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Charles 'Charlie' A. Wilson, Jr.

Charlie Wilson, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Charles 'Charlie' A. Wilson, Jr.
Gender: Male
Family: Single; 4 Children
Birth Date: 01/18/1943
Birth Place: Dillonvale, OH
Home City: Bridgeport, OH
Religion: Catholic
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Charlie Wilson, Jr. refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Charlie Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Wilson Announces He Will Vote "Yes" On Health Care. 19 March 2010. "I am confident that the language in the Senate bill ensures that there will be no federal funding for abortions. It is important to remember that according to a Harvard Medical School study, an estimated 45,000 people die each year -- that's one American every 12 minutes -- in part because they lack health insurance and access to quality health care. We must value their lives as well. At this point, I am confident that the Senate language upholds all of my pro-life values." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Charlie Wilson a rating of 75 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 31 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Charlie Wilson voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2010. "On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148). I voted in favor of this legislation and then for a package of changes that are fiscally responsible, pro-life, and contain the common sense health care solutions I sought for our district. It improves affordability for middle class families and extends the solvency of Medicare by over a decade without adding a dime to our deficit. This is not achieved by gimmicks or tricks, but by real savings that will stem the tide of skyrocketing health care costs. I am also pro-life, and firmly believe this bill upholds those values. Furthermore, I was happy to be with President Obama when he signed an executive order on March 24, 2010, that reinforces that no federal money will fund abortion services." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 40 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Wilson. 1998. Project Vote Smart: Ohio Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered;" "d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered."
  • Charlie Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Charlie Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charles Wilson Jr. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan. Charles Wilson Jr. voted NO on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Wilson Jr. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes. Charles Wilson Jr. voted NO on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Wilson. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Charlie Wilson voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Wilson Votes to Support Troops and their Families. 28 May 2010. "This bill continues Democrats' work to defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies. It fully supports the President's strategy to strengthen strategic partnerships. It also places a strong emphasis on halting the recruitment and fundraising tools being used by terrorists. The bill makes historic investments in nonproliferation programs to keep vulnerable nuclear materials and weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of our enemies. In addition, this bill authorizes the investment of billions of dollars to ensure the U.S. military has the equipment and armor it needs on the battlefield. It will help U.S. commanders cut through red tape and get the equipment they need when they need it. 'Our military men and women are among our most precious resources. Today they are performing admirably and with courage in Iraq and Afghanistan. They must have the proper equipment to do the job we've asked them to do.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Charlie Wilson voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Charlie Wilson voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Wilson Jr. The Budget and Recovery Act Puts Us on a Path to Sound Economic Health. 3 April 2009. "The budget we passed in the House this week is honest. It openly accounts for the costs of Iraq and Afghanistan. It is forward looking and realistic about the costs of overhauling our nation's healthcare system. It represents a fair tax code that does not place an unfair burden on the middle class while not allowing the wealthiest to get away without paying their share." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 10 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Wilson Votes for Middle Class Tax Relief. 9 November 2007. "The legislation is paid for through closing tax loopholes. The Temporary Tax Relief Act closes loopholes that allow some on Wall Street to pay a lower tax rate on their income than many hardworking American families pay. Additionally, the bill prevents Wall Street hedge fund managers and corporate CEOs from escaping income taxes by using offshore tax havens as unlimited retirement accounts." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Charlie Wilson a rating of 5 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Positive Update On Recovery Package. 23 October 2009. "We have had recovery funds go towards improving infrastructure, funding our medical research, and improving our schools for our children. Just last week, my district received over $20 million in stimulus funds to improve water quality and almost $2 million in medical research funding. The positive impacts of this legislation are being seen across the State of Ohio and the country." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Issue Position: Taxes. 24 February 2012. "I also supported the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act earlier this year and I was excited that Congress passed the bill so quickly. This Economic Stimulus Package provided tax rebates to those who need it most: working families, senior citizens and veterans. The plan is also expected to add up to 500,000 jobs to the economy by putting money into the hands of America's small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Economic Stimulus Package. 1 February 2008. "I truly believe that providing working Americans with timely, targeted and temporary relief to boost our economy is the right thing to do. Economists agree that putting money directly into the hands of those who will spend it quickly to stimulate the economy is the right approach. With that said, I know this package is a one-time shot in the arm - it's not meant to solve all of our economic woes. So, we will continue to hammer away, working on solutions to lower gas prices, lower heath care costs, expand health care insurance and make college more affordable." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Package will Jumpstart Economy. 24 January 2008. "Providing working Americans with timely, targeted and temporary relief to boost our economy is the right thing to do. Economists agree that putting money directly into the hands of those who will spend it quickly to stimulate the economy is the right approach. I'm pleased this bipartisan package does just that." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 17 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Charlie Wilson voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Charlie Wilson voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Wilson Votes To Create Jobs And Help Small Businesses. 4 March 2010. "'American families don't want a handout, they want jobs," Wilson said. "I'm proud to have voted for this legislation that will not only help create hundreds of thousands of jobs, but it's fully paid for and won't add a dime to our deficit.' The HIRE Act includes a payroll tax holiday for businesses that hire unemployed workers and an income tax credit of $1,000 if they retain those employees. It also includes tax cuts to help small businesses invest, expand, and hire more workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Wilson Votes to Create Jobs, Strengthen Small Business. 17 June 2010. "This legislation expands lending to small businesses and offers tax incentives to help America's small businesses grow. It is fully paid for and will ultimately save taxpayers $1 billion over the next ten years. 'When you consider that small businesses have created two-thirds of the new jobs in this country over the last 15 years, it's clear that small business is the key to our economic recovery. We must give them the capital they need to revive the entrepreneurial spirit, and to encourage the type of small business growth that will put Ohioans back to work.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Wilson Votes To Create Jobs, Boost Small Business And Rebuild Infrastructure. 25 March 2010. "'This bill will help get Ohioans back to work. In addition, this bill is fully compliant with pay-go rules. So this is good for families, good for our economy and good for our long term deficit spending.' The Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Act will help our small businesses thrive by spurring private sector investment and hiring. It provide further capital gains tax cuts for those who invest in small businesses -- giving our small businesses the new capital they need to grow and hire more workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Wilson Backs Small Business Bill. 23 September 2010. "The Small Business Jobs Act increases much-needed lending to millions of small businesses, and offers eight new tax incentives to companies, so that they may expand, hire, and fuel our economy. It also keeps jobs in America by closing tax loopholes that reward corporations that ship jobs overseas. 'If we want to spur job creation in this country, we have to support small businesses. I have run a small business, and I know that small business owners need the relief and incentives offered in this legislation.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2010. "In this economic crisis it is important to continue to support our nation's schools and teachers. I understand that many schools are experiencing budget shortfalls, and that is why I voted in favor the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1). This legislation invested $100 billion in education funding, including $53.6 billion that will be invested into a state fiscal stabilization fund to help school modernization projects." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Wilson: "This is a Wonderful Victory for Ohio Schools". 24 August 2010. "I'm very proud that Ohio has been selected as one of the winners of the Race to the Top II grant competition. Improving Ohio's education system is vitally important so that all students may realize their full potential and successfully compete in our global marketplace. This is a wonderful victory for Ohio schools which will be able to do great things with the funding. Our state has taken significant steps to advance student performance, increase graduation rates, and eliminate the achievement gap. I was happy to support the Race to the Top application, and I'm proud of all of the people who worked on the proposal. This award will help accelerate our state's existing agenda to strategically address education gaps." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Wilson Calls on Oil Companies to Use it or Lose it. 18 June 2008. "Companies could nearly double U.S. oil production from public lands if they actually started drilling the land available to them and stopped stockpiling leases. The President and Big oil are on a deliberate campaign to mislead the public. They yell about needing access to ANWR, but Big Oil is sitting on millions of acres that have been untapped. I say if they're not going to drill on that land, the U.S. government should lease the land to some company that will." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. America Cannot Afford More Failed Bush-Cheney Energy Policies. 20 June 2008. "The President called for opening the Outer Continental Shelf to drilling, even though more than 80 percent of that is already under lease at this time. The President reported the same old rhetoric about drilling in ANWR, even though his own Energy Department has concluded that will bring no solution for the next 20 years. This type of rhetoric is what is hurting us and will continue to hurt our country. Madam Speaker, America cannot afford any more failed Bush-Cheney energy policies." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Drilling Down on Drilling. 15 August 2008. "It's also clear we need to drill more. I support drilling. I have consistently voted to back responsible drilling as part of a comprehensive strategy to break our addiction to foreign oil. For example, I was an original co-sponsor of the Drill Responsibly in Leased Lands Act. The DRILL Act would mandate lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA). This is an area that has more oil than the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the oil in the NPRA can be brought to market sooner." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Wilson Backs Historic Comprehensive Energy Legislation. 16 September 2008. "Congressman Charlie Wilson (OH-6) today voted in favor of comprehensive energy legislation that will help bring down energy costs, invest in renewable energy sources to create American jobs, expand domestic drilling offshore and on land and increase our security by freeing America from the grip of foreign oil. If signed into law, the Comprehensive American Energy Security & Consumer Protection Act would represent the largest opening of land offshore for oil and gas development in our nation's history and invests billions into alternative energy. 'I'm proud that the House has passed the most comprehensive energy legislation in two decades. Americans have been waiting for a sound energy policy and have paid the price because we haven't had one. This is a way to get gas prices and move America forward.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Wilson Supports Oil Drilling, Increased Government Oversight. 23 June 2008. "'I agree we need to drill in Alaska, but I do not think we should open additional area for leasing before we use the millions of acres already available,' Wilson said. Wilson added that he may eventually support the idea of drilling in ANWR but would only consider it if oil companies weren't stockpiling leases and only if oil companies get through all of the millions of acres that have either already been leased or are available for leasing." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Charlie Wilson voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Charlie Wilson voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Letter to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. 16 June 2010. "EPA's decision to reclassify biomass emissions contradicts federal precedent and clear congressional intent regarding carbon neutrality and will discourage the responsible development and use of renewable biomass which could and should play a more significant role in our nation's energy policy." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 70 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Charlie Wilson voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Wilson Votes No On Energy Bill. 26 June 2009. "Members of the House worked very hard to come up with the kind of energy reform bill that will both reduce greenhouse gases and lead our country to energy independence. Both are goals that I support, and progress on the bill in the House was encouraging, but I felt it didn't go far enough to protect energy consumers and industries in my district. I believe that coal must and will play a major role in our nation's transition to energy independence. In Ohio, 86 percent of our electricity comes from coal. And the vast majority of that coal comes from Appalachian Ohio. Because we are located in an area of the country that heavily relies on coal to turn on the lights and heat our homes, Ohio families and her energy intensive industries, like steel, will bear the brunt of the cost from this version of climate change legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Wilson Co-Sponsors A Pair Of Bills To Stop EPA from Killing Jobs. 26 February 2010. "Today, Rep Charlie Wilson signed onto a pair of bills drafted to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from expanding the Clean Air Act and stifling job creation. 'Regulating greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act could kill jobs and hurt the economic recovery. That's not what we need right now. I've always vowed to protect the coal industry and I will continue do so.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Issue Position: Creating Energy Independence. 1 January 2010. "In July 2009, House of Representatives debated and voted on the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The bill would reduce the use of greenhouse gas emissions and make significant changes to our nation's energy policies. While I believe it is important to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, I was disheartened to see that this bill would impose too steep a cost on the use and advancement of our domestic resources, including our area's major resource, coal. I believe that coal must and will play a major role in our nation's transition to energy independence. In Ohio, 86 percent of our electricity comes from coal. And the vast majority of that coal comes from Appalachian Ohio. Because we are located in an area of the country that heavily relies on coal to turn on the lights and heat our homes, I feared Ohio families and energy intensive industries, like steel, would bear the brunt of the cost from this version of climate change legislation. Therefore, I proudly voted no on this bill and am pleased that the Senate has not passed a similar version of this legislation." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Charlie Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Charlie Wilson. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Charlie Wilson voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Charlie Wilson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Charlie Wilson a grade of 55." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 24 February 2012. "The truth is that the vast majority of gun owners are model citizens who are simply exercising their constitutional rights. That is why I not only oppose legislation infringing the right to bear arms, but am also a proud cosponsor of HR 861, HR 1399, and HR 4900. These three bills would guarantee the rights of gun owners. I will continue to uphold the Second Amendment during my representation in Congress." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Wilson Proudly Casts His Vote In Support Of Health Reform. 21 March 2010. "Tonight marks the end of a very long journey. I voted for the Senate version of health care reform and for the reconciliation changes because together the bills are fiscally conservative, pro-life, good for my district and good for our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Health Care. 3 November 2009. "Under the revised Affordable Health Care for America Act, Mary and other Americans would not suffer from preexisting conditions. Finally, as early as next year, they would receive fair health care that they deserve. I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 3962." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Health Care Reform. 20 March 2010. "The bottom line is that we need this reform. Families like Bridget's need this reform. Our economy needs this reform. This is a historic vote, and I'm proud to cast my vote in favor of commonsense health care reform that finally benefits the people, not the insurance companies." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, as we wind down the clock on the health care debate, I have thought long and hard about what's best for my district back in Ohio, and I have concluded that the Affordable Health Care for America Act is an important step forward in fixing our broken health care system." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. 6th District candidates say they'll still work for area. 8 July 2012. "'The Supreme Court made a good commo-sense decision that helps people everywhere,' Wilson said in a phone call after the decision came down last week. 'The good news for the people in southeast Ohio is the prescription drug donut hole is closed. The costs of prescription drugs are lower; families can keep their children on their insurance plans until the age of 26; do you know how many kids that's going to help in college?'" (www.athensnews.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Issue Position: Immigration. 24 February 2012. "No Amnesty. I do not believe that we ought to reward people who crossed into this country illegally." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 40 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Charlie Wilson voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 70 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Charlie Wilson voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Charlie Wilson voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of the American Family Association 23 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2010. "Currently, the Social Security Program is facing some real challenges, and I strongly believe that Congress should focus on strengthening the program through careful planning and wise budgeting, instead of risking its viability through privatization plans." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Wilson supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Wilson Jr. Issue Position: Social Security. 27 February 2012. "I have met with hundreds of Ohioans to discuss the future of Social Security. Their message to me has always been clear: they do not want to undermine the Social Security Program through privatization, and they oppose any measures that would jeopardize the protection that Social Security provides." (votesmart.org)

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Ohio State Legislative Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xd) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
j) Should Ohio government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:
Yesa) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) End parole for repeat violent felons.
d) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
l) Lower the limit defining drunk driving to .08 blood alcohol content.
m) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
n) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
d) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Expand legalized gambling to include riverboat casinos.
f) Support the use of state funding for the construction of sports stadiums and arenas in Ohio.
g) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
b) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
d) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
e) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xg) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
Xh) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
j) Fund public school education in Ohio by increases in the state sales tax rather than by using local property taxes.
k) Support allocating more state education funding to Ohio's poorest districts and less to its wealthiest districts.
l) Provide each school district a base level of state funds and allow local districts to supplement that amount.
Xm) Distribute state funds on an average cost per student basis, regardless of circumstances in each district.
Xn) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all Ohio public schools.
o) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Ohio.
f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
i) Require each state department to take farmland preservation into consideration when making new policies.
j) Support mandatory vehicle emission and maintenance testing, known as E-check.
k) Support a stricter environmental review process for private development on small wetlands.
l) Support moratorium on industrial agriculture operations.
m) Other
Yesn) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
a) Do you support the current law which limits the number of terms of the following Ohio officials?
No1) State Senators and Representatives
Yes2) Governor
b) Do you support current limits on the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesd) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yese) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
f) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
g) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Xg) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Continue to allow small businesses to form Small Employer Health Care Alliances, which makes offering insurance coverage to employees more affordable.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Provide health care to uninsured children by expanding Medicaid.
d) Continue to utilize managed care principles to help control Medicaid spending.
e) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
f) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
h) Provide state financial assistance to senior citizens who wish to remain at home as an alternative to a nursing home.
i) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
c) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
d) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
e) Favor banning smoking in public places.
f) Increase the cigarette-buying age to 21.
Xg) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
h) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
i) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
j) Other
k) Do you believe that the Ohio government should include sexual orientation in Ohio's anti-discrimination laws?
l) Do you believe that the Ohio government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusd) Environment
Maintain Statuse) Health care
Maintain Statusf) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Slightly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Property taxes
Maintain Statusi) Sales taxes
j) Other
Nok) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Maintain the current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the current mandatory work requirements for able-bodied recipients in order to receive benefits.
c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
d) Provide tax incentives to businesses who hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
f) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
Xh) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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