2020 election

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After defeating 5-term incumbent Scott Tipton in the Republican primary election earlier this year, Rifle resident and restaurant owner Lauren Boebert is now contending in the general election against Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush. Lauren recently spoke with KDNK's Lucas Turner about some of her priorities if elected to represent Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.

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Chris Council is running for Pitkin County Commisioner, District 4, as an independent. He spoke to KDNK's Corby Anderson about why he's running and his view of county issues.

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Capitol Creek rancher Steve Child is running for a 3rd and final term, due to term limits, as Pitkin County Commissioner for District 4. He spoke with KDNK’s Corby Anderson about the issues and why holding a political office is important to him.

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Basalt resident Jeffrey Evans is challenging Francie Jacober for the Pitkin County District 5 Commissioner’s seat this November. He spoke with KDNK’s Corby Anderson about why he’s running and some of the issues he’d like to work on.

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Longtime Roaring Fork Valley resident Francie Jacober faces Jeffrey Evans of Basalt for the Pitkin County District 5 Commissioner’s seat this November. She spoke with KDNK’s Corby Anderson about why she’s running and how her take on the issues has changed.

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Incumbent Pitkin County Commissioner Greg Poschman is running unopposed this election. He spoke with  KDNK's Corby Anderson about the issues and why he originally ran for County Commissioner.

Giuliana Day says the 22nd week of a woman’s pregnancy is an important milestone.

“That is over five months into the pregnancy when a baby is fully formed and is a fully alive human being, and we treat them like a human being,” Day said.

It’s also when Day says a fetus can survive outside the womb. Its why she says she is leading an effort to stop abortions after this phase unless the mother’s life is at risk because of her pregnancy. Day’s effort to get Proposition 115 on the ballot was boosted by several Catholic churches, which helped circulate petitions.

Garco Commission Race Talks Planned Parenthood

Oct 9, 2020
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KDNK's Before the Ballot forum on Thursday, Oct. 8, featuring the Garfield County Commissioners race, included audience questions. One was directed to incumbents John Martin and Mike Samson about why the Board cut funding to Planned Parenthood in 2015. Here's that segment, including remarks from Democratic challengers Leslie Robinson and Beatriz Soto. 

Mountain Voices Project hosts an accountability session with Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin county commissioner candidates on Tuesday, October 13, at 6:30 PM. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh spoke with English in Action Executive Director Lara Beaulieu about this bilingual, virtual event. Click on the headline to find registration information.

State House District 57 Race Live at 5 Tonight

Oct 9, 2020
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Join us for the third "Before the Ballot" forum tonight from 5 - 7, featuring the state House District 57 race. Republican incumbent Perry Will faces Democratic challenger Colin Wilhelm. You can join via Facebook, stream from our website, or tune in to KDNK. We will also provide simultaneous Spanish interpretation.  You can submit questions by calling 970.963.0139 or write them in the Facebook comment section during the livestream.

Mike Samson

Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson has lived in Rifle for most of his life and worked for the RE-2 School District for 20 years. KDNK spoke with Samson about running for his fourth term. Tune in tomorrow for an interview with Commissioner Samson's challenger Leslie Robinson.

John Martin

First elected in 1996, Garfield County Commissioner and Chairman John Martin is running for his 7th term. KDNK spoke with John Martin about how he got started, what he's proud to have accomplished, and what his priorities are for Garfield County going into 2021. Stay tuned for interviews with his challengers Beatriz Soto and Brian Bark, as well as District 3 candidates Mike Samson and Leslie Robinson.

Garco Commissioner Race Live Tonight on KDNK

Oct 8, 2020
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Join us for the second "Before the Ballot" forum tonight from 5 - 7, featuring the Garfield County Commissioner race. Click on the headline to find links and more information.

Democrats at the state Capitol have tried for several years to create a paid family and medical leave program, but concerns from small businesses and Gov. Jared Polis have kept it from becoming law.

Now the political battle is moving from the state Capitol to the ballot box, where voters will have the final say.

Kris Garcia, who has spent more than a decade advocating for stronger paid leave benefits, is attending virtual rallies and sharing his story about what life is like without family and medical leave programs.

Rankin, Hanlon on Lauren Boebert and Real Politics

Oct 6, 2020
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During Monday night’s candidate forum on KDNK, featuring Bob Rankin, incumbent Republican Senator for District 8, and Democratic challenger Karl Hanlon, a question from the audience took both men by surprise. But, their responses revealed a deeper sense of what political office is all about.

Former Routt County Commissioner and Representative for Colorado's 26th House District Diane Mitsch Bush is running for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. She spoke to KDNK's Lucas Turner about legislative priorities including protecting public lands, lowering healthcare costs, creating new jobs and more.

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Colorado State Senator Bob Rankin is running for re-election to Senate District 8 this election. He spoke with KDNK's Lucas Turner about economic recovery, rural school funding, healthcare costs and more.

Garfield County ballots for the November general election go in the mail Friday, October 9. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh recently spoke with county Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico about how national U.S. Postal Service concerns could impact the county.

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Glenwood Springs based attorney Karl Hanlon is running for Senate District 8 against Bob Rankin this election. He spoke with KDNK's Lucas Turner about issues like climate change, economic development and recovery, western slope water, healthcare costs and more.

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Every election is a challenge for blind, vision-impaired, and disabled voters to keep their voting preferences confidential. The Tactile Traveler’s Nick Isenberg spoke with Curtis Chong, voting rights spokesperson for the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado, to find out how this is changing in 2020.

Garfield County Votes Part 1: Jean Alberico on Ballots

Sep 28, 2020
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Garfield County ballots for the November general election go in the mail Friday, October 9. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with county Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico about how she and her staff plan to weather what could be an extraordinary event. Here’s a clip from that interview...about ballots.

Leslie Robinson

Grand Valley Citizens Alliance chair Leslie Robinson is running for Garfield County Commission's District 3 seat. She spoke with KDNK about her vision for the county's future.

Dan Thompson says he has seen wolves at their best, and their worst.

As the big carnivore supervisor for Wyoming Fish and Game, Thompson has gotten to step within a few feet of a wolf after biologists prepared to tranquilize the animal in a trap.

“Just to see that yellow in the eyes and that little bark and howl, I mean, it kind of penetrates your soul quite honestly,” Thompson said last month from his home in Lander, Wyoming.

But on the flip side, Thompson says he has seen a more unflattering side of wolves.

Glenwood Springs Lawyer Colin Wilhelm is running for House District 57 as a Democrat this election. He spoke to KDNK's Lucas Turner about economic recovery after COVID-19, energy, water issues and more.

State Rep. Jeni Arndt joined a very exclusive club in the world of Colorado politics last year when one of her bills became so controversial, it triggered the first statewide referendum since 1932.

“I got a lot of feedback (on the bill) … some death threats,” Arndt said of her bill to put Colorado in the National Popular Vote Compact, a growing group of states that want to award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who gets the most votes nationwide.

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Representative Perry Will is running as the Republican incumbent for Colorado House District 57 this election. He spoke to KDNK's Lucas Turner about healthcare, economic development, energy, water issues and more. 

Bennet and Hickenlooper Stump for CORE Act in Carbondale

Sep 10, 2020
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Democratic US Senator Michael Bennet and former Colorado Governor and Democratic Senate candidate John Hickenlooper were in Carbondale recently and made a windy whistle stop at Bill Fales’ ranch along Highway 133. In this clip, they respond to press questions about the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act.

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said Monday he is considering taking legal action against the Trump administration to prevent cuts to the U.S. Postal Service that might threaten mail-in voting in November.

Weiser’s threat comes days after Trump said he opposed providing billions of dollars of emergency funding to the USPS during the pandemic because he does not want the money to be used to expand voting by mail.

Some top Democrats in Colorado, including Secretary of State Jena Griswold, are accusing Trump of trying to suppress voters by opposing the extra funding.

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Democrat Katrina Byars has stepped down as candidate for Garfield County Commissioner District 2. KDNK's Lucas Turner has more.

Colorado Primary 2020: Unofficial Results

Jul 1, 2020
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Tuesday’s primary election in Colorado ended with some expected and some surprising results. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports. Click the headline for all primary results.