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Eric Oemig's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Eric Oemig refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Washington State Legislative Election 2006 National Political Awareness 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.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

A woman's decision about abortion should be made by the woman, her doctor, her family, and her God, without government interference.

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Greatly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Emergency preparedness
Slightly Increased) Environment
Greatly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Greatly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories

Greatly decrease we can save state money by spending smarter and investing in longterm benefits, not overpriced bandaids.

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Property taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Sales taxes
Maintain Statush) Vehicle taxes
i) Other or expanded categories

Greatly increase closing tax loopholes and audit tax breaks

Noj) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Nok) Should accounts such as a “rainy day” fund be used to balance the state budget?
Nol) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
m) Other or expanded principles

The best way to raise revenue is to expand the economy and raising personal income, not taxes.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Noa) 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?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Nog) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Washington are closed?
Yesh) Should Washington recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
i) Other or expanded principles

I support public funding of elections, and instant runoff voting.

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) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
g) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xi) Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xj) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xk) Strengthen sex-offender laws.
Xl) Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
m) Other or expanded principles

I support "smart on crime" actions that prevent crime and recidivism, such as education in prisons. I support medical marijuana.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xe) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide alternative ways to meet graduation requirements for students who fail the WASL (Washington Assessment of Student Learning).
Xj) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xk) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xl) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xm) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
n) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
o) Other or expanded principles

Education is the most important tool we can give to our children to help them earn their own success in life. Investing in education is investing in our economy.

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers and teach skills needed in today’s job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
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.
Xf) Support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Washington's anti-discrimination laws.
Xg) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Other or expanded principles

We must create fair rules so all businesses can compete vigorously. These rules shold not be overly burdensome or complicated

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies’ decisions on:
Noa) Public employment
Yesb) State college and university admissions
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

Diversity in higher education enriches the learning experience. Otherwise, race, gender and ethnicity should be taken into acount in state decisions only to prevent discrimination.

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, and oil).
Xc) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
d) Increase funding for improvements to Washington's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xe) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xf) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
g) Other or expanded principles

Use state funds to clean up contaminated sites only after seeking to force companies to clean up their own mess. The public should not subsidize toxic business practices.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xe) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
f) Require a license for gun possession.
g) Other or expanded principles

Our constitution guarantees our right to own arms, but does not require us to allow terrorists or convicted felons to buy weapons.

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) Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
c) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
e) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xf) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Washington.
Xg) Continue to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xh) Require companies with more than 5,000 employees to spend a certain percentage of their payroll costs on health-care benefits.
Xi) Require pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception without delay to anyone with a prescription for it.
j) Other or expanded principles

Require large businesses to spend a certain percentage of their payroll on health care OR to provide defined health benefits.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xb) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xe) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
f) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
h) Other or expanded principles

The best way to cut welfare costs is to invest in a strong economy and excellent public schools.

Please explain in a total of 75 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.

My top priority is spending our tax money smarter. We must invest in programs that solve problems and save us money, not in overpriced bandaids. This must include:
* Improving public education at all levels, from early childhood to higher education, to strengthen our communities and economy,
* Fixing our transportation system, including providing transportation choices, to save us time and money,
* Healing our health care system, so everyone can afford to stay healthy.

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