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Matthew Hess on Tax Reform
Libertarian Challenger : Click here for the full quote OR click here for Matthew Hess on other issues.
  • Opposes taxes regardless of income. (Jan 2014)
John Hickenlooper on Tax Reform
Democratic Governor: Click here for John Hickenlooper on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tom Tancredo on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (CO-6): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for Tom Tancredo on other issues.
  • Believe in a fair tax system. (Dec 2007)
  • Promise to oppose any efforts to raise taxes. (Nov 2007)
  • Takes the oath: no tax increase. (Oct 2007)
  • Co-sponsored FairTax because income tax manipulates behavior. (Aug 2007)
  • Support the fair tax & repeal of the 16th Amendment. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Abolish IRS--replace income tax with national sales tax. (Jul 2003)
  • Rated 84% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 17% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

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Randy Baumgardner on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for Randy Baumgardner on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Michael Bennet on Tax Reform
Democratic Jr Senator: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Michael Bennet on other issues.
  • Cut taxes $12B on small businesses. (Oct 2010)
  • Open to compromise on temporarily extending Bush tax cuts. (Sep 2010)
  • Target tax cuts to struggling middle class families. (Jul 2009)
  • Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty. (Aug 2010)
Ken Buck on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger (withdrawn): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Ken Buck on other issues.
  • Extend Bush tax cuts & cut spending to pay for it. (Oct 2010)
  • Endless spending in Congress means higher taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
Cory Gardner on Tax Reform
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Cory Gardner on other issues.
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Owen Hill on Tax Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Owen Hill on other issues.
  • Taxes should be low, simple, and without loopholes. (Oct 2013)
Amy Stephens on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger (withdrawn): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Amy Stephens on other issues.
  • Voted to increase hospital tax. (Oct 2013)
Mark Udall on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (CO-2): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Mark Udall on other issues.
  • Bush tax cuts were reckless and unfair. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Rated 33% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

House:


Ken Buck on Tax Reform
Republican nominee (District 4): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Ken Buck on other issues.
  • Extend Bush tax cuts & cut spending to pay for it. (Oct 2010)
  • Endless spending in Congress means higher taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
Mike Coffman on Tax Reform
Republican (District 6): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mike Coffman on other issues.
  • Repeal the Death Tax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Diana DeGette on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (CO-1): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Diana DeGette on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Rated 27% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Tax incentives for child care; eliminate marriage penalty. (Jul 1999)
  • Tax incentives for education, new schools, & families. (Jul 1999)
Doug Lamborn on Tax Reform
Republican: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Doug Lamborn on other issues.
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Repeal the Death Tax. (Jan 2009)
  • Replace income tax & employment tax with FairTax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Permanently repeal the estate tax. (Jan 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Ed Perlmutter on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Ed Perlmutter on other issues.
  • Supports progressive state income tax. (Nov 1998)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
Jared Polis on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 2): Click here for Jared Polis on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tom Tancredo on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (CO-6): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for Tom Tancredo on other issues.
  • Believe in a fair tax system. (Dec 2007)
  • Promise to oppose any efforts to raise taxes. (Nov 2007)
  • Takes the oath: no tax increase. (Oct 2007)
  • Co-sponsored FairTax because income tax manipulates behavior. (Aug 2007)
  • Support the fair tax & repeal of the 16th Amendment. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Abolish IRS--replace income tax with national sales tax. (Jul 2003)
  • Rated 84% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 17% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Scott Tipton on Tax Reform
Republican (District 3): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Scott Tipton on other issues.
  • Supports eliminating the estate tax. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Opposes increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports eliminating the inheritance tax. (Oct 2012)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Bob Beauprez on Tax Reform
Republican Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Bob Beauprez on other issues.
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Abolish IRS--replace income tax with national sales tax. (Jul 2003)
  • Rated 68% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
William Owens on Tax Reform
Republican CO Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for William Owens on other issues.
  • Has cut income taxes, sales tax, & marriage penalty. (Jan 2001)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
Bill Ritter on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bill Ritter on other issues.
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Cory Gardner on Tax Reform
Republican (Senate run 2014) (District 4): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Cory Gardner on other issues.
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Raul Acosta on Tax Reform
2004 former Republican Write-in Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Raul Acosta on other issues.
  • Supports 13% flat tax. (Oct 2004)
Hank Brown on Tax Reform
Former Republican Senator (Until 1996): Click here for Hank Brown on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Ben Nighthorse Campbell on Tax Reform
Former Republican incumbent; retired 2004: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Ben Nighthorse Campbell on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 68% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Pete Coors on Tax Reform
2004 former Republican challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Pete Coors on other issues.
  • Keep Bush tax cuts and extend estate tax reprieve. (Aug 2004)
  • Coloradans know best how to spend their own money. (Aug 2004)
  • Proud to be a tax cutter. (Jun 2004)
Scott McInnis on Tax Reform
Republican (Until 2004) (District 3): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Scott McInnis on other issues.
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Abolish IRS--replace income tax with national sales tax. (Jul 2003)
  • Rated 62% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Mike Miles on Tax Reform
2004 former Democratic Senate primary challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mike Miles on other issues.
  • Establish minimum real corporate tax rate of 17%. (Jun 2004)
Richard Randall on Tax Reform
2004 former Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Richard Randall on other issues.
  • Repeal the Sixteenth Amendment and end income tax. (Oct 2004)
Dan Schaefer on Tax Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 6): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Dan Schaefer on other issues.
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Bob Schaffer on Tax Reform
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Representative (CO-4): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Bob Schaffer on other issues.
  • Cutting taxes increased revenue & unleashed economic growth. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
Tom Strickland on Tax Reform
2002 Democratic Challenger (CO): Click here for Tom Strickland on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Wayne Allard on Tax Reform
Republican Sr Senator (CO): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Wayne Allard on other issues.
  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 81% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Bob Beauprez on Tax Reform
Republican (District 7): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Bob Beauprez on other issues.
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Abolish IRS--replace income tax with national sales tax. (Jul 2003)
  • Rated 68% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Joel Hefley on Tax Reform
Republican (District 5): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Joel Hefley on other issues.
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Abolish IRS--replace income tax with national sales tax. (Jul 2003)
  • Rated 71% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus. (Nov 2007)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Betsy Markey on Tax Reform
Former Democrat (until 2010) (District 4): Click here for Betsy Markey on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Marilyn Musgrave on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (CO-4): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Marilyn Musgrave on other issues.
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Rated 81% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Jane Norton on Tax Reform
Republican Senate Challenger (2010); previously Lt. Gov.: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jane Norton on other issues.
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
Andrew Romanoff on Tax Reform
2010 Democratic Challenger (lost primary): Click here for Andrew Romanoff on other issues.
    No stance on record.
John Salazar on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (CO-3): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for John Salazar on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Ken Salazar on Tax Reform
Democratic Jr Senator (CO): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Ken Salazar on other issues.
  • Enact responsible tax cuts for low- and middle-class. (Aug 2004)
  • Permanent tax cuts for middle class; reform estate tax. (Jul 2004)
  • More tax cuts and ending of loopholes. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Bob Schaffer on Tax Reform
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Representative (CO-4): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Bob Schaffer on other issues.
  • Cutting taxes increased revenue & unleashed economic growth. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
David Skaggs on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 2): Click here for David Skaggs on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mark Udall on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (CO-2): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Mark Udall on other issues.
  • Bush tax cuts were reckless and unfair. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Rated 33% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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