Virginia's voter guide to the governors race

A helpful guide to learn where Cuccinelli, McAuliffe and Sarvis stand on the issues that matter to you. Photo: Three candidates' running for VA governor

WASHINGTON, November 3, 2013 — Virginia will vote on Tuesday November 5, 2013 to decide on their governor.

Next year, voter ID changes will go into effect in the state but on Tuesday the identification requirement is the same as has been in years past. In order to vote you must have with you a driver’s license, voter registration card, military ID, student ID, government ID, handgun permit, utility bill or a social security card. If a voter is unsure of where to voter, use this form to fill in your address to receive the information on your polling location. In Virginia, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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The three candidates in the governor race are Ken Cuccinelli, Republican, Terry McAuliffe, Democrat, and Robert Sarvis, Libertarian.

Following are the views of the candidates on critical issues:

GUN CONTROL

Ken Cuccinelli:  Does not support legislation restricting gun purchases.


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Terry McAuliffe: Supports assault type weapon ban, background checks and limits on high    capacity rounds.

Robert Sarvis:  Does not support legislation restricting gun purchases.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (Obamacare)

Ken Cuccinelli:  Has called the ACA unconstitutional and filed a lawsuit against the Act which was ultimately dismissed. Would like to see the legislation it overturned by any means necessary. Does not support expanding coverage under Medicaid.

Terry McAuliffe:  Supports the majority of the ACA, although he also supported the delay for employer mandate. Does support expanding coverage under Medicaid.

Robert Sarvis:  Does not support the ACA but does support expanding health care through private insurance companies. Does not support expanding coverage under Medicaid.

ABORTION

Ken Cuccinelli:  Pro-life, strongly anti-abortion. He opposes abortion in all cases including rape and incest. The only time Cuccinelli supports abortion is when the life of the mother is in jeopardy. Supports new restrictions making abortion clinics follow hospital codes. Supports “personhood” legislation defining life as starting at fertilization. Supports requirement for a woman to have an ultrasound before being allowed to have an abortion.

Terry McAuliffe:  Pro-Choice. He believes that the new restrictions making abortion clinics meet hospital codes are too harsh and restrictive. He supports leaving Virginia’s laws as they are, allowing abortion except in the third trimester, unless the life of the mother is in jeopardy. Does not support the “personhood” legislation defining life as starting at fertilization. Does not support the requirement for women to have an ultrasound before an abortion.

Robert Sarvis:  Due to the strong feelings on both sides of this issue, he would like to not have any decisive legislation on either direction and will not reveal his personal beliefs. Although he says he does not support the “personhood” legislation, he does not the requirement of a woman receiving an ultrasound before an abortion is performed.

GAY RIGHTS

Ken Cuccinelli:  He does not support same-sex marriage. He believes that a marriage should only be between a man and a woman and supports the gay marriage ban in the state of Virginia. He also does not believe colleges and universities have the right to prohibit discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation.

Terry McAuliffe:  Says he is proud to support marriage equality and would sign a bill to overturn Virginia’s ban against gay marriage. He also believes that no business should be allowed to discriminate on the bases of sexual orientation.

Robert Sarvis:  Supports same sex marriage and has compared Virginia’s ban on gay marriage to the old ban on interracial marriage, noting that years ago his own marriage would be illegal in the state of Virginia. He also pledged to sign an antidiscrimination bill if elected.

EDUCATION

Ken Cuccinelli:  He does not support the state taking over failing schools because he believes it defies Virginia’s constitution, but he does support school choice for failing schools students with charter schools or voucher programs.  He wants to expand science, math and technology programs in public schools. Wants to provide $10,000 degrees in state colleges for math, science and engineering degrees. Would like government funds for religious schools.

Terry McAuliffe:  Wants to dramatically increase spending for K-12, including pay raises for teachers. Wants to promote the community college system as an affordable educational option and wants to make employment data for graduates available for individual colleges.

Robert Sarvis:  Wants to expand school choice with charter schools. Would like to see K-12 education focus more on life skills and job preparedness. Does not support SOL testing and would like to eliminate them.

ENVIORNMENT/ ENERGY

Ken Cuccinelli:  Strong supporter of the coal industry. Would like to see the energy regulation severely reduced. Supporter of off shore drilling and does not believe that human activity is a major factor in climate change. Critical of the Environmental Protection Agency. Does not support a requirement that would require renewable energy as part of the energy mix.

Terry McAuliffe:  Would like to build off shore wind turbines off Virginia’s coast. He is an environmentalist who has invested in multiple clean air firms. He has flipped on the coal issue. He originally was for scaling back coal plants but now say he is interested in making sure they are EPA compliant. He believes that human action is a major factor in climate change and supports renewable energy requirements as part of Virginia’s energy mix.

Robert Sarvis:  He believes all energy sources should be subject to strict and strong liability rules for environmental harms. Doing so adds in the external costs to the price of energy paid by consumers. He believes that once that is done properly, the government should be removed from energy sources, not subsidizing or focusing on any particular source or technology. He does support off shore drilling and believes human activities are a major contributor to climate change.

TAXES/ JOB CREATION

Ken Cuccinelli:  He wants to lower the individual tax rate as well as the business income tax over four years. He has not given specifics on how the state will make up the lost income. He would appeal to small businesses by reducing red tape and creating an Office for Small Business Advocate to help small businesses create more jobs.

Terry McAuliffe:  He has not provided a specific on tax plan outside of eliminating the Business Professional Occupational License tax, the Merchants Capital tax, and the Machinery and Tool tax although he does say that he will not raise taxes. His plan for creating jobs is based in his clean energy plan. He believes that energy efficient regulation will increase business and construction jobs. He would increase tax cuts for environmental companies and expand job training at the community college level but does no support cutting the personal income tax rate.

Robert Sarvis:  Would like to remove all industry and business specific regulation and incentives for equality for all. He would like to eliminate all income tax and some business taxes and raising sales tax. He would introduce a user fee for public services to make up for the lost revenue from income taxes.

TRANSPORTATION

Ken Cuccinelli:  Does not support the massive transportation bill signed into law by current governor McDonnell because he sees it as a large tax increase. He opposes the expansion of Metro’s Silver line for the same reasons. He believes that traffic legislation is often agreed upon based on the political connections of the developers and would like to see politics taken out of the process.

Terry McAuliffe:  He does support the transportation funding bill, even implying in his campaign ads that he was part of the process to get the bill passed, a claim Cuccinelli’s campaign questions. He also supports the Metro Silver line expanding out to Loudon County, Virginia.

Robert Sarvis:  He does not support the transportation bill and would instead like to see user-pay funding models put in place for transportation. He feels that people who do not even have cars or do not use the specific roads should not be responsible for the upkeep of those highways. He believes user-pays pricing for road and rails are the future.

ELECTION REFORM/CHANGES

Ken Cuccinelli:  He supports voter ID laws in Virginia. He avoids the question about political contributions being allowed to exceed $100. He has accepted large donations in the past, which is allowed in the state at this time.

Terry McAuliffe:  He does not support voter ID laws. He claims to support legislation that would cap political contributions to $100, although he has accepted much larger donations, which arelegal in the state at this time.

Robert Sarvis:  He does support voter ID laws but also believes that political donations should be limited. He believes that contributions for favors should be a major concern for voters.

 

 

 

 

 


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