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Barringer Wingard, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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What is the Political Courage Test?

South Carolina State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test

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) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

a & b) Dealing in absolutes such as "Always legal" or "Always illegal" limits my response since there are so many possibilities. Generally, abortion is a decision an individual should be able to make following consultation with ministers, medical personel, or friends and family, or no one, but without pressure from government officials.
f) Comment is too ambivalent.
g) One parent? Both parents? Guardian?
For the record, I am pro choice and would not support any movement to overthrow Roe vs Wade.

State Budget: Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increasec) Emergency preparedness
Slightly Increased) Environment
Greatly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseh) Welfare
Slightly Increasei) Other or expanded categories

1. Attraction of employers to SC via tax incentives, etc.

2. More state level Veterans Administration support to veterans, the military, and their families.

State Taxes: Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increased) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Increasef) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Increaseg) Property taxes
Maintain Statush) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusi) Vehicle taxes
Slightly Increasej) Other or expanded categories

Research removal of caps on property taxes.

Undecided1) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Undecided2) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
Undecided3) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
4) Other or expanded principles

Undecided on # 1; others are situation specific.
"Rainy day" funds' priority needs to remain bona fide emergencies. However, if the funds could prevent situations that pose severe consequences, the use should be considered. An example would be cutting funds for the prisons/corrections department now may be regretted later.
Fee increases should always be considered as a possible alternative if fee increases are directed at those who gain the most from the particular benefit.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of terms for South Carolina governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for South Carolina state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Undecided2) PAC
Undecided3) Corporate
No4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
Yesf) Should South Carolina participate in the federal REAL ID program?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support the death penalty in South Carolina.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xe) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
f) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
g) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
Xh) Support hate crime legislation.
Xi) Restrict sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare center, park, or public playground.
j) Other or expanded principles

a) Yes, but the option of incarcerating fewer needs to be more thoroughly explored first.
f) Maybe. This question is too broad to answer Y or N.
g) Support all law enforcement officers from all levels and all jurisdictions supporting each other. However, enforcement of federal immigration laws does not need to be a PRIMARY focus of state and local officials. Enforcement by state and local officers if incidental to arrest or investigation for other reasons would be acceptable.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
b) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xc) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
d) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
e) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
f) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xg) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xh) Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
Xi) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
j) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of South Carolina to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
k) Other or expanded principles

b) Support education standards, but do not support NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND as it currently operates.
d) Possibly. This is too broad to answer with Y or N.
e) Fully support public schools and vouchers to public schools may be worthwhile. However, this needs further research to determine how movement from School A might have impact on School B.
f) Under no circumstances. There is a need for private schools, but public schools are far and away #1 priority. No vouchers, tax credits, funds, etc, should be allowed to enhance private school programs at the expense of public school systems.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
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.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xf) Include sexual orientation in South Carolina's anti-discrimination laws.
Xg) Include gender identity in South Carolina's anti-discrimination laws.
Xh) Increase the state minimum wage.
i) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
Xj) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
Xk) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xl) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
m) Other or expanded principles

b) Need more information.
i) Generally Y, but too broad to definitively answer Y or N.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
c) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
d) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
e) Support funding for improvements to South Carolina's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xf) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xg) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
Xh) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Other or expanded principles

b) More inclined to expend research funds on wind, solar, tidal, biofuel, and other alternative fuel sources
c) Support more research into biofuels from other than food crops
d) Generally support, but costs vs benefits analysis should be made on case by case basis

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Yesa) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Undecidedb) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Noc) Should a license be required for gun possession?
Undecidedd) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Undecidede) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
f) Other or expanded principles

b) Support properly trained, mentally stable citizens with no criminal history the ability to secure a concealed weapons permit. Two things: 1) current process is too "lenient, " ie, not enough training and safety courses required. 2) Even persons with CWP should be restricted from carrying on school grounds, places that serve alcohol, federal and state property, and any business who requests that CW be forbidden.
c) A person should be able to own a weapon in his/her home/residence.
d & e) Generally support, but more enforcement and clearer restrictions should be researched.
AMMUNITION types need to be limited.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
c) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
e) Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in South Carolina.
g) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles

b) State government has some responsibility; can reinforce federal programs.
c) Generally, no. However, some upper ceilings must be considered to prevent outrageous determinations.
e) Not sure comment is understood. "Require" is too demanding. And, to whom is the information released--health officials, the public? This could become complicated if release of information would cause symtomatic illnesses, public panic, or public migration only to spread the illness.
f) Need to research further, but this could be considered as an extension of a living will.
g) Yes, if marijuana is treated the same as a narcotic and requires a prescription

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Yesa) Should South Carolina recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Undecidedc) Should South Carolina provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
Yesd) Should South Carolina continue to recognize common law marriages?
e) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
Yesf) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
Yesg) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Noh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
Yesi) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
Yesj) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
Yesk) Should South Carolina continue affirmative action programs?
Yesl) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
Yesm) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
Undecidedn) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
Noo) Should South Carolina require that the distance between a dancer and a patron at a strip club be at least six feet?
Nop) Should South Carolina require that strip clubs close no later than midnight?
q) Other or expanded principles

c) More research needed.
e) For what? In memory of a classmate? Of course. If the comment is addressing a moment for each individual student to pray or not pray as he/she wishes, yes.
f) See "e"
h) Accepted as a part of a comprehensive sex education program
o) SC has bigger problems to deal with than the distance between a dancer and a customer. Legalizing morality has been a loser for as long as anyone can remember.

Legislative Priorities
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.

#1 priority is improved public education to include student learning and experience, teacher pay, and infrastructure. Education is a fundamental right of every citizen, and it is the singular aspect that links all of SC's problems---crime, unemployment rates, health, etc. School bonds, localized school foundations, certainty that no funds are directed to private/home/etc schools, and innovative ideas should be sought to increase funds prior to tax increases. Too, the recent sales tax/property tax change debacle has failed to be effective in dealing with education funds and need to be revisited.
#2 is creation of employment incentives to attract employers.

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