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Shirley Love's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Shirley Love 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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

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  • "Other forms of energy should also continue to be explored- wind, solar, water! There are some exciting technologies coming out in the world. Let's find ways to be a part of those emerging forces and create opportunities for our people to continue keeping the lights on for generations to come!" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1228570/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • "We need to seek responsible practices and ensure the cleanliness of our environment and the safety of our people, but let's get everybody back to work!" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1228570/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)
  • "President Trump declared in his State of the Union that he has ended the War on Coal. Well, that's good. Now we will start the RECONSTRUCTION period that comes after a War. It's time to build up the coal industry in WV to what it can be." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1228570/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The National Rifle Association endorses Shirley Love for the 32nd Delegate District! Shirley has spent his entire political career defending our 2nd Amendment rights, most especially with the Castle Doctrine Law, and he will be PROUD to represent you again in Charleston!" https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=782368938566821&id=740585432745172 (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/7545/shirley-love#.WnxksWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by West Virginia Citizen's Defense League https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/7545/shirley-love#.Wnxk5me3wfJ (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

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  • Voted in favor of S.B. 386 "Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana" https://votesmart.org/bill/22680/58931/7545/authorizes-the-use-of-medical-marijuana#.WnxkbGe3wfI (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

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  • 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

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

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

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

West Virginia State Legislative Election 2004 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.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) 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.
Xf) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Maintain Statusa) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreasec) Environment
Greatly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Slightly Decreasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Greatly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Increaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminateh) Inheritance taxes
Eliminatei) Property taxes
Greatly Decreasej) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusk) Smokeless tobacco taxes
Eliminatel) Vehicle taxes
Eliminatem) Other or expanded categories
Yesn) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Noo) Do you support a $630 million tobacco securitization bond to pay down West Virginia's long-term debt?
p) 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 two four-year terms for West Virginia governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for West Virginia state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) 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?
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 West Virginia are closed?
Noh) Should West Virginia recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesi) Should West Virginia restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
Yesj) Do you support the creation of an insurance fraud bureau within the state Insurance Commission?
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Implement the death penalty in West Virginia.
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.
Xg) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xh) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xi) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xj) Increase funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent and to respond to terrorist attacks.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xe) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
Xg) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles
Employment: 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 in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
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.
f) Include sexual orientation in West Virginia's anti-discrimination laws.
Xg) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Noa) Public employment
Nob) State college and university admissions
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) 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) Support funding for open space preservation.
e) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
f) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xb) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
e) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
g) Require a license for gun possession.
h) 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) Transfer more existing 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.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xg) Legalize physician assisted suicide in West Virginia.
h) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xi) Support the creation of a partnership program, coordinated by the state Public Employees Insurance Agency, to make health-insurance coverage available to small businesses and to the working poor.
Xj) Support the creation of a high-risk health insurance pool for those who cannot obtain health insurance because of pre-existing medical conditions.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
b) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Xd) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
e) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xf) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
Xg) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
h) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
i) Other or expanded principles
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.
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