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The Denver Post’s Ben Botkin breaks news today that could spell big trouble for incumbent Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who is facing an unexpectedly stout challenge from Democratic election lawyer Jena Griswold. Readers will recall a major scandal that erupted in the latter part of former SoS Scott Gessler’s single term, in which Gessler was found at length by the state’s Independent Ethics Commission to have improperly spent funds from an office account on travel to partisan political events. The scandal, among other things, helped scuttle Gessler’s 2014 gubernatorial aspirations.
As the Denver Post reports …
One of the baker’s dozen of statewide ballot questions Coloradans will be voting on this election is Amendment V, a statutory referred measure that would change the minimum age of eligibility to serve in the Colorado General Assembly from the current 25 to 21 years of age. Colorado Public Radio:
Proponents say restricting 21- to 24-year-olds from serving in the legislature is an unnecessary restriction. Allowing younger candidates to run for office encourages civic engagement, they say. Opponents say younger candidates may not have the maturity and expertise to be effective legislators.
What say you, Polsters? A poll follows …
Mail ballots are on their way this week, so it’s time to vote again. We’ve been asking our readers this question for weeks now: Who do you THINK is going to win the race for Governor?
Remember, we’re looking for your best educated guess on the outcome of this race, not who you support or who you would prefer to see emerge victorious. The point of this exercise is to track how perceptions of the race are (or are not) changing as Election Day nears. For previous results, click Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 5, …
We’ll just leave this here:
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) October 15, 2018
Rolling Stone has a good rundown of President Trump’s appearance on “60 Minutes.”
Politico reports, take that haters!
Sen. Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test on Monday that “strongly support” her claims of Native American ancestry, hitting back at President Donald Trump for mocking her and showing her seriousness about a 2020 presidential run.
The DNA test, conducted by Stanford University professor Carlos Bustamante, showed Warren’s likely Native American ancestry dates back six to 10 generations.
The release of the results were part of a rollout from Warren’s campaign showcasing her heritage while offering evidence that she did not benefit professionally from it. She was hired as an educator, …
“The thing is this: You got to have fun while you’re fightin’ for freedom, ’cause you don’t always win.”
Imagine, if you can, Donald Trump leading a Girl Scout Troop. Or Cory Gardner coaching the high jump. Or Kanye West serving as Secretary-General of the United Nations.
If you think these scenarios might make smoke come out of your ears, then we’ve got something that will really bake your noodle: Republican Frank McNulty is the Executive Director of a new “ethics in government” organization in Colorado. Yes, that’s the same “Ethical Frank” who married a pharmaceutical industry lobbyist during his tenure as Speaker of the House.
As the Denver Post reported on Friday, McNulty unveiled a new secret “nonprofit” organization called The Public Trust …
And how do we know that, gentle reader? Why, in last night’s debate in Colorado Springs, he said so!
STAPLETON: I’m outnumbered in my house, I have uh, three women that I live with each and every day, one son and a female dog, so…
But in the trademark manner we’ve come to recognize with Walker Stapleton’s unbroken string of ghastly unforced errors in debates, it didn’t go over quite the way he intended. Because whether you’re talking up your own family or taking cheap “dog whistle” shots at your opponent’s family, the female dog doesn’t count.…
(Hugs all around! – Promoted by Colorado Pols)
Walker Stapleton, who’s Colorado’s Republican candidate for governor, welcomed the endorsement of Trump yesterday, telling KNUS radio host Steffan Tubbs that he was “really happy to have the President’s support.”
“I’ll be able to walk in the front door of the White House. Jared Polis won’t get his calls returned,” Stapleton told Tubbs. “That’s not going to help the state of Colorado. And so I’m happy President Trump endorsed me, and I welcome his endorsement.”
Stapleton previously said he wants Trump to …
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
As the Pueblo Chieftain’s Peter Roper reports, last night featured a debate between the two candidates vying to succeed ousted fringe-right Rep. Judy Reyher in Pueblo’s HD-47. As readers will recall the Republican in this race, Don Bendell, ran into trouble when his three children accused him of shirking his child support obligations for many years:
Republican Don Bendell and Democrat Brianna Buentello were polite in their House District 47 debate Thursday night until Bendell was given the final word and he accused Democrats of running a “gutter-level” campaign by calling him a “deadbeat dad” who avoided paying …
(Promoted by Colorado Pols)
Walker Stapleton’s “complete and total endorsement” this week by Trump came as a surprise, in part because other Colorado candidates, who’ve also backed Trump, did not get the President’s kiss of approval.
Colorado’s Republican candidate for governor appears to be the only candidate who’s invited Trump to Colorado to campaign with him, but other local Republicans have lavishly and loyally supported Trump.
For example, George Brauchler, who’s battling Democrat Phil Weiser to be Colorado’s Attorney General, told fellow Republicans last year that “we’re in …
Today on the Get More Smarter Show: yours hosts Jason Bane and Alan Franklin discuss the upcoming 2018 midterm elections with ballots about to go out to voters–and make their predictions on the outcome for posterity! Plus two of the best ads of the 2018 season so far.
Catch up on previous episodes of the Get More Smarter Show here. And thanks for watching!
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► According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, most Americans do not think Brett Kavanaugh should have been confirmed to …
If you flip a coin at any given time, there is a very good chance that it will land on either “heads” or “tails.” This, in a nutshell, is what you’ll find from reading CNN’s new prognostication feature called “The Forecast.”
In “The Forecast,” which CNN unveiled today with a big headline on its website, Harry Enten wades through every U.S. House and Senate race in 2018 and essentially comes to the same conclusion everywhere: Someone is definitely going to win.
Here’s what Enten says about Colorado’s most competitive Congressional race in CO-6:
My best estimate gives Jason …