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Amos Amerson

Amos Amerson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Amos Amerson
Gender: Male
Family: Spouse: Anne; 3 Children: 1 deceased
Birth Date: 01/30/1935
Birth Place: Washington County, GA
Home City: Dahlonega, GA
Religion: Methodist
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Amos Amerson 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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Georgia State Legislative Election 2002 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 illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

If pregnancy occurs from rape or incest, the person should be counseled to make decision during first trimester- otherwise carry to term.

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Maintain Funding Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Eliminated) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminateh) Property taxes
Slightly Increasei) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusj) Vehicle taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Undecidedl) Should Internet sales be taxed?
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of two, four-year terms for Georgia governors?
Yesb) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Georgia state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Undecidede) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support adopting stronger ethical standards for state officials and lawmakers?
Yesg) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesi) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Georgia are closed?
Undecidedj) Do you support retaining the current flag of Georgia?
Nok) Should Georgia prohibit the use of hand-held cellular phones while driving?
Nol) Should Georgia recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesm) Should Georgia restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
n) Other or expanded principles

I did not vote for the current flag, but another change should require various designs voted on by the people.

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.
Xb) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) Support the use of the death penalty in Georgia.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xh) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xi) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xj) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
k) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
Xl) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xm) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
Xn) Other or expanded principles

i) case-by-case

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
c) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
d) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xe) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xf) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
i) Increase state funding to expand Head Start programs.
Xj) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xk) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives and HIV/STD prevention methods.
l) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
Xm) Other or expanded principles

I believe that vouchers should be provided only if there is a problem with the local school system or religion is the basis for change.

e) 'and reward teachers with merit pay' is crossed out. Wrote in '* for teacher's whose students do not pass standardized test.'

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Georgia's anti-discrimination laws.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

e) for up to 1 year.

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.
Yesc) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yesd) Should Georgia continue deregulated natural gas services?
Undecidede) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Undecidedf) Should Georgia adopt statewide water conservation policies?
Xg) Other or expanded principles

I believe in personal property rights and the state should not infringe on those unless it is an emergency. I support the state creating more parks if the property is for sale.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
Xi) Other or expanded principles

I believe Georgia has enough laws covering gun ownership.

e) w/ permit.
h) other than hunting or target shooting.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
c) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied by their HMO.
Xf) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in Georgia.
Xh) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support the current time limit on welfare benefits.
b) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
c) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
d) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
e) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
g) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xh) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
Xi) Other or expanded principles

d) up to one year.

In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, 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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