Susan Walsh Longley's Political Positions

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2000 Presidential National Political Awareness Test Results
Results for Susan Walsh Longley:
Susan Walsh Longley did the right and honorable thing by providing citizens with the essential issue information requested in the National Political Awareness Test.
The test provides voters with information regarding his intentions in 17 issue areas. Project Vote Smart is being supported in this program by dozens of news media organizations including:
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Maine State Legislative Election 2000 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.


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

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

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape or the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.
h) Prohibit public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xi) Other


State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.

Slightly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
c) Environment
d) Health care
e) Law enforcement
f) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
g) Welfare
h) Other

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Income taxes (incomes below $33,000)
g) Income taxes (incomes above $33,000)
h) Inheritance taxes
i) Property taxes
j) Sales taxes
k) Vehicle taxes
l) Other
Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Non) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yeso) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Maine taxpayers?
Yesp) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
q) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

Xa) Increase state funds to hire additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) Implement the use of the death penalty in Maine.
d) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xe) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xf) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
g) Prohibit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
h) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
i) Support the current .08 blood alcohol content limit defining drunk driving.
j) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
k) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
Xl) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xm) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xn) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
Xo) Deny concealed gun permits to individuals who have been the subject of a permanent protective order resulting from domestic violence.
p) Create a state-funded public defender's office to provide legal counsel to individuals accused of a crime.
q) Other

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

a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xd) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
f) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
g) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
Xh) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xj) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
k) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
l) Expand criminal background checks to ensure that all school employees are checked against FBI records every five years.
m) Provide state funds to purchase laptop computers for students in grade 7 for use through grade 12.
n) Other

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.

Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xe) Raise the state minimum wage.
f) Provide state funds to encourage economic expansion in towns that have lost major employers.
g) Require companies receiving state tax credits to pay a "livable wage" equal to 75% of the average wage in the county where they are located.
h) Other

Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?

a) College and university admissions
b) Public employment
c) State contracting
d) Other

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

Xa) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
e) Support funding for recycling programs in Maine.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Create an independent board to manage forest lands.
i) Prohibit commercial fishing in designated state waters in the Gulf of Maine.
j) Require landowners to obtain permits for all forest clear-cuts.
k) Provide state funds to extend the Maritimes and Northeast "Natural Gas" Pipeline.
Xl) Provide state financial incentives to utility companies that use environmentally-friendly power sources.
m) Other
n) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?

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

Yesa) Do you support the current limit on terms for Maine Governors?
Yesb) Do you support the current limit on terms for Maine State Senators and Representatives?

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

Yesa) Individual
Yesb) PAC
Yesc) Corporate
Yesd) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesg) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support on-line voter registration?
Yesi) Do you support allowing state employees to sue the state for employment grievances?
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
Xi) Support mandatory gun safety training for individuals purchasing a gun.
j) 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.
c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xd) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.
Xg) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
h) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
i) Expand the "Maine Rx" law to place price-controls on prescription drugs.
j) Other

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

Xa) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xb) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xd) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xe) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xf) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
g) Allow Maine residents to gamble on out-of-state harness racing via telephone.
Xh) Increase state funds to hire day-care center inspectors.
i) Other
Yesj) Should physician-assisted suicide be legally available in Maine?
Yesk) Should Maine include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
Yesl) Should Maine recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Nom) Should Maine restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?

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

Xa) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Xg) 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) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xk) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
l) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

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