2013 Elections

The Colorado GOP’s Long-Term Dilemma: They Lose by Winning

The Colorado GOP’s Long-Term Dilemma: They Lose by Winning
The Republican base (increasingly to scale).
A great analytical piece from Politico's Todd Purdum this weekend makes points that observers of Colorado politics should keep in mind, and have been borne out by Colorado's recent political history as we'll explain:
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Judge Rules CO Sheriffs Can't Sue State Over Gun Laws

Judge Rules CO Sheriffs Can't Sue State Over Gun Laws
A Colorado judge has ruled that county sheriffs can not sue the state as a group in their official capacities, but allowed them to do so as individuals. The lawsuit is part of the ongoing legal and political battles inside Colorado over gun rights and safety regulations.
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Voters in CO Nix Tax Hike To Finance Schools, Leaving Programs to Struggle

Voters in CO Nix Tax Hike To Finance Schools, Leaving Programs to Struggle
By wide margins, voters in Colorado declined Amendment 66 - an education finance plan that would have increased the state income tax. The state GOP's message of no-taxes-ever has left the education system struggling, in dire need of funds.
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GOP Win in CO Recall Elections Heralds Left-Wing Backlash

GOP Win in CO Recall Elections Heralds Left-Wing Backlash
Denver media should pay more attention to the real possibility that yesterday's recall-election victories by Colorado Republicans will, ironically, lead directly to the indefinite demise of the state GOP, rather than ushering in the Republican resurgence that talk-radio hosts are hyping.
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Apple of Their Eye: de Blasio Surging in Polls Ahead of NYC Mayoral Election

Apple of Their Eye: de Blasio Surging in Polls Ahead of NYC Mayoral Election
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has surged to a commanding lead in the city's Democratic mayoral primary, raising for the first time all campaign the possibility that a runoff may not be needed to pick a nominee. A poll from Quinnipiac University shows that de Blasio is the choice of 43 percent of likely Democratic voters, the highest mark any candidate has tallied all year. It also is the first time that any candidate has passed the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff; if no one passes that mark, the top two finishers in the Sept. 10 primary advance to a showdown three weeks later.
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Jonathan Lemire
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350,000 Would-Be Voters Dropped from Books in Virginia 30 Days Before Registration Deadline

350,000 Would-Be Voters Dropped from Books in Virginia 30 Days Before Registration Deadline
Approximately one month before the registration cut-off for would-be voters in Virginia's November elections, 350,000 registrants in the state have had their right revoked. The sloppy voter purge comes after Virginia began sharing information with neighboring states to stop voters from casting multiple ballots, but is ripe with erroneous cancellations and possibilities for corruption.
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What Gun Safety Gets You: John Morse to Become First-Ever Sitting CO Legislator to Face Recall

What Gun Safety Gets You: John Morse to Become First-Ever Sitting CO Legislator to Face Recall
Behind a powerful push of undisclosed money, the recall of Colorado State Senator John Morse appears to be successful. Of course, that should be expected after the former police chief tried to make his constituency safer with more stringent gun laws.
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Steve Cooper
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