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Wynne V. E. LeGrow

Wynne LeGrow's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Wynne V. E. LeGrow
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Marilyn; 2 Children: Vincent, Victoria; 2 Stepchildren: Drew, Eric
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Wynne LeGrow refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bartel, Bill. 2010. The Virginian-Pilot: Challengers emerge in local U.S. House races. 13 April 2010. "LeGrow, who practiced medicine for 29 years before retiring two years ago, said he's grown increasingly concerned about the failure of Congress to properly regulate the financial industry that caused the current recession." (hamptonroads.com)
  • Koralewski, Don. VaNcNews.com: LeGrow to Challenge Forbes. 16 April 2010. "To me, Randy Forbes voted for the things that got us into this problem and he has not voted for the things that need to get us out of it. He's very proud of voting against the stimulus package. In the talk he gave the other day, he said he didn't think that the stimulus package had produced any jobs. Clearly it has produced jobs. Clearly it has saved jobs. And, if you're the person that has the job, you're bringing in a check, if you're feeding your family, it doesn't matter whether that job was produced or saved. You now have a job." (www.vancnews.com)
  • Wynne LeGrow. Issue Position: Economy. "The bank bailouts and stimulus package were needed to prevent this Great Recession from turning into the second Great Depression. Once the economy has stabilized, it will be necessary to make long-term plans to eliminate the deficit and start paying off the national debt. I supported the legislation which would have forced an up or down vote by Congress on the recommendations of an independent commission. This bill was passed by the House of Representatives, but unfortunately it was defeated in the Senate. The commission which has since been appointed by the president can only make recommendations which may or may not be implemented by Congress. If elected, I will seriously consider any recommendations the commission might make to start the country toward deficit reduction. I will also work with the Obama administration and any willing Democrats or Republicans to reduce our national debt. It is critical to the future of economic health in this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Whitley, Tyler. 2010. Richmond Times-Dispatch: Retired Doctor Takes on Forbes in 4th Congressional District. 1 October 2010. "LeGrow thinks President Barack Obama's stimulus package helped revive the economy and created millions of jobs. 'The bank bailouts and stimulus package were needed to prevent this Great Recession from turning into the second Great Depression,' LeGrow said." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Wynne LeGrow. First Debate Question for the Candidates. 13 October 2010. "I believe we need to reform entitlement spending to keep medicare and social security economically viable and strong. We need to seriously consider scaling back on all of our largest programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Wynne LeGrow. Wynne LeGrow Issues Statement on Social Security. 3 September 2010. "In response to recent proposals to reduce Social Security benefits, Dr. Wynne LeGrow, the Democratic Nominee for Congress in Virginia's 4th District, issued the following statement: "Our country now faces a national debt of over $13 trillion. It is clear that we must address this issue in order to maintain Social Security's solvency. When Social Security was initiated, there were about 16 people paying into the program for each collector. Now fewer than three individuals pay in for every recipient. "Before agreeing to any changes in Social Security that would place a burden on middle-class and lower-income seniors, we need to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for individuals making over $250,000 each year and stop spending billions of dollars each month propping up corrupt governments in Iraq and Afghanistan. We cannot discuss reducing Social Security benefits or increasing the retiring age as long as these reckless Bush-era policies are allowed to continue." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Wynne Legrow. 2010. Blue Virginia: Introducing Wynne LeGrow. 1 July 2010. "We can invest in the preventative procedure of a robust public education system now, or we can watch as the American workforce needs to be put on life support." (www.bluevirginia.us)
  • Wynne LeGrow. Issue Position: Education. "The state of public education has deteriorated over the last few decades. Too much emphasis is being placed on standardized tests that are too broad in their scope and encourage teachers to build their curricula around the tests rather than creating well-rounded lesson plans. The unrealistic methods for evaluating teachers and schools that were handed down from No Child Left Behind must be repealed." (votesmart.org)
  • Wynne LeGrow. Petersburg Progress-Index - Wynne LeGrow Addresses Students at Appamattox Regional Governor's School. 22 September 2010. "Not surprisingly, education was a topic of interest for some of the students. Asked about his policies on education spending, LeGrow said he agrees that money is not the solution to all the problems public schools face, but "that's not to say that money is not important." In particular, he said, "Teachers need to be paid more than they are" because higher pay will attract more talented, better-motivated people into the profession. But overall, "the money has to be spent wisely," he said. Another student asked LeGrow if he thinks Standards of Learning measures are really important to the teaching process. LeGrow answered that in some subjects, such as math and science, standard measures and standardized tests make sense. "There's only one correct answer" to a math problem, he explained. But knowledge of some other subjects is less easily translated into standardized performance measures, and perhaps educational administrators need to find alternatives, he suggested. And because learning standards are set on a state-by-state basis, there's no way to compare one state's performance with another's, he said." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bartel, Bill. 2010. The Virginian-Pilot: Challengers emerge in local U.S. House races. 13 April 2010. "He also believes not enough is being done to address global climate change and protect the environment." (hamptonroads.com)
  • Wynne Legrow. 2010. Blue Virginia: Introducing Wynne LeGrow. 1 July 2010. "We can let the self-inflicted cancer of climate change poison the world for future generations, or we can begin the treatment of reducing and eventually zeroing our greenhouse gas emissions." (www.bluevirginia.us)
  • Wynne Legrow. Issue Position: Energy Independence/Environment/Global Climate Change. "The burning of fossil fuels continues to contribute to the increased levels of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. The existence of global climate change and its relationship to the burning of fossil fuels is widely accepted in the scientific community. Those who deny this are generally not from the scientific community or are protecting the interests of the fossil fuel industries. Our dependence for oil from countries that do not have our best interests in mind further complicates the problem. It contributes to our trade deficit and some of the money eventually funds terrorists. Unless steps are taken soon to change to renewable energy, future generations will condemn us for our lack of insight into the problem. I favor tax breaks to businesses which would invest in the many forms of clean renewable energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Whitley, Tyler. 2010. Richmond Times-Dispatch: Retired Doctor Takes on Forbes in 4th Congressional District. 1 October 2010. "The Democrat favors cap-and-trade legislation, meant to minimize greenhouse-gas emissions. [...] LeGrow says he wants to create green jobs to help an environment that has been damaged by global warming. Forbes has proposed a New Manhattan Project for Energy Independence. It would bring scientists and researchers together in a competition to determine how to reduce America's energy's dependence by 50 percent over the next 10 years. [...] LeGrow, a kidney specialist, practiced medicine in Emporia for 29 years before retiring from his nephrology practice in 2008. He said he decided to run for Congress because of his concerns about the mounting federal debt and about global warming." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Whitley, Tyler. 2010. Richmond Times-Dispatch: Democratic candidate for Forbes' seat declares. 10 April 2010. "LeGrow, who is the only Democratic candidate in the 4th, retired from his doctor's practice about a year ago. He said he will run as a supporter of President Barack Obama's health-care plan, as an advocate of financial regulatory reform and as a supporter of green energy." (www2.timesdispatch.com)
  • Wynne Legrow. 2010. Blue Virginia: Introducing Wynne LeGrow. 1 July 2010. "I dare not make a medical analogy for healthcare - the recent bill was a good start, but we need real competition in the form of a public option and innovative ways to decrease healthcare costs." (www.bluevirginia.us)
  • Wynne LeGrow. Issue Position: Healthcare. "The new healthcare law prevents denial of insurance to people who have pre-existing conditions. It also prevents cancellation of insurance for certain health problems and placement of limitations on lifetime insurance coverage. This is a good start, but it still does not cover all our citizens. I would support measures that would encourage competition. These would include initiation of a public option, introduction of a plan to buy in to Medicare and modification of the antitrust exemptions enjoyed by some insurance companies. This competition would lower cost." (votesmart.org)
  • Whitley, Tyler. 2010. Richmond Times-Dispatch: Retired Doctor Takes on Forbes in 4th Congressional District. 1 October 2010. "As for the issues, LeGrow favors health-care reform but says the legislation did not go far enough. He favored inclusion of a public option to compete with private insurers." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Wynne LeGrow. Seventh Debate Question for the Candidates. 27 October 2010. "There are really two issues rolled into one when we talk about illegal immigration. First, border security is critical. I would advocate strengthening the border patrol and building whatever physical structures are necessary to control the flow of people across our southern border. Once the border is secure, we need to address the many millions of people who are here illegally. Those who are here and not working, or who have committed crimes, I would send back to their countries of origin. On the other hand, those people who are working, who have families, and who are contributing to this nation should be allowed to pay a fine for having violated the law and then go through the process of naturalization. That way we can preserve the rule of law and our security while still recognizing that many of the million here illegally are now integrated into our society." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Wynne LeGrow. Wynne LeGrow Issues Statement on Social Security. 3 September 2010. "In response to recent proposals to reduce Social Security benefits, Dr. Wynne LeGrow, the Democratic Nominee for Congress in Virginia's 4th District, issued the following statement: "Our country now faces a national debt of over $13 trillion. It is clear that we must address this issue in order to maintain Social Security's solvency. When Social Security was initiated, there were about 16 people paying into the program for each collector. Now fewer than three individuals pay in for every recipient. "Before agreeing to any changes in Social Security that would place a burden on middle-class and lower-income seniors, we need to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for individuals making over $250,000 each year and stop spending billions of dollars each month propping up corrupt governments in Iraq and Afghanistan. We cannot discuss reducing Social Security benefits or increasing the retiring age as long as these reckless Bush-era policies are allowed to continue." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Virginia Partisans Gay and Lesbian Democratic Club. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 19 July 2010. The Virginia Partisans Gay and Lesbian Democratic Club endorsed Wynne V.E. LeGrow in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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