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Howie Hawkins

Policy Positions



What is your stance on abortion?
- Pro-choice

Gun Control

Should there be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun?
- Yes

Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?
- Yes

LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?
- Yes

Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?
- Yes, and businesses should be required to publish their salary ranges for each position

Climate Change

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?
- Yes, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

Planned Parenthood Funding

Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
- Yes, their services reach far beyond abortions and can save many lives through cancer screening, prenatal services, and adoption referrals

Trump Impeachment

Do you support the impeachment of President Donald Trump?
- Yes

Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?
- Yes, they are essential to protecting other children who are too young to be vaccinated

Marital Rape

Should marital rape be classified and punished as severely as non-marital rape?
- Yes

Pre-Existing Conditions

Should health insurers be allowed to deny coverage to individuals who have a pre-existing condition?
- No, it is immoral to deny health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions

Police Body Cameras

Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?
- Yes, this will protect the safety and rights of police officers and citizens

Gun Buyback

Should the federal government institute a mandatory buyback of assault weapons?
- Yes

Religious Freedom Act

Should a business be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner’s religious beliefs?
- No, all customers deserve to be treated equally

Drug Price Regulation

Should the government regulate the prices of life-saving drugs?
- Yes, and we should socialize medicine and healthcare

Gender Identity

Should "gender identity" be added to anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes, and the government should do more to protect minorities from discrimination

Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?
- No

Government Mandates

Should health insurance providers be required to offer free birth control?
- Yes

Immigrant Children

Should adults that are illegally attempting to cross the U.S. border be separated from their children?
- No


Should the U.S. raise taxes on the rich?
- Yes

Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?
- Yes, our mental healthcare system needs more funding to provide a higher quality of care and services

Border Wall

Should the U.S. build a wall along the southern border?
- No, this would be too costly and ineffective

Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into the United States?
- No, and we should increase the amount of immigrants we currently allow into the country

Student Loans

Do you support increasing taxes for the rich in order to reduce interest rates for student loans?
- Yes, and increase government funding so every student receives a free college education

Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?
- Yes, and make it a living wage

Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?
- No, banning immigrants based on their religion is unconstitutional

Muslim Surveillance

Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?
- No, targeting Muslims is unconstitutional, racist, and incendiary

Free College for All

Should the federal government pay for tuition at four-year colleges and universities?
- Yes


Should the redrawing of Congressional districts be controlled by an independent, non-partisan commission?
- Yes, gerrymandering gives an unfair advantage to the party in power during redistricting

Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?
- Yes

Paid Sick Leave

Should businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member?
- Yes


Should the U.S. go to war with Iran?
- No

Immigration Healthcare

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?
- Yes, if they pay taxes

No-Fly List Gun Control

Should people on the "no-fly list" be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition?
- Yes


Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?
- Yes, if they were born here

Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?
- No, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?
- Yes, as long as it is safe for them to return to their country

United Nations

Should the U.S. remain in the United Nations?
- Yes

Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?
- Yes, and retroactively reduce sentences for those already serving time

Foreign Lobbying

Should foreign lobbyists be allowed to raise money for American elections?
- No, foreign interests should not be able to buy the influence of our politicians


Should the federal government increase funding of health care for low income individuals (Medicaid)?
- Yes, but I prefer switching to a single payer healthcare system


Do you support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?
- Yes, but a mandatory single payer system would be even better

Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?
- Yes


Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?
- Yes, and immediately release anyone serving time solely for drug offenses

Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?
- Yes

Corporate Tax

Should the U.S. raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?
- Raise

Illegal Immigrant Detainment

Should local law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes and transfer them to federal immigration authorities?
- No, only if they are convicted of a violent crime

Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Should there be a limit to the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor?
- Yes, politicians should not be bought by wealthy donors


Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?
- No, we should pursue more sustainable energy resources instead

Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?
- No

NSA Domestic Surveillance

Should the NSA (National Security Agency) be allowed to collect basic metadata of citizen’s phone calls such as numbers, timestamps, and call durations?
- No, only with a warrant showing probable cause of criminal activity

Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?
- Yes, this system guarantees healthcare for everyone

Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?
- No

Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?
- No

Immigrant Laborers

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?
- Yes, create a simple path to citizenship for immigrants with no criminal record

Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?
- Yes

Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?
- Yes


1. Should the U.S. remain in NATO?
- Yes

Gun Liability

Should victims of gun violence be allowed to sue firearms dealers and manufacturers?
- No

Alternative Energy

Should the government give tax credits and subsidies to the wind power industry?
- Yes, the government should support more sustainable energy technologies

Military Congressional Approval

Should the President be able to authorize military force against Al-Qaeda without Congressional approval?
- No

Confederate Flag

Should states be allowed to display the Confederate flag on government property?
- No, it is a symbol of racism, separatism and treason

Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in the United States, have the right to vote?
- Yes, anyone who pays taxes should have the right to vote


Should the military be allowed to use enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, to gain information from suspected terrorists?
- No, torture is inhumane, unethical, and violates the 8th amendment

In-State Tuition

Should illegal immigrants be offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges within their residing state?
- Yes, as long as they pay taxes

Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?
- No, the government should not determine what is fake or real news

Border Security

Should the U.S. increase restrictions on its current border security policy?
- No

Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?
- No

Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?
- No, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?
- No

Corporate Mega Mergers

Should the government prevent "mega mergers" of corporations that could potentially control a large percentage of market share within its industry?
- Yes, and the government should break up existing mega corporations

Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?
- No, treat all traffic equally and continue the openness of the internet

Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?
- Yes

Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?
- No, this is a waste of time and money

Oil Drilling

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?
- No


Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?
- No

Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?
- Yes


Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?
- Yes

Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?
- Yes

Paris Climate Agreement

Should the U.S. withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement?
- No

Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?
- No, and political campaigns should be publicly funded

Skilled Immigrants

Should the US increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?
- Increase

Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?
- No, and pass strict laws prohibiting government surveillance without probable cause and a warrant

Medicaid Work Requirement

Should people be required to work in order to receive Medicaid?
- No

Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?
- Yes, everyone should receive an income to cover basic necessities including food and housing

Medicare Drug Prices

Should the federal government be allowed to negotiate drug prices for Medicare?
- Yes

Safe Spaces

Should universities provide "trigger warnings" and "safe spaces" for students?
- Yes


Should there be a 5-year ban on White House and Congressional officials from becoming lobbyists after they leave the government?
- Yes, and ban all forms of lobbying

Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?
- No, this is a violation of free speech

North Korea Military Strikes

Should the U.S. conduct military strikes against North Korea in order to destroy their long-range missile and nuclear weapons capabilities?
- No, we must use every diplomatic option first

Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?
- No, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote


Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?
- Fewer, and ensure benefits go to those that need it most

Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?
- Help

Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?
- Yes


Should the U.S. provide military aid to Saudi Arabia during its conflict with Yemen?
- No, we should stay out of conflicts that are not an immediate threat to our security


Should women be allowed to wear a Niqab, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?
- Yes, we should respect all cultural traditions

Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?
- Decrease

Supreme Court Reform

Should the Supreme Court be reformed to include more seats and term limits on judges?
- Yes

Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?
- Yes, and we should create more social programs to help prevent and rehabilitate criminals

Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?
- Yes

Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?
- Yes

Common Core

Do you support Common Core national standards?
- No, teach to each student's potential instead of uniform testing

Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?
- No

First Amendment

Should the government support a separation of church and state by removing references to God on money, federal buildings, and national monuments?
- Yes

Capital Gains Tax

Should the government increase the tax rate on profits earned from the sale of stocks, bonds, and real estate?
- Yes

Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?
- No

Safe Haven

Should cities open drug "safe havens" where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?
- Yes, drug abuse should be treated as a health issue, not a criminal issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?
- Yes

ISIS Ground Troops

Should the U.S. send ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS?
- No

Overtime Pay

Should the government require businesses to pay salaried employees, making up to $46k/year, time-and-a-half for overtime hours?
- Yes, and the government should do more to protect workers’ rights

Eminent Domain

Should the government be allowed to seize private property, with reasonable compensation, for public or civic use?
- Yes, but only for public projects and never for private projects


Should the military fly drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill suspected terrorists?
- No, only to gather intelligence, not to kill suspected terrorists


Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?
- Yes, give them a fair trial and shut down Guantanamo Bay

Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?
- No

VA Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of veterans’ healthcare?
- Less, we should increase funding to improve the current system instead

Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?
- No

GMO Labels

Should producers be required to label genetically engineered foods (GMOs)?
- Yes, I trust the science of responsible food engineering but I don’t trust the motives of the food companies selling them

Universal Pre-K

Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?
- Yes

Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?
- Yes, every citizen deserves the right to vote


Should the United States pull all military troops out of Afghanistan?
- Yes

Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to the United States be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?
- Yes

Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?
- Yes, as long as it was not a felony, violent, financial, or sexual crime

Mandatory minimum prison sentences

Do you support mandatory minimum prison sentences for people charged with drug possession?
- No

Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?
- No, and increase it at a progressive rate


Should the U.S. continue to participate in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
- No

Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?
- No, we should invest in cleaner alternatives such as wind, hydroelectric, thorium, and geothermal

Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?
- No, I do not believe in the death penalty

Space Exploration

Should the government fund space travel?
- Yes, and drastically increase NASA’s current budget

War on ISIS

Should the U.S. formally declare war on ISIS?
- No


Do you support President Obama’s move to lift the trade and travel embargo on Cuba?
- Yes


Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?
- No

China Tariffs

Should the U.S. increase tariffs on imported products from China?
- No


Should the U.S. provide military assistance to defend Ukraine from Russia?
- No

Domestic Jobs

Should the President offer tax breaks to individual companies to keep jobs in the U.S.?
- No

Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?
- Yes


1. Should the U.S. defend other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets relative to their GDP?
- Yes, and refusing to defend other NATO countries sets a dangerous precedent for the balance of global power

Federal Reserve

Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?
- Yes, we deserve to know who the bank gives money to

Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?
- Yes, but only small local farms instead of large corporations

Property Taxes

Would you favor an increased sales tax in order to reduce property taxes?
- No

NSA Surveillance

Should the U.S. continue NSA surveillance of its allies?
- No

Pension Reform

Should pension plans for federal, state, and local government workers be transitioned into privately managed accounts?
- No

Offshore Banking

Should U.S. citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?
- No

Edward Snowden

Should the U.S. government grant immunity to Edward Snowden?
- Yes, he should be protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act

Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?
- No

Russian Airstrikes in Syria

Should the U.S. prevent Russia from conducting airstrikes in Syria?
- No, we should not get involved

Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?
- Yes

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
- No

India Arms

Should the U.S. sell military weapons to India in order to counter Chinese and Russian influence?
- No

Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?
- Yes

Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?
- Yes


Should Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel?
- No

Online Sales Tax

Should an in-state sales tax apply to online purchases of in-state buyers from out-of-state sellers?
- Yes

School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?
- Yes

Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?
- No


Should the government cancel production of the F-35 fighter?
- Yes


Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?
- No