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Kyle McCarter's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Senate (IL) - District 54, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 15
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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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

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No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • "I support a simple, straight-forward flat-tax code that forces government to live within its means, makes it easier for families and business to make ends meet, and encourages innovation and job creation." http://www.kylemccarter.com/issues (www.kylemccarter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • "Out-of-control spending puts our country on a path of self-destruction." http://www.kylemccarter.com/issues (www.kylemccarter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • "I support a simple, straight-forward flat-tax code that forces government to live within its means, makes it easier for families and business to make ends meet, and encourages innovation and job creation." http://www.kylemccarter.com/issues (www.kylemccarter.com)
  • "A straightforward flat tax code is most practical." http://www.kylemccarter.com/issues (www.kylemccarter.com)
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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

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  • "Our Declaration of Independence affirms that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights of which the Second Amendment is merely one. Unalienable rights means they cannot be given away or taken away." http://www.kylemccarter.com/issues (www.kylemccarter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • "On the wider issue of immigration, we must insist on legal immigration only. We are a nation of laws and we must take control our borders. Not knowing who is crossing our borders or failing to uphold our immigration laws jeopardizes our sovereignty as a free nation, threatens the safety of Americans and unfairly burdens taxpayers." http://www.kylemccarter.com/issues (www.kylemccarter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown 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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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Illinois State Legislative Election 2012 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?
Nob) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
d) 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?
Yesh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

God has a wonderful plan for every life. I can only be merciful to mothers who find themselves in difficult situations when their life or the baby is at stake. I can't imagine how difficult that must be.

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.
Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Maintain Statusf) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

The solution to the budget in Illinois is not this easy to explain. Spending overall must be reduced by prioritizing. Wasteful spending must be eliminated.

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.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreased) Gas/Oil taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Greatly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories:

The latest tax increase on families needs to be repealed.

3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Illinois's budget.
a) Establishing a "rainy day" fund
b) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
c) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
d) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
e) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
f) Other or expanded principles:

Reforming medicaid & pensions & reducing spending to 2008 levels.

4) Public Pensions:
To mitigate Illinois's public pension shortfall, do you support:
Yesa) Raising the retirement age for current and future employees?
Yesb) Increasing employee contributions by current and future employees?
Yesc) Reducing cost-of-living adjustments for current and future employees?
d) Other or expanded principles:

implement a hybrid plan that freezes the defined benefits & adds a defined contribution plan. No pensions for elected officials.

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
No5) Legislative Leader
Nob) 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?
Yesf) Do you support term limits for state legislators?
g) Other or expanded principles:

Complete disclosure should be required online within 48 hrs on all contributions

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 decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Yesd) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yese) 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:
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?
Noc) 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?
Noe) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Nog) Should video gambling be legal in Illinois?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Everyone in the private sector should be helped to create jobs by lowering taxes, reducing regulations and limiting litigation.

Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Noc) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Yesd) 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 Illinois high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:
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 state funding for improvements to Illinois's energy infrastructure?
d) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Noe) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Other or expanded principles:

Energy producers should be allowed to compete.

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

Illinois needs a concealed carry law as soon as possible.

Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Nob) 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 requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
c) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Illinois's anti-discrimination laws?
d) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Illinois's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:
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.

Illinois needs to change the environment for creating private sector jobs. We need workers compensation reform, reduced regulations, limited litigation, and lower taxes. Only when this happens will those with capital invest again in Illinois & put our families back to work.

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