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Two southern Colorado Democrats are running to unseat Lauren Boebert. But they may no longer live in her district.

Congressional redistricting in Colorado may complicate the political ambitions of two Democrats running to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert next year.  Under a preliminary map of the new districts released Wednesday, state Rep. Don Valdez, of La Jara, and Pueblo community activist Sol Sandoval would live in the 4th Congressional District, rather than the […]

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Redistricting will reshape Colorado politics. But only 12 lobbyists have disclosed their work to influence the process.

A dozen people are registered to lobby the two commissions redrawing Colorado’s congressional and state legislative districts this year. But that meager number doesn’t reflect the extensive attempts to influence the Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission and the Colorado Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission.  The commissions were created by voter approval of constitutional Amendments Y and […]

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Colorado’s congressional, legislative redistricting ramps up this summer. Here’s what you need to know to get involved.

Colorado is about to experience a hot redistricting summer as two appointed commissions prepare to draw new congressional and legislative maps and then hit the road to seek public input on them. The maps will include a new, eighth congressional district and redraw Colorado’s seven other U.S. House seats to account for the state’s 14.5% […]

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Opinion: Coloradans don’t just want politicians out of the redistricting process. We also want fair maps.

Every Coloradan deserves to have equal representation and a voice in government. And right now, two groups of Coloradans are defining what voice and power you may have for the next decade. In 2018, Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved amendments Y and Z, which created two independent redistricting commissions, and Tuesday the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed […]

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Colorado Supreme Court tells lawmakers to stay out of redistricting process, but signs off on use of preliminary data

The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an effort by the General Assembly to make changes to this year’s consequential legislative and congressional redistricting process, ruling that it would be unconstitutional for state lawmakers to get involved. Legislative leaders introduced a measure, Senate Bill 247, that would have allowed the commissions to use preliminary U.S. […]

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Another potential delay to Colorado’s redistricting process? Counting prisoners.

Redrawing Colorado’s legislative and congressional boundaries was already going to be a race against the clock because of a monthslong delay in receiving data from the U.S. Census Bureau. But another factor could worsen the time crunch: counting prison inmates.  Last year, Colorado lawmakers passed House Bill 1010, which requires that redistricting count the state’s […]

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It’s official: Colorado will get an eighth congressional seat in 2022

Population gains over the past decade mean Colorado will get an eighth congressional seat for the 2022 election, officially opening a political mosh pit of potential candidates who are looking to run for the job.  The U.S Census Bureau released state population figures on Monday that solidified the new seat, which has been long anticipated.  […]

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Colorado’s independent congressional redistricting commission ousts chair over his social media posts

Danny Moore was removed Monday from his role as the chair of Colorado’s newly-formed Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission following scrutiny of social media posts where he touted unfounded claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election and referred to coronavirus as the “China virus.”  Fellow commissioners voted unanimously to remove Moore, a Republican appointed […]

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Colorado’s county commissions are powerful. A new effort aims to ensure their districts are drawn fairly.

El Paso County isn’t as Republican as it used to be.  Unaffiliated voters now make up the largest share of the county’s registered voters at 43%, with Republicans coming in second with 36%. And that has translated into changes at the ballot box. In November, Democrat Joe Biden won nearly 43% of El Paso’s vote, […]

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Colorado’s congressional, legislative redistricting commissions may start work with old population data

Now that the 12 members of Colorado’s independent legislative and congressional redistricting commissions have been selected, attention is quickly turning toward what to do about the fact the panels won’t have the U.S. Census Bureau data they need to draw new maps until Sept. 30. Gov. Jared Polis, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Colorado General […]