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Brett Guthrie's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (KY) - District 2, Republican
On The Ballot: Won, Republican for U.S. House - District 2
Brett Guthrie has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today I was proud to support this lifesaving bill that would that would prevent government-funded abortions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1169365/guthrie-taxpayer-money-should-not-fund-abortion#.Wo2rtGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2rUme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.VYQ6eHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Life is a beautiful and sacred gift. All life should be protected and this legislation will prevent the especially painful late-term abortions from taking place." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/792186/guthrie-supports-pro-life-legislation#.Wo2sP2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Today I was proud to support this lifesaving bill that would that would prevent government-funded abortions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1169365/guthrie-taxpayer-money-should-not-fund-abortion#.Wo2rtGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2rUme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.VYQ6eHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Life is a beautiful and sacred gift. All life should be protected and this legislation will prevent the especially painful late-term abortions from taking place." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/792186/guthrie-supports-pro-life-legislation#.Wo2sP2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/18829/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Wo2u2me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's budget agreement is a win for Kentuckians and includes many provisions that originated in the House budget. Under this agreement, we will balance the budget within 10 years without raising taxes on families or businesses." http://guthrie.house.gov/latest-news/guthrie-votes-for-budget-agreement-that-will-balance-in-10-years/ (guthrie.house.gov)
  • "Their plan is not responsible, centering around tax increases instead of addressing our entitlement crisis, and does not balance." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/773272/guthrie-votes-for-house-republican-budget-cr-to-fund-government/?search=tax%20increase#.Wo2s-We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/18829/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Wo2u2me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's budget agreement is a win for Kentuckians and includes many provisions that originated in the House budget. Under this agreement, we will balance the budget within 10 years without raising taxes on families or businesses." http://guthrie.house.gov/latest-news/guthrie-votes-for-budget-agreement-that-will-balance-in-10-years/ (guthrie.house.gov)
  • "Their plan is not responsible, centering around tax increases instead of addressing our entitlement crisis, and does not balance." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/773272/guthrie-votes-for-house-republican-budget-cr-to-fund-government/?search=tax%20increase#.Wo2s-We3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206923/guthrie-votes-to-support-our-troops/?search=middle%20east#.Wq_jd2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2vnGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 9% by Peace Action West https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2vnGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206923/guthrie-votes-to-support-our-troops/?search=middle%20east#.Wq_jd2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Our top priority must be to keep our country safe and this bill provides for the largest increase in security spending in many years. The bill reverses the harmful effects of sequestration, and with more funding for the military, including the largest pay raise for our troops in six years." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1170172/guthrie-votes-for-greater-security-defense/?search=defense%20spending#.Wo2vN2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2vnGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 9% by Peace Action West https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2vnGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Our top priority must be to keep our country safe and this bill provides for the largest increase in security spending in many years. The bill reverses the harmful effects of sequestration, and with more funding for the military, including the largest pay raise for our troops in six years." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1170172/guthrie-votes-for-greater-security-defense/?search=defense%20spending#.Wo2vN2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 6% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2xuWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2xuWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 94% by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2xuWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Brett strongly believes we must restrain spending, improve government efficiency, and reduce burdensome regulations to jump-start the American economy." http://www.brettguthrie.com/issues/ (www.brettguthrie.com)
  • Rated 94% by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2xuWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This historic compromise amounts to $5 trillion in savings and would result in a $32 billion surplus in 2024. By putting the fiscal health of our country first, we are ensuring that our nation will be on sound footing for our children and grandchildren." http://guthrie.house.gov/latest-news/guthrie-votes-for-budget-agreement-that-will-balance-in-10-years/ (guthrie.house.gov)
  • "Brett strongly believes we must restrain spending, improve government efficiency, and reduce burdensome regulations to jump-start the American economy." http://www.brettguthrie.com/issues/ (www.brettguthrie.com)
  • "This historic compromise amounts to $5 trillion in savings and would result in a $32 billion surplus in 2024. By putting the fiscal health of our country first, we are ensuring that our nation will be on sound footing for our children and grandchildren." http://guthrie.house.gov/latest-news/guthrie-votes-for-budget-agreement-that-will-balance-in-10-years/ (guthrie.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Specifically, the bill includes reforms related to the following issues: workforce training, the R&D tax credit, comprehensive tax reform, federal oil and gas resources, EPA regulations, the repeal of Obamacare, health insurance portability, renewal of trade promotion authority, export controls and opening up more spectrum for industry for technological innovation." http://guthrie.house.gov/the-rebuild-act/ (guthrie.house.gov)
  • Rated 92% by Chamber of Commerce http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.VYQ6eHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Specifically, the bill includes reforms related to the following issues: workforce training, the R&D tax credit, comprehensive tax reform, federal oil and gas resources, EPA regulations, the repeal of Obamacare, health insurance portability, renewal of trade promotion authority, export controls and opening up more spectrum for industry for technological innovation." http://guthrie.house.gov/the-rebuild-act/ (guthrie.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/18829/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Wo2u2me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by Chamber of Commerce http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.VYQ6eHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/18829/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Wo2u2me3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "After eight years of regulatory overreach, I am proud to join President Trump and Chairwoman Foxx to reverse President Obama's misguided approach to how teachers are prepared for the classroom. "Now signed into law, my resolution will make it easier for prospective teachers to get into the classroom and will give Congress the opportunity to review teacher preparation programs through the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1165279/president-signs-resolution-to-rein-in-federal-role-in-education/?search=education#.W4V2UnX5gfI (votesmart.org)
  • "States and local school districts need flexibility to deliver a quality education to our students. This agreement does just that. It gets the Federal Government out of our classrooms and puts the decision-making back in the hands of our State and local leaders." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1057130/conference-report-on-s-1177-student-success-act (votesmart.org)
  • "States and local school districts need flexibility to deliver a quality education to our students. This agreement does just that. It gets the Federal Government out of our classrooms and puts the decision-making back in the hands of our State and local leaders." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1057130/conference-report-on-s-1177-student-success-act (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2y-2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "These new regulations will pass the cost of compliance onto the consumer. Without affordable, reliable coal, utilities would be forced to choose between other sources of energy -- natural gas, nuclear power, or wind/solar power. If utilities are forced to rely more on these other sources of energy, and prices go up, Kentucky consumers and businesses could be confronted by substantially higher electricity bills. That would be very bad news for our still-fragile economy." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/817001/notes-from-brett-kentucky-coal-jobs/?search=solar#.Wo3C52e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2y-2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "These new regulations will pass the cost of compliance onto the consumer. Without affordable, reliable coal, utilities would be forced to choose between other sources of energy -- natural gas, nuclear power, or wind/solar power. If utilities are forced to rely more on these other sources of energy, and prices go up, Kentucky consumers and businesses could be confronted by substantially higher electricity bills. That would be very bad news for our still-fragile economy." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/817001/notes-from-brett-kentucky-coal-jobs/?search=solar#.Wo3C52e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2y-2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2y-2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "We ask that you stand with our contituents, our coal miners, and our local coal communities by rejecting these proposed NSPS greenhouse gas regulations […] " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/801320/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-greenhouse-gas-proposals-would-be-disastrous/?search=greenhouse%20gas#.Wo3F42e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2y-2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 98% by National Association of Manufacturers https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo3FIWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Specifically, the bill includes reforms related to the following issues: workforce training, the R&D tax credit, comprehensive tax reform, federal oil and gas resources, EPA regulations, the repeal of Obamacare, health insurance portability, renewal of trade promotion authority, export controls and opening up more spectrum for industry for technological innovation." http://guthrie.house.gov/the-rebuild-act/ (guthrie.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We ask that you stand with our contituents, our coal miners, and our local coal communities by rejecting these proposed NSPS greenhouse gas regulations […] " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/801320/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-greenhouse-gas-proposals-would-be-disastrous/?search=greenhouse%20gas#.Wo3F42e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo2y-2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 98% by National Association of Manufacturers https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo3FIWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Specifically, the bill includes reforms related to the following issues: workforce training, the R&D tax credit, comprehensive tax reform, federal oil and gas resources, EPA regulations, the repeal of Obamacare, health insurance portability, renewal of trade promotion authority, export controls and opening up more spectrum for industry for technological innovation." http://guthrie.house.gov/the-rebuild-act/ (guthrie.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.VYQ6eHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wos9pWe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.VYQ6eHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that achieving the goal of safety for our children will be best accomplished through focusing on mental health issues as opposed to infringing on the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens. We need to focus on the issue at the core of many of these tragedies. Improving mental health care is critical to ensure that future incidences of violence are avoided and that people who are mentally ill cannot access weapons." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/762469/guthrie-responds-to-presidents-gun-control-recommendations/?search=gun%20control#.Wo3H2me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wos9pWe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that achieving the goal of safety for our children will be best accomplished through focusing on mental health issues as opposed to infringing on the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens. We need to focus on the issue at the core of many of these tragedies. Improving mental health care is critical to ensure that future incidences of violence are avoided and that people who are mentally ill cannot access weapons." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/762469/guthrie-responds-to-presidents-gun-control-recommendations/?search=gun%20control#.Wo3H2me3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Specifically, the bill includes reforms related to the following issues: workforce training, the R&D tax credit, comprehensive tax reform, federal oil and gas resources, EPA regulations, the repeal of Obamacare, health insurance portability, renewal of trade promotion authority, export controls and opening up more spectrum for industry for technological innovation." http://guthrie.house.gov/the-rebuild-act/ (guthrie.house.gov)
  • "Like the budget first proposed in the House, this agreement repeals Obamacare in full and strengthens Medicare. The agreement also ensures a strong national defense by increasing funding above the level proposed in President Obama's budget." http://guthrie.house.gov/latest-news/guthrie-votes-for-budget-agreement-that-will-balance-in-10-years/ (guthrie.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VYwQM3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "#Obamacare meant chaos for our insurance markets. American Health Care Act will stabilize the market, meaning affordable care." https://twitter.com/RepGuthrie/status/839645423425978368 (twitter.com)
  • "Like the budget first proposed in the House, this agreement repeals Obamacare in full and strengthens Medicare. The agreement also ensures a strong national defense by increasing funding above the level proposed in President Obama's budget." http://guthrie.house.gov/latest-news/guthrie-votes-for-budget-agreement-that-will-balance-in-10-years/ (guthrie.house.gov)
  • "Specifically, the bill includes reforms related to the following issues: workforce training, the R&D tax credit, comprehensive tax reform, federal oil and gas resources, EPA regulations, the repeal of Obamacare, health insurance portability, renewal of trade promotion authority, export controls and opening up more spectrum for industry for technological innovation." http://guthrie.house.gov/the-rebuild-act/ (guthrie.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VYwQM3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "#Obamacare meant chaos for our insurance markets. American Health Care Act will stabilize the market, meaning affordable care." https://twitter.com/RepGuthrie/status/839645423425978368 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo3JFme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo3JFme3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2014, the President exceeded his authority by unilaterally granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. This resolution is an important step to ensure that President Obama's executive actions are stopped." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1063706/congressman-guthrie-votes-to-reaffirm-opposition-to-president-obamas-executive-amnesty-and-defend-the-constitution/?search=amnesty#.Wo3KL2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.VYQ6eHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.VYQ6eHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2014, the President exceeded his authority by unilaterally granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. This resolution is an important step to ensure that President Obama's executive actions are stopped." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1063706/congressman-guthrie-votes-to-reaffirm-opposition-to-president-obamas-executive-amnesty-and-defend-the-constitution/?search=amnesty#.Wo3KL2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo3Kk2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo3Kk2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo3Kk2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wo3Kk2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wq_i6me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wq_i6me3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With the threat of terrorism in the Middle East and around the world, is it imperative that we maintain our military's readiness to keep us safe." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206923/guthrie-votes-to-support-our-troops/?search=middle%20east#.Wq_jd2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "With the threat of terrorism in the Middle East and around the world, is it imperative that we maintain our military's readiness to keep us safe." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206923/guthrie-votes-to-support-our-troops/?search=middle%20east#.Wq_jd2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It remains in our country's best interest to destroy ISIL […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/931753/guthrie-votes-to-fund-government-authorize-training-weapons-to-combat-isil#.Wq_idGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wq_i6me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18829/brett-guthrie#.Wq_i6me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It remains in our country's best interest to destroy ISIL […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/931753/guthrie-votes-to-fund-government-authorize-training-weapons-to-combat-isil#.Wq_idGe3wfI (votesmart.org)

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Kentucky State Legislative Election 1998 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.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when 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.
Xf) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xg) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
Noj) Should Kentucky government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:
Undecideda) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support contracting with private sector firms to manage medium security prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent felons.
Xd) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
h) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
Xl) Lower the limit defining drunk driving to .08 blood alcohol content.
Xm) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
Xn) Increase pay for police officers.
o) Other
Undecidedp) Do you support the Racial Justice Act, which allows accused killers to seek review of whether race played a role in their death penalty prosecution?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Support collective bargaining for public employees.
f) Implement a deposit on beverage bottles and cans.
g) Increase the weight limit on coal trucks.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
Xc) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xd) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xg) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
Xh) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
Xi) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xj) Support additional funding for a literacy research center and literacy intervention programs in elementary schools.
k) Other
Yesl) Do you support requiring students to take a statewide exam (CATS) and provide financial rewards or penalties to schools based on the results?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
e) Provide funding for recycling programs in Kentucky.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
i) Block new mining permits for coal companies controlled by other companies that have violated environmental regulations.
j) Support stricter regulations on large scale hog production.
k) Other
Yesl) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Nom) Do you support the Kentucky Forest Conservation Act that requires logger training and the use of certain techniques to reduce erosion?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
Noa) Do you support amending the Kentucky Constitution to limit the number of terms of State Senators and Representatives?
Yesb) Do you support the current law which limits the number of terms the Governor can serve? (2, 4-year terms)
c) Do you support current limits on the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) PAC
No3) Corporate
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesg) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Undecidedh) Would you support an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution requiring the legislature to meet every year?
i) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xd) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
e) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Support the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) that provides access to health care for uninsured children.
d) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
f) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Support state-funded incentives that increase the supply and retention of health professionals in rural areas.
h) Other
i) Do you support the current law that allows insurers to charge more for people with poor health?
j) Do you support the current law that allows insurers not to provide coverage for people with certain conditions such as AIDS, strokes and cancer?
k) Do you support recent changes to the Medicaid program that brought it under a managed care system?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
c) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
e) Favor banning smoking in public places.
f) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
g) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
h) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Other
Noj) Do you believe that the Kentucky government should include sexual orientation in Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
Nok) Do you believe that the Kentucky government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusd) Environment
Maintain Statuse) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusg) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Greatly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasei) Sales taxes
j) Other
Yesk) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yesl) Do you support the proposed constitutional amendment allowing the Kentucky legislature to change or eliminate taxes on personal property?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Maintain the current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Require able-bodied recipients to participate in work activities in order to receive benefits.
c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
f) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Xg) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
Xh) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

1. A "K-R" (kindergarten through Retirement) education system that educates our children, prepares our young adults for careers, and provides opportunities for adults to train for better jobs.
2. Reduce taxation, regulation, and litigation so that Kentucky will have a better business climate.

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