Election 2020

Peaceful Protest in Rifle Wednesday

Jan 7, 2021
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As chaos in Washington DC was unfolding Wednesday, citizens gathered in western Garfield County to support the effort by some Republican legislators to block Electoral College results. KDNK's Halle Zander reports from Rifle, Colorado.

Soto Misses Seat on Garco BOCC by 501 Votes

Nov 13, 2020
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Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico released the unofficial final vote tally Friday. Incumbent County Commissioner for District 2 John Martin squeaked by with a 501-vote win, defeating Democratic challenger Beatriz Soto. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reached Soto for her response to the results.

Wolf Reintroduction Passes by Narrow Margin

Nov 11, 2020

Coloradans passed Proposition 114 on November 3, but by only a narrow margin. KDNK's Kathleen Shannon talks to someone on each side of the campaigning efforts about the results and their plans going forward.

Carbondale Celebrates Biden/Harris Victory

Nov 9, 2020
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The announcement of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election has caused many people to take to the streets. Despite the rain in Carbondale, locals came together at 4th and Main for a celebration on Saturday. KDNK's Halle Zander reports.

Republican incumbents are leading in the Garfield County Commissioner Races. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more from the Democratic challengers.

2020 Election Results: Early for Some, Unofficial for All

Nov 4, 2020
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Some races are still too close to call, from the presidential to the Garfield County Commissioner contests. But, here are some early  - and a few final - results from national, regional, state, and local races plus ballot initiatives. 

Updated at 9:15 a.m. on 11/4/2020

Colorado voters rejected a measure that would have prevented women from getting an abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy unless the procedure was needed to save the woman's life.

Proposition 115 failed 59% to 41% with 85% of votes tallied as of Wednesday morning.

As a result, Colorado will remain one of seven states in the country without restrictions on abortions.

Colorado workers who need paid time off to care for a newborn or a sick relative are one step closer to having access to such a benefit after voters passed Proposition 118.

The measure, which was winning 57.09% to 42.91% will create a new statewide leave program allowing all Colorado workers to take up to 12 weeks off for a number of medical reasons while still collecting most of their paycheck.

Starting in 2023, workers and their employers will begin paying premiums each month for the benefit, which won’t start until 2024.

Boosted by the state’s deep disapproval of President Donald Trump, former Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper defeated incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner and flipped a U.S. Senate seat in Colorado.

Hickenlooper, a two-term governor who led the state through floods, wildfires and the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, ran a campaign largely focused on criticizing Gardner for supporting Trump and attempting to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

2020 Election Night Coverage

Nov 3, 2020
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The KDNK News Team with help from The Sopris Sun and Aspen Daily News will provide comprehensive covereage of the 2020 election. Beginning at 6, KDNK hosts a discussion about what's at stake in state and local races. Then, from 7 - 10, you can hear national coverage from DemocracyNow! with local updates.

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About 50 people gathered in front of Shooter’s Grill Monday night to hear 3rd Congressional District candidate Lauren Boebert deliver one final stump speech before the election. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with a few in attendance to get their thoughts on COVID-19, candidates and more.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

The Trump administration delisted gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act across most of the U.S. on October 29 but the species still holds endangered status in Colorado. Prop. 114, a statewide ballot question, asks for a gray wolf reintroduction plan by 2023. KDNK's Kathleen Shannon has more.

Valley Voices: Proposition 117 Debate

Oct 22, 2020

On this edition of Valley Voices... a debate produced as part of Colorado Decides by PBS12, CBS4, and The Colorado Sun. Proposition 117 would establish a requirement of voter approval before the state can collect new enterprise funds of a certain size. Originally aired October 14 on KVNF's Local Motion. It has been edited for Valley Voices, with special thanks to Gavin Dahl.

150 March in Carbondale for Women's Rights and More

Oct 21, 2020
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Carbondale marchers jonied thousands nationwide last weekend to protest the US Supreme Court nominee, promote favorite candidates, and more. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this story.

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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. 

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.

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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.

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Glenwood Springs-based attorney Karl Hanlon is running for Senate District 8 against incumbent Bob Rankin. He spoke with KDNK's Lucas Turner about  climate change, western slope water, healthcare costs and more.

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.