Denver November 2004 Election
Dazed and confused coverage of the Official General and Special Municipal Elections Ballot, Tuesday, November 2, 2004


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  Monday, June 6, 2005

USA Today highlights some of the influence that freshman legislators are having on politics inside the beltway. They mention Colorado's own, Ken Salazar.

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  Tuesday, May 31, 2005

From today's Denver Post: "The waiting game is just about over for three prominent Colorado lawyers wanting to be the state's next U.S. attorney. 'We're getting very close' to a decision, says U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard's spokesman, Sean Conway."

"Dispelling rumors that the White House was underwhelmed by the choices, Conway believes the administration soon will select either Troy Eid, former legal counsel for Gov. Bill Owens; Jim Peters, district attorney for the 18th Judicial District; or Stu VanMeveren, district attorney for the 8th Judicial District."

"All three have undergone an extensive interview process in hopes of replacing John Suthers, who was named Colorado Attorney General after Salazar was elected to the Senate."

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  Monday, May 30, 2005

Here's a look at the past at Ken Salazar's (and John's) win last november from the Rocky Mountain News [May 30, 2005, "Study dissects Salazars' winning ways"]. From the article, "The campaigns 'de-emphasized their standing as Latino candidates. They reconstructed themselves as farmers and businessmen,' said (Anna) Sampaio, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado at Denver. The Salazars were able to galvanize Hispanic voters while appealing to a large number of non-Hispanics, just as Antonio Villaraigosa did in Los Angeles recently to become the city's first Hispanic mayor in more than a century. Ken Salazar beat his Republican opponent in the U.S. Senate race, brewery executive Pete Coors, with more than 52 percent of the vote. John Salazar defeated former state natural resources director Greg Walcher, of Palisade, for the 3rd Congressional District seat that represents all or part of 29 counties in western and south-central Colorado. He won by about 13,000 votes - a considerable margin in a district in which Republicans hold a narrow plurality."

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  Thursday, May 26, 2005

Here's an article from the Rocky Mountain news about voter turnout in last fall's elections [May 26, 2005, "'04 vote brought out young"]. From the article, "The census survey found the number of Colorado voters aged 18 to 24 rose from 84,000 in 2000 to 212,000 in 2004. The percentage of all young residents who cast ballots rose from 21 percent in 2000 to 44 percent in 2004, on a par with national figures of 17 percent and 45 percent respectively."

State Democrats raised more campaign dough than Republicans, outside of Colorado, according to the Denver Post [May 6, 2005, "Dems far outdrew GOP in '04 out-of-state cash]." They write, "Colorado Democrats raised nearly 19 times as much out-of-state money as Republicans did during the 2004 election cycle, according to a report to be released today by the Center for Public Integrity."

Colorado Luis: "So much for the Salazar effect, you say? Well, perhaps not. Only 63% of "Hispanic" adults in Colorado are citizens who can vote in the first place, so the percentage of eligible Latino voters who actually voted is in the forty percent range. And of registered Latinos, 81% voted, which suggests both that there was a Salazar effect and that the strong efforts to get eligible Latinos registered that were made last year need to continue."

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  Sunday, March 20, 2005

Denver November 2004 Election

How is Senator Salazar doing? Some critics think he should switch to the Republican party. Here's a story from today's Denver Post [March 20, 2005, "Sen. Salazar crosses the aisle"]. From the article, "in his first 81 votes, he split 64 times with conservative Republican and fellow Coloradan Sen. Wayne Allard on reliably partisan votes such as abortion protests and oil drilling in Alaska. They've voted together 17 times. Of those, eight were feel-good measures that passed overwhelmingly. But some of the other nine were significant breaks with fellow Democrats. Voting to confirm Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice struck Salazar's liberal critics as an endorsement of torture and the Iraq war. And those same folks wonder how a Democrat who talks about growing up poor could vote with credit-card companies to make it harder for people to use bankruptcy to get out of debt."
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  Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Denver November 2004 Election

John Suthers was sworn in as Colorado Attorney General yesterday, according to the Denver Post [February 8, 2005, "Suthers sworn in as AG, pledges to fight fraud"]. From the article, "He will finish the term of Democrat Ken Salazar, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in November...Another priority is protecting Colorado's water. The state also should resolve claims it has made against those that permanently damaged Colorado's environment at mining sites, Rocky Flats and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal."
6:36:54 AM    

  Saturday, February 5, 2005

Denver November 2004 Election

From the Rocky Mountain News, "Former U.S. Attorney John Suthers will be sworn in next week as Colorado's attorney general. The state Senate on Friday confirmed Suthers' nomination to replace Ken Salazar, who resigned the post after he was elected to the U.S. Senate."

Here's the coverage from the Denver Post [February 5, 2005, "Senate confirms Suthers as state's attorney general"].
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