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Christopher Serlin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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New Hampshire State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage Test

Pro-choicea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nof) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Noh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles
1) State Spending
Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
2) State Taxes
Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increased) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Property taxes
Greatly Increasef) Other or expanded categories

I am in favor of an Income Tax that replaces Property Taxes. I do not necessarily favor an overall net tax burden increase - simply a shift to a more objective basis.

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New Hampshire's budget.
Noa) Tapping into New Hampshire's "rainy day" fund
Yesb) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Noc) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Nod) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Noe) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Nof) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for New Hampshire governors?
Nob) Do you support limits on the number of terms for New Hampshire state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Yesd) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles

Re: Term Limits - I am personally still very torn on whether I support them or not. I find strong pros and cons with either limits or no limits, and remain undecided overall.

Noa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Yesc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Nod) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Noe) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Nof) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles

Items d) and e) are very complex issues...and to me, a simple yes or no option to answer in a survey seems a bit insufficient in terms of the complexities of dealing with these issues.

Yesa) Do you support establishing a state income tax?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Noc) Do you support the expansion of state-regulated gaming?
Yesd) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yese) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesf) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yesg) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Yesh) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
i) Other or expanded principles

re: item b) - I am open minded in terms of what degrees of regulation might be relaxed.

Yesa) Do you support national education standards?
Yesb) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Yesc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yese) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Yesf) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from New Hampshire high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

re f) - this is a complex issue and I have doubts about either a yes or no answer being the answer to the issue of how we should deal with illegals living in NH. For now I am keeping an open mind but will answer from a default perspective of being inclusive rather than exclusive.

Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nob) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to New Hampshire's energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yesf) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Noe) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesf) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in New Hampshire?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should New Hampshire continue to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yese) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Yesf) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesg) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My priority issues are: defending our Civil Marriage Equality law, defending a woman's right to choose, enhancing availability of alternative energy rebate / incentive funding (by increasing taxes on fossil fuel consumption), decriminalizing marijuana possession and use in the home (taxing it like tobacco if we can), allowing use of medical marijuana, rational debate on the merits of an Income Tax to replace our Property Taxes.

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