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John Chewning Watkins

John Watkins' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: John Chewning Watkins
Office: State Senate (VA) - District 10, Republican
First Elected: 01/13/1998
Last Elected: 11/08/2011
Next Election: 2015
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kathryn; 3 Children: John, Robert, Thomas
Birth Date: 03/01/1947
Birth Place: Petersburg, VA
Home City: Midlothian, VA
Religion: Lutheran
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John Watkins refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2011 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Virginia State Legislative Election 2003 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.
c) 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.
f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xg) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
Greatly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminateh) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusi) Property taxes
j) Sales taxes
k) Car taxes
l) Commercial vehicle tolls
m) Passenger vehicle tolls
n) Other or expanded categories
o) Should Internet sales be taxed?
p) Do you support eliminating taxes on estates valued at $1 million or more?
q) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Noa) Do you support the current limit on terms for Virginia governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Virginia 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?
Noe) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesg) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Noh) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Virginia are closed?
Noi) Should Virginia recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesj) Should Virginia restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
k) Other or expanded principles
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.
Xc) Support the use of the death penalty in Virginia.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
g) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
h) Support the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
i) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
j) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xk) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
l) 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.
n) Allow police to ticket motorists for not wearing their safety belts, even if they have committed no other traffic violation.
o) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) 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).
Xd) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xe) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
f) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase state funding to expand Head Start programs.
k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Support in-state tuition for illegal immigrants who are Virginia high school graduates and are becoming permanent residents.
o) Other or expanded principles
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.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Virginia's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Undecideda) College and university admissions
Undecidedb) Public employment
Undecidedc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.
Xc) Support increased funding for mass transit and high-speed rail systems.
Xd) Support increased funding for building new roads.
e) Enact legislation that limits urban growth.
f) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
g) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
h) Other or expanded principles
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.
b) 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.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state-funded care where necessary.
Xb) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) 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.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in Virginia.
h) 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 current time limits on welfare benefits.
b) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xd) 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.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Other or expanded principles
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.

Increase funding For education (K-12) and higher education
Increase availability of rail and mass transit options

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