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POLITICS
8:38 am
Sat November 8, 2014

The GOP Takes Heart From Colorado, But Still Faces 2016 Hurdles

Senator-elect Cory Gardner of Colorado delivers his victory speech to supporters during a GOP election night gathering. Gardner appealed to moderates and unaffiliated voters.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 10:33 am

Colorado is one of the battleground states where Republicans made big gains this week. Republicans in the state believe they now have momentum going into the 2016 presidential election.

But the GOP has suffered some punishing losses there lately, owing in part to the state's changing demographics. That trend may still be a big factor in 2016.

The last time Republicans won a U.S. Senate seat here was when Wayne Allard was re-elected in 2002. Back then, Congressman and now Senator-elect Cory Gardner was a young staffer working behind the scenes for Allard.

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POLITICS
11:35 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Hickenlooper On Re-Election: 'We Want To Thank Colorado'

Hickenlooper declares victory, narrowly, at the state capitol on the day after Election Day.
Bente Birekland RMCR

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 4:13 pm

Colorado incumbent Governor John Hickenlooper has been re-elected to a second term.

By 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, some 12 and half hours after the polls closed, multiple media organizations including The Denver Post were projecting the win over Republican challenger Bob Beauprez with votes left to count in Boulder and Denver counties. The win is the largest for Democrats in the state following strong Republican victories, notably in the U.S. Senate with Cory Gardner defeating incumbent Senator Mark Udall.

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POLITICS
10:27 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Thumbs Up For Higher Minimum Wages, And For Marijuana Industry

Fast-food workers and activists demonstrate outside a Chicago McDonald's in July in favor of a higher minimum wage. Illinois voters on Tuesday called on the state Legislature to approve a $10 minimum wage.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 1:44 pm

Besides electing lawmakers Tuesday, voters settled ballot initiatives affecting everything from soda-pop taxes to fracking to marijuana sales.

The outcomes varied, but there was one economic issue that united voters. Overwhelmingly, they approved raises for minimum-wage workers.

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POLITICS
9:58 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Colorado's Newest Senator, Cory Gardner, On His Agenda

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's talk next with one of last night's election winners. Republican Cory Gardner won a Senate seat in Colorado, defeating Democratic Senator Mark Udall. Senator-elect Gardner, welcome to the program.

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POLITICS
9:05 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Marijuana Votes: Oregon And D.C. Legalize; Florida Says No To Medical

Early results showed more than a 2-1 lead for a measure to make recreational marijuana use legal in Washington, D.C. A sign promoting the initiative is seen on a corner in the Adams Morgan neighborhood Tuesday.
Allison Shelley Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:09 am

Voters in Washington, D.C., have approved the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Supporters of the D.C. marijuana measure had a 65-29.5 percent lead as of 9:09 p.m. ET, with 20,727 voting in favor.

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POLITICS
7:37 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Voters In Texas City Approve Ban On Fracking

From left, Topher Jones, Edward Hartmann and Angie Holliday hold a campaign sign outside City Hall in Denton, Texas, on July 15, 2014. Voters in the college town approve a ban on fracking on Tuesday.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 10:55 am

Residents of Denton, Texas, voted Tuesday to ban hydraulic fracturing in the city.

According to unofficial results posted on the city's website, 58.64 percent of voters supported banning the controversial drilling method that is also called fracking; 41.36 percent voted against the proposition. It's the first time a city in the energy-friendly state has voted to ban fracking.

The vote is expected to be challenged, but Mayor Chris Watts said he would defend the ban.

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POLITICS
6:45 am
Wed November 5, 2014

GMO Labeling: Colorado Voters Reject Food Measure; Maui Voters Approve

In the latest bids to compel companies to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients, voters in Colorado and Oregon weighed in on the issue Tuesday.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 2:49 pm

In the latest bids for states to compel companies to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, Colorado voters decided the issue in their state today.

Proposition 105, was defeated by a roughly 2-1 margin Tuesday.

Oregon voters also considered a measure, but it is still too close to call — the no vote leading the yes vote by two percentage points with more than 80 percent of the vote counted.

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POLITICS
9:26 am
Tue November 4, 2014

7 Places To Watch On Election Day

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, center, gets a kiss from a supporter after he stepped off his bus during a brief campaign stop at Delevoe Park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 25.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 9:31 am

For all the money spent, doors knocked, ads aired and miles traveled by candidates this year, the 2014 elections will likely come down to the votes cast by a relatively small universe of places.

Whether it's because of their size, demographic make-up, or the unique spot they occupy, these places will have an outsized role in state — and possibly national — politics this year.

Here are seven of them:

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POLITICS
1:28 am
Tue November 4, 2014

The Republican Party's Remarkable Non-Transformation

Colorado voters, clockwise from top left, Ili Bennett, Samy Wahabrebi, Vern Baumer, Lucy Montoya,Taylor Dybdahl and Antonio Covello.
Molly Messick NPR

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 10:35 am

Sometime after the polls close Tuesday night, we'll find out if Republicans managed a spectacular feat.

The party that lost the last two presidential elections is seeking a comeback, adding control of the Senate to control of the House. Republicans aim to dominate Congress with a fresh presidential election looming in 2016. It would be, in one of the hackneyed phrases of journalism, "a remarkable transformation."

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POLITICS
9:09 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Colorado Voters Cite Immigration As A Hot Button Issue

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 6:00 am

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POLITICS
3:04 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Politics In Colorado Shift With Demographics

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 8:39 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right, one of the states Cokie mentioned there, Colorado. Our colleague Steve Inskeep has been meeting with voters there. It is the scene of an intense Senate race and the state also mirrors the way the nation is evolving.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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POLITICS
3:22 am
Sun November 2, 2014

5 Things To Know About The 2014 Midterm Election

Voters participate in early voting this past June at the Oklahoma County Elections Board in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 2:49 pm

In case you haven't been following this year's election that much (don't worry, we're not judging you), we've rounded up a list of big ideas in play in the 2014 midterms.

Turnout: In a nutshell, it's likely to be lower than in 2012. The Pew Research Center says voter turnout in the midterms has been lower than in presidential election years as far back as the 1840s.

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POLITICS
9:45 am
Fri October 31, 2014

In Swing State Of Colorado, Voter Says She Has To Settle For Choice Of Evils

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 5:42 am

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POLITICS
2:57 am
Fri October 31, 2014

For This Colorado Voter, Oil And Gas Debate Plays Out On His Property

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 5:42 am

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POLITICS
1:31 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

With New Campaign Finance Rules, You Can't Really Follow The Money

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 1:02 pm

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POLITICS
1:27 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Big GOP Names Stump For Local Candidates With Eye Toward 2016

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:12 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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POLITICS
2:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Keep On Drillin'? Santa Barbara Prepares To Vote On Oil Future

A cow walks near oil pump jacks in Santa Maria, Calif. Oil production has long been a part of Santa Barbara County, but a new ballot measure could effectively shut down all new drilling operations there.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 12:25 pm

Think of California's Santa Barbara County and you might picture the area's famous beaches or resorts and wineries. But in the northern reaches of the vast county, oil production has been a major contributor to the economy for almost a century.

So it's no surprise that the oil industry there is feverishly organizing to fight a local ballot initiative — Measure P — that would ban controversial drilling methods such as hydraulic fracturing. What is turning heads, however, is the sheer volume of money flooding into this local race, mainly from large oil companies.

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POLITICS
1:26 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

KVNF Candidate Interview: Cory Gardner

Republican challenger Cory Gardner faces Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in a hotly contested Colorado race that could decide which party controls the Senate.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Republican Congressman Cory Gardner stopped in Montrose for a voter meet-and-greet Monday.

Gardner is currently the U.S. Representative for Colorado's 4th Congressional District, which covers most of the eastern part of the state. He faces Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in a hotly contested race that could decide which party controls the Senate.

KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Gardner at his campaign event and brings us this candidate interview. 

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POLITICS
9:43 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Amendment 68: Should Gambling Be Expanded And Taxed For Education Funding?

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:02 am

While much of the attention the 2014 election season has been focused on Colorado's Senate and gubernatorial races, voters will also be deciding the fates of four statewide ballot questions. One of those questions seeks to expand gambling at racetracks to help fund K-12 education.

If approved, Amendment 68 would allow horse race tracks in Arapahoe, Mesa and Pueblo counties to offer slot machines, roulette, craps, and card games such as blackjack and poker. Arapahoe Park in Aurora is at the center of the campaign.

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POLITICS
9:02 am
Thu October 16, 2014

When Is It OK For Scientists To Become Political?

David Jones iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:32 pm

It's not everyday that a world famous climate scientist gets himself arrested in front of the White House. But that's exactly what happened to James Hansen in 2011 as part of a protest against the Keystone Pipeline.

In the 1980s it was Hansen's highly respected work that helped people realize that the climate change we humans were driving was real — and really dangerous.

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