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Paul Newman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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What is the Political Courage Test?

Arizona State Legislative Election 1996 National Political Awareness 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.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xb) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the 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.
f) Abortions should be limited by mandatory waiting periods.
g) Abortions should be limited by parental notification requirements for girls under 18.
Yesh) Should Arizona government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and civil rights in Arizona.
Xa) The Arizona government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sectors.
b) The Arizona government should provide no affirmative action programs.
c) Specific, adjustable percentages of contracts for state work should be awarded to minority- or woman-owned businesses.
Yesd) Do you believe the Arizona state university system should consider preferences to minority students applying for college admission?
Noe) Do you believe that the Arizona government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Yesf) Do you believe that sexual orientation should be added to Arizona's anti-discrimination laws?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding children & family issues in Arizona.
Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in Arizona.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
c) Support "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) 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.
g) Require mandatory life sentences for third-time, violent felons.
Xh) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xi) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
k) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
l) Implement chain gangs in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.
Xm) Toughen and strictly enforce penalties for those committing "hate crimes" directed against a specific group.
n) Contract with private sector firms to manage state prisons.
o) Criminalize the act of assisted suicide.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in Arizona.
Xa) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious, violent crimes as adults.
Xb) Provide state funding for military-style "boot camps" for juvenile first-time felons.
Xc) Increase state funding for local community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xd) Support state government funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
Xe) Allow courts to hold parents accountable for a minor child who commits a crime.
Xf) Allow cities or counties to impose mandatory curfews for minors in high crime areas.
Nog) Do you support the "Stop Juvenile Crime Initiative", which automatically transfers to adult court any juvenile over 15 accused of murder, rape, or armed robbery?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Arizona's economic development.
Xa) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways and airports.
Xb) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up, or relocating businesses.
c) Expand legalized gambling to regions of Arizona outside tribal lands.
Xd) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
e) Remove state government controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production and interest rates.
f) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xg) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
Xh) Implement "enterprise zones" in selected communities to promote job-creating industries in those areas.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Arizona's education system.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
b) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
Xc) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
d) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
Xe) Support continuation of charter schools where teachers and other professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xf) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
Xg) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
Xh) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
Xi) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
j) Support a school choice program that allows parents to choose which public school their child(ren) should attend.
k) Which of the following sources should provide primary funding for public schools in Arizona?
XState Income Tax
XState Sales Tax
XLocal Property Tax
XOther Tax
Not a Government Responsibility
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Arizona's environment and natural resources.
Xa) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout Arizona.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for polluting industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed on the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state-sponsored environmental regulations limit the use of privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Arizona.
Xf) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend Arizona's participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.
Xi) Enact legislation to protect Arizona's share of the Colorado River.
j) Advocate the transfer of federal parks (e.g. Grand Canyon National Park) to state government administration.
a) Do you support the laws that limit the terms of the following Arizona officials?
No1) State Senators (8 years)
No2) State Representatives (8 years)
Yes3) Governor (two consecutive four-year terms)
Nob) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesc) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesd) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yese) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesg) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesh) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesi) Do you support the provision in the Arizona Constitution which requires that all government workers conduct government business in English?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Support expanding the nationwide federal ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms.
Xd) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
Xf) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Arizona's health care system.
Xa) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
Xb) Provide tax incentives to assist small businesses in providing health care to their employees.
Xc) Ensure that Arizona citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
d) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one option only.
Maintain Statusa) Abortion
Maintain Statusb) Affirmative Action
Slightly Increasec) Agriculture
Slightly Increased) AIDS Programs
Greatly Increasee) Border Security
Greatly Increasef) Education
Slightly Increaseg) Environment
Slightly Increaseh) Health Care
Maintain Statusi) Law Enforcement
Maintain Statusj) Welfare
Please indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning Arizona's tax levels. Select one option only.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol Taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Business Taxes
Maintain Statusc) Capital Gains Taxes
Slightly Decreased) Income Taxes (incomes less than $75,000)
Slightly Increasee) Income Taxes (incomes greater than $75,000)
Slightly Decreasef) Property Taxes
Maintain Statusg) Sales Taxes
Slightly Decreaseh) State Fees
i) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Arizona's welfare system.
Xa) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
Xb) Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care (if needed) until they become self-sufficient.
Xc) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
d) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive welfare benefits.
Xe) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional children.
f) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare and advocate privately-funded assistance to people in need.
h) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected to the Arizona State Legislature. If any of your priorities will require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.

My major objective is to continue to provide for the needs of rural Southeastern Arizona by utilizing the experience gleaned in the past two terms. I would also like to take an active role in restructuring the juvenile justice system and implementing a plan for an equitably funded public school system. I'm also committed to maintaining full funding for the rural community colleges in Southeastern Arizona, as well as the University of Arizona branch campus in Sierra Vista.

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