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Charlie Franklin Howard

Charlie Howard's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Charlie Franklin Howard
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jo; 2 Children: Chad, Julie
Birth Date: 05/30/1942
Home City: Sugar Land, TX
Religion: Baptist
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Charlie Howard 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?

Texas 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.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) 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.
g) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Slightly Decrease Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Maintain Funding Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Maintain Funding Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Greatly Increase Fundingf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Greatly Decrease Fundingg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Greatly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatee) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
g) Vehicle taxes
h) Other or expanded categories
Noi) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Yesj) Do you support placing any operating surplus into the rainy day fund?
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Texas governors?
Yesb) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Texas state senators and representatives?___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) PAC
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nog) 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 media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Texas are closed?
Noj) Should Texas recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesk) Should Texas restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) 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 Texas.
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) Support the lower .08 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
j) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
k) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
l) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
m) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
n) Create statewide standards for defense counsel in capital murder cases.
o) Other or expanded principles
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.
Xg) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase state funding to expand Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
Xm) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education funding reform.
a) Implement a State income tax.
b) Implement a Statewide property tax.
c) Support the current system, which seeks to equalize funding by redistributing funding from wealthier districts to poorer ones.
d) 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.
d) 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 Texas anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other or expanded principles
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.
b) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Noc) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nod) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
e) 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.
g) 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.
b) 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.
Xf) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in Texas.
h) 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.
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.
Xg) 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.
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