Jason Kander’s candor delights Colorado Democrats

Jason Kander assembled a rifle while blindfolded in his U.S. Senate race, a topic that came up when he spoke to the Colorado Democratic Party at its annual dinner Saturday in Denver.

It turns out that the Missouri Democrat, who now is the president of Let America Vote,  hired the same ad man behind John Hickenlooper’s spot featuring the then-Denver mayor showering while clothed when running for Colorado governor in 2010.

“Jason ran, in my view, the best Senate campaign in 2016, Republican or Democrat,” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado said when he introduced Kander.

“And it wasn’t just because of his good ads or his family or because he’s a compelling speaker. It was because of his character. Jason the candidate was no different than the father, the husband, the former intelligence officer, the Secretary of State.”

Ah, secretary of state.

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For now, the “bulletproof” congressman

Today's headline in The Denver Post after the congressman's successful re-election on Tuesday.
Today’s headline in The Denver Post after the congressman’s successful re-election on Tuesday.

Two years ago I interviewed an African immigrant who told me an interesting story about Congressman Mike Coffman.

It turns out the young man was quite upset when he opened his ballot and saw Democrat Diana DeGette and Republican Martin Walsh on the ballot.

He made inquiries. Where is my ballot with Republican Mike Coffman’s name? That’s when he learned he lived in Denver-based Congressional District 1 and not Aurora-based Congressional District 6.

Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora.
Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora.

I’ve thought of that interview many times in recent days as Arapahoe County Democrats outpaced Republicans in ballot returns. Sure, it was great for local Democrats but would it be great for Coffman’s challenger, Democratic state Sen. Morgan Carroll?

She became the third Democrat in a row to lose to Coffman since the 6th CD was redrawn to make what had been a conservative district a competitive one.

“Is Mike Coffman invincible?” the headline in today’s Sunday Denver Post asked.

Results from the Arapahoe County election website provide a fascinating glimpse of a swing county that for the most part went blue.

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Colorado’s new world ballot order

My name is Madeline Gallagher, I am a senior at Fountain Valley School of Colorado. I am curious about why the names on the ballot are in their particular order.

Democrat Alice Madden
Democrat Alice Madden
Republican Heidi Ganahl.
Republican Heidi Ganahl

Madeline isn’t the only person to ask why Hillary Clinton’s name is ahead of Donald Trump’s in the list of candidates for president on Colorado’s ballot — or why their names are before Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson.

Or why U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s name comes before his Republican challenger, Darryl Glenn, but in the 6th Congressional District, the incumbent, Republican Mike Coffman, is listed after his Democratic challenger, Morgan Carroll.

My government teacher was unable to answer, but, by asking I piqued his curiosity and my fellow classmates’ as well. My research has not lead me to an answer, but it did lead me to the Colorado Secretary of State website.

 Madeline, the answer has to do with the alphabet and luck. I learned about this system when a political consultant last month asked about the statewide race for the University of Colorado Board of Regents. Was there a reason Democrat Alice Madden’s name was ahead of Republican challenger Heidi Ganahl’s? When I asked ballot access manager Joel Albin, I found out yes, there was a reason. Madden’s name was drawn first.

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