State Politics

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With early voting well underway, Colorado's gubernatorial candidates staked out their positions one last time during at their eighth and final debate Friday. Hosted by CBS Denver 4 and Colorado Public Television, the topics were rather routine - except for the issue of public safety. That's where things got heated.

Latinos make up about twenty percent of Colorado's population and continue to be a highly courted voting bloc. It's a group that more frequently votes for Democrats, but Latinos also turn out less often in midterm elections like 2014.

Republicans have long been trying to make inroads with Latino voters – especially in competitive states like Colorado – where a small number of votes could swing key races for the U.S. Senate and Governor.

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The White River National Forest wipes out a multi-million dollar marijuana grow site near Ruedi Reservoir.

The City of Aspen and a condo developer are battling it out in court this week, arguing about access to a downtown building.

And dark money is flowing into a state senate race in our region.

Republicans are going after the millennial vote in the hotly contested US Senate Race... that pits Mark Udall against Cory Gardner.

Colorado's U.S. Senate race is a considered by many to be a tossup. Incumbent Senator Mark Udall and Republican Congressman Cory Gardner are trying to win over as many key voting blocs as they can before Election Day – and that includes women.

In the previous close Senate contest between appointed Democratic Senator Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck, women played a critical role. During the waning days of that 2010 race, Bennet focused his attention on the female vote – and narrowly won. With women making up 51.4 percent of all registered voters in Colorado this election, it's a scenario Democrats are hoping to repeat.

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Aspen’s real estate economy is slowly digging out… we’ll get some of the finer details.

There’s a new art museum in the Roaring Fork Valley… no, not in Aspen. It’s near Carbondale.

This week Pitkin County Republicans rallied around candidates for this fall’s elections including a Congressman hoping to become a U. S. Senator. We’ll hear his pitch on why he’s the right person for the job.

Finally, we sit down with Oscar winning filmmaker and artist Steve McQueen, as he spends time in Snowmass Village this week.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition.

McCloskey Speaker Series - A Conversation with Democratic Governors

Democratic governors will discuss how their priorities are making a difference and the challenges that lie ahead. Featured special guests include: Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Gov. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri, Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, and Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont.

This event will be moderated by Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

Colorado voters will once again decide on an amendment that would give unborn babies the same constitutional and legal rights as a person. The measure is bringing out some familiar faces – it’s also impacting one of the closest U.S. Senate races in the country.

Campaign Finance Post-McCutcheon

Apr 25, 2014

The April 2 five-four decision of the United States Supreme Court on campaign finance in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission has elicited the predictable polar opposite reactions from commentators.  The decision has been hailed by many as reinforcing the fundamental Constitutional right of free speech and strengthening the role of the parties in the political process.  Conversely, the decision has been vilified in some quarters as giving the wealthy a larger voice in politics than they may already have to the detriment, it is said, of the general public.

Valley Roundup - February 21st, 2014

Feb 21, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.

Carolyn Sackariason, from the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone from the Aspen Times, join us today.

This week, the evolving story about relocating residents of the Pan and Fork trailer park in Basalt.  Eight families remain and their communications with the town are deteriorating.

In Aspen, a proposed Habitat For Humanity project moves forward. 

And following a bus crash last year, attorneys start digging into the safety record of the Roaring Fork Transit Authority.

Also today, we talk today with a senior political reporter at Politico about a meeting next week in Colorado of high-end Republican party donors.  Organized by a supporter of gay marriage, these GOP donors want to reshape the direction of the party.

And, on the download with Rob St. Mary – How the web makes it easy to financially support public radio.

It's all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Elise Thatcher

A Texan stole the show at the Pitkin County Democrats’ annual fundraising dinner last night. State Senator Wendy Davis gained national attention earlier this year when she held an all-night filibuster in the Texas legislature, over the issue of access to abortions. Last night Davis held the floor for a much shorter period of time at the Lazy T Seven Ranch.

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