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2018 elections

This week, hosts Zoe Rom and Wyatt Orme provide a rundown of the results from Tuesday's midterm elections. The Aspen Public Radio News Team covered the races, the results and reported stories beyond the ballot, like how exactly are ballots counted?

Democrats fared well in Colorado during Tuesday’s mid-term election, from the governor’s race, to congressional and state house races. Many of the Republican incumbents who represent Garfield County were re-elected, but results suggest Democrats put up a strong fight.

Democrat Jared Polis is the governor-elect. In the 6th Congressional District, Jason Crow takes the win, unseating five-time incumbent Republican Mike Coffman.

Ballot measures were met with mixed support: Transportation measures 109 and 110, along with oil and gas well setback measure Proposition 112 failed, while amendments Y and Z, which address partisan gerrymandering, passed.

Real Time Election Results HERE.

Update: 10:22 p.m.

Wyatt Orme brings updates from the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs, where there are still 5,000 ballots left to count. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy analyzes state ballot questions.

  This week: The deeper issues of the 2018 mid term elections. What’s at stake? What implications are there behind the ballot measures? How are the candidates connecting with the voters?

Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration unveiled a $31.4 billion budget proposal Thursday morning at the State Capitol. The spending plan is 4.6 percent - or $1.4 billion - bigger than the budget proposal made at this time last year. 

Updated Oct. 31, 2018 at 3:45 p.m. — A spokesman for Gov. John Hickenlooper claims he was making a joke Wednesday morning when he told workers in a New Hampshire coffee shop he was going to run for president.

But some political observers, including one who once worked for the governor, don't think Hickenlooper made the comment to get laughs.

Elise Thatcher

  With less than a week until Election Day, time is running out to mail in ballots.

 

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Local school districts say it’s tough to attract and keep qualified teachers because of the high cost of living and low school funding, but a state ballot initiative this fall could help.

Young leaders hope to engage and inform their peers at a voter event Wednesday in Aspen.

 

In 2002, voters in Colorado supported sweeping changes to state campaign finance laws. The goal was to rein in the influence of money in elections. The law contained a strong preamble about how large campaign contributions could corrupt politics and give special interests, corporations and the rich disproportionate influence.

Then along came the millionaires running for governor, spending millions of their own dollars on their own campaigns.

Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton squared off Friday morning inside of a barn in Kersey, just east of Greeley. The debate venue was so rustic, the tables in the barn were all equipped with fly swatters.

Here are three things that stuck with us after the debate.

  All week the Aspen Public Radio News team is bringing you candidate interviews, and breaking down the local and state ballot measures that you  will be voting on. Get informed, and then mail in your ballot.

Two candidates are vying to represent District 57 in the state house. Colin Wilhelm is the Democratic challenger.

  All week the Aspen Public Radio News team is bringing you candidate interviews, and breaking down the local and state ballot measures that you  will be voting on. Get informed, and then mail in your ballot.

The state's gubernatorial race grew a bit more heated Wednesday night on a debate stage at Colorado State University.

Republican candidate Walker Stapleton ignored the moderators' questions about statewide issues late in the debate as he repeatedly criticized Democrat Jared Polis for an incident that occurred nearly 20 years ago.

All week the Aspen Public Radio News team is bringing you candidate debates and breaking down the ballot measures that YOU will be voting on. Get informed, then mail in your ballot.

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Garfield County Libraries refunded $139,000 last year and they’re looking at an even bigger loss this year. That’s because Colorado’s TABOR amendment limits the amount that government districts like the libraries can grow. Garfield County ballot issue 6A would remove the state limit and allow the library district to keep all the revenue it collects.

All week the Aspen Public Radio News team is bringing you candidate debates, and breaking down the ballot measures that YOU will be voting on. Get informed, and then mail in your ballot.

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This fall, Colorado Mountain College is asking voters to approve a measure that would help stabilize its funding.

 

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