Where Palin Stands

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Policy positions previously staked out by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin:

Abortion

Opposes abortion in all circumstances except when a pregnancy threatens the woman's life. A member of Feminists for Life.

Energy

Sought to increase domestic production of oil and gas. Advocated drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and offshore production off the Alaska coast.

Pushed the state legislature to pass a bill helping to build a natural gas pipeline connecting the North Slope and the Lower 48 states (she signed the bill into law Aug. 27).

Environment

Rejected the idea that global warming is a man-made problem. As governor, sued to overturn a Bush administration decision to list the polar bear as a threatened species.

Gay Rights

Opposed to same-sex marriage. Supported a ballot measure in Alaska denying spousal benefits to same-sex couples.

Used her first veto as governor to scuttle a bill that would have prohibited Alaska from granting health benefits to same-sex partners of public employees, after being advised that the legislation was unconstitutional.

Gun Control

Opposed gun control and applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's striking down of the District's ban on handguns. A life member of the National Rifle Association.

Immigration

No stated position on the issue.

Science

Called for teaching creationism alongside evolution in public schools. Opposed to explicit sex-education programs in schools, and to stem cell research.

Taxes

Cut Wasilla property taxes but spent more on infrastructure projects, and the cost of running the growing town rose by about half. Raised the local sales tax by 0.5 percent to help pay for an indoor ice rink and sports complex.

Increased state taxes on oil production. Approved a $1,200 "energy rebate" to each Alaskan from a budget surplus. Proposed reducing or eliminating business license fees and the tire tax.

SOURCES: Palin campaign literature, Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, official court records

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