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Dean Cooley's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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2000 Presidential National Political Awareness Test Results
Results for Dean Cooley:
Dean Cooley did the right and honorable thing by providing citizens with the essential issue information requested in the National Political Awareness Test.
The test provides voters with information regarding his intentions in 17 issue areas. Project Vote Smart is being supported in this program by dozens of news media organizations including:
CNN, FOX, MTV, C-SPAN, NBC, Washington Week in Review, Knight-Ridder News Service, Washington Post.com, National Journal, Des Moines Register, and Manchester Union Leader.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Arizona State Legislative Election 2000 National Political Awareness Test

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.

X a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape, or the life of the woman is endangered.
X e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
X f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.
X h) Prohibit public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
X i) Prohibit state workers from taking girls in foster care or other state protection agencies out of Arizona for abortions.
j) Other

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Maintain Funding Status a) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase Funding b) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Status c) Environment
Maintain Funding Status d) Health care
Slightly Increase Funding e) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Status f) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Funding g) Welfare
h) Other
Slightly Increase a) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decrease b) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increase c) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Status d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status e) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Status f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Status g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Greatly Decrease h) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Status i) Property taxes
Maintain Status j) Sales taxes
Slightly Decrease k) Vehicle taxes
l) Other
Undecided m) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Yes n) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Undecided o) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Arizona taxpayers?
Yes p) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
No q) Do you support allocating all tobacco settlement funds to health care programs?
Yes r) Do you support allocating a portion of the tobacco settlement funds to education?
Undecided s) Do you support requiring voter approval for all new taxes?
Yes t) Do you support freezing property tax assessment values for low-income senior citizens?
No u) Do you support a state sales tax increase to fund education?
v) 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.
X b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
X c) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
X d) Support the use of the death penalty in Arizona.
X e) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
X f) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
X g) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
h) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
i) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
X j) Lower the blood alcohol content limit defining drunk driving.
X k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
l) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
m) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
n) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
X o) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
p) Support assessing fines rather than imprisonment for marijuana possession of two ounces or less.
q) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
b) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
X c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
X d) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
e) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
X f) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
X h) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
i) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
j) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
X k) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
X l) End bilingual education programs in Arizona.
m) Require students to pass standardized exit exams (AIMS tests) before graduating high school.
X n) Support shifting oversight of state education funds from school district administrators to school principals.
o) Other

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?

a) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
X b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
X c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
X d) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Other
No a) College and university admissions
No b) Public employment
No c) State contracting
d) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

X a) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
X b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
X c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
X d) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
e) Support funding for recycling programs in Arizona.
X f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
X g) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated, environmental protection legislation.
X h) Provide state funds to purchase land for conservation purposes.
X i) Support setting aside state trust land for conservation purposes.
j) Establish state-mandated growth boundaries outside of which development would be limited.
k) Require developers to pay for all costs to expand utility services and roads in new developments.
l) Other
No m) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yes a) Do you support the current limit on terms for Arizona Governors?
No b) Do you support the current limit on terms for Arizona State Senators and Representatives?
Yes a) Individual
Yes b) PAC
Yes c) Corporate
Yes d) Political Parties
Yes d) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
No e) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
No f) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Undecided g) Do you support voting on-line?
Undecided h) Do you support on-line voter registration?
No i) Do you support shifting the re-districting process from the Legislature to a non-partisan commission?
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
X c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
X e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

a) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
d) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
X e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
X f) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.
X g) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
X h) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
i) Expand KidsCare health insurance coverage to include more uninsured children.
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

X a) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
b) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
X c) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
d) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
e) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
f) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
g) Provide state funds to construct professional sports complexes.
h) Other
No i) Should physician-assisted suicide be legally available in Arizona?
No j) Should Arizona include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
No k) Should Arizona recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yes l) Should Arizona restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

X a) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
X b) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
X d) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
f) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
X h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
X j) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
k) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
l) 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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