Democrats now have control of both chambers of the Colorado state legislature, putting the GOP in the backseat when it comes to next legislative session. Republicans had hoped to expand their one-seat advantage in the House of Representatives. Bente Birkeland has more from Denver.

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Voters across the country took part in election night watch parties yesterday, and El Paso County was no exception. KRCC reporters attended the Democratic and Republican gatherings in the county, and this report starts with Kate Dunn, who spent the evening with the El Paso County Republicans.

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Southern Colorado’s Congressmen are re-elected…County-wide measures in El Paso County pass…and more results.

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At long last, election day is upon us! If you’re reading this Big Something right now, it means that you’ve successfully weathered the torrent of ads, emails, phone calls, viral YouTube videos, and spirited Facebook posts that have come to define American Democracy in the twenty-first century. Congratulations! There’s only one thing left to do… [...]

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One doesn’t often mention international foreign policy and ceramics in the same breath. Artist Corie Cole took the absurdity of such a proposition to its (il)logical conclusion in what she calls her 3-D political cartoons. As America prepares to cast its ballots in the presidential election on Tuesday, Cole takes us on a first-hand [...]

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Both presidential campaigns are working overtime in the home stretch to try to mobilize their bases and get voters to the polls. In Colorado where the race is seen as a tossup, the ground game will be especially important. Bente Birkeland talked with grassroots volunteers from both campaigns out on the front lines.

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100,000 Coloradans have medical marijuana licenses now. Still, even though more patients can legally buy pot, arrests are UP by 7%.

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With the election now only one week away, nearly a quarter of Colorado voters have already caste their ballots. Early in-person voting ends on Friday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Dave Anderson is running for Congress in the 5th Congressional District. He’s running unaffiliated, challenging Republican incumbent Doug Lamborn. KRCC invited both candidates for an interview. Lamborn would not commit to a date.

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President Barack Obama made one of his final stops in Colorado yesterday leading up to election day. The rally in Denver’s City Park comes just a day after Governor Mitt Romney held a campaign event at Red Rocks amphitheater. Bente Birkeland has more.

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The presidential race is tightening and both candidates are making a final push in key swing states including Colorado. More than 10,000 people filled Red Rocks amphitheater last night to see Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is holding a rally in Denver today. Bente [...]

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The Rocky Mountain high, the 5-star accommodations at Broadmoor Hotel and our proximity to numerous military installations have made Colorado Springs a natural destination for the POTUS since the Teddy Roosevelt administration. Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, The Bushes (George W. Bush [...]

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Former Senator from South Dakota and 1972 presidential nominee George McGovern has died. In 2009, McGovern visited Colorado College to talk about a book he’d recently published on Abraham Lincoln and to talk about other topics in politics. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin sat down with him for an interview, which you can listen to here.

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Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson addressed dozens of supporters in Fort Collins today about national security, a balanced budget, and the war on drugs.

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The Citizens Project hosted a voter forum for Colorado Springs area residents this week, featuring discussions from state legislative candidates, commissioner candidates, and about ballot initiatives Amendment 64 and Amendment 65.

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It’s undoubtedly election season, and for anyone who turns on the television that means being bombarded with political ads and information. Now imagine those ads coming from candidates you can’t even vote for. That’s the case for some people in southwest Colorado who can only get television from New Mexico. As Bente Birkeland reports, [...]

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Democrats at the statehouse say they’re fed up with Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s partisan games. Two lawmakers plan to introduce legislation next session to try and rein him in. As Bente Birkeland reports, this is just one of several controversies surrounding the high profile official.

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About 1800 enthusiastic supporters turned out at the Fountain Middle School gymnasium as First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off a two-day campaign swing through Colorado in support of the President. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin was there and has this report.

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Pueblo City Council last night voted to extend benefits to domestic partners of city employees, the Chieftain reports…Dozens of personnel and several fire engines are at work containing a 400-acre wildfire on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park…About 1800 enthusiastic supporters turned out at the Fountain Middle School gymnasium as First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off a two-day campaign swing through Colorado in support of the President.

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The state’s tourism industry kicks off a three-day annual conference today in Steamboat Springs….AAA says Coloradans are paying less at the gas pump than last week…Two of the four candidates in the race for the 3rd congressional seat will take part in a debate tonight night in Pueblo…Thirty-seven years after he was declared missing during the rescue of an American ship crew that was seized by the Khmer Rouge, a Colorado Marine native to LaJunta has been buried with military honors.

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Two of the four candidates in the race for the 3rd congressional seat will take part in a debate tomorrow night in Pueblo…Pueblo City Council plans a public hearing tonight on benefits for domestic partners, and is expected to vote on the measure…and, Vestas Wind Systems lays off additional workers in Colorado.

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Two of the four candidates in the race for the 3rd congressional seat will take part in a debate tomorrow night in Pueblo.

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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….Meanwhile, the Colorado County Clerk’s Association has issued a four-page letter of complaint to Secretary of State Scott Gessler over new voting systems in place this year.

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · New research shows that foliage can be beneficial in the workplace. Now show us your pet desk plant.
 

September 17, 2014 | NPR · Delwar Hossain Sayedee will instead spend the rest of his life in prison. He was convicted last year for his role in the violence surrounding the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · The largest, spreading through the Sierra Nevada forest northeast of San Francisco, has engulfed nearly 20 square miles and is only 5 percent contained.
 

Arts & Life

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · Also: a biography of Joan Rivers; the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Award is announced.
 

September 17, 2014 | NPR · We’re hard to shock these days, but reviewer Michael Schaub says Lauren Beukes’ new novel, Broken Monsters, is flawlessly tense and scary in its tale of a terrible murder in Detroit.
 

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September 17, 2014 | WBUR · Amy Clampitt was named a MacArthur genius in 1992. Today, the home she bought with her award money is used to house rising poets in tuition-free residencies.
 

Music

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · Sure, Beach Slang’s got a Goo Goo Dolls thing going on. But the shimmering “Dirty Cigarettes” feels lived-in, even ugly, by comparison.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · Half Japanese’s video for “Our Love” is a sprawling, energetic celebration of new love. The band’s new album, fittingly titled Overjoyed, is its first in 13 years.
 

September 16, 2014 | NPR · One of the important thinkers in present-day jazz is taking his cue from the 1920′s on his latest project. Pianist Jason Moran has released All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller.
 

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