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Randolph Brock's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Vermont Gubernatorial Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-choicea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Nob) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nof) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Noh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:
1) State Spending:
Using the key, indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Greatly Increasea) Education (higher)
Slightly Decreaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Maintain Statusf) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
Slightly Decreaseh) Other or expanded categories:

Government services generally. Reduce the cost of government through efficiency, process improvement, technological change and reengineering.

2) State Taxes:
Using the key,indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Decreasej) Other or expanded categories:

Lower taxes generally by making government smaller and more efficient. Expand the tax base and increase tax revenues by making Vermont a more attractive place to open, expand or retain a business.

3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Vermont's budget.
Noa) Tapping into Vermont's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noc) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
Nod) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Noe) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Nof) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:

We need to reduce the size of state government. With 29% of state employees soon eligible for retirement, we can reengineer, reorganize, prioritize and make transformational changes without mass layoffs. Then we need to make the tough choices to prioritize what we ask government to do, adding resources to our top priorities, eliminating red-tape and duplication, and identifying those low priority things that we need to stop doing.

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Nob) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Yese) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Noc) Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Yesd) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Noe) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Nof) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles:

I support allowing state and local police the ability to question and to ask for identification from any person about whom they have a reasonable suspicion of illegal activity or in situations such as when observing of suspicious or furtive behavior duing a traffic stop. When officers discover an immigration law violation in these cases, they should notify federal authorities. We should not ask law enforcement to "look the other way" in such circumstances.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yesc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesd) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Noc) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Yesd) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Yese) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nog) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Vermont high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nob) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for improvements to Vermont's energy infrastructure?
Nod) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nof) Do you support the construction of mountaintop wind turbines?
Nog) Do you support closing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Our ridgelines are not renewable. Industrial wind has no place on Vermont's ridgelines, particularly when the higher electicity rates that result enrich renewable energy developers and make poor and working Vermonters pay for these projects with higher rates for years to come. I support renewables that are cost effective. I believe that Vermont Yankee, with new ownership, could be a valuable resource for Vermont, but I oppose its operation under Entergy.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:

I believe in and support the 2d Amendment.

Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
Nog) Do you support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide for those with a terminal diagnosis and less than six months to live?
h) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should Vermont continue to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Vermont's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Vermont's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

I opposed same-sex mariage because of my belief in and support for traditional mariage. But now, same sex marriage is the law. This summer, as a Justice of the Peace, I was pleased to marry Jamie and Ben, two of my long-time supporters. As governor, I will obey the law and I will not support any attempt to turn the clock back.

In the following area, on an attached page, or via e-mail, 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.

Vermont's economy is fragile. We need to focus on the economy, jobs, unemployment and taxes. We need to make sure that Vermont is Open for Business, and that we enlist every employee of state government to live that message. We need to enforce the rules, but we also need to help job creators to comply with them. We need to reform health care by creating a system in which patients are in charge and where there is free choice and abundant competition. We need to lower cost by addressing the true drivers of high cost.

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