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Patricia Hurley's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (NC) - District 70, Republican
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Patricia Hurley has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

What is the Political Courage Test?

North Carolina State Legislative Election 2014 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.

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?
h) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

H. I would need to know what organizations you mean.

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.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Increaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

Our mentally ill and physically handicapped need to have more funding and programs that include housing.

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.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreased) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded principles:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing North Carolina's budget.
Noa) Tapping into North Carolina's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noc) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Nod) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Noe) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
f) Other or expanded principles:

Reducing taxes and regulations so that we can have more business people willing to start or expand businesses so that we will have more jobs. More people working will provide more revenue for services the state provides. We must give our citizens a hand up instead of a hand out. I understand we are close to having more on social services than are working; we have got to change that.

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?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Noc) Do you support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
e) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesf) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles:

D and e can't be answered with yes or no. Many other factors have to be addressed. Some minors have no sense of judgment.

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?
c) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
d) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
e) Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
f) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Nog) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage?
h) Other or expanded principles:

C. Employers pay the unemployment insurance. They will finish paying back the Federal Government for the extension of benefits in 2015. NC was paying more than any state on the East Coast. It is supposed to be temporary. There should be job opportunities now so I think the benefits are pretty much in line now.
D. Only if there are claw backs and no cash extended.
E. Only if it is a sure investment and no taxpayer money will be lost.
F. I think the mortgage company should work with them if possible.

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

B. If it is fair.
C. Some yes, some not so much according to parents.
D. In some cases, yes. I think we need to look at it again.

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 blocking fracking permits?
Nod) Do you support state funding for improvements to North Carolina's energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nof) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yesg) Do you support stricter regulation of coal ash disposal by the state and DENR?
h) Other or expanded principles:

G. I feel that there are many uses of coal ash so I don't believe that it should be put in lined land fills. Our precious land has better uses than that.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
b) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
d) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:

B. I'm not sure how that could be done.
D. I understand a permit is required for handguns. I don't believe in a gun Registry.

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 Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act?
Noe) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Nof) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
g) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles:

G. If it could really just be for that, I think everyone would approve. However, you can look at the states who started that way and now are totally immersed in all phases of the drug.

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

B,c and d. I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. How does the public even know sexual orientation or gender identity to even discriminate?

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.

I just want to continue serving the citizens in Randolph County and being their voice in Raleigh. I want our students to succeed in life and I want the best teachers available to be there for them in Asheboro and Randolph County. I want citizens to have jobs, and businesses to succeed so that funding will be available to support the many services the state provides. I think my record shows that I am willing to reach out and listen to all of my constituents and have assisted many of them on issues when they required my help.

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