Fri October 24, 2014

In GOP Friendly Weld, Both Sides Working To Turn Out The Latino Vote

Cinthia Nevarez Ruiz (left) and Monica Martinez (right) canvas for Mi Familia Vota on the eastern edge of Greeley.
Grace Hood KUNC

In 2012, more than half of Colorado Latinos registered to vote, and 90 percent actually cast a ballot, according to data analyzed by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News. That makes this group highly sought after in several too-close-to-call 2014 political races.

Nowhere is this quest for turnout more evident than in Weld County, where an estimated 28 percent of the population identifies as Latino. While the county is solidly Republican, Latino voters sided heavily with the Democrats in 2012.

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Thu October 23, 2014


Thu October 23, 2014

Will Colorado's Growing Latino Vote Turn Out For The Midterms?

Two volunteers at a Senator Mark Udall field office in heavily Latino Adams County. They were there to help rally the Latino vote and knock on doors.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Latinos make up about twenty percent of Colorado's population and continue to be a highly courted voting bloc. It's a group that more frequently votes for Democrats, but Latinos also turn out less often in midterm elections like 2014.

Republicans have long been trying to make inroads with Latino voters – especially in competitive states like Colorado – where a small number of votes could swing key races for the U.S. Senate and Governor.

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Thu October 23, 2014
Arts District

Dance Company Wants 'Edge' To Move Conversations About Race

Members of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance in performance.
Courtesy Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Cleo Parker Robinson believes society is flanking a pivotal moment in race relations. The artistic director of one of Denver's most venerated dance companies said it is time to choose what happens beyond that brink.

"I have a tremendous excitement inside that says we're a part of something on the edge," Parker Robinson said during a rehearsal break. "That can be tilted either way. And I'm about being ready to tilt it in a way of upward movement."

That ascent takes the form of an evening of works titled On the Edge, three dances that commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement.

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Wed October 22, 2014

Colorado Ahead Of Neighbors In New Energy Efficiency Rankings

The ACEEE report ranked 50 states and the District of Columbia on their energy efficiency efforts.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

In terms of energy efficiency, Colorado is doing better than its neighbors.

That's according to a new report out by the energy policy nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The annual report ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on their energy efficiency policies and efforts. Colorado ranks 13, with Massachusetts leading the pack and North Dakota coming in last.

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