Thursday, October 9, 2008

VanGorder v. Breedlove: "The Tolbert Challenge" Accepted (Somewhat)

“The Tolbert Challenge,” issued yesterday to the candidates for State House District 67, has been accepted completely by Republican candidate John VanGorder and partially by Democrat incumbent Rep. Steve Breedlove. Rep. Breedlove told me, “I do not fill out surveys. The last time that I did, my previous opponent and the 527 group changed my words and sent out reported information about me that was totally not true.” He did however provide me some answers to the survey questions that I have incorporated in the survey below. On the other hand, Mr. VanGorder not only completed the survey but provided some in depth comments on his positions. I have forwarded this comparison to both Rep. Breedlove and Mr. VanGorder and asked them to clarify and correct any information.

If you would like to hear more detail on either candidate’s position, particularly if there was a lack of response, please let them know. Rep. Breedlove can be reached at sbreedlove@stevenbreedlove.com and Mr. VanGorder can be reached at vanhearroninc@hotmail.com.

Here are the surveys. I would let you judge which one represents your values.


Family Council of Arkansas 2008 Survey

1. Death Penalty: Abolishing the death penalty.

VanGorder
Oppose, “I believe that the death penalty is a necessary punishment in certain cases of pre-meditated murder. I oppose abolishing the death penalty.”

Breedlove
No Response


2. State-Run Lottery: The proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution that will legalize state-run lotteries.

VanGorder
Oppose, "I certainly support higher education, however, according to my banker, 33% of the collection calls made on a regular basis are to regular visitors to the casinos and lottery dealers in Oklahoma. While I believe the funding could be beneficial, I think the social issues it has created in other states would almost certainly outweigh any benefit."

Breedlove
No Response


3. Hate-Crimes: Increased penalties for crimes committed because of the victim’s race, gender, or sexual orientation.

VanGorder
Oppose, “I support tougher penalties for all violent crimes, however, I believe that any crime committed against another human being is a hate crime regardless of the race, gender, or sexual orientation of the victim.“

Breedlove
No Response


4. Taxes: Requiring at least a two-thirds vote in both houses of the Arkansas Legislature in order to raise taxes or fees.

VanGorder
Support, “I think if the Legislature were to consider increasing the tax burden on the people of this state they should certainly have a good enough reason to obtain a “super majority” 2/3 vote. The people of Arkansas have the right to expect their elected officials to represent the interest of the people, and not the personal agendas of the Legislators or the Special Interest Groups in Little Rock.”

Breedlove
No Response


5. Immigrants: Allowing the children of illegal immigrants to be eligible to receive state- funded college scholarships.

VanGorder
Oppose, “I oppose any legislation that will further encourage illegal immigrants to settle in Arkansas. I further oppose any legislation that will further identify Arkansas as a ‘sanctuary state’. There are many students that are in Arkansas LEGALLY that would benefit from state funded scholarships.”

Breedlove
No Response


6. Abortion: The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe vs. Wade abortion decision.

VanGorder
Oppose, “I ABSOLUTELY OPPOSE ABORTION, I believe life begins at conception and that abortion is the murder of the innocent.”

Breedlove
Oppose, supports state laws banning abortion except in the case of rape, incest, and the life of the mother.


7. Private Club Liquor Permits: Requiring all private club liquor permits issued in dry counties by the ABC board to receive a county-wide majority vote at the next general election in order to take effect.

VanGorder
Support, “I support the voice of the people and their ability to decide, by a majority vote, what is best for their own communities.”

Breedlove
No Response


8. Home Schooling: Allowing parents to home school their children.

VanGorder
Support, “I support a parents decision to home school their children, with specific criteria, progress testing and evaluation.”

Breedlove
No Response


9. Guns: Adding college campuses to the list of places where holders of concealed carry gun permits may legally carry firearms.

VanGorder
Support, “I support our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. I further believe that if you meet the requirements in place to receive a concealed carry permit you should be able to carry a weapon, particularly in a predator rich environment such as a college campus.”

Breedlove
No Response

10. Adoption & Foster Care: The proposed initiated act that will prohibit adoptive or foster care children from being placed with unmarried couples.

VanGorder
Support, “I unquestionably and unwaveringly support prohibiting cohabitating unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children. I believe the prohibition should and will include all unmarried couples involved in a physical relationship, homosexual, and heterosexual alike.”

Breedlove
Believes “Homosexuality is a sin.” Said he would have voted for Senate Bill 959 (a bill similar to the proposed initiated act) if he had been present for the vote. Indicated that he would vote for and support in committee any bill introduced in the future similar to SB959.


11. What type of legislation will you work to enact?

VanGorder
I will work to enact legislation that will lower the tax burden on the citizens of Arkansas, protect the consumer, and give local control to our schools. Further I will work to enact legislation that will stem the tide of illegal immigration into our fine state.

Breedlove
No Response


12. If Arkansas collects more taxes than needed, what should be done with the extra money?

VanGorder
I believe the tax money belongs to the people of Arkansas and If too much is collected it should be returned to the taxpayer either directly, or by using a surplus to ease the future tax burden of our citizens.

Breedlove
No Response


13. How should Arkansas respond to our increasing population of immigrants?

VanGorder
LEGAL immigrants are welcome in Arkansas, but we must respond to our increasing number of ILLEGAL immigrants first by enforcing State and Federal laws already on the books. Second we must enact legislation that deters them from coming here instead of creating entitlement programs that encourage illegals to further exploit the Arkansas taxpayer.

Breedlove
No Response


Arkansas Right to Life PAC Candidate 2008 Questionnaire

1. In the event that the U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion on demand, was overturned, would you support a law that would ban abortion unless the mother’s life was at risk?

VanGorder
Yes, “Life begins at conception and I would certainly vote to ban the senseless murder of the innocent, we commonly refer to as abortion.”

Breedlove
No, however Breedlove indicated he would support a state ban if there were also exceptions for rape and incest.


2. Would you vote for a law that would criminalize any act of coercion that causes a female to obtain an abortion?

VanGorder
Yes, “I would definitely vote to criminalize these acts of coercion, and further I would fight to cut funding to organizations that promote abortion as a valid form of ‘birth control’.”

Breedlove
No Response


3. Would you vote to ban Partial-Birth Abortion in Arkansas?

VanGorder
Yes, “I believe partial birth abortion is not only murder, but it is a horribly cruel form of murder.”

Breedlove
No Response


4. Will you vote for measures to protect living human embryos from being used for medical experiments that would harm or kill them, including so-called embryonic stem cell research that would require the killing of human embryos, regardless of the method used to create these human embryos?

VanGorder
Yes, “I believe that life begins at conception and killing living human embryos, is no different than the murderous practice of abortion.”

Breedlove
No Response


5. Would you vote to prevent non-voluntary starvation and dehydration of patients who cannot speak for themselves by providing food and fluids when necessary to sustain their life or offer them comfort, unless there is clear and convincing evidence the patient, while competent, gave express and informed consent to their denial, or signed an advance directive rejecting them?

VanGorder
Yes, “I would vote to prevent this practice, I don’t believe it is the decision of anybody but the patient, and I oppose ending a life on what a spouse or relative ‘thinks’ the patient would want. I would support efforts to encourage ‘living wills’ so these questionable situations would be few and far between.”

Breedlove
No Response

4 comments:

mandy said...

mr breedlove
as a pastor i would think that you would want to stand up for what is right. not wanting to respond because someone may or could or at sometime change your words, is you just being a coward. stand on your convictions, or sir just stay home, i do not need any more politicans that are gutless. if mr vangorder attacked you personally than i would say shame on him, but anyone attacking a record is a man doing the job i expect in little rock. you saying that your church comes first is offensive, you need to decide if you represent your church or the people that elected you, maybe you need to change your focus and stay home. i also have a problem with your comment with the my vote would not have mattered anyway, oh great we are trying to tell people to get out and vote and there you are saying a vote does not matter. and you attacking your last opponent....shame on you, looking in the past just like the head of your party obama....pointing fingers just to take the focus off of him and his record......

mandy

frankie said...

Mr. Breedlove:
There are a lot of issues that I personally have with you. But I would like you to answer--1. As a Chirst Of Christ Minister how could you take money for your campaign from a beer distributor?2.Most of your contributions have come from lobby money, so who's interest do you have in mind when you are in Little Rock? I am guessing the Lobbiest? 3. When you were asked the last time you were running was; "How can you be a Minister and be a Democrat?" your famous quote was "I am going to change the party from within" Please explain to me how you did that? And if you are so ashamed of your party then why are you having the Gov come and do a fundraiser?

larisa said...

Thank you for "airing" this. Obviously you are the only one that cares. I know fully that our media is so bias. The last election several of our elected officials, or shall I say those seeking election could not get the word out. No matter what the content. We have one elected official that after election and all of the illegal items have come forth, several people had said,"If i'd known, I would never have voted for them." Unfortunatly the paper REFUSED to print material, not rumor, but factual material, court records etc. We had one person turned away even from putting in a "paid" ad.
And, do not quote me, but I have been told that there will not be a debate between Breedlove and Van Gorder, this is the first time ever that that has happened. All of the other races will have a debate. The rumor? Breedlove is scared, he knows Van Gorder and his history, Mr. Van Gorder is a great debater, and Mr. Breedlove has a lot to hide. So even at that there is no way to "get the word out" People can not learn about their candidates if at every turn they are turned away. And again do not quote me it has been a while since I checked, but the last I knew, Mr. Van Gorder did not raise a lot of money and Mr. Breedlove raise like 50 g's all special interest money. So how can you combat with that. I know about each candidate, because I care, I take the time and study. I followed Mr. Van Gorder when he was on the Quorum Court and saw what he did for my community, I also have followed Mr. Breelove, and I am not talking about that puff piece that he personally writes, I mean his voting record. We need to let people know. I am neither a Republican or a Democrat and my vote was up for grabes, however, with what Mr. Breedlove has done for the last 2 years, Mr. Van Gorder stole my vote. Please do not let this story die. Please do not let Mr. Breedlove sweep this all under the rug. Please call him out on this rug and make him answer!!

thank you
Larisia

ldybugangel said...

I would like to thank Mr. Van Gorder for the help in his local community. As a family member of your previous neighbor I know what a considerate and thoughtful person you and your wife Donna are. You have our respect for your views and honest actions. Thank you for being you. The best of luck from California