Rick Berg's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Rick Berg
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Tracy; 1 Child: Jack
Birth Date: 08/16/1959
Birth Place: Maddock, ND
Home City: Fargo, ND
Religion: Lutheran
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Rick Berg refused to tell citizens where he 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Social Values. 1 January 2012. "As a husband and father, nothing is more important to me than my wife Tracy and our son Jack. I believe in the miracle that is life and I will continue to defend the unborn, elderly, and the infirm." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Rick Berg voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Project Vote Smart: 1998 North Dakota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Rick Berg. Project Vote Smart: 1998 North Dakota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Rick Berg. Project Vote Smart: 1998 North Dakota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Rick Berg. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Rick Berg voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 North Dakota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Rick Berg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 North Dakota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Family Values. "Rick is a strong social conservative and will protect traditional Judeo-Christian values which have made this country strong. He is pro-life and believes that marriage is between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 North Dakota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Issues. "I believe in the sanctity of life and I will support pro-life legislation in Congress." (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Berg. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Rick Berg voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Press Releases: Berg Statement on President Obama's Announcement on Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "The success of our mission in Afghanistan is critical to the United States' safety and security. As we move forward, all strategic decisions regarding our military presence in Afghanistan must continue to be made based on the conditions on the ground and under the recommendations of our military leaders. We all want our troops to return home to their families, and we must continue to support these brave men and women as continue serve our nation." (berg.house.gov)
  • Rick Berg. Berg Announces Passage of 2013 Department of Defense Funding. 20 July 2012. "'Supporting the brave men and women who comprise our Armed Forces is absolutely critical, and it is the foundation of this year's Department of Defense Appropriations,' stated Berg. 'We must ensure that our soldiers stay safe, while also succeeding in their missions to defend our freedom. This funding is good for our military and good for North Dakota, and I am proud to support it' [¦] H.R. 5856 provides $519.2 billion for the Defense Department and $88.5 billion for the war in Afghanistan and other international counterterrorist missions." (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2012. "In order to continue to serve as a guide and aid to other nations, we must maintain our strength at home and commit ourselves to ensuring that America's forces are modern, capable, and agile enough to effectively deal with threats abroad." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Letter to Leon E. Panetta, Secretary of Defense. 2 December 2011. "As we work to get our fiscal house back in order, we also must be sure to support our priorities and not jeopardize our national security. There is no doubt that our land based intercontinental ballistic missile force is essential to our national defense, and I urge Secretary Panetta to reconsider any calls for reductions to this critical, cost-effective program." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Issues. "I believe in a strong national defense and support for our men and women in uniform." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Berg: Another Round of BRAC Not Likely. 13 February 2012. "The administration has been on a mission to reduce funding for the military. And quite frankly one of our core responsibilities is to have a strong military." (www.wdaz.com)
  • Rick Berg. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Rick Berg voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Rick Berg voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Berg signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Kate Bommarito. Plains Daily: Rick Berg Holds Bismarck Town Hall Meeting. 26 April 2011. "50-80% of those wealthy taxpayers are small business people, who own and run small businesses and create jobs in our economy. We need to encourage small business and we need to encourage those people to be reinvesting in hiring. Do I support raising taxes? No I don't, especially not on the people who are creating jobs." (plainsdaily.com)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Washington. 1 January 2012. "Opposes raising federal income taxes. Supports the full and permanent repeal of the Death Tax, which harms North Dakota and American farming families. Worked toward a full-year extension of the payroll tax cuts. Supported bipartisan legislation to limit the EPA from imposing an additional energy tax on the American people. Supported bipartisan legislation to repeal the 3 percent withholding provision, an unnecessary burden on job creators. I will continue working toward a simpler, smarter tax policy that encourages economic growth. This, not higher or additional taxes, is the best path to reducing the debt and growing jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Taxes. "Rick opposes the raising of any federal income taxes. He believes that taxes are a drag on our economy and that increasing taxes would undermine our ability to get our nation back to work." (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Berg. Berg Statement on Latest Unemployment Report. 1 June 2012. "The Obama way of bigger government, more spending and more debt simply doesn't work." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Balancing the Budget. 1 January 2012. "I'm running for the US Senate to help change Washington so that children like my son Jack won't be saddled with mountains of debt caused by this runaway spending [¦] America can't afford to continue down this path of unsustainable spending. It's time to pass a balanced budget amendment and curb out of control Washington spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Berg: The Fight to Change Washington, Halt Obama Spending Spree Does Not End Here. 18 November 2011. "The economic crisis facing our nation is clear. Our national debt has surpassed $15 trillion--the total size of the American economy--and it will continue to grow unless we fundamentally change the way Washington does business. Our nation is on an unsustainable path, and it needs to change. I will continue to work to halt President Obama's spending spree and ensure that our children and grandchildren are not left with a nation burdened with a mountain of debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Berg: Obama Budget Offers More Gimmicks, More Debt. 14 February 2012. "Washington owes it to our children and grandchildren to stop passing the buck and racking up the debt, and instead start budgeting and governing like we do in North Dakota." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Statement on Joint Select Committee Inability to Reach Deficit Reduction Agreement. 21 November 2011. "We must continue to put pressure on President Obama and Congressional leaders to put the brakes on the out-of-control spending, tighten our belts, and make significant changes to the way Washington works so that our children and grandchildren are not left with a nation burdened with debt." (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Washington. 1 January 2012. "There will be a lot of talk about spending and taxing during this election season, but we can't forget that there's a third and bipartisan way forward: economic growth. Our current levels of taxation and the work required to comply with our tax code drag on our economy and stifle economic growth. Tax reform should remove special interest loopholes, as American small businesses should not be at a disadvantage to those who can afford lobbyists and large legal departments. We need a tax policy that encourages businessmen and women and entrepreneurs to start, grow, and expand their business here in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Berg Continues Fight Against Obama's Regulatory Overreach by Helping to Pass REINS Act. 7 December 2011. "Under President Obama's administration, more than 200 new regulations with an economic impact of over $100 million have been forced onto our small businesses, energy producers, ranchers and farmers, stifling job creation and blocking economic recovery. Today, our nation's job creators are burdened annually with $1.75 trillion in extra, unnecessary regulatory costs, and in total, American small businesses spend about $10,500 per employee to comply with federal regulations. To get our economy back on track, Washington needs to step back and let our small businesses do what they do best: create jobs and grow the economy. I urge the Senate to take action on this common sense, job creating legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Jobs and Economy. 1 January 2012. "Small businesses are the backbone and engine of our economy, and their health is critical to our success as a nation. The number one task for our elected leaders in Washington is to create an environment that encourages businesses to grow and thrive in the private economy. We can accomplish this by fixing the tax code to help job creators, reducing regulatory burdens, opening markets to American made products, and increasing domestic production of energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Berg Joins House in Passing JOBS Act. 8 March 2012. "In visiting with small businesses across North Dakota and as someone who has started a small business, I understand how senseless regulatory barriers and bureaucratic hoops can stand as road blocks to business growth and job creation. With national unemployment remaining unacceptably high, small businesses should empowered to invest and create jobs, not held back by red tape." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Berg Gives Congressional and Senate Western Caucus Weekly Address. 6 October 2011. "In western states, we know that jobs come from small business--not big government--and if Washington would just let our small businesses do their jobs, without constantly changing the rules, we can get our economy turned around. Plain and simple, we must rein in unnecessary regulations that burden our small businesses and hinder job creation." (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Berg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 North Dakota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."

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  • Rick Berg. Berg: EPA Fracking Announcement is Premature, Irresponsible. 9 December 2011. "Instead of continuing to put up regulatory roadblocks to domestic energy production, the Obama administration should look to North Dakota for solutions. Our state has shown that a common sense, long-term energy plan can spur economic growth, create good-paying jobs, and help break our national dependence on foreign oil. The Obama administration ought to embrace North Dakota's efforts to create jobs and work toward energy independence, rather than putting forth more barriers to our nation's energy production." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2012. "North Dakota has massive reserves of coal, oil, and renewable energy, and we have proven that we can develop these resources at competitive rates while using environmentally sound methods. I support energy independence and believe in an "all of the above" approach to production that reduces the cost of energy and gasoline, moves our country away from dependence on foreign oil and capitalizes on our own vast resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2012. "North Dakota has massive reserves of coal, oil, and renewable energy, and we have proven that we can develop these resources at competitive rates while using environmentally sound methods. I support energy independence and believe in an 'all of the above' approach to production that reduces the cost of energy and gasoline, moves our country away from dependence on foreign oil and capitalizes on our own vast resources [¦] I will continue to work with my colleagues to move the Keystone XL project approval forward, increase offshore oil and natural gas lease sales, and limit the EPA's ability to burden consumers with more energy taxes and regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act. 11 May 2011. "There is enormous potential in the gulf for energy development that can help turn our country's problems around. Our addiction to foreign energy is not sustainable. It threatens our national security. It's time to invest our resources that we have here in the United States. We need to lower energy costs and get Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Berg Votes to Expand American Energy Production. 5 May 2011. "Increasing American energy production is a necessary component of a comprehensive energy plan to lower gas prices and break our dependence on foreign oil. Our country needs a long-term energy plan like we have in North Dakota that will encourage investment in America's energy sources and create good American jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Berg Statement on Strategic Petroleum Reserve Release. 23 June 2011. "Rather than depleting our reserves, and in essence saying to the world that our energy security relies on the stability of foreign nations, the President should look to North Dakota, where good policy has strengthened our economy and increased energy production within our own borders. Washington needs a comprehensive long-term energy plan that would break our dependence on foreign oil and create thousands of good America jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Rick Berg voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Berg. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Rick Berg voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2012. "I will continue to work with my colleagues to move the Keystone XL project approval forward, increase offshore oil and natural gas lease sales, and limit the EPA's ability to burden consumers with more energy taxes and regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Berg Presses Senate to Pass Bill to Limit EPA Regulation of Coal Ash. 20 October 2011. "The Obama administration's new rules not only infringe on North Dakota's ability to efficiently manage coal ash, but could cost our state millions of dollars in regulatory costs and consumer electric bills." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Rein in the EPA. "America's small businesses, farmers, energy producers, and job creators are frustrated with Washington's excessive regulations and rule-making. Rather than encouraging common-sense measures that help ensure we have clean air, clean water, and responsible use of our resources, our producers are saddled with $1.75 trillion in unnecessary regulatory burdens and struggle with the uncertainty about those yet to come. Small businesses spend approximately $10,500 per employee to comply with federal regulations. Under the current administration, over 200 new regulations have been added with an estimated total economic impact of over $100 million. This out of control Washington overreach has gone too far and must be reined in [¦] I have worked hard to rein in unnecessary regulations and provide certainty to job creators. I supported numerous regulatory relief bills in the US House and have two important initiatives to further combat government overreach: The REGS Agenda and the REINS Act will do just that." (www.bergfornorthdakota.com)

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  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Gun Rights. "Rick is a proud gun owner and avid hunter. He believes the second amendment protects and ensures the other amendments. In Washington, he will vote to protect to our second amendment freedoms for lawful gun owners and sportsmen." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 North Dakota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Rick Berg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 North Dakota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Rick Berg. Project Vote Smart: 1998 North Dakota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Rick Berg. Project Vote Smart: 1998 North Dakota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Rick Berg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 North Dakota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Rick Berg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 North Dakota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Rick Berg. HB 1348. 61st Legislative Assembly of North Dakota. Allowing Concealed Firearms on Campuses. Rick Berg voted YES on 18 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. HR 822. 112th Congress. Requiring State Reciprocity for Carrying Concealed Firearms. Rick Berg voted YES on 16 November 2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. HR 822. 112th Congress. Requiring State Reciprocity for Carrying Concealed Firearms. Rick Berg voted YES on 16 November 2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. HB 1348. 61st Legislative Assembly of North Dakota. Allowing Concealed Firearms on Campuses. Rick Berg voted YES on 18 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Social Values. 1 January 2012. "As a member of the National Rifle Association and a lifelong hunter and outdoor enthusiast, responsible gun ownership is important to me and my family. I will continue to be a trusted advocate and defender of our Second Amendment freedoms so that future generations of lawful sportsmen and women will be able to enjoy the same opportunities we have today." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Issues. "I believe in protecting our Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Berg: Video: Differences. 27 October 2010. "I opposed Obamacare and the $500 billion cuts to Medicare." (www.youtube.com)
  • Rick Berg. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Rick Berg voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg: Video: Differences. 27 October 2010. "[...] I opposed Obamacare and the $500 billion cuts to Medicare." (www.youtube.com)
  • Rick Berg. Berg Votes to Advance Legislation Repealing Further Components of Obamacare. 31 May 2012. "Obamacare forces numerous barriers to care and new costs upon America's small businesses and families in a time when many Americans are already struggling to make ends meet." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Healthcare. "Interstate insurance competition, regulatory reform, streamlining the system to eliminate waste, increased fraud enforcement, elimination of defensive medicine, and tort reform must all be part of the solution. Lower costs will improve access, help America be more competitive in a global market and help business grow and add the jobs our country desperately needs. Means tested tax credits can also be used to help make healthcare more affordable for those most in need." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2012. "I firmly support the repeal of President Obama's job-killing, tax-raising health care law. I was an original supporter of the "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act," and I will continue to fight for the full repeal of Obamacare. Health care is not something that the government can effectively take over. The health care industry represents approximately one-sixth of our economy, and a government takeover will harm the health care system and continue to add spending we can't afford. We need to repeal Obamacare and seek patient-centered, free market-based reforms." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. 45 Facts About Rick: Fact #22. "Rick voted to repeal Obamacare in the US House. His wife, Tracy, is a family practice doctor and Rick understands that the government takeover of healthcare will destroy the doctor-patient relationship, cut $500 billion from Medicare and has made it more difficult for Americans to have access to affordable, quality healthcare. In addition, the added costs and regulations of Obamacare will hurt small businesses and stifle job creation." (www.bergfornorthdakota.com)

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  • Rick Berg. BERG WILL SECURE OUR BORDERS. "Rick opposes amnesty. It's as simple and clear cut as that. Amnesty is not an option. Our Government needs to pass legislation and barriers that encourage immigrants to come to our Nation legally, through the proper channels." (www.richardberg2012.org)
  • Rick Berg. House Hopeful Blasts Budget. 10 July 2010. "My position on it is that we need to enforce the laws we have. I think what we've got is people making politics out of our immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2012. "Immigration reform should focus first on securing our borders from illegal immigrants, terrorists, and drug traffickers. Additionally, we should empower businesses with the tools to verify citizenship and ensure we are all working toward the same goal of legal and orderly immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Immigration. "Illegal immigration is yet another issue where Washington has failed us. This is not a problem that happened overnight, but rather, it is an accumulation of years of neglect. Year after year, Washington has ignored the people and continued to kick the can on this important issue. First and foremost, Rick opposes amnesty. Congress needs to pass meaningful legislation to secure our borders from illegal immigrants, terrorists, and drug traffickers, while rejecting amnesty and giving businesses the tools necessary to verify citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "The greatness of a country can be judged by the amount of people seeking to live in it rather than leave it. We are a nation of immigrants, and I am proud that millions of people continue to seek a better life and more opportunities for themselves and their families here in America. The orderly and legal flow of immigrants is vital to continued economic vitality. I oppose amnesty and will continue to seek and promote reasonable and orderly paths to legal immigration for those wishing to contribute to our state and our country." (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Social Values. 1 January 2012. "My wife Tracy and I have been married for 24 years, and I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. I will continue to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Family Values. "Rick is a strong social conservative and will protect traditional Judeo-Christian values which have made this country strong. He is pro-life and believes that marriage is between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Berg. Video: Rick Berg's recorded message for drone industry. 5 July 2012. "It's clear to me that expanding the use of unmanned systems holds enormous potential for our state and our country. As we work to create jobs and keep our country safe, investing in valuable technology like unmanned systems will remain critical to our country." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Washington. 1 January 2012. "Effective Social Security reform will not make cuts to current or near retirees, will not raise taxes, and will preserve the program for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Issue Position: Social Security. "We made a promise to our seniors that Social Security would be there for them, and Rick is committed to keeping that promise. However, clearly the system is broken and must be addressed. Working together, we must find a way to preserve and strengthen Social Security without raising payroll taxes, reducing benefits, increasing the retirement age, or privatizing the system so it is available to all Americans for generations to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Berg. Grand Forks Herald: Berg: No Drilling in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. 17 September 2010. "On this issue, I have said time and again that the No. 1 thing we can do to help Social Security, without reducing benefits or privatizing the system, is to get more people back to work and paying into the system. I also have said I support extracting more oil and natural gas from federal land and using those revenues to shore up Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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North Dakota State Legislative Election 2002 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) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
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) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.

Maintain Funding Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusd) Environment
Maintain Funding Statuse) Health care
Maintain Funding Statusf) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statush) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminateh) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasei) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusk) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Undecidedm) Should Internet sales be taxed?
n) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Noa) Do you support limiting the number of terms for North Dakota governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for North Dakota state senators and representatives?

c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

No1) Individual
2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesg) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Undecidedh) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in North Dakota are closed?
Noi) Should North Dakota recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Noj) Should North Dakota restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) Implement the use of the death penalty in North Dakota.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xh) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
i) Lower the .10 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
j) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
k) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
l) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
m) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
n) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
o) 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 participating school (public, private, religious).
c) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
d) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
e) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
f) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase state funding to expand Head Start programs.
k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Offer recent college graduates state-funded financial incentives to stay and work in North Dakota.
m) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives and HIV/STD prevention methods.
n) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
o) Other or expanded principles

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.

a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector 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 their employees.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in North Dakota's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other or expanded principles

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:

Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

a) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.
c) Support expanding oil development in North Dakota grasslands.
Nod) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Noe) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
f) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
c) Reduce benefits for Medicaid recipients in order to alleviate budget shortfalls.
d) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xe) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xf) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied by their HMO.
g) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
h) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in North Dakota.
i) Use North Dakota's portion of the national tobacco settlement only for anti-smoking and health programs.
j) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
c) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
e) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
g) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.