Elections http://krcc.org en Stumping For Beauprez, Christie Stands Firm On Colorado Pot http://krcc.org/post/stumping-beauprez-christie-stands-firm-colorado-pot While campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie refused to back down from his <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/chris-christie-marijuana-colorado-pot-105888.html" target="_blank">comments made earlier in 2014</a>, criticizing Colorado’s quality of life after legalizing recreational marijuana.<p>“We’ve got to stop in public life worrying about making everybody happy and faking it, like we’re going to agree all the time,” said Christie.<p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:25:02 +0000 Bente Birkeland 22382 at http://krcc.org Stumping For Beauprez, Christie Stands Firm On Colorado Pot Maketa Recall Effort Fails http://krcc.org/post/maketa-recall-effort-fails <p>Embattled El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa will not face a recall election in November.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Organizers of the effort had until 1:00 Saturday to turn in the more than 44,000 signatures needed for the recall. </span></p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:31:01 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & AP 21860 at http://krcc.org Maketa Recall Effort Fails Capitol Conversation: After the Primaries http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-after-primaries <p>After last week’s primary elections in Colorado, Bente&nbsp;Birkeland&nbsp;sat down with other statehouse reporters to talk about the Governor’s race and to analyze the upcoming political season.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:00:39 +0000 Bente Birkeland 21251 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: After the Primaries Q & A with GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Bob Beauprez http://krcc.org/post/q-gop-gubernatorial-nominee-bob-beauprez <p>In one of his first interviews since winning the GOP nod to challenge Governor John Hickenlooper, Bob Beauprez sat down with Bente Birkeland to discuss some of the key issues in the campaign. The Catholic former congressman explains his support for the death penalty, and why he decided to run for Governor after losing his gubernatorial race in 2006 by double digits.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 21058 at http://krcc.org Q & A with GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Bob Beauprez Lamborn Ekes Out GOP Primary Win in 5th Congressional District http://krcc.org/post/lamborn-ekes-out-gop-primary-win-5th-congressional-district <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><br />In Congressional District 5, Tuesday’s primary election was so close that it wasn’t until 10:45 p.m. that retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Bentley Rayburn finally congratulated incumbent Rep. Doug Lamborn, who led by 3,762 votes, or slightly more than 5 percentage points, out of about 72,000 votes cast.</p><p>Speaking from his campaign gathering at a Colorado Springs charter school, Rayburn praised his team for their work, acknowledging “we jumped into this thing at the absolute last minute.”</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:32:50 +0000 Dana Cronin & Nat Stein & Samantha Crook & Patrick Lapera 21024 at http://krcc.org Lamborn Ekes Out GOP Primary Win in 5th Congressional District Primary Elections: Recapping the Major Races http://krcc.org/post/primary-elections-recapping-major-races <p>The race to be Colorado’s next Governor is officially underway. <a href="http://krcc.org/post/beauprez-gets-gop-nod-will-face-hickenlooper-governors-race">Former Congressman Bob Beauprez will challenge Governor John Hickenlooper in November </a>after winning a four -way GOP primary race. Beauprez captured a four-point lead over his closest challenger, Tom Tancredo.&nbsp; Voters in El Paso County threw their support behind Beauprez, but in Pueblo County and most of southern Colorado, Republican voters supported Scott Gessler.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:03:26 +0000 Andrea Chalfin, Tucker Hampson & Bente Birkeland 20990 at http://krcc.org Primary Elections: Recapping the Major Races Beauprez Gets GOP Nod, Will Face Hickenlooper In Governors Race http://krcc.org/post/beauprez-gets-gop-nod-will-face-hickenlooper-governors-race The race to be Colorado’s next Governor is officially underway. Former Congressman Bob Beauprez will challenge Governor John Hickenlooper in November after winning a four way GOP primary race. Beauprez captured a four-point lead over his closest challenger, Tom Tancredo.<p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 04:03:19 +0000 Bente Birkeland 20989 at http://krcc.org Beauprez Gets GOP Nod, Will Face Hickenlooper In Governors Race 4th Congressional District & Gubernatorial Races: Analyzing the Primaries http://krcc.org/post/4th-congressional-district-gubernatorial-races-analyzing-primaries <p>Colorado’s primary election is on Tuesday, and in many ways it marks the beginning of the political season that will culminate in November. Two GOP primary races are being closely watched.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:15:19 +0000 Bente Birkeland 20903 at http://krcc.org 4th Congressional District & Gubernatorial Races: Analyzing the Primaries GOP 4th Congressional Candidates Spar In Advance Of June Primary http://krcc.org/post/gop-4th-congressional-candidates-spar-advance-june-primary Four candidates are vying for the Republican Party’s nomination in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District after U.S. Representative <a href="http://kunc.org/post/colorado-republicans-reshuffle-advance-midterm-elections">Cory Gardner’s surprise decision to run for the U.S. Senate</a> against Democratic Senator Mark Udall.<p>CBS 4 and Colorado Public Television recently hosted a debate with the four GOP candidates competing in the conservative and vast district that stretches from Wyoming all the way to New Mexico and the Kansas border.<p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:36:49 +0000 Bente Birkeland 20670 at http://krcc.org GOP 4th Congressional Candidates Spar In Advance Of June Primary 5th Congressional District Primary: Lamborn, Rayburn Debate http://krcc.org/post/5th-congressional-district-primary-lamborn-rayburn-debate <p><br />Colorado’s 5th Congressional District consists of El Paso, Teller, Fremont, Chafee and Park Counties, and has been held by Republican <a href="https://www.lambornforcongress.org" target="_blank">Doug Lamborn</a> since 2007.&nbsp; Primary elections are next week, and last night, Lamborn and his GOP challenger Retired Major General <a href="http://rayburnforcolorado.com" target="_blank">Bentley Rayburn</a> came together for a debate, sponsored by several local media organizations.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:51:20 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 20657 at http://krcc.org 5th Congressional District Primary: Lamborn, Rayburn Debate Voter Service & Polling Centers Open in El Paso County http://krcc.org/post/voter-service-polling-centers-open-el-paso-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The three remaining Motor Vehicle Offices in El Paso County are now also open as Voter Service and Polling Centers as primary election day draws near.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:15:22 +0000 Tucker Hampson 20580 at http://krcc.org Voter Service & Polling Centers Open in El Paso County Two GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Debate http://krcc.org/post/two-gop-gubernatorial-candidates-debate <p>Four Republicans are vying to be the lone candidate to run against Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper in the fall. But with the primary election coming up on June 24th, only two of the candidates participated in a taped debate hosted by CBS 4 and Colorado Public Television. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:47:23 +0000 Bente Birkeland 20173 at http://krcc.org Two GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Debate Republicans Whittle Down GOP Candidates http://krcc.org/post/republicans-whittle-down-gop-candidates <p>Republicans gathered in Boulder for their state assembly on Saturday and narrowed down the list of candidates for Governor. As Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports, the party also nominated people for other statewide races and for the U.S. Senate.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:09:37 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17701 at http://krcc.org Republicans Whittle Down GOP Candidates Capitol Conversation: Senate Race Shakeup http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-senate-race-shakeup <p>News last week that Republican Congressman Cory Gardner is entering the U.S. Senate race to try and unseat Democrat Mark Udall sent shock waves through Colorado’s political landscape.&nbsp; The move has caused some Republicans to drop out of the race.&nbsp; As part of our weekly Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about the change.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 15769 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Senate Race Shakeup GOP Candidates Swap Races http://krcc.org/post/gop-candidates-swap-races <p>Wednesday’s surprising race swap between Representative Cory Gardner and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck may demonstrate a game changer for Colorado’s Republican Party. Colorado State University political science professor Kyle Saunders says the solidly Republican 4th Congressional District is a more natural fit for Ken Buck. He thinks Gardner has a better opportunity to win the Senate race against incumbent Democrat Mark Udall.<br /> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:36:47 +0000 Grace Hood & KUNC 15683 at http://krcc.org GOP Candidates Swap Races GOP Gubernatorial Challengers Debate http://krcc.org/post/gop-gubernatorial-challengers-debate <p>Four of the six Republican candidates seeking to replace Governor John&nbsp;Hickenlooper in the fall faced off in their first formal debate last night at the <em>Denver Post</em>. As Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports, they touched on a host of topics – including the two missing candidates.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:21:08 +0000 Bente Birkeland 15336 at http://krcc.org GOP Gubernatorial Challengers Debate Reimbursement for Recall Elections Unlikely http://krcc.org/post/reimbursement-recall-elections-unlikely <p>Now that Colorado’s historic recall elections are over, there’s an ongoing clash about who should foot the bill. The recalls of two Democratic lawmakers cost over $400,000. As Bente Birkeland reports, the Secretary of State’s Office says he can’t legally reimburse counties for the elections.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:38:05 +0000 Bente Birkeland 13968 at http://krcc.org Reimbursement for Recall Elections Unlikely Recall Effort Leader to Run for Clerk & Recorder in Pueblo http://krcc.org/post/recall-effort-leader-run-clerk-recorder-pueblo <p>The president of the group that led efforts to recall a state senator in Pueblo is running for clerk and recorder. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Eliza </span>Densmore<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><div><p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:17:58 +0000 Eliza Densmore & AP 13878 at http://krcc.org Recall Effort Leader to Run for Clerk & Recorder in Pueblo Response to Energy Industry Lawsuits http://krcc.org/post/response-energy-industry-lawsuits <p></p><p>Colorado’s energy industry trade group is now involved on three fronts with lawsuits over voter approved fracking bans or moratoriums. The latest move involved the announcement of suits against Lafayette and Fort Collins.&nbsp;</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p><p>A lawsuit is already pending against the city of Longmont for a ban approved in 2012. Some in the state say a lawsuit is the wrong way to go.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:56:25 +0000 Bente Birkeland 12557 at http://krcc.org Response to Energy Industry Lawsuits Mixed Results for Governor in New Poll http://krcc.org/post/mixed-results-governor-new-poll <p>Less than a year away from the 2014 election, <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/colorado/release-detail?ReleaseID=1977" target="_blank">a new poll from Quinnipiac University</a> shows Governor John Hickenlooper edging out his Republican challengers, but as Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports, reaction is also mixed to some of his policies.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:24:02 +0000 Bente Birkeland 11645 at http://krcc.org Mixed Results for Governor in New Poll Capitol Conversation: Election Results and Impacts on Education http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-election-results-and-impacts-education <p></p><p>Colorado voters support taxing recreational marijuana, but gave a crushing defeat to a proposed billion-dollar tax increase for public schools. In this special election edition of Capitol Conversation, Bente&nbsp;Birkeland analyzes the long- term impacts of the election results with political reporters.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:50:27 +0000 Bente Birkeland 11041 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Election Results and Impacts on Education Voters Mixed on State Issues http://krcc.org/post/voters-mixed-state-issues <p>Colorado voters gave a mixed reaction at the ballot box on a pair of statewide tax increases during yesterday’s election. As Bente Birkeland reports, voters didn’t want to tax themselves to pay for education, but were overwhelmingly willing to tax recreational marijuana to help rebuild schools.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Supporters of Amendment 66 waged a vigorous get out the vote campaign flush with outside money from the likes of Bill Gates and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.</p><p>It wasn’t enough to convince voters to say “yes.”</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:26:46 +0000 Bente Birkeland 11023 at http://krcc.org Voters Mixed on State Issues Clerks in El Paso, Pueblo Counties Say Voter Turnout Appears Up http://krcc.org/post/clerks-el-paso-pueblo-counties-say-voter-turnout-appears <p></p><div><p>Colorado voters have until 7 tonight to turn in their ballots in today’s election.&nbsp;For nearly a month, El Paso and Pueblo County Clerks have been collecting mail-in ballots.</p></div><p>Despite a slow start, Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder Gilbert Ortiz is optimistic about the turnout.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:14:17 +0000 Martha Perez-Sanz & Kate Dunn 11000 at http://krcc.org Clerks in El Paso, Pueblo Counties Say Voter Turnout Appears Up Voters To Weigh In On Colorado Marijuana Taxes http://krcc.org/post/voters-weigh-colorado-marijuana-taxes Colorado is preparing for the state’s first recreational marijuana stores to open this January. In the meantime, voters still have the final say on how the new product will be taxed through Proposition AA.<p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:34:18 +0000 Bente Birkeland 10329 at http://krcc.org Voters To Weigh In On Colorado Marijuana Taxes As Election Nears, Critics And Supporters Spar Over Education Tax http://krcc.org/post/election-nears-critics-and-supporters-spar-over-education-tax With just over three weeks until the election, the campaign asking Colorado voters to approve a $1 billion tax increase to pay for improvements to public schools are planning what they call a robust door-to-door operation.<p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 03:04:30 +0000 Bente Birkeland 10108 at http://krcc.org As Election Nears, Critics And Supporters Spar Over Education Tax New GOP State Senators Sworn Into Office http://krcc.org/post/new-gop-state-senators-sworn-office <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">A pair of Republican state lawmakers took the oath of office yesterday, after winning historic recall elections last month. Gun control legislation was behind the recall effort. But even with two more Republican Senators at the state capitol, Democrats are still in control of both the House and Senate. Bente Birkeland has more.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:14:52 +0000 Bente Birkeland 9582 at http://krcc.org New GOP State Senators Sworn Into Office What the Recall Election Means for Next Session http://krcc.org/post/what-recall-election-means-next-session <p></p><p></p><p>Gun rights activists in Colorado are savoring what they call a sweet victory. On Tuesday Democratic Senate president John Morse and Senator Angela Giron&nbsp;were voted out of office for supporting stricter gun laws, in the first legislative recall in state history. As Bente Birkeland reports, the election could change the dynamic under the gold dome.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:06:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 8485 at http://krcc.org What the Recall Election Means for Next Session Voters Oust Morse, Giron http://krcc.org/post/voters-oust-morse-giron <p></p><p>Voters ousted two Democratic state lawmakers yesterday in the first ever recall elections of state legislators.&nbsp; The recalls come in the wake of new gun legislation passed earlier this year.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs conceded around 9:30, calling the defeat symbolic. &nbsp;Morse was unapologetic over his stance on the new gun control measures, and says it was worth the political risk.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:51:07 +0000 Shanna Lewis & Andrea Chalfin & Liz Ruskin 8434 at http://krcc.org Voters Oust Morse, Giron Voting Centers Open Until 7PM in Recall Elections http://krcc.org/post/voting-centers-open-until-7pm-recall-elections <p></p><p></p><p>It’s election day for parts of El Paso and Pueblo Counties. State senators John Morse and Angela Giron are facing possible recalls. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin caught up with the El Paso County Clerk at Centennial Hall, where at mid-day, voter traffic was moving swiftly.</p><p></p><p>This is one of seven voting centers open today in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Clerk Wayne Williams says turnout today has been lighter at times than last week, but he says there could be an after-work rush.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:05:50 +0000 Liz Ruskin & Shanna Lewis 8413 at http://krcc.org Voting Centers Open Until 7PM in Recall Elections Recall Election Today http://krcc.org/post/recall-election-today <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">Two state lawmakers face a recall election today for supporting stricter gun laws. As Bente Birkeland reports, it’s the first time state lawmakers have ever been recalled in Colorado.</span><br>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:06:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 8371 at http://krcc.org Recall Election Today