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More than $1.6 million was spent in this year’s Denver school board election

Candidates and political committees spent $1.67 million in this year’s Denver school board election, according to final campaign finance reports filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office that capture spending through the Nov. 2 election. The election was a sweep by candidates backed by the Denver teachers union and critical of Denver Public Schools’ past reforms, […]

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Colorado school board contests fueled by COVID turmoil yield mixed results

School board candidates angered by mask mandates and other COVID-19 rules won their races in Douglas, El Paso and Mesa counties, but pro-mask candidates backed by teachers unions prevailed in Denver, Jefferson County and other districts on the Front Range. Candidates and outside groups spent millions of dollars in some of the most contentious contests […]

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6 big takeaways from the 2021 election results in Colorado and beyond

Colorado voters’ decisions in the 2021 elections left plenty to be dissected Wednesday.  Here are six big takeaways from the results: The failure of two conservative-backed ballot measures As Republican candidates have lost in Colorado over the past two election cycles, conservatives have placed more emphasis on trying to advance their policies through ballot initiatives. […]

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Mesa County needed to restore trust after an election system breach. Here comes Wayne Williams, in his boots.

GRAND JUNCTION — A kitschy red, white and blue wooden plaque reading “Of the people, By the people, For the people” hangs over a bank of Dominion Voting screens and scanners in a room tucked inside the warren of elections divisions offices at the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s building. Two cameras point at former […]

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School board candidates backed by teachers union leading in Denver, Aurora and Jeffco

By Melanie Asmar, Yesenia Robles and Ann Schimke, Chalkbeat Colorado The union-backed majority on the Denver school board appears poised to consolidate power, as all four candidates endorsed by the teachers union were leading in the ballot count late Tuesday night. If the four win their elections, the board would be unanimously union-backed for the […]

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Douglas County’s conservative challengers likely to win school board race

Four candidates calling for a new direction on the Douglas County school board appeared to be victorious in the election that ended Tuesday, with three of their four opponents conceding defeat in interviews with Colorado Community Media. The hard-fought Douglas County School Board election — a star political attraction of 2021’s off-off-year election season in […]

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Proposition 119, which would have raised Colorado marijuana taxes to pay for out-of-school learning, fails

Colorado voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal to increase taxes on recreational marijuana to pay for out-of-school support services for students like tutoring and therapy. Supporters of Proposition 119 admitted defeat at about 8:30 p.m. With more than a million ballots counted at 10 p.m., the measure was failing with 54% rejecting the initiative and […]

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Amendment 78: Colorado voters reject giving lawmakers more oversight on spending

Colorado voters on Tuesday rejected a conservative-backed ballot measure seeking to give state lawmakers more oversight over how to spend money from the federal government and lawsuit settlements. With more than 1.1 million ballots counted as of 10:30 p.m., Amendment 78 was failing with 44% voting in favor of the measure and 56% against it. […]

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Colorado voters reject Proposition 120, which sought to cut some Colorado property taxes

Colorado voters rejected a Republican-backed effort to reduce some property taxes, a stinging defeat for conservatives who have increasingly turned to ballot measures to advance their policies as their statewide and legislative candidates keep losing. The vote for Proposition 120 as of 10:30 p.m. was 57% in opposition to the ballot measure and 43% in […]