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Morgan HartleyMorgan HartleyApril 4, 201713min354

It was around 6 p.m. on June 28, 2016, the night of the Democratic Primary, and our lead was holding — which was unbelievable. I had thought it almost impossible a month before. We were going to win! Jack Kroll, then the 27-year-old employee of the University of Colorado admissions department, was about to pull off the ultimate upset and be elected to the CU Board of Regents for the 1st Congressional District. I broke every speed limit in Denver on my way over to his house, yelling my head off the whole way there.


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George AthanasopoulosGeorge AthanasopoulosMarch 6, 20175min540

Our election process is being hijacked by big money interests, and if we don’t take a stand today, tomorrow will be too late. To save our electoral process, the Colorado General Assembly must pass a bill this session delaying the implementation of Proposition 108. Proposition 108 was passed by the voters last November but it was sold under false pretenses. Based on the 2016 presidential caucuses, there were many Democrats and Republicans who were justifiably angry that they couldn’t vote for their preferred presidential candidate.


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Tom RamstackTom RamstackJanuary 22, 20178min303

America received a new president last week who brings to Colorado the same controversies that marked his tumultuous election campaign. The inauguration ceremonies in Washington included thousands of Coloradans who came to either protest or support Donald Trump. Heather Toth, Colorado organizer of the Women’s March on Washington, said she marched in Washington to let Trump know, “Hey, we didn’t vote for you but we matter as much as the people who did vote for you.”


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Jared WrightJared WrightJanuary 6, 20177min307

You wouldn’t know it from the stock market’s record-breaking tear since Hillary Clinton snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, but the mood among Trump-averse Americans remains bleak. Blinkered with rage and disbelief because Clinton won more votes than any other presidential candidate in U.S. history (except Barack Obama in 2008), the despondent blame her stunning upset on nefarious reasons such as “whitelash” bigotry, as CNN’s Van Jones fumed on election night, leading many to sever relations with friends and family. For partisans inhabiting thought silos influenced by social media’s curated tribalism, the election was rigged, if not by hacked voting machines in Rust Belt states or by hacked journalism’s “fake news,” then by Russian email hackers who exposed Democrat dirt, including revelations about how Democrat primaries were rigged against Bernie Sanders.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 30, 201613min299

For Colorado residents hunting for jobs that pay enough to live on, reports of the state's low unemployment rate and rapid population growth can be very disheartening. It seems everyone else has a job except you, often a depressing thought. However, a recent study digs deeper into the numbers and finds job hunters' perceptions of the state's employment situation being less positive than as portrayed are closer to reality. And state lawmakers will be presented with the study's findings, in hopes of doing something to help workers and job hunters.


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyDecember 29, 201628min307

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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Jared WrightJared WrightDecember 28, 20169min364

It’s the first thing they say in the world of the showman: know your audience. If nothing else, Donald knew his audience and how to communicate with them. And I’m not talking about racists or sexists or homophobes or any other type of bigot. What the Democrats missed [colossally, gravely] is that technology has changed the electorate — it’s shaped the scope of persona the general public has the cultural capacity to process. The average American — inundated with homemade videos on YouTube and in-your-face reality TV personalities — doesn’t understand the bureaucratic talk of politicians anymore. Every day, they’re looking at real, raw people who’ve posted unfiltered videos of themselves on the internet; they’re packing a punch with fervent opinions in 140 characters or less; and they expect any other person “putting themselves out there” to be exactly what that person presents — or, at least, to come across in a way they can easily identify.


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Mario NicolaisMario NicolaisDecember 26, 20166min318

The political drama unfolding in North Carolina recently trumped even the transition of the new president-elect for many political junkies. An acrimonious gubernatorial election between incumbent Republican Patrick McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper led to a nearly month-long standoff as Cooper won with a razor-thin margin. Now that acrimony has spilled into sweeping new laws passed by the outgoing Legislature before Cooper takes office. The lion’s share of media attention has been focused on the power stripped from the governor’s office, and the Democratic governor-elect, by the Republican Legislature and signed by the outgoing McCrory.