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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

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State of Colorado Politicians: Archives


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  • Amy Stephens (13) Republican Challenger Colorado
  • Bob Schaffer (9) Former GOP Senate Challenger (2008) Colorado
  • Cory Gardner (1) Republican U.S. Rep Colorado-4
  • Ed Perlmutter (9) Democrat U.S. Rep Colorado-7
  • Jane Norton (9) Republican Senate Challenger (2010); previously Lt. Gov. Colorado
  • John Hickenlooper (35) Colorado Democratic Governor
  • Ken Buck (33) Republican Challenger Colorado
  • Ken Salazar (28) Cabinet
  • Mark Udall (15) Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative Colorado
  • Michael Bennet (22) Democratic Jr Senator Colorado
  • Owen Hill (8) Republican Senate Challenger Colorado
  • Pat Buchanan (1) Reform
  • Pete Coors (9) 2004 former Republican challenger Colorado
  • Randy Baumgardner (9) Republican Challenger Colorado
  • Tom Strickland (7) Former Democratic Challenger (2002) Colorado
  • Tom Tancredo (5) Republican
  • William Owens (4) Colorado Former Republican Governor (1999-2006)
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Abortion
    Amy Stephens: NO on penalties for violent offenses against pregnant women.
    Randy Baumgardner: Voted YES on penalties for violent offenses against fetuses.
    Amy Stephens: Long history of working for pro-Life causes.
    Ken Buck: Opposes abortion rights, even in cases of rape and incest.
    Ken Buck: Oppose federal funding & protect the unborn.
    Jane Norton: Pro-life and oppose all federal funding of abortion.
    Ken Salazar: Abortion decision should be between a woman and her God.
    Ken Salazar: Supports parental notification but not extreme limits.
    Tom Strickland: Protect freedom to choose; government has no role.
Budget & Economy
    John Hickenlooper: Increase budget reserves; extend job-creation tax credit.
    John Hickenlooper: Rebuild reserve fund after Great Recession.
    Michael Bennet: Stimulus bill avoided Depression; now we need infrastructure.
    Ken Buck: We spent $787B on stimulus with nothing to show for it.
    Michael Bennet: Stimulus bill limited because recession worse than expected.
    Jane Norton: Economic recovery depends on lower taxes & balanced budget.
    Michael Bennet: Transparency on paying for tax cuts and spending programs.
    Bob Schaffer: $700B bailout is dead hand of government making things worse.
    Bob Schaffer: Congress’ 2007 laws made private sector pay for bailout.
    Bob Schaffer: $700 billion bailout is necessary but essentially a tax.
    Mark Udall: Financial bailout results from Reagan & Bush GOP policies.
    Mark Udall: $700 billion bailout is not good for my constituents.
    Ken Salazar: Cut national debt and close tax loopholes.
Civil Rights
    Ken Buck: Won't compare gays to alcoholics again; better candidate now.
    Owen Hill: Gay marriage forces gay agenda onto straight society.
    John Hickenlooper: Let's pass civil unions!
    Amy Stephens: Traditional marriage without Civil Unions.
    Amy Stephens: Rated 43% on voting positions by Women's Lobby of Colorado.
    Randy Baumgardner: Rated 35% on voting positions by Women's Lobby of Colorado.
    Ken Buck: Buck "mis-spoke" comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.
    Ken Buck: Birth influences homosexuality like it influences alcoholism.
    Ken Buck: Being gay is a choice, but birth has an influence.
    Ken Buck: Don't-ask-don't-tell policy makes a lot of sense.
    Michael Bennet: Opposition to homosexuality is an outdated views of society.
    Ken Buck: Prosecute the murder of transgender as a hate crime.
    Jane Norton: Define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
    Ken Salazar: Oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment.
    Ken Salazar: Change the Patriot Act to balance civil liberties.
    Ed Perlmutter: Affirnative action needed at colleges but not state agencies.
    Ed Perlmutter: No same-sex marriage, but allow equal benedifts.
Corporations
    John Hickenlooper: Colorado Blueprint: build a business friendly environment.
    John Hickenlooper: Regulatory impact statement on all new legislation.
    Ken Buck: Small business can turn economy around with lower tax burden.
    Ken Buck: It's bad when the government owns car companies.
    Mark Udall: No welfare for CEOs in financial bailout.
    Ken Salazar: Close loopholes that encourage overseas headquarters.
Crime
    Ken Buck: Closed loophole that had let abusive fathers contact kids.
    John Hickenlooper: $34 million for violence-preventing mental health services.
    John Hickenlooper: $20M for mental health 24/7 call-in centers.
    Amy Stephens: Voted NO on parole violation punishment reduction.
    Randy Baumgardner: Voted NO on parole violation punishment reduction.
    Amy Stephens: Voted YES on requiring all convicts to submit DNA.
    Ken Buck: 2006: Declined to prosecute "buyer's remorse" date-rape case.
    William Owens: DNA tests for all felons; “Two strikes” for child molesters.
    Ed Perlmutter: Support the use of the death penalty.
    Ed Perlmutter: Alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders.
Drugs
    Owen Hill: Voted NO on regulating retail marijuana.
    Owen Hill: Voted NO on regulating retail marijuana.
    Randy Baumgardner: Sponsored bill for regulating retail marijuana.
    John Hickenlooper: Now it's legal, but keep marijuana out of the reach of kids.
Education
    Tom Tancredo: Tax credits for private school tuition.
    Owen Hill: Eliminate the Department of Education.
    Amy Stephens: Voted NO on expanding comprehensive sex education.
    Owen Hill: Voted NO on expanding comprehensive sex education.
    Randy Baumgardner: Voted NO on expanding comprehensive sex education.
    Amy Stephens: Voted NO on authorizing same-sex civil unions.
    Owen Hill: Voted NO on authorizing same-sex civil unions.
    Randy Baumgardner: Voted NO on authorizing same-sex civil unions.
    John Hickenlooper: Support great teachers in a 21st Century education system.
    Bob Schaffer: More competition needed in higher-ed loan-making.
    Mark Udall: More money for government-run college aid programs.
    Ken Salazar: More scholarships for college.
    Ken Salazar: Strongly supports public education.
    Ken Salazar: Expand early childhood and after school programs.
    Ken Salazar: Ensure higher education is affordable and accessible.
    Tom Strickland: Expand Head Start program for underprivileged kids.
    William Owens: Teacher merit pay; student standards; smaller class sizes.
    Ed Perlmutter: Stress abstinence in sex education programs.
    Ed Perlmutter: Increase teacher funding & school construction.
Energy & Oil
    John Hickenlooper: Colorado Energy Office: efficiency and renewables.
    John Hickenlooper: Innovative drilling technology for abundant natural gas.
    John Hickenlooper: Develop unconventional technology for extracting shale oil.
    John Hickenlooper: Fracking opens new era of energy; but disclose ingredients.
    John Hickenlooper: As exploration geologist: focus on wind, solar, gas, coal.
    Ken Buck: Continue our traditional sources of energy.
    Jane Norton: Oppose cap-and-trade; support all-of-the-above.
    Bob Schaffer: Federal government rakes in funds from high energy prices.
    Mark Udall: We need comprehensive plan, not just oil & gas development.
    Tom Strickland: Enforce environmental regs and address global warming.
    Tom Strickland: Restrict nuclear waste shipment.
Environment
    John Hickenlooper: Start methane capture rule; finish Water Plan.
    John Hickenlooper: Develop federal land instead of protecting the sage grous.
    John Hickenlooper: Water policy: Collaboration, Conservation and Capacity.
    Ken Buck: Protect rural water supplies like Arkansas River basin.
    Michael Bennet: $5 million to begin work on the Arkansas Valley Conduit.
    Ken Salazar: Protect and preserve our land and water.
Families & Children
    John Hickenlooper: Consolidate 23 early childhood services under one roof.
    Tom Strickland: Expand children’s health insurance coverage.
    Pat Buchanan: Littleton due to poisoned culture declaring “God is dead”.
Foreign Policy
    Ken Salazar: We need cooperation of our traditional allies on terrorism.
Free Trade
    Bob Schaffer: Reducing repatriation tax pumps capital into economy.
    Mark Udall: Reducing repatriation tax rewards sending jobs overseas.
Government Reform
    Owen Hill: Stick to the enumerated powers our founding fathers gave us.
    John Hickenlooper: Apply LEAN principles to EVERY state agency.
    Tom Tancredo: 2001: pledged 3-term limit; 2002: served 4th & 5th term.
    Ken Buck: Opposes secession for northern Colorado counties.
    Amy Stephens: Voted NO on same-day voter registration.
    Owen Hill: Voted NO on same-day voter registration.
    Randy Baumgardner: Voted NO on same-day voter registration.
    John Hickenlooper: Pits and Peeves: Replace red tape with LEAN government.
    Ken Buck: Not, repeat not, for repealing the 17th Amendment.
    Jane Norton: Opposes earmarking in $787 billion "stimulus" plan.
    Jane Norton: Only strict constructionists as federal judges.
    Pete Coors: The 527 loophole is also a freedom of speech.
    Ed Perlmutter: Supports public funding for political campaigns.
Gun Control
    John Hickenlooper: CO cares about 2nd Amendment, but also safe communities.
    John Hickenlooper: Universal background checks & ban on high capacity magazines.
    Tom Tancredo: Running in opposition to new gun control laws.
    John Hickenlooper: State Senate "Line item recall" about too-strict gun control.
    John Hickenlooper: Universal background checks but no assault weapon ban.
    John Hickenlooper: Keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill.
    Amy Stephens: Co-sponsors every pro-2nd Amendment bill in Legislature.
    Ken Buck: No federal database of gun owners.
    Jane Norton: Strong supporter of the Second Amendment.
    Ken Salazar: Protect the individual right to use firearms.
    Ken Salazar: Restrict felon possession, and ban assault weapons.
    Ed Perlmutter: Ban semi- automatics; require child-safety locks.
Health Care
    Amy Stephens: AmyCare was lesser of 2 evils to exempt state from ObamaCare.
    Cory Gardner: ObamaCare has led to 335,000 cancellations in Colorado.
    Mark Udall: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
    John Hickenlooper: Current health costs restrain job growth & hurt families.
    Michael Bennet: I back fiscally sound measures, including Medicare cuts.
    Ken Buck: $500B savings in Medicare is heart of health care reform.
    Michael Bennet: $500B savings in Medicare is heart of health care reform.
    Ken Buck: Government-run system infringes freedom & rations care.
    Jane Norton: Competition is key to lower costs and increased access.
    Michael Bennet: Committee membership: Health, Education, Labor & Pensions.
    Ken Salazar: Take next steps toward universal coverage.
    Ken Salazar: Medicare Rx bill was a mistake; need innovations.
    Tom Strickland: Control prescription drug prices.
    Tom Strickland: Add prescription benefit in Medicare.
Homeland Security
    Mark Udall: Reform the NSA; stop gathering millions of phone records.
    Mark Udall: Real reform to stop NSA overreach.
    Mark Udall: NSA should not collect bulk data; go through FISA court.
    Mark Udall: FactCheck: Yes, NSA can collect phone records on Americans.
    Mark Udall: Reopen PATRIOT Act: stop gathering secret phone data.
    John Hickenlooper: Make hiring veterans a priority.
    Ken Buck: No eminent domain for 238,000-acre Trinidad training site.
    Michael Bennet: No expansion option for 238,000-acre Trinidad training site.
    Ken Buck: Fight for a strong national defense.
    Michael Bennet: Increase military size & strength for new types of conflict.
    Ken Salazar: Implement the reforms recommended by the 9/11 Commission now.
    Pete Coors: We’ll never have perfect security in the US.
    Pete Coors: Important to check baggage and freight.
    Ken Salazar: Fight war on terror without sacrificing our freedoms.
    Ken Salazar: Fighting war on terror is not easy nor inexpensive.
    Pete Coors: We should be more worried about Iran and North Korea.
    Pete Coors: Scrutinize the massive intelligence failures in the US.
    Pete Coors: Get people in a coalition that’s been working with the enemy.
    Ken Salazar: Ensure emergency personnel have the support and resources.
Immigration
    Amy Stephens: Opposes misguided programs that promote illegal immigration.
    Ken Buck: More Border Patrol; finish the fence.
    Michael Bennet: More National Guard troops on border; then amnesty.
    Ken Buck: People with two misdemeanors disqualified for citizenship.
    Michael Bennet: Sponsor and enthusiastic support of the DREAM Act.
    Ken Buck: Secure the border and say no to amnesty.
    Jane Norton: Secure our borders; no amnesty.
    Michael Bennet: Our borders not secure; create a path to citizenship.
    Bob Schaffer: Opposes sanctuary cities; help local police enforce law.
    Mark Udall: Program for illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows.
    Ken Salazar: Give benefits to children of longtime illegal immigrants.
    Pete Coors: Give no benefits to children of longtime illegal immigrants.
    Ken Salazar: Opportunity for undocumented workers to gain legal status.
Jobs
    John Hickenlooper: Sustainable jobs are created by the private sector.
    Michael Bennet: Opposes Employee Free Choice Act & card-check.
Local Issues
    John Hickenlooper: 51st State Initiative: I got the message on secession.
    John Hickenlooper: TBD Colorado: share your vision and priorities for our state.
Principles & Values
    Randy Baumgardner: Skipped GOP primary debate sponsored by Denver Post.
    John Hickenlooper: Operate government with more common sense and less nonsense.
    Tom Tancredo: Won't debate in GOP primaries; will debate Dems.
    Tom Tancredo: Obama is greater threat to our way of life than any enemy.
    Ken Buck: Tea Party is based on frustration, not racism.
    Ken Buck: I will not swear allegiance to the Republican party.
    Michael Bennet: Pragmatism and independent thinking at national level.
    Ken Salazar: Kerry is somebody who I support.
Social Security
    John Hickenlooper: Update constitutional barriers in state's retirement program.
    Ken Buck: Give younger workers option to invest in separate retirement.
    Amy Stephens: Voted NO on increases to public employee retirement benefits.
    Randy Baumgardner: Voted NO on increases to public employee retirement benefits.
    Michael Bennet: Preserve the integrity of entitlement programs.
    Michael Bennet: Strongly opposes privatizing or reducing benefits.
    Ken Salazar: Opposes privatization and individual investment accounts.
Tax Reform
    Ken Buck: Extend Bush tax cuts & cut spending to pay for it.
    Michael Bennet: Cut taxes $12B on small businesses.
    Michael Bennet: Open to compromise on temporarily extending Bush tax cuts.
    Ken Buck: Endless spending in Congress means higher taxes.
    Michael Bennet: Target tax cuts to struggling middle class families.
    Bob Schaffer: Cutting taxes increased revenue & unleashed economic growth.
    Ken Salazar: Enact responsible tax cuts for low- and middle-class.
    Ken Salazar: More tax cuts and ending of loopholes.
    William Owens: Has cut income taxes, sales tax, & marriage penalty.
    Ed Perlmutter: Supports progressive state income tax.
Technology
    John Hickenlooper: Bring antiquated budget & personnel systems to 21st century.
    John Hickenlooper: COIN: Colorado Innovation Network incubates entrepreneurship.
    William Owens: More restrictions on Internet crime & porn.
War & Peace
    Ken Buck: No deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan.
    Michael Bennet: Commit to bring home troops from Afghanistan in July 2011.
    Ken Buck: Don't allow Iran to obtain nukes, even via military.
    Ken Buck: Afghanistan war ok; nation-building not ok.
    Michael Bennet: Afghan exit after al-Qaida groups destroyed in Pakistan.
    Bob Schaffer: Surge is working; but it might take years.
    Mark Udall: Proposed votes against the declaration of war.
    Mark Udall: Surge has helped, but it’s time to leave Iraq.
    Pete Coors: Support adding more troops, oppose setting a war deadline.
    Ken Salazar: Bush was not for a Department of Homeland Security.
    Ken Salazar: We have a mess on our hands in Iraq.
    Pete Coors: Go with the best intelligence you have.
Welfare & Poverty
    John Hickenlooper: One Congregation-One Family: churches mentor homeless.


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