Candidate Profile
Michael Murphy

Republican , Kansas

Biography

Name
Michael Murphy
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 114
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Endorsements

Conservatives

1
Kansans for Life PAC

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Ted Cruz (2016)

Summary

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LIBERAL

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CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

None, with the medical advancements we have today this is nothing in a pregnancy that threatens the mother's life


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

Everything government does includes waste and abuse. Remove programs that duplicate services, look at programs that could be better run or more appropriately run by private entities.


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

It means a reference from a letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists. There is no mention of that phrase in the constitution, indeed our Capital building was used for church services for many years. Government is not to endorse nor prohibit religion.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

I believe the federal government has destroyed the healthcare industry and has made it more and more expensive with each passing year. I believe restrictions should be removed and the free market to work.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Legal immigration is important to our economy. There should be a vetting process to prevent those who would harm our way of life. I wonder if in taking only the most highly educated we don't keep other nations in third world status. Perhaps we should look at allowing good honest hard working, liberty seeking people who would appreciate and add to our base of national productive resources.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that God is the Creator and Supreme in the Universe, the I AM. Our form of government must have Biblical values, people of virtue in office and as citizens. As I read scripture, I see our work as benevolent people helping others as being a vital role...and doing so as individuals and groups, not government.


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

https://www.facebook.com/114thdistrict/ https://www.ilikemike114.com/blog/ https://ilikemike114.com/

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Over the years I have served on various boards, working with others to solve problems and create solutions, and to develop new programs and opportunities. As a captain with a major airline (my career job) I was in charge of a $400 million aircraft and over 400 lives. The captain is not a dictator, as captain I directed resources and working together both in daily tasks and emergencies.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

On #4 above, I actually believe marriage is between two people and God. The idea government has to approve or authorize is wrong. I would prefer peoples marriage (man and woman) be a religious thing and if needed the government can offer a legal contract for those who aren't religious. On #14, mandatory sentencing can create a problem in some instances. A judge should have some discretion for those times. On #16, Government tries to regulate behavior too much. Drinking causes much death and destruction in our nation yet it is legal while a plant is deemed dangerous. If we are to live in a free society, we need to trust the people and expect more of them. Let people live their lives and prosecute them when they infringe others lives and liberties. For the record, I do not drink alcohol and have never tried marijuana. Getting government out of the way is the best way to build the economy, promote growth and create jobs.


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

Shall not be infringed. Criminals should be prevented from ownership, but an armed society is a polite society.

iVoterGuide Note:  Candidate received an AQ rating from the NRA Political Victory Fund KS in 2020. https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/kansas/


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Neutral   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

Search for areas of fraud and abuse, eliminate duplicate programs to cut spending. Reduce the tax burden on people, especially those who are retired and businesses interested in locating here. I would like to see a move from income and property taxes to sales and use taxes. Remove obstacles for farmers and ranchers so they can process and sell directly to the public easily. Work to develop alternative crops and industries such as hemp which shows incredible potential in many ways.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

I believe we have taken a terrible turn in race relations. We made great strides in relations after the 1960s, but lies and stiring the pot by race baiting have brought us to a new low. The real threat is extremists inciting violence rather than using our justice system to prosecute crimes.


Background

Education
  • Clinton Com College, Plattsburgh, NY, 1973
  • Sterling College, Sterling, KS, 1974
  • Ross School of Aviation, Tulsa, OK, Commercial Pilot, 1978
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Church of Christ, Song leader, teacher, fill in preacher
  • Suri Network, Board Member, President, managing editor
  • MOPACA, President
  • NRA, Endowment Member
  • KSRA, Member
  • Lanternz, Sr Writer and broadcaster
  • Madison's, Sr Writer and broadcaster
Offices
  • Township Trustee, Held 12
 

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