Writing:Issue positions (state executive officials)
- 1 Issues
- 2 First example
- 3 Second example
- 4 On The Issues Vote Match
- 5 Campaign themes
- 6 Third example
- 7 See also
- 8 References
See also: On The Issues Vote Match
This section is added to profiles about current or former officeholders. It is a subset of the political career section.
This section should only be included when officials have specifically outlined their issue positions on their office website, personal website, during public speaking engagements or formal interviews with recognized media sources. Content should reflect issues taken while holding and serving in political office.
On the Issues VoteMatch quiz results would also warrant an issues section or subection under the political career section for incumbents.
Below is an example of how this section would appear in an article. See also: Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper
Hickenlooper signed a bill reforming state education funding on May 21, 2013. Senate Bill 213 proposed changes to school funding that would bolster budgets for early education programs, struggling school districts and programs that help at-risk youth. This legislation requires $925 million in additional taxes that must be approved by initiative by 2017. Hickenlooper urged more funding for public schools during his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, citing Colorado's relatively small education budget. "Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming all spend more per pupil than Colorado. In fact only two neighboring states (Arizona and Utah) spend less on education than we do," stated Hickenlooper on his campaign website.
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In January 2013, Hickenlooper called for a further expansion of Colorado Medicaid, which would cover 160,000 more people, including the 86,000 college students in Colorado with incomes below the federal poverty line and other college students with annual incomes above the federal poverty line up to $15,414. Hickenlooper's administration estimated that this change would cost the state $1.4 billion over 10 years, regardless of whether the federal government footed the bill for the first few years of the expansion. Linda Gorman of the Independence Institute's Healthcare Policy Center criticized Hickenlooper's proposal in a January 24 opinion piece because of its expense to taxpayers. Gorman asserted that many college students would likely drop their private insurance and enroll in the much cheaper Medicaid program if Hickenlooper's expansion were to be approved. She also pointed out that out-of-state students would also become eligible to enroll in Colorado Medicaid.
Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")
In December 2012, Hickenlooper declined to enter Colorado into the federal health-exchange system established under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, in favor of setting up a state-based system. Colorado was one of eighteen states - including New Mexico, New York, Maryland and Washington - that decided to create and run individual health-exchange systems by the December 14 deadline. The exchange is an online marketplace for citizens to purchase health insurance.
Hickenlooper supports background checks for gun purchases. He also said help needs to be available for people with mental health issues before they turn to violence.
On March 20, 2013, Hickenlooper signed new gun laws into effect. The bills expanded background checks on gun purchases and limited the size of ammunition magazines.
Job creation ranking
In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Hickenlooper was ranked number 6. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As governor, Hickenlooper is responsible for appointing judges to Colorado state courts. In Colorado, the governor makes a judicial appointment after candidates are recommended by a judicial nominating commission. After the governor appoints a judge, she or he must serve at least two years in office before running for election.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Crist is a Moderate Populist. Crist received a score of 30 percent on social issues and 38 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid
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The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Favors||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Favors|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Favors||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Favors|
|Vouchers for school choice||Favors||Keep God in the public sphere||Strongly Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Strongly Opposes|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Strongly Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Strongly Opposes||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Strongly Opposes|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Favors||Expand the military||Unknown|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Unknown|
|Privatize Social Security||Opposes||Never legalize marijuana||Strongly Favors|
|Note: Information last updated: June 23, 2014. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
Note: On the Issues rated Crist as strongly opposing the legalization of marijuana though he has come out as a supporter of Amendment 2, which would legalize medicinal marijuana.
This section is added to profiles about current officeholders and candidates for state executive offices. It is a subset of the elections section.
This section should only be included when officials or candidates have specifically outlined their issue positions on their campaign website, in public speeches, media and other forums related to the election (i.e. debates, campaign advertisements, etc.) or by answering questionnairs such as Project Vote Smart's Political Courage Test.
Below is an example of how this section would appear in an article. See also: David McRae
McRae announced his candidacy outside the Mississippi State Capitol on January 27, 2015, stating:
|“||"Like you, I am alarmed and outraged at the corruption in our state government. Each day it seems we read a new story about bribes, kickbacks, back room deals and incompetence from those we entrusted with our tax dollars. Sadly, the politicians in Jackson are becoming just as bad as those in Washington.
That’s why I’m announcing my candidacy for State Treasurer today. We need a reformer from outside government to come in and clean up this mess. We have to root out the waste, fraud and abuse and start protecting Mississippi taxpayers.
I look forward over the coming weeks and months to visiting with voters around the state, to sitting down with newspaper editorial boards and other media outlets, as we unveil more details about our agenda to reform state government and better safeguard our tax dollars." 
McRae's campaign website lists his priorities for the treasurer's office, which include:
- Fighting for taxpayers
- Rooting out corruption, incompetence, waste, fraud and abuse
- Ending no-bid contracts
- Increasing transparency and accountability
- Fiscally responsible leadership
- Colorado General Assembly, "Senate Bill 213," May 21, 2013
- CBS Denver, "Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Massive School Funding Overhaul Bill," May 21, 2013
- Hickenlooper for Colorado, "Education," accessed May 30, 2013
- Linda Gorman, PhD, Solutions project, "Opinion: Colorado Medicaid expansion would make 86,000 college students eligible," January 24, 2013
- The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
- The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
- The Daily Times, "Governor Susana Martinez to tackle state-based health exchange," January 9, 2013
- USA Today, "Where each state stands on gun-control legislation," January 14, 2013
- NBC news, "Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper signs landmark gun-control bills," March 20, 2013
- The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
- The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
- On The Issues, "Charlie Crist Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- David McRae's campaign website, 2015, "Homepage," accessed on February 19, 2015