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Ed Perlmutter's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CO) - District 7, Democratic
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Ed Perlmutter has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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

  • "These medical decisions should be between a woman and her doctor." (
  • "That’s why I don’t believe government should be involved in a woman’s reproductive health decisions." (
  • Rated by 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
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

  • "I urge the Senate to reject a Republican plan to give a $700 billion, deficit busting gift to millionaires and billionaires and leave our kids the bill." (
  • "I simply believed extending tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires was too expensive for our country." (
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

  • "We came up with a stimulus bill, which is going to spur more jobs, creation of jobs, as well as a new energy economy, revamping education, and dealing with health care costs." (
  • "The federal government can have a positive influence on the environment, the economy and create jobs by encouraging the rehabilitation and construction of homes which meet higher energy efficient standards." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) urged Washington Republicans to put politics aside and vote to extend middle class tax cuts to avoid the automatic tax increases (fiscal cliff) for hardworking people in Colorado." (
  • "The tax extenders package included several provisions important to Colorado families and local businesses including, the Research & Development Credit, a deduction for teachers for classroom expenses, and an extension of the wind energy production tax credit." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a step in the right direction. States will now set their own standards as well as create their own plans for schools. ESSA also contains measures to reduce high-stakes testing while maintaining high standards and accountability, decreases the use of disciplinary practices that remove kids from the classroom, and provides better access to high-quality preschools." (
  • "Our nation's primary source of federal aid to K-12 education is the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)." (
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" (
  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Specifically, investing in renewable energy technology is good for jobs, good for our environment and good for our national security." (
  • "America needs to build a clean energy future based on renewable energy sources including wind, solar, biofuels, nuclear and geothermal." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I applaud President Obama's efforts to reduce carbon emissions through increasing CAFE standards for new automobiles [...]" (
  • "Congress should act to significantly reduce this serious threat to our planet by passing legislation that promotes energy efficiency measures and decreases our dependence on fossil fuels." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I appreciate the opportunity to speak about this. It is time to tackle these assault clips and assault weapons, which have done such terrible damage to our kids and our people." (
  • "Americans want Congress to take up common sense measures to keep guns out of dangerous hands through strengthened laws against straw purchasers and universal background checks." (
  • "I’m proud to join my colleagues today in demanding action on gun violence. ‪#‎NoFlyNoBuy‬ ‪#‎NoBillNoBreak‬" (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We are taking the necessary first steps in making quality, reasonably priced health insurance accessible to more people." (
  • "I supported the Affordable Care Act because it guaranteed the Constitutional rights for people with preexisting medical conditions so they cannot be discriminated against and denied health insurance coverage." (
  • "Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there are approximately 8 million people enrolled who now have quality healthcare coverage." (
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The DREAM Act is the right thing to do -- both economically for our country and morally." (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1751 "American Dream Act" (
  • "Establish a legal path to citizenship for people who have not committed any crimes, are paying taxes, and are learning English." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is without reservation that I am proud to endorse the Colorado Domestic Partnership Benefits and Responsibilities Act." (
  • "I support same sex marriage and civil unions." (
  • "I had so much fun marching with other Colorado Democrats at the Denver Pride Parade on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who came out and showed their support for the LGBT community! ‪#‎DenverPride‬ ‪#‎LoveIsLove‬" (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the current air campaign and counter-terrorist measures being carried out against the Islamic State and their barbaric actions." (
  • "ISIS is a serious threat. The United States continues to take the fight to ISIS by destroying their capabilities and combating extremism abroad. We have the most robust and capable counterterrorism capabilities in the world and are working with our international allies to disrupt terrorist cells abroad and at home. Whether it is screening refugees, sustaining airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, utilizing U.S. Special Forces or cutting off revenue streams, the U.S. is working hard to degrade and destroy ISIS capabilities." (
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 'privatization' or private accounts for Social Security payroll contributions. Social Security is too important to be subjected to the risk and volatility of the stock market." (
  • "[…] I will never advocate abolishing Social Security as 'un-American', nor will I advocate privatizing it." (


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.

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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.

Colorado State Legislative Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xg) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xh) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
Xi) Other

Parental notificatation for girls 15 and under with judicial bypass.

Undecidedj) Should Colorado government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:
Yesa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) End parole for repeat violent felons.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
j) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
k) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
Xl) Support the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
m) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
n) Other
Undecidedo) Do you support mandatory HIV testing for accused sex offenders?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
d) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xg) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
Xh) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
e) Provide funding for recycling programs in Colorado.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
Xi) Allow certain trucks to use the car pool lane if they have electric or natural gas engines that do not pollute.
j) Other
Nok) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Yesl) Do you support Colorado's "Blueprint for Clean Air" program?
Yesm) Do you support regulating large-scale hog farms in Colorado?
Undecidedn) Do you support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife proposal to reduce the amount of water diverted from the Colorado River for future use by municipalities?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Colorado officials?
No1) State Senators and Representatives
No2) Governor
No3) Judges and Justices
b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
No1) Individual
Undecided2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noe) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Undecidedf) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Undecidedg) Do you support Colorado's Amendment 15 as an effective means of limiting corporate contributions to political parties?
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Xg) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Provide health care to uninsured children by expanding Medicaid.
d) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
e) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
f) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
c) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
e) Favor banning smoking in public places.
f) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
g) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
h) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Increase the regulation of paramilitary organizations in Colorado.
j) Other
Undecidedk) Do you believe that the Colorado government should include sexual orientation in Colorado's anti-discrimination laws?
Nol) Do you believe that the Colorado government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Yesm) Should unmarried same-sex couples in Colorado have the same legal rights and benefits as married heterosexual couples?
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
Greatly Increasea) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusb) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasef) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Property taxes
Maintain Statusi) Sales taxes
j) Other

Personal property taxes -- Greatly Decrease

Nok) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yesl) Should Colorado grant a tax credit to individuals who donate food and to farmers who allow the needy to glean their land?
Undecidedm) Do you support eliminating the state tax on telephone services?
n) Should public tax funds be used to build a new professional football stadium in Denver?
Indicate options you support regarding Colorado's excess tax revenues.
a) Provide refund checks only to those who paid state income taxes.
Xb) Support broad-based refunds to all Colorado citizens.
c) Provide refunds through a reduction in state income tax rates.
d) Provide refunds through a reduction in sales taxes.
Xe) Allow the state to spend part of the excess revenue.
f) Allow the state to spend all of the excess revenue.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
a) Maintain the five-year limit on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work within 24 months in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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