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“You’re under threat”: Voting rights resolutions at Colorado statehouse become election-year pitch from Democrats

Speaker Alec Garnett looked into the camera live-broadcasting his remarks from the Colorado House chambers on Tuesday and made a pitch to Coloradans.  “The choice is clear,” the Denver Democrat said during debate over a resolution seeking to reaffirm the 2020 presidential results and calling on Congress to pass Democrats’ stalled voting access bills.  Garnett […]

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“A fighting tone”: Colorado Republicans are heading into the 2022 legislative session on the offensive

Republicans in the Colorado legislature have been mostly playing defense over the past three years. But that posture is changing in 2022, an election year that will determine whether conservatives will remain relegated to the sidelines of Colorado politics.  This year, Republicans are going on the offensive.  Republicans see the 2022 legislative session that began […]

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Partisanship, outside spending dominated some local Colorado elections this year

School board and municipal elections in Colorado are nonpartisan — but that’s really in name only.  While candidates may not be identified as Republicans or Democrats on the ballot, there is plenty of partisan spending and support happening behind the scenes. That was especially true this year, when conservatives spent heavily to win municipal contests […]

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Despite Colorado’s new redistricting process being independent, there was still plenty of political influence

A Republican state lawmaker worried about being drawn out of his district gave party activists talking points on how he would shape new legislative maps.  At a public hearing in Durango, a number of current and former La Plata County Democratic Party officers testified before Colorado’s independent congressional and legislative redistricting commissions but didn’t mention […]

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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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Colorado Republicans decide not to opt out of 2022 primaries

PUEBLO — Colorado Republicans on Saturday rejected a contentious push to opt out of next year’s primaries, which would have blocked the state’s 1.7 million unaffiliated voters from helping to select the GOP’s 2022 general election candidates. The vote, taken at a meeting in Pueblo of the party’s central committee members, was 241 opposed to […]

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Colorado Republicans want to win over unaffiliated voters in 2022. Can they do it if their base is still focused on 2020?

Kristi Burton Brown, chairwoman of the Colorado GOP, appeared at a gathering of Republicans in Jefferson County this summer where she talked about how the party can attract unaffiliated voters and finally win again in 2022. Candidates need to look forward and talk about keeping taxes low and school choice, she said. “We have to […]

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Some Colorado Republicans want to forgo their party’s 2022 primaries. Others think that’s “insane.”

Top Colorado Republicans will vote next month on whether to abandon their party’s statewide primaries in 2022, a move that some in the GOP warn could alienate unaffiliated voters, who make up 43% of the electorate, and solidify Democratic control. Under the proposal, a fraction of registered Republicans would select general election candidates for U.S. […]

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Colorado limits who can access voting equipment as citizens, conservative group press for 2020 election audits

An emergency rule prohibiting outside groups from getting access to Colorado voting equipment would hinder a national nonprofit that wants to do “forensic” examinations of counties’ election apparatus.  Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold last week implemented the measure amid concerns about efforts to get county clerks to review 2020 election results. There has been […]