Monday, September 30, 2013

Better know a politician: Ken Cuccinelli

Name: Ken Cuccinelli

Political party: Republican

Current Position: Attorney General

Tenure: 2010-present

Previous position: Virginia Senate, 2002-2010

Future position: Cuccinelli is running for Governor of Virginia and is the Republican nominee. He is running against Terry McAuliffe.

Previous election: 2009, Virginia Attorney General
Ken Cuccinelli: 58%
Steve Shannon (D): 42%

Future election: He will face Terry McAuliffe in the 2013 Virginia's gubernatorial election

Polling results:
Public Policy Polling, July 16, 2013

Favorable: 32%
Unfavorable: 47%
Not sure: 22%

Terry McAuliffe (D): 41%
Ken Cuccinelli: 37%
Robert Sarvis (L): 7%
Undecided: 15%


  • Sued the federal government over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act
  • Supports Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070
  • Does not believe LGBT people should be specifically protected from anti-discrimination laws
  • Challenged the EPA on fuel standards
  • Does not believe the EPA should regulate greenhouse gas
  • Believes the EPA should reopen proceedings regarding greenhouse gases and public health
  • Filed a lawsuit against the University of Virginia regarding a climate researcher on staff there
  • Litigated against auto-title lenders who were charging too much interest on loans
  • Added veterans advocacy department to the Attorney General's office to help veterans
  • Issued a legal opinion that schools could search through students' cell phones to combat cyberbullying and sexting
  • Issued an opinion that schools could not charge students $75 fee for Advanced Placement tests
  • Advocate for Virginia cracking down on human trafficking
  • Pro-life
  • As State Senator, advocated for legislation requiring abortion clinics to the same health and safety standards as outpatient surgical hospitals
  • Require doctors to anesthetize fetuses undergoing late-term abortions
  • Would revoke citizenship rights to children born to undocumented immigrants
  • Allow businesses to sue other businesses that hire undocumented immigrants
  • Would support legislation making inability to speak English a disqualification to receive unemployment benefits
  • Endorsed by the NRA
  • Sponsored legislation that would repeal the prohibition on carrying a concealed handgun in a restaurant or a club
  • Supports allowing Virginia to recognize concealed handgun permits from other states
  • Advocate of abstinence-only sex education
  • Would re-instate Crimes Against Nature law, effectively prohibiting oral and anal sex
  • Appealed Lawrence v. Texas trying to make any sex that is not vaginal sex between 16 and 17 year olds, a crime
  • Supports personhood law that would ban some forms of contraception
  • Cut the individual income tax rate from 5.75% to 5%
  • Reduce business income tax from 6% to 4%
  • Eliminate or reduce the Business Professional Operational License Tax, the Machine and Tool tax, and the Merchants Capital tax
  • Supports "traditional marriage"
  • Wants to try to broaden K-12 STEM education
  • Wants to double the occupational credentials and/or licensure in K-12 by 2020 
  • Supporter of school choice
  • Establish a more comprehensive report card system
  • Wants to expand digital learning
  • Wants to create a statewide system for funds for virtual schools
  • Wants to create a version of school vouchers
  • Would make it easier for charter schools to form in Virginia
  • Would provide scholarships for parents for preschools
  • Establish an Office of Small Business Advocate
  • Would reduce regulation for energy regulation

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