Ryan Zinke in 2008 Political Courage Test


On Abortion: Pro-life, but decision should not be made by government

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

On Abortion: No embryonic stem cell research; no emergency contraception

Q: Do you support state funding of stem cell research?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?

A: No.

Q: Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?

A: No.

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

On Budget & Economy: Our government should spend within its means; no new fees

Q: Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?

A: No. Our government should spend within its means. Montana should always be vigilant to examine ways to increase government efficiency and reduce waste. Providing incentives for clean, small business opportunities promotes a needed long term revenue stream. I believe in a fair and progressive tax system that does not penalize incentive and innovation.

Q: Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?

A: No. I strongly support meaningful property tax reform to ensure that Montanans do not get taxed out of their homes and/or farms.

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

On Civil Rights: No affirmative action in college nor state contracts

Q: Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?

A: No.

Q: Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?

A: No.

Q: Should Montana continue affirmative action programs?

A: No.

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

On Civil Rights: No same-sex marriage, nor civil unions, not adoption

Q: Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?

A: No.

Q: Should Montana provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?

A: No.

Zinke adds, "I do not support same sex marriages or the adoption of children by same-sex couples. I am undecided on the issue of same-sex civil union."

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

On Crime: Supports death penalty but also hate crime legislation

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

On Education: Supports vouchers for public schools

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

On Education: Voluntary prayer provided there's no undue influence

Q: Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?

A: No.

Zinke adds, "I support allowing voluntary prayer on public property provided there is no undue influence to do so."

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

On Energy & Oil: Increased coal production with environmental safeguards

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

On Environment: Cleanup industrial sites; preserve open space

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

On Government Reform: Limit PAC, corporate, and individual campaign donations

Q: Do you support the current limit of terms for Montana governors?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the current limit of terms for Montana state senators and representatives?

A: No.

Q: Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates? Individual?

A: Yes.

Q: PAC?

A: Yes.

Q: Corporate?

A: Yes.

Q: Political Parties?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?

A: No.

Q: Should Montana participate in the federal REAL ID program?

A: I support the requirement for a valid Montana ID for all elections.

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

On Gun Control: Background checks are prudent; military weapons aren't

Q: Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?

A: Yes.

Q: Should a license be required for gun possession?

A: No. I strongly support the right to bear arms for hunting and personal protection. I believe that background checks are prudent & necessary. I also believe that the sale of specialized military weapons should be banned for public use. I believe that in areas of high security, such as courtrooms, airports, and military bases, that concealed weapons should not be allowed."

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

On Health Care: Caps on medical malpractice; no government health insurance

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

On Immigration: Punish those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

The above quotations are from Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test, by Project Vote Smart.
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Ryan Zinke on other issues:
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Jobs
Principles
Social Security
Tax Reform
Technology
War/Peace
Welfare
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