Idaho Press-Tribune

Idaho Press-Tribune 2012 Primary Legislature Questionnaire

Please tell us about your family.

My wife, Kelly, and I met at the University of Idaho and have been married for 16 years.  For five years we were foster parents before becoming adoptive parents to eight of our ten children.  We home school our children, and enjoy raising our family milk cows and chickens.

Have you ever filed bankruptcy for yourself or for your business? If yes, please tell us when and the circumstances.

No

Are your (property and income) taxes paid up and current? If not, please explain why?

Yes

Have you been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony charges? (Traffic citations not included) If yes, what were the convictions and the circumstances?

No

Have you served in the military? If so, when, for how long and for what branch?

No

Have you been a candidate in any other elections? If so, what and when?

I ran against John McGee for State Senate in District 10 during the 2012 primary election.

Have you held other elected positions? Please provide details.

No

Are you involved in any community causes or organizations? If so, what are they and why?

I am actively involved in my church and in the Boy Scouts of America organization.  I also participate in many events sponsored by local liberty-minded political groups.

Please name the organizations or groups that have endorsed you so far in this election. Also please list any conflict of interest situations that you would face if elected.

None

What do you consider your greatest accomplishments?

My family and our ideals.

What standard should elected officials be held to?

They should be held to the platform they campaign on.

Should the Legislature police itself when it comes to ethical situations? Or should an independent Ethics Commission be appointed? Please explain your answer.

If an ethical situation arises in the legislature, it should be dealt with by the legislature.  Ultimately, the voters will have their say.

Should sexual orientation and gender identity be added to Idaho's Human Rights Law? Why or why not?

Non-discrimination laws should apply only to the hiring/firing practices in public sector jobs, based strictly on job qualifications.  As it currently stands, the Human Rights Law should be repealed as the government should not dictate the hiring/firing practices of private individuals and businesses.

Should Idaho require women to undergo an ultrasound (including the trans-vaginal if necessary)if they are considering an abortion?

No, the government should never require any medical procedures for anyone.  However, Idaho should stand up and recognize elective abortion as the murder of unborn children instead of continuing to legalize the practice.

With more school districts turning to supplemental levies, is the state holding up its constitutional duty to provide an adequate education?

The state constitution requires Idaho to establish and maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools (a section that should be repealed).  The legislature could only be considered as holding up its state constitutional duty if you redefine "free" to mean "financed by legal plunder".

Are you satisfied with Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's education makeover? Please explain your answer.

No, there is no way to fix the problems with public education because of its inherent nature.  Those who are truly interested in a better educational system should recognize that education must reside in the private sector, with government respecting the right and responsibility of parents.

Legislators have been at odds with the Idaho Attorney General several times in the past couple of years. Should the Legislature have a separate attorney?

I see no need for the legislature to have an attorney since legislators should understand constitutional issues themselves.  This is particularly important since many members of the legislature have been influenced by unconstitutional positions held by the Idaho Attorney General (like his opposition to the principle of interposition, or nullification).

Should the Legislature give cities the power to ask voters to approve a local option tax? Why or Why not?

Cities should rightly derive their powers from their own citizens, not from a top-down decree of the state.

Should Idaho raise the cigarette tax? Why or why not? Should there be restrictions on how the money is spent?

No, since all "sin taxes" are immoral and should be repealed.  I favor replacing all current taxation schemes with a voluntary capitation tax.

Some states require drug testing before someone can qualify for food stamps? What should Idaho do and why?

Idaho should not support the food stamp program nor any other welfare program.  It is time to stop the forced redistribution of wealth.  Adding arbitrary requirements to qualify for programs that should not even exist in the first place does not do anything to solve the real problem.

Are you supporting the election of any other candidates running for the Legislature? Who are they and why?

While I do support other candidates, I am not publicly endorsing anyone.

Why should you be elected instead of your opponent(s)?

It is time to end business as usual at the statehouse.  My voting record would be quite different than that of my opponent.  While she has consistently conformed to the majority, I will instead put principle over party.  I do not have any ties to lobbyists nor do I have any conflicts of interest.  I have the courage to reject special interests and the knowledge to translate fundamental principles of good government into policy.  I will support a government that fulfills its proper role of securing our individual God-given rights.

List your top three priorities and what you would do to correct them.

Protect life - Idaho needs to recognize elective abortion as murder and take a stand against it.
Strengthen the economy - Idaho could have a vibrant economy if our state government would create a business friendly environment by implementing sound money, eliminating personal property and other taxes, and repealing regulations.
Advance education - Idaho could lead the nation in educational excellence if we simply apply the principles of good government to the educational realm.  We must limit government to its proper role and secure the right of parents to determine how their children will be educated.