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Old 10-23-2018, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Seems like there is a dearth of meaningful information about the candidates, the ones on my ballot at least. Half don't even have websites, or else they are not very informative. I'm not interested in where they were born or went to school or that they have three beautiful children or what their hobbies are, I want to know where they stand on individual issues.

Is there any website with decent information?
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Old 10-23-2018, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Central Connecticut
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When I visited my son in Grand Junction in September, he showed me a book (100+ pages) explaining who the candidates and issues were, as well as where they stand on each issue. He received it in the mail. I've gotta think this book is available somewhere.
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Old 10-23-2018, 11:31 AM
 
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Have you tried ballotpedia.org? I found information on at least some of the candidates there. Sometimes they didn't have a lot but had Google searches that brought up more. Also - check their names on Facebook - many have campaign pages there that don't necessarily come up in a search engine.

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Old 10-23-2018, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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When I visited my son in Grand Junction in September, he showed me a book (100+ pages) explaining who the candidates and issues were, as well as where they stand on each issue. He received it in the mail. I've gotta think this book is available somewhere.
Light blue cover? I have that, it does a good job of explaining the ballot initiatives and amendments but has nothing on the candidates (except for the judges)
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Old 10-23-2018, 08:27 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Easy. Vote D across the board.
You will feel clean.
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Old 10-23-2018, 09:05 PM
 
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Easy. Vote D across the board.
You will feel clean.
And emotional.
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Old 10-24-2018, 10:32 AM
 
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Easy. Vote D across the board.
You will feel clean.
I'm a staunch liberal, but this is wreckless and misguided advice. In my county I voted for two local republicans and one independent because they were far and away the better candidates in their respective races.

Anyone who votes purely on party lines is directly responsible for the mess our country is in today. Yes, convictions and beliefs should absolutely influence your vote, but so too should qualification and integrity. Blindly voting for a candidate because of their party affiliation without doing any independent research is irresponsible and lazy.

Any functional and healthy government has to be guided by mutual respect, compromise, and a willingness to work across the aisle. Partisanship is a cancer that leads only to corruption and incompetence.

I don't care where you are ideologically, please don't blindly vote on party lines.
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Old 10-24-2018, 12:50 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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I'm a staunch liberal, but this is wreckless and misguided advice....
Is not.
The GOP has become the party of hate.
It deserves to die a fiery death at the ballot box.

For 48 years of voting, I researched candidates and voted for Republicans and Libertarians many times.
No more!
I will never vote for a GOP again.
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Old 10-24-2018, 01:20 PM
 
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Is not.
The GOP has become the party of hate.
It deserves to die a fiery death at the ballot box.

For 48 years of voting, I researched candidates and voted for Republicans and Libertarians many times.
No more!
I will never vote for a GOP again.
I understand why you feel that way, and I too can't stand the Republican Party or Donald Trump. However, I can't see how my county clerk's opinion on abortion or immigration has any bearing whatsoever on their daily duties if they never make it a point to bring them up. My county sheriff is not a legislator, nor a judge, nor a political activist. If they're more competent than their Democratic opponent, are fair and follow the law, why should I care if they voted for Trump or not? If my county commissioner candidate is an independent, but is more forward-thinking and motivated than the incumbent Democrat, why is that a bad thing for me to vote for them? I refuse to make my county government more dysfunctional or less competent for the sake of voting for all Democrats across the board.

Also, by decrying everyone who identifies as a Republican as a hate monger or bigot you're doing more harm than good for the Democrats and liberal causes in general. If you want to do your part to encourage people to turn away from the GOP and Trump you need to extend an olive branch rather than declare them the enemy.

I look forward to putting this modern political hellscape behind us and getting back to a functional government. And that will be a government that's going to require more than just Democrats. We have to come together as a country, not retreat even further into our tribes.
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Old 10-24-2018, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Is not.
The GOP has become the party of hate.
It deserves to die a fiery death at the ballot box.

For 48 years of voting, I researched candidates and voted for Republicans and Libertarians many times.
No more!
I will never vote for a GOP again.
There is plenty of hate and intolerance from the Democrats. I agree with interloper1138 that voting along party lines without bothering to educate yourself about individual candidates is incredibly irresponsible. I consider myself a small-l libertarian, so that is not an option for me anyway.
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