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Jared Polis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CO) - District 2, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
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Jared Polis has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Jared Polis is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/637383/#.VWzQrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parrenthood http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/5845#.VWzRHHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Taxes are the investment. They're the price that we pay for the freedoms that we enjoy in our country. They're what fund our public projects and, yes, worthy and unworthy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/502406/ (votesmart.org)
  • "Cutting taxes for the wealthy and transferring income from the middle class to large corporations lead to lower investments in areas with high returns [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/352590/#.VWzRcXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Polis supports a constitutional amendment requiring the federal government to balance the budget, and believes that the wealthiest 1% should pay at least the same tax rate as the middle class." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/879730/issue-position-issues#.VW8pVHUVikp (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With this additional help from the federal government, we can help Colorado fend off cuts to the critical area of education. This package will help prevent layoffs and keep Colorado's teachers where we need them the most in Colorado's classrooms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/409314/#.VWzSCHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 5% by Americans for Prosperity http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106220/jared-polis#.VXCtQXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to ensure our small businesses are competing on a level playing field by reforming the tax code and eliminating loop-holes and special treatment for those with the best lobbyists." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/879730/issue-position-issues#.VWzYu3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "[...]including removing regulations that prevent small and mid-size companies from going public, permitting a greater number of private shareholders before a company is forced to comply with onerous regulations,[...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/779166/the-coloradoan-investments-turn-ideas-into-new-jobs/?search=help%20small%20business#.VWzYJnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "A sustainable and successful economic recovery rests on supporting new and small businesses, reforming our bloated tax code, […] and balancing the federal budget. These steps will get our economy growing and creating jobs again." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/879730/issue-position-issues#.VW8pVHUVikp (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With this additional help from the federal government, we can help Colorado fend off cuts to the critical area of education. This package will help prevent layoffs and keep Colorado's teachers where we need them the most in Colorado's classrooms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/409314/#.VWzSCHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Without a serious investment, laws alone cannot yield the desired result. The federal government needs to fulfill its promises and provide schools with the tools they need to implement changes and succeed." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/404951/#.VWzSsHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Race to the Top lifts the hopes and aspirations of all students because it fosters innovative and effective reforms that are improving America's schools." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/106220/jared-polis/#.VWzQjHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXCtoXUVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "Let's talk about the Keystone pipeline. This is really a phantom pipeline because yesterday in committee I asked, "Does anybody actually want to finance or build this pipeline?'' I haven't seen any evidence that there is, at the current rate of oil." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/946265/providing-for-consideration-of-hr-3-keystone-xl-pipeline-act-and-providing-for-consideration-of-hr-30-save-american-workers-act-of-2015/?search=Keystone#.VXCuynUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must increase investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy research and technology, including the expansion of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/352553/issue-position-global-climate-change#.VWzXlXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "By moving to renewable forms of energy we will create millions of jobs, turn around our economy, and improve our environment and public health all at the same time." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/581210/issue-position-energy-environment#.VWzXOXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VW8yEXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We should put science before special interests as we shape public policy. Together, we must change our attitudes and behavior to slow the dangerous pattern of global climate change." http://polis.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=4706 (polis.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to balance the right to bear arms with public safety measures that do not infringe on this right, such as closing the 'gun show loop-hole' nationally, as we have done in Colorado." http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/denver12/race-detail.do?id=11155573 (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • "Colorado has reciprocal concealed-carry arrangements with over 30 States, including all of our neighboring States. So you can drive from Colorado to Wyoming in the north, to the south to New Mexico, and east or west, and you're in no danger about your concealed weapon permit not being recognized. […] Opening the door for Federal intervention in this very sensitive area opens the door to a Federal gun owner registry, which a number of gun rights advocates in my district have expressed a great deal of worry over, as well as opening the door for a whole host of other problems that can come from Washington, D.C., bureaucrats deciding where you can and can't take your guns rather than protecting our Second Amendment in the States. […] I asked the chair of the Judiciary Committee yesterday in Rules whether he thought this provision was constitutionally required to protect the Second Amendment.He responded that no, the State does not have to have a concealed weapons system, a concealed-carry system under the Second Amendment. It is a matter of discretion or policy in that State." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/651931/#.VWzUA3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/12465/33026/106220/33026/106220/#.VWzUbnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] instead of focusing on job creation and economic growth, Republican leadership started out the new Congress by repealing patients' rights, causing the average American's out-of-pocket health costs to rise and thousands to lose coverage all together." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/581199/#.VWzUn3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/12443/32955/106220/32955/106220/#.VWzU1XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Comprehensive immigration reform would finally establish real border security, real employment verification, and require that people that are here illegally register, pay a fine and get right with the law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/591125/#.VWzVInUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I strongly oppose DOMA, and am working hard to repeal this discriminatory law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/581203/#.VWzVX3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Political Victory Fund http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1971/gay-_-lesbian-political-victory-fund#.VWzVh3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "They go wherever they're able to thrive on the lack of order. To effectively combat this menace, we need targeted special operations, we need aggressive intelligence gathering, and we need to make sure that we combat this menace wherever they are with the appropriate resources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/595579/#.VWzV_3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The correct and more important way to leverage American military might to combat this menace is to have targeted and aggressive intelligence-gathering and targeted special operations against the terrorists no matter where they are." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/491360/ (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I oppose Bush's efforts to privatize Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/352563/#.VWzWa3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] they're holding our economic recovery and global competitiveness hostage in an attempt to meet an arbitrary spending goal, to appease the fringe of their party--the same people who advocate for cutting the Department of Education and privatizing social security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/587704/#.VWzWN3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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