Oregon 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.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
|a) Abortions should always be illegal.|
|X||b) Abortions should always be legally available.|
|c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.|
|X||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) Support prohibition of the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.|
|X||g) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.|
|h) Prohibit Oregon Health Plan from funding abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.|
Other for "f"
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
|a) Education (Higher)|
|b) Education (K-12)|
|d) Health care|
|e) Law enforcement|
|f) Transportation and Highway infrastructure|
The budget must be looked at in its entirety. How tax dollars will be allocated is dependent upon revenues and the outcomes of proposed initiatives on the November ballot. However, my priorities include education, health care, transportation, environmental resources, and public health and safety.
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
|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) Vehicle taxes|
Taxes, just like expenditures, should be looked at in their entirety. It is difficult to predict areas of tax increases without knowing first where expenditures need to occur and if those needs outstrip our resources. Prior to considering tax increases of any sort, we must first look at what programs need to be funded and make every effort to fund them within our revenue stream.
|No||l) Should Internet sales be taxed?|
|No||m) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?|
|Yes||n) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Oregon taxpayers?|
|Yes||o) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?|
|No||p) Do you support using the entire tobacco settlement to create a health care trust fund?|
|Yes||q) Do you support using a portion of the tobacco settlement to fund public schools?|
|Yes||r) Do you support increasing the gas tax to pay for road repairs?|
|Undecided||s) Do you support allowing federal income taxes over $3,000 per-couple to be deducted from state taxes?|
|Yes||t) Do you support replacing the weight-mile truck tax with a diesel gas tax?|
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.|
|b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.|
|X||c) End parole for repeat violent offenders.|
|d) Support the use of the death penalty in Oregon.|
|X||e) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.|
|X||f) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.|
|X||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.|
|i) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.|
|X||j) Support .08 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.|
|k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.|
|X||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.|
|X||n) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.|
|X||o) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.|
Re: a, h & m
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
|X||a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.|
|X||b) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.|
|c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).|
|d) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.|
|X||e) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).|
|X||f) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.|
|g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.|
|h) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.|
|i) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.|
|j) Support national standards and testing of public school students.|
|k) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.|
|l) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.|
|m) Provide funds to reduce K-12 public school class sizes.|
|Yes||o) Do you support increasing state funds for education?|
If so, how should this be accomplished?
|a) Increase personal income taxes.|
|X||b) Increase corporate taxes.|
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
|X||a) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.|
|b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.|
|X||c) 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.|
"a" Although, I generally approve of this sort of incentive programs, during this time of a strong economy I would need to examine proposals individually before saying definitively yes or no. Ironically, while Oregon's economic climate is stronger than ever in some areas, our revenues are not meeting the demands of exisiting programs much less the looming infrastructure issues with our tranportation system, public schools, libraries and civic structures.
Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?
|a) College and university admissions|
|b) Public employment|
|c) State contracting|
I believe we want to support an environment that encourages diversity and provides equal access. In general our state agencies should reflect the face of the communities they serve. However, I don not support programs that give preferences to anyone, male, female, minority, etc. just because of their status as such, regarless of qualifications.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
|X||a) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.|
|b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.|
|c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.|
|d) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.|
|X||e) Support funding for recycling programs in Oregon.|
|f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.|
|g) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.|
|h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power companies.|
|X||i) Support removing dams along Oregon rivers to aid the salmon runs.|
|j) Create an interstate authority to manage the Columbia River.|
|k) Ease state land-use controls to allow more development in rural areas.|
|m) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
|No||a) Do you support the current limit on terms for Oregon Governors?|
|No||b) Do you support the current limit on terms for Oregon State Senators and Representatives?|
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
|Yes||d) Political Parties|
|Yes||d) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?|
|Yes||e) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?|
|Yes||f) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?|
|g) Do you support voting on-line?|
|Yes||h) Do you support on-line voter registration?|
|Yes||i) Do you support increasing the number of signatures required to place an initiative on the ballot?|
on a & b: By restricting the number of years a public servant may serve, we deprive ourselves of the opportunity to truly choose our elected officials. An elected official should be retained or voted out of office based on his or her performance while serving.
on "f" While the voters will determine this issue in November, I can only support this if it leaves in place the Oregon Political Tax Credit for issue-based campaigns and those seeking office in local elections.
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.|
|X||b) 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.|
|X||f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.|
|X||g) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.|
|X||h) Require a license for gun possession.|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
|X||a) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.|
|X||b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.|
|X||c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.|
|X||d) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.|
|X||e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.|
|X||f) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.|
|X||g) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.|
|h) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.|
|i) Increase the minimum poverty level required to be eligible for the Oregon Health Plan.|
on h: This is a responsibility of the fedral government. One state alone cannot do it.
on i: Maintain current levels.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
|X||a) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.|
|X||b) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.|
|X||c) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.|
|X||d) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.|
|X||e) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.|
|X||f) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.|
|X||g) Phase out state-run video poker machines.|
|Yes||i) Should physician assisted suicide be legally available in Oregon?|
|Yes||j) Should Oregon include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?|
|Yes||k) Should Oregon recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?|
|l) Should Oregon restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
|X||a) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.|
|X||b) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.|
|X||c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.|
|X||d) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.|
|X||e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.|
|X||f) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.|
|X||g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.|
|X||h) 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.|
|X||k) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.|
|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.|