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Former Democratic OR Governor:
John Kitzhaber on the Issues

John Kitzhaber on Abortion

No stance on record.

John Kitzhaber on Budget & Economy

  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)

John Kitzhaber on Civil Rights

  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)

John Kitzhaber on Corporations

No stance on record.

John Kitzhaber on Crime

  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
  • Zero tolerance for violence against government employees. (Aug 2001)

John Kitzhaber on Drugs

  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
  • States should make drug policy, not feds. (Aug 2001)

John Kitzhaber on Education

  • Public education is the cornerstone of democracy. (Jan 2001)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)

John Kitzhaber on Energy & Oil

  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions. (Aug 2001)

John Kitzhaber on Environment

  • Developed the Enlibra principles of environmental protection. (Jun 2002)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species. (Aug 2001)
  • Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions. (Aug 2001)
  • Apply "Good Samaritan" rules to abandoned mine cleanup. (Aug 2001)
  • State primacy over water quantity & quality issues. (Aug 2001)

John Kitzhaber on Families & Children

  • Invest in children in early years to prevent tragic failures. (Jan 2001)
  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)

John Kitzhaber on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

John Kitzhaber on Free Trade

No stance on record.

John Kitzhaber on Government Reform

  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)

John Kitzhaber on Gun Control

No stance on record.

John Kitzhaber on Health Care

  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • More federal funding for rural health services. (Aug 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)

John Kitzhaber on Homeland Security

No stance on record.

John Kitzhaber on Immigration

  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)

John Kitzhaber on Jobs

  • Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship. (Aug 2001)

John Kitzhaber on Local Issues

No stance on record.

John Kitzhaber on Principles & Values

  • Religious affiliation: Nondenominational. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Western Governors' Association. (Aug 2001)

John Kitzhaber on Social Security

  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)

John Kitzhaber on Tax Reform

  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)

John Kitzhaber on War & Peace

  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
  • Study terrorist threats against nuclear waste repositories. (Aug 2001)

John Kitzhaber on Welfare & Poverty

  • Promote the next generation of welfare reform. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)