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Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 7, 20177min10150

Douglas County Republican Roger Edwards plans to announce Wednesday that he’s challenging U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in next year’s GOP primary, charging the five-term incumbent with paying lip service to conservative priorities and using “identity politics” to divide residents of the battleground 6th Congressional District, he told Colorado Politics.


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyOctober 17, 20173min4630

Denverites are leaving the city for redder, more conservative pastures. Yet, it’s not principally over politics, but rather housing costs. That according to real estate company Redfin, which analyzed housing trends along political lines in a new study.

Mirroring national trends, the study discovered residents are leaving the “blue,” liberal Denver County for “red,” traditionally conservative counties like Douglas County.

In August, Redfin found comparable homes in Douglas County sold for about 60 percent of the cost of a home in Denver County.

“Additionally, in 2015, the typical resident spent a full 3 percent more of their income on rent in Denver County as well — 29.5 percent compared with 26.4 in Douglas County,” the study found.

“As a result, one in 10 Redfin users looking to move out of Denver County, Colorado — where nearly three in four votes last November were for Hillary Clinton—were looking to nearby Douglas County—where (Donald) Trump won 54.7 percent of the vote.”

While some liberal-leaning counties like Summit and Boulder saw a big surge in new residents, overall “blue” Colorado counties saw 12.7 percent more people leave than come — which led the nation.

Redfin classified blue and red counties as those that voted for the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, and Republican candidate, Donald Trump, for president in 2016 respectively.

The real estate company cited shrinking housing availability and swelling costs in the country’s urban counties as the primary reason behind the trend. Bottom line: Red counties are more affordable than blue counties.

“Nationwide, the average home in a blue county costs around $360,000 — more than 62 percent more than that of homes in red counties ($223,000),” the study said. “Sure blue-county incomes are usually higher, but their residents spend on average 32 percent of their household income on rent, nearly 5 percentage points higher than residents of red counties.”

Living in county that aligned politically also proved to be a relocation motivator for residents, the study said. A Redfin survey found that 41 percent of recent homebuyers were hesitant about moving to a place where most people have differing political views from their own.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirOctober 2, 20173min6460

Just a reminder that, as part of her national book tour, former Secretary of State, former First Lady and would-be U.S. prez Hillary Rodham Clinton will appear in Denver Nov. 16 at the Colorado Convention Center’s Bellco Theater. (Click here for ticket info.)

This will be no run-of-the-mill book signing featuring a political celeb; it also promises to be one part pep rally and perhaps even one part Oprah interview-worthy tell-all (just to be clear: Oprah will not actually be there). And in Dem-dominated Denver, in a state Clinton carried last November, she is sure to meet with a largely friendly audience willing to lend a sympathetic ear.

The event’s promoters offer details in a press update today:

…Hillary Clinton will pull the curtain back on a story that’s personal, raw, detailed, and surprisingly funny. She’ll take audiences with her on a first-person journey, and bring a highly personal perspective on what happened during the election, and what’s next.  What theater-goers see will be her story – Live: her story of resilience, how to get back up after a loss and how to look ahead.

Come join Hillary Clinton as she lets loose about her experience as a woman in politics, and other topics, in a way she never has before.

And as for her book:

“What Happened,” (Simon & Schuster; Hardcover; September 12, 2017; $30) is Hillary Clinton’s most personal memoir yet. For the first time, Hillary Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules.

She describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss … She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics.

Sound like a date to remember? Here’s the link for tickets again.