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Clark S. Barnes

Clark Barnes' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Clark S. Barnes
Office: State Senate (WV) - District 11, Republican Minority Whip
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2016
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Deborah; 4 Children: Thadeus, Erickson, Elizabeth, Rachel
Birth Date: 08/06/1950
Birth Place: Portsmouth, VA
Home City: Elkins, WV
Religion: Baptist
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Clark Barnes has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

West Virginia 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?
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?
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:
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.
Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) 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
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreased) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing West Virginia's budget.
Noa) Tapping into West Virginia's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
c) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
d) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
e) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Nof) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:

There is no collective bargaining for state employees in WV. Pension changes must be made for new hires. Federal law requires us to deliver present employees what was made part of their employment agreement. Fuloughs can be made when and if necessary.

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) 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:
Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
b) Do you support reducing prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes?
c) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Nod) Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Yese) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
f) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
g) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles:
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?
e) 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?
g) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
b) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Noc) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
d) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Yese) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
f) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nog) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from West Virginia high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

a) Common standards should be locally adopted not legislatively
b) Performance bonuses, locality pay, shortage teaching areas are all things which could be considered
d) School choice is imperative to parental involvement in public education. Private schools operate just like private enterprise. If they do not want government involvement, they should not expect government subsidies.
f) In WV we supplement college tuition with the Promise Scholarship which is funded from lottery revenue. When the lottery was established this was one of the three principls used to gain public support. If lottery continues, so should the scholarship program.

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 increased regulations on mountaintop removal mining and disposal?
Nod) Do you support increased regulations on hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" in the Marcellus Shale?
Noe) Do you support state funding for improvements to West Virginia's energy infrastructure?
Nof) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
g) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
h) Other or expanded principles:

g) Clean air, soil and water is a responsibility we have to pass on to future generations. "Climate change" is a separate issue, presently being debated by scientists on both sides of the issue. Conclussions have only been drawn by those sides which are pursuing their own particular agenda.

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:

c) with permit

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 interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in West Virginia's anti-discrimination laws?
Nod) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in West Virginia's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:
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.

We have a responsibiity to examine issues which will allow private enterprise to locate, grow, and prosper in West Virginia. Changes require commitment and courage. My record, if examined will indicate that I have followed these principles and will continue to vote my convictions, conscience, and common sense.

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