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Jeremiah Morrell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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What is the Political Courage Test?

Indiana State Legislative Election 2012 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?
I believe in protecting life. The most basic form of liberty is life. Without protecting life, we have not basis for the rest of society. The unborn are completely fragile, and depend upon the protection of society.

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 Indiana's budget.

Maintain Status a) Education (higher)
Maintain Status b) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decrease c) Environment
Greatly Decrease d) Health care
Maintain Status e) Law enforcement/corrections
Slightly Increase f) Transportation/infrastructure
Greatly Decrease g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:
Eliminate a) Alcohol taxes
Eliminate b) Cigarette taxes
Eliminate c) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increase d) Gas/Oil taxes
Eliminate e) Property taxes
Slightly Increase f) Sales taxes
Eliminate g) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminate h) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Eliminate i) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Decrease j) Other or expanded categories:
Yes a) Tapping into Indiana's "rainy day" fund
No b) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yes c) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
Yes d) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Yes e) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Yes f) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:

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

No 1) Individual
No 2) Political Action Committee
No 3) Corporate
No 4) Political Party
No 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?
f) Other or expanded principles:
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?
Yes c) Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
No d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
No 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?
Yes g) Should homeowners be allowed to use deadly force to stop an unlawful entry by law enforcement officers?
h) 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?
No 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?
No f) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
No g) Should Indiana prohibit union membership and dues being a condition of employment (right-to-work laws)?
On the right to work issue, I support free association between employees and workers. I support infrastructure spending with regard to highways and bridges, as it is the role of government. We need to have an excellent system of roads for commerce and defense.
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 Indiana high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
The Indiana Constitution provides for public schools, which is the responsibility of the government. I believe we need strong public schools through 12th grade. I want school choice and flexibility across the board. I want local decision making, empowering school boards to make decisions.
No a) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
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 Indiana's energy infrastructure?
Yes d) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
No e) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
I believe that free markets solve almost all of our environmental and energy issues. We need to actually let markets work. They will choose the best path. For the open space preservation question, I do support the State Parks & the environmental license place program (as it is voluntary).
No a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
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?
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) 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?
g) Other or expanded principles:
No a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yes b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
No c) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Indiana's anti-discrimination laws?
No d) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Indiana's anti-discrimination laws?
I don't want government defining marriage of any sort. That should not be the role of government. That should be the role of your church or religious affiliation. The Indiana Constitution and US Constitution do not address marriage. I do not support adding to anti-discrimination laws. I want people treated as individuals, not as groups.
My top priorities are to let free markets work for Indiana. I want a less intrusive government that lets people freely trade, and be free to be free. I want to reinforce state sovereignty, adhere to the US and Indiana Constitutions, and live within those guidelines. Some of the lowest hanging fruit, is to start eliminating blue laws in Indiana.

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