Politics

8:53am

Tue September 30, 2014
Politics

Colorado GMO Labeling Opponents Draw Millions In Donations

This sugar beet, plucked from a field in rural Weld County, Colo., has been genetically modified to withstand herbicide applications. The sugar derived from this beet would be subject to Proposition 105 if it passes.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Each campaign finance filing in the fight over whether some foods in Colorado should sport a label about genetically modified ingredients shows an increasingly lopsided race. In a two week period in September the committee working to get the measure passed raised about $120,000. Those opposed raised $8.1 million.

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8:36am

Mon September 29, 2014
Politics

In Colorado's Close Senate Race, Ad Funders Pay To Win, Not Push Policy

Udall - U.S. Senate | Gardner - U.S. House

Energy is a key political issue in the state of Colorado, although the campaign ads overwhelming the airwaves right now often gloss over the topic – even if energy interests are behind the ads.

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6:27am

Fri September 26, 2014
Politics

Despite A Bumpy Tenure, Holder Had A Broad Impact

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

Eric Holder's arrival in early February 2009 had all the hallmarks of a homecoming. Justice Department employees fatigued by scandals in President Bush's second term greeted Holder with sustained applause.

The Senate was receptive too, confirming him on a 75-21 vote and officially making him the first African-American attorney general in U.S. history.

But soon after he took the helm at Justice, Holder ran into headwinds — at times generated by his own words.

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5:00am

Tue September 23, 2014
Politics

In Colorado's Tight Senate Contest, A Race To Court Women Voters

Kathy Holderith making calls at a GOP field office in Lakewood, Colo. Jefferson County is considered a key swing area in the close U.S. Senate race.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Colorado's U.S. Senate race is a considered by many to be a tossup. Incumbent Senator Mark Udall and Republican Congressman Cory Gardner are trying to win over as many key voting blocs as they can before Election Day – and that includes women.

In the previous close Senate contest between appointed Democratic Senator Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck, women played a critical role. During the waning days of that 2010 race, Bennet focused his attention on the female vote – and narrowly won. With women making up 51.4 percent of all registered voters in Colorado this election, it's a scenario Democrats are hoping to repeat.

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8:45am

Sat September 20, 2014
Politics

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go To The Border To Court Voters

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 4:21 pm

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis shakes hands with state Attorney General Greg Abbott after their debate in the Rio Grande Valley on Friday.
Gabe Hernandez AP

The candidates running for Texas governor, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis, held their first televised debate on Friday in heavily Hispanic South Texas, in the border county of Hidalgo in the Rio Grande Valley.

The county is 90 percent Hispanic. It was the first gubernatorial debate on the border since 1998.

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the fast-growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and many Republicans believe their survival lies in recruiting Hispanic supporters.

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