Politics

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County clerk: Many safeguards in place to prevent ‘rigged’ system

By Charles Ashby

There are no shredders in the Mesa County elections office. Not only that, but the folks who work in the ballot rooms in the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s Office don’t even empty the trash, at least not until all ballots are ...


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State Dems outvote GOP, except in 3rd Congressional District

By Charles Ashby

Democrats continue to cast more ballots than Republicans or unaffiliated voters statewide, but that’s not the case in the 3rd Congressional District. On this side of the Continental Divide, 4,400 more Republicans have cast ballots in ...


PAC’s use of video may violate election law

By Gary Harmon

Video of U.S. House challenger Gail Schwartz in a campaign ad by the House Majority PAC could constitute a violation of election law that undergirds a Supreme Court decision that Schwartz wants overturned. The ad “really violates the ...


Second time around, emotions running cooler on Palisade pot vote

By Amy Hamilton

Emotions that ran high when voters were asked in 2014 whether they wanted to allow retail marijuana stores in Palisade seem to have chilled two years later, with the question again before town residents. In 2014, the issue over whether ...


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All signs point to election unrest

By Gary Harmon

If the Grand Valley seems like the eye of the political storm, what with the lack of signs plastering highways, byways and neighborhood streets, don’t be fooled, say partisans on both sides of the political divide. Democrats and ...


Amendment 71: State Constitution harder to change under measure

By Charles Ashby

There have been several efforts over the past decade or so to find a way to make it harder to amend Colorado’s Constitution without limiting Coloradans’ ability to place measures on the ballot. Each time, however, those efforts ...


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Amendment 70: Economists disagree about effect of raising minimum wage

By Charles Ashby

There is no shortage of experts who say that raising the state’s minimum wage would either be a good thing or a bad thing. While one study says the ballot measure, Amendment 70, to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by ...


Props 107, 108 would open state primaries

By Charles Ashby

The timing for a measure on the ballot to create open primaries — and a second one to bring back presidential primaries — couldn’t be better. That, at least, for the numerous people on both sides of the political aisle who ...


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Local religious leaders discuss presidential race

By Charles Ashby

Billed as a diverse group of faith leaders talking about the presidential campaign, a forum discussing issues surrounding who would be best to serve in the White House was tilted to one side. While the five leaders speaking at the forum ...


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Thurlow loses appeal over campaign finances

By Charles Ashby

Rep. Dan Thurlow’s argument that he shouldn’t have been fined for making errors on some of his campaign finance reports last year didn’t past muster with the Colorado Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel of the court ruled ...


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