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Paul Davis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Paul Davis 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.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes 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

  • "It gives most of its benefits to corporations and the richest 1% and explodes the national deficit, triggering automatic cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Paul agrees that the federal tax code is a mess, but he believes we need real reform for real people." https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/tax-reform/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
  • "It gives most of its benefits to corporations and the richest 1% and explodes the national deficit, triggering automatic cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Paul agrees that the federal tax code is a mess, but he believes we need real reform for real people." https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/tax-reform/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There is absolutely nothing more important than defending America’s freedom and our way of life. Our brave service members made the United States the strongest nation in the world, which is why we have a duty to honor their loyalty by ensuring the military has the resources necessary to fight our enemies and keep us safe." https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/national-security/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Increasing transparency and accountability in Congress with reforms to limit money in politics is the key to limiting the influence of special interests and wealthy campaign donors. This is the path to giving Kansans back their voice in our democracy." https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/reform-money-in-politics/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
  • "Increasing transparency and accountability in Congress with reforms to limit money in politics is the key to limiting the influence of special interests and wealthy campaign donors. This is the path to giving Kansans back their voice in our democracy." https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/reform-money-in-politics/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Paul believes individual states are best suited to build their own strategic vision for economic growth, but he thinks the federal government can support those efforts by making college and workforce training more affordable, enacting commonsense regulatory reform, and with investment infrastructure. " https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/jobs-and-economy/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
  • "Paul believes individual states are best suited to build their own strategic vision for economic growth, but he thinks the federal government can support those efforts by making college and workforce training more affordable, enacting commonsense regulatory reform, and with investment infrastructure. " https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/jobs-and-economy/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It gives most of its benefits to corporations and the richest 1% and explodes the national deficit, triggering automatic cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Paul agrees that the federal tax code is a mess, but he believes we need real reform for real people." https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/tax-reform/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
  • "It gives most of its benefits to corporations and the richest 1% and explodes the national deficit, triggering automatic cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Paul agrees that the federal tax code is a mess, but he believes we need real reform for real people." https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/tax-reform/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Paul’s steadfast commitment to public education is why he has been endorsed by Kansas teachers and educators in this race, and why he will fight for them in Washington. " https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/education/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
  • "Paul’s steadfast commitment to public education is why he has been endorsed by Kansas teachers and educators in this race, and why he will fight for them in Washington. " https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/education/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
Yes 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

  • KCUR "But he also says Kansas needs to focus more on its ability to generate wind energy. Davis is in favor of what's known as the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard, which would require utilities to draw at least 20 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2020." http://www.kcur.org/post/davis-takes-moderate-environmental-stance-kansas-governors-race-tightens#stream/0 (www.kcur.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "No single law will magically end gun violence, but we can't keep living this way. We need a bipartisan, reasonable, adult conversation, not a semiautomatic weapon raffle to anyone with a Twitter account: http://bit.ly/2GEyFgH #KS02 #commonsense" https://twitter.com/PaulDavisKS/status/966774388090687488 (bit.ly)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Washington, Paul will reach across the aisle to fix what’s broken in the Affordable Care Act so we can stabilize the market and lower premiums." https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/health-care/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
  • "In Washington, Paul will reach across the aisle to fix what’s broken in the Affordable Care Act so we can stabilize the market and lower premiums." https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/health-care/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This requires commonsense immigration reform that won’t cruelly and unnecessarily rip families apart, securing our borders without betraying the founding ideals of our nation, and banding together to combat threats at home, abroad, and online." https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/national-security/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
  • "This requires commonsense immigration reform that won’t cruelly and unnecessarily rip families apart, securing our borders without betraying the founding ideals of our nation, and banding together to combat threats at home, abroad, and online." https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/national-security/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
No 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

  • "This requires commonsense immigration reform that won’t cruelly and unnecessarily rip families apart, securing our borders without betraying the founding ideals of our nation, and banding together to combat threats at home, abroad, and online." https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/national-security/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
  • "This requires commonsense immigration reform that won’t cruelly and unnecessarily rip families apart, securing our borders without betraying the founding ideals of our nation, and banding together to combat threats at home, abroad, and online." https://www.davisforkansas.com/issues/national-security/ (www.davisforkansas.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Kansas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage 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) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
Xc) 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) Allow relatives of a woman who is planning or has had a late-term abortion to file suit against the provider if they believe the abortion violates the law.
i) Require abortion providers to offer the woman an opportunity to view an ultrasound before the abortion is performed.
j) Allow Kansas prosecutors to investigate a suspected violation of late-term abortion laws in the county where the abortion was performed or in the county in which the woman resides.
k) Other or expanded principles
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.
Slightly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Emergency preparedness
Maintain Statusd) Environment
Slightly Increasee) Health care
Maintain Statusf) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statush) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories
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
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statuse) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Property taxes
Maintain Statush) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusi) Vehicle taxes
j) Other or expanded categories
Undecided1) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
No2) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
No3) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
4) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of terms for Kansas governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Kansas state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) PAC
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Parties
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?
Undecidedf) Should Kansas participate in the federal REAL ID program?
Nog) Should voters be required to show photo identification before voting beginning in 2010?
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support the death penalty in Kansas.
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.
Xf) 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
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
Xb) 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.
d) 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.
Xj) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of Kansas to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
k) Other or expanded principles
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.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xf) Include sexual orientation in Kansas' anti-discrimination laws.
g) Include gender identity in Kansas' anti-discrimination laws.
Xh) Increase the state minimum wage.
Xi) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
Xj) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
Xk) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xl) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
m) Other or expanded principles
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).
c) 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 Kansas' power generating and transmission facilities.
f) 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) Support the construction of two new coal-fired power plants in South West Kansas built and operated by Sunflower Electric Power Corp.
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Yesa) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Nob) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Noc) 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.
Xc) 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 Kansas.
Xg) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Yesa) Should Kansas recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Yesc) Should Kansas provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
Nod) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
Undecidede) 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?
Undecidedh) 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?
Yesj) Should Kansas continue affirmative action programs?
Undecidedk) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
Undecidedl) 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.

1) Comprehensive energy policy that focuses on wind development and other renewable sources; 2) Health care reform that improves the accessibility and affordability of health insurance; 3) Tax reform that closes loopholes and provides a more fair tax structure

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