The deadline to register to vote in the 2012 election is tomorrow…and both presidential campaigns are in an all out blitz to register voters up until the last minute.

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At its annual conference held in Cripple Creek this year, Action 22 invited congressional candidates for Southern Colorado districts to debate on issues and questions as asked by the audience. Here is the debate for Colorado’s 4rd Congressional District, featuring incumbent Representative Cory Gardner (R), and challenger Brandon Shaffer (D).

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At its annual conference held in Cripple Creek this year, Action 22 invited congressional candidates for Southern Colorado districts to debate on issues and questions as asked by the audience, and asked KRCC to moderate. Here is audio from the debate for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.

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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. By comparison, the Pueblo County ballot is smaller, but still with national, state and local measures to consider.

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The Colorado Secretary of State’s office expects more people to register to vote this election cycle because of the closely watched Presidential race. As Birkeland reports, voters have until midnight on Tuesday to register to vote online.

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Coloradans across the state turned out for watch parties last night, as President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor squared off in their first debate at the University of Denver. Statehouse reporter Bente attended a watch party in downtown Denver. She talked to fellow reporters and voters about the debate’s impact and whether it […]

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A new survey shows that politicians in both parties may be missing the mark when it comes to courting the state’s crucial Hispanic voting block, which grew by 41 percent over the last decade. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A new poll released to coincide with tonight’s Presidential debate at the University of Denver shows deep pessimism among Americans about the direction of the country and trust in government. KUNC’s Kirk Siegler has more on the National Journal’s “Heartland Survey” which was the subject of a pre-debate panel today.

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The University of Denver will make history tomorrow by becoming the first Colorado school to host a presidential debate. The face off between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is expected to attract a massive television audience. DU officials say the excitement on campus is palpable, even if few students will actually get […]

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Two separate interest groups plan to air advertisements before Wednesday’s presidential debate held at the University of Denver.

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KRCC will air all upcoming Presidential debates, including the Vice Presidential debate.  All debates will air at 7PM mountain time on the following dates:

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This election, Colorado voters will decide on three statewide ballot questions. In addition to a measure to legalize marijuana recreationally, there’s an initiative to update state workforce rules, and a mostly symbolic campaign finance question. Bente Birkeland has more on Amendment 65 and Amendment S.

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Supporters of the Personhood Amendment filed a lawsuit yesterday in Denver District court as part of a last minute attempt to get the measure on the November ballot…A recent report shows Colorado on track to more than double its obesity rate within 20 years…

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This November Colorado will be one of three states deciding whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Supporters of Amendment 64 have raised more than a million dollars for their campaign. But there’s also broad opposition to the measure. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The Colorado Secretary of State’s office has rolled out a mobile option that allows people to register to vote or update their registration right from their smartphones or tablet devices…The Royal Gorge Scenic Railway has scheduled its last ride for Sunday, just after 4 PM.

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Supporters of the Personhood Amendment filed a lawsuit today in Denver District court as part of a last minute attempt to get the measure on the November ballot. As Bente Birkeland reports, the move follows a ruling from the secretary of state’s office that said backers failed to turn in enough valid signatures.

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Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan spent yesterday trying to win over Colorado voters. He started in Fort Collins in the morning, and finished in Colorado Springs in the late afternoon. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.

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A worker at the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility in southeast Colorado remained hospitalized last night after sustaining injuries in an incident where another woman was killed…At a rescheduled campaign stop in Pueblo yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized president Obama’s handling of the economy and the situation in the Middle East.

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At a rescheduled campaign stop in Pueblo Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized president Obama’s handling of the economy and the situation in the Middle East. KRCC’s Shanna Lewis reports about 2000 people turned out for the event at the Pueblo airport.

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Some 2000 supporters met Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a campaign stop at the airport in Pueblo today…One woman is dead and another seriously injured after a disturbance at a state prison in Southeastern Colorado this morning.

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Colorado Springs police are offering a reward for information regarding the start of the Waldo Canyon fire….Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District may not be able to accept a FEMA grant recently awarded to the department.

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Some well-funded Pro-Mitt Romney super PACs are pulling their TV ad dollars out of Pennsylvania and Michigan and doubling down on efforts in what they consider to be more crucial swing states; such as Florida, Ohio and Colorado.

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Two former Governors joined with current Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper yesterday to kick off the ballot campaign to reform state personnel rules. It’s an amendment that even Hickenlooper admits could be confusing for voters at the ballot box. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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May 31, 2016 | NPR · Neil Gaiman is best known for his fictional creations, but he’s also a prolific producer of essays, album liner notes, speeches and introductions — now collected in The View From the Cheap Seats.
 

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May 31, 2016 | NPR · Nearly 200 great works of unfinished art are now on display at The Met Breuer Museum in Manhattan. Spanning six centuries, the works offer a glimpse into the creative process — from Titian to Warhol.
 

May 30, 2016 | NPR · The massively popular BBC show, Top Gear, relaunches Monday on BBC America. Following the painfully public downfall of its former host, the new hosts have big gears to grind.
 

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