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Mark Grover's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Mark Grover has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2020 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Maine State Legislative Election 2020 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice a) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes b) Do you support legalizing abortion when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
No c) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
I understand deeply held beliefs on this subject and am open to discussion on public funding of abortion procedures, but I oppose a blanket ban on organizations.
Yes a) In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions?
Yes b) In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yes c) Do you support the creation of a tax on internet streaming services?
Due to a projected state revenue shortfall, I am open to discussion of service reductions, salary and benefit reductions, and tax increases.
Yes a) Do you support a limit on campaign contributions to state candidates?
Yes b) Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yes c) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
No d) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
Yes e) Do you support automatic voter registration?
I support easier voter registration coupled with state and national automation to eliminate duplicate registration, as well as identification validation during first-time registration.
No a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yes b) Should an individual under 18 accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
No c) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
No d) Do you support the use of private prisons in Maine?
No e) Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
f) Other or expanded principles:
No a) Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
No b) Do you support lowering state income taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
No c) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
No d) Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
No e) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of Maine?
No f) Do you support requiring employers to provide paid family leave?
No g) Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
Yes h) Do you support legalizing sports betting in Maine?
Yes i) Do you support legalizing tribal gaming in Maine?
I do not support direct government subsidies to businesses, but I do support loans. I also support redirecting some education funding toward more economically beneficial careers.
Yes a) Do you support adopting federal education standards in Maine?
Yes b) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yes c) Do you support increasing teacher salaries AND/OR benefits in Maine?
Yes d) Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from Maine high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
I am open to the details of education standards, but I believe they need to be higher. I support redirecting some education funding toward more economically beneficial careers. My support for charter schools is limited to their benefits as experiments that can be applied to the public school system.
No a) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
Yes b) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
No c) Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives?
I seek economically viable climate solutions, potentially tidal power, but am skeptical of the cost-benefit balance and generally oppose state funding.
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 teachers be allowed to bring guns into the classroom after passing gun safety training?
No d) Should a license be required for gun ownership?
I generally support gun rights, but could also support "red flag" laws to allow judges under some circumstances the ability to limit gun possession by demonstrably dangerous people.
Yes a) Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?
Yes b) Do you support Medicaid expansion through Maine's health care programs?
No c) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
No d) Do you support legislation that grants citizens the right to choose to die through euthanasia?
Yes e) Do you support eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations?
No f) Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
I do not support doctor-assisted suicide. I think Obamacare's original use of tax obligations/penalties as incentives for obtaining health insurance is a practical approach, but I am uncomfortable with the word "requirement".
Yes a) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Maine's anti-discrimination laws?
Yes b) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Maine's anti-discrimination laws?
Yes c) Do you support greater efforts by Maine state government in closing the pay gap between men and women?
Yes d) Do you support inclusion of the Equal Rights Amendment in the state constitution?
e) Other or expanded principles:
I believe we can act to increase trust in law enforcement by funding and requiring body cameras, by regulating the use and reporting of deadly force, and by increasing funding for mental health and crisis services so that law enforcement can focus on criminality.
I believe educational institutions at all levels should shift emphasis to increase its capacity to produce workers (and teachers) who are highly competent in fields such as healthcare (in all capacities), engineering (in many disciplines), sciences and mathematics. I would shift some state education funding for this purpose.

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