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C. Gene Whisnant

Gene Whisnant's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: C. Gene Whisnant
Office: State House (OR) - District 53, Republican
First Appointed: 2003
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State House - District 53
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Josie; 1 Child: Todd
Birth Date: 12/08/1943
Birth Place: Caroleen, NC
Home City: Sunriver, OR
Religion: Episcopalian
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Gene Whisnant has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Oregon State Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yesb) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) 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?
Yese) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Yesh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

Each of my answers depends upon the details of the legislation which imposes the actions in your questions.

1) State Spending:
Using the key, 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.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:
2) State Taxes:
Using the key,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.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Other or expanded categories:

Hybrid vehicles. States need to develop a tax on cars which are putting the same usage on our roads butg paying less of the cost to build and maintain.
However, each of my answers depend upon the details of the legislation imposing the actions in your questions.

3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Oregon's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Oregon's "rainy day" fund
Yesb) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesc) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
Nod) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Yese) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Nof) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:

The solution is to grow the economy so there is more revenue. We need to change retirement defined benefits for new and recent employees. There are many ways to reduce the cost of higher education-transferability of credits; state dunding based upon graduatees; credits for work and military experience; more credits for on-line classes.
However, each of my answers depend upon the details of the legislation imposing the actions of your questions.

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Yesb) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesd) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Yese) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:

Each of my answers depend upon the details of the legislation to impose the actions required by the questions.

Yesa) 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?
Noc) Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Yesd) 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?
Yesf) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
Nog) Should illegal immigrants be able to obtain a special Oregon driver's license?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Each of my answers depend upon the details of the legislation to impose the actions required by your questions.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesd) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Nog) Do you support eliminating corporate kicker checks?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Each of my answers depend upon the details of the legislation imposing the action in your questions.

Noa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Noc) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Yesd) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Yese) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nog) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Oregon high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Each of my answers depend upon the details of the legislation imposing the actions in your questions.
For question g; I need assurance that allowing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants does not adversely affect legal students.

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 state funding for improvements to Oregon's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Other or expanded principles:

I support state funding for R&D for alternative energy concept development only.
I support state funding related to helping our economy related to traditional energy sources.
All my answers depend on the details of the legislation imposing the actions related to your questions.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:

My answers depend upon the details of the legislation imposing the actions of these questions.

Noa) 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 efforts to channel Medicaid and other publicly funded health programs into "Coordinated Care Organizations"?
Yesd) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Noe) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yesf) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles:

My answers depend upon the details of the legislation imposing the actions of these questions.

Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Oregon's anti-discrimination laws?
Nod) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Oregon's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

My answers depend upon the details of the legislation imposing the actions in your questions.
Oregon passed the civil unions bill; thus, it is the law.
My answer for c) is limited.
I oppose discrimination in any form.

In the following area, on an attached page, or via e-mail, 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 legislative priorities remain to make government more transparent and accountable which will provide more funds for education, public safety, special need citizens, and other governemnt services.
My legislative priority is representing the citizens and helping them with their problems and issues with government.
The last session I helped create bi-partisan legislation to assist distressed homeowners. I have and will work on finding ways to make higher education more affordable. Student loan debt may become our next financial crisis.

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