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Democratic wins could mean state action on health care, guns

November 11, 2018 — From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put

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Final Garfield County tallies confirm wins for Jankovsky, Alberico

November 8, 2018 — Final ballot counting Wednesday in the Garfield County coordinated election confirmed wins for two incumbent county officials. Republican Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky held his 52 percent to 48 percent edge over Democractic challenger Paula Stepp as the last 3,520 ballots were tallied in the

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Judge retention questions on ballot to get simplified

November 7, 2018 — Citizens of Colorado will find a different format for judge retention questions in future elections thanks to voters' approval of Amendment W in this year's election. Amendment W, a 2018 ballot measure that seeks to change the format of judge retention questions in future elections,

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Definition of industrial hemp to be removed from state constitution

November 7, 2018 — Colorado's voters spoke Tuesday regarding the state's official definition of industrial hemp, voting in support of a proposed state constitutional amendment on the issue. Statewide and locally in Garfield County, 61 percent of voters were in favor of Amendment X and 39 percent were against

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Colorado moves left, electing 1st openly gay governor in US

November 7, 2018 — DENVER (AP) — Generating its own “blue wave,” Colorado moved markedly left in the midterm elections, choosing the nation’s first openly gay governor, ousting a five-term GOP congressman and capturing key state offices held by Republicans. Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis handily defeated Republican state

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Colorado voters soundly reject proposal to equalize candidate spending

November 7, 2018 — Colorado voters appeared to overwhelmingly reject a constitutional amendment that could help those running against wealthy candidates. In statewide results late Tuesday, Amendment 75 was being soundly defeated by a 66 percent to 34 percent margin. Garfield County voters were rejecting the measure 68 percent

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Colorado voters reject takings measure Amendment 74

November 7, 2018 — Colorado voters on Tuesday turned back proposed Constitutional Amendment 74, a measure that would have changed Article II, Section 15, of the Colorado Constitution to read, "Private property shall not be taken or damaged, or reduced in fair market value by government law or regulation

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Dem Rep. Jared Polis wins Colorado governor’s race

November 7, 2018 — DENVER — Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis on Tuesday defeated Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton in the Colorado governor's race, keeping the seat in Democratic hands. Polis will succeed the term-limited John Hickenlooper to become Colorado's first openly gay governor. The 43-year-old is a five-term

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All Roaring Fork Valley area judges retained by voters

November 7, 2018 — Every judge on the 2018 local midterm ballot will remain in office. Ninth Judicial Court judges James Berkley Boyd, Anne K. Norrdin and Christopher G. Seldin were all retained by large margins. Pitkin County Court Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely was retained by a 90 percent vote

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Alberico retains Garfield County Clerk’s Office over McLean

November 6, 2018 — UPDATE: With the last Garfield County ballots counted as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, incumbent Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico held a 55 percent to 45 percent edge over challenger Bonnie McLean. The final, unofficial tally had Alberico, a Democrat, with 12,871 votes to

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Jankovsky declared winner in tight Garfield County commissioner race

November 6, 2018 — UPDATE: With the final set of ballots tallied as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, incumbent Republican Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky held his 52 percent to 48 percent edge over Democractic challenger Paula Stepp in the race for the District 1 seat. The final, unofficial tally was

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Garfield County votes to let library keep tax revenue

November 6, 2018 — Garfield County voters approved a measure that will allow the library district to keep all tax revenue it collects rather than refunding it in certain years as required by state laws. Ballot Question 6A gained more than 70 percent support in early results for the

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Not a setback: Prop 112 failure still leaves local citizen groups encouraged

November 6, 2018 — (Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional reaction from Garfield County and state elected officials.) Seeking to establish new setback restrictions between oil and gas operations and homes, Proposition 112 was shot down by Colorado voters on Tuesday as oil and gas facility

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Rankin defeats Wilhelm for Colorado House District 57

November 6, 2018 — Incumbent Republican Rep. Bob Rankin defeated Democratic challenger Colin Wilhelm Tuesday in a midterm race to the represent district 57 in the state House of Representatives. Rankin, who ran unopposed in 2016, received more than 60 percent of the vote for the district, which includes

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Garfield Re-2 gets funding for teacher pay but not new classrooms

November 6, 2018 — Seeking to establish a higher and more competitive pay schedule for teachers and other staff, as well as eight new elementary classrooms, the Garfield Re-2 School District posed two questions to voters this November, one a mill levy, the other a bond. While the mill

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Tipton defeats Mitsch Bush in 3rd Congressional District race

November 6, 2018 — Incumbent U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, held a 10-point lead over former state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, with the majority of precincts reporting in his bid for a fifth term representing Colorado's sprawling 3rd Congressional District, and that was enough for the Associated Press

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Colorado Mountain College wins tax revenue proposal

November 6, 2018 — Western Colorado voters approved Colorado Mountain College’s bid to adjust property tax rates during lean budget years in a ballot initiative Tuesday. Early results for the college's district – which includes Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, Lake, Routt and Summit counties – showed the measure winning with

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Carbondale fire wins property tax, bond authority

November 6, 2018 — Voters across three counties approved a property tax increase and bonding authority for the Carbondale Rural Fire Protection District Tuesday. The district spans parts of Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties, and all three voted overwhelmingly in favor of the funding increase. In early results, both

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Voters remove slavery exemption from state Constitution

November 6, 2018 — Slavery is officially prohibited under all circumstances after voters approved a ballot measure to remove the exception to allow slavery or indentured servitude in the case of punishment for a crime. The majority of voters, 66 percent, voted to remove the exemption from the Colorado

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Vallario reelected to 5th term as Garfield County sheriff over write-in

November 6, 2018 — Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario was headed for reelection in a landslide victory over write-in challenger Paramroop Khalsa Tuesday night. The incumbent Republican garnered over 95 percent of the vote. "First, I'd like to thank the residents of Garfield County for having the confidence in

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