Debbie Regala's Political Positions

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What is the Political Courage Test?

Washington State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage 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.


Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Unknown Answer
Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

Whether to terminate a pregnancy is a private and individual decision. I beleive it should be made in consultation with doctors, family members, and other advisers not by government dictates. I trust women to make this very difficult personal decision.

State Budget: Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.

a) Education (Higher)
b) Education (K-12)
c) Emergency preparedness
d) Environment
e) Health care
f) Law enforcement
g) Transportation and highway infrastructure
h) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories

The current economic crisis will add to the challenges of writing the required balanced budget for the next biennium. Forecasts of expected caseloads for mandated services are critical factors in determining which areas will require increased or decreased funding. At this point in time, we don't have that data. All of the above categories are important and it is not possible to indicate increased or decreased levels of funding without looking at specific programs or services.

State Taxes: Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statuse) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Vehicle taxes
h) Other or expanded categories

See the above comment. I do believe all options should be considered in writing a balanced budget and so would look at some possible fee increases for specific services or programs

1) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Yes2) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
Yes3) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
4) Other or expanded principles

Washington is a member of the nationwide Streamlined Sales Tax effort. This effort does include voluntary collection of sales taxes on Internet and catalog sales by participating businesses. Only Congress can authorize the mandated expansion of the sales tax to Internet sales.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

a) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Washington governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Washington state senators and representatives?

c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
e) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
Nof) Should Washington participate in the federal REAL ID program?
g) Other or expanded principles

Washington already has strong laws, approved via citizen initiative, regarding campaign financing including contribution limits and disclosure of donors and expenses. Every candidate's campaign revenue and expenditure records are posted on-line by the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support the death penalty in Washington.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
e) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
f) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
g) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
Xh) Support hate crime legislation.
i) Other or expanded principles

I have worked hard in partnership with law enforcement and correction officials to develop and pass initiatives designed to reform prison practices aimed at reducing recidivism upon release from incarceration.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

Xa) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
b) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xc) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
Xd) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
e) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
f) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xg) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
h) Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
Xi) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
j) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of Washington to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
k) Other or expanded principles

The principles marked above are ones which I support but should not be interpreted as a promise to increase funding during these difficult economic times.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Increase the state minimum wage.
g) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
h) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
i) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xj) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xk) Support allowing day care workers to unionize.
l) Other or expanded principles

A citizen passed initiative already contains a provision to increase the minimum wage based on inflation

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
Xc) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
Xd) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
e) Support funding for improvements to Washington's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xf) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xg) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
Xh) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Other or expanded principles

Washington has been a leader in promoting alternative energy technology and wiser use of all resources. We should continue those effrots. Our state currently is working in coordination with other states and Canada to reduce greenhouse gases on a regional level.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

Yesa) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesb) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
c) Should a license be required for gun possession?
Yesd) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yese) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
f) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
c) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Washington.
Xg) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xh) Support prohibiting the use or sale of prescription data for marketing purposes.
i) Other or expanded principles

Our health care system needs major reform but it will need to be done in conjuction with national efforts to be effective.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Yesa) Should Washington recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesb) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Yesc) Should Washington provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
Yesd) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
e) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
Yesf) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Nog) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
Yesh) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
Yesi) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
j) Should Washington continue affirmative action programs?
Yesk) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
Yesl) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
Nom) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
n) Other or expanded principles

Legislative Priorities

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.

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