2018 Election

Women, Unaffilateds Top Colorado Voters in 2018

Nov 28, 2018

HOST INTRO: Colorado is second in the nation for voter turnout this year. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

By many accounts, Colorado experienced the "blue wave" political experts were predicting during last week's election. For the first time since 1936, Democrats will control both chambers of the Statehouse and every major state office.

But each side has a different take on what one-party control will mean for the state.

The Sopris Sun

This week on Everything Under the Sun, Carbondale Fire Chief Rob Goodwin and Carbondale Library Branch Manager Lacy Dunlavy talk about the success of local ballot initiatives to help fund their respective organizations. Plus, Sopris Sun Editor Will Grandbois shares what he learned about the Spanish Flu of 1918.

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Colorado District 57 Representative Bob Rankin has been re-elected. KDNK spoke with him during last night’s live election coverage.

Democrat Jared Polis is the governor-elect. In the 6th Congressional District, Jason Crow takes the win, unseating five-time incumbent Republican Mike Coffman.

Ballot measures were met with mixed support: Transportation measures 109 and 110, along with oil and gas well setback measure Proposition 112 failed, while amendments Y and Z, which address partisan gerrymandering, passed.

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He owns a small business that does contract work for some of Colorado’s largest oil and gas companies. She runs a marketing firm from home and lives within a half-mile of three well pads.

She’s voting yes on Proposition 112. He’s voting no.



Crystal Mariscal, KDNK’s Spanish News Host, spoke with Colorado House District 57 candidates Bob Rankin and Colin Wilhelm while attending a forum presented by The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association in October.

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Con una población de el 30% de latinos en el condado de Garfield, queremos saber cuáles son los planes del representante Bob Rankin, republicano, que busca su reelección.

Wyatt Orme de Aspen Public Radio habló con Pula Stepp y Tom Jankovsky y aquí una pregunta sobre la comunidad latina.

Colorado Mountain College

CMC Community Stories hosts Seth Goddard and Frank Martin interview Matt Gianneschi, chief operating officer and chief of staff at Colorado Mountain College, about his work and Ballot Issue 7D. Also, Rachel Pokrandt, vice president and campus dean for CMC Leadville, gives news from the mountain tops.

The candidates for state treasurer have largely stayed clear of the spotlight this election season. Colorado’s current treasurer, Republican Walker Stapleton, is term-limited and running for governor.

Democrat Dave Young is a state representative from Greeley and former math teacher. Republican Brian Watson is a real estate investor with no political experience.

The Sopris Sun

Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois is joined by freelancer Hayden Gamble to talk about her recent stories and the latest issue.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders fired up a crowd of Colorado State University students Wednesday night with calls for Medicare for all and free tuition at public universities.

Sanders traveled to Fort Collins to stump with gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis and other Democrats seeking higher office.


The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District is asking voters to consider two ballot questions this election: 7B would increase the Operating Mill Levy and 7C would allow the District to bond $7.5 million for apparatus, buildings and equipment. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke to Former Fire Chief Ron Leach for historical perspective. Master Plan details are available here.

A new poll from the University of Colorado reveals what voters think of new oil and gas setbacks, a tax increase for education and their choices for governor.

Roaring Fork Schools

The Roaring Fork School District Board of Education passed a resolution in support of Amendment 73 which would raise an estimated $1.6 billion annually for Colorado schools through a tax increase on corporations and individuals and families earning over $150,000 a year. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Superintendent Rob Stein to learn more.

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Statewide Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. Here is the 2018 State Ballot Information Booklet.

El Día de la Elección Estatal es el martes, 6 de noviembre. Aquí está el Folleto de Información de Balota Estatal 2018 en español.

In 2002, voters in Colorado supported sweeping changes to state campaign finance laws. The goal was to rein in the influence of money in elections. The law contained a strong preamble about how large campaign contributions could corrupt politics and give special interests, corporations and the rich disproportionate influence.

Then along came the millionaires running for governor, spending millions of their own dollars on their own campaigns.

Stop Predatory Payday Loans

Payday lenders can currently charge an interest rate of 45 percent plus fees. As KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports, Proposition 111 seeks to change that.

Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton squared off Friday morning inside of a barn in Kersey, just east of Greeley. The debate venue was so rustic, the tables in the barn were all equipped with fly swatters.

Here are three things that stuck with us after the debate.

The state's gubernatorial race grew a bit more heated Wednesday night on a debate stage at Colorado State University.

Republican candidate Walker Stapleton ignored the moderators' questions about statewide issues late in the debate as he repeatedly criticized Democrat Jared Polis for an incident that occurred nearly 20 years ago.

Proposition 112 Pros, Cons from County Energy Board Forum

Oct 17, 2018
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Here, you can listen to the entire presentation of the pros and cons of Proposition 112, including Q & A, from the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board's Oil and Gas Ballot Issue Forum on October 4, 2018. Heidi Henkel of Colorado Rising, is the proponent. Simon Lomax of Vital for Colorado opposes.

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Proposition 112 asks Colorado voters to approve a 2500-foot setback for oil and natural gas drilling in the state. The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board recently featured a forum about the issue. Here, Heidi Henkel of Colorado Rising and Simon Lomax of Vital for Colorado discuss the pros and cons of the measure, which have been edited for time. KMTS News Director Ron Millhorn moderates. Click here to listen to all of the remarks by Henkel and Lomax, including Q & A. Click here for the 2018 Colorado Ballot Information Booklet (the Blue Book) in English.


On October 10, while passing through Carbondale, 3rd Congressional District candidate Diane Mitsch Bush stopped by KDNK for an interview with news director Raleigh Burleigh.

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Garfield County voters will be asked in November to approve Ballot Measure 6A, allowing the Library District to keep sales tax revenue. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found out that the measure is directly related to the Colorado Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights. Click here for the full list and text of local TABOR ballot issues, including pros and cons.

Garfield County

Tom Jankovsky, quien está corriendo para mantener su puesto como comisionado en el Condado de Garfield, nos comparte su respuesta sobre si estaría a favor de que el Condado de Garfield fuera un condado sanctuario.