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Arthur DiBianca has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

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Texas State Legislative Election 2014 Political Courage Test

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Pro-choicea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Nob) Should abortions be illegal after 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?
e) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
f) 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:

I only support abortion regulation for the purpose of preventing cruelty to a fetus. I oppose all government funding of medical care, not just abortion.

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.

Eliminatea) Education (higher)
Eliminateb) Education (K-12)
Eliminatec) Environment
Eliminated) Health care
Greatly Decreasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Decreasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Eliminateg) 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.

Eliminatea) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Cigarette taxes
Eliminatec) Gas/Oil taxes
Eliminated) Property taxes
Eliminatee) Sales taxes
f) Other or expanded principles:

Taxation is unjust.

3) Budget Stabilization:

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Texas's budget.

Noa) Tapping into Texas's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesc) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
Yesd) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Yese) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Yesf) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:

I support huge cuts and elimination of state government agencies and programs.

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
Nob) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Noc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Noe) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:

Regarding redistricting, I think district-based elections should be replaced with something else (proportional representation, for example).

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) Do you support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
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:

I want to end drug prohibition.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Nob) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Nod) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Noe) Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Nog) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage?
h) Do you support a guest worker program in Texas?
i) Other or expanded principles:

"Guest worker program" could mean different things to different people. I believe American employers should be able to hire whoever they want, regardless of national origin.

Noa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Nob) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
c) 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?
e) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Nof) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
g) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Texas high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

I oppose government funding of education.

Noa) 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)?
Noc) Do you support state funding for improvements to Texas's energy infrastructure?
Nod) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Noe) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
f) Other or expanded principles:
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:
Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) Do you support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act?
Noe) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
f) 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:

I oppose government funding of medical care.

a) Do you support same-sex marriage?
b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Texas's anti-discrimination laws?
Nod) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Texas's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

There should be no anti-discriminiation laws regarding people's choices of association in their private affairs, including private business decisions.

Government should not discriminate on the basis of marital status -- in other words, government should treat single people and married people exactly the same.

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.

1. Cut state spending more than 25%, and cut taxes accordingly.
2. End prohibition of marijuana.
3. Prohibit police abuses, and make sure the 4th amendment is secure.