Defense of New Era

Only 43.61 percent of active voters in Boulder cast ballots this year, according to the Boulder County clerk. That is even lower than the 44.9 percent turnout in 2015. Rather than be up in arms about these abysmally low turnout numbers, citizen ire has turned to the get-out-the-vote efforts of New Era Colorado. Boulder resident Patrick Murphy has lodged a complaint with the Boulder District Attorney’s Office claiming New Era …

Open Primary

Proposition 108 was passed by voters in 2016. It allows unaffiliated voters to vote in primary elections. It seems like a good measure for Colorado. Over a third of registered voters have chosen not to affiliate with any party. 1.2 million Coloradans have had no say over which candidates appear on the ballot in the general election until this year. Many of these unaffiliated voters are 18 to 30 years old, …

Elections and Democracy

County Commissioner Deb Gardner said this about Paul Danish’s entrance into the race: “I think it will be a good conversation…there will be differences between the two of us…A choice is good for democracy.” I wholeheartedly agree with her. They will debate issues like fracking, GMO crops on open space, growth and density, and the county’s role in affordable housing, to name a few. Both candidates are smart and thoughtful. …

2014 Election Results

The Republicans’ strategy of portraying President Obama and the Democrats as not just unpopular, but downright terrifying, was very effective. Political advertising reached an all-time low with regard to false and misleading scare tactics. Ebola and ISIS were seen streaming across the Rio Grande River with the help of Mexican coyotes, all hell-bound to kill us in our beds. In Colorado, Nathan Dunlap was at the prison gate ready to spring …