Dean Burke's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
Office: State Senate (GA) - District 11, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State Senate (GA) - District 11
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Georgia State Legislative Election 1998 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.
|a) Abortions should always be legally available.|
|b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.|
|c) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.|
|d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.|
|e) Abortions should always be illegal.|
|X||f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.|
|X||g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.|
|h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.|
|Undecided||j) Should Georgia government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?|
Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:
|No||a) College and university admissions|
|No||b) Public employment|
|No||c) State contracting|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
|X||a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.|
|b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.|
|X||c) End parole for repeat violent felons.|
|X||d) Support the use of the death penalty.|
|e) Oppose the death penalty.|
|X||f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.|
|X||g) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.|
|X||h) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.|
|i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.|
|X||j) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.|
|X||k) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.|
|l) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.|
|X||m) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.|
|Undecided||o) Do you support abolishing parole for all crimes?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
|X||a) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.|
|X||b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.|
|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) Implement a 10-cent deposit on glass, metal and plastic beverage bottles.|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
|X||a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.|
|X||b) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.|
|c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).|
|X||d) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.|
|X||e) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.|
|f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.|
|g) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.|
|X||h) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.|
|X||i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.|
|Undecided||k) Should the state-funded pre-kindergarten program continue to be free of charge?|
|Yes||l) Do you support state educational grants to fund an extended school year in Georgia?|
|m) Should home-schooled college applicants be required to take achievement tests to be admitted to Georgia's universities and colleges?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
|a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent 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.|
|d) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.|
|e) Provide funding for recycling programs in Georgia.|
|X||f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.|
|g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.|
|h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.|
|i) Allow cities and counties to privatize their water systems.|
|k) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Georgia officials?b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
|Undecided||1) State Senators and Representatives|
|Undecided||c) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?|
|Undecided||d) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?|
|Undecided||e) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?|
|Yes||f) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?|
|No||g) Do you support changing the boundaries of Georgia's legislative districts during non-census years?|
|No||h) Do you support straight party voting on state voter ballots?|
|Undecided||i) Do you support a constitutional amendment to place the lottery programs in the state constitution?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
|a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.|
|b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.|
|c) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.|
|d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.|
|e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.|
|X||f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.|
|g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.|
|i) Do you support requiring homeowners to keep their firearms locked-up while storing them in their homes?|
|I am satisfied with present Georgia law|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
|X||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) Provide health care to uninsured children by expanding Medicaid.|
|d) Allow Georgia's Department of Medical Assistance to contract with managed care institutions.|
|e) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.|
|f) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.|
|g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.|
|Undecided||i) Should state law permit Georgia hospitals in non-contiguous counties to merge and create a regional hospital authority?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
|a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.|
|X||b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.|
|c) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.|
|X||d) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.|
|e) Favor banning smoking in public places.|
|f) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.|
|g) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.|
|h) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.|
|No||j) Do you believe that the Georgia government should include sexual orientation in Georgia's anti-discrimination laws?|
|No||k) Do you believe that the Georgia government should recognize same-sex marriages?|
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
|Greatly Increase||a) Agriculture|
|Maintain Status||b) Education (K-12)|
|Maintain Status||c) Education (Higher)|
|Maintain Status||d) Environment|
|Maintain Status||e) Health care|
|Greatly Increase||f) Law enforcement|
|Greatly Increase||g) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)|
|Slightly Decrease||h) Welfare|
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
|a) Alcohol taxes|
|b) Capital gains taxes|
|c) Cigarette taxes|
|d) Corporate taxes|
|e) Gas taxes|
|Slightly Decrease||f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)|
|Slightly Decrease||g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)|
|h) Property taxes|
|i) Sales taxes|
|Slightly Decrease||j) Ad valorem taxes (value added)|
|Yes||l) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?|
|Undecided||m) Do you support increasing Georgia's real estate transfer tax and placing the additional revenue into a state heritage fund?|
|Undecided||n) Do you support providing a full property homestead tax exemption to anyone over age 85?|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
|X||a) Maintain the four-year limit on welfare benefits.|
|X||b) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients must work within twenty-four months in order to receive benefits.|
|X||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.|
|Undecided||k) Do you support using ATM-style debit cards for assistance checks and food stamps?|
|Crime, especially juvenile crime and our educational system are completely inter-related as the number one issue in Southwest Georgia. Our school system graduates only one out of three that enter. The functional illiteracy rate of nearly 40%, combined with a decreased emphasis on character, work ethic, and the value of human life, results in juveniles with no job prospects ...|
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