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  • Colorado highway politics 101: It’s all about “safe seats” and “swing seats”

    Colorado highway politics 101: It’s all about “safe seats” and “swing seats”

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    By and large, Colorado state senators and state representatives sitting in “safe” Republican seats in the state legislature in Denver are going to have a tough time voting for the just proposed roads and highways bill (HB-1242). A “safe” Republican seat is in a legislative district where the voters always elect the Republican candidate, no […]

  • Insights: Where’s the ‘Front Range’? In Colorado politics, it’s where the votes are
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    Insights: Where’s the ‘Front Range’? In Colorado politics, it’s where the votes are

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    The words “Front Range” are often used in Colorado, particularly in newspapers, but few in Colorado seem to know exactly what the words mean. When asked about the Front Range, many Coloradans will answer, “The range of mountains that run to the west of Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, etc.” To political leaders and demographers, however, […]

  • Lessons learned: A closer look at how the GOP lost Colorado in 2016
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    Lessons learned: A closer look at how the GOP lost Colorado in 2016

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    A lackluster performance in three of Colorado strongest Republican counties — including El Paso County (Colorado Springs) — cost Republican Donald Trump Colorado’s nine electoral votes in the 2016 presidential election. The official county votes were certified by Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams just prior to the Electoral College meeting that voted Trump into the White House. […]

  • New powers and old problems as 2017 state legislature opens
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    New powers and old problems as 2017 state legislature opens

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    The Colorado General Assembly, which began its 2017 session Wednesday, is again a divided branch (a Senate with 18 Republicans and 17 Democrats and a House with 37 Democrats and 28 Republicans). Overall, however, the legislature has been somewhat strengthened by a recent constitutional amendment making it more difficult to initiate citizen votes on constitutional amendments. But […]

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