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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 16, 201610min420

A constitutional amendment that would reduce the lengthy and repetitive language regarding judicial retention questions on election ballots is on Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams' wish list for the upcoming state legislative session. Williams and his staff outlined his legislative plans to the Bipartisan Election Advisory Committee Thursday, Dec. 15. The committee includes county clerks, state and political party officials and citizens groups.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 15, 20166min788

The backer of a proposed new home construction limitation amendment to the Colorado constitution plans to resubmit the measure as a proposition for the 2018 general election ballot instead of an amendment. Daniel Hayes of Golden, who authored the City of Golden‘s growth limitation measure 21 years ago, said he decided to make the change after an attorney told him "to forget" suing the state over Amendment 71, the constitutional amendment approved by state voters last month that changed the petition signature requirements to place proposed amendments on future ballots and required at last 55 percent of voters to approve future amendments.


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Wellington WebbWellington WebbNovember 15, 201614min494

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.



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 9, 201631min434

DENVER - Can you spell T-R-U-M-P? Good morning. Feeling the post-election night hangover? Us too. And we all know it's one hangover that takes zero adult beverages to produce. Pop an Aspirin, look in the mirror and smile or frown — take your pick — but recognize that the country has chosen a very different path for the next four years. But it appears you, Colorado, have chosen to keep things essentially the same. For the winners circle, victory is such a nice remedy for the hangover isn't it? Gov. John Hickenlooper can gaze into that mirror this a.m. and breathe a sigh of relief for the outlook of the remainder of his term. It's a bittersweet morning for Colorado's governor — a letdown that any presumed Washington opportunities are out the window, but certainly a reassurance that a likely divided Legislature in 2017-2018 will keep his popularity — and legacy — above the 50 percent mark. The Senate appears to be headed for continued GOP control, though only 84 percent of District 25 has reported so forgive us for reading the tea leaves a bit.


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Tom RamstackTom RamstackNovember 4, 201613min377

Popular opinion surveys show Colorado is likely to be propelled into an uncertain area of law next week when voters decide whether to allow doctor-assisted suicides for terminally ill persons. Sixty-five percent of Denver-area registered voters surveyed in a Ciruli Associates poll in September said they would vote for the legalized suicides. Twenty-five percent opposed it. If Proposition 106 wins approval, Colorado would become the fifth state to allow doctor-assisted suicide. Patients with less than six months to live could request lethal drugs from their doctors under the measure.


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Jared WrightJared WrightNovember 2, 20166min459

I have been a fiscally conservative Republican since I was a young man because President Ronald Reagan’s unshakable optimism in the goodness of America and his message of personal responsibility and the dignity of work resonated strongly with me. And that’s why as a business owner, I’ll be voting for Amendment 70 to gradually raise Colorado’s minimum wage from $8.31 to $12 by 2020.


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Tony GagliardiTony GagliardiNovember 2, 20166min381

By now, most Coloradans who intend to vote are well aware of what Amendment 70 would do: Raise the state’s minimum-wage rate. This doesn’t mean they necessarily understand what the minimum-wage rate is and what increases do. Old definitions and arguments don’t seem to hold much sway with voters, so let us propose something new: The minimum wage is a political wage earned by politicians and labor-financed cause groups looking for votes from an overwhelming majority of people who haven’t earned a minimum wage since high school.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 1, 201616min1092

All those political TV ads we've been watching for what seems like forever are almost over, but what do they accomplish? That's the big question only Colorado voters can definitively answer as they cast their ballots in the Nov. 8 general election. Not counting the races for various offices, state voters will decide nine proposed ballot measures, including six amendments to the state constitution and three propositions to change state statutes. While not all of them have been the subject of a TV ad, those that have been seem to run nearly constantly.


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Jared WrightJared WrightOctober 31, 20163min353

Big Tobacco knows that if people smoke one less cigarette a day they will lose billions of dollars. So it is no surprise that out of state tobacco companies are spending more than $16 million dollars here (more than the casinos spent keeping racetrack betting in Colorado) to try to defeat Amendment 72 through a barrage of negative and misleading ads.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsOctober 27, 20162min583

I support ColoradoCare, or Amendment 69, because it will provide access to affordable, quality health care for all Coloradans. This matters to the families of Coloradans who die each year because they don’t have health insurance; to those declaring bankruptcy because they can’t pay medical bills; to those who pay ever higher premiums for increasing deductibles and more limited benefits; to health care providers who deal with more paperwork and red tape to provide patients the care they need. We can change that situation by voting YES on Amendment 69 to implement a nonprofit, resident-owned, nongovernmental health care financing system designed to ensure comprehensive health care for all Coloradans.