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Andrew Romanoff's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Andrew Romanoff has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Andrew Romanoff 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 2014, 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

  • "I don't support the Hobby Lobby decision, and I don't support and I've never supported personhood, and I believe a woman's right to choose should be protected," Romanoff said, adding, "I don't want the government, and I don't want an employer telling a woman how to make her own health care decision." (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

  • "Seeks to reduce government spending, cut taxes, and protect the rights of taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Growing our economy is one of America's most urgent priorities. We need leaders in Washington who value our jobs -- not simply their own. In Colorado, I fought to strengthen the middle class, modernize our aging infrastructure, and train our workforce to compete around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • "Seeks to reduce government spending, cut taxes, and protect the rights of taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • "Schools aren't factories, and students aren't widgets. We will continue to lose effective teachers if we force them simply to teach to a test. The real task of improving student achievement can be time-consuming and difficult, but it's worth it. Above all, it requires us to use evidence, rather than ideology, to determine what works." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Increases in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are imperiling our planet. Our addiction to fossil fuels darkens our skies, damages our water, destroys our wetlands and wildlife habitat, and disrupts our climate. The consequences of inaction will be catastrophic, not only for our health and our environment but also for our economy and our national security. We can save thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars by transforming the way in which we produce and consume energy." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Protect the quality of Colorado's air and water." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is NRA's political action committee. The NRA-PVF ranks political candidates - irrespective of party affiliation - based on voting records, public statements and their responses to an NRA-PVF questionnaire. [...] NRA relies on a very simple premise: when provided with the facts, the nation's elected officials will recognize that "gun control" schemes are an infringement on the Second Amendment and a proven failure in fighting crime. The importance of this premise lies in the knowledge that, as one U.S. Congressman put it: "The gun lobby is people." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As for Obamacare, Romanoff said it was a "good idea to fix the law rather than repeal it and replace it with nothing other than empty phrases." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • "Reform should provide a sensible and timely process by which those who are willing to work hard, pay taxes, and obey the law can achieve legal status and citizenship. I will champion efforts to:" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will fight to: [...] Secure full equality for LGBT Americans, including the right to marry and to be free from employment discrimination." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Meeting new and growing threats around the world will require not only the resolve of our troops but also a sustained commitment from Congress. To maintain a modern and nimble military, we need to invest in air, land, sea, space and new technologies. We need to improve the oversight of our intelligence agencies and ensure that they do not violate the Constitutional rights of the citizens they serve." (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

  • "As a member of Congress, I will fight to sustain Social Security and protect it from privatization." (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.

Colorado State Legislative Election 2006 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) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

I support Roe v.Wade.

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
a) Education (Higher)
b) Education (K-12)
c) Emergency preparedness
d) Environment
e) Health care
f) Law enforcement
g) Transportation and highway infrastructure
h) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories

Balance Budget consistent with voters' wishes on Referendum C.

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
h) Sales taxes
i) Vehicle taxes
j) Other or expanded categories
Nok) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
l) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
m) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
n) Other or expanded principles

Rainy-day fund should be used only during genuinely bad economic weather.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Noa) Do you support the current limit of terms for Colorado governors?
Nob) Do you support the current limit of terms for Colorado state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
e) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
g) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Colorado are closed?
Yesh) Should Colorado recognize domestic partnerships between same-sex couples?
Noi) Do you support a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage?
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support the death penalty in Colorado.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
g) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xh) Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xi) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xj) Strengthen sex-offender laws.
Xk) Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
e) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xf) Include sexual orientation in Colorado's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Increase the state minimum wage.
Xh) Penalize businesses that hire undocumented immigrants.
i) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
a) Public employment
Yesb) State college and university admissions
c) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
Xc) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
d) Provide incentives for improvements to Colorado's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xe) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xf) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
e) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
f) Require a license for gun possession.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
e) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Colorado.
g) Continue to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xh) Allow pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception without a prescription.
Xi) Support forming a drug-purchasing cooperative of states to purchase prescription drugs at reduced prices.
Xj) Create a Colorado discount drug program to negotiate prescription drug purchases for low-income citizens.
Xk) Protect health care workers who file reports alleging mistreatment of patients.
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
b) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
c) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
e) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
f) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
h) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

The skyrocketing cost of health care places an enormous burden on Colorado's families and businesses, making comprehensive reform a top priority. That means curbing costs, preserving quality, and expanding access. The pressure of international competition has heightened the demand for a highly skilled workforce and a world-class school system. The rapid growth of our state's population has strained our infrastructure and our natural resources; we need to plan now for an environmentally sustainable, energy-independent future.

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