Executive Councilor Debora B. Pignatelli's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Debora B. Pignatelli
Current Office: Executive Council - District 5, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Michael; 2 Children: Adam, Ben
Birth Date: 10/25/1947
Birth Place: New Jersey
Home City: Nashua, NH
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In 2000, this candidate was contacted repeatedly over several weeks by Project Vote Smart staff members and by prominent political leaders, and asked to do the right and honorable thing by providing citizens with the critical information that the 2000 National Political Awareness Test supplies. On each occasion this candidate failed to provide voters with this information.

What is the Political Courage Test?

New Hampshire State Legislative Election 1996 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.

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Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
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Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xb) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by mandatory waiting periods.
g) Abortions should be limited by parental notification requirements for girls under 18.
Yesh) Should New Hampshire government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and civil rights in New Hampshire.

Xa) The New Hampshire government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sectors.
b) The New Hampshire government should provide no affirmative action programs.
Undecidedc) Do you believe that the New Hampshire government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Yesd) Do you believe that sexual orientation should be added to New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding children and family issues in New Hampshire.

Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Continue to deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
d) Provide state-funded assistance to low and moderate income families if needed for child care.
Xe) Increase state funds for investigation and tracking down of delinquent parents.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in New Hampshire.

Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
Xc) Support "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration (e.g. community service, house arrest) for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Continue to require mandatory life sentences for third-time, violent felons.
Xh) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xi) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
l) Implement chain gangs in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.
Xm) Continue to fund crime prevention programs such as anti-drug and anti-domestic violence programs.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in New Hampshire.

Xa) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious, violent crimes as adults.
Xb) Provide state funding for military-style "boot camps" for juvenile first-time felons.
Xc) Increase state funding for local community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xd) Support state government funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
e) Continue to make the criminal records of juvenile offenders available the same as the criminal records of adults.
f) Require parents of juvenile offenders to pay part of the cost of their child's incarceration.
Yesg) Should New Hampshire continue to mandate a one-year expulsion for students who bring a gun to school?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning New Hampshire's economic development.

Xa) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways and airports.
Xb) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up, or relocating businesses.
c) Expand legalized gambling to permit video poker throughout New Hampshire.
Xd) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
e) Remove state government controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production and interest rates.
f) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
g) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding New Hampshire's education system.

a) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
b) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
Xc) Continue the current New Hampshire policy of encouraging private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
d) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
e) Support continuation of charter schools where teachers and other professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xf) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
Xg) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
Xh) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
Xi) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xj) Continue to support "school choice" which allows parents to choose which public school their child(ren)should attend.
k) Increase the number of post-secondary vocational and technical education programs in New Hampshire.
l) Continue the current method of funding New Hampshire public schools with local property taxes.
m) Should all New Hampshire public schools participate in the federal Goals 2000 program?
Yesn) Do you support instituting mandatory kindergartens with partial state funding in New Hampshire school districts?
Yeso) Should public school teachers be allowed to discuss homosexuality in the classroom?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning New Hampshire's environment and natural resources.

a) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout New Hampshire.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for polluting industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed on the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state-sponsored environmental regulations limit the use of privately owned land.
Xe) Continue to provide funding for recycling programs in New Hampshire.
Xf) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend New Hampshire's participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.

a) Would you support amending the New Hampshire Constitution to limit the terms of the following state officials?

No1) State Senators
No2) State Representatives
No3) Governor
Undecidedb) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesc) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesd) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yese) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Undecidedg) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noh) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?

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

Xa) Support expanding the nationwide federal ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
Xf) Continue to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning New Hampshire's health care system.

Xa) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
b) Provide tax incentives to assist small businesses in providing health care to their employees.
Xc) Ensure that New Hampshire citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
Xd) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Institute a needle exchange program in New Hampshire as an AIDS prevention measure.
Xg) Support legislation requiring health insurance providers to cover certain medical services (e.g. 48 hr. hospital stay for mothers after childbirth).
h) Provide state-funded home and community-based health care programs to seniors and the disabled.
Xi) Support proposals to provide Medicaid services through managed care programs.
Xj) Support recently passed legislation which prohibits exclusive contracts between health insurers and health care providers.

Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one option only.

Maintain Statusa) Abortion
Maintain Statusb) Affirmative Action
Slightly Increasec) AIDS Programs
Greatly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Health Care
Maintain Statusg) Law Enforcement
Slightly Increaseh) Local Aid
Maintain Statusi) Welfare
Yesj) Should federal Medicaid block grants to New Hampshire be used for purposes other than health care if necessary?

Please indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning New Hampshire's tax levels. Select one option only.

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol Taxes
Maintain Statusb) Business Taxes
Maintain Statusc) Capital Gains Taxes
Greatly Increased) Cigarette Taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline Taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Property Taxes
Maintain Statusg) State Fees
Noh) Would you support a state income tax on incomes other than interest and dividend incomes?
Undecidedi) If an income tax were enacted in New Hampshire, would you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding New Hampshire's welfare system.

Xa) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
Xb) Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care (if needed) until they become self-sufficient.
Xc) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
d) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive welfare benefits.
Xe) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional children.
Xf) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare and advocate privately-funded assistance to people in need.
Xh) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected to the New Hampshire General Court. If any of your priorities will require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.