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Weekly News Brief: Colorado's election power players

October 12, 2012
Following the birth of SuperPACs, many expected Colorado to be flooded with big money from outside groups this election season. But a new story from I-News says that while big spending from SuperPACs is an issue, the state's traditional power players still hold the most sway. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams talked to Sandra Fish of I-News about her investigation into who's spending what in the November elections.

Click here for the I-News breakdown of election spending.

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Commissioner Candidate Aleks Briedis Emphasizes Energy Diversity in GarCo

Commissioner Candidate Aleks Briedis Emphasizes Energy Diversity in GarCo October 11, 2012
With a presidential election just around the corner and Colorado labeled a swing state, election campaigning has been relentless. But local candidates will also be seeking approval in voting booths and on mail-in ballots come November. Two members of Garfield all-Republican commissions are facing democratic challengers. Today on NRG with MG, we kick off a series of interviews with the incumbents and the challengers focusing on energy issues. This week, KDNK's Marilyn Gleason questions Aleks Briedis of Rifle. Briedis moved from Chicago to Rifle 13 years ago where he is the recreation director.
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Rankin Applauds Efforts of Thompson Divide Coalition, But Hears a Lot of Hyperbole

October 11, 2012
When the boundaries of Colorado House District 57 were redrawn over the last year, Garfield, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties were left with an open race and no incumbent. As the 2012 elections approach, the district 57 candidates have used this opportunity to shape the discussion around issues like education reform, balancing the state's budget and the health and economic impacts of energy extraction.

Republican candidate Bob Rankin stopped by the KDNK studio this week to discuss some of those very issues.

KDNK's Eric Skalac asked Rankin about his stance on the efforts of the Thompson Divide Coalition to restrict or eliminate gas drilling leases and about the broader issue of balancing multiple uses on land coveted by diverse interests.
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Baxter Supports Thompson Divide Protection, Sides With State In Longmont Suit

October 8, 2012
When the boundaries of district 57 were redrawn over the last year, Garfield, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties were left with an open race and no incumbent. As the 2012 elections approach, the district 57 candidates have used this opportunity to shape the discussion around issues like education reform, balancing the state's budget and the health and economic impacts of energy extraction.

Democratic candidate Jo Ann Baxter came by the KDNK studio on First Friday to talk about the important issues this campaign season. And in Garfield County, few issues capture the public's interest like gas drilling.

KDNK's Eric Skalac asked Baxter about the controversy surrounding municipal regulations for mineral extraction, and the state's lawsuit against the town of Longmont for defining their own gas drilling rules. 

For Baxter's views on education reform, water conservation and medical marijuana, click here.
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Weekly News Brief: Local Forum Recap

October 5, 2012
Colorado is thick with debates and forums as the 2012 elections approach. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac and Ed Williams hash out the take-aways from two recent local candidate forums.
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Debate Preview

October 3, 2012
On October 3rd, the University of Denver will make history by becoming the first Colorado school to host a presidential debate. The face off between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is expected to attract a massive television audience. DU officials say the excitement on campus is palpable, even if few students will actually get to see the debate in person. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Glenwood Springs Issues and Answers Forum 2012

October 3, 2012
The 26th Annual Issues and Answers Forum tooks place on October 3rd at the Glenwood Springs City Hall. The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association hosted the forum which was co-sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Colorado West Broadcasting (KMTS), Cable Channel 10 and local State Farm Insurance agents Jeff Leonard and Dee McCown.

KDNK broadcasted the forum live, and archive audio is available by clicking here.

Roaring Fork Conservancy Commissioner Candidate Water Forum

Roaring Fork Conservancy Commissioner Candidate Water Forum September 28, 2012
On September 27th, the Roaring Fork Watershed Collaborative and Roaring Fork Conservancy hosted a Candidate Forum on Water for Eagle, Pitkin & Garfield county commissioner candidates at the Third Street Center.

Aspen Public Radio's Carolyne Heldman moderated the forum, which was composed of John Young and Steve Child of Pitkin County; John Martin, Sonja Linman, Aleks Briedis and Mike Samson of Garfield County; and Courtney Holm and Jon Stavney of Eagle County.

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