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David Sullivan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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David Sullivan 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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Massachusetts State Legislative Election 2010 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.

a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) 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 sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Noh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

a) I believe abortion should be allowed in certain circumstances:rape,incest, and serious health risks. Consideration should be given to a very young girl who is not emotionally prepared to give birth.

1) State Spending
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.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

All of my responses are based on our current economic status and some would change provided a significant recovery in revenues appeared and was sustained. Transportation and infrastructure maintenance which has been deferred for years is currently being addressed mostly through federal resources.

2) State Taxes
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
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
e) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories

Once again this is contigent upon the economy and the state of incoming revenue and whether it is sustainable.

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Massachusetts' budget.
a) Tapping into Massachusetts' "rainy day" fund
Yesb) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Noc) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
d) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Noe) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
f) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles

a) Budget decisions regarding using stabilization account money must be weighed heavily due to the necessity of having used it during this recession, and it's a depleted situation. If this account continues to be used in this way we need to ensure the replenishment of it. d)This has already happened, as have billions in cuts. f) There is no yes or no, each circumstance needs to be evaluated to determine if there will exist a true cost savings, in both the short and long term, and the quality of services must be equal or better.

a) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Massachusetts governors?
Nob) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Massachusetts state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
No1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
d) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles
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?
c) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Noe) 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

c) First and or second offenses should not be criminal. d) It depends on the individual's cirumstances( determination of criminal responsibility) past history and so forth. e) Not initially, there should be some form of significant intervention.

a) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support the expansion of state-regulated gaming?
Yesc) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yesd) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yese) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yesf) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Yesg) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
h) Other or expanded principles

a) Needs to be assessed on a case by case basis.
c) If we cannot increase it we should attempt to maintain it at its current level. Programs should be evaluated for their effectiveness.
e) Provided there are clawbacks when the provisions of the agreement are not met.
f) As long as the project also serves the public good.
g) This will need to be determined on a case by case basis, however, during this recession we in government need to assist the people we represent when it is reasonable and warranted.

a) Do you support national education standards?
Nob) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
c) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yese) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Massachusetts high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

b) I support standardized testing but not when it is used as the sole determinant for high school graduation.
d) It should be a separated funded item in the budget under education.
c) I support periodic evaluations on performance and pursuit of excellence in teaching as well as peer support programs, and avenues for professional growth and career ladders.

Yesa) 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)?
c) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
d) Do you support state funding for improvements to Massachusetts' energy infrastructure?
e) Should municipalities be allowed to take control of their electric infrastructure through the use of eminent domain?
Yesf) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yesg) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
h) Other or expanded principles
a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles

a) In Massachusetts they already exist in state law.
b)When appropriatlely licensed
c)Need a more uniform process that does not punish or deny lawbiding citizens of their rights, and a need for a greater focus on criminals who acquire firearms illegally.

a) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Yesd) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
e) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
f) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles

d) It should be fair and affordable for individuals and small businesses.
g) When it is medically appropriate.

Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should Massachusetts continue to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yese) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Yesf) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Massachusetts' anti-discrimination laws?
Yesg) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Massachusetts' anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles

a) We are referring to civil marriage
g)I am oppossed to hate crimes and discrimination.

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.

Improve our economic climate and create jobs
Combination of effective tax incentives and job creation programs. Ensure city and towns maintain critical services like fire and police to protect existing and prospective new employers' investments in infrastructure and workforce. Provide them with tools in the Municiple Releif Legislation such as regionalizing services. Saved monies channeled for important services.
State needs to prioritize investment in our inner-cities, the new economic engines for our regions. Gateway cities have untapped potential and attributes that will contribute to the whole state's economic health.
Maintain our social safety net through efficiencies and accountability.

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