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Brandon Shaffer refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brandon Shaffer. The Denver Post: 4th Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "I think this decision is best left to a woman, her family, her spiritual advisor, and her doctor" to the question: "Do you support the decision of Roe v. Wade?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Brandon Shaffer. NARAL Pro-choice America. "Shaffer earned a 100-percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado in 2008." (www.prochoiceamerica.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Brandon Shaffer. The Denver Post: 4th Congressional District Voter Guide. "I am a veteran of the US Navy, and I put myself through college on a Navy ROTC scholarship. I understand the important role the military plays in preserving our freedom and keeping us safe. We cannot afford to blindly slash spending. We must cut wasteful government spending that is putting America in debt, and we must enact smart solutions to ensure America's security, both domestically and abroad." (c3.thevoterguide.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brandon Shaffer. "Out of Touch" 17 February 2012. "The payroll tax cuts will provide real, meaningful relief to 160 million families. It will extend unemployment insurance and encourage doctors to accept Medicare patients. It's good for our economy and good for middle class Americans." (shafferforcolorado.com)
  • Brandon Shaffer. Issue Position: Budget. 1 March 2012. "Finally, taxes. Something is seriously wrong with Washington when Congressmen are willing to let the biggest burden fall on the middle class. Our current tax system is flawed. We must implement a tax structure that is fair, not one that rewards special interests with high-paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C." (votesmart.org)
  • Brandon Shaffer. Jobs and Economy. 2 March 2012. "The payroll tax cut is set to expire, putting even more financial strain on our middle class families " yours and mine. Yet Congress just simply can't get their act together. Protecting tax breaks for millionaires while letting middle class tax breaks lapse makes no sense. I hope that Congress will fix this newest mess, and as your Congressman I promise to fight against the wrong-headed mentality that made this debate possible by placing the focus back on helping middle class America." (shafferforcolorado.com)
  • Brandon Shaffer. The Denver Post: 4th Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "I think increasing taxes on the middle class during today's difficult financial times makes absolutely no sense. Congress cannot let middle class tax breaks lapse while protecting tax loopholes for billionaires and special interests. We need a fair tax code that doesn't place an unfair burden on small businesses and the middle class" to the question: "Would you support an extension of the Bush tax cuts?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brandon Shaffer. Colorado State Senate Majority Office: Statement from Senate President Brandon Shaffer on December Revenue Projections. 20 December 2011. "We need to keep working to create jobs and strengthen the economy. When the legislative session opens in January, we plan to introduce the ˜Colorado Works' jobs package, a series of bills designed to put more Coloradans back to work and spur economic growth." (coloradosenate.org)
  • Brandon Shaffer. Colorado State Senate Majority Office: Statement from Senate President Brandon Shaffer on December Revenue Projections. 20 December 2011. "We need to keep working to create jobs and strengthen the economy. When the legislative session opens in January, we plan to introduce the 'Colorado Works' jobs package, a series of bills designed to put more Coloradans back to work and spur economic growth." (coloradosenate.org)
  • Brandon Shaffer. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. "Our greatest opportunity for bringing back the jobs we lost and creating even more is by supporting small business through a fair tax system, and by providing resources and opportunities for small business owners to learn and grow." (votesmart.org)
  • Brandon Shaffer. Jobs and Economy. 15 August 2012. "Here in Colorado, we have an incredible opportunity to invest in renewable energy. We are already a leader in industries such as wind and solar, but we can and should do better. There is no reason to follow the lead of other states, or other countries like China. Most important of all, an investment in renewable energy would create good, high-paying jobs for thousands. I have done my best to support renewable energy in the state legislature. I have supported various bills over the last seven years, including allowing producers of renewable energy to "net meter" their excess electricity, which makes it much easier and cheaper for consumers to use renewable energy." (shafferforcolorado.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Callie Jones. "Brandon Shaffer Stops in Sterling Day After Announcing Congressional Bid." 7 July 2011. "Development wise, he said the nation needs to be looking at resources like natural gas. He criticized Gardner for taking his name off a major natural gas initiative; a bill that would create tax credits designed to encourage natural gas development and use." (www.journal-advocate.com)
  • Brandon Shaffer. The Denver Post: 4th Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "I support traditional forms of energy as well as the Wind Energy Tax Credit because it creates jobs here in Colorado. The effectiveness of any program receiving tax credits should be reviewed after 3 to 5 years to make sure we are not wasting taxpayer money" to the question: "Would you support a short-term an extension of the production tax credit -- worth 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour generated, which is estimated to cost $4.1 billion over 10 years -- for wind energy?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Brandon Shaffer. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. "Our greatest opportunity for bringing back the jobs we lost and creating even more is by supporting small business through a fair tax system, and by providing resources and opportunities for small business owners to learn and grow." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brandon Shaffer. Video: "Comcast Newsmakers Interview with Senate President Brandon Shaffer" 10 February 2011. "The overall theme will be on jobs and the economy [¦] and a focus on education [¦] to help us be an effective partner with the business community [¦] We've cut budgets around K12 and higher education funding and that's why making education a primary focus of the upcoming legislative session, trying to put education first, will be so important as we move forward." (www.youtube.com)
  • Brandon Shaffer. "Comcast Newsmakers Interview with Senate President Brandon Shaffer" 10 February 2011. "The overall theme will be on jobs and the economy [¦] and a focus on education [¦] to help us be an effective partner with the business community [¦] We've cut budgets around K12 and higher education funding and that's why making education a primary focus of the upcoming legislative session, trying to put education first, will be so important as we move forward." (www.youtube.com)
  • Brandon Shaffer. "Senate President Brandon Shaffer's Interview on Comcast Newsmakers." 19 August 2010. "We passed a higher education flexibility bill that gives them more flexibility in managing their funds but also requires them to put more money into financial aid to ensure that it's affordable and accessible to the average Colorado citizen." (www.youtube.com)
  • Brandon Shaffer. Issue Position: Education. 1 March 2012. "Our government is facing massive debt, but we can't hope to improve our economy now or in the future without a good education system. This is only possible if we make the necessary investments in our schools. That is why in the 2011 State Legislative session, I worked across party lines to save our schools $170 million in funding cuts." (votesmart.org)

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  • Brandon Shaffer. All of the above. 6 March 2012. "We need an 'all of the above' strategy for energy that goes beyond oil. Cory Gardner votes for subsidies for big oil while pushing the same tired, failed ideas that got us to this point." (shafferforcolorado.com)
  • Brandon Shaffer. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 1 March 2012. "An investment in renewable energy would create good, high-paying jobs for thousands. I have done my best to support renewable energy in the state legislature. I have supported various bills over the last seven years, including allowing producers of renewable energy to "net meter" their excess electricity, which makes it much easier and cheaper for consumers to use renewable energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Brandon Shaffer. All of the above. 6 March 2012. "We need an ˜all of the above' strategy for energy that goes beyond oil. Cory Gardner votes for subsidies for big oil while pushing the same tired, failed ideas that got us to this point." (shafferforcolorado.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brandon Shaffer. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 1 March 2012. "An investment in renewable energy would create good, high-paying jobs for thousands. I have done my best to support renewable energy in the state legislature. I have supported various bills over the last seven years, including allowing producers of renewable energy to "net meter" their excess electricity, which makes it much easier and cheaper for consumers to use renewable energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Callie Jones. "Brandon Shaffer Stops in Sterling Day After Announcing Congressional Bid." 7 July 2011. "Development wise, he said the nation needs to be looking at resources like natural gas. He criticized Gardner for taking his name off a major natural gas initiative; a bill that would create tax credits designed to encourage natural gas development and use." (www.journal-advocate.com)
  • Kristen Wyatt. CBS Denver: Shaffer to Run Against Gardner for CD4 Seat." 5 July 2011. "Shaffer said he's not sure whether he supports cap-and-trade plans to reduce carbon emissions, and he did not say whether he agreed with Gardner's vote to curtail the Environmental Protection Agency as it seeks to reduce power plants' emissions of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas." (denver.cbslocal.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bette McFarren. La Junta Tribune: Shaffer visits La Junta. 26 July 2012. "The recent incident in Aurora has brought up the subject of gun control again. Shaffer believes the current statutes are adequate but that mental health facilities need to be improved and expanded. The issue with assault rifles has to do with fully automatic and semi-automatic with a high capacity clip such as used by the shooter in Aurora." (www.lajuntatribunedemocrat.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brandon Shaffer. The Denver Post: 4th Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "The Affordable Care Act is not a perfect bill, but there are key components that need to be preserved as we continue to work on the legislation moving forward. Specifically, people should not be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions, we need to close the prescription drug "donut hole" for seniors, and young adults up to age 26 should be allowed to stay on their parents' insurance" to the question: "Would you vote for repeal of the ACA? If so, what would you do to reform the system instead?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Bette McFarren. La Junta Tribune: Shaffer visits La Junta. 26 July 2012. "He believes that we need to keep working on problems and find new ways to solve them without losing the gains we have made. This principle applies to affordable health care as well. 'No audience I have spoken to is opposed to extending insurance to those with pre-existing conditions, getting rid of the doughnut-hole in prescription benefits for elders or keeping young adults on their parents' plans to age 26, when they can be expected to be on their own.'" (www.lajuntatribunedemocrat.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brandon Shaffer. The Denver Post: 4th Congressional District Voter Guide. Responded "When I was in the military, I served with several guys from the Philippines who were not yet citizens. After seeing their love for this country, I absolutely believe we need to give honest, hardworking people an opportunity to earn their citizenship through military service or education" to the question: "Do you support the DREAM Act?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Kristen Wyatt. CBS Denver: Shaffer to Run Against Gardner for CD4 Seat." 5 July 2011. "Shaffer said he [¦] would support the DREAM Act, legislation that would provide a path to legalization for certain young people brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents." (denver.cbslocal.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kristen Wyatt. CBS Denver: Shaffer to Run Against Gardner for CD4 Seat." 5 July 2011. "Shaffer said he would vote to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman." (denver.cbslocal.com)
  • Brandon Shaffer. It's just sad. 15 May 2012. "The Legislature had an opportunity to do something monumental this year “ legalize civil unions for LGBT couples. But, partisanship in the House of Representatives reared its ugly head and derailed our efforts." (shafferforcolorado.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brandon Shaffer. Our Retirement Safety is at Risk. 14 August 2012. "Today marks the 77th anniversary of Social Security, and for three quarters of a century our nation has fulfilled its promise of a secure retirement for each generation to come. But that safety is at risk. The extreme partisan crusaders in Washington, including my opponent Cory Gardner, have voted to shift Social Security savings into the private market. Imagine where our seniors would be if their retirement had been tied to the stock market in 2008 [¦] I will fight to ensure Social Security and Medicare remain financially sound, now and in the future, but moving savings into risky private markets is a dangerous gamble our seniors can't afford." (votesmart.org)
  • Brandon Shaffer. Issue Position: Budget. 1 March 2012. "There are better, smarter ways to tackle our debt without attacking our hard-working citizens who have paid into Social Security and Medicare their whole lives. These citizens deserve to take advantage of the benefits they worked so hard for." (votesmart.org)

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