Richard Rivette

Election Information:

Party: 
Republican
District: 
107
Office: 
State House

Contact Information:

https://www.voterivette.biz
VoteRivetteCom
@ClassicalMurals

Survey Responses:

S = Support
O = Oppose
NR = No Response
Life
S O NR
1.
Prohibiting Abortion: Prohibiting abortion except when necessary to save the mother’s life.
X
2.
Taxpayer Funded Abortion: Allowing taxpayer dollars to fund organizations that provide abortion.
X
3.
Physician-Assisted Suicide: Allowing voluntary physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
X
First Amendment
S O NR
4.
Creative Professionals Violating Conscience: Requiring creative professionals (photographer, baker, wedding vendor) to participate in events or create messages that violate their moral or religious beliefs.
X
5.
Conscience Rights: Faith-Based Organizations: Exempting faith-based organizations from regulations that cause them to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
X
6.
Campus Free Speech: Prohibiting speech zones or speech codes that restrict where students can discuss controversial or unpopular issues on college campuses.
X
7.
Social Media Viewpoint Neutrality: Requiring viewpoint neutrality on large social media platforms (Facebook/Twitter/Google) by prohibiting them from censoring viewpoints or messages they disagree with or find offensive.
X
Candidate's Comments:
I am an artist myself. I paint murals for churches and portraits, etc. I believe every artist should be allowed their faith. It is inspiration itself. There are plenty of artists, photographers, cake decorators, designers who will work for anyone. Artists can select clients. It is traditional beyond the religious component. If I don't like how someone talks to me I can refuse their work. As an original Apple evangelist, first adopter of technology and the internet I think all Section 230 protections for social media and search giants need to be removed immediately. Then they should all be sued in class action for every bit of censorship. I find it amazing they will promote porn, terrorist acts such as beheading innocent refugees, and horrific crimes, but discussing God, praying, and supporting those attached by mobs is grounds for removal. Enough of this garbage. We need to get tough, and I intend to introduce legislation that states, If you act as a censor of any one particular viewpoint then you don't have to operate in our state. Watch their wallets ensure compliance.
Family
S O NR
8.
Women’s Sports: Preventing biological males who identify as female from competing in women’s sports.
X
9.
Parental Rights in Gender Identity Counseling: Allowing parents to get professional counseling for children struggling with gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.
X
10(a).
Protected Class for Sexual Orientation: Adding “sexual orientation” as a protected class alongside race, religion, sex, age, and disability in nondiscrimination law.
X
10(b).
Protected Class for Gender Identity: Adding “gender identity” as a protected class…
X
Candidate's Comments:
There are two genders. XX and XY. Funny how science is the scream until it doesn't support the left. Women's sports is exclusively for women. If they want to add Transgendered sports, let them. But don't give them spots on women's teams, women's scholarhips, etc. I think all boys should be able to compete as women once they have their genitals removed and have completed hormone therapy to convert to women. Until then, they are gaming the system. And it is HIGHLY insulting to real women to have to deal with these individuals. I support counseling for any reason. I believe we avoid mental health counseling in this nation due to stigma, and I know that anyone can get depressed or need help for any reason. As for gender issues, we need to make sure the child is requesting the change and not the adults. Before anything like that is authorized we need independent unbiased examination of the child, and the adults, separately. Too many cases of child abuse exist where parents are the ones wanting to alter the child.
Education and Public Safety
S O NR
11.
School Choice: Allowing the use of tax credits, vouchers, and education savings accounts to cover the cost of children attending the school of their parents’ choice, including private schools.
X
12.
Homeschooling: Allowing parents to home school their children with minimal involvement from the state.
X
13.
Criminal Justice Reform: Changing the criminal justice system to reduce the number of non-violent offenders in prison and the cost of public safety.
X
Candidate's Comments:
I have supported these for many years. One, we homeschooled when our introduction to our school's principal went poorly. We asked for five minutes to speak with the administration before turning over our kindergartner. They said, "What choice do you have?" We walked out and at age 21 my son has achieved incredible feats, and is in his last year at a stellar college, for which he almost fully paid. He is a National Honor Society Scholarship SemiFinalist, Eagle Scout, Internationally Ranked second in the world in mixed martial arts. Has a ton of other awards. He is well adjusted and completely social. Every criticism of homeschoolers turned out to be false. After teaching in an academy myself for middle and high school grades in various courses I know we need FULL access to the per pupil and facilities allotment so every parent can decide for themselves where to send their children, and control the product. The market will expand charter, religious, private, homeschool and virtual choices for those public school that can't live up to their promise. That is how it should work. And it would end the insane Marxist indoctrination occurring in our public schools.
Health and Welfare
S O NR
14.
Medical Rights of Conscience: Allowing health care workers and providers the freedom to practice medicine in accordance with their personal beliefs and conscience.
X
15.
Increasing Taxes: Increasing taxes on the wealthy to pay for more social programs.
X
16.
Medicare for All: Providing universal, state-run single-payer health care (also known as Medicare for All).
X
Candidate's Comments:
I have spent over 35 years working with insurance and medical clients in my marketing firm and as an employee. We need to get the government OUT of healthcare and insurance. The reason for so many of our failings is due to regulation and now Obamacare. My own family is in medical care. I am sick of the oversight beyond the professional licensing. Everything government touches turns to garbage. Why are we even talking about taxing the wealthy? That disincentives anyone to work hard and produce incredible results. We should applaud the wealthy as role models. If we can increase revenue through job growth then states can fund whatever they want. We need to eliminate as much of the welfare state as possible. It is proven to create lazy, disinterested people who don't want to improve themselves. They avoid opportunity even when their needs are met.