2020 Colorado Senate Candidate Guide
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT – Support Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare?
John Hickenlooper – Yes. Calls the ACA a “watershed moment in our nation’s health.” As governor, expanded Medicaid and established a state exchange.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE – Require political ads to disclose their largest funders?
Corey Gardner – Unclear on disclosure. Supported requiring Senate candidates to e-file campaign finance reports. No other position found.
John Hickenlooper – Yes. Backed election bill H.R.1 to strengthen disclosure and campaign finance laws. Weakening them “has led to corruption.” Also, overturn Citizens United decision that removed campaign finance limits.
CLIMATE CHANGE – Consider human-caused climate change a serious threat, and address by limiting output of greenhouse gases?
Corey Gardner – Mixed. “Humans are contributing to climate change.” Will push for clean-tech investments, but voted against cutting carbon emissions from power plants.
John Hickenlooper – Yes. “The defining challenge of our time.” Must face with “fierce sense of urgency.” Would rejoin Paris Accord; calls for 100% renewable energy by 2050.
COVID-19 – Support administration’s response to coronavirus pandemic?
EDUCATION – Use public funding for private and/or for-profit schools?
Corey Gardner – Yes. Filed a Supreme Court brief supporting the use of public funds to pay for educating children in private religious schools.
John Hickenlooper – No. Supports parents selecting the best schools, but “would not support the use of publicly funded vouchers for private or religious school education.”
ENVIRONMENT – Tighten or loosen regulations?
John Hickenlooper – Mixed. As governor, adopted low-emission vehicle standards and developed tough methane standards, but fought restrictions on oil drilling near homes and schools.
GUN LAWS – Enact more restrictive gun legislation?
Corey Gardner – No. “Strong supporter of Second Amendment rights.” Keep “guns out of the hands of criminals,” but opposed background checks for gun sales at gun shows and online.
John Hickenlooper – Yes. “Will fight for comprehensive, common-sense policies to tackle gun violence,” including universal background checks, restoring assault weapons ban, and magazine limits.
IMMIGRATION – Create path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented residents and “DACA” participants brought to the U.S. as children?
Corey Gardner – Mixed. Voted against protecting DREAMers from deportation. Later co-sponsored legislation for a 12-year pathway to citizenship combined with increased border wall funding.
John Hickenlooper – Yes. Wants to see “a permanent pathway to citizenship for our DREAMers” while “ensuring border security and protecting American workers.” Calls expanded border wall “ineffective” and a waste of billions.
IMPEACHMENT – Stand on Trump’s impeachment?
Corey Gardner – Oppose. Voted against calling witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial. Voted to acquit the president.
John Hickenlooper – Support. “A trial without witnesses and evidence is not a trial at all. It’s a sham.”
LABOR – Support “right to work” laws, prohibiting unions from mandating dues for workers they represent?
Corey Gardner – Yes. Co-sponsored the National Right to Work Act, repealing bargaining provisions requiring union membership as a condition of employment.
LEGAL ABORTION – Keep legal or ban?
LGBT RIGHTS – Support same-sex marriage?
Corey Gardner – Mixed. Sees marriage as only between a man and woman, but calls same-sex marriage “the law of the land, and it is important that we treat everyone with dignity and respect.”
MARIJUANA – Decriminalize or legalize?
Corey Gardner – Yes. Does not support federal legalization, but “let states decide.” Introduced legislation limiting reach of federal marijuana law.
John Hickenlooper – Yes. Let states decide. Federal government should “get out of the way,” allow marijuana sellers access to banking.
MINIMUM WAGE – Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?
Corey Gardner – No recent position found. Earlier: “Hundreds of thousands of people will lose their jobs … as a result of a minimum-wage increase.” Opposed increasing overtime-pay availability.
John Hickenlooper – Yes. Supports $15-per-hour federal minimum. “Workers cannot get ahead without affordable child care, paid family leave, and fair compensation.”
PLANNED PARENTHOOD – Support Planned Parenthood receiving public funds for non-abortion care?
John Hickenlooper – Yes. Supports Planned Parenthood, as “a staunch supporter of reproductive health.”
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION — PROP 113 – Support Prop 113 to join National Popular Vote Compact? When states representing an electoral majority sign on, the person who gets the most votes nationwide will become President.
Corey Gardner – No. Opposes Prop 113, as does Colorado Republican Party. Donated to campaign to overturn Colorado’s participation.
SAUDI ARABIA – Block arms sales to Saudi Arabia over Yemen war and allegations about journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death?
Corey Gardner – No. Voted against blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia in June 2019.
John Hickenlooper – Yes. Supports cutting off military support. “I don’t think supporting the Saudi campaign in Yemen is a great idea.”
STUDENT FINANCIAL AID – Support free or subsidized tuition for lower-income individuals? Support lower interest or forgiveness on student loans?
Corey Gardner – No general stand found. Did introduce bill allowing employers to contribute tax free to employees’ student loans. Discharge federal student loans for the permanently disabled.
John Hickenlooper – Yes. Reduce federal student loan interest to 2.5% or less, with “expanded loan repayment and forgiveness programs, tuition-free community college”; minority scholarships.
SUPREME COURT – Pick Ruth Bader Ginsburg replacement now or let November winner choose? See CEEP Supreme Court guide.
TAXES – Support administration’s $1.9 trillion (2017) tax cuts?
VOTING RULES – Support stricter ID requirements and other rules on voting?
Corey Gardner – No position found.
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