In a welcome Denver Post piece Sunday about the most important election contests in Colorado--the under-the-radar races that will likely determine if Democrats take control of the state senate--State Sen. Laura Woods (R-Arvada/Westminster) is referred to as "one of the most conservative lawmakers in the chamber."
The Post article links to Post reporter John Frank's detailed analysis of legislative votes showing how Woods, during her first year in office, voted with seven other GOP state senators on the far right fringe of the GOP, mirroring the marginalized votes of extreme Republicans in the U.S. Congress.
The linked article matters a lot, because Woods faces Democrat Rachel Zenzinger in an Arvada/Westminster race that's a tossup going into the final two weeks, so voters should know where these two candidates stand on the issues.
Here are a few more details on the candidates' positions, retrieved from various sources.
Woods wants to pass a personhood abortion ban, making all abortion illegal, even after rape or incest.
Zenzinger is pro-choice, favoring the option of abortion for women.
Woods opposes criminal background checks for gun purchases at gun shows and elsewhere, and she wants citizens to be allowed to openly carry a gun in public.
Zenzinger backs laws requiring criminal background checks prior to gun purchases, and she opposes open carry.
Zenzinger opposes vouchers.
Woods proposes de-funding Planned Parenthood, forcing the organization to turn away about 1,000 patients in Arvada.
Zenzinger supports federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
Woods voted against a successful teen-pregnancy prevention program.
Zenzinger backs the teen pregnancy prevention measure.
Woods opposes same-sex marriage.
Zenzinger supports it.
A lot of attention has been paid, and rightfully so, to Woods' longstanding support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, including her forgiveness of his lewd comments about women. But at the end of the day, voters will want a broader picture of both Woods and Zenzinger.