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Democrats Take Back Control of State Legislature

November 7, 2012
Democrats now have control of both chambers of the Colorado state legislature, putting the GOP in the backseat when it comes to next legislative session. Republican had hoped to expand their one-seat advantage in the house of representatives. Bente Birkeland has more from Denver.

Full results from this year's elections are available on the Secretary of State's Website.
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Election Night 2012!

November 2, 2012
Tuesday, November 6th, KDNK News and Democracy Now bring you an election night special hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, from 5 to 11 p.m. The program will include live coverage of the results as the polls close, on-the-ground reports from across the country, reactions from across the globe, and running in-depth analysis and commentary from a wide range of guests.

KDNK News will be in the Carbondale studio coordinating with our news team in the field to bring you local voter response and local candidate reaction as the polls come in. And we'll keep you updated on results for Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle and Lake counties as they are announced.

That's Tuesday, November 6th from 5 to 11 p.m., right here on KDNK.

And this week, KDNK hosted three special news-themed public affairs shows in advance of the election. You can here them all online if you missed them live.

County commissioner candidate Sonja Linman on energy diversity in Colorado

County commissioner candidate Sonja Linman on energy diversity in Colorado October 30, 2012
Two Republican members of the Garfield County Commission are facing Democratic challengers in the November election. This week on NRG with MG, we continue a series of interviews with the incumbents and the challengers focusing on energy issues. Last week we heard from commissioner John Martin, running for a fifth term. He is running against today's guest, Sonja Linman, a 23-year resident of Garfield County with a background in education. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason started by asking Linman to speak broadly about energy here is Garfield County.
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Weekly News Brief: PitCo Commissioners Squirm in Aspen Debate

October 26, 2012
On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac catches up with Curtis Wackerle of the Aspen Daily News to find out about which Pitkin County commissioner candidate is the bigger environmentalist.
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Local Voters Respond to Presidential Stumping in Colorado

October 25, 2012
Close to 70 people packed Democratic Headquarters in Glenwood Springs on Monday to listen to members of President Obama's cabinet and the head of Emily's List. The women were on a whirlwind, swing state tour to stump for the President. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about locals' responses to the Obama and the Romney campaigns.
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CDale Endorses Open Space Ballot Question

October 24, 2012
Garfield county's ballot question 1A asks voters to weigh in on a new sales tax that would go towards the county purchasing land for conservation. Those spaces may be chosen to preserve water quality and quantity, wildlife habitat, ranches and open lands and other areas important to recreation and tourism. The measure has attracted endorsements from diverse organizations like the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the Roaring Fork Sierra Club and as of last night, the Carbondale board of trustees.

Despite criticism of the measure by Mayor Stacey Bernot and other board members, Carbondale trustees unanimously approved a motion to endorse 1A.

KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Bernot after the meeting to find out how the open space measure fits with the goals of the town's ongoing Comprehensive Plan process but also about why the source of funding was a concern.
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Candidates Court Latino Vote

October 23, 2012
On Monday, the Garfield County Obama Campaign held a Spanish debate watch party in Glenwood Springs. As KDNK's Ed Williams reports, local candidates are hoping to get as many Latino votes as they can.
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Obama Cabinet in Glenwood Springs

October 23, 2012
The Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Obama administration, the director of the EPA and the founder of Emily's List were in Glenwood Springs yesterday on a brief stump for President Obama. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
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GarCo Commissioner Martin on the County's Relationship with the Gas Industry

GarCo Commissioner Martin on the County's Relationship with the Gas Industry October 23, 2012
Two Republican members of the Garfield County Commission are facing Democratic challengers in the November election. Today on NRG with MG, we continue a series of interviews with the incumbents and the challengers.

Martin has been a commissioner for 16 years and is running for a fifth term. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason asked John Martin what concessions he might ask from gas drillers to improve their practices during the current slowdown in drilling.
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GarCo Commissioner Samson on Local Impact of International Energy Markets

GarCo Commissioner Samson on Local Impact of International Energy Markets October 17, 2012

Two Republican members of the Garfield County Commission are facing Democratic challengers in the November election. Today on NRG with MG, we continue a series of interviews with the incumbents and the challengers focusing on energy issues.

Last week we kicked it off with Aleks Briedis. He's running against today's guest, incumbent commissioner Mike Samson of Rifle. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason started by asking about the day 30 years ago known as Black Monday. Mike Samson was serving as the mayor of Rifle at the time, and remembered how he learned Exxon was pulling out of oil shale development that was fueling a boom in the Grand Valley.

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