NONPARTISAN CANDIDATE GUIDE: 2018 NEW MEXICO’S GOVERNOR’S RACE

Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)
Steve Pearce (R)
Steve Pearce (R)

Created by the Campus Election Engagement Project, a nonpartisan effort to help college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders engage their schools in the election. Key sites consulted included Votesmart.org, OntheIssues.org, FactCheck.org, Politifact.com, and public candidate statements. For guides to local races, see Vote411.org from the League of Women Voters and Ballotready.org. For more detailed information visit their votesmart.org pages.

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Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Legal. Opposed bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks unless women’s life was at risk or pregnancy was from rape or incest.

Steve Pearce  – Ban. Voted to ban abortion after 20 weeks unless women’s life was at risk or pregnancy was from rape or incest.

 

Campaign Finance: Require political ads to disclose largest funders? Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes, on disclosure. Sponsored bills to reverse Citizens United,  & require tax-exempt social welfare organizations that run political ads to reveal donors.

Steve Pearce  – Supported Citizens United. No position on disclosure bills. Voted to defund House Ethics office after it investigated his staffer.

 

Climate Change: Consider climate change a serious threat?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. It would be irresponsible to ignore human impact on the changing climate. Modern science should guide our policy.

Steve Pearce  – No. In 2010 said Intergovernmental Panel, which measured climate change, “doesn’t even believe the crap.”

 

Climate Change: Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Says: Limit greenhouse gases, join Paris Climate Accord, lead on renewable energy—50% of energy from renewables by 2030, 80% by 2040.

Steve Pearce  – No. “Burdensome regulations are killing jobs & driving up energy prices.” Voted to prohibit EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. Called Paris Accord an unfair deal for Americans.

 

Contraception: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No. Access to free contraception essential “regardless of employer’s religious beliefs.”

Steve Pearce  – Yes. “This is not an issue of birth control, it’s an issue of government control.”

 

Courts: Support Judge Kavanaugh nomination? [before recent controversies]

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No. His “reactionary judicial record threatens decades of progress for” woman’s rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, & access to healthcare.

Steve Pearce  – Yes. Hopes nomination process will reveal Kavanaugh to be “committed to preserving our freedoms as set forth in the Constitution.”

 

Economy: Support Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No. Concerned will cause “dangerous & short-sighted” trade war, harming NM agriculture & consumers.

Steve Pearce  – Some reservations. “I will not support putting our businesses at a disadvantage & raising prices on our consumers.”

 

Education: Increase funding for K-12 education?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Supports passing constitutional amendment to allow distributions from NM Permanent Fund. Also supports universal pre-K & shifting funding from administrators to classroom teachers.

Steve Pearce  – Unclear. Reluctant to dip into Permanent Fund, for pre-K or in general. “Far more complex than just throwing more money at the situation.” Support better management, mental health support & apprenticeship programs.

 

Education: Provide publicly funded vouchers to help pay for private schools?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No. Strongly opposes school vouchers.

Steve Pearce  – Yes. “Vouchers break link of low-income & low-quality schools.”

 

Education: Increase funding for higher education?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Find sources of money to replace lottery. In Congress opposed budget that would have lowered Pell Grants.

Steve Pearce  – No. “Right now we don’t have the money.” Must first grow the economy. so that we have the money.

 

Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Supported NM marriage equality before Supreme Court ruling.

Steve Pearce  – No. Personally opposes, voted against, but now settled law.

 

Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Strengthen background checks, ban assault weapons & high-capacity magazines. Ban anyone convicted of domestic violence from buying guns.

Steve Pearce  – No. “I don’t think gun control legislation works.” Restrictions would divert resources to “cataloguing & confiscating the guns of law-abiding citizens.”

 

Healthcare: Support or Repeal ACA, aka Obamacare?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Supports ACA, voted against repeal. Protect & strengthen Medicaid.

Steve Pearce  – “Repeal & replace.” Voted for repeal.

 

Healthcare: Require people to work to receive Medicaid?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No. Opposed work requirements enacted by current governor Susana Martinez.

Steve Pearce  – Yes. Require “able-bodied” Medicaid recipients to work.

 

Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Values their preventive care.

Steve Pearce  – No. Willing to shut down government to stop any public funding of them.

 

Immigration: Support DREAM Act (DACA), allowing “Dreamers” who arrived illegally as children, then grew up in the US, to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Worked to protect their status. Supports earned path to citizenship, for DACA recipients and illegal immigrants in general.

Steve Pearce  – Yes. On DACA, proposed 10-year “conditional protected status” with option to renew but no path to citizenship. Supports guest worker program, without amnesty.

 

Labor: Enact right-to-work law, preventing unions from mandating dues for workers they represent?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No, opposes.

Steve Pearce  – Yes, supports.

 

Marijuana: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Supported NM medical marijuana program & voted in Congress to protect.  Supports recreational legalization.

Steve Pearce  – No. Strongly opposes recreational legalization. “It would hinder the economic fortunes of poor people.”

 

Minimum Wage: Raise the minimum wage from current $7.25/hour?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Supports raising to $10 immediately, & to $12 in 4 years, indexed to inflation.

Steve Pearce  – No. Raising the minimum wage would hurt small business & people at the bottom of the economic ladder.

 

Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Co-sponsored Congressional resolution to reinstate net neutrality.

Steve Pearce  – No. Net neutrality rules “undermine the free marketplace.”

 

President Trump: Percentage of major votes  supporting Trump’s positions?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Voted 25% with Trump as of October 1.

Steve Pearce  – Voted 90% with Trump as of October 1.

 

Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Committed to facilitating investments in renewable energy sector. 

Steve Pearce  – No. Wants to “support every form of energy.” Voted repeatedly against credits or support for renewables.

 

Student Financial Aid: Increase federal or state student financial aid?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Yes. Backed Elizabeth Warren proposal to lower student interest rates by taxing the wealthy. Also backed Pell Grant support & financial aid for people not pursuing 4-year degree.

Steve Pearce  – Unclear. Voted for a 2015 Federal budget that significantly cut Pell Grants. Also 2006 budget that cut student loan support in favor of deficit reduction.

 

Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cuts?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No. They resemble failed past policies that “reward the wealthiest people & special interests, while adding as much as $1.5 trillion to our national debt.”

Steve Pearce  – Yes. Will “give a shot in the arm to all manufacturers, & small businesses will be able to become a little more stable.”

 

Voting Rights: Support stricter voting rules such as voter ID requirements even if they prevent some people from voting?

Michelle Lujan Grisham – No. “Burdensome voter ID laws & purging of voter registration rolls… disproportionately impact poor, elderly, disabled & Americans of color.”

Steve Pearce  – Yes. Voted for photo ID in federal races.