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Timothy McMenamin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Timothy McMenamin has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

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Oregon State Legislative Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Pro-life 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?
Yes g) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Yes h) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
Oregon is the only state in America with NO protective pro-life laws. Fetal tissue research requires the abortion of a living unborn child. The Center for Medical Progress revealed that Planned Parenthood affiliated clinics participate in the harvesting and sale of aborted baby body parts and placental tissue for financial gain. These are then used in research facilities including OHSU. Fetal tissue research has also not successfully helped treat a single patient. Adult stem cell research on the other hand, does not require the destruction of life. Adult stem cells are derived from sources like umbilical cords and organ tissue.

1) Budget Stabilization:Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Oregon's budget.2) State Spending: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.3) State Taxes: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.

No a) Tapping into Oregon's "rainy day" fund
No b) Decreasing funding for public universities
Yes c) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Yes d) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
No e) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Maintain Status a) Education (higher)
Maintain Status b) Education (K-12)
Maintain Status c) Environment
Slightly Decrease d) Health care
Slightly Increase e) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Decrease f) Transportation/infrastructure
Maintain Status g) Welfare
Slightly Decrease a) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decrease b) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decrease c) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decrease d) Small business taxes
Maintain Status e) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decrease f) Property taxes
Maintain Status g) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decrease h) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Slightly Decrease i) Income taxes (high-income families)
ODOT spends an enormous amount of highway fund money on agency administration, land use and environmental mitigation planning, as well as other non-highway motor vehicle services, including certain funding for public transit, highway and bridge art, extensive landscaping, facilities for bicycle and pedestrians, solar installations and electric vehicle charging stations. Much of this spending could, and I believe should, be refocused on the actual preservation, maintenance and construction of highways and bridges.
Another good example includes our statewide, comprehensive land use system that we started in 1973 with Senate Bill 100. A Bill which No other state has emulated to date. More recent examples include our "motor voter" automatic voter registration program, a three-tiered minimum wage that perpetuates income inequality based on geography and an anti-coal bill that will nearly Double Oregonians utility bills and do next to nothing to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions along with at best, subsidize green energy jobs in other states.
For the past several years, Oregon has enacted a myriad of mandates, laws, regulations and rules that collectively make the creation and growth of small businesses difficult, if not impossible. In fact, for the first time since records have been kept, business deaths are exceeding business births. Given some of the known plans for the 2017 Legislative Assembly, it is hard to justify why any entrepreneur should attempt to start or grow a business in Oregon. Oregon's future is dependent upon a vibrant, thriving private sector that provides opportunities for workers and a tax base to fund critical government functions.

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

Yes 1) Individual
Yes 2) Political Action Committee
Yes 3) Corporate
Yes 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?
Yes f) Should Oregon's judges be elected by popular vote?
Most all of Oregon's Circuit Court, Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court were appointed by either former Governor Kitzhaber or Governor Kulongoski, who also served as an Oregon Supreme Court Judge from 1997-2001. In 1969, the state of Oregon created an intermediate level appeals court. Judges from the Oregon Court of Appeals decide cases appealed from the Oregon Circuit Court. This court has a total of ten judgeships. Why do Oregon Judges always run unopposed? Why is it that some judges legislate from the bench or refuse to follow the Rule of Law? Oregon Courts need serious reform.
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?
Yes c) Do you support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
No d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yes e) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
Yes f) Do you support delaying the seizure of assets by law enforcement officials until after a conviction?
Supreme Court of the United States 10-1470: Timothy McMenamin v. Erica McMenamin. The custodial mother in a divorced family reverted to her maiden name. Obtained a name-change order for the three minor children from a trial court in an ex-parte proceeding by submitting a FALSE Affidavit with respect to the father's support and involvement in the children's lives. The court found the children's time under the falsely-obtained name contributed to their best interest. The trial court rejected Oregon Supreme Court precedent as based on Outdated "SOCIAL MORES". The Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed without decision, Oregon Supreme Court denied review.
No a) Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes b) Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes c) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yes d) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
No e) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yes f) Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
No g) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
No h) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
No i) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage?
Yes j) Should employers be able to ask about applicants' criminal history before interviewing them?
As a business owner, what does this mean? Once you have made a conditional offer to an applicant, you are then able to inquire into and consider their criminal background. In considering the relevance of an applicant's criminal background in relation to the job. This law requires that you assess the nature and gravity of the criminal offense, the time that has elapsed since the criminal offense took place, and nature of the employment held or sought. Once considered, you may rescind the conditional offer if needed. The State Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) will enforce this new law.
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?
No f) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
No g) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Oregon high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
Consider it an illegal fringe benefit for illegal immigrants. Today, 12 states allow individuals who are in the United States illegally to pay the same in-state tuition rates as legal residents of the state without providing the same rates to others in the country who are here legally. And those states are doing it in direct contravention of federal law. In 1996, Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed into law The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. State Colleges are prohibited from providing in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens on the basis of residence within the State.
No a) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
No b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
No c) Do you support state funding for improvements to Oregon's energy infrastructure?
No d) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
No e) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
No f) Do you support increased regulations of the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Large-scale federal intervention into America's energy markets began in the 1930s and continued through the 1970s. A series of major laws and executive actions sought to control energy prices, restrict competition, and limit imports. In the late 1970s, policymakers began reversing course and largely deregulated markets for oil, natural gas, and coal. This resulted in renewed producer investment in domestic supply. Natural gas production is now higher than it has ever been. The increase in production led to a fall in prices, and by 2016 the prices of oil and gas dropped by 70 percent since their highs in 2008.
No a) Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
No b) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yes c) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
No d) Should a license be required for gun possession?
If the voters learn the facts about gun shows, they will discover that there is no gun show loophole, no gun show crime problem and no reason to adopt State legislation whose main effect would be to infringe on First and Second Amendment rights. Gun shows are gathering points for people who are interested in Second Amendment issues. Gun rights groups set up booths at gun shows to distribute literature and recruit members. Gun shows are places where Americans properly exercise their First and Second Amendment rights, and neither gun show patrons nor vendors deserve the mean-spirited campaigns of abuse.
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) Do you support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
No e) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yes f) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yes g) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
Oregon insurance regulators announced their plans last week to take the first steps to place the state's Health Co-op into receivership. This agreement would enable the state to liquidate the Co-op's assets. The Co-op has become the third Oregon insurance company to experience financial crisis in past several months. Moda was placed under supervision by state regulators in January. Prior to that, Health Republic announced its decision to pull its health plans from Oregon's market. I believe the true intention of ACA was to set up the private insurance market for collapse in order to enact a single payer system.
Yes a) Do you support same-sex marriage?
No b) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Oregon's anti-discrimination laws?
No c) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Oregon's anti-discrimination laws?
Family law is governed almost entirely by State, Not Federal Law. If the LGBTQ community wants special rights then I think we should first address the largest group of individuals who are routinely denied every right bestowed on them by our Constitution. Even the most basic right of Due Process. I am talking about the Conservative, Christian Males, who believe in Traditional Family Values. Once the LGBTQ community gets behind Family Law Reform and passes a Shared Parenting Law then I will be happy to discuss their gender fluidity issues along with what our children are taught in school.
Most voters do not know that every legislative session there is a minimum of 985 new laws enacted. This is not only inefficient, it is costly. The first Bill should be that for every bill introduced two laws need to be repealed. Second, I would reduce the size of government and all the erroneous laws that small business' have to meet. Third, we already have the technology to place the entire State Budget on line so a voter can go to a Department and inspect every line item and what the voter paid for, no matter how insignificant the cost.

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