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Weld County, Colorado - District 4, Rep. Cory Gardner

Never got published after I took this with Instagram over summer

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Fishnette: Colorado politics: When small money beats big bucks

From University of Colorado professor, CU News Corps leader & I-News Network contributor and writer at The Washington Post's She the People, Sandra Fish.

"should have spent my day grading, but researched and wrote this instead:"

fishnette:

Super PACs and nonprofits funded by the Koch brothers and Karl Rove, along with their barrage of TV ads, got plenty of media attention in the 2012 presidential election.

But Democrats used similar techniques - often on a smaller scale, with different methods and, in the most prominent instance…

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2012swingstates:

The presidential election is over, which means residents of the battlegrounds we have covered for the past several months can join the rest of the states in enjoying attack-ad free commercial breaks and keeping their phones plugged in without risking constant pollster or campaign calls. 

It also means the end of our posts here on The 12. 

Thank you for following our student journalists’ coverage from the swing states across the country. We’ll see you in 2016. 

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Awesome pictures from Virginia

2012swingstates:

All photos by Amber-Lynn Taber for the Commonwealth Times

Even though Virginia wasn’t called in favor of President Barack Obama until after national media outlets began calling the election around midnight, students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. took to the streets to celebrate Obama’s second term.

The crowd marched in a small circle in the center of VCU’s campus with the cooperation of Richmond police, who blocked off traffic to allow the crowd to move safely. 

Richmond and its surrounding counties (like Henrico, which The Post called one of the seven most important counties in the country to win) went to Obama, although Republican stronghold Chesterfield County went for Mitt Romney.

Richmond city went overwhelmingly for Obama: the Virginia State Board of Elections reports that 77.03 percent of the vote there went for Obama while the remaining 21.4 percent went for Romney.

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Denver DA launches criminal probe of Secretary of State Scott Gessler

2012swingstates:

Tim Hoover at The Denver Post reports that multiple investigations are underway to investigate swing state Colorado’s chief elections administrator, Republican Scott Gessler.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey’s office confirmed Monday it had launched a criminal investigation of Secretary of State Scott Gessler on the same afternoon the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission voted to begin an investigation into whether Gessler violated the law by using state funds to attend a partisan event.

Although the allegations against Gessler illustrate mounting pressure on the secretary of state from Democratic groups and leaders, the investigations are unlikely to interfere with the presidential election in Colorado.

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2012swingstates:

Two of the 17,000 in attendance cheer as Mitt Romney makes his final appearance in Colorado. Romney spoke primarily on the downfalls of the Obama presidency and his own approach to “real change” at Fiddler’s Green in Englewood, Colo., Saturday evening.

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2012swingstates:

Barack Obama will make his third visit to University of Colorado Boulder Thursday afternoon and Mitt Romney will arrive at Fiddler’s Green in Englewood, Colo., Saturday evening. 

It will be Obama’s 12th and Romney’s 16th campaign stop in Colorado in 2012. Ann Romney will be accompanying her husband; it is to be her third campaign stop in Colorado this election.

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2012swingstates:

Surrogates are swarming Colorado, a phenomenon that the state has only begun to experience since becoming a battleground state in recent elections. Colorado’s nine electoral college votes may be decided where one of these appearances occur.

For more information on Rep. Jared Polis and Craig Romney’s visits on Monday, see CU Independent’s multimedia article.

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Students abroad: Is voting worth it?

2012swingstates:

Millions of college students will head to the polls on Nov. 6 to cast their vote in the 2012 presidential election, but Ricardo Adams won’t be one of them. By then, his vote will already be cast.

Adams, a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., is currently studying abroad in Vina del Mar, Chile. He’s a part of a bloc of U.S. students overseas whose potential impact on the election is seldom discussed.

Turnout among youth voters overseas has traditionally been inconsistent. Despite improvements made to the absentee registration and voting process, Americans who choose to vote abroad face the prospect of an extended ordeal that begs the question: Is it worth it?

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Source: commonwealthtimes.org