental groups with additional social agendas often use social issues to impede reasonable growth and development. The best environmental polices occur in the free market. Where research and technology have improved the efficiency of the automobile and other industry related machines and materials. Why? Because the customer demands it. Air and water quality are better today than 30 years ago. While local state and federal government must get prudent oversight to make sure we have reasonable and meaningful reforms, overburdening governmental regulations will discourage and impede research and development of new technologies to help our environment." (www.youtube.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation: 2012 Questionnaire. Responded "Too strict" to the question: "Do you believe that environmental laws and regulations in the United States are too strict, about right, or too lenient?" (ncfef.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Pittenger. Twitter: @RobertPittenger. 10 July 2012. "Pendergraph blocked gun rights ª#GRNC¬ ª#NRA¬ ª#nc09¬ ª#ncpol¬ ª#ncgopop" https://twitter.com/RobertPittenger/status/222673257386618883 (bit.ly)
  • Robert Pittenger. Twitter: @RobertPittenger. 15 May 2012. "2nd Amdt & a responsible gun owner save lives in Utah - I'm endorsed by ª#NRA¬ & I fight for the 2nd Amdt ª#nc09p" https://twitter.com/RobertPittenger/status/202442133242781697 (bit.ly)
  • Robert Pittenger. Twitter: @RobertPittenger. 15 May 2012. "2nd Amdt & a responsible gun owner save lives in Utah - I'm endorsed by ª#NRA¬ & I fight for the 2nd Amdt ª#nc09p" https://twitter.com/RobertPittenger/status/202442133242781697 (bit.ly)
  • Robert Pittenger. Twitter: @RobertPittenger. 10 July 2012. "Pendergraph blocked gun rights ª#GRNC¬ ª#NRA¬ ª#nc09¬ ª#ncpol¬ ª#ncgopop" https://twitter.com/RobertPittenger/status/222673257386618883 (bit.ly)
  • Robert Pittenger. Pittenger Lauded by NRA. 19 April 2012. "I have always believed gun ownership is one of our most fundamental rights," said Pittenger. "That is why I have spent so much time and effort defending it from attacks, and why I am such a friend to our gun owners here in North Carolina. I hope to continue that fight in the U.S. House of Representatives." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Pittenger. Robert Pittenger for US Congress: About Robert Pittenger. 4 April 2012. "He also earned an A rating from the NRA for his strong support of North Carolina's sportsmen." (robertpittenger.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Facebook: Wall. 20 March 2012. "I am so proud to have an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association for my voting record in favor of North Carolina's sportsmen and women. Our Second Amendment rights are close to my heart, and the NRA's support means a lot to me." (www.facebook.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Twitter: @RobertPittenger. 10 July 2012. "I'm proud of my lifetime A rating and the support of the ª#NRA¬ and ª#GRNC¬" (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Pittenger. Facebook: Wall. 29 March 2012. "This is a great article, and hopefully the prevailing opinion that the Supreme Court will rule against Obamacare will come true." (www.facebook.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Say "NO" to Barak Obama. 4 April 2012. "Today, I ask for your vote in the Republican Primary on May 8th. I will go to Washington with the courage to say ˜NO' to business as usual in Washington, ˜NO' to higher taxes, ˜NO' to pork barrel spending and ˜NO' to Obama Care. We need to get spending under control and save our country for our children and our grandchildren." (robertpittenger.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Facebook: Wall. 2 April 2012. "Unscheduled campaign stop at Presbyterian ER yesterday. Going door to door and was bitten by a dog. Got some stitches and already back out on the trail. Good thing Obamacare isn't in full effect or I'd be in the waiting room until election day! On the bright side I did pick up two votes and a yard sign location from the dog's owner :)" (www.facebook.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Facebook: Wall. 21 March 2012. "Two years after the passage of Obamacare, I remain committed to seeing the bill repealed and job growth accelerate." (www.facebook.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Issue Position: Health Care. 4 April 2012. "Obama's government-run healthcare plan means more government control and less personal freedom. I won't let that happen to our country. I am 100% committed to repealing Obamacare in its entirety and replacing it with a competitive plan that makes health insurance affordable for all. I promise to eliminate Obama care and work to create a healthcare system that is affordable for both the nation and our families. My plan of streamlining the government, cutting spending and empowering families and businesses will mean a future of opportunity and prosperity for all Americans." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Robert Pittenger. Robert Pittenger for U.S. Congress: Robert Pittenger Pledges to Fight for Obamacare Repeal. 21 March 2012. "I'm working to go to Congress to give hope to Americans looking for good jobs, and the first step to getting the federal government out of the way of American businesses is to stop Obamacare before it starts. [..] With bureaucrats taking over health insurance, federal spending and debt will continue to spiral out-of-control until Obamacare is repealed. As I meet voters during door-to-door visits, I'm encouraged by the support I'm receiving for my campaign to rejuvenate the American Dream through conservative solutions [¦] My first act as a member of the 113th Congress will be to jumpstart the American economy by fighting for the repeal of Obamacare." (robertpittenger.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Pittenger. Pittenger Opposes Obama's Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants. 15 June 2012. "We have an Imperial President who rules by dictate and doesn't abide by the Constitution. The President cannot arbitrarily decide to grant amnesty to those who have not entered the country under United States immigration laws. We are a nation of laws. Political expediency by the President appears to be the underlying factor for this decision. In the NC Senate I was the primary sponsor of legislation to penalize businesses that hire illegal immigrants." (www.robertpittenger.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Issue Position: Immigration. 4 April 2012. "We have always welcomed those who desire to become Americans through the legal process of immigration and naturalization. However, over the past several decades our immigration policy has repeatedly been corrupted. Now the Obama Administration is calling for amnesty for the 10.8 million people who have entered our country illegally. I will reject any amnesty proposals, strengthen our borders and insist that existing immigration laws be enforced." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Robert Pittinger. Video: Robert Pittenger "Immigration." 8 May 2008. "Illegal immigration cost our state nearly a billion dollars a year. We have more illegal immigrants than 42 other states. This is a problem created by the federal government but theres no excuse for our state government letting it happen. There are several things we could do at the state level, we could stop illegals from getting drivers licenses, we can keep state contracts and incentives away from companies who hire illegals. We can penalize business that knowingly hire illegals. And we can train our state troopers to help enforce the immigration laws already on the books. Its a start, its the kind of change we need to take to Raliegh." (www.youtube.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Robert Pittenger in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Pittenger, Video: Rober Pittenger for Traditional Marriage. 4 April 2012. "I'm Robert Pittenger, Republican candidate for Congress. As a conservative and a Christian I will defend the traditional values that lay the bedrock of our nation. I'm a proud sponsor and supporter of the marriage amendmant." (www.youtube.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Facebook: Wall. 28 March 2012. "This is a North Carolina issue and Obama should stay out of it. Thank you to Vote for Marriage NC for supporting the amendment that I sponsored originally as a State Senator. Make sure to get out and vote in favor of it on May 8." (www.facebook.com)
  • Robert Pittenger. Issue Position: Values. 4 April 2012. "The people of North Carolina are wonderful, hard-working, God-fearing people, and I aim to make this state the Southeast's leader in attracting strong companies and good jobs. And as a conservative and a Christian, I'll never stop fighting for the traditional values that founded our nation. Families, centered on the marriage of a man and woman, are the building blocks of our society and I'll continue working to promote and strengthen this long-established institution in Washington, just as I have here at home." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Robert Pittenger. Robert Pittenger for US Congress: About Robert Pittenger. 4 April 2012. "As a three-term Republican state Senator, Robert focused on strengthening the state's financial foundations and proposed over $1.5 billion in spending cuts to balance the state's budget. He led the fight for lower taxes for families and to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicaid. For his efforts, he received awards from conservative organizations such as Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform and the Tax Foundation. He also earned an A rating from the NRA for his strong support of North Carolina's sportsmen. Robert was a lead sponsor of Right To Life legislation and the marriage amendment." (robertpittenger.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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

  • Robert Pittenger. North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation: 2012 Questionnaire. Responded "Research Social Security and Medicare to be saved" to the question: "Statewide surveys indicate the top issue on the minds of voters in North Carolina is the economy and jobs. With that in mind, please explain your vision for economic growth and job creation." (ncfef.org)

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North Carolina State Legislative Election 2004 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) 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) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
a) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
c) Environment
d) Health care
e) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
h) Inheritance taxes
i) Property taxes
j) Sales taxes
k) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
n) Do you support creating a state lottery to increase revenue for education?
Xo) Other or expanded principles

Need to better manage/efficiencies & reduce taxes.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of two consecutive four-year terms for North Carolina governors?
Undecidedb) Do you support limiting the number of terms for North Carolina state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
No1) Individual
Undecided2) PAC
Undecided3) Corporate
Undecided4) 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?
Yesf) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesg) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in North Carolina are closed?
Yesh) Do you support limiting the length of state legislative sessions?
Noi) Do you support moving from an elective system of filling judicial vacancies to a combination of merit selection and retention elections?
Noj) Should North Carolina recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesk) Should North Carolina restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) By what process should North Carolina establish its political districts? Please use forty (40) words or less.

bi-partisan commission.

m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support the death penalty in North Carolina.
c) Support a two-year moratorium on the death penalty.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xh) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xi) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
j) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xk) Increase funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent and to respond to terrorist attacks.
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xe) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
Xg) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
Xm) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles
Employment: 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 in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax incentives and reduced regulations to bring businesses to North Carolina.
e) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
g) Include sexual orientation in North Carolina's anti-discrimination laws.
h) Increase the state minimum wage.
i) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Undecideda) Public employment
Nob) State college and university admissions
Undecidedc) State contracting
d) 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, and oil).
c) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
d) Support funding for open space preservation.
e) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
f) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xe) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
g) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
Xb) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Cap awards at $250,000 for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
Xe) Institute judicial review of all jury awards in excess of $250,000.
f) Establish a $20 million fund that provides supplemental liability insurance to ob-gyns, doctors and emergency room physicians.
Xg) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
h) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
i) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
j) Legalize physician assisted suicide in North Carolina.
k) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
b) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Support current limits on benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
Xe) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
f) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
g) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
Xh) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xi) Other or expanded principles

h) some

Please explain in a total of 75 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.
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