Amendment 69 Archives - Colorado Politics

Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 22, 20176min3521

After serving as chief of staff for the Colorado Senate Republicans for five sessions, Jesse Mallory takes over as state director of Americans for Prosperity-Colorado, the influential conservative organization announced Monday. AFP-Colorado’s previous state director, Michael Fields, was named senior director of issue education for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a related organization, he announced on Twitter on the last day of the legislative session earlier this month.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 21, 20173min1901

The Colorado ballot initiative that made it more difficult for residents in the state to pass ballot initiatives has drawn a lawsuit. The Coalition for Colorado Universal Health Care and ColoradoCareYes — groups tied to the failed ballot initiative last year that would have established public health care in the state — plan to file the suit Monday. Members say Amendment 71 unconstitutionally hobbles the “direct democracy route” to public policy-making that long has been a central feature of Colorado politics and a weapon to fight ideological gridlock and corporate power.


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyDecember 29, 201628min134

Symbolic of the divisiveness of our politics, many Coloradans will look back at the 2016 election with violent contempt, reflecting on a political year that saw the rise of President-elect Donald Trump, while others will reminisce with sublime glee over a cycle where voters bucked the political establishment. In a year full of tectonic shifts on the national political landscape, Colorado had its share of drama and surprises, though voters sent back many familiar faces to serve in Congress and at the state Capitol. Here’s your bite-size, highlight reel for the 2016 election season in Colorado.


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Wellington WebbWellington WebbNovember 15, 201614min1670

As we begin to digest the 2016 election results, let me begin with our successes. First, I want to congratulate Denver voters on our 80 percent turnout, which is outstanding. I also want to congratulate Emmy Ruiz for running a great campaign in Colorado for Hillary Clinton. She helped make Colorado blue and bring Hillary our vote. Emmy was calm throughout the campaign, met with everyone she needed to and kept focus. It’s unfortunate we didn’t have more people like her nationwide. I’m also glad Denver and metro voters endorsed continuing the tax on the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District along with the Denver Public Schools bond proposal. Additionally, it was gratifying voters statewide understood the need to protect our Constitution and endorsed Amendment 71.


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Tom RamstackTom RamstackNovember 11, 201610min111

The Obama administration recently gave an unintentional boost to opponents of government-subsidized health care, such as Colorado's proposed amendment for universal health insurance that failed voters' approval this week. Affordable Care Act insurance premiums will rise an average of 22 percent in 2017, according to a White House announcement. The act, also known as Obamacare, was supposed to lower the cost of health insurance when it was enacted in 2010.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 9, 201615min128

In an odd situation reminiscent of the 2016 election cycle, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman won re-election in Colorado's 6th Congressional District and on the same night was scorned by Donald Trump's supporters in attendance at the election night party where he delivered his victory speech. Coffman took the stage at the Colorado Republican Party's election night party at the Doubletree Hotel in Greenwood Village, celebrating his win with fellow Republicans after it became clear he had successfully held off Democratic challenger Morgan Carroll, securing his fifth term.