2016 Election

Lynn Bartels

KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh attended the Colorado County Clerks Association Summer Conference to learn more about the efforts made to maintain the legitimacy of our democratic processes. He spoke with Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and David Becker, author of the 2012 Pew report that President Trump has repeatedly cited to suggest "massive voter fraud" in the United States. The overall emphasis was reassuring the public that county clerks work year-round to assure the integrity of Colorado's voting systems.   

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition. Let’s look at local and statewide election results this morning.

Media Candidate Endorsements Mixed Bag

Nov 4, 2016
Gavin Dahl votes early in Glenwood Springs.

KDNK News Director Gavin Dahl looked at newspaper candidate endorsements from around our region and produced this summary for those of you still deciding how to vote, including clips of KDNK interviews with reporters covering the election.

AH Marsh photo

The KDNK local newscast airs every morning at 6:41 and 7:41.

Election Not Rigged in Garfield County

Nov 3, 2016
Garfield County

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump may have a problem with Colorado's mail-in voting process but he hasn't been to Garfield County. KDNK's News Team visited Garfield County Clerk Jean Alberico less than a week before Election Day to find out about the voting process and get some last minute tips on where to take ballots between now and Tuesday. Click through for voter registration info and where to drop off ballots in Garfield County.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.


For this week’s news brief, KDNK speaks to Denver Post reporter Noelle Phillips about ballot selfies. It’s a misdemeanor offense in Colorado to post a photo of your filled-out ballot on social media, but the ACLU says it should be constitutionally-protected free speech. Phillips has published three stories about ballot selfies, here, here and here.

Carbondale's Arn Menconi is running for U.S. Senate on the Green Party ticket, challenging progressive voters to reject Democrats like Senator Michael Bennet and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He joined news director Gavin Dahl  on Valley Voices for what was intended to be an interview, but became more of an Arn Menconi talk show. Listen in, if you aren't too worried the corporate oligarchs will vanquish you for hearing what he has to say!

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

Gavin Dahl

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

This year’s proposed Amendment 71 - or “Raise the Bar” - asks voters to decide whether making amendments to the state constitution should be more difficult. But, a wide array of groups oppose it, as Kelsey Ray reports for the Colorado Independent, arguing that only those with millions of dollars will have access to the ballot if 71 passes. For this week’s News Brief, Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Kelsey Ray about the amendment, why so many different groups oppose it, while the oil and gas industry supports it, and why it may be raising the bar a little too high. Ray has two articles out about 71, "Diverse coalition unites against Raise the Bar" and "Raise the Bar explained," co-authored by Corey Hutchins.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.
 

Follow highlights of the debate in NPR's updating news story at npr.org.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.


Yesterday on KDNK's local newscast you heard Pitkin County Commissioner candidates Greg Poschman and Scott Writer describe what sets them apart. One issue they agree on is renewing the mill levy that funds the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails program. KDNK news director Gavin Dahl reports.

Pitkin County voters have two choices for County Commissioner District 3, Independent Scott Writer and Democrat Greg Poschman. KDNK’s Gavin Dahl sat down with Scott and Greg separately and produced this comparison of why they say they're running, and what they say sets them apart.  

All around Colorado, county clerks have mailed ballots to voters ahead of Election Day on November 8th. News director Gavin Dahl talked to Colorado Common Cause elections director Elizabeth Steele about everything you need to know to make sure your vote gets counted this year. She also helps run Just Vote Colorado Election Protection.

Ryan Summerlin, GWSPI

Today's show features portions of interviews with Garfield County Commissioner candidates, incumbent Republican John Martin and Democratic challenger John Acha.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

Roaring Fork Conservancy

Roaring Fork Conservancy is one of the largest watershed organizations in Colorado. The 501c3 nonprofit was founded in 1996 so this year is their 20th anniversary. News director Gavin Dahl visited with Watershed Action Director Heather Lewin at their office in Basalt to learn about their 2016 Voters Guide to Water Issues in the Roaring Fork Watershed, now available around the region.

Montana’s Denise Juneau hopes to become the first Native American congresswoman in history this November. High Country News associate editor Tay Wiles has an article about Juneau, called “Not Politics as Usual” in the current issue. For this edition of Sounds of the High Country, Wiles talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about the significance of Juneau’s run.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

Follow highlights of the debate in NPR's updating news story at npr.org.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

Tonight in Aspen at the Limelight Hotel Lounge, Aspen Next Generation Advisory Commission and Aspen Young Professionals host an election event, featuring Pitkin County Commissioner candidates and representatives of local and statewide ballot questions. KDNK’s Gavin Dahl spoke to Skippy Mesirow, chair of Aspen NextGen, to get a feel for the event.  

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

Here is part two of our interview with senate candidate Emily Tracy, focused on education, rural broadband and campaign finance.  Colorado’s General Assembly is made up of 65 House members and 35 Senators. Each state senator represents approximately 123,000 people for a term of four years. Carbondale and all of Garfield County are in Senate District 8, represented by State Senator Randy Baumgardner, a Republican. He is running for reelection but has ignored KDNK’s request for an interview. 

On this year’s ballot, voters in Carbondale, Silt, Parachute and Garfield County will decide whether or not to opt out of restrictions on local government control over high speed Internet. Blake Mobley is IT Director for Rio Blanco County. Blake talks with Matt McBrayer and Gavin Dahl about Rio Blanco’s own ballot initiative, and the county’s decision to invest in infrastructure that is now delivering gigabit fiber to homes and businesses in Rangely and Meeker.


Colorado’s General Assembly is made up of 65 House members and 35 Senators. Each state senator represents approximately 123,000 people for a term of four years. Carbondale and all of Garfield County are in Senate District 8, represented by State Senator Randy Baumgardner, a Republican. He is running for reelection but has ignored KDNK’s request for an interview. Today you’ll hear from his opponent, Democrat Emily Tracy.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

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