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Election Preview 2018 | Issues that soar above others with Colorado voters

Author: Colorado Politics - October 28, 2018 - Updated: October 28, 2018

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As Election Day approaches, Colorado Politics has been taking deep looks at several key issues that matter most to the state’s voters.

Here are key stories in our issues coverage. And watch for much more in the weeks to come.


ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT

> COVER STORY | Energy debate heats up the Colorado election

> Polis among 1,400 U.S. candidates running on phaseout of fossil fuels for power

> Wyoming is watching Colorado’s oil-and-gas setbacks ballot issue

> Zero emission vehicles in Colorado: Debate revs up auto industry, enviros

> Republicans learn to love wind and solar jobs after once mocking them

> Polis and Stapleton lay out their energy plans at COGA summit

> Hickenlooper, lawmakers stand with oil and gas at Denver COGA summit

> Colorado’s intense fight over oil and gas setbacks could set national precedent

> Oil & gas industry focused on fighting setbacks, not Colo. governor’s race

> Opposition to Amendment 74 is growing, and it’s coming from its own base

> Coal debate: A northwestern Colorado town is caught in the middle

Tri-State Senior Manager of Communications and Public Affairs Lee Boughey, left, and Colowyo Mine Manager Chris McCourt look at the Colowyo open pit mine in Craig. (Kelsey Brunner/The Gazette)

> Statewide drilling-setback controversy plays out in western Colo. town

> Energy, environment at forefront of Colo. AG’s race

> Xcel gets green light from Colorado for $2.5 billion clean energy plan

> Colorado follows a different drummer on federal emission rules

> Xcel, other utilities reluctant to invest in coal, despite Trump’s efforts

> Colo. activists warn of skiing threat from climate change

> Iceland looks to Colorado for geothermal energy projects

> Denver’s air quality is worsening; city health officials want to change that

> Study cites costs of oil and gas measure; Ken Salazar calls it unconstitutional

HEALTH CARE

> Governor candidates see dangers in each other’s health proposals

> Stapleton releases health care plans aimed at lowering costs, improving care

> Polis expands on health care proposals as governor

> Hospitals present a major roadblock to ‘Medicare for All’ push

> Obamacare: Will it be the Democrats’ secret weapon in the election?

> Polis, who invests in drug companies, vows to take on drug companies

> Could laws like one in Colo. reduce medical costs? A US Senate committee aims to find out

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TRANSPORTATION

> COVER STORY | Heavy traffic across Colorado: Transportation dollars at stake in election

> Poll: Voters favor no-new-tax transportation fix over tax-hike plan

> Colorado Counties Inc. takes positions on ballot measures

> Former Gov. Bill Owens backs Fix Our Damn Roads

> Truth Test: Coloradans will pay for roads along with tourists

> Denver’s dwindling parking is in a free fall

> How would candidates for governor steer transportation?

> Potholes line road ahead on transportation

In this image taken with a fisheye lens, Stephanie Rolf, center, a teacher in the Douglas County school system, leads a cheer during a teacher rally April 26 in Denver. Teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out of their classes over low salaries keeping hundreds of thousands of students out of school. It’s the latest in a series of strikes across the nation over low teacher pay. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

EDUCATION

> Colo. school districts seek voter support for school safety and mental health resources

> Colo. school districts count on support for higher teacher pay to pass tax hike

> Colorado’s college paradox comes down to money

> School-tax amendment makes Colorado’s November ballot

> Taxes to fund higher teacher pay, more school safety are on Nov. ballot

> Stapleton rolls out education policy

> Despite primary attack ad, teachers back Polis now

> New Colorado teachers union chief: Spring walkouts raised public awareness of school needs

> Opponents say Amendment 73 for Colorado schools misleads voters

> 3 takeaways from gubernatorial candidates forum on early childhood

TRADE

> As trade war escalates, Colo. faces broadening impact on export economy

> US-Mexico-Canada trade deal may bring good news to Colo. farmers

The Port of Shanghai in China, the world’s busiest container port. The port faces the East China Sea to the east, and Hangzhou Bay to the south. (iStock/Getty Images)

> Trade war would be devastating for Colorado, U.S. Chamber chief warns

> New reports show impact of Trump’s trade war on solar, ag

> Billionaire conservative funder Koch takes on Trump over trade at Colorado meeting

> Retailers are doing well but fear tariffs’ impact

> Bennet, agriculture leaders say Trump’s trade moves hurt Colorado

JOBS & THE ECONOMY

> Amazon’s minimum-wage boost could have big Colo. impact

> Economic good times pump up Colorado budget forecast

> DIA workers to push for higher minimum wage

> Jobs boom under Trump favors Democratic counties, not Republican strongholds

WATER

> ANALYSIS: At Colorado Water Congress, Polis hesitates on water czar, more storage

jobs and wages
Job seekers explore the booths at the Stargazers Theater during the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt Youth Job Fair sponsored by the Pikes Peak Workforce Center’s Youth Zone. (Photo by Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette)

> ANALYSIS | Walker Stapleton’s water policy sounds a lot like John Hickenlooper’s

> Attorney general candidates show off “water chops” to Water Congress

> Lake Mead water shortage could spell trouble for Colorado

> Colorado’s drought set to be 4th worst on record

> Rafters, anglers worry as Colo.’s famed whitewater becomes low water

> How Colorado’s ski industry became virtually drought-proof

> Colorado Springs Utilities reaches novel water-sharing agreement

> Key figure behind major Colorado Springs water deal has his share of critics

DRUGS

> Metro Denver a national hub of illegal marijuana, but records vary by government agency

> Number of newborns exposed to pot in Colo. exaggerated, but data lacking

> When it comes to data on pot’s impact, the state is driving with its eyes closed

> Colorado traffic deaths involving marijuana rise again

> Meth makes comeback in Colorado as opioid epidemic worsens

> Bennet gets assurance federal marijuana data will be collected evenly

> Colorado’s U.S. attorney: State’s marijuana laws are too loose

This cartoon by Elkanah Tisdale — published in a Boston newspaper in 1812 — satirizes the redrawing of electoral districts for the Massachusetts state senate to favor Democratic-Republican Party candidates supported by Gov. Elbridge Gerry over those of the competing Federalist party. The figure in the drawing, representing a redrawn district, is seen as resembling a salamander, and the term “gerrymandering” was coined as a combination of Gerry’s name and salamander. (Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons)

> Attorney General Coffman, colleagues urge Congress to close fentanyl loophole

> Colorado suing drug maker over opioid addiction epidemic

> DeGette seeks to stop deceit, kickbacks in substance-abuse treatment

RURAL ISSUES

> What worries rural Colorado as the election approaches?

> Candidates for governor clash on plans for rural Colorado

> Rural electric cooperatives look at cutting the cord

> No fix in sight for tax cuts squeezing rural Colorado

GERRYMANDERING

> Drawing the line on gerrymandering

> Schwarzenegger endorses reform measures to ‘terminate gerrymandering’

HOUSING

> YIMBY? Ben Carson, Trump’s housing secretary, pitches affordable-housing strategy

> HUD chief Ben Carson tours Aurora complex, touts partnerships to ease housing crisis

> Denver OKs funding surge for affordable housing

> Denver aims to double affordable-housing fund with pot-tax hike

GUNS

> In a legislative race where guns are key issue, police union endorses the Democrat

> Colorado Court of Appeals upholds state’s ban on large-capacity magazines

ISSUES OVERALL

> Election Preview 2018 | Colorado governor candidates on the issues

> Election Preview 2018 | New leaders, party control at stake in election

> Imagine a great Colorado: 7 perspectives on how to lift up the state

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