State of Colorado Archives: on Government Reform


Amy Stephens: Voted NO on same-day voter registration

HB 1303: Authorizes Same-Day Voter Registration:

The intent of this act is to remove barriers to participation in the electoral process by making both voting and voter registration more convenient and accessible. Therefore, all eligible citizens who want to exercise their right to vote should have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote by being able to register to vote up to and on election day.

The general assembly declares that the peoples' self-government through the electoral process is more legitimate and better accepted when voter participation increases. By implementing this act, the general assembly hereby concludes that it is appropriate to expand the use of mail ballot elections as a means to increase voter participation.

Source: 2013-2014 Colorado Senate & House legislative records May 3, 2013

Owen Hill: Voted NO on same-day voter registration

HB 1303: Authorizes Same-Day Voter Registration:

The intent of this act is to remove barriers to participation in the electoral process by making both voting and voter registration more convenient and accessible. Therefore, all eligible citizens who want to exercise their right to vote should have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote by being able to register to vote up to and on election day.

The general assembly declares that the peoples' self-government through the electoral process is more legitimate and better accepted when voter participation increases. By implementing this act, the general assembly hereby concludes that it is appropriate to expand the use of mail ballot elections as a means to increase voter participation.

Source: 2013-2014 Colorado Senate & House legislative records May 3, 2013

Randy Baumgardner: Voted NO on same-day voter registration

HB 1303: Authorizes Same-Day Voter Registration:

The intent of this act is to remove barriers to participation in the electoral process by making both voting and voter registration more convenient and accessible. Therefore, all eligible citizens who want to exercise their right to vote should have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote by being able to register to vote up to and on election day.

The general assembly declares that the peoples' self-government through the electoral process is more legitimate and better accepted when voter participation increases. By implementing this act, the general assembly hereby concludes that it is appropriate to expand the use of mail ballot elections as a means to increase voter participation.

Source: 2013-2014 Colorado Senate & House legislative records May 3, 2013

John Hickenlooper: Pits and Peeves: Replace red tape with LEAN government

A commitment to partnership and collaboration can overcome the dysfunction of partisan gridlock. We need to make government work better. Part of that means making government efficient, effective and of course elegant.

Last year we began a rigorous review of state rules and asked for examples of unnecessary regulation from Coloradans across the state. We are scrubbing every state agency to eliminate red tape. Our plan is outlined in the report we issued this week called "Pits and Peeves."

We understand that government is not a business. Still, we need to apply best practices from successful companies where they make sense. That is why we initiated the LEAN program in almost every state agency, where employee teams are now actively identifying waste and inefficiency to create savings.

Source: Colorado 2012 State of the State Address Jan 12, 2012

Ken Buck: Not, repeat not, for repealing the 17th Amendment

Q: Some people accuse you of 'Buckpedaling.' A Denver Post op-ed says you told one crowd you favored repealing the 17th Amendment, which allows for the direct election of senators, then you later backpedaled. Is that charge fair?

BUCK: No.

Q: Explain why.

BUCK: I've been to over 800 events and I have talked about the 17th Amendment. Someone asked me a question. I said, 'The short answer is yes, but...' and then I gave an explanation of why I thought there were better answers to restoring the balance of power between the states and the federal government than the 17th Amendment. Senator Bennet has played a commercial over and over that misstates, misquotes, misleads on that issue. The next day, I called the person back and said, 'You know, I've thought about it, and I don't want to leave you with the impression that the answer is yes.' Fifteen times more, with the Democrat tracker camera in my face, I explained that I wasn't in favor of repealing the 17th Amendment.

Source: NBC's Meet the Press: 2010 Colorado Senate debate Oct 17, 2010

Jane Norton: Opposes earmarking in $787 billion "stimulus" plan

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, janenortonforcolorado.com Dec 25, 2009

Jane Norton: Only strict constructionists as federal judges

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, janenortonforcolorado.com Dec 25, 2009

Pete Coors: The 527 loophole is also a freedom of speech

Q: What is your solution to address the issue of so much money and so little accountability in the political system?

A: This is a great country where we’ve got freedom of speech and we should never do anything or pass any laws that abridge that right. I think it was a total surprise to Congress when the Supreme Court decided the McCain-Feingold Act actually was acceptable, because I don’t think Congress felt that the Supreme Court would uphold it. The flaw is the 527 loophole, which allows outside organizations with very little reporting and accountability requirements to come in and do advertising as they see fit to slam the other opponents. I regret that they did that, frankly, and I wish that wasn’t the case. But we have freedom of speech and we should never do anything to remove freedom of speech.

Source: Colorado Senate Debate in Rocky Mountain News Oct 30, 2004

Ed Perlmutter: Supports public funding for political campaigns

Q: Do you support limiting the following individual contributions to state legislative candidates?

A: No.

Q: Corporate contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Q: Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Source: 1998 Colorado State National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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