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Mark Lovell State Representative Tennessee, 95

Mark Lovell

Mark Lovell for State Representative, Tennessee, 95

Location
Eads, Tennessee
District / Locality
Tennessee, 95
County
Shelby
Political Affiliation
Republican
Office
State Representative
Election Date
08/04/2016

FULL PROFILE

Position Spectrum Key
  • NOT APPLICABLE
    N/A
  • STRONGLY OPPOSE
    O+
  • OPPOSE
    O
  • NEUTRAL
    N
  • SUPPORT
    S
  • STRONGLY SUPPORT
    S+

Quick Bio

My purpose and platform is to serve the people. I believe that any person who wants to serve the people should serve the people and NOT themselves, that person should not try to pass legislation based on the benefit of self interest. Our community and State needs someone in office that has a proven track record of success in business. To see more about my views and background, please visit my website at www.lovell95.com

My Positions

SUPPORT
S

Agriculture & Farms

“I support getting rid of needless regulations on farmers and letting them compete in the marketplace with their products.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Government

“I support the smallest government possible. Government should be doing what the private sector cannot or should not be doing. That's all.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Jobs & the Jobless

“As a lifelong entrepreneur and job creator, I support the ability of small business to be able to thrive. I support the reduction of useless taxes, licenses, and regulations on job creators. I will work to rid the people who are making things happen in our economy of the burdens government has placed upon them.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

“With the growth of big government comes the erosion of our civil liberties, such as forced annexation and civil asset forfeiture. I believe strongly in the 4th Amendment's protection of individual privacy and will work to restrict the federal government's influence and control within our state borders.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Crime & Punishment

“For Tennesseans to thrive, they need to be secure at work, home and at play, surrounded by peace and quiet. Those who continue to violate that peace and safety need to be dealt with in the most severe way possible. Crime exacts a huge financial toll and incentives need to be in place to discourage such behavior. I fully support our men and women in Law Enforcement.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Criminal Justice Reform

“We need to get rid of abusive civil asset forfeiture practices.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Holding Wall Street Accountable

“No one, regardless of position or income, should be exempt from the law.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Public Safety

“Shelby County is in need of a wholesale emphasis on public safety. It impacts the number of companies who will locate here if they feel our community is not a safe place for their employees and families and facilities.”

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

Public Pre-Kindergarten

“Pre-K has been shown in study after study, even at Vanderbilt University to have absolutely no benefit to the students. They are not ahead of their peers who do not experience Pre-K. $100 million is wasted each year that could be spent elsewhere. I will work to get rid of Pre-K.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Higher Education

“I support local control of our schools. I oppose Common Core and believe people in Shelby County need top be making the decisions for Shelby County students.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Education Choice & Vouchers

“Shelby County boasts the largest number of failing schools in Tennessee. Children are consigned by law to attend these schools. They need to be able to choose other, more successful schools, whether public or private. If we are to reverse the economic fortunes of these children, we must act now.”

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

Higher Education

“I oppose the Tennessee Promise, as it is just one more government program that will succeed in putting more money into the pockets of Big Education. These colleges and Universities continue to jack up tuition and fees at a rate well exceeding the cost of living. Government should get out of this business. College is not for everyone. We should be encouraging trade school education more.”

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

ISTEP

“I strongly oppose one-size-fits-all education initiatives. Shelby County is different from Gibson County. Local officials should be in charge of monitoring the progress of their students in the ways that they see fit.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Mental Illness & Guns

“I support the restrictions on the sale of firearms to the mentally ill. Careful attention needs to be given to who makes these determinations and the criteria involved.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Guns

“The 2nd Amendment was written to give citizens the ability to fight back against tyrannical government. It is a God-given right only recognized by the Constitution. I believe the reasons to deny an individual the right to "keep and bear arms" are very limited; to violent felons, individuals with orders of protection and mentally unstable individuals. There should not be any "gun-free" zones.”

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

Gun Control

“I oppose the gun-control directives coming out of Washington, D.C. and liberal states and cities. ”

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

Ammunition Regulation

“I oppose the restrictions on ammunition purchases. This is a 2nd Amendment violation. "Arms" implies the ammunition to be used with them.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Offshore Drilling

“I strongly support offshore drilling as it leads us toward complete energy independence and the dumping of allegiances to hostile Islamic States in the Middle East.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Energy Technology & Coal

“I am an "all of the above" candidate. I support the new technologies making coal cleaner and tracking that has led the U.S. to a new day of energy independence.”

OPPOSE
O

Gambling & Casinos

“People, especially the poor, have better things to do with their money rather than throwing it away to big corporation casinos.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Religion & State Separation

“We need more Christians in elected office as they tend to improve the level of virtue among our elected officials. There is no such thing in the Constitution as Separation of Church and State. The intent was the refusal to have one "sect" as a national religion.”

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

Decriminalization of Marijuana

“I oppose the decriminalization of recreational marijuana.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

First Amendment For All, Including Christians!

“Christianity is in full defensive mode in the US. I will not allow Christians and their beliefs to be abused in Tennessee. The Bible is the fountain from which the republic was built.”

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

Economic & Tax Policy

“I oppose the raising of or addition of taxes on hard-working Tennesseans. Government produces nothing, yet they take more than they need, as is evidenced by the $1 billion surplus.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Immigration & Deportation

“I support the deportation of people who break our immigration laws. I support the fining of companies who hire illegals. I support the building of a wall on our southern border and the strict enforcement of our immigration policy. I support the deportation of people on the no-fly list, immediately. I support the ban on students coming from countries who support terrorism.”

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

Immigration, A Workable Immigration Policy

“I oppose a legal path to those who are here and have broken our laws. In this case, possession is not 9/10 of the law. Go home and come back legally.”

NEUTRAL
N

Alcohol Sales

“The consumption of alcohol is a bane on the economy as it increases absenteeism, strains the social service network, produces more work for Law Enforcement, contributes to drug dependency, and is the main cause of death in auto accidents in people under 25. It's entrenched in culture and we must be forthright to educate ourselves and do a better job of discouraging abuses.”

NEUTRAL
N

LGBT

“The scientific evidence is overwhelming that sexual preference is NOT in one's DNA. People should live as they see fit, responsibly.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Social Welfare Reform

“I support the constant reduction of freebies given out to people because of their poor decision-making or refusal to work and contribute their communities. "If a man will not work, neither shall he eat."”

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

Organized Labor Unions

“Unions, especially the NEA, have devastated our education system by protecting bad teachers. Our good teachers incomes are depressed by their actions. ”

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

Abortion

“I strongly oppose the taking of life in-utero and will not support state funding of Planned Parenthood.”

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

Tax & Spend

“I oppose new efforts to increase taxes in Tennessee, whether sales tax or gas tax. I will support the full repeal of the Hall Income Tax. I further support the shrinking of spending to continue to place less of a tax burden on working Tennesseans.”

SUPPORT
S

Roads

“I would like to see an audit of TDOT to determine whether the projects are properly queued and whether the money we currently spend is being spent efficiently. I oppose the gas tax. Those are municipal expenses paid for our of city and county budgets. We need to stop letting a person's influence change the order in which road and bridge projects are don”

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

2015: Hottest Year Ever?

“Man-made global warming is a hoax designed to take control over people, their lives and their fortunes.”

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

Obamacare

“I oppose ObamaCare, ObamaCare exchanges, Insure Tennessee and anything else that the federal government does to meddle in business that belongs to the states.”