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It’s official: 2018 is the costliest year ever in Colorado politics

There’s no question that 2018 is the costliest year ever in Colorado politics. And it isn’t just multi-millionaire Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis fueling his gubernatorial campaign to the tune of $23.3 million. Just days before Election Day, more than $200 million has poured into Colorado campaigns this year, compared with $156.6 million in 2014, […]

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Unite America wants to upend the two-party system in Colorado. Their strategy doesn’t look like it will work.

If Jay Geyer’s pitch to voters sounds like it was written by an ethics teacher, well, that’s because it was. The independent candidate for the Colorado General Assembly, who teaches ethics and political philosophy at CU Boulder, isn’t rallying supporters by pledging to vote a certain way on divisive social issues like guns or abortion. […]

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Spending 5 times higher on state Senate races this year than in 2016

Candidates and committees still are scooping up political TV ad time with only eight days until the election comes to a close, adding nearly $2.5 million in spending last week. That brings total election-year spending to $66.9 million, $52.1 million of that on the general election alone. Many of the ads airing focus on the […]

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The top 10 corporate donors in Colorado’s 2018 election — and what they want

Seven of the top 10 organizations spending the most money in the 2018 election represent the oil and gas industry, a Colorado Sun analysis shows. The energy companies and allies are focused on two ballot initiatives and have so far spent $29 million on the effort to defeat Proposition 112, which calls for greater setbacks […]

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Sudden opposition flares toward Amendment X, the hemp measure unanimously approved by the Colorado legislature

One of the authors of the law that legalized marijuana in Colorado is taking aim at a ballot question seeking to change the legal definition of hemp in Colorado. Attorney Rob Corry has ramped up 11th-hour opposition to Amendment X, arguing the legislature-floated ballot question could hurt Colorado’s nascent hemp industry if it passes. He […]

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Colorado Propositions 109 and 110 are all about how to pay for roads. They’re also about everything else.

For the better part of the past 10 years, the question has left Colorado state policymakers paralyzed. How should the state boost funding to transportation, when neither side can even agree on what the transportation grid should look like — much less how to pay for it? This November, the question will be taken directly […]

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Check the mail: Colorado’s Election 2018 ballots are on their way today. Here’s what you need to know.

Colorado’s county clerks will begin mailing more than 3 million ballots to voters on Monday as the state’s roughly three-week-long Election Day officially kicks off. About 2 million of those ballots will pass through the U.S. Postal Service’s processing plant in Denver on Monday afternoon and Tuesday alone. Voters this year have a range of […]

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House Democratic leaders urged state Rep. Jovan Melton to resign last week after learning of past domestic violence charges against him. Melton told them no.

The top Democrats in the Colorado House of Representatives say they urged state Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, to resign soon after they were informed last week about domestic violence charges he faced years before he was elected. Melton told leadership he would not step down. House Majority Leader KC Becker said House leadership learned of […]