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Dan Winslow's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Massachusetts State Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice a) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes b) Should abortions be illegal after 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?
No g) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
No h) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
I support Roe v. Wade as the settled law of the US and will focus my public service in areas other than the issue of abortion. I support reforming our adoption laws to create better alternatives to abortion. I support measures to reduce unplanned pregnanices and thus reduce the number of abortions. I believe that a person's church, faith, family and personal morality are more appropriate to this issue than any role of government. In appropriate circumstances, parental notification and consent can be provided by judicial determination, such as when a child is a victim of incest.

1) State Spending:Using the key, indicate 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 Taxes:Using the key,indicate 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 Stabilization:Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Massachusetts's budget.

Slightly Increase a) Education (higher)
Greatly Increase b) Education (K-12)
Maintain Status c) Environment
Slightly Decrease d) Health care
Slightly Increase e) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increase f) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Decrease g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increase b) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decrease c) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status d) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decrease e) Property taxes
Slightly Decrease f) Sales taxes
Maintain Status g) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Status h) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Maintain Status i) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories:
No a) Tapping into Massachusetts's "rainy day" fund
No b) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
No c) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
No d) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
No e) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
No f) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Growth of our economy, and resulting increased tax revenues, is the best solution. I proposed more than $130 million of new, non-tax increase revenues in the last budget and we can acheive fiscal stability by using ALL the toolsin our fiscal toolbox. Pension reform for new employees is key, but current workers who are vested in the pension system should receive the benefit of their bargain with the state. I support enhanced inherent management rights, but in the context of collective bargaining of the traditional topics of bargaining (wages, hours and working conditions).

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?

No 1) Individual
Yes 2) Political Action Committee
Yes 3) Corporate
No 4) Political Party
Yes b) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yes c) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yes d) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Yes e) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
Show ID to vote should be a basic requirement, but not if it disenfranchises voters. I believe that other ID should also be acceptable in addition to government-issued photo ID.
Yes 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) Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Yes 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 allowing for more judicial discretion in Massachusetts's "three strikes" law?
Yes g) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
I disfavor decriminalization of marijuana because it increases demand from illicit sources. Instead, I think we need to legalize marijuana (likely starting with medicinal marijuana in view of the current federal prohibition) and then regulate it and tax it. Only be lawful production of marijuana will the cartels, crooks and drug dealers be put out of business in the US.
Yes a) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yes 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?
Yes 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?
No g) Do you support allowing bars and restaurants to offer daily or hourly discounts on alcoholic beverages?
Yes h) Do you support extending the state's 5-cent deposit law to plastic water bottles and other non-carbonated beverages?
i) Other or expanded principles:
No a) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yes b) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
No c) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Yes d) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Yes e) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yes f) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
No g) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Massachusetts high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
I do not support the Common Core State Standards because Massachusetts had a more rigorous standard that we controlled and the national standard cedes our control and standards to other states where educational excellence has not be a consistent priority.
a) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
c) Do you support state funding for improvements to Massachusetts's energy infrastructure?
d) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
e) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
b) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
c) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
d) Should a license be required 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?
Yes d) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yes e) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yes f) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
No g) Do you support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide for those with a terminal diagnosis and less than six months to live?
The proposed MD-assisted suicide law is overly broad, dangerously lax, and will result in elder abuse as well as put mentally ill people at serious risk.
No a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yes b) Should Massachusetts continue to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
Yes c) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Massachusetts's anti-discrimination laws?
Yes d) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Massachusetts's anti-discrimination laws?
Gay marriage is settled law in Massachusetts and my focuswill be on issues (like education, jobs, housing, transporation) that we all share in common.
Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Please see my webiste, www.danwinslow.com for more proposals and details on how we can get Massachusetts working again.

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