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Larry Bellew

Larry Bellew's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Larry Bellew
Office: State House (ND) - District 38, Republican
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2016
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Carol; 4 Children
Home City: Minot, ND
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Larry Bellew refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

What is the Political Courage Test?

North Dakota State Legislative Election 2000 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.
Xa) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape or the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.
h) Prohibit public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
i) Other
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decrease Fundingc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Maintain Funding Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Fundingg) Welfare
h) Other
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminateh) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasei) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusk) Vehicle taxes
l) Other
Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Undecidedn) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yeso) Would you support returning any operating surplus to North Dakota taxpayers?
Nop) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Undecidedq) Do you support using a portion of oil and gas tax revenue to grant North Dakota residents a tax credit on residential, agricultural and commercial property?
Nor) Do you support allocating a portion of the tobacco settlement toward the Common Schools Trust Fund?
Nos) Do you support allocating a portion of the tobacco settlement to expand the Children's Health Insurance Program?
t) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xd) Implement the death penalty in North Dakota.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xf) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
g) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
h) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xi) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xj) Lower the blood alcohol content limit defining drunk driving.
Xk) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
l) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
m) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
n) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xo) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
Xp) Combine state, federal and tribal jurisdictions for Native Americans into a single system to create a more uniform criminal justice system.
q) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
Xc) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xd) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
e) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
f) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xg) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
Xi) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
j) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xk) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
l) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xm) Require state school districts to spend annual "end balance" surpluses on education.
Xn) Consolidate school districts in North Dakota.
o) Other
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
d) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xe) Increase state funds to expand the technology infrastructure of North Dakota.
f) Use mediators instead of courts to settle workers compensation claims.
g) Provide state funds to encourage economic development in North Dakota's rural areas.
h) Other
Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?
Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
e) Support funding for recycling programs in North Dakota.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power companies.
i) Support legalization of industrial hemp.
Xj) Support a constitutional amendment to preserve the right of North Dakota residents to hunt, fish and trap on state lands.
Xk) Grant the Public Service Commission jurisdiction over mergers between electric cooperatives.
Xl) Provide state funds to research the development of renewable energy resources.
m) Other
Undecidedn) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
Yesa) Do you support limiting the number of terms for North Dakota Governors?
Yesb) Do you support limiting the number of terms for North Dakota State Senators and Representatives?
Undecidedc) Should State Representative terms be changed from four years to two years?
d) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesa) Individual
Yesb) PAC
Yesc) Corporate
Yesd) Political Parties
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nof) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nog) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Noh) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesi) Do you support on-line voter registration?
Yesj) Do you support implementing voter registration in North Dakota?
Yesk) Do you support eliminating the office of State Treasurer?
l) Other
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 state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state 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 of gun buyers at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state funded care where necessary.
c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
d) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
Xe) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
f) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.
Xg) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xh) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
i) Provide state funds to assist rural areas in hiring and retaining health care professions.
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
b) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
c) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
d) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
e) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
f) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
g) Allocate gambling revenue to fund gambling addiction treatment programs.
h) Other
Noi) Should physician-assisted suicide be legally available in North Dakota?
Noj) Should North Dakota include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
Nok) Should North Dakota recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesl) Should North Dakota restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business or buying a home.
Xh) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
k) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
l) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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