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Colorado’s Gubernatorial Race 2018: The Hot Topics

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The topics that will dominate candidates’ messaging throughout the campaign season.

Growth

It is the best of times…or is it the worst of times? That depends a lot on how you feel about Colorado’s growth. “Normally, the economy would be the highest issue for most voters,” Paul Teske, a dean at CU Denver, says. “There will be a lot of talk about sustaining the boom.” But, adds DU’s Seth Masket: “There are a lot of different areas of the state that are adversely affected by this growth.” Transportation has become a perennial funding battle at the Capitol and could benefit from strong gubernatorial influence (read: political pressure) to make Republicans and Democrats find bipartisan ways forward. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in Colorado is three percent (it was 8.9 percent at the end of 2010), which on its face is great news, but that near-full employment causes woes for companies desperate to fill jobs. Wages—particularly in the metro area—haven’t kept up with cost-of-living expenses, which means that although people are finding work, they may not be able to pay bills. And the biggest expense for many voters is rising housing costs. Mix that all together, and the moment is prime for a gubernatorial candidate to stand out by creating a unique vision for Colorado’s future.

Education

This may seem like a topic that matters most to people who are raising families, but this year, candidates will compel everyone to think about Colorado’s education system (funding here ranks in the bottom third of all states in the country). Which makes sense: Property owners help pay for schools, employers benefit from a well-prepared workforce, and we all want the best for society’s youngsters, right? But how we ensure we have a strong education system is quite a bit more complicated. Magellan Strategies’ David Flaherty says Republican candidates should be talking about education right now and through November. “It’s the one issue we completely give to the Democrats,” Flaherty says. “It’s unfortunate because it’s one of the top two issues for unaffiliated voters.”

Tabor

Conversations about addressing growing pains or giving more money to teachers inevitably evolve into talks about what to do about Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), which limits government spending to match population growth and inflation increases.

Under TABOR, which passed in 1992, leftover revenue is returned to the taxpayers. Proponents herald the limits on government spending; detractors warn that TABOR isn’t robust enough to respond to real-time needs, like shifting populations in schools due to high housing costs.

But Coloradans tend to like the control TABOR gives them: A January 2018 report from the American Politics Research Lab at CU Boulder found that “support among Coloradans outpaces opposition,” with 45 percent of respondents supporting TABOR.

That number has fallen since 2016, and the study notes that more than a quarter of respondents had “uncertainty about a position.” In short, there’s room for candidates to make TABOR the issue of the campaign.

Republican candidates are likely to support working within TABOR’s constraints. Democrats will probably talk more about reform or repeal.

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Americans for Prosperity offer ‘Road to Freedom’ to Colorado lawmakers

Author: Joey Bunch – January 17, 2018 – Updated: 19 hours ago

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You won’t find Bob Hope or Bing Crosby but Americans for Prosperity are urging Colorado lawmakers to take the “Road to Freedom,” the conservative organization’s legislative agenda.

Colorado Politics scored an early review of the AFP’s positions on energy, education, transportation and the  Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.

You can read the document by clicking here.

“We made great strides in 2017 defending TABOR and advancing policies that promote economic freedom,” Jesse Mallory, AFP’s state director and the former Colorado Senate Republicans’ chief of staff, said in a statement.

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A question for my fellow Americans:
Why aren’t you blaming the Democrats?
 
• Democrats run higher education, where costs soar and value plummets. SO WHY AREN’T YOU BLAMING DEMOCRATS?
 
• Democrats run most large cities, where violent crime rates are off the charts. So when young people needlessly die in the streets, WHY AREN’T YOU BLAMING DEMOCRATS?
 
• Democrats took over our healthcare system, resulting in skyrocketing premiums and deductibles, with far fewer choices. SO WHY AREN’T YOU BLAMING DEMOCRATS?
 
• More people are being killed in the name of one religion than all other religions on the planet combined, but Democrats attack anyone calling on that religion to clean up its act. So every time people are killed in the name of that religion, WHY AREN’T YOU BLAMING DEMOCRATS?
 
• Democrats demand higher minimum wages, thus lowering youth employment and increasing automation. So every time you see a touch screen instead of an employee, WHY AREN’T YOU BLAMING DEMOCRATS?
 
• Democrats run green energy, which costs thousands of percent more in tax subsidies to produce the same amount of energy. So when money is missing for roads or bridges or children or veterans, WHY AREN’T YOU BLAMING DEMOCRATS?
 
• Democrats run Hollywood, so when ticket prices rise for one-sided sermons masquerading as movies, WHY AREN’T YOU BLAMING DEMOCRATS?
 
I could go on, but my point is simple: Whatever Democrats run inevitably makes lives worse. Violence increases. Prices soar. Racism deepens. Choices drop. Safety falls. Decency evaporates. Hate rages on campuses. Free speech is bullied.
 
So, my fellow Americans, why—oh why—AREN’T YOU BLAMING DEMOCRATS????

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Election 2016: Bennet-Glenn Senate debate reveals similarities, stark differences on business issues (Video)


Colorado’s U.S. Senate candidates Michael Bennet and Darryl Glenn agreed on several issues in a televised debate late Tuesday, from their opposition to local bans on fracking to their objection to raising the federal gas tax.

But the candidates disagreed on more — including health care, energy regulations and the ways to create jobs — during their second debate of the campaign season so far.

At the KUSA-9News debate at the History Colorado Center, Democratic incumbent Bennet and Republican challenger Glenn spent significant time attacking presidential candidates and disagreeing on foreign-relations matters, particularly Bennet’s support for the Iran nuclear deal.

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The Reagan Club meets on the first Thursday of every month at The Amazing Grace Community Church ( 541 E 99th Pl, Thornton, CO, 80229) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. with doors open at 6:00 p.m.. We feature different programs and speakers as we honor the 40th President. The Reagan Club of Colorado seeks to promote the Constitution, smaller government, lower taxes, personal freedom, helping candidates, and educating the public about one of our greatest presidents, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

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