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Cynthia Dill's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Cynthia Dill refused to tell citizens where she 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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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Dill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Cynthia Dill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Cynthia Dill. Facebook: Wall. 15 February 2012. "Did you know that 99% of all American women will use contraception during their reproductive years, including 98% of all Catholic women? In fact 14% of pill users"1.5 million women"rely on the pill exclusively for noncontraceptive purposes such as treating endometriosis, preventing migraines and reducing cramps [¦] Under the Constitution, no individual or group may impose their religious beliefs on the rest of society. Republicans shouldn't be able to impose their so-called religious objections to birth control to score political points in an election year. Contraception reduces health care costs, prevents unwanted pregnancies and treats an array of medical problems. All women should have access to contraception, without a co-pay, no matter where they work. Republican senators who want to push employers to deny women birth control, including Olympia Snowe, are way beyond the mainstream. Olympia Snowe may not respect existing state law and the health needs of 99% of American women, but Maine families can count on Cynthia Dill to vote in the best interests of women's health." (www.facebook.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. Senate narrowly defeats bill creating 'crimes against unborn children'. 13 June 2011. "A bill to create a new class of crimes against "unborn children" was narrowly defeated in the Senate Monday, losing on an 18-15 vote. On Tuesday, the House version of the bill was defeated 81-66 [¦] Opponents saw the bill as an attack on the rights of women, and a thinly veiled attempt to undermine abortion rights. 'This bill is an assault on every woman's right to privacy,' said Sen. Cynthia Dill (D-Cumberland). She said that under similar bills, which have been enacted in 36 states, women have been charged under the law for obtaining a Caesarian section. Others said the bill could prevent pregnant women from seeking the medical help they need for issues that arise in pregnancy." (www.mainesenate.org)
  • Cynthia Dill. The Maine League of Young Voters: 2012 National Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "YES!!!!" to the question "Do you feel the need to take a proactive stance against the anti-choice agenda?" (www.google.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. Facebook: Wall. 18 January 2012. "I am a pro-choice Christian who believes in marriage equality, and I respect all faiths and welcome prayers to all Gods for the good of our nation." (www.facebook.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. On the Issues: Reproductive Rights. 20 February 2012. "I support a woman's right to reproductive freedom and will vote against any statutory or constitutional measure that would repeal or reduce any currently existing reproductive rights or freedoms, or which jeopardize or degrade the confidential relationship between a patient and her doctor." (www.cynthiadill.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. Senate narrowly defeats bill creating 'crimes against unborn children'. 13 June 2011. "A bill to create a new class of crimes against "unborn children" was narrowly defeated in the Senate Monday, losing on an 18-15 vote. On Tuesday, the House version of the bill was defeated 81-66. [¦] Opponents saw the bill as an attack on the rights of women, and a thinly veiled attempt to undermine abortion rights. 'This bill is an assault on every woman's right to privacy,' said Sen. Cynthia Dill (D-Cumberland). She said that under similar bills, which have been enacted in 36 states, women have been charged under the law for obtaining a Caesarian section. Others said the bill could prevent pregnant women from seeking the medical help they need for issues that arise in pregnancy." (www.mainesenate.org)
  • Cynthia Dill. Facebook: Wall. 15 February 2012. "Did you know that 99% of all American women will use contraception during their reproductive years, including 98% of all Catholic women? In fact 14% of pill users"1.5 million women"rely on the pill exclusively for noncontraceptive purposes such as treating endometriosis, preventing migraines and reducing cramps. [¦] Under the Constitution, no individual or group may impose their religious beliefs on the rest of society. Republicans shouldn't be able to impose their so-called religious objections to birth control to score political points in an election year. Contraception reduces health care costs, prevents unwanted pregnancies and treats an array of medical problems. All women should have access to contraception, without a co-pay, no matter where they work. Republican senators who want to push employers to deny women birth control, including Olympia Snowe, are way beyond the mainstream. Olympia Snowe may not respect existing state law and the health needs of 99% of American women, but Maine families can count on Cynthia Dill to vote in the best interests of women's health." (www.facebook.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Dill. On the Issues: Afghanistan. 16 February 2012. "In June 2011, President Obama pledged to bring home 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011 and to withdraw an additional 23,000 troops by September 2012. While the death of Osama Bin Laden is not 'mission accomplished,' it has gotten us closer to ending the threat of terrorism and making this country safer than any other military solution we've tried. It is time to end the war and transition to sustainable peace-building efforts, reducing the enormous costs in blood and treasure and redirecting our priorities to domestic needs. I support bringing a substantial number of U.S. combat troops home from Afghanistan according to the timeline proposed by President Obama." (www.cynthiadill.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Dill. On the Issues: Missile Defense. 16 February 2012. "Since anti-missile efforts were first launched in the 1950s, the United States has spent approximately $200 billion on them, more than $125 billion since the mid-1980s. While some interceptors have been deployed in Alaska and California, an effective anti-missile defense system to counter long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles has not been successfully demonstrated. Highly-scripted tests have been conducted, but not against realistic countermeasures like decoys. It makes little sense to spend billions of taxpayer dollars on defenses that don't work, don't deal with the more likely threats from terrorists, and could be easily overcome by decoys and other countermeasures." (www.cynthiadill.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. On the Issues: Defense Spending. 16 February 2012. "The FY 2012 budget request for Pentagon spending will consume 56% of the discretionary budget, including the Department of Defense ($553 billion), funding for nuclear weapons ($18 billion) and the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ($118 billion). That leaves a smaller amount for often unmet domestic human, environmental and public safety needs, as well as nonmilitary international engagement. This percentage of discretionary spending is too high in light of our dire domestic needs, particularly in the areas of job retraining and infrastructure reinvestment, and I would vote our military spending priorities accordingly. We must begin to beat swords into ploughshares while buying a leaner, nimble, smarter military that can protect our national interests against asymmetric threats from entities such as al-Qaida, anywhere on the planet. Defense spending must also restore spending Congress has proposed to cut on international diplomacy and non-military engagement, and fund projects that secure vulnerable nuclear materials and prevent nuclear proliferation." (www.cynthiadill.com)
  • Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and-WILL. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and-WILL endorsed Cynthia Dill in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Dill. TRANSCRIPT: Readers chat with U.S. Senate candidate Cynthia Dill. 30 May 2012. Responded "As for budget cuts, I support cutting our military budget because it is slowly taking over more and more of our resources, and many of the systems we support, such as certain missile defense systems, are not relevant to today's national security threats" to the question "What areas of the budget would you support cutting to try to drive down the national debt, and why?" (www.pressherald.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. Cape's Cynthia Dill takes Democratic primary. 15 June 2012. "What I stand for “ universal access to health care, reducing the military budget, creating jobs " really resonates in this era of economic inequality." (sentry.mainelymediallc.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. Sen. Cynthia Mill Addresses Maine Dems. 2 June 2012. "In America, public education should start before kindergarten. So let's direct our tax dollars away from military budgets and war, and toward our public schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Dill. The Maine League of Young Voters: 2012 National Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "I'm not sure there is any one program that I would absolutely draw a line in the sand and say no cuts, however I am quite sure I support reducing military spending" to the question "The recent emphasis on deficit reduction in Washington will likely lead to widespread cuts in government spending. What's one program or government agency for which you would not be willing to reduce funding? What is one program or government agency you would be willing to reduce funding?" (www.google.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Dill. The Maine League of Young Voters: 2012 National Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "yes" to the question "Would you support the following policies in the interest of reducing wealth inequality, Yes/No [¦] Increasing taxes on the wealthiest 1%" (www.google.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. The Maine League of Young Voters: 2012 National Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "yes" to the question "Would you support the following policies in the interest of reducing wealth inequality, Yes/No [...] Increasing taxes on the wealthiest 1%" (www.google.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. Issue Position: Economic Justice/Taxation. 1 January 2012. "It's time Maine has a senator who is one of the people. A member of the middle class who wants to reduce taxes on middle-class families. Someone who demands those who have reaped the biggest rewards pay their fair share to the nation that nourished that wealth, and that those responsible for the driving the financial system off a cliff are fully investigated and, if appropriate, prosecuted or removed from office." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Dill. Cynthia Dill for Senate. 22 April 2011. "The Maine Tax Code needs modernization to eliminate numerous exemptions, broaden the sales tax base and reduce income taxes. We can't give tax cuts to the very wealthy while taxing public employee salaries and pensions." (www.maineprogressiveswarehouse.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. Sen. Cynthia Dill Addresses Maine Dems. 2 June 2012. "Let's tackle income inequality by repealing the Bush Tax Cuts, and fixing our tax laws so everyone pays their fair share." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Dill. Cynthia Dill for Senate. 22 April 2011. "I have led the effort to bring high-speed Internet to unserved areas of our state, and helped to bring over $35 million of investment to Maine. This will create jobs and help the business community, as well as enhance educational opportunities, healthcare delivery, and public safety." (www.maineprogressiveswarehouse.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. The Maine League of Young Voters: 2012 National Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "Yes, I would support the Obama American Jobs Act. I believe we can create jobs by reducing the military budget and changing the tax code to raise revenue, and then building up America's infrastructure and public institutions, including modern and green transportation systems, high speed Internet, and community spaces" to the question "Would you support a jobs bill similar to the American Jobs Act proposed by President Obama earlier this year? Do you have a proposal to create jobs that offers a fresh approach?" (www.google.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. Facebook: Wall. 26 January 2012. "I am the only candidate who opposed accepting the liability of a polluted landfill, and who supports studying the feasibility of the gift of a national park plus a $40 million endowment in Maine's north woods. Maine needs to diversify its economy. Ecotourism and national park branding would help create jobs and opportunities for small businesses." (www.facebook.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. The Maine League of Young Voters: 2012 National Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "Yes, I would support the Obama American Jobs Act. I believe we can create jobs by reducing the militray budget and changing the tax code to raise revenue, and then building up America's infrastructure and public institutions, including modern and green transportation systems, high speed Internet, and community spaces" to the question "Would you support a jobs bill similar to the American Jobs Act proposed by President Obama earlier this year? Do you have a proposal to create jobs that offers a fresh approach?" (www.google.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. DCW: We have the tools to fix america. 3 February 2012. "I will create jobs here in the United States by investing in desperately needed public infrastructure." (dillsconventionalwisdom.blogspot.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Dill. Facebook: Timeline. 17 July 2012. "I am the only candidate in the race for U.S. Senate who is running on a platform to improve and adequately fund public education. Let's focus on what is truly important to American families and small business for a change." (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Dill. Sen. Cynthia Dill Addresses Maine Dems. 2 June 2012. "We don't want oil drilling off the coast of Maine or Alaska." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Dill. The Maine League of Young Voters: 2012 National Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "Off shore drilling: 6" to the question "Rank the top 5 energy sources that are the most viable options to combat man-made climate change, 1 being the best and 5 being the worst." (www.google.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Dill. Sen. Cynthia Dill Addresses Maine Dems. 2 June 2012. "Let's instead increase fuel efficiency standards, limit carbon, and provide incentives to be efficient and conserve energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia A. Dill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Main State Legislative Election National Political Awareness Test. Legislative Priorities: "Access to the natural world is Maine's most valuable resource. I support the exploration of alternate energy sources, recycling and the protection of Maine's natural treasures."
  • Cynthia Dill. Issue Position: Energy/Environment. 1 January 2012. "I support the president's initiative to raise average automotive fuel economy standards to above 50 mpg over the next several years." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Dill. DCW: We have the tools to fix America. 3 February 2012. "I will hold Wall Street accountable to avoid another economic collapse, and regulate the polluters of our environment." (dillsconventionalwisdom.blogspot.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Dill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maine State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Checked Support for "a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Cynthia Dill. TRANSCRIPT: Readers chat with U.S. Senate candidate Cynthia Dill. 30 May 2012. "I am the only candidate who opposed gun legislation supported by the NRA." (www.pressherald.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. "State Sen. Cynthia Dill cast one of the lone votes against loosening gun restrictions Tuesday. Dill, a leading progressive, was one of only a handful of lawmakers voting against LD 1859, a bill that would restrict the ability of government to police the use of firearms during unspecified 'emergencies.' [¦] 'I support the Second Amendment, but I also believe, as most do, government has a vital role to protect the safety and well-being of its citizens,' Dill said. 'The prevalence of guns -- particularly the type that are modified to fire multiple rounds and outgun local law enforcement -- is a problem in many areas of our country and is fair game for reasonable regulation.'" (www.cynthiadill.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. Sen. Cynthia Dill Addresses Maine Dems. 2 June 2012. "I am not afraid to support the reasonable regulation of guns especially when it comes to protecting women from domestic violence. And let's be clear, I am not talking about hunting or the Second Amendment -- two things I fully support. I am talking about giving police officers the right to seize firearms when they make an arrest for domestic violence." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Dill. Issue Position: Gun Rights. 1 January 2012. "Democrats have a choice. I respect Maine's hunting culture and respect the Second Amendment, but believe reasonable regulation of assault weapons and other killing-spree type weapons is an appropriate role of government." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Dill. Maine U.S. Senate Candidates Weigh in on Health Care Ruling. 29 June 2012. "Roughly 9,000 young adults now will have health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act, 11 million people on Medicare have saved money on prescription drugs. There's so many benefits that they're willing to throw out the window because of some ideology. And I think the point is is that the private market has been unable to solve the health care crisis in this country." (www.mpbn.net)
  • Cynthia Dill. Sen. Cynthia Dill Addresses Maine Dems. 2 June 2012. "And finally, for the unlucky Americans who are sick and facing bankrupcty; the kids born with a medical condition who will need a lifetime of treatment; the seniors faced with the choice of taking their medication or having a meal, let's be grateful for the Affordable Care Act passed by Democrats. It's good...but it's not good enough. We need universal health care and a single payer system!" (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Dill. Facebook: Wall. 8 January 2012. "Thanks for writing, Brandy. I agree with you that healthcare in America is a mess. I support the Affordable Care Act (recognizing it is not perfect) and any measure that makes health care less expensive, more comprehensive and fair. The fee... for service model in the U.S. is, in my opinion, at the root of the problem, along with the lack of collaboration and communication among providers, the failure to make preventative medicine a priority and the power big pharma has on research and development." (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Dill. The Maine League of Young Voters: 2012 National Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "Yes!" to the question "Do you support the Dream Act and would you vote in favor of it?" (www.google.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. Text of letter from Dill to DSCC Chair Patty Murray. 19 July 2012. "My record shows I [¦] Came out strongly in favor of the DISCLOSE Act, Fair Elections Now Act, DREAM Act." (cynthiadill.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. Sen. Cynthia Dill Addresses Maine Dems. 2 June 2012. "The DREAM Act will remove the shackles from young people seeking America's promise of opportunity." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Dill. The Maine League of Young Voters: 2012 National Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "Yes!" to the question "Would you be in favor of striking down the Defense of Marriage Act?"; Responded "Yes!" to the question "Will you vote for marriage equality on the Maine ballot?" (www.google.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. The Maine League of Young Voters: 2012 National Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "Yes!" to the question "Would you be in favor of striking down the Defense of Marriage Act?" Responded "Yes!" to the question "Will you vote for marriage equality on the Maine ballot?" (www.google.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. On the Issues: Marriage Equality. 20 February 2012. "The recent votes by the New Jersey senate to legalize marriage equality for same-sex couples stands to further isolate Maine among Northeastern states, most of which have laws banning marriage discrimination against gay and lesbian citizens. As a member of the Maine House, I was proud to vote for the law making Maine the first state in the region to legalize marriage equality. And I will work on behalf of my friends, neighbors and colleagues in the LGBT community to ensure passage of the measure at the ballot box this November. Whatever one's views on homosexuality, Mainers are fair-minded people who "live and let live." For many of us, gay and lesbian people are our friends, colleagues, brothers and sisters. None of us should tolerate measures that prohibit their pursuit of happiness or equal protection under the law." (www.cynthiadill.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. Dill Lauds President on Marriage Equality. 9 May 2012. "State Sen. Cynthia Dill, the leading progressive in the race for the U.S. Senate, issued this statement today regarding President Obama's support for marriage equality: 'I am proud to stand with our president and with the thousands of our Maine sons, daughters, friends, neighbors and colleagues in committed marriages who can now look forward to fulfilling their right to equal protection under the law,' said Dill, who represents District 7 -- South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and part of Scarborough, in the state Senate." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Dill. Facebook: Wall. 27 January 2012. "I will advocate for marriage equality. I am open minded to granting benefits to domestic partners, but would need to more fully understand the financial and other ramifications." (www.facebook.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. Facebook: Wall. 18 January 2012. "I am a pro-choice Christian who believes in marriage equality, and I respect all faiths and welcome prayers to all Gods for the good of our nation." (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Cynthia Dill. The Maine League of Young Voters: 2012 National Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "My reaction is that I oppose this practice for many reasons, however, I can't say I really know that much about it at this point" to the question "Explain your opinion of each of the following counterterrorism policies: Extrajudicial executions/assassinations of American citizens (such as that of Anwar al-AlWaki) by decree of the president." (www.google.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. TRANSCRIPT: Readers chat with U.S. Senate candidate Cynthia Dill. 30 May 2012. Responded "I didn't read the NYT piece you mention, but it makes sense to me that the President of the United States should be accountable for military decisions, and not some private security corporation like Haliburton" to the question "The NY Times reported yesterday that President Obama personally selects the 'Secret Kill List' for drone assassinations. What is your take on Obama's expansion of the Bush/Cheney covert 'War on Terror'?" (www.pressherald.com)
  • Cynthia Dill. On the Issues: Missile Defense. 16 February 2012. "I oppose deployment of a national missile defense at this time but would continue a research program designed to develop an effective missile defense technology and other highly mobile, quick-reacting defense tools, including the drone technology increasingly used to great effect in the fight against terror by the Obama administration." (www.cynthiadill.com)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Cynthia Dill. Facebook: Timeline. 19 July 2012. "We just met with the Advocacy Director for AARP and talked about the 299,875 Maine seniors who rely on Social Security, and the 267,012 who rely on Medicare. These American programs need to be strengthened, not privatized." (www.facebook.com)

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Maine State Legislative Election 2006 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.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) 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.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) 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.
Slightly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Emergency preparedness
Slightly Increased) Environment
Maintain Statuse) Health care
Maintain Statusf) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statush) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories
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
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Property taxes
Maintain Statusi) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusj) Vehicle taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

reduce tax exemptions

Undecidedl) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Undecidedm) Should accounts such as a “rainy day” fund be used to balance the state budget?
Undecidedn) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
o) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of terms for Maine governors?
Nob) Do you support the current limit of terms for Maine state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) 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 media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Maine are closed?
Yesh) Should Maine recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Implement the death penalty in Maine.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
g) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
h) Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xi) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
j) Strengthen sex-offender laws.
k) Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
l) Support the continued publication of Maine’s sex offender registry.
m) 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.
Xd) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xe) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) 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.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain 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.
c) 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.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xf) Include sexual orientation in Maine's anti-discrimination laws.
Xg) 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:
Undecideda) Public employment
Undecidedb) State college and university admissions
Undecidedc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) 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) Increase funding for improvements to Maine's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xe) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xf) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) 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.
d) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xe) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xf) Require a license for gun possession.
Xg) Support notifying individuals protected by an abuse order when the abuser attempts to purchase a firearm.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
c) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
e) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xf) Continue to support Dirigo Health in Maine.
g) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Maine.
Xh) Continue to 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) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
e) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
f) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
h) 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.

Economy: We need to welcome and sustain quality businesses in our state so that Mainers can live comfortably without sacrificing our way of life. Our tax system needs comprehensive reform, not TABOR.

Education: Responsible investment in the education of our citizens will yield a brighter future for our community and provide the necessary workforce for companies aspiring to locate here.

Environment: Access to the natural world is Maine's most valuable resource. I support the exploration of alternate energy sources, recycling and the protection of Maine's natural treasures.

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