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Split Ticket Voters Decided Colorado’s Top of the Ticket Races, Analysis Shows

U.S. Sen-elect Cory Gardner

There were striking similarities in the victories of U.S. Sen.-elect Cory Gardner, the Republican, and Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper, according to a Rocky Mountain PBS I-News analysis. Both did better than their party counterparts in bellwether swing counties, on their own turf, and in enemy territory. Continue Reading →

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2014 Colorado’s Power Players

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With its bitterly contested U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races, Colorado has been a focus of huge sums of money. Much of it came from mega-corporations and multimillionaires and billionaires from outside the state.

But the money flowed both ways. There are many Coloradans who use their financial power to influence politics nationally and in other states. Continue Reading →

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Power Players: Colorado’s Top 10 Political Donors Staying in the Game

Top ten political contributors in Colorado for the 2014 election cycle.

The 2014 midterm election is on track to be the most expensive in the nation’s history. With its bitterly contested U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races, Colorado has been a focus of huge sums of money. Much of it came from mega-corporations and multimillionaires and billionaires from outside the state. But the money flowed both ways. There are many Coloradans who use their financial power to influence politics nationally and in other states. Continue Reading →

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Legal Marijuana’s Footprint Could Become Much Larger on Election Day

Marijuana seedlings at Medicine Man, a marijuana dispensary and retailer, in Denver on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Policymakers in Colorado are considering changes to the state's production limits on legal marijuana to combat the sale of pot in unregulated markets.

Voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia are voting on whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Florida voters will decide whether to approve medical marijuana. Twenty-one states and D.C. have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has created a clickable map showing each state's status. Continue Reading →

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New Process for Examining Ballot Measures will have Colorado Trial

An Oregon Citizens' Initiative Review at work.

The citizens jury method of evaluating ballot measures will receive a pilot run in Colorado this fall. A balanced panel of 20 state residents will present their findings on Initiative 48, which would require labeling on genetically modified food. The citizens will hear first from opponents and proponents, with neutral experts on hand for questions. Continue Reading →

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Weld, Moffat County Residents Like it Where They Are, in Colorado.

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It isn't just that secession votes failed in six of the 11 counties where they took place Tuesday. It's where they failed, including Weld County where county commissioners were the driving force and public face of the movement (including nice rides on national television, complaining about the politics in Denver).  Some 58 percent of Weld voters decided they like it just fine where they are, in Colorado. Greeley Mayor Tom Norton, the former Republican president of the Colorado state senate, was against the 51st state movement from the beginning and he was reelected  with 72 percent of the vote. Some secessionist leaders were putting the happy face on their defeat, according to The Greeley Tribune.  “If this turns things around and opens doors and people start working together more, I think all of that is a good thing,”  said Weld Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer. Steve Mazurana, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Northern Colorado, didn't see it quite that way. Continue Reading →

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