The Armstrong Survey for 2006 Colorado Candidates

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The Armstrong Survey for 2006 Colorado Candidates

September 8, 2006

Editor's note: The following survey was distributed via e-mail on September 7 and 8, 2006, to Colorado candidates. In some cases, I could not readily find an e-mail address for a candidate, so I sent a message to an appropriate representative of the candidate's party requesting that the survey be forwarded. In a few cases, my e-mail to a candidate bounced, so I'll call those candidates and ask them to find the survey online. If for some reason a candidate has not received a copy of the survey, he or she may simply cut-and-paste the survey (reproduced below) into an e-mail, answer the questions, and return it to ari**AT**freecolorado.com (with the appropriate alteration intended to thwart spam). Please use only text within the body of the e-mail. As I receive replies, I'll add each candidate's name to this document, linked to the candidate's answers. -- Ari Armstrong


The Armstrong Survey for 2006 Colorado Candidates

Dear Candidate,

This survey will be sent to every Colorado candidate for legislature, governor, and lieutenant governor. Your answers will appear complete and unedited at FreeColorado.com. In addition, your answers may be used, in whole or in part, in other publications, including, but not limited to, Boulder Weekly and Grand Junction Free Press.

We ask for your answers by September 20. Please respond only via e-mail to ari**AT**freecolorado.com.

Most questions can be answered with a single word, in which case appropriate answers will be placed in capital letters (for example, SUPPORT or OPPOSE). Feel free to write more detailed answers as you see fit. However, we ask that you keep your answers as short and straight-forward as possible.

Thank you for your participation,
Ari and Linn Armstrong


**Introduction**

In 250 words or less, please summarize why voters should pick you.


**Property Rights**

Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE the use of eminent domain for purposes of economic development and/or generating tax revenues?

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation repealing the state-wide smoking ban (except in government buildings)?

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation prohibiting local governments from imposing smoking bans (except in government buildings)?


**Civil Arms**

In Alaska, citizens can carry concealed weapons for noncriminal purposes without a permit, or they can get a permit recognized by other states. Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation creating a concealed weapons system in Colorado like that in Alaska?

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation to prohibit private citizens from ever carrying a concealed weapon?

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation to allow citizens to carry a concealed weapon only with the permission and at the discretion of a law enforcement agent?

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation to repeal background registration checks for private sales at gun shows?

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation forcing gun owners to lock up their defensive firearms?

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation adding legal liability specifically to gun owners who do not lock up their defensive firearms?

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation restricting the number of firearms that a citizen may purchase in a given time period? If you would sponsor or support such legislation, please specify the restrictions you favor.

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation further restricting the types of firearms that a citizen may purchase? If you would sponsor or support such legislation, please list all particular restrictions you would support.


**Corporate Welfare**

Article XI, Section 2 of Colorado's Constitution states, "Neither the state, nor any county, [etc.]... shall make any donation or grant to, or in aid of... any corporation or company..." However, according to the Economic Development reports available at http://www.state.co.us/oed/edc/EDC-Reports.cfm, the state has offered corporate welfare to such corporations as Intel, Raytheon, Kodak, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.

Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation eliminating all corporate welfare to for-profit corporations?

The state has also offered subsidies to such entities as the Limon Golf Course and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Will you SPONSOR, SUPPORT, or OPPOSE legislation eliminating all economic subsidies?


**Amendments and Referenda**

Please state whether you SUPPORT or OPPOSE each of the following measures:

Amendment 38
Petitions

Amendment 39
School District Spending Requirements

Amendment 40
Term Limits for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Judges

Amendment 41
Standards of Conduct in Government

Amendment 42
Colorado Minimum Wage

Amendment 43
Marriage

Amendment 44
Marijuana Possession

Referendum E
Property Tax Reduction for Disabled Veterans

Referendum F
Recall Deadlines

Referendum G
Obsolete Constitutional Provisions

Referendum H
Limiting a State Business Income Tax Deduction

Referendum I
Domestic Partnerships

Referendum J
School District Spending Requirements

Referendum K
Immigration Lawsuit Against Federal Government


NOTE: **The next several questions are open ended. You may also include an internet link to a document that explains your position on the issue.**


**Abortion**

Please describe which additional restrictions, if any, should be placed on abortion.


**Education**

Do you support more state spending on education? Vouchers? What do you think is the proper role of government in education?

**Medicine**

What do you think is the proper role of state government in medicine? Should state policies be different than they are now? If so, how? Do you support a "single payer" health system and/or government-backed "universal" care?


**Other**

Feel free to describe your views on other important issues facing citizens in the state.


Replies

"H" stands for "house district," while "S" stands for "senate district."

Governor Clyde Harkins (American Constitution)

H13 Rand Fanshier (Libertarian)

S16 Marty Neilson (Republican)

H42 Tim Babbidge (Green)

H43 Allen Dreher (Democrat)

H53 Darren Morrison (American Constitution)

H54 Rich Alward (Democrat)

H55 Bernie Buescher (Democrat)

H55 Bob Caskey (Republican)

H57 Andy Gold (Democrat)

H58 Ray Rose (Republican)

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