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Election 2012: Obama wins

President Barack Obama.

Colorado stays blue; votes to approve marijuana

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — In a race that wasn’t nearly as close as Republican pundits wanted it to be, Barack Obama won a second term to the White House by hanging on to Ohio, a white, working-class state that was crucial to Mitt Romney’s hopes for pulling off a GOP upset.

Obama was also leading by a razor-thin margin in Florida when major networks called the presidential election for the Democrat from Illinois.

The Democrats won by maintaining their margin of victory in traditional strongholds in the Northeast, the Midwest and along the West Coast, with a wide swath in the middle of the country remaining red, showing the deep ideological gulf between coastal urban areas and the country’s heartland.

In Colorado, voters approved Amendment 64, which legalizes possession and use of marijuana. Gov. Hickenlooper said the state will respect the will of the voters.

“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly,” he said in a press release.

Mitt Romney conceded the election at about 11 p.m.

“This is a time of great challenges for America, I hope the president will be successful in leading our nation,” Romney said, thanking his family and his running mate, Paul Ryan.

“At a time like this we can’t risk bickering and political posturing,” he continued, calling on both parties to work together to tackle critical issues.

 

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Summit County Dems rally to mark start of early voting

Summit County Democrats look to boost turnout, early voting.

Big Summit turnout needed to win state races

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — With absentee ballots going out Monday, Summit County Democrats are starting their final run-up to the election Sunday afternoon rally at party headquarters in Silverthorne (Summit Place shopping center, next to the Smiling Moose Deli).

State Rep. Millie Hamner and Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio are both confirmed for the event, and several other local candidates may also speak at the rally.

“We’re hoping to use this as a kick-off for our get out the vote efforts,” said Matt Inzeo, communications director for the Colorado Democratic Party.

Summit County has long been a left-leaning stronghold, but state redistricting has made the county more important for candidates like Emily Tracy, facing conservative Republican Randy Baumgardner in a district that includes rural ranching communities.

In 2008, Obama won 67 percent of the vote in Summit County, even though more than a third of registered voters identify themselves as Independents. A big turnout could help those Democratic candidates farther down the ticket, said local activist Sandy Briggs.

“There’s no question Summit will go for Obama. It’s just a question if he can match that 67 percent he got last time,” Briggs said, adding that there’s a lot at stake for Summit County residents.

A Romney administration would favor more commercial development on the county’s cherished public lands, and could reverse the progress made on increasing production of renewable energy — another issue that’s important to high country residents.

Udall: Obama a better choice for Colorado and the country

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall.

Opinion: President stronger on energy, economy and national defense

By Mark Udall

Colorado voters face a real choice this November. President Barack Obama and his opponent, Gov. Mitt Romney, provide Coloradans with very different approaches to governing and dealing with the long-term issues that the middle class cares most about. I am supporting President Barack Obama because he better represents the values and priorities of Coloradans, is committed to balanced and comprehensive deficit reduction, and is better prepared to further a smart, but tough, national security strategy.

I had the pleasure of talking to thousands of Coloradans from across the state in August. What they told me is that they expect elected officials to be leaders first and politicians second.

Colorado, a “purple” state, may be divided by party labels, but we are united in our common-sense approach to governing. This means casting aside divisive talking points and bumper-sticker slogans for policies that help hard-working Coloradans and small businesses thrive. Continue reading

GOP message: ‘We’re more American than you’

Opinion: GOP offers flawed interpretation of ‘American exceptionalism’

Mitt Romney. Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore via Wikipedia and the Creative Commons.

Barack Obama. Photo courtesy Daniel Borman via Wikipedia and the Creative Commons.

 By Bob Berwyn

Republicans are recycling the theme of American exceptionalism as part of their campaign to win the White House and take control of the U.S. Senate. I applaud the recycling as possibly the only part of the GOP platform that’s environmentally friendly, but take issue with their efforts to co-opt Americanism as political campaign weapon.

There’s a subtle but persistent message trying to convince voters that Republicans are somehow “more American” than Democrats. It’s an election tactic that may play well with part of the electorate, but it’s fundamentally divisive and destroys the consensus needed to govern, regardless of which party controls the White House and Congress.

It starts with the low-level background buzz questioning the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate and peaks with a nationalistic war cry that seems to put us on a path toward yet another bloody Middle East confrontation with Iran, based on an antiquated and unrealistic interpretation of foreign relations, with the U.S. as a militaristic world policeman. The Republican vision of American exceptionalism is based on the myth of the lone gunman — that’s why Clint Eastwood was a speaker at the GOP convention. Continue reading

Colorado Dems target Senate District 8 as key race

Emily Tracy.

Competitive senate district encompasses resorts, rural ag communities

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —Following Randy Baumgardner’s victory in the Senate District 8 GOP primary, state democratic leaders say that Emily Tracy‘s bid for the seat has become a top-tier race in the contest to hold on to a slim majority in the State Senate.

Tracy, a Breckenridge resident, is former city councilwoman and a trained mediator with a career in child protection. She will receive financial, communications, grassroots and strategic support from the party organization in what could be a tight race in a presidential election year. Continue reading

Democratic ‘Super Pac’ targets Tipton in bid for majority

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton.

Democrats get an early start in trying to unseat the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A group of seasoned Democratic congressional leaders has banded together in a political action committee that has the goal of unseating the Republican House majority in the 2012 election.

The group is taking aim at some of what they say are most vulnerable Republicans, including Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton, who has been faulted for alleged ethics lapses.

The House Majority PAC launched its offensive with an ad blitz on cable TV during the August recess, taking direct aim at Tipton, who steered office funds toward a relative’s company, a no-no for elected officials.

The PAC is counting on the same wave of voter discontent and disgust with Congress that swept a wave of Tea Party Republicans into power in the last election. The group is set up as a super PAC that can take unlimited contributions. It’s spending a six-figure sum for this initial ad blitz, which also targets Tim Griffin of Arkansas and Chip Cravaack of Minnesota. Continue reading

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