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The debate over political debates, who can participate and who can't, is a theme every election cycle. But debate organizers say the political wrangling this year has become even more heated and at times downright bizarre. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has the story.
The three candidates running for Governor agree that smaller more efficient government, and private sector growth are key to turning around the state's struggling economy. All of them want to re-brand the state as pro-business and say now is not the time for any tax increases to pay for government services. KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports.
Former Republican Congressman and now gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo took the stand in a Denver courtroom on Monday to determine whether his name should remain on the November election ballot. Tancredo is running as a member of the American Constitution party. But as KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports - a lawsuit filed by two Republicans says he doesn't qualify to be a candidate.
Third party candidates are making political waves in Colorado during this year's mid-term elections, but they're up against more than just their fellow candidates. State election laws and rules make running a campaign cumbersome and expensive. KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports.
Former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo made a political splash over the summer when he switched parties and entered the race for governor. He's running as a third party alternative with the American Constitution Party.
Many conservatives have criticized Tancredo, arguing his involvement in the race will split voters on the right, ultimately guaranteeing a victory for Democrat John Hickenlooper. KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke with Tancredo about the issues facing the state and what he sees as the possible solutions.
Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes says he's not dropping out of the race, despite calls from top Republicans for him to do so. Maes debated Democrat John Hickenlooper and former congressman Tom Tancredo who are also running for Governor, at the studios of Colorado Public Television in Denver just before the long weekend. It was their first debate and the candidates discussed everything from immigration to transportation to what books they're currently reading. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
In Garfield County, two candidates have crossed party lines and are meeting in the middle to try to defeat incumbent Sheriff Lou Valario. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason brings the story.
Former Aspen mayoral candidate Marilyn Marks turned election reform advocate recently filed requests to six counties to view ballot images. Marks has argued that people should have the ability to independently verify election results, while the city of Aspen has said it could jeopardize voter privacy. KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke with Marilyn Marks.
Lawmakers are finalizing the wording for the November election ballot. Voters will see nine questions this fall. As KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports, much of the discussion on Wednesday centered on three amendments that cut taxes, fees and ban the state government from borrowing money.
Members of a new river dispute task force hope to broker peace between landowners and rafters who float through stretches of private property. The issue came to a head during the last legislative session when a private developer near Crested Butte told two rafting companies they could no longer float along the Taylor river past his ranch. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.