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What's At Stake in Colorado's First Virtual State Assemblies


Because of the coronavirus outbreak, Colorado Democrats and Republicans will log on to their first-ever virtual state assemblies today. KDNK’s Scott Franz has more on what’s at stake.

Three Democrats are trying to earn a spot next to former Governor John Hickenlooper on the June 30th primary ballot for U.S. Senate. To do that, Andrew Romanoff, Stephanie Rose Spaulding and Erik Underwood need to get support from at least thirty percent of assembly delegates.

Romanoff, a former Colorado House Speaker, is the favorite to meet that threshold after he dominated the preference poll in last month’s caucuses. This weekend’s voting will happen online after delegates watch videos from the candidates.

On the Republican side, delegates are deciding whether Senator Cory Gardner should face a primary challenge from Colorado Springs real estate agent Margot Dupre.

Scott Franz is a government watchdog reporter and photographer from Steamboat Springs. He spent the last seven years covering politics and government for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, a daily newspaper in northwest Colorado. His reporting in Steamboat stopped a police station from being built in a city park, saved a historic barn from being destroyed and helped a small town pastor quickly find a kidney donor. His favorite workday in Steamboat was Tuesday, when he could spend many of his mornings skiing untracked powder and his evenings covering city council meetings. Scott received his journalism degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is an outdoorsman who spends at least 20 nights a year in a tent. He spoke his first word, 'outside', as a toddler in Edmonds, Washington. Scott visits the Great Sand Dunes, his favorite Colorado backpacking destination, twice a year. Scott's reporting is part of Capitol Coverage, a collaborative public policy reporting project, providing news and analysis to communities across Colorado for more than a decade. Fifteen public radio stations participate in Capitol Coverage from throughout Colorado.
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