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David Cicilline's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (RI) - District 1, Democratic
On The Ballot: Won, Democratic for U.S. House - District 1
David Cicilline 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.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "And, in Congress, David has been an outspoken deterrent against Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, a vital resource providing access to reproductive health care for thousands of women. " http://www.cicilline.com/womens-rights (www.cicilline.com)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/7349/david-cicilline#.Wz-Z3a3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "And, in Congress, David has been an outspoken deterrent against Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, a vital resource providing access to reproductive health care for thousands of women. " http://www.cicilline.com/womens-rights (www.cicilline.com)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/7349/david-cicilline#.Wz-Z3a3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "And, in Congress, David has been an outspoken deterrent against Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, a vital resource providing access to reproductive health care for thousands of women. " http://www.cicilline.com/womens-rights (www.cicilline.com)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/7349/david-cicilline#.Wz-Z3a3SQfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "David is also fighting to make certain our tax policies do not disadvantage middle class workers and their families – introducing legislation to require that the wealthiest among us pay at least at least the same effective tax rate as middle class families, and supporting a measure to enhance the child tax credit." http://www.cicilline.com/jobs-and-economic-growth-0 (www.cicilline.com)
  • "David is also fighting to make certain our tax policies do not disadvantage middle class workers and their families – introducing legislation to require that the wealthiest among us pay at least at least the same effective tax rate as middle class families, and supporting a measure to enhance the child tax credit." http://www.cicilline.com/jobs-and-economic-growth-0 (www.cicilline.com)
  • "David is also fighting to make certain our tax policies do not disadvantage middle class workers and their families – introducing legislation to require that the wealthiest among us pay at least at least the same effective tax rate as middle class families, and supporting a measure to enhance the child tax credit." http://www.cicilline.com/jobs-and-economic-growth-0 (www.cicilline.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1219049/letter-to-donald-j-trump-president-of-the-united-states-keep-government-open-include-bipartisan-priorities/?search=defense%20spending#.Wz-Y063SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Uknown Position
  • Signed a letter stating: "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1219049/letter-to-donald-j-trump-president-of-the-united-states-keep-government-open-include-bipartisan-priorities/?search=defense%20spending#.Wz-Y063SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1219049/letter-to-donald-j-trump-president-of-the-united-states-keep-government-open-include-bipartisan-priorities/?search=defense%20spending#.Wz-Y063SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The culture of corruption must end. That is why, early this week, Democrats introduced A Better Deal for our democracy: a bold, comprehensive proposal to bolster our Nation's ethics laws, overhaul our campaign finance system, and create more transparency and accountability so government works for all of the American people. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1246817/democracy-reform/?search=campaign%20finance#.Wz-ZFq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The culture of corruption must end. That is why, early this week, Democrats introduced A Better Deal for our democracy: a bold, comprehensive proposal to bolster our Nation's ethics laws, overhaul our campaign finance system, and create more transparency and accountability so government works for all of the American people. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1246817/democracy-reform/?search=campaign%20finance#.Wz-ZFq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The culture of corruption must end. That is why, early this week, Democrats introduced A Better Deal for our democracy: a bold, comprehensive proposal to bolster our Nation's ethics laws, overhaul our campaign finance system, and create more transparency and accountability so government works for all of the American people. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1246817/democracy-reform/?search=campaign%20finance#.Wz-ZFq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This year, David authored the Make it in America Manufacturing Communities Act, legislation introduced with bi-partisan support in the House and Senate. The proposal would help states like Rhode Island be better positioned to leverage federal funding to support the advanced manufacturing sector, helping create good paying jobs right here at home." http://www.cicilline.com/jobs-and-economic-growth-0 (www.cicilline.com)
  • "This year, David authored the Make it in America Manufacturing Communities Act, legislation introduced with bi-partisan support in the House and Senate. The proposal would help states like Rhode Island be better positioned to leverage federal funding to support the advanced manufacturing sector, helping create good paying jobs right here at home." http://www.cicilline.com/jobs-and-economic-growth-0 (www.cicilline.com)
  • "This year, David authored the Make it in America Manufacturing Communities Act, legislation introduced with bi-partisan support in the House and Senate. The proposal would help states like Rhode Island be better positioned to leverage federal funding to support the advanced manufacturing sector, helping create good paying jobs right here at home." http://www.cicilline.com/jobs-and-economic-growth-0 (www.cicilline.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "David also introduced a bill to end taxpayer subsidies that incentivize companies to send jobs overseas, and would put policies in place to encourage firms to bring jobs back home to America." http://www.cicilline.com/jobs-and-economic-growth-0 (www.cicilline.com)
  • "David also introduced a bill to end taxpayer subsidies that incentivize companies to send jobs overseas, and would put policies in place to encourage firms to bring jobs back home to America." http://www.cicilline.com/jobs-and-economic-growth-0 (www.cicilline.com)
  • "David also introduced a bill to end taxpayer subsidies that incentivize companies to send jobs overseas, and would put policies in place to encourage firms to bring jobs back home to America." http://www.cicilline.com/jobs-and-economic-growth-0 (www.cicilline.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In 2015, for the first time in more than a decade, Congress overhauled the nation’s elementary and secondary education policy through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). David was front and center in this effort, and worked successfully to incorporate into the final law provisions taken from legislation he authored – the Community Partnerships in Education Act. Through David’s advocacy, federal education policy now includes enhanced supports for after-school and expanded learning programs as integral components of school improvement." http://www.cicilline.com/education-0 (www.cicilline.com)
  • "In 2015, for the first time in more than a decade, Congress overhauled the nation’s elementary and secondary education policy through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). David was front and center in this effort, and worked successfully to incorporate into the final law provisions taken from legislation he authored – the Community Partnerships in Education Act. Through David’s advocacy, federal education policy now includes enhanced supports for after-school and expanded learning programs as integral components of school improvement." http://www.cicilline.com/education-0 (www.cicilline.com)
  • "In 2015, for the first time in more than a decade, Congress overhauled the nation’s elementary and secondary education policy through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). David was front and center in this effort, and worked successfully to incorporate into the final law provisions taken from legislation he authored – the Community Partnerships in Education Act. Through David’s advocacy, federal education policy now includes enhanced supports for after-school and expanded learning programs as integral components of school improvement." http://www.cicilline.com/education-0 (www.cicilline.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

  • "David understands the importance of this responsibility, and has worked hard in Congress to defend our environment and advance the development of renewable energy technology." http://www.cicilline.com/energy-and-environment (www.cicilline.com)
  • "David understands the importance of this responsibility, and has worked hard in Congress to defend our environment and advance the development of renewable energy technology." http://www.cicilline.com/energy-and-environment (www.cicilline.com)
  • "David understands the importance of this responsibility, and has worked hard in Congress to defend our environment and advance the development of renewable energy technology." http://www.cicilline.com/energy-and-environment (www.cicilline.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "That’s why David has been a strong supporter of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which calls on the United States and partners throughout the world to commit to reductions in carbon pollution." http://www.cicilline.com/energy-and-environment (www.cicilline.com)
  • "That’s why David has been a strong supporter of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which calls on the United States and partners throughout the world to commit to reductions in carbon pollution." http://www.cicilline.com/energy-and-environment (www.cicilline.com)
  • "That’s why David has been a strong supporter of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which calls on the United States and partners throughout the world to commit to reductions in carbon pollution." http://www.cicilline.com/energy-and-environment (www.cicilline.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Last year, David introduced the Assault Weapons Ban to ban the production and purchase of new assault-style weapons that are designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible. As a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, David has also introduced bills to expand background checks, improve the reporting of mental health records to the NICS system, and prohibit anyone convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from purchasing a gun" http://www.cicilline.com/gun-violence-prevention (www.cicilline.com)
  • Rated 7% by the National Rifle Association. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/7349/david-cicilline/37#.Wz-aA63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Last year, David introduced the Assault Weapons Ban to ban the production and purchase of new assault-style weapons that are designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible. As a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, David has also introduced bills to expand background checks, improve the reporting of mental health records to the NICS system, and prohibit anyone convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from purchasing a gun" http://www.cicilline.com/gun-violence-prevention (www.cicilline.com)
  • Rated 7% by the National Rifle Association. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/7349/david-cicilline/37#.Wz-aA63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Last year, David introduced the Assault Weapons Ban to ban the production and purchase of new assault-style weapons that are designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible. As a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, David has also introduced bills to expand background checks, improve the reporting of mental health records to the NICS system, and prohibit anyone convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from purchasing a gun" http://www.cicilline.com/gun-violence-prevention (www.cicilline.com)
  • Rated 7% by the National Rifle Association. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/7349/david-cicilline/37#.Wz-aA63SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "But that does mean this law is perfect. There is certainly a need for more progress. Unfortunately, too many attempts to build on the progress of the Affordable Care Act have been the victim of the political stalemate in Washington. Talk about repeal is reckless, irresponsible, and fails to recognize the many who now rely on this law for quality, affordable coverage. David believes we need to build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act and fix what doesn’t work." http://www.cicilline.com/health-care (www.cicilline.com)
  • "But that does mean this law is perfect. There is certainly a need for more progress. Unfortunately, too many attempts to build on the progress of the Affordable Care Act have been the victim of the political stalemate in Washington. Talk about repeal is reckless, irresponsible, and fails to recognize the many who now rely on this law for quality, affordable coverage. David believes we need to build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act and fix what doesn’t work." http://www.cicilline.com/health-care (www.cicilline.com)
  • "But that does mean this law is perfect. There is certainly a need for more progress. Unfortunately, too many attempts to build on the progress of the Affordable Care Act have been the victim of the political stalemate in Washington. Talk about repeal is reckless, irresponsible, and fails to recognize the many who now rely on this law for quality, affordable coverage. David believes we need to build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act and fix what doesn’t work." http://www.cicilline.com/health-care (www.cicilline.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It's also important to recognize what this bill does not include -- namely, funding for a border wall or a cruel deportation task force. I hope that the Senate will move quickly to approve this funding. I look forward to working further with my colleagues to preserve these priorities in the months ahead." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1172134/cicilline-statement-on-house-passage-of-federal-appropriations-bill/?search=border%20wall#.Wz-ZQa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "All these priorities are taking a backseat so President Trump can pay for a $21.6 billion border wall. A border wall that the President's own Homeland Security Secretary has said will not make our border safer. A border wall that President Trump once promised would be paid for by Mexico, not by American taxpayers." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1171996/cicilline-statement-on-trump-budget-outline/?search=border%20wall#.Wz-ZZa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It's also important to recognize what this bill does not include -- namely, funding for a border wall or a cruel deportation task force. I hope that the Senate will move quickly to approve this funding. I look forward to working further with my colleagues to preserve these priorities in the months ahead." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1172134/cicilline-statement-on-house-passage-of-federal-appropriations-bill/?search=border%20wall#.Wz-ZQa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "All these priorities are taking a backseat so President Trump can pay for a $21.6 billion border wall. A border wall that the President's own Homeland Security Secretary has said will not make our border safer. A border wall that President Trump once promised would be paid for by Mexico, not by American taxpayers." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1171996/cicilline-statement-on-trump-budget-outline/?search=border%20wall#.Wz-ZZa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It's also important to recognize what this bill does not include -- namely, funding for a border wall or a cruel deportation task force. I hope that the Senate will move quickly to approve this funding. I look forward to working further with my colleagues to preserve these priorities in the months ahead." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1172134/cicilline-statement-on-house-passage-of-federal-appropriations-bill/?search=border%20wall#.Wz-ZQa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "All these priorities are taking a backseat so President Trump can pay for a $21.6 billion border wall. A border wall that the President's own Homeland Security Secretary has said will not make our border safer. A border wall that President Trump once promised would be paid for by Mexico, not by American taxpayers." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1171996/cicilline-statement-on-trump-budget-outline/?search=border%20wall#.Wz-ZZa3SQfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "David strongly believes the House of Representatives should pass legislation to help approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants emerge from the shadows, and provide a responsible path to citizenship for those who want to fully participate in our civil society and contribute to our nation's economy." http://www.cicilline.com/immigration-reform (www.cicilline.com)
  • "David strongly believes the House of Representatives should pass legislation to help approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants emerge from the shadows, and provide a responsible path to citizenship for those who want to fully participate in our civil society and contribute to our nation's economy." http://www.cicilline.com/immigration-reform (www.cicilline.com)
  • "David strongly believes the House of Representatives should pass legislation to help approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants emerge from the shadows, and provide a responsible path to citizenship for those who want to fully participate in our civil society and contribute to our nation's economy." http://www.cicilline.com/immigration-reform (www.cicilline.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "We fear that the elimination of the Obama Administration's marijuana enforcement guidance will promote an inefficient use of limited taxpayer resources and subvert the will of voters who have clearly indicated a preference for legalized marijuana in their states. Further, the January 4 memorandum by Attorney General Sessions fails to provide any evidence that prosecuting marijuana in states where it has been legalized will make Americans safer. DOJ should instead pursue enforcement strategies that are sensible, effective, and enhance public safety, and the Judiciary Committee should be included in these discussions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1223752/letter-to-the-honorable-bob-goodlatte-chairman-of-house-judiciary-committee-hearing-on-marijuana-policy-change-by-attorney-general-sessions/?search=marijuana#.Wz-ZlK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We fear that the elimination of the Obama Administration's marijuana enforcement guidance will promote an inefficient use of limited taxpayer resources and subvert the will of voters who have clearly indicated a preference for legalized marijuana in their states. Further, the January 4 memorandum by Attorney General Sessions fails to provide any evidence that prosecuting marijuana in states where it has been legalized will make Americans safer. DOJ should instead pursue enforcement strategies that are sensible, effective, and enhance public safety, and the Judiciary Committee should be included in these discussions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1223752/letter-to-the-honorable-bob-goodlatte-chairman-of-house-judiciary-committee-hearing-on-marijuana-policy-change-by-attorney-general-sessions/?search=marijuana#.Wz-ZlK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We fear that the elimination of the Obama Administration's marijuana enforcement guidance will promote an inefficient use of limited taxpayer resources and subvert the will of voters who have clearly indicated a preference for legalized marijuana in their states. Further, the January 4 memorandum by Attorney General Sessions fails to provide any evidence that prosecuting marijuana in states where it has been legalized will make Americans safer. DOJ should instead pursue enforcement strategies that are sensible, effective, and enhance public safety, and the Judiciary Committee should be included in these discussions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1223752/letter-to-the-honorable-bob-goodlatte-chairman-of-house-judiciary-committee-hearing-on-marijuana-policy-change-by-attorney-general-sessions/?search=marijuana#.Wz-ZlK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Without a doubt, a nuclear Iran is a threat to the United States, Israel and the world. Ira can not develop nuclear weapons. All participants in the debate agree on that point. The question is, what is the most effective way to achieve that goal. The fact is that the sanctions regime on Iran was not achieving this goal, a fact acknowledged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2012, in an address to the United Nations:'Under the leadership of President Obama, the international community has passed some of the strongest sanctions to date…It’s had an effect on the economy, but we must face the truth. Sanctions have not stopped Iran’s nuclear program.'" http://www.cicilline.com/us-israel-relationship (www.cicilline.com)
  • Uknown Position
  • "Without a doubt, a nuclear Iran is a threat to the United States, Israel and the world. Ira can not develop nuclear weapons. All participants in the debate agree on that point. The question is, what is the most effective way to achieve that goal. The fact is that the sanctions regime on Iran was not achieving this goal, a fact acknowledged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2012, in an address to the United Nations:'Under the leadership of President Obama, the international community has passed some of the strongest sanctions to date…It’s had an effect on the economy, but we must face the truth. Sanctions have not stopped Iran’s nuclear program.'" http://www.cicilline.com/us-israel-relationship (www.cicilline.com)
  • "Without a doubt, a nuclear Iran is a threat to the United States, Israel and the world. Ira can not develop nuclear weapons. All participants in the debate agree on that point. The question is, what is the most effective way to achieve that goal. The fact is that the sanctions regime on Iran was not achieving this goal, a fact acknowledged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2012, in an address to the United Nations:'Under the leadership of President Obama, the international community has passed some of the strongest sanctions to date…It’s had an effect on the economy, but we must face the truth. Sanctions have not stopped Iran’s nuclear program.'" http://www.cicilline.com/us-israel-relationship (www.cicilline.com)
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

  • "We need to balance the desire to bring our troops home with an appreciation for the way responsible, strategic engagement in emerging threats today can prevent the need for greater involvement, at greater risk, in the future. But we must acknowledge the toll repeated tours have on the men and women who volunteer to serve our country. It should always be a priority to bring our troops home as soon as possible." http://www.cicilline.com/national-security (www.cicilline.com)
  • "The partnership between the United States and Israel and our commitment to ensuring Israel is able to protect its people from the extraordinary, on-going threats against them must always be the centerpiece of our foreign policy in the Middle East." http://www.cicilline.com/us-israel-relationship (www.cicilline.com)
  • "We need to balance the desire to bring our troops home with an appreciation for the way responsible, strategic engagement in emerging threats today can prevent the need for greater involvement, at greater risk, in the future. But we must acknowledge the toll repeated tours have on the men and women who volunteer to serve our country. It should always be a priority to bring our troops home as soon as possible." http://www.cicilline.com/national-security (www.cicilline.com)
  • "The partnership between the United States and Israel and our commitment to ensuring Israel is able to protect its people from the extraordinary, on-going threats against them must always be the centerpiece of our foreign policy in the Middle East." http://www.cicilline.com/us-israel-relationship (www.cicilline.com)
  • "The partnership between the United States and Israel and our commitment to ensuring Israel is able to protect its people from the extraordinary, on-going threats against them must always be the centerpiece of our foreign policy in the Middle East." http://www.cicilline.com/us-israel-relationship (www.cicilline.com)
  • "We need to balance the desire to bring our troops home with an appreciation for the way responsible, strategic engagement in emerging threats today can prevent the need for greater involvement, at greater risk, in the future. But we must acknowledge the toll repeated tours have on the men and women who volunteer to serve our country. It should always be a priority to bring our troops home as soon as possible." http://www.cicilline.com/national-security (www.cicilline.com)

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Rhode Island State Legislative Election 1998 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) concerning abortion.
Xa) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
Yesj) Should Rhode Island government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:
Yesa) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) End parole for repeat violent felons.
d) Support the use of the death penalty.
Xe) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
Xi) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
j) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
k) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
Xl) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
m) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
n) Other
Undecidedo) Do you support the current law requiring the state to take DNA samples from suspects in violent crimes?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order 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 retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Other
Nof) Should the state approve a gambling facility for the Narragansett Indians in Providence?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) 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) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
Xf) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xg) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
Xh) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xj) Increase state funding to develop full day kindergarten and preschool programs.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent 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.
Xd) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Rhode Island.
f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Other
Yesi) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Undecidedj) Do you support increasing the minimum size for lobsters harvested in Rhode Island waters?
Undecidedk) Do you support instituting limits on the number of traps maintained by each lobsterman?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Rhode Island officials?
No1) State Senators and Representatives
No2) Governor
b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesd) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yese) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nof) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Nog) Do you support allowing members of the General Assembly to serve on state boards and commissions?
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
Xb) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Xg) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) 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.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xc) Support funding for RIte Care, which provides health care for uninsured pregnant women and children under age 18.
d) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xe) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
f) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xh) Allow people to sue health maintenance organizations that deny treatment, when that action results in serious injury or death.
i) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xe) Favor banning smoking in public places.
Xf) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xg) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xh) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Other
Yesj) Do you believe that the Rhode Island government should include sexual orientation in Rhode Island's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesk) Do you believe that the Rhode Island government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
Greatly Increasea) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes
Greatly Decreaseg) Property taxes
Slightly Decreaseh) Sales taxes
i) Other
Yesj) Do you support Rhode Island's flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
a) Maintain the five-year limit on welfare benefits.
Xb) Require that able-bodied recipients participate in work activities 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) 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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