Representative Richard 'Dick' R. Stevenson's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Richard 'Dick' R. Stevenson
Current Office: State House - District 8, Republican
First Elected: 11/07/2000
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Susan; 2 Children: Sarah, Emily
Birth Date: 02/11/1945
Birth Place: Mercer, PA
Home City: Grove City, PA
Religion: Presbyterian
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Dick Stevenson 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.

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Pennsylvania State Legislative Election 2004 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.

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Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.

Maintain Statusa) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

SUPPORT A BUDGET WHICH LIMITS SPENDING

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseh) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasei) Property taxes
Slightly Increasej) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusk) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories

j) BROADEN BASE

Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Non) Do you support legalizing slot machines at racetracks?
Noo) Do you support an increase in income taxes in order to lower property taxes and increase aid to education?
p) Other or expanded principles

SUPPORT REDUCTION OF SALES TAX WITH BROADER BASE FOR ELIMINATION OF SCHOOL PROPERTY TAX

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Yesa) Do you support the current limit of two four-year terms for Pennsylvania governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Pennsylvania state senators and representatives?

c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

No1) Individual
No2) PAC
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesg) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Pennsylvania are closed?
Undecidedh) Should Pennsylvania recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesi) Should Pennsylvania restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
Yesj) Do you support requiring telecommunications firms to offer broadband services to all of Pennsylvania by 2010?
Yesk) Do you support reauthorizing Pennsylvania's current telecommunications regulations (Chapter 30)?
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
g) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
j) Increase funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent and to respond to terrorist attacks.
Xk) Allow the use of radar and LIDAR by local police departments.
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
e) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
Xm) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Pennsylvania's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Other or expanded principles

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:

Noa) Public employment
Nob) State college and university admissions
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

DECISIONS SHOULD BE MADE BASED ON ABILITY, AND QUALIFICATIONS

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

a) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
Xc) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
d) Support funding for open space preservation.
e) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
f) Support the $800 million Growing Greener bond.
g) Support waiving sales taxes on the purchase of energy efficient appliances during twice-annual "tax holidays."
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
e) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
g) Require a license for gun possession.
Xh) Other or expanded principles

CURRENT LAWS ARE ADEQUATE

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
e) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Pennsylvania.
h) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
b) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
c) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
Xe) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
f) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
g) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
h) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
i) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 75 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.