Family Action Council of Tennessee provides an excellent, easy to use, voter guide. All of the candidates running in contested races for Tennessee House or Senate in the August 4th primary are profiled and the data is searchable by candidate's name or by district. If you don't know your district, there is a handy "Find Your
District" button. If you want to compare candidates in your district, you can click on the "Candidate Comparison" button.
While FACT is primarily concerned with social issues, candidates are asked their position on various other issues such as how they stand on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and their position on requiring Tennessee's electors to to cast their vote based on who wins the national popular vote. The profile of each candidate also includes a link to the candidates website. There are also some open-ended essay questions. Unfortunately, some candidates failed to complete the survey.
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As an example of what you will find in the FACT voters guide, here is the profile of my friend Bill Bernstein who is running in the Republican primary in District 50.
Incumbent or NewNew
Candidate Email Addressbillbernstein@bellsouth.net
Campaign Website URLelectbillbernstein.com
Campaign Facebook Pagefacebook.com
SURVEY QUESTION 1:
Would you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit abortion except when necessary to prevent the death of the mother?
SURVEY QUESTION 2:
you support or oppose legislation that would make sexual orientation a
new protected class under Tennessee’s civil rights laws?
SURVEY QUESTION 3:
you support or oppose legislation that would make gender
identity/expression a new protected class under Tennessee’s civil rights
SURVEY QUESTION 4:
you support or oppose a bill to amend Tennessee’s marriage statute to
expressly authorize the issuance of marriage licenses to two people of
the same sex?
SURVEY QUESTION 5:
Would you support or oppose legislation that would establish a $15 per hour minimum wage in Tennessee?
SURVEY QUESTION 6:
you support or oppose the proposition that a person should be allowed
by law to use the bathroom or locker room that corresponds to the gender
they identify with?
SURVEY QUESTION 7:
you support or oppose a law creating the office of Solicitor General, a
lawyer to serve as the state’s advocate in the court systems, to be
appointed by the General Assembly?
SURVEY QUESTION 8:
you support or oppose the U.S. Department of Justice redefining the
word “sex” to also include gender identity for purposes of Title VII and
SURVEY QUESTION 9:
you support or oppose legislation, like Insure Tennessee, that would
expand Medicaid coverage in TN beyond the Medicaid eligible population?
SURVEY QUESTION 10:
you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit state courts or
any local government from ordering a privately owned business to
participate in activities associated with solemnization or celebration
of a marriage through the provision of goods or services if
participating would violate their beliefs regarding the nature of
SURVEY QUESTION 11:
Do you support or oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational use?
SURVEY QUESTION 12:
you support or oppose legislation to award all of Tennessee’s Electors
in a presidential election to the Party of the candidate who wins the
national popular vote?
SURVEY QUESTION 13:
Do you support or oppose the legalization of horse racing tracks in Tennessee at which bets can be placed on races?
SURVEY QUESTION 14:
you support or oppose a nominee to the TN Supreme Court if there is
credible evidence that the nominee believes the state or federal
constitution should be viewed or interpreted as a “living” document?
ESSAY QUESTION 1:
Government can do one of three things when it comes to job creation:
Explain your view of state government’s role in relation to economic growth and/or job creation.
1) It can steal jobs. It does this by imposing taxes on productive companies and individuals and giving some of it to less productive companies. That effectively takes the potential job growth the productive company could have had and gives it to the less productive company.
2) It can kill jobs through high levels of taxation and regulation. Many businesses become non-viable in the face of mandates like healthcare, min wage laws and the like and shut down or never get started.
3) It can do neither of the first two and allow companies to form and expand naturally. I support the third alternative.
ESSAY QUESTION 2:
have the primary responsibility for educating their children the way
they see fit. The state can merely facilitate that through
state-sponsored schools. I favor devolving power and responsibility to
the lowest possible level.
Explain your views regarding the roles state government and parents have in elementary and secondary education.
ESSAY QUESTION 3:
I could choose many answers--a stable 26yr first marriage, building
financial security for myself and family, my transition from a secular
alienated Jew to a religiously observant educated one--the thing that
stands out most is homeschooling my older son. I began when Viktor was
in 3rd grade and we continued through 6th grade. I taught him math,
English, history and Hebrew texts. He came with me to meet with
lawyers, real estate agents and bankers. We developed a close
relationship that obtains to this day (he is a 21yr old junior at
University of Illinois in their Computer Science department). My
children are the only thing I really leave behind on this Earth and I am
proud I have helped produce a mature adult with excellent judgment who
will contribute much to those around him.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever done or accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
ESSAY QUESTION 4:
have had a variety of experiences including international travel and
living abroad that bring with them broader perspectives. I have been an
avid student of economics, history, and politics for probably 30 years
and have developed a strong set of values based on both knowledge and
rational argument. In school I was trained to examine evidence, weigh
it, develop arguments for a thesis and then answer or develop
counter-arguments. I believe I bring a clarity to any discussion of
issues and views that are defensible based on facts and logic.
What personal qualities or experiences do you think will best serve you in your role as a state legislator?
ESSAY QUESTION 5:
The session was rich in
bad legislation so choices are hard to make. The $30M secret
"appropriation to nowhere"--Gov Haslam's request for money with no
accountability at all ranks high on what's wrong with our state
government. But the standout here is the bill to name the Bible as
official book. While I revere the Bible and study it weekly, and
appreciate the role it has played in this country's development, the
bill was grandstanding to an audience, created unnecessary controversy,
and ultimately served to divide Tennesseans to no effect. It was
probably unconstitutional as well. I oppose "feel-good" legislation that
does not achieve goals but merely serves to "make a statement."
bill passed in the last General Assembly that you would have voted
against and why, or what bill did not pass in the last General Assembly
that you wish had passed and why?