State of Pennsylvania Archives: on Government Reform


Brian Fitzpatrick: Congress needs term limits & single-issue bills

    10 Steps to Fix and Reform Washington:
  1. Support term limits for all Members of Congress.
  2. Abolish Congressional pensions.
  3. Pass "No Budget, No Pay" so that legislators who fail to pass a budget on time do not get paid.
  4. Each vote should be on a single issue. End the cynical process of filling bills up with non-related items.
  5. Force the bureaucrats to defend every taxpayer dollar they spend by enacting "zero-based" budgeting.
  6. Support a Balanced-Budget Amendment to our Constitution.
  7. End political "gerrymandering" once and for all by ensuring that Congressional districts are drawn by independent citizen commissions, not politicians.
  8. End the Federal government's duplication of agencies and programs, a practice that costs our economy billions of dollars.
  9. Aggressively investigate and prosecute all instances of Fraud, Waste and Abuse in federal agencies.
  10. Allow veterans to see the physicians of their choice.
Source: 2016 PA House campaign website BrianFitzpatrick.com Nov 8, 2016

Everett Stern: Strongly support making voter registration easier

Q: Do you support or oppose. `Make voter registration easier`?

A: Strongly Support.

Source: E-mail interview on 2016 PA Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 2, 2015

Katie McGinty: Make it easier for people to participate in our elections

Katie McGinty believes that we need to make it easier for people to participate in our elections, not harder. She opposes Tom Corbett's Voter ID legislation because it creates unnecessary obstacles for seniors, minorities, and low income voters from exercizing their right to vote. As Governor, Katie will oppose any legislation that inhibits a person's ability to exercise their constitutional rights.
Source: 2014 PA gubernatorial campaign website, KatieMcGinty.com Nov 1, 2014

Steve Welch: Term limits instead of a road to riches

Each of the candidates thought the federal debt is the nation's greatest threat. Welch called for a balanced budget amendment and term limits for lawmakers. "It should be a privilege to serve, not a road to riches," he said.

"We need a balanced budget amendment. That is really the only way we have to stop career politicians to spend us to bankruptcy," Scaringi said. He called for elimination of those agencies that harm the economy and are not supported by the Constitution.

Source: Williamsport Sun-Gazette on 2012 PA Senate debate Mar 23, 2012

Ed Rendell: Limit campaign contributions but not campaign spending

Q: Do you support limiting individual contributions to state candidates?

A: Yes

Q: For PAC contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: For Corporate contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: For Political Parties?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: No. PA needs an overhaul of our lobbying and campaign finance system so that citizens have confidence in their government.

Source: 2006 PA Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2006

Brendan Boyle: Limit campaign contributions but not campaign spending

Q: Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates... Individual?

A: Yes.

Q: PAC?

A: Yes.

Q: Corporate?

A: Yes.

Q: Political Parties?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Source: 2004 PA Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

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Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

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Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
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Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
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Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
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