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Earl Harris' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (IN) - District 2, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State House - District 2
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Indiana State Legislative Election 1996 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.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xf) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Yesg) Should Indiana government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
h) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action in Indiana.
Xa) Indiana government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sectors.
b) Indiana government should provide no affirmative action programs.
Xc) Indiana government should award specific, adjustable percentages of contracts for state work to minority- or woman-owned businesses.
Nod) Do you believe that Indiana government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Yese) Do you believe that Indiana government should add sexual orientation to state anti-discrimination laws?
f) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding children & family issues in Indiana.
Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
c) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xd) Other

The woman should have to tell father and location if possible.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in Indiana.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
c) Support "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration (e.g. community service) for non-violent offenders.
g) Require mandatory life sentences for third-time, violent felons.
Xh) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xi) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
k) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
l) Implement chain gangs in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.
m) Limit the number of appeals allowed for inmates on death row.
Xn) Increase state funds for hiring more police to patrol communities.
o) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in Indiana.
a) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
Xb) Provide state funding for military-style "boot-camps" as alternatives to incarceration for juvenile first-time felons.
Xc) Increase state funding for local community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xd) Support state government funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
Xe) Allow courts to hold parents accountable for a minor child who violates the law.
f) Support mandatory sentencing for some violent juvenile offenders.
g) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Indiana's economic development.
Xa) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways, and airports.
b) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up, or relocating businesses.
Xc) Expand legalized gambling (e.g. riverboat gambling, horse racing).
Xd) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
e) Remove state government controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production, and interest rates.
f) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xg) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
Xh) Maintain legalized gambling operations currently existing in Indiana.
i) Curtail legalized gambling in Indiana.
Xj) Other

I support (b) except for relocation, it has to be watched closely.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Indiana's education system.
a) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
Xb) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
Xc) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
d) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
e) Implement charter schools where teachers and other professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xf) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all Indiana public schools.
g) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
Xh) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
i) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
j) Support a school choice program which allows parents to choose which public school their child(ren) should attend.
Xk) Support mandatory anti-drug curricula taught in public schools in grades 1-12.
Nol) Do you support the use of ISTEP achievement test in public schools?
Xm) Other

There are more effective ways of testing.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Indiana's environment and natural resources.
Xa) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout Indiana.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for polluting industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed on the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state-sponsored environmental regulations limit the use of privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Indiana.
f) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding environmental regulations.
g) Suspend Indiana's participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.
i) Increase state taxes on gasoline to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
j) Support stricter enforcement of state environmental regulations on businesses.
Xk) Other

There have to be better compromising, question too broad.

Noa) Would you support amending the Indiana Constitution to limit the terms of State Senators and Representatives?
Nob) Do you support the current limit of 8 out of every 12 years that can be served by Indiana's Governor?
Noc) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Nod) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Noe) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
Nof) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesg) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noh) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noi) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Noj) Do you support initiatives to privatize certain Indiana government services?
Yesk) Do you support placing limits on the value of gifts legislators can receive from lobbyists?
l) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
Xa) Support expanding the nationwide federal ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms.
g) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Indiana's health care system.
a) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
Xb) Provide tax incentives to assist small businesses in providing health care to their employees.
Xc) Ensure that Indiana's citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care when necessary.
d) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
e) Support limiting the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Allow citizens to set up tax-free medical savings accounts which would be taxed if used for other than medical purposes.
Xg) Provide state assistance to seniors and the disabled in having access to home and community-based health care.
h) Create incentives to encourage price competition among insurance providers.
Xi) Request a waiver from the federal government to provide Medicaid services through managed care programs.
j) Other
Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one option only.
Maintain Statusa) Abortion
Slightly Increaseb) Affirmative Action
Slightly Increasec) Agriculture
Greatly Increased) AIDS programs
Slightly Increasee) Education
Slightly Increasef) Environment
Greatly Increaseg) Health Care
Slightly Increaseh) Law Enforcement
Maintain Statusi) Welfare
j) Other
k) Other
Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning Indiana's tax levels. Select one option only.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol Taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Auto Excise Tax
Maintain Statusc) Business Taxes
Greatly Decreased) Capital Gains Taxes
Slightly Increasee) Income Taxes (incomes less than $75,000)
Slightly Increasef) Income Taxes (incomes greater than $75,000)
Greatly Increaseg) Property Taxes
Slightly Increaseh) Sales Taxes
Maintain Statusi) State Fees
j) Other
k) Other
Undecidedl) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Undecidedm) Do you support changing the state's current property tax system from an assessed value system to a market value system?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Indiana's welfare system.
Xa) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
Xb) Allow welfare recipients with small children to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care until they become self-sufficient.
Xc) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
Xd) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive welfare benefits.
e) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional children.
f) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare and advocate privately funded assistance to people in need.
h) Support the current two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Xi) Require mothers to identify their child(ren)'s father in order to receive welfare benefits.
Xj) Provide financial incentives to employers who hire and train welfare recipients.
k) Make AFDC benefits for families with children dependent on the children's regular attendance in school.
l) Other
Explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected to the Indiana State Legislature. If any of your priorities will require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.
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