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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 13, 201813min1643

When Colorado voters cast ballots in the upcoming primary election, they’ll almost certainly face an unprecedented smorgasbord of candidates spread across an unusually high number of races up and down the ballot. And for the first time, the state’s unaffiliated voters — there are slightly more of them than there are either Democrats or Republicans — will have a say in the outcome.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirSeptember 29, 20173min449

No, it’s not a passage from some best-selling, self-help paperback:

The great game of life is to always challenge yourself to become better than you were, better than you are, the best you can be.

Nor is it a line from “Trump: The Art of the Deal” — though you’re getting warm. It’s part of an e-missive from the Colorado Republican Party to its sizable mailing list this morning expressing the state party’s support — enthusiasm, in fact — for Colorado’s new voter-approved law opening party primaries to unaffiliated voters. Hence:

The Colorado GOP is looking forward to a new challenge in the 2018 primaries: earning the loyalty of independent voters.

A new Colorado law allows the state’s 1.4 million independent voters to cast a ballot in primaries, a privilege once held by party members only. Colorado GOP Chairman Jeff Hays is optimistic. …

… The chairman’s optimism mirrors the longstanding principles of the GOP: that facilitating debate and civil discourse are the hallmarks of a thriving party. That the GOP is the party of ideas, a party with an open door, a party of variety and strength. The more voices, the stronger the roar.

The principles may be longstanding, but the tone? Not exactly your grandfather’s Grand Old Party.

It comes in the wake of a push by a dissident party faction to cancel the open primary — a move permitted under Proposition 108, adopted by Colorado voters last fall. The move would have backfired on the party, Hays and many party loyalists contended. The attempt was rejected 2-to-1 last week by the party central committee, and Hays and other are now relieved — and evidently moving to clear the air.

Here’s more from the e-release:

The barrier for independent voters has been removed, and the competition to earn those voters’ trust has opened up. We accept the challenge.

We want many voices, new ideas. The Republican Party has always been where the best ideas are hoisted with the flag. That sincerity has always drawn new faces to the crowd, new life to the party, and the 2018 primary will be another chance for us to prove it.

It ends with an appeal to fellow Republicans to share their views on the big change on the state party’s Facebook page. Weigh in, and let them know what you think.