This month we’re talking about politics and elections. The El Paso County ballot this year is quite large, with national, state, and county races and issues to consider, and even some special district measures (sample ballot). By comparison, the Pueblo County ballot is smaller, but still with national, state and local measures to consider (sample ballot).

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Roundtable: The State of Politics and Elections
President Eisenhower Talks Science in Boulder
A Political Train Wreck
Two-Way: Bente Birkeland at the Statehouse

Western Skies is a collaboration between KRCC News and the Big Something.




Roundtable: The State of Politics and Elections

Right to Left: Kristy Milligan, Josh Dunn, Andrea Chalfin, Bob Loevy

KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin sat down with Colorado College Political Science Professor Emeritus Bob Loevy, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Political Science Professor Josh Dunn, and Executive Director of the Citizens Project, Kristi Milligan. We begin by talking about just how large the ballot is, and how that effects elections.

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President Eisenhower Talks Science in Boulder

Fifty-eight years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first US President to visit Boulder. He was there to dedicate a new federal laboratory, the Central Radio Propagation Lab. That day, Boulder’s schools were closed and a crowd half the size of Boulder’s population came to hear the president speak. Audio recordings from the ceremony were recently discovered, and Boulder’s Carnegie Branch Library made them publicly available. From KGNU, Jim Pullen brings us this glimpse at Ike’s 1954 speech.

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A Political Train Wreck


While many pundits and political prevaricators have argued that the present political situation in the United States is a figurative train wreck, local historian Richard Marold explores the history of a literal political train wreck that was organized by the Democratic Party in Colorado in 1896.

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A Political Train Wreck

Richard Marold is a local historian who works as a Chautauquan and portrays Winfield Scott Stratton, Franklin Roosevelt and Nikola Tesla. He is also editor of Cheyenne Mountain Kiva, a journal of the history of central Colorado. His website is fdrtoday.org.




This piece first appeared in The Big Something.




Two-Way: Bente Birkeland at the Statehouse

There are three statewide ballot initiatives this year. For brief summaries and a closer look at what’s going on in the capitol, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland.

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For more on the statewide initiatives, visit Bente’s original reports:

Amendment 64: Marijuana Legalization
Amendment 65 and Amendment S: State Personnel Reform and Campaign Finance Laws

 

3 Responses to Western Skies: October 2012, “Politics & Elections”

  1. Judi says:

    Impossible! How can one say “large cities like Denver and Pueblo, and smaller cities like Colorado Springs”?
    The Springs population is nearly 4 times that of Pueblo.

    • Andrea Chalfin News Dir. says:

      Hi Judi,

      Thanks for listening and commenting. If I picked out the right spot in the conversation, this is the exact quote:

      “…when political scientists say the ‘Front Range,’ they don’t mean mountains at all. They mean this large 80% of the state that lives in this 150-mile north-south strip. And that north-south strip, because it has the center city of Denver, the center-city of Pueblo, because it has close-in suburbs of Denver, mainly in Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties, because it has more spread out, small cities like Colorado Springs, we have a little bit of everything on the Front Range…”

      It’s not a comparison of cities by size; rather, it’s a description of the north-south strip of the Front Range. Colorado Springs is a small, spread out city generally speaking.

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