Election 2016

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The bell signals the start of second period. A trio of young women take seats in English class, their attention quickly drifting outside the walls of the high school in Fort Morgan, Colorado, eager to talk about what they’re working toward.

“I want to become an FBI [agent],” says freshman Mariam Mohammed. “It’s my dream.”

On her left, her sister, Mutaas Mohammed, with a clay-colored hijab wrapped around her face and dark purple lipstick, says she wants to study fashion design. The girls’ friend, Isra Mohamud, a senior this year, chimes in: She’s looking at a nursing program at the local community college.

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Jan. 20 marks the beginning of Donald Trump's administration as the 45th President of the United States. NPR will be conducting live footnoting during the event, as well as adding additional context and analysis. 

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Several hundred people descended on Colorado’s state capitol on Monday to protest the Electoral College process and watch the state’s nine electors’ vote. One elector was replaced after he failed to vote for Hillary Clinton. He could face up to one year in jail or a $1,000 fine.

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Two members of Colorado’s Electoral College filed a lawsuit (PDF) in federal court on Dec. 6 in an effort to unseat President-elect Donald Trump. The suit challenges laws that require Electoral College members in 29 states to vote for candidates that won the popular vote in their states.  

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The Great Recession decimated the American economy more than eight years ago. And while many of America’s cities have crawled back to modest economic prosperity, the rural economy has stagnated, displaying few bright spots in employment and poverty rates.

In short: rural parts of the country are still struggling.

Rural America at a Glance 2016, an annual report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture,  underlines the economic distress many rural residents, and voters, have felt since the Great Recession. It also reiterates the idea that increased rural turnout for Donald Trump tipped the scales in the 2016 presidential election. 

Bente Birkeland / Capitol Coverage

Nationally, the election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president has many wondering about what comes next. In Colorado, the balance of power remains the same. State lawmakers are moving forward with their November calendar - mapping out their priorities for the upcoming legislative session - while trying to figure out what the new congress and administration will mean for state policies.

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Democrats have a chance to gain control of Colorado’s Board of Education, which oversees public schools. As of late Monday, Democrat Rebecca McClellan holds a 1,125-vote lead over incumbent Republican Debora Scheffel in the race for the 6th Congressional District seat.


The district is split roughly equally between independent, Democratic and Republican voters. McClellan, a former Centennial City Council member and small business owner, expected a tight race.


Yes on T: Colorado

A measure to eliminate the vestiges of slavery from Colorado’s Constitution was expected to pass easily during Tuesday’s election. All 100 members of the state legislature supported the idea. Religious leaders across the spectrum endorsed it. Labor unions, human rights advocates and community groups all rallied, saying it was time to take a provision that allows for slavery out of the constitution.

Greeley-Evans School District 6

School districts along Colorado’s Front Range told voters they needed money for a long list of improvements -- everything from tightening security to building new classrooms. The results were mixed, with some districts getting what they asked for and others forced to dig deeper into their budgets, doing more with less.

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On Nov. 8, voters in Larimer County defeated Initiative 200, which sought to create a Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. However, in Denver, the renewal of their SCFD passed by a wide margin.

Organizers of the failed Initiative 200 in Larimer County vowed to try again in the future.

“I think that it took Denver either two or three times on the ballot to actually pass,” Yes On 200 Campaign Manager Kelly Giddens said.