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STATE OF THE STATE: A CANDIDATES FORUM AT COLORADO COLLEGE


Kathryn Mohrman Theatre in Armstrong Hall

Sat, September 2, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Theater Capacity is 700 | End of the first week back at school | Lots of students around | Plus community Members

Schedule of Events (Democratic Candidates)

5:30-6:30 Candidate tables (60 minutes)

6:30-7:00 State House and Senate (30 minutes)

7:00-7:20 CD5 (20 minutes)

7:20-7:40 Secretary of State (20 minutes)

7:40-7:50 State Treasurer (10 minutes)

7:55-8:55 Governor (60 minutes)

9:00-9:30 Attorney General (30 minutes)

Event Overview:

All candidates will be given the opportunity to present a one (1) minute introduction of their candidacy before answering questions. The questions outlined below are divided by office and will be asked of each candidate by the event’s student moderators following candidate introductions. Thereafter, the floor will be open to audience Q&A for the remainder of the time allotted to each office.

Schedule of Events:

5:30-9:30pm Candidate Tables

Candidate tables may remain open for the duration of the event and a number will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis in Armstrong Hall outside of the Kathryn Mohrman Theatre. Candidates may bring their own tables should they so choose.

6:30 -7:00 State House and Senate (30 minutes)

Candidates Confirmed: Tony Exum/ Graham Anderson/ Liz Rosenbaum/ Terry Martinez

Questions:

• What topics or issues will you principally focus on if elected?

» Q&A: Audience

7:00-7:20 CD5 (20 minutes)

Candidates Confirmed: Stephany Rose Spaulding, Betty Field

Questions:

• What topics or issues will you principally focus on if elected to Congress?

» Q&A: Audience

7:20-7:40 Secretary of State (20 minutes)

Candidates Confirmed: Jena Griswold, Gabriel McArthur

Questions:

• What is the core mission of the position you’re running for, and why is it relevant to the community in-and- around Colorado College?

• What topics or issues will you focus on if elected?

• What steps will you take, if any, to expand Coloradans' access to the ballot?

» Q&A: Audience

7:40-7:50 State Treasurer (10 minutes)

Candidates Confirmed: Steve Lebsock

Questions:

• What is the core mission of the position you’re running for, and why is it relevant to the community in-and-a round Colorado College?

• What is your assessment of the fiscal health of Colorado's state pension fund, and what, if any, steps does PERA need to take to ensure that it meets its future obligations?

» Q&A: Audience

8-8:30 Governor (1 hour)

Candidates Confirmed: Cary Kennedy, Noel Ginsberg

Questions:

• Hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as "fracking," has become an increasingly large part of Colorado's economy in recent years, with over 900 injections wells currently in operation across the state, according to EPA data. However, in light of the fatal explosion of an abandoned flowline in Firestone this last April, public scrutiny of the practice has also increased. If elected, would you support additional safety regulations on fracking, and what role do you see for the practice in Colorado's energy landscape?

• A Colorado Public Radio assessment of Colorado's public school system found that our state ranks 42nd in the nation in terms of funding per student. Does this funding shortfall impact the quality of K-12 education in Colorado, and if so, what will you do as Governor to increase funding for our public schools?

• A 2015 report by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice found that African-Americans were the target of 12.4% of arrests and court summonses in Colorado, despite making up only 4.2% of our state's population. To what extent do you believe this disparity is a reflection of bias in our state's judicial system, and if it is, what will you do as Governor to reduce such bias?

• A report by the Denver Post found that the city of Denver saw an average of 2.9 jobs created per every unit of housing in the city since 2010, contributing to rising rents in the capital, and other cities with similar labor markets, at a time when Colorado has seen an 8% increase in its homeless population since 2013. As governor, what actions will you take, if any, to make Colorado's cities more affordable places to live?

• A recent Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll of rural America found that two thirds of those surveyed rated local job opportunities as only "fair" or "poor," sentiments that are often echoed in rural Colorado. If elected, what steps, if any, will you take to create greater economic opportunity in Colorado's rural communities?

» Q&A: Audience

8:30-9:15 Attorney General (30 minutes)

Candidates Confirmed: Phil Weiser, Brad Levin, Michael Dougherty. Proxy: Joe Salazar

Questions:

• What is the core mission of the position you’re running for, and why is it relevant to the community in-and- around Colorado College?

• A report by the Drug Enforcement Administration released in 2016 indicated that Colorado has seen a 350% increase in the rate of drug overdoses since 2011, largely tied to heroin usage throughout the state. If elected, what, if any, steps will you take to address the opioid crisis in Colorado?

• Data from the Prison Policy Institute indicates that Colorado imprisons 364 people out of every 100,000 in our state, a rate of incarceration much higher than the state had during the peak of its violent crime rates in the 1980s and early 1990s. As attorney general, would you seek to reduce the size of our state's prison population, and if so, how would you go about doing so?

• Earlier this year, the Colorado State Court of Appeals released a decision requiring that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission consider public health, safety, and welfare when reviewing requests for oil and gas extraction permits. However, since then, the State of Colorado has appealed this decision to the Supreme Court of our state. As Attorney General, would you continue to appeal the State Court's decision regarding the COGCC?

» Q&A: Audience


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