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State Legislature: District 39


Judy Domina

Party: Democrat

Website: http://judydomina.com/

Beau McCoy

Party: Republican

Website: http://www.votebeaumccoy.com/


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Judy Domina
Caller assigned, votes in candidate's district. [Caller had family emergency and calls were not made] Sep 27, 2012 8:27 AM - sent email asking for prompt response for the sake of overseas military voters. Offered Monday 6am deadline. Sep 28, 2012 3:43 PM, Pledged to have it done Sunday night. Answers copied from email response received Oct 1, 2012 2:19 AM. 10/17/2012, 2:41pm - emailed announcement of new website and opportunity to make changes given.
Beau McCoy
Incumbent. Caller assigned, votes in candidate's district. Sep 27, 2012 8:27 AM - sent email asking for prompt response for the sake of overseas military voters. Gave Monday 6am deadline. Sep 27, 2012 8:42 AM campaign office said they would get at it right away. Answers copied from email response received Oct 1, 2012 7:34 AM.
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*Please include biographical information you consider important for voters to know and/or reference your website.

Judy Domina
Judy joined the Nebraska Family Support Network in April 2010 as a Family Partner providing peer to peer mentoring with families involved with DHHS. She was promoted to Executive Director of Nebraska Family Support Network in August of 2010. Prior to NFSN, Judy was involved in providing services in the Children s Mental Health field from 1999 - 2004 serving as Region 4 Field Coordinator for ORC Macro conducting a comparison study of the systems of care for children s mental health and as Executive Director of Parent to Parent Network, the Region 4 family organization. Judy s initial educational training was in education. She has taught Kindergarten through 12th grade in classroom settings from the one room rural school to large metropolitan schools. She is experienced in writing and implementing Individualized Education Program (IEP) for children with special needs. Judy has been active in the Nebraska Federation of Families for Children s Mental Health for 13 years. She served on the Governor s Symposium on Children s Mental Health (2001-2004), as a board member of Families UNITE (2001 - 2002), Task Force Member of the Real Choice Federal Grant Project (2002) and a Member of the Early Childhood Mental Health Work Group producing the 'Early Childhood Mental Health, A Report to Nebraska' (2003). Judy has forty years experience working with children and families. Judy received her Master of Business Administration from Wayne State College and her B.S. in education from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She has completed Love and Logic Training, Rites of Passage: A Passport to Cultural Competency, Nebraska Health and Human Services Wrap-Around Workshop, and SAMSHA Grant Writing Workshop. Judy has presented at conferences on the local, state and national level including 'Examining Caregiver Service Experiences in Federally Funded and Comparison Communities' with Liz S. Grossman, Brigitte Manteuffel, and Rachel Askew at the 2004 Building on Strength s Conference in Portland, Oregon. During her business career Judy owned and managed two retail stores, Flowers on the Mall and Books on the Mall in Norfolk, Nebraska. She served on the Sunset Plaza board of directors, Norfolk Library Board and taught both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. The Domina family includes three children and four grandchildren. Son, Thurston and his wife Emily are professors at the University of California Irvine. They have two children, Lincoln and Willa. Daughter, Salesia lives in Iowa and is completing her second year of college. Niels graduated from Mount Michael in Elkhorn and will be leaving for basic training with the United States Army later this year. Grandsons Alex and Zachary have been in Judy s care for over six years. Judy adopted her grandson, Zachary, four years ago.
Beau McCoy
www.votebeaumccoy.com Name: Beau McCoy Address: 3922 S 190th Street Age: 32 Party Affiliation: Republican Family (spouse and children): Shauna, Audrey (9), Ryan (7), Nora (4), Tess (2) Education: Bachelor s Degree in Leadership from Bellevue University Occupation: Small Business Owner/Building and Home Improvement Contractor Other elected offices you have held: None Other clubs/groups/activities: Westside Church, Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, Douglas County Republican Party Central Committee, Nebraska GOP Central Committee, Nebraska State Home Builders Association, National Rifle Association, Pheasants Forever and many others. Other interests/community organizations (Jaycees, Lions, etc.): Member: 2nd Vice Chair, Midwestern Legislative Conference (MLC); Executive Committee, MLC; Economic Development Committee, MLC; Innovations Selection Committee, MLC; Young Republicans of Omaha; Nebraska Federation of Young Republicans (National Committeeman); Westside Church. Honors and awards: Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellowship Program, 2011; BILLD Fellow, Midwest Council of State Governments Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership, 2009.
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*What has motivated you to seek this office? Is there a key issue you hope to address?

Judy Domina
I have been asked, 'Why at this stage in your life are you running for public office?' I am running for public office because I have seen children and families suffering at the hand of our elected officials. As a mother of special needs children I had to step forward and be the 'Mama Bear' backed in the corner defending her cubs. I have learned how to listen, advocate, network and collaborate not only for my children but also for other children and families. Families facing these circumstances are struggling to make ends meet, pay for medical bills, working multiple jobs. I will represent the children, families and vulnerable citizens that do not currently have a voice and cannot afford to have a lobbyist advocating for them. I believe that government must be financially responsible. The problems with Child Welfare Services are not related to privatization. They are the direct result of a lack of planning. As a business owner, if I had been at the helm, there would have been extensive planning prior to implementation. You can't just throw more money at the problem and expect a different result. We need a change in the system. While we continue to throw more dollars away, families continue to suffer.
Beau McCoy
I am motivated by my four young children. I would like to continue working in the legislature to assure we can provide them with the quality education, quality 21st Century job opportunities and affordable cost of living so they can live their lives here in Nebraska. The key issue is making sure we keep Nebraska s economy moving forward by controlling state spending and reducing the tax burden on our families and businesses.
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*What three primary qualifications do you bring to this office?

Judy Domina
Life experiences are unique to each individual. I have worked in the educational system, business world both for profit and non-profit and as a farmer. I have been an employee and an employer. Parenting children living with the challenges of special needs has taught me patience, compassion, and to be less judgmental. I am a team player that focuses on finding common ground, discovering and building on strengths. Active community involvement in District 39 provides a window of opportunity to actively listen with an open mind to the citizens concerns and opinions. Life experiences and community involvement coupled with my formal education has prepared me to be a strong proactive voice of reason for the citizens of Legislative District 39.
Beau McCoy
I have served District 39 in the Legislature since January of 2009. I have found that my experience as a small business owner and as the father of a young and growing family have helped me work to pass legislation that is beneficial to our families and small businesses.
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*What does sustainable development mean to you? What do you believe should be the government’s role in establishing green policy?

Judy Domina
Sustainable development applies to meeting needs of people while protecting and preserving the resources for future generations. As a farmer I was involved in stewardship of the land including protecting the wetlands on my property, controlling erosion and using reduced volume irrigations systems. During the time I was teaching in the public schools and working in private business I initiated recycling programs and methods to decrease the use of air conditioning and heating within the school and workplace. In my home I recycle, actively decrease amount of driving by grouping locations of meetings and control the use of air conditioning and heating. The Legislature is a prominent component relating to sustainable development in the state of Nebraska. The Legislature needs to take a stand on protecting and preserving resources in Nebraska without burdening economic development to ensure abundant natural resource in our state are available for future generations. Once we compromise these resources they are gone. Regulations protecting the resources are needed along with tax incentives for developing technology to explore and implement aggressive recycling programs, wind power and natural gas usage.
Beau McCoy
We must look toward new technology and methods to assure as much of our development are as sustainable as possible. The more we can do to conserve and reuse materials, the more we can protect our environment. The role of government should be to promote the development and implementation of new technologies and methods. We should not and I do not support placing burdensome regulations on families and businesses as a way to drive unproven or unaffordable products or processes. We should free up the market to allow for the development of new technologies. Entrepreneurs, not government create and market the best new products and methods. We should not waste taxpayer money trying to pick winners and losers.
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*What specific plan do you have for making the best use of taxpayer dollars? For example, what priority would you put on gambling addiction support, crime issues, library services, stem-cell research, gun control, etc.

Judy Domina
Through bad accounting practices and poor business decisions, we have seen the current administration lose millions in Nebraska taxpayer dollars. As a member of the Legislature, I promise to provide the necessary oversight to make sure that Nebraska taxpayer dollars aren t thrown away on bad contracts. Performance based contracts are good practice ensuring quality and completion prior to payment.
Beau McCoy
I will continue to fight to eliminate wasteful government spending and work with my fellow senators to balance every budget. Every expenditure should be examined to assure it is within the proper role of state government and is being managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. Wasteful programs that are not achieving their purpose should be reexamined and possibly cut. We must prioritize the basic services of state government first and foremost.
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In light of both declining personal income and sales tax revenues, what should be done to expand state revenue?

Judy Domina
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Beau McCoy
Revenue grows when we create an environment where our economy can grow, create businesses and quality jobs. By eliminating burdensome regulations that make economic growth and development difficult, we will continue to unleash the economic engine that will lead to increasing state revenue. We must also reduce the tax burden on our families and businesses. The money we collect is not the state s money but Nebraskan s hard earned income. Nebraskans know how to better spend their money and they should be able to keep more of it. I am proud to have helped pass tax cuts for our lower and middle income families and I will work to bring additional financial relief in the future.
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*In what issue areas do you see yourself introducing legislation?

Judy Domina
1. Taxation, utilizing all federal funding available and provide adequate funding to local schools and municipalities decreasing property tax. 2. Child Welfare and Education including adequate funding and local control. 3. Government waste, lack of planning, oversight and mismanagement.
Beau McCoy
Nebraska is one of only six states to still have a death tax or inheritance tax in statute. I believe this tax is unfair and should be eliminated. I will continue to work to remove this tax from state statute.
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*What role should each level of government have in the immigration issue? From city, to county, to state, to federal?

Judy Domina
I am opposed to illegal immigration and I support tough measures to combat it. This includes enhanced border security and tough measures for employers who hire illegal immigrants. I support e-verify.
Beau McCoy
As a state, we must uphold the laws of the United States of America. We should not use taxpayer money to reward illegal behavior by granting benefits entitled to our citizens. Unfortunately, as a state we have laws in place that do just this. I have and will continue to work to repeal the laws that provide these benefits. Additionally, we must push the Federal Government to enforce the law. It is a disgrace that President Obama by executive order bypassed the laws duly passed by our elected Congress to grant special rights and privileges to those in our country illegally. We must demand the Constitution and our laws are followed.
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*Do you agree or disagree with the Legislature’s action with regard to Voter ID? Why?

Judy Domina
I agree with the Legislature s action regarding Voter ID. Voter fraud in rural Nebraska would be very difficult if not impossible. The poll workers know the residents and would readily know if someone was impersonating another voter. In the urban area of Nebraska there are also issues that would make it difficult: the person committing fraud would have to go to the polling site, hope the poll worker does not know you, know the correct address, look the same age as the person they are impersonating, and hope that that person did not vote earlier in the day, or by mail, or come in to vote later in the day.
Beau McCoy
Absolutely agree. Our right to vote is one of our most sacred rights. We must provide valid identification for much of our day to day life activities. Valid identification is required to cash a check, gain employment and apply for welfare. Providing a valid ID to vote is a very simple way to ensure the integrity of our election process.
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What philosophy drives how you view the diverse needs of urban versus rural residents? An example situation would be the amount of money allocated to road repairs in low population areas where it takes lots more miles of road for fewer people than in the city.

Judy Domina
I was born and raised in a small rural community, Oconto, in central Nebraska. I spent most of my adult life living in rural Nebraska. I now live in a district that is different than any of the other districts in Douglas County. It is a mixture of urban and rural. The needs of each, urban and rural, are diverse. The example you stated, road repair, is an excellent example. It is important when looking at the road repair issue that we understand that the safe roads in Nebraska are important to our economy. We must have roads that are in good repair to maintain the transportation needed for all industry.
Beau McCoy
I grew up in a very rural area along the Colorado-Nebraska border and I have a keen sense of the challenges facing the vast rural areas of Nebraska. I was actively involved in a new roads funding structure passed in the Legislature two years ago that will ensure good roads and economic development for rural Nebraska for decades into the future.
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*Discuss the pros and cons of government having more revenue from gambling.

Judy Domina
Gambling would produce more revenue in turn decreasing taxes. Gambling also has the potential to increase the need for law enforcement and treatment for the individuals that become addicted. Families of individuals addicted to gambling also are impacted in a negative way. This issue must be approached with caution. Legalized gambling is easy to access in Eastern Nebraska by visiting Iowa. Revenue needed in Nebraska is becoming Iowa s revenue as Nebraska citizens cross the river to gamble.
Beau McCoy
I am opposed to expanded gambling in Nebraska.
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Should decency laws, including things like sex trafficking, be written at the national, state, county, or local level? What should they include? Who should enforce them?

Judy Domina
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Beau McCoy
Where appropriate we should include any law that serves to protect our citizens. Each law must be examined to assure it is in place to be most effective. Each law should be enforced by every appropriate government agency in the jurisdiction involved.
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*How can the legislature help in job creation? What would you do to make the state more business friendly? What specific ideas do you have for jobs?

Judy Domina
I believe the state should have a sound tax incentive system to bring good paying jobs into our state. Economic growth is contingent upon an environment that encourages innovation. Keeping taxes low and utilizing taxpayer dollars effectively will go a long way to help our local economic climate. I will fight for smart, pro-business policies as a member of the Nebraska Legislature.
Beau McCoy
We must reduce burdensome regulations that make it difficult to grow the economy and create jobs. I have and will continue to support legislation to make Nebraska more business friendly. I will push to repeal Nebraska s inheritance tax. This tax is especially hurtful when passing family farms and businesses on to future generations.
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What support (e.g. vouchers, tax credit) should alternative schools (whether charter, home school, private school) have from taxes collected for education?

Judy Domina
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Beau McCoy
Parents who choose to educate their children outside of the public system should not be penalized for their choice. I support tax credits for families who make this choice and school vouchers to provide for the education of underprivileged children stuck in a failing school system. Charter schools are another example of an alternative education that has shown a great deal of promise.
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Do you support an alcohol tax increase to help offset the costs of treatment, enforcement, and prevention? Why or why not?

Judy Domina
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Beau McCoy
No. I do not support increasing the tax burden on our citizens.
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When writing laws that affect children, what plan do you have to prevent damage to good home situations from rules designed to protect children from bad home situations?

Judy Domina
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Beau McCoy
We must carefully consider the way we affect our children with every law we propose and pass. Last year we passed major child welfare reform with an eye toward more closely monitoring the effect of programs on the child and family. This reform is a huge step toward assuring we provide better service. We must take the results and continue to update the our laws to provide even better service in the future.
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*When you run into a conflict where your personal views don’t agree with your political party, your constituents, a lobbyist and/or some group that has previously generously funded your campaign, how will you decide what to do?

Judy Domina
I will first and foremost represent the constituents of District 39. As District 39 state senator I will follow the direction of the constituents of this district. My views are just that, my views. When I vote I vote for the constituents even if it is in conflict with my views, my political party, lobbyist or groups that have contributed to my campaign.
Beau McCoy
I have always and will continue to vote in the best interests of the state of Nebraska and the citizens I represent. I am not beholden to any party or special interest.
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*Do you oppose or support a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Why? (See www.parentalrights.org for proposed language.)

Judy Domina
Amending the U.S. Constitution is a federal issue and not the responsibility of the Unicameral. I have advocated for children and families for fifteen years. I believe that the parents know their children best. Parents should make decisions regarding children unless they have demonstrated that they are not capable of making those decisions. It is very rare that this is the case. I also believe that changing or adding to the U. S. Constitution needs to have serious consideration and there must be evidence provided to show that parental rights are in peril. When that evidence is provided then the Congress should act.
Beau McCoy
Support
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What do you see as the major governing documents for this position? Have you read them?

Judy Domina
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Beau McCoy
The Constitution of the United States of America, State of Nebraska Constitution, and the duties of a senator as outlined by the Nebraska Legislature. I have read all of them.
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What does it mean to “uphold the Constitution” in the position you seek?

Judy Domina
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Beau McCoy
We shall pass no law of which the Constitution has not clearly outlined to be within our proper role.
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What role has your family played in your seeking this office? In holding this position, how do you foresee it affecting your family?

Judy Domina
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Beau McCoy
My family is the motivating force in my work as a state senator. I am blessed to have the complete support of my family.
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*Discuss your view on how an office holder’s personal life and/or values affects his/her political performance.

Judy Domina
Personal values and the way a person lives their life does impact their political performance. I value: 1. The principles our founding fathers set forth: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. 2. Collaboration: Finding common ground to resolve issues. 3. Community Involvement: Actively supporting community through volunteering. 4. Life Long Learning: Seeking new opportunities to expand skills and ideas. 5. Respectful Dialogue: Active listening with an open mind. 6. Responsible Fiscal Planning and Management: Realistic budgeting using all accounting tools available. 7. Stewardship of the Earth: Actively conserving and protecting our air, water and soil. 8. Midwest Work Ethic: Work until the job is successfully completed. 9. Diversity: Growth and understanding enriched. 10. Honest: Your word is your most valuable asset.
Beau McCoy
We are all guided by our personal beliefs and life experiences. My decisions are made and my performance is influenced and guided by my personal faith and experiences.
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The Department of Justice has refused to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act. What is your personal view on this legal irregularity? What is your personal view on the Defense of Marriage Act?

Judy Domina
N/A
Beau McCoy
I support the State of Nebraska Constitution that states 'Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska.'
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*What definition do you give for each of these terms: pro-life, pro-choice. Which is your view and what education or experiences drives you to hold that view?

Judy Domina
Pro-life and pro-choice are labels that do not reflect the complexity of how most people actually think and feel. I had an unplanned pregnancy at the age of 42. I chose life. My son has been a gift and blessing since his father died when he was an infant. I do believe that we should respect the real life decisions women and their families face every day and take government out of those decisions.
Beau McCoy
I am Pro-Life and proud to be endorsed by Nebraska Right to Life. To be pro-life means you defend the most innocent vulnerable in our society at the most basic level; the right to live. Killing a child because they are not yet born is not a choice.
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*What key considerations will you use in deciding how you will vote for President in 2012?

Judy Domina
I do not take voting lightly. I do not vote by party affiliations. I will research each candidate s stand on issues that will impact my family, my state and nation. Other considerations will be how effectively they work with other people, show respect for others and represent the United States in the world. After much deliberation I will make my decision.
Beau McCoy
I am voting for the candidate who will uphold our Constitution and lead our country back from the disastrous economic policies of the Obama administration. I will vote for the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan team.
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Declare anything else you want voters to know about you.

Judy Domina
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Beau McCoy
I have worked hard to serve you in the Nebraska Legislature. If re-elected I will continue to work hard and keep Nebraska moving in the same direction that has helped us weather difficult economic times much better than most other states. I would appreciate your vote whether by early ballot or on November 6th!
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