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Tarah Toohil's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (PA) - District 116, Republican

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State House (PA) - District 116

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Pennsylvania State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage Test

Pro-life a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yes c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yes d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yes e) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yes f) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yes g) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
No h) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

1) State SpendingIndicate 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.2) State TaxesIndicate 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.3) Budget StabilizationIndicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Pennsylvania's budget.

Maintain Status a) Education (higher)
Greatly Increase b) Education (K-12)
Maintain Status c) Environment
Maintain Status d) Health care
Greatly Increase e) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase f) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Decrease g) Welfare
Greatly Decrease h) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Status b) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decrease c) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status d) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decrease e) Property taxes
Maintain Status f) Sales taxes
Maintain Status g) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decrease h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Status i) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories
No a) Tapping into Pennsylvania's "rainy day" fund
Yes b) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
No c) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yes d) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
No e) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yes f) Privatizing certain government services
Cut Spending in the legislative budget. Stop excessive borrowing. Cut spending in the Department of Welfare. Spend more time on welfare fraud investigations in the preliminary stages of application rather than prosecutions on the backend. Limit the items that can be purchased by consumers using the Access card.

d) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?

Yes a) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Pennsylvania governors?
Yes b) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Pennsylvania state legislators?
Yes c) Do you support reducing the size of the General Assembly?
Yes 1) Individual
Yes 2) Political Action Committee
Yes 3) Corporate
No 4) Political Party
Yes e) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yes f) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
g) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yes b) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
No c) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
No d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yes e) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yes f) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
No b) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
No c) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yes d) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
No e) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Yes f) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Yes g) Do you support the taxation of cigars and smokeless tobacco?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support national education standards?
No b) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
c) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yes d) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yes e) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
No f) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Pennsylvania high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yes b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yes c) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yes d) Do you support state funding for improvements to Pennsylvania's energy infrastructure?
No e) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
No f) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yes b) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yes c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yes d) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yes b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yes c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
No d) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Yes e) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
No f) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Pennsylvania?
No g) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
I support being able to purchase health care across state lines in order to create competition between companies, increase quality of health insurance, and decrease costs.
a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
b) Should Pennsylvania allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
Yes c) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
No d) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
No e) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Yes f) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Pennsylvania's anti-discrimination laws?
No g) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Pennsylvania's anti-discrimination laws?
I take issue with the use of stem cells from aborted fetuses.
1) Government Reform: particularly with regard to spending and borrowing. 2) Creating Jobs and Reducing Taxes 3) Fighting Corruption

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