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Jean Fuller's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Senate (CA) - District 18, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State Senate - District 16
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What is the Political Courage Test?

California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage 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.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
Xg) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

The vast majority of Americans believe in the sactity of human life, as I do. Our laws should carefully and thoughtfully reflect that concern.

State Budget: Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Emergency preparedness
Slightly Decreased) Environment
Maintain Statuse) Health care
Maintain Statusf) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseh) Welfare
Slightly Increasei) Other or expanded categories

Technical job training

State Taxes: Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statuse) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Property taxes
Maintain Statush) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusi) Vehicle taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Other or expanded categories

As wasteful spending is cut, all taxes should be lowered

Undecided1) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Yes2) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
No3) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
No4) Should California increase the tax exemption on luxury items (yachts, airplanes, and motor-homes) purchased and stored outside of the state from 90 days to 1 year?
5) Other or expanded principles

A budget control for new spending should be enacted prior to ANY revenue increase.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of terms for California governors?
Yesb) Do you support the current limit of terms for California state senators and assemblymembers?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
No1) Individual
Yes2) 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?
Undecidedf) Should California participate in the federal REAL ID program?
Yesg) Do you support giving the redistricting authority of the state legislature to a California citizen council?
Undecidedh) Do you support the California state government using eminent domain to seize private property for the purpose of private development?
i) Other or expanded principles

A. The proposals to require candidates to raise a certain percentage (perhaps 50%+) of their campaign funds from individuals within their districts should be pursued.
B. Redistricting should be done by people who do not have a personal conflict of interest.
Care should be taken that "ringers" cannot be inserted into the process

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support the death penalty in California.
c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xe) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xf) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
g) Support hate crime legislation.
h) Other or expanded principles

A. Implement AB 900 quickly
B. Find ways to reduce the population and costs of keeping illegals in California prisons.
C. Find ways to reduce high cost of keeping prisoners incarcerated.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
Xb) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xc) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
Xd) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xe) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
f) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
g) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xh) Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
i) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
j) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of California to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
k) Other or expanded principles

Find ways to provide assistance and incentives to private schools that are achieving good educational results at lower costs to taxpayers.

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.
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) Increase the state minimum wage.
g) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
Xh) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
Xi) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
j) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
k) Other or expanded principles

Find more ways that government can reduce the regulatory and tax burdens on employers.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
Xc) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
d) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
e) Support funding for improvements to California's power generating and transmission facilities.
f) Support funding for open space preservation.
g) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Other or expanded principles

Before enacting more regulations on employers, first determine the costs to our state's economy in lost jobs and lost investment.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Noa) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesb) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Noc) Should a license be required for gun possession?
Nod) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Noe) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
f) Other or expanded principles

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly and rightly protects the right of individuals to own firearms. The people's own government should not busy itself with trying to abridge that right.

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.
Xb) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in California.
g) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles

Counties provide free health care for those who cannot afford it. The state assures the competence of licensed healthcare providers

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Noa) Should California continue to recognize domestic partnerships between same-sex couples?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Noc) Should California provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
Yesd) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
Yese) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
Undecidedf) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yesg) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
Noh) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
Noi) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
Noj) Should California continue affirmative action programs?
Yesk) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
Yesl) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
Yesm) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
n) Other or expanded principles

see l) above - embryonic stem cells only within the guidlines of using currently available lines, ie. no newly harvested embryonic matter.

Legislative Priorities
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.

- Balanced, on-time budget
- Educational reforms, such as more career and technical training, local control and financial flexibility.
- Water infrastructure bond and distribution system
- Inclusion of cost impact considerations during the implementation of AB 32 (greenhouse gas regulations)

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