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Steve Thompson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Senate (GA) - District 33, Democratic
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Georgia 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.
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.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xg) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

I believe that an abortion should be available if the health of the woman is endangered and she and her doctor believe the procedure is needed. F) Government Funds should be restricted but planned parenthood should get grants.

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)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increasec) Emergency preparedness
d) Environment
Slightly Increasee) Health care
Greatly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories

f) we should be able to attract the best personel
g) we need more inter-modal transportation as well as proper spending on bonds which is not being done today
d) increase
h) we must help children.

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseh) Property taxes
Maintain Statusi) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Vehicle taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

a) Might think about an increase for treatment programs

Nol) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
m) Should accounts such as a “rainy day” fund be used to balance the state budget?
Non) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
o) Other or expanded principles

Cigarette-Increase if funds spend on public awareness
Corporate - Georgia just cut those taxes by $1 billion. We need to see the effects of this action
Gas - No increase with prices at the current level
Property - I authored the 1st and largest cut in Georgia's history.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of terms for Georgia governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Georgia 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?
e) 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 Georgia are closed?
h) Should Georgia recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
i) Other or expanded principles

b) term limits only turn institutional knowledge over to lobbyists and bureaucrats.
Rainy Day Fund - the fund is important to help us through hard economic times. It shouldn't be used to balance budget on a regular basis but sometimes it is necessary.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support the death penalty in Georgia.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xg) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xi) Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xj) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xk) Strengthen sex-offender laws.
Xl) Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
m) Other or expanded principles

h) Some discretion should be given to judges but not in all cases
i) While there is a place for this a high standard of proof should be set.
j) When funds available
k) I just voted for the toughest sex-offender law in history
l) I introduced a bill to deal with this problem but the opposition party voted it down.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) 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.
Xg) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Support requiring 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.
Xl) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
Xm) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles

d) While in the Senate I have increased funding by over $600 billion.
f) We have standards for teachers and system can and do offer merit pay.

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.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) 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) Include sexual orientation in Georgia's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Other or expanded principles

g) The federal givernment should as they haven't for the past 11 years
e) If the adults in the household are working and not recieving state funds, I would be for a pilot program if affordable. This could encourage people to pursue a career.

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies’ decisions on:
Yesa) Public employment
Yesb) State college and university admissions
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

In a perfect world it would not be necessary but with our past we need to level the playing field but must be careful not to create more of a problem.

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, 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 Georgia'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.
Xd) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
e) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
f) Require a license for gun possession.
g) Other or expanded principles

Georgia has reasonable laws and I believe in the 2nd amendment. When bills come to the floor they each stand on their own merit.

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.
b) Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
c) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Georgia.
g) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles

a) We provide indegent care already but insurance reform would help
c) Georgia has made this mistake. Judges can set aside excessive verdicts. Economic damages don't always fit a mother or a young person
e) This is not the job of the state, but we must take care of the old, young, and infirm.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
Xa) Establish penalties of up to 20 years in prison for human trafficking.
Xb) Require that businesses that receive state contracts verify the legal status of new hires.
Xc) Penalize businesses that hire illegal workers.
Xd) Require that all state and local government agencies verify legal status of any adult applying for taxpayer-provided benefits.
e) Enforcing federal immigration laws is not the responsibility of state and local government.
f) Other or expanded principles

a) I introduced a similar amendment and the other side voted it down
c) A standard for documentation should be set and a fine established
e) If the feds would fund the INS it wouldn't be necessary on a state and local level however now we must work together

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xb) 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.
Xe) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
Xf) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
h) Other or expanded principles

c) This might be a good idea but I would be worried about the economic impact to public transportation
d) While they should get grants to assist there is room for fraud and inequity in the proposed system
e) yes if funding is increased (g) In a perfect world it would be great
g) In a perfect work it would be great

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.
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