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Michael Turner's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Michael Turner refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Tennessee 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.

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

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.State Budget Deficit: Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address budget deficits.

Greatly Increase Funding a) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Funding b) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increase Funding c) Environment
Greatly Increase Funding d) Health care
Greatly Increase Funding e) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Funding f) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Status g) Welfare
h) Other
X a) Cut spending in government programs.
b) Discontinue sharing the Hall tax on investment income with cities.
X c) Eliminate sales tax exemptions.
X d) Implement an annual tax on automobiles.
e) Implement a state income tax.
X f) Implement a state lottery.
g) Implement a tax on professional services.
h) Raise existing taxes.
i) Other

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Slightly Increase a) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increase b) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increase c) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increase d) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increase e) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decrease f) Inheritance taxes
g) Sales taxes
Slightly Increase h) Vehicle taxes
Yes j) Should Internet sales be taxed?
No k) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Tennessee taxpayers?
Yes l) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
m) Other
Eliminate Tax on Food

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 offenders.
X d) Oppose the use of the death penalty in Tennessee.
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.
X h) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
X i) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
j) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
X l) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
X m) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
X 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.
X p) Support automatically restoring voting rights to felons who are granted parole, probation, or are released from prison.
q) Other

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).
d) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
X e) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
X f) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
X g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
X i) Support the Gateway Testing Initiative requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
X j) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
k) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
X l) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
X m) Support Value-Added Assessment testing system which tracks student progress from one year to the next.
n) 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?

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 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) Other
Yes a) College and university admissions
Yes b) Public employment
Yes 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.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
X e) Support funding for recycling programs in Tennessee.
f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.
X h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power companies.
i) Other
Yes j) 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 Tennessee Governors?
Undecided b) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Tennessee 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?
Yes 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?
Yes g) Do you support voting on-line?
Yes h) Do you support on-line voter registration?
i) 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.
X b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
X g) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
X h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other

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.
X 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.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
X f) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
X g) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
h) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
X i) Support increasing funding for TennCare.
j) Support closing enrollment in TennCare to all but uninsured children and the Medicaid eligible.
k) Support ending TennCare and returning to Medicaid.
l) 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.
X 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.
X d) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
X e) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
X f) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
X g) Support a state rating system for video games based on content.
h) Other
Undecided i) Should physician assisted suicide be legally available in Tennessee?
Yes j) Should Tennessee include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
Yes k) Should Tennessee recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Undecided l) Should Tennessee 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.
X c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
X d) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
X e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
X 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.
j) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
X 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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