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November 4th, 2018 
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I take a very thorough approach to voting. I spent several hours to find data about things like relative fugitive emissions between states and break-even costs for gas development before deciding how to vote on Colorado's Proposition 112, a measure to increase the required setback for petroleum development.

I also look at the website for every candidate, even minor-party ones, to see what their issues and framing are. This led to a number of interesting findings:

  • The Libertarian candidate for Lieutenant Governor has a website, but their running mate just has a Facebook page. Why they don't share a single site is unclear. (The Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates both have an About section for their running mates on their main site.) So much for the early-2000s stereotype that a Libertarian candidate is probably an out-of-work programmer.
  • The 90s-retro website award goes to John Bedrick, Republican candidate for Boulder County Sheriff. According to the hit counter at the bottom of the page, I was the 962nd visitor. And although he prominently lists his experience in cyber/data security and privacy, I'm not sure that hosting your campaign page on your business's domain is a great idea. Props for having a Spanish version of the text prominently displayed in parallel with the English.
  • Incumbent Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has an interesting Google problem: when I google [wayne williams] with a Colorado IP address, the top two results are an ad for his campaign website, a normal link to his campaign website, a sidebar for Wayne Williams, American serial killer, and about give other articles about "The Atlanta Killer." Hopefully Colorado voters are able to tell who is who.

The weirdest platform goes to Bill Hammons, national leader of the Unity party and candidate for Colorado Governor. His positions:

  1. I Support the Military > If Trump takes the step of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, I support the Generals
    In other words, let's have a military coup if Trump gets out of line.
  2. Lincoln, D.C. > Ditch the swamp by moving the nation's capital to east of DIA and naming it after one of our greatest Presidents
    How moving the capital would change the dynamics between government, lobbyists, and contractors (or other swamp concerns) is unclear. Also, eastern Colorado doesn't really have the water resources for the couple million people that would come with moving the Beltway.
  3. Colorado Constitutional Convention > Our system is broken, and Colorado can host an Article V Constitutional Convention
    This is true of every other state?
  4. Eliminate Income Taxes > Replace the Colorado income tax with a revenue measure based on fossil fuel consumption
    Um… the point of a tax on fossil fuels is to get people to use fewer fossil fuels. If Colorado's income tax were replaced with a fossil fuel tax with equal revenue, utilities would quickly switch to renewables (great!) and then the state would face a huge revenue shortfall (crap!) and gasoline taxes would have to rise to match… and slowly erode as people switch to electric cars.
  5. Crossroads Colorado > More can be done to promote the advantages of Colorado's central position in the country
    Maybe add "Not at the edge" to the bottom of the "Welcome to Colorful Colorado" highway signs would promote this?
  6. Defend Colorado at all Costs > We should demand resurrection of the federal "Star Wars" SDI program with Colorado as its focus
    I guess launching satellites to shoot down Soviet ICBMs targeted at NORAD would be one way to generate revenue from a fossil fuel tax…
  7. Colorado Spaceport Development > Since 2010, I've been publicly pushing for more Spaceport development in Colorado
    Is a state with high winds, surprise blizzards, and no ocean a good place to be launching things into space? I guess we're a mile closer to space than those coastal launch sites…
  8. Life and Death > I support the Right to Choose, and I also support the Death Penalty
    In short, pro-death.
  9. Colorado Gun Rights > Like the rest of the Constitution, I support the Second Amendment as it was written 200 years ago
    The U.S. Constitution was written 231 years ago. Colorado's constitution was written 142 years ago.
  10. School Shootings > The FBI needs to be folded into the CIA and domestic surveillance of Social Media increased dramatically
    So… we should treat American teenagers like members of international terrorist organizations?
  11. Law Enforcement > We can protect both our law enforcement officers and the public with mandatory and funded body cameras
    Needed to have a reasonable position in here just to keep you on your toes.
  12. Care for Coloradans > I myself lost my own health insurance due to Obamacare, and support a Colorado Medicare for All system</ins>
    Somehow riding both the talking points from the right and the left.
  13. Colorado Life Insurance > Being a Life Producer, I'm a firm believer in the societal benefits of insurance, and support state funding
    Is "Life Producer" a euphemism for parent?
  14. Lower the Voting Age to 16 > If you're old enough to drive tons of steel, you should be old enough to vote in the State of Colorado
    A wild reasonable opinion appears.
  15. Count Every Vote (CEV) > Counts of all over-votes on ballots encourage desperately-needed competition in our electoral system
    It'll be like Instant Runoff Voting, but less clear.
  16. Colorado Redistricting > We need drawing of all legislative districts along competitive lines, including with my Denver 7 plan
    "I'm not gonna link to my plan, though."

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