Writing:Issue positions (state executive officials)

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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 subsection under the political career section for incumbents.

First example

Below is an example of how this section would appear in an article. See also: Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper


School funding

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.[1] This legislation requires $925 million in additional taxes that must be approved by initiative by 2017.[2] 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.[3]

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Medicaid Expansion

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6][7]

Gun control

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.[8]

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.[9]

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 records, 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.[10][11]

Judicial appointments

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.

Second example

Below is an example of how this section would appear in an article. See also: Charlie Crist, former Republican Governor of Florida and 2014 Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida

On The Issues Vote Match

Charlie Crist's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
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 <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

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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.

Campaign themes

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 questionnaires such as Project Vote Smart's Political Courage Test.

Third example

Below is an example of how this section would appear in an article. See also: David McRae

Campaign themes

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." [12]

—David McRae[13]

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

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