POLITICS 06/25/2018 06:01 am ET Unions are hoping momentum from successful teacher walkouts can lead to midterm victories. By Kevin Robillard LAKEWOOD, Colo. ― The volunteer for Rep. Jared Polis’ campaign was worried. Polis, the front-runner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Colorado, was kicking off a canvass for his campaign earlier this month in this Denver suburb. He had rallied about 20 volunteers in a strip mall office, and opened it up for questions. The first question came from a woman who had received mailers from Teachers for Kennedy, a group supporting his main competition in the primary, former state treasurer and Denver Chief Financial Officer Cary Kennedy. The committee, funded by more than $1 million in donations from teachers unions, attacked Polis, who made a fortune as an internet entrepreneur and founded charter schools targeted at immigrant and homeless youth, claiming he flip-flopped on his support of vouchers for … [Read more...] about An Attack From Teachers Unions Has The Colorado Governor’s Race All Shook Up
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POLITICS 05/03/2018 06:01 am ET Democrats need to refocus on the economic and health care challenges their voters face, the pollster said. By Kevin Robillard A top Democratic pollster is warning his party’s candidates not to buy into the GOP’s rosy messaging on the economy and tax cuts, arguing they need to spotlight the economic headwinds and rising health care costs their base voters still face heading into the midterm elections. The advice stems from new polling provided exclusively to HuffPost from Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, Greenberg Research, and Democracy Corps. The polls, conducted by phone and web panel, surveyed more than 3,000 registered voters in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin – all states with contested governor and/or Senate races, as well as competitive House contests. “Democrats must not be distracted by the macro-economic … [Read more...] about Democratic Midterm Momentum Has ‘Stalled,’ Top Party Pollster Warns
On its face, getting on the ballot in Colorado by petition should be easy. All that statewide Democratic and Republican candidates have to do is gather 10,500 signatures from members of their own party — 1,500 from each of the state’s seven congressional districts. To put that in perspective, there were more than 1 million registered members in each party as of April 1. But the reality is much different. The process has been dogged by controversy the last two election cycles, from a forgery conviction in 2016 to the submission of fraudulent petitions this year by gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton. And the Colorado Supreme Court is deciding whether to hear a lawsuit that alleges six-term U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn broke the rules to qualify in his re-election bid. The situation has some campaign operatives questioning whether Colorado should do away with the petition process altogether. Even those who see its utility acknowledge some of its shortcomings — as … [Read more...] about Fraud and forgery have marred the way some Colorado candidates get on the ballot — is it time for a change?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Supported by ByMaggie Astor Nov. 2, 2018 EMMETT, Idaho — This state is indisputably Trump country, what with the president’s 32-point victory margin in 2016 and the Republican state leadership and congressional delegation. Still, in storefront windows like at the Possumtrot Traders pawnshop in this deeply conservative town of 6,800, you see it: a large Paulette Jordan sign displayed next to a Trump sign. Ms. Jordan is the Democratic nominee for governor in Idaho. But Tuesday’s election, which she is not likely to win, is not the only reason she is interesting. She also represents a fresh attempt by Democrats in the frontier West to find a brand of politician who can help keep the party credible and energized, instead of an endangered species. In other governor’s races in the region, Democrats are running a … [Read more...] about Idaho Isn’t Turning Blue, but One Democrat Is Turning Heads