State of Colorado Archives: on Government Reform


Mike Johnston: No PAC money when running as state senator or as governor

Q: Some commentators characterize you as being part of the left-leaning, most progressive part of the Democratic Party, with references to Bernie Sanders. Are you comfortable with those characterizations?

A: There are commitments that Bernie and I share and things I really respect about what he's done. I didn't take any PAC money when running as a state senator, and I won't when running for governor. We're having a deep focus on community organizing and really lifting up the voices of ordinary people to regain their government. I think that commitment to community organizing to give people a voice in government and not just a vote--I really share the belief that we need to make post-secondary education accessible and affordable. So I think those are the things people have picked out as commonalities, and I'm certainly excited about those. I [also] think there are also a lot of ways I've built bridges with Republican leaders and business leaders that I'm proud of.

Source: Westword interview on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Jan 25, 2017

Darryl Glenn: Supports unlimited contributions by individuals

Q: On Campaign Finance: Do you support the DISCLOSE Act, which requires key funders of political ads to put their names on those ads?

Bennet: Yes

Glenn: No visible stand.

Q: On Campaign Finance: Support Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which allows unlimited independent political expenditures by corporations and unions?

Bennet: No. Wants to overturn.

Glenn: No visible stand, but likely yes. Supports unlimited contributions by individuals.

Q: On Voting Rights: Support stricter voting rules such as voter ID requirements or reduced registration times, even if they prevent some people from voting?

Bennet: No. Co-sponsored Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore federal oversight of voting laws. Co-sponsored Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore federal courts' ability to review voting changes made at the state and local level and monitor for discriminatory practices.

Glenn: Unknown

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Colorado Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Michael Bennet: Federal review voting of discriminatory state voting changes

Q: On Campaign Finance: Do you support the DISCLOSE Act, which requires key funders of political ads to put their names on those ads?

Bennet: Yes

Glenn: No visible stand.

Q: On Campaign Finance: Support Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which allows unlimited independent political expenditures by corporations and unions?

Bennet: No. Wants to overturn.

Glenn: No visible stand, but likely yes. Supports unlimited contributions by individuals.

Q: On Voting Rights: Support stricter voting rules such as voter ID requirements or reduced registration times, even if they prevent some people from voting?

Bennet: No. Co-sponsored Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore federal oversight of voting laws. Co-sponsored Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore federal courts' ability to review voting changes made at the state and local level and monitor for discriminatory practices.

Glenn: Unknown

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Colorado Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Darryl Glenn: Democracy needs increased political participation

Q: What legislation would you support to address money in politics?

Darryl Glenn: Increased political participation is an important objective for a well-functioning democracy and donating to a political campaign is a tangible way for citizens to show support. Transparency is key to ensure accountability and I support legislation that requires disclosure of donors over a certain dollar threshold. This method of accountability enables donors to continue exercising their 1st Amendment right to free speech while allowing the public to see whose support each candidate is receiving

Source: LWV's Vote411.org on 2016 Colorado Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

Michael Bennet: Constitutional amendment tooverturn Citizens United

Q: How would you address money in politics?

Bennet: cosponsored a constitutional amendment that would effectively overturn Citizens United and restore common-sense regulation to our campaign finance system. I've also long been a cosponsor of the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that would help bring transparency to political spending. And I've introduced legislation to prohibit solicitation of campaign contributions from lobbyists while Congress is in session, and eliminate lobbyist bundling.

Source: LWV's Vote411.org on 2016 Colorado Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

Owen Hill: Stick to the enumerated powers our founding fathers gave us

Hill said the defining issue in this race is ObamaCare, but averted criticizing Amy Stephens and the state program [derisively called "AmyCare"].

Hill took consistent aim at the federal government throughout the hour-long debate. "We've tried Democrat leadership, we've tried Republican leadership, and across the board we have watched for the coming generations the debt grow, freedoms taken away, and power and money consolidated in Washington, D.C.," he said. "Unless we find a way to return opportunities to the state, to follow the Constitution, to stick to the enumerated powers our founding fathers were wise enough to give us in the first place, it is indeed too late."

Source: Denver Post on 2014 Colorado Senate debate Feb 26, 2014

John Hickenlooper: Apply LEAN principles to EVERY state agency

To ensure that we are maximizing state resources and providing as responsive customer service as possible, we have gotten LEAN.

LEAN, as many of you know, is a type of business audit that scours operations looking for ways to make processes run more efficiently. We have re-evaluated how EVERY state agency does business. And we have initiated more than 100 new LEAN processes, more than any state in America.

These are only a few examples of our LEANer customer service, where we are doing what we can and should be doing: responding quickly and effectively when needed, and then getting out of the way. We're LEAN, but we're only getting started.
Source: 2014 State of the State address to Colorado Legislature Jan 9, 2014

Tom Tancredo: 2001: pledged 3-term limit; 2002: served 4th & 5th term

In May 2001, after he had been elected to a second term, Tancredo was interviewed by The Rocky Mountain News and asked about his pledge to serve no more than three terms. He said: "I have no plans to break the pledge. It's my intent to serve out my three terms if I'm reelected, and that's it."

On September 26, 2002 he told the same newspaper he'd spoken with 15 months earlier that the Lord had intervened to absolve him of his pledge. He said that his actions could be characterized as breaking a pledge, but he explained that whether he would run for a fourth term was going to be decided by God and that by putting it in God's hands he hoped he was doing what God wanted. It took the Lord less than eight months to decide what Tom should do. In April 2002, he (Tom--not the Lord) announced that he was no longer bound by his pledge to serve no more than three terms and he went on to serve a total of five terms.

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Colorado gubernatorial race Dec 27, 2013

Ken Buck: Opposes secession for northern Colorado counties

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid said he wants to get the specific low-down of Buck's position on the coal industry. "It's so important here in Moffat County," Kinkaid said. "I want reassurances from him that would be a priority of his."

When secession from Colorado was proposed, Buck came out against it. Many leaders in Moffat County were for pursuing secession, but the vote failed in Moffat and Weld counties in the November election.

Kinkaid, who was a local proponent of secession, said he doesn't consider that a drawback for Buck. "Nobody has to be in lockstep. I respect his positions," Kinkaid said. In fact, Kinkaid expressed his outright support for Buck. "I think (Buck) has the best chance of winning, and I like what he stands for," he said.

Source: Craig Daily Press on 2014 Colorado Senate race Dec 4, 2013

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 voting 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 voting 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 voting 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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