How the candidate answered on the issues
Should businesses have the right to deny services based on the customer's sexual orientation/gender identity? State / National
How should drug addiction - such as heroin addiction - be treated? State / National
Additional Comments: Addiction alone is a medical issue. The crimes sometimes associated with addiction should be treated as criminal issues. But we should look carefully at the offenses and be judicial with incarcerating people versus sending them to rehab and finding other ways to support them.
Should regulations be created to limit how prescription painkillers are prescribed? State / National
What is your view on Climate Change? State / National
Additional Comments: I don't agree with the breakdown of these options. I believe human activity is a primary cause of climate change but there may be other causes. Moving towards sustainable energy is good for the economy and the environment.
Do you support net neutrality? State / National
Additional Comments: We need regulations on the drug companies who are profiting from our pain, and regulations keeping doctors and drug companies from overprescribing addictive painkillers.
Regarding gun laws, what generally do you support from the choices below? State / National
Additional Comments: We need common sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of people who want to cause damage and chaos, including closing loopholes, instituting universal background checks, and ensuring people with violent histories do not have access to weapons.
Should we be more or less involved in helping to manage international affairs? State / National
Additional Comments: Again, this question is poorly worded. I believe you are asking, should the US be a leader on the international stage? Since the 2nd World War, the US has been the leader. I believe our role is shrinking as we see other actors like China grow in influence. The US's role is certainly changing and it doesn't need to be a zero sum game. We do need to ensure we are taking care of our own people while improving lives internationally.
How should Pennsylvania regulate marijuana? State
Should the drawing of district lines be done by an independent system instead of state legislators? State
How should the general assembly balance the state budget? State
Additional Comments: We need to raise taxes on large corporations (like a severance tax) and insure that the very rich are paying their fair share. We should look at spending programs and insure that they are being used efficiently and appropriately. But we should not cut programs that are helping our vulnerable populations.
Should the minimum wage be raised? State / National
Additional Comments: Our minimum wage is by far too low and the lowest of our neighboring states. We must raise the wage to help our working people.