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New Mexico Gubernatorial 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.
c) 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 New Mexico 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:
Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state 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.
f) 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.
j) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
k) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
Xl) Support the current limit defining drunk driving at .08 blood alcohol content.
Xm) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
Xn) Support the "life for life" proposal, where life imprisonment sentences mean no possibility for parole.
o) Support early release of non-violent state prisoners to relieve overcrowding in New Mexico's prisons.
p) Strengthen DWI registration laws requiring fingerprints and DNA samples from offenders.
q) Other
r) Do you support renting jail space to other states in order to fund prison construction in New Mexico?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
a) 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.
c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
d) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xe) Increase state funds to develop highways that enhance accessibility to rural areas.
f) Develop a comprehensive plan for economic relations with Mexico.
g) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
b) 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.
e) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
g) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
h) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
j) Other
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.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
e) Provide funding for recycling programs in New Mexico.
f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
i) Other
Yesj) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Nok) Do you support state funding to build a pipeline from the Caballa Reservoir to the Rio Grande River to provide water supplies to communities?
Yesl) Do you support building flood control facilities by assessing the cost to benefited landowners?
Indicate the level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.
Federala) Border security
Federalb) Civil rights enforcement
c) Education
Stated) Environmental cleanup
e) Job training
Localf) Law enforcement
Localg) Low-income housing
Federalh) Medicaid
Federali) Medicare
j) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
k) Welfare
l) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
Yesa) Do you support amending the New Mexico Constitution to limit the number of terms for State Senators and Representatives?
Yesb) Do you support the current law which limits the number of terms the Governor can serve? (Limited to 2, 4-year terms)
c) Do you support limiting 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) Do you support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
h) 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.
Xc) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
Xf) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) 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.
Xc) Provide health care to uninsured children by designing a children's health insurance program.
Xd) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
e) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
f) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) 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.
Xe) 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
j) Do you believe that the New Mexico government should include sexual orientation in New Mexico's anti-discrimination laws?
Nok) Do you believe that the New Mexico government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
Slightly Increasea) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusb) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasef) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) 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
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
h) Property taxes
Maintain Statusi) Sales taxes
j) Other
Yesk) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding New Mexico's relations with Native American residents in New Mexico.
a) Encourage legislation which would give the state of New Mexico more power in dealing with Native Americans in the state.
Xb) Support the current sovereign status which tribal governments in New Mexico have over their members and their lands.
Xc) Support compacts made with Native American tribal governments, requiring revenue sharing with the state of New Mexico.
d) Support legislation which would enable Native American tribal governments to store hazardous waste on their land.
e) Other
Yesf) Do you support re-negotiating the gambling compacts between tribes and the state, concerning the amount of money tribes pay the state?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Maintain the five-year limit on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied welfare recipients must be in work related activities to receive benefits.
c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
d) Provide tax incentives to businesses who hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
f) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) 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 gubernatorial priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

In 1994 I promised to make state government more accountable to New Mexico's citizens. A lot has been accomplished. Top priorities for 1998? Improve education, continue streamlining government making it more accountable to New Mexicans; I will also continue to promote a business friendly environment increasing economic development that will create higher paying jobs; With two new prisons we will keep criminals behind bars. Finally, my promise is to continue to put people before politics.

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