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Colorado's slightly schizo political profile is in stark relief today, where the three competitive primaries are in stark contrast. You've got CO-02, the extremely safe seat Mark Udall is leaving for his Senate run and on the other end of the spectrum are the R+16 CO-05 and the R+10 seat CO-06. CO-06 is the seat being vacated by the immigrant-hating Tom Tancredo, and CO-05 is represented by freshman wingnut Doug Lamborn. Swing State gives the basics on those races.

The winner of these primary races are almost certainly going to be the general election winners, so it's no suprise that so many candidates are vying for them. Of particular interest for us is who is going to be filling Mark Udall's seat in D.C. next January. In what has been one of the most expensive primary races in the nation, and is expected to bring out lots of voters.

The contest pitting former state Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, conservationist Will Shafroth and wealthy entrepreneur Jared Polis is expected to generate turnout surpassing the high of the past 10 years and perhaps even that of the big campaigns in the 1990s.

This time, the big turnout will be linked to the race for a U.S. House seat. The three biggest 2nd District Democratic primary turnouts of the past 20 years - in 1990, 1992 and 2004 - were tied to U.S. Senate races.

This year, 2nd District voters - residing in 10 counties stretching from the north metro area into the mountains - have been exposed to the costliest congressional primary in Colorado history, with the three candidates raising more than $9 million. The bulk of that is linked to Polis, who has devoted $5.3 million of his personal fortune to the effort.

The turnout will be interesting to see, and a potential indicator of who's going to come out in Colorado in November. This district will be key to Obama's and Udall's prospects in November--driving high turnout today and building that enthusiasm through the fall will be critical to flip the state to Blue in November.

For more background on the race--and one of the most ironic journalistic efforts to make a non-issue an issue by declaring it a non-issue (Polis's sexual orientation)--see this Time article.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 03:20 PM PDT.

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  •  I suppose I should remind my aunt to vote (4+ / 0-)

    I was hoping to go to Denver to see her and Barack this month, but I'm not able to.

    "Voting only gets you a 'D'" - Howard Dean | Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott

    by ScottyUrb on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 03:23:06 PM PDT

  •  So sick of Polis (5+ / 0-)

    I've seen his TV ads every 15 minutes, I've gotten lots of mailers from him, and every time I go to a Democratic event in Boulder, I see him hobnobbing.

    Gladly voted for Joan Fitz-Gerald. All the candidates are more progressive than Udall (which is a good thing in Boulder), but I think enough people actually want someone who has good legislative experience.

    Not just millions of dollars he made overnight from selling Bluemountain.com before the bubble burst.

    They say you can't buy a seat in Congress: self-financers don't often win. But today we'll see if that's changed.

    •  Overly negative view of Polis (3+ / 0-)
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      GayHillbilly, greenchiledem, walja

      You may be sick of him, but he has done nothing wrong.  I guess Democratic politicians shouldn't hobnob at Democratic events?  What sort of wierdness is that logic?

      My problem would be with candidates who are funding other candidates to split the vote:  Joan Fitz-Gerald.  Not an impressive use of her donors' money to fund Shafroth.

      Another problem is her making fun of his joining Darcy Burner's Responsible Withdrawal from Iraq plan.  Not Fitz-Gerald's proudest political moment, from my perspective.  Anyone aligned with Darcy Burner in this election is a great candidate in my perspective.

      And buying a seat?  Don't think so.  He is using his money to run a clean campaign.  That is not buying an election.

      If Polis represents the views of CO-02 constituents, and if he makes sure that he consults with his constituents often (otherwise known as hobnobbing), I am glad he can do so, I will be happy if he is elected.  

  •  Voted early, and I had only one contested race (6+ / 0-)

    Had two Democrats competing for county commission and voted against the school board member who admitted to hitting his wife and daughter when he was angry one evening.  Other than that, I'll be interested in learning who's going to represent my district now that Tom Tancredo has oozed off to whereever he came from.

  •  Is Perlmutter facing anyone? (n/t) (1+ / 0-)
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  •  The big issue here on the ground (10+ / 0-)

    is ethics.

    Polis was the main financial backer of Amendment 41, a poorly drafted gift ban that has divided the party, between those who believe it has too great an impact on state employees and those who think that those concerns are overstated.

    Polis has accused Fitz-Gerald of involvement with the oil industry, and Fitz-Gerald (or her supporters) have pointed out Polis's questionable ties to Cayman Island investment funds.

    This has been a nasty fight.

    Shafroth meanwhile, is underfunded and has taken the dubious tack of emphasizing his bipartisanship in the primary, where his environmental credentials and thin political background allow him to come out untainted.

    I have yet to meet anyone who cares about sexual orientation as an issue in this race.

    Polis is a convivial enough guy with his heart basically in the right place, but has run an ugly campaign, too influenced by his own wealth, and has done a stupid thing or two, most notably Amendment 41, but more recently fieldwork mistakes like not being able to find his way to nominating conventions on time to speak on his own behalf.

    Fitz-Gerald has had less of a high profile in the race.  This has been more about people for or against Polis, than anything else.  

    The fact that it is a three way race also confounds efforts to predict its outcome.  Fitz-Gerald is the clear favor of caucus attending party activists (with Shafroth who got on the ballot via a petition rather than the caucus process out of the picture), but how much that trickles down to primary voters is hard to tell.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" -- Voltaire

    by ohwilleke on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 03:36:23 PM PDT

    •  Excellent analysis (1+ / 0-)
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      Very well put, ohwilleke. It's a shame that such a race -- where any one of the three would probably be a fine Congressperson -- had to get so dirty.

    •  Good summary (1+ / 0-)
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      Shafroth isn't really underfunded, though, if you exclude Polis's self-funding.  Will has raised $1.3m in mostly individual donations, which is right about the same as both Polis and Fitz-Gerald.

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 03:48:04 PM PDT

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      •  The trouble is, as EMILY's list reminds us, (0+ / 0-)

        that early money means more than late money.  Shafroth has gotten his money late, and that has hurt his ability to use it to maximum advantage.

        Individual donations are, however, a good proxy for grass roots support.  This makes this race hard to call.  I look forward to seeing the results on the internet in about three hours when enough results will be in to see how it all came out.

        "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" -- Voltaire

        by ohwilleke on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 03:52:45 PM PDT

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      •  If you exclude Polis' self-funding... (0+ / 0-)

        Polis gets 3% of the vote.

        If you include it, he'll get at least 35%.

        It's really the overriding factor in this race. I remarked today how it's literally the first time I've ever seen Joan Fitz-Gerald's face in an advertisement (I had no idea what she looked like).

        I could draw Polis' face in my sleep.

  •  Denver also has an anti-immigration measure on (3+ / 0-)
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    the ballot for all voters (including unaffiliated ones).  Numerous Democratic primaries in safe Denver state house and state senate races should keep D turnout high, and unaffiliated and GOP turnout low, so the deceptive title of that measure may not be enough to gete it passed.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" -- Voltaire

    by ohwilleke on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 03:41:01 PM PDT

  •  Fortunately for Polis (3+ / 0-)
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    CO-2 is about as unlikely as any CD in the country to care about his sexual orientation; personally, I think it'd be nice to have another from the LBGT community in congress. Apart from that, I have no opinion on who should win (I'm in CO-1; I'll leave it up to the folks north of me).

    I will be happy to see a relative end to the ads for this race, though!

    John McCain: The only mavericky straight-talker surrounded by corporate lobbyists

    by atrexler on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 03:44:07 PM PDT

  •  off topic kinda (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/
    LOLBush at olympik sez go laff.

    I AM living in interesting times.

    by greenbird on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 03:54:11 PM PDT

  •  A reminder to teachers in CO-02 (2+ / 0-)
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    The Colorado Education Association endorsed Joan Fitz-Gerald for a reason: she the only candidate who favors scrapping - as opposed to "fixing" - the odious NCLB Act.  Jared Polis, a businessman who has made a great deal of money setting up charter "schools" and distance "learning" operations, favors continued diversion of public resources into private coffers (especially his).  Don't let the rhetoric or the huge amount of money Polis has spent trying to obfuscate his positions on education - his policies are barely-warmed-over Republican claptrap.

    •  I don't like Polis, but (3+ / 0-)
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      I think that's a bit of a stretch. He's not as pro-union as Fitz-Gerald (partly because they wouldn't endorse him, partly because as a super-rich kid he's never really had to work), but he's still pretty far from Republican, on education or anything else.

      •  Thank you, sort of. (0+ / 0-)

        I don't thinnk you had to add the richy-rich stuff, but seriously, either Fitz-Gerald or Polis will be good representatives.

      •  Where's the stretch? (0+ / 0-)

        The reason the association didn't endorse Polis (a former member of the Colorado Board of Education) is precisely because of the reasons I listed: He thinks NCLB is fixable (and, even more ominously, that it's worth fixing), he favors "small schools" like the failed experiment in Adams County #1, and he favors diverting money from strapped public school districts to finance programs of very dubious efficacy, like "distance learning" diploma mills.  And these are all policy issues - I didn't even mention his most recent radio ads, with their "teachers support Jared" line, which dances around the fact that the largest organized labor group in the state saw fit not to endorse him, despite his professed devotion to education-related issues.  If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck...

        Really, it's a shame - he's a candidate with whom I agree on everything, right down to his use of the term "mercenaries" to describe Blackwater, et al, but for me, education issues are deal-breakers.  Fortunately, Joan Fitz-Gerald has been a strong supporter of public education all the way through her career, which made voting for her far less of a moral conundrum than I would've been facing had she not been in the race.

        •  Even if Polis is weak on education (1+ / 0-)
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          which I am not in agreement with, I think he has been very strong on other issues, stronger than Fitz-Gerald.

          Either way, I think any of these three candidates are sufficient for me.  I like Polis best but will be happy with whoever comes out of this race with the win.

        •  If you look at (2+ / 0-)
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          this Q&A it becomes evident that he's no barely warmed over Republican.  And of course there's plenty more.

          One thing I like about Polis is he gives specific, highly detailed answers on almost any question you ask him.  And one thing I don't like about any politician is mealy mouthed platitudes to specific questions.  

          He doesn't do "bipartisan for bipartisan's sake."

          I don't like charter schools but while for you this is a deal breaker, I've had other deal breakers and been told to basically "shut up and sit down" by the rest of the Democratic Party.

          So, you're darned right I voted for Polis.  And I'd do it again... and again ;)

          The opposite of war is not peace, it's creation - Jonathan Larson (-6.62, -6.26)

          by AndyS In Colorado on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 04:49:31 PM PDT

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          •  There's no way he's a "warmed-over Republican" (0+ / 0-)

            But his willingness to cozy up to the Independence Institute, vouchers, and other Republican ideas and organizations may turn some people off.

            Polis is unashamedly himself.  This is a good thing, except when he gets ahead of himself in promoting a flawed plan like Amdt. 41.

            Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

            by Phoenix Rising on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 05:00:31 PM PDT

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            •  Polis DOESN'T support vouchers! (1+ / 0-)
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              You're mistaken.

              Link:

              Eric: Jared, I've heard that you oppose school vouchers, although you previously supported them. Where do you stand on vouchers today, support or oppose?

              ..

              Jared Polis: vouchers: I believe that we need innovation within the public education system. That's why I support charter schools, schools of choice, alternative schools, etc. Taxpayer money should not go to all private schools through vouchers, I oppose that.

              And as far as the Independence Institute, that was about the Postal service, if I recall correctly.  Not good, but shouldn't be a disqualifier in and of itself.

              Yes, he might get ahead of himself on some issues .. but I disagree that Amendment 41 is a flawed plan .. it is the willingness of the legislature to reasonabily implement it that is flawed.

              The opposite of war is not peace, it's creation - Jonathan Larson (-6.62, -6.26)

              by AndyS In Colorado on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 05:07:56 PM PDT

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              •  That's a dodge (0+ / 0-)

                That's why I support charter schools, schools of choice, alternative schools, etc. Taxpayer money should not go to all private schools through vouchers, I oppose that.

                That sounds very much like "Vouchers for some, miniature American flags for others."

                •  He was for vouchers before he was (1+ / 0-)
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                  sxp151

                  against them, to coin a phrase.  I'm not convinced by that statement, either - it leaves a lot of wiggle room  in its unstated premise that some taxpayer money will go to private schools.

                  Some other media on Polis and vouchers:

                  In his political career on the state Board of Education, Polis has been known as a supporter of charter schools and vouchers, aligning him at times with conservatives on the board and in the Legislature.

                  "I think Jared has tried to find alternative educational systems to try to help kids get educated and have a good K-12 experience," said state Rep. Keith King, R-Colorado Springs. "It's been good to work across the aisle with someone like that."

                  Boulder Daily Camera, July 1, 2006

                  and

                  In 2003, lawmakers cut budgets for a
                  variety of educational services while
                  enacting a pilot voucher program for
                  students in certain low-performing districts.

                  ...

                  Key bills enacted this year included:
                  HB 1160
                  Opportunity Grant Pilot Program*
                  (Representative Spence/Senator Anderson)
                  This law (sometimes referred to as
                  the voucher pilot) provides funding
                  to eligible children to attend
                  non-public schools, beginning next
                  year. It requires school districts with
                  many poorly performing schools to
                  participate in the program.

                  The Jared Polis Education Report, 2003 (pdf)

            •  You're conflating (2+ / 0-)
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              "public school choice" with vouchers; they are not the same.  Public school choice means you can send your child to any public school in the state, as long as there is room for them and, in the case of specialized schools like the Denver School of the Arts, if they have qualified for the school.

              I talked to Polis at length about the great limitation of the school choice program: yeah, you can send your kid to the school, if you can get him there.  This has been an issue in our family.  My younger son has high functioning autism.  For middle school, the best bet for him was to remain at the K-8 school where he had been in a special ed program with kids with language difficulties.  However, that program didn't extend into the middle school years.  As he was no longer in a special ed program, we lost the bus to take him back and forth to school.  We've cobbled together a means to transport him (which includes my leaving for work at 5:00 a.m.), but we're lucky that we had the ability to do that.

              Public school choice is a good start (without it, we would have ended up going into debt for private school), but in its current form it's a perk for the middle class.  Polis was very informed about the limitation transportation causes; he was also extremely conversant in the alternative education for high-functioning special needs kids, and gifted kids, who are largely under- or unserved past elementary school.

              The time for action is past. Now is the time for senseless bickering -- My T-Shirt

              by Frankenoid on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 05:37:50 PM PDT

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          •  And if you look at my original comment, (0+ / 0-)

            you'll see that I didn't call Polis a warmed-over Republican; I said his education policies were warmed-over Republican claptrap.  In my reply to the initial challenge to my comment, I listed three specific examples upon which Polis and a typical Republican would agree.  That doesn't make him a Republican - just a less-desirable Dem.

            I like his frankness and candor, as well, and have appreciated the opportunities I've had to meet and speak with him - like I said above, I'd vote for him if I didn't feel he was going to work to undermine public education.  I feel your pain with regards to the "sit-down-and-shut-uppers," too - been a victim of that line myself, on more than a few occasions -  but ed policy is something I try to stay both up on, and involved with: I'm an active member of the CEA, and have served on its Board of Directors.

            If Jared wins tonight, I'll sure as hell be voting for him come November (conscience in the primaries, party in the generals, and all that), but it'll be tougher work riding herd on Jared than it would with Joan, who has displayed a far more reasoned approach to the problems faced by public schools than defunding them by diverting critical resources to experimental programs like the ones that have wrecked the Mapleton (Thornton) School District.

            •  You care about education, I care about standing (0+ / 0-)

              up to Republicans and about gay rights and ending such things as DADT.  (Not that I don't care about education, I'm just saying.).

              I don't like Fitz Gerald's tendency to respond to questions with non-answers.  

              As I post this, it looks like Polis has won, but I will just add I take solace in the fact that Polis has actually been criticized about "not working and playing well with Republicans" and he'll be only the third openly gay member of Congress.

              Add to that the fact that he cares about real people and real issues, and is very specific about his policy prescriptions and I'm very secure in my choice.  I have looked into specifics about the election; I'm not a "low-information" voter.  And for me, Fitz Gerald's vagueness about really important issues killed her chances with me.

              In some environment where there were, oh, say, twenty gay members of Congress, it wouldn't be such a big deal to me, but when I referenced "sit down and shut up" Democrats, this is what I was talking about.

              Maybe in an environment where Democrats were more positive and less squeamish about gay rights, it would be a different story (for me).

              The opposite of war is not peace, it's creation - Jonathan Larson (-6.62, -6.26)

              by AndyS In Colorado on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 11:55:54 PM PDT

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              •  You are still a low-information voter (0+ / 0-)

                ... if you thought that Joan Fitz-Gerald would have been wishy-washy on gay rights issues.  She spent a considerable amount of time getting Ref. I (civil unions) on the ballot and considerable energy after it was on the ballot supporting its passage by the voters.

                Fitz-Gerald was vague about what issue for you?  War?  Health care?  Education?  Restoring fiscal order?  New energy policies?  Just askin'.

                Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

                by Phoenix Rising on Wed Aug 13, 2008 at 12:13:34 AM PDT

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                •  Pardon me, but like everyone else in this thread, (0+ / 0-)

                  if I were still in the district for the general election and she had won, I would have voted for Fitz Gerald despite not really liking her traditional politician attitude all that much.

                  If there's a choice between an openly gay man who I know will fight and a woman who maybe has a good record but might cave because of "higher priorities" you know who I'm going to pick.  That's not "low information" -- it's backlash.  Not against her specifically but the traditional wink-and-nod-especially-toward-gays Democratic Party attitude she embraced for her campaign.

                  It is possibly unique in this district to have an embarassment of riches, but if the traditional Democratic Party has not been terribly favorable on gay rights, and Joan Fitz Gerald not only allowed herself but embraced being a more traditional Democratic politician, who do you blame for that?  Fitz Gerald, Polis, me?  The Democratic Party?  I'll choose the latter and feel good about striking a blow, however tiny, and have at least one rep who is going to have my back on what is for me that major issue.

                  So, to the first part, whatever.  Election's over, "we" won.  

                  As far as your question, while I'm not going to spend hours rehashing questions I spent many hours thinking about and looking into for myself, but, you need only go into the link I supplied at the top of the thread for me to be very clear about exactly what I'm talking about:

                  Q: Will you support/promote instant run-off voting to allow more innovative and progressive public policy to be heard and voted on?

                  A: The crises in our voting systems that confronts us today far outweighs any laudable goal to implement new voting procedures.  The state of Colorado currently does not have certified voting systems anywhere in the state.  Allow me to refer you to the stories on this situation that appeared in Friday’s (10-9-07) and Saturday’s (10-10-07) editions of the Rocky Mountain News (both articles appeared on Page 4).  Colorado is presently behind the federally imposed deadline to come up with voting systems that comply with current U.S. law.  The county clerks across Colorado are making yeomen efforts to come up with solutions that can be certified by the Colorado Secretary of State and comply with U.S. law. Voting is only half the problem.  Registration and access to polling places must be addressed, too.  This is why I voted against the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) when it came before the Colorado General Assembly—because I thought it hurt access to voting

                  Whether this is a good answer or not can be debated, but the first thing it is is non responsive.  The proper answer to a question of that nature is to start with one word: "YES" or "NO".  Or "maybe, depends on the details" if you think that. Then you can get into details.  To me, this is typical Fitz Gerald -- just an impression, but a bad one.

                  It doesn't matter whether IRV is a question I personally care about all that much (I do think it's a good idea), but what to me is important is a politician who supplies direct and no-nonsense answers to questions, whether I like the answers or not, and is willing to stand behind what they stand for and not use "weasel words" on issues.

                  And if Fitz Gerald is going to use weasel wording in one place and not in another, how can I trust her when the time comes to fight for our rights as gay people?  Weasel wordy people don't fight, they accommodate and compromise.  And while there's a place for accommodation and compromise, there's been too much of that and much less of the other.

                  Just Sayin'.

                  The opposite of war is not peace, it's creation - Jonathan Larson (-6.62, -6.26)

                  by AndyS In Colorado on Wed Aug 13, 2008 at 12:37:18 AM PDT

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  •  So, what is Tom Tancredo (1+ / 0-)
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    going to do, if ne is no longer bitching about brown people illegal immigrants in congress?

  •  So does Shafroth have no traction/credibility? (2+ / 0-)
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    Just rubbernecking from CO-01 where my district is choosing between 3 Dems for the state house.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 04:06:30 PM PDT

  •  I'll take this opportunity (2+ / 0-)
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    to let everyone know: there's gonna be an open house here at Casa de Frankenoid and the Garden Blogging Garden on August 24, from 1:00 p.m. on.

    Details here.  E-mail me at frankenoid at conen dot net.

    Yeah, we're kinda schitzo -- but sweet underneath.

    The time for action is past. Now is the time for senseless bickering -- My T-Shirt

    by Frankenoid on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 04:15:05 PM PDT

  •  Voted Fitz-Gerald (2+ / 0-)
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    sxp151, Unitary Moonbat

    in part b/c of the Boulder Daily Camera endorsement. I  got Polis mails every day and the TV saturation has been total.  I saw crowds of picketers holding signs for Polis on the main drag in Broomfield.  

    "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face -- forever." G.Orwell

    by FuddGate on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 04:26:32 PM PDT

  •  Just got back from the polls. (2+ / 0-)
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    Voted for Polis!

    The opposite of war is not peace, it's creation - Jonathan Larson (-6.62, -6.26)

    by AndyS In Colorado on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 04:30:53 PM PDT

  •  You mean there's no primary challenge (1+ / 0-)
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    to Musgrave on the grounds that she's soft on gays?

    When civilizations clash, barbarism wins.

    by Allogenes on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 04:41:11 PM PDT

  •  CO-2 is me and mine! (1+ / 0-)
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    My husband and I voted early by mail, and after we voted it turned out that we'd voted for different candidates. That was interesting. But while I have my preferences (and think Shafroth unfortunately doesn't have a chance), we both agreed we could live happily with whoever took the seat. All competent Dem candidates this time.

  •  I'm OK with all three candidates (0+ / 0-)

    They are going to do a better job representing their constituents than Udall has over the last 2-3 term.

    I voted for FitzGerald because of her experience and her approach to the bettle problem.  She wants to release FEMA money for dealing with the fire danger like it was a pre-hurricane situation.  I liked Polis because he ran as a Democrats Democrat.  He was straight up on the issues and didn't quiver at being called a Liberal like Udall and his "I'm not a Boulder liberal" frightened deer in the headlights plea.  Shafroth had the wrong message with his "I'm an appeaser" ads.  His ads looked like something cooked up for a general election in an R+10 district.  He totally didn't understand his constituency.

    •  Have to agree with my friend here... (0+ / 0-)

      Joan has represented a good portion of the district for 7 years in the State Legislature and she's always been responsive to her constituents.  She's been a hard worker for us, and she received my vote this morning.

      Will Shafroth's message of working with all sides worked well in his prior positions finding solid working agreements for environmental problems, but I don't think it had much of a chance with the Democratic Party base in the district.  Further, he started with the lowest name ID of the three candidates, and while he kept a respectable pace with the other two candidates in fundraising, any ID-raising ads he made were swamped in the end by Polis's personal investment in the race.

      Jared is a good choice for the district; I'm looking forward to his technology savvy (which we need more of in Congress...) and his willingness to think outside the box.  He's always been good at keeping in contact with party leadership, and hopefully he will keep up the contact with his new constituency as he settles in.

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Wed Aug 13, 2008 at 12:24:06 AM PDT

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  •  Spent the Day as an Election Judge (CO Springs) (1+ / 0-)
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    greenchiledem

    14 hour day in a very red (CD # 5) environment. Things I noticed:

    - Repugs aren't necessarily proud to be named as such - Only about 4% of eligibles showed despite 3 major repug contests (CD # 5, HD # 15 (Doug Bruce's seat), and a mini-scandal against the current DA who drinks lots of beer; Republic Party enthusiasm is non-apparent - Had equal number of Dem/Repug declarations from unaffiliateds - Low Dem turnout, but no contests (single nominees) at all levels - There are some real wingnut psychos out there ("I didn't spend 3 years in a commie prison camp for this"; It's a good thing I don't have a temper" (He did); verbally abuses wife) Another one; "I'm not a republican or a democrat; I'm a conservative and listen to Rush Limbaugh" - Some voters are clueless with what a primary is about and are offended when you verify their affiliation - Most Repugs are older (> 70%); onesey-twoseys under 40; one reason why we are turning Blue -    

  •  Voted Polis and worked the day (0+ / 0-)

    for Polis.  I got a number of last minute votes for him today. Hope he wins my mountain county of Eagle.

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