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Greg Canfield's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Alabama State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within 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?
Nog) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Noh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

Sexual education is a family and community responsibility and does not belong in the curriculum of public schools.

1) State Spending
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
Slightly Increasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
Greatly Increaseh) Other or expanded categories

Retention of existing business/industry and expansion of industry and jobs in Alabama will provide the best source of funding for education.

2) State Taxes
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
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Eliminateg) Sales taxes (grocery)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statusj) Income taxes (high-income families)
k) Other or expanded categories
3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Alabama's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Alabama's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Regulating and taxing gaming proceeds
Noc) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Nod) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noe) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Nof) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesg) Privatizing certain government services
h) Other or expanded principles

Retention of existing business/industry and expansion of industry and jobs in Alabama will provide the best source of revenues to balance Alabama's budgets. Gambling is illegal under Alabama's Constitution.

Yesa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Alabama governors?
Yesb) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Alabama state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Nod) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesf) Should the Alabama Ethics Commission have the power of subpoena?
Yesg) Should current elected officials be prohibited from holding additional state jobs?
Noh) Should Alabama hold a constitutional convention to rewrite the state constitution?
i) Other or expanded principles

I support a rewrite of the Alabama Constitution on an article-by-article basis such that voters have a referendum on changes by individual article. I support bans on PAC-to-PAC transfers. I also support improvements to make ethics form reporting more transparent.

Yesa) 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?
Noc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Nod) Do you support increasing penalties for illegal cockfighting?
Yese) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Nof) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Nog) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles

I support the State of Alabama's continued assistance to the federal government in its enforcement of federal immigration laws. The State should exercise its Constitutional authority to apprehend, detain and transfer illegal immigrants to federal authorities for adjudication under federal laws. The federal government should comply with its charge to regulate immigration as specified in the US Constitution.

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?
Yese) 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
Noa) Do you support national education standards?
Yesb) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Noc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Noe) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nof) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Alabama high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

State funding for charter schools should be approached cautiously and only on a pilot basis in poorly performing school systems as an initial test.

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 providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to Alabama's energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nof) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles

I support environmental regulation only when such regulation is based on sound and proven science principles. State funding for open space preservation is best accomplished by retaining property ownership and using tax incentives in return for public-use easements.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles
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) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Alabama?
Nog) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should Alabama allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Noe) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Yesf) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Alabama's anti-discrimination laws?
Nog) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Alabama's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles
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.

I am the author and primary sponsor of the Education Trust Fund Rolling Reserve Act to reform Alabama's budget process for public education. We must stop budgeting education in a way that results in 3 in 10 budgets being prorated. We must base budgeting on proven, sustainable growth rates and reserve funds during periods of economic expansion so that we can draw from those reserves during periods of economic downturns such that the frequency of education proration is greatly reduced or eliminated.

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