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Josh Catton

Republican , Missouri


Josh Catton
State Representative, Dist. 14

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1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Strongly Agree

2. Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.

Strongly Agree

3. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

4. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

5. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Strongly Agree

6. People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

7. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

8. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Strongly Agree

9. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

Strongly Agree

10. There should be a strict constitutional spending limit for state and local governments that would tie the rate of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.


11. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

12. Free market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.

Strongly Agree

13. Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.


14. The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.

Strongly Disagree

15. Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom and deserves added protection in our state and federal constitutions.

Strongly Agree

16. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.


17. Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

18. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?

Before the United States of America was created, nations, up to that point, had kings. The founders looked at history and saw that absolute power corrupts absolutely and wanted to create something unique and different. For the first time in history, a county (the United States of America), was formed on the basis of an idea instead of mere conquest. That idea was outlined in our declaration of independence. The separation of powers was put in place for exactly the type of President we have now.

19. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

1. God 2. Voters 3. Constitution 4. Congress 5. Supreme Court

20. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

I am against public funding for abortion. I am also against exception clauses for abortion. This is based on groups such as "The abortion survivors network" which provide powerful testimony to the fact that even in extremely difficult situations, that child in the womb is an individual and has done nothing wrong. The democrat answer to those difficult situations is to kill the innocent child. My answer, if killing someone is a must, would be to kill the rapist, not the innocent child.

21. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian. I believe faith and religion play a critical role in the political life of our nation and always has. And that the church, and all denominations, has had a strong influence on the state and this has worked to our benefit as a nation. We need religion as a guide. We need it because we are imperfect and the government needs the church because only those humble enough to admit they are sinners can bring to democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive. The government shall never establish a religion. All are free to believe or not to believe. But those who believe, must be free to speak of and act on their belief to apply moral teaching to public questions.


  • MCC, Kansas City, A.A.S., 2011
  • MCC, Kansas City, A.A., 2013
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