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Old 06-26-2018, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Dropped my ballot off just after 5 tonight, and it was busy, so that's good. More turnout is always better.

As for the party registration issue, I think it's absurd to let non-party members vote in primaries. If you want to have a say in a party's candidates or policies, you should have to step up and commit to being a member of that party. It's not just the people who vote for the opposite side's candidates to make mischief, just in general. Anyone can join a party, no one would be excluded if they wanted to join. And membership should be the bare minimum standard for having a say. Otherwise, you get your say in November. I was very disappointed when that passed although I was glad they added binding primaries, since the whole caucus thing is a mess and a half
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Old 06-26-2018, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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With my better half's blessing I ran our primary ballots through the paper shredder before dinner tonight. I still can't fathom the thought of voting for any of them come November. It's most likely gonna be Jared "Tax and Spend" Polis vs. Walker "Forked Tongue" Stapleton. Whoop-dee-effing-do. The choice of the lesser of two dumbasses.
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Old 06-26-2018, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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The media's already called it. Polis vs. Stapleton. Happy, happy, joy, joy. Pardon me while I empty my stomach.
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Old 06-26-2018, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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The media's already called it. Polis vs. Stapleton. Happy, happy, joy, joy. Pardon me while I empty my stomach.
Stapleton is terrible so I will vote Polis but the Dems had two other people who would have made better governors than Polis. I voted Kennedy.
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Old 06-26-2018, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Stapleton is terrible so I will vote Polis but the Dems had two other people who would have made better governors than Polis. I voted Kennedy.
They're both pretty awful TBH. I think Polis's heart is in the right place, but he's gotta move to the center. There's no way his big-government, social program spending spree will fly with the broader electorate.
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Old 06-26-2018, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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They're both pretty awful TBH. I think Polis's heart is in the right place, but he's gotta move to the center. There's no way his big-government, social program spending spree will fly with the broader electorate.
If there is one thing he has shown itís that he is willing to blow with the political wind. He will definitely move to the center for the general.
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Old 06-27-2018, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Dropped my ballot off just after 5 tonight, and it was busy, so that's good. More turnout is always better.
I believe we are set for record turn outs through out the state.

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With my better half's blessing I ran our primary ballots through the paper shredder before dinner tonight. I still can't fathom the thought of voting for any of them come November. It's most likely gonna be Jared "Tax and Spend" Polis vs. Walker "Forked Tongue" Stapleton. Whoop-dee-effing-do. The choice of the lesser of two dumbasses.
The drawback to doing that is that in a typical election, you let 25-30% of the people out there decide our trajectory.

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If there is one thing he has shown itís that he is willing to blow with the political wind. He will definitely move to the center for the general.
Agreed.
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Old 06-27-2018, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Over a million votes between both gubernatorial primaries.

Not an exact comparison because even a Dem incumbent would depress GOP turnout a small amount, but in 2014, there were 380K votes in the GOP primary (Hickenlooper was unopposed) compared to 480K this time.

And the 480K is vs 586K for the Dems.
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Old 06-27-2018, 10:34 AM
 
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So what is hte plan to pay for all these freebies that Polis is promising? People get conservative quick when they see their taxes go up and businesses move out of state.
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Old 06-27-2018, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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So what is hte plan to pay for all these freebies that Polis is promising? People get conservative quick when they see their taxes go up and businesses move out of state.
This is reason #1 why I think that Stapleton has a clearer path to the Governor's mansion despite what the early polls might say. Don't get me wrong, they're both massive tools, but all Stapleton has to do is move toward the center, distance himself from The Great Cheeto, and hammer Polis on his voting record and his support for universal healthcare. Just remind folks that ColoradoCare went down in flames by an 80-20 margin two years ago.

Polis, on the other hand, has a much taller order. He has to convince moderates he's not going to artificially increase our already skyrocketing COL by spending a bunch of money we don't have on ideological frivolities like universal healthcare, be more pragmatic on energy extraction/exploration, electricity production, environmental stewardship, and the 2nd Amendment, and he's gotta overcome the stigma of being from Boulder.

Either way, we're ok as long as the state house and senate remain status quo. if the legislature flips and ends up as a rubber stamp for either of them I'll likely consider cashing out and moving on.
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