Two former Governors joined with current Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper yesterday to kick off the ballot campaign to reform state personnel rules…The law enforcement team investigating the cause of this summer’s Waldo Canyon Fire says the blaze was human-caused…Some well-funded Pro-Mitt Romney super PACs are doubling down on efforts in what they consider to be more crucial swing states; such as Florida, Ohio and Colorado.

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Candidates for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District participated in a debate over the weekend in Grand Junction. Participating candidates were Tisha Casida (I), Sal Pace (D), and incumbent Scott Tipton (R). Click here for the full audio of the debate.

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Candidates for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional district battled it out in a debate over the weekend in Grand Junction. The sizable district covers most of the Western Slope, the San Luis Valley, and a handful of Southern Colorado counties—like Pueblo. Reporter Elise Thatcher was at the debate and has this report.

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The campaign to legalize marijuana is suing to prevent the state from printing the blue book as it’s currently written. The blue book is designed to give voters unbiased arguments for and against each ballot initiative, but last week lawmakers stripped some of the key arguments in favor of legalizing marijuana. Bente Birkeland has [...]

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As the national conventions come to a close and the race to the White House heats up, a national campaign to register Latino voters comes to Pueblo and Denver today. It’s a non-partisan campaign called ¡Todos A Votar!, or Let’s Vote! Eliseo Medina is the Secretary Treasurer of the Service Employees International [...]

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A packed airplane hangar played host to GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan yesterday, as the candidate spoke at a rally in Colorado Springs. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin was there and has this report.

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On the final day of the Democratic National Convention, GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan stopped to campaign in Colorado Springs. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin was there and has this report.

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State lawmakers have finalized the language for the November ballot. Most of the discussion centered on Amendment 64, which would legalize small amounts of marijuana for people over the age of 21. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Voters will see three statewide ballot questions this November. A bipartisan committee of lawmakers finalized the ballot language today…The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau is receiving $100,000 from the federal government to try to lure visitors to town after tourism numbers fell due to the Waldo Canyon Fire.

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Voters will see three statewide ballot questions this November, including one that would legalize small amounts of marijuana. A bipartisan committee of lawmakers finalized the ballot language today. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Democrats are convening in Charlotte, North Carolina this week for their party’s convention, and Governor John Hickenlooper will be among a half dozen Coloradans speaking. Durango Herald reporter Joe Hanel is there and also covered the Republican National Convention last week. Bente Birkeland caught up with him to get his take on both gatherings.

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Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler is spearheading what he says is the largest voter registration effort in state history ahead of the October 9th deadline to register to vote…About 500 sandbags are still available for homeowners who could be affected by flooding after the Waldo Canyon Fire.

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Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler is spearheading what he says is the largest voter registration effort in state history, ahead of the October 9th deadline to register to vote. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The Colorado Secretary of State’s office says the “Personhood Amendment” will not be on the ballot this November because supporters failed to gather enough valid signatures. But Personhood Colorado is filing a legal appeal to try and overturn that decision…Officials are preparing to provide an update on the investigation into what started the Waldo Canyon Fire, the Gazette reports.

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Colorado Springs voters are set to decide tomorrow on whether or not the city can lease the Memorial Health System to the University of Colorado Health system…The November ballot is on the verge of approval. Non-partisan legislative staff held a meeting today to determine if there were any loose ends…Colorado State University is leading a study on whether child-care centers in the state are prepared for disasters.

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Trinidad City Councilman Joe Bonato and Councilwoman Bernadette Baca-Gonzales are the only two candidates who have qualified to run for the recently vacated mayoral position in the town, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…

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President Barack Obama finished out his two-day campaign swing through the state yesterday with stops in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin attended the rally at Colorado College and Shanna Lewis was at the morning event in Pueblo. We begin there.

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President Barack Obama finished out his campaign swing through the state with a stop in Colorado Springs this afternoon. He spoke for nearly 30 minutes, and touched on energy, the economy, and education. Mr. Obama called higher education an economic necessity, and called for tax reforms aimed at helping the middle class.

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President Barack Obama focused on women’s health at a campaign stop in Denver this afternoon…The Colorado Department of Agriculture says a cow that died in Logan County in northeast Colorado had anthrax, and about 50 other dead cattle at the same ranch may have been exposed…Gov. John Hickenlooper has reportedly called Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to talk about Sunday’s shootings at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee that left seven people dead including the gunman.

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Colorado voters could see up to four statewide ballot questions this fall, but that’s only if supporters can gather enough valid signatures to get on the November ballot. Submissions were due yesterday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Crews with Colorado Springs Utilities continue to assess damages to the Northfield Water System after flash flooding last week caused significant erosion and debris flow…Two groups trying to get measures on November’s ballot turned in petition signatures yesterday…The newest class at the Air Force Academy is being formally accepted into the school’s cadet wing.

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Two Colorado groups trying to get initiatives on the November election ballot turned in petition signatures yesterday. Each needs roughly 86,000 valid signatures to get in front of voters. Bente Birkeland takes a look at the most controversial of the two measures.

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Colorado voters could see up to five ballot questions this fall. Several groups are still gathering signatures in the final days before Monday’s August 6th deadline…Archeologists at Mesa Verde National Park say a crack is threatening the southern half of the park’s largest and most famous cliff dwelling.

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