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New Poll Shows Senator Michael Bennet Ahead of Darryl Glenn

The first poll released since Darryl Glenn won the Republican primary shows Democrat incumbent Michael Bennet (D) leading Darryl Glenn (R) in the Senate race by 6 points.

Michael Bennet has a natural advantage just for being the incumbent politician. And Darryl Glenn is extremely conservative. Perhaps he is too conservative for Colorado? He has been endorsed by the likes of Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin. I expect that this will be a close race but my prediction is that Michael Bennet holds on to his Senate seat. But he is still considered one of the most vulnerable Senate seats in the country.

The poll was conducted by Harper Polling, and also showed Hillary Clinton with a lead over Donald Trump in Colorado. Clinton received about 45 percent of the voters’ support to Trump’s 38 percent, giving Hillary Clinton a 7 point lead over Donald Trump. 14 percent said they would vote for someone else and 4 percent were undecided.

Stay tuned in to Never Politics as Election Season heats up. It’s not just the summer weather that is sizzling…it’s the politics as well.

Governor John Hickenlooper Endorses Morgan Carroll for Congress

np_logoOn Tuesday September 15th, Governor John Hickenlooper announced he is endorsing Democrat Morgan Carroll for Congress in the competitive 6th District. Morgan Carroll is running against incumbent Republican Mike Coffman. The district is one of the most competitive races in the state and country. Mike Coffman is seeking a 4th term while Morgan Carroll has represented Aurora as a state senator since 2009.

“Building A Better Colorado” Bipartisan Group Set to Examine Colorado Issues Including TABOR

np_logoA new bipartisan group has formed in Colorado which will seek to examine the big political issues in Colorado. The group led by leaders from both the Democrat and Republican parties will hold town halls across the state. The group called “Building A Better Colorado” will be stopping in 40 different cities and towns across Colorado. The newly formed group will seek to address some of the central conflicts in the state, including the controversial constitutional measure, the Tax Payers Bill of Rights, a.k.a TABOR, and other central conflicts in how the state is governed. These conflicts include Colorado’s ability to fund and build new roads, fund education, and engage with an electorate that is checked out and disillusioned, and preparing for the future for our state.

“Building A Better Colorado” is the creation of former University of Denver chancellor, Dan Ritchie. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will be involved with the group, as will former Colorado governors Bill Ritter and Roy Romer. Also lending a hand to the group will be Ken Salazar, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, and two former Denver mayors, Wellington Webb and Federico Peña. On the Republican side there will be leadership to the group from former U.S. Senator Hank Brown, former state lawmakers Gigi Dennis and Norma Anderson, and Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, a former state attorney general.

To what degree the group focuses on TABOR remains to be seen, but Republicans are already concerned that the group will focus on TABOR and how to weaken or change TABOR’s grip on state funding and taxes. Gov. Hickenlooper has repeatedly voiced concern over the state’s ability to meet financial challenges in part due to TABOR over recent months.

As a person who has been frustrated by the constraints of TABOR, I am encouraged by the formation of this bipartisan group. Hopefully the group can listen to the needs of the constituents of the state and find common ground to help address some of the central challenges in the state, including the funding challenges for roads, education, and government services. I am for the amending TABOR if not outright repealing it, but much of the state supports keeping TABOR in place as a way of curbing government spending and tax increases. But to these citizens I ask, how do we build and maintain roads, address a booming population growth, fund our schools and pay our teachers, and pay for government services with an aging Baby Boomer population who will need government services?

Hopefully the group finds answers and proposes solutions. Here’s hoping!