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Sheikh Rahman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Senate (GA) - District 5, Democratic
Sheikh Rahman submitted the 2018 Political Courage Test after the official deadline.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Georgia State Legislative Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Pro-choicea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yesb) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Noc) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
d) Other or expanded principles:

I believe in equality for all and women's rights. I support a woman's right to choose what health decisions she feels is best for her well being. Organizations that provide abortions also provide many other health resources and we cannot decrease funding because that would be detrimental to many people who need these vital resources.

1) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Georgia's budget.
Noa) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions?
Nob) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees?
Noc) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients?
Nod) An income tax increase on any tax bracket?
e) Other or expanded principles:

I would prefer to cut fraud and waste in Georgia's budget.

Yesa) Do you support any limits on campaign contributions to state candidates?
Yesb) Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yesc) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Nod) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
e) Other or expanded principles:

I do not want to put any extra burdens on voters because this leads to voter suppression. Voting should be easily accessible for everyone as long as they are registered to vote and of voting age. We should also make it easier for ex-felons, who have served their sentence, to register to vote.

Noa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Noc) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Nod) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles:

Immigration is a federal issue. State and local police should not be involved with immigration, because this causes confusion and chaos.

Yesa) Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesb) Do you support lowering state taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesc) Do you support reducing state government regulations on the private sector?
Yesd) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Noe) Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
Yesf) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of Georgia?
g) Other or expanded principles:

I would like to see every elected official and candidate take a drug test, before we require any welfare applicants take a drug test.

Noa) Do you support adopting federal education standards in Georgia?
Nob) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesc) Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from Georgia high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
d) Other or expanded principles:

We should invest in our youth's education because they are the future of this country. We should support their educational goals and dreams as much as we can.

Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Yesb) Do you support state government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yesc) Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives?
d) Other or expanded principles:

Environmental regulations are needed now more than ever. Since many big corporations are destroying the environment because of greed and profit; we need to make effective regulations to keep our state clean and our people healthy.

Yesa) Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Yesb) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Noc) Should teachers be allowed to bring guns into the classroom?
Yesd) Should a license be required for gun ownership?
e) Other or expanded principles:

If people want guns in schools and everywhere else, then how come guns are not allowed at the state capitol?

Yesa) Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?
Yesb) Do you support Medicaid expansion through Georgia's health care programs?
Yesc) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yesd) Do you support legislation that grants citizens the right to choose to die through euthanasia?
Yese) Do you support eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations?
Yesf) Do you support increasing funding for state medical facilities and hospitals in rural areas?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Georgia's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesb) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Georgia's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesc) Do you support greater efforts by Georgia state government in closing the pay gap between men and women?
Yesd) Should faith-based organizations be permitted to deny services based on religious beliefs?
Yese) Do you support the removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces?
f) Other or expanded principles:
In the following area, 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.

I want to focus on transit expansion in Gwinnett by helping pass the referendum in March 2019. I want to continue working on reforming our criminal justice system. I also want to stop gerrymandering redistricting.

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