Democrats hold on to Routt County

Voters lean left in nonlocal races

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Election 2010

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— The politics of Colorado, along with the rest of the nation, took a turn to the right in a few key races Tuesday, but Routt County continued to vote Democratic in nearly all of the state races.

Republican wins were the exception in two high-profile local races where party politics weren’t part of the campaign: the coroner and sheriff races, where Rob Ryg and Garrett Wiggins won.

Routt County voters cast more ballots for Democrats Michael Ben­­net (U.S. Senate), John Salazar (3rd U.S. Con­­gressional District), John Hick­­en­­looper (governor), Bernie Bues­­cher (secretary of state) and Steve Ivancie (state House District 57) than any of the candidates’ opponents.

Routt County Republican Party Chairman Jack Taylor said he was happy with the turnout and most, but not all, of the results.

“There were some things I would have like to seen different, but overall, I’m very satisfied about the results,” he said. “To be specific, the Buck/Bennet thing didn’t turn out the way we had hoped, the way I had hoped.”

Routt voters gave 56.2 percent of the vote to Bennet, and he won in 14 of the 18 Routt County precincts. But 58.8 percent of Routt voters also voted for John Salazar, who won 14 precincts and tied for one other and still lost to Republican challenger Scott Tipton.

Routt County Democratic Party spokeswoman Catherine Carson attributed the Demo­cratic tilt to Routt County voter priorities.

“I think in Routt County the voters are very issue-oriented, and on the national and state wave, there was a lot of push (to vote) with the fear and the anger,” she said. “I think we all learned very early you don’t make good decisions when you’re angry.”

Routt County voted for Demo­­cratic candidates in 2006, as well, but often by larger margins. For example, Salazar won about 68 percent of Routt County votes that year when he cruised to an easy win. In the Senate and House District races where locals did vote Democratic, the margin wasn’t enough to make a difference.

Ivancie, a Steamboat resident and the Democratic candidate for state House District 57, took Routt County with a slim margin of 50.1 percent to Randy Baumgardner’s 46.2 percent, but couldn’t pull through in the rest of the district. Libertarian Mike Kien took the balance of the votes. The vote was no surprise to Ivancie — he said before the election he knew how difficult it would be.

“It’s been a real honor to run for this seat, and I’m looking forward to it of course coming to a conclusion and getting on with the results,” he said the weekend before the election.

Carson said she was happy with the campaign despite the results.

“HD 57 … demographics are heavily, heavily skewered Repub­­lican. Steve did an excellent job getting issues out,” Carson said. “I was very proud of Steve for all his hard work and for representing a portion of our population Randy did not represent very well in the past four years.”

Taylor said the Republicans’ wins were good, but more important, they are the first step toward the next election.

“We’ll just start right now and work that much harder,” he said. “It’s one giant step toward the next goal of shooting for the White House in two years, and more positions in the U.S. Senate and, for that matter, in Congress, as well.”

Comments

flower 3 years, 5 months ago

LOL!!! "there was alot of push to vote with the fear and the anger"...are you sure that wasn't Yoda speaking? Catherine I was very happy to vote Republican, didn't feel the dark side pulling at me at all.

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JJ Southard 3 years, 5 months ago

Demopublicats is all I see these days. Democrat means something different than it used to. So does Republican. Only my opinion. Take it as you may.

And what the heck does Libertarian or Green Party even mean...? Anyone know? Do these people get elected ever for anything?

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sledneck 3 years, 5 months ago

I agree greengenes,

Kennedy would be kicked out of todays democrat party. And Bush, unlike republicans of 20 years ago, never saw a spending increase he didn't sign into law.

Democrats are the ones who will give you a loan. Republicans are the ones who'll guarantee a loan. Libertarians are the ones who will LEAVE you alone.

The Libertarian website lists over 150 elected libertarians. Mostly in municipal governments. The 2010 election saw hundreds of libertarian candidates on the ballot for senate, house, judicial, governor, etc in 45 states.

Libertarian is the "live and let live" party. Third largest after the demopublicats; over 250,000 members.

About the Green party; my personal opinion is that it's really the watermelon party. I'm not interested in helping save the planet if it is basically going to be "off-limits" to me after we save it. Nor do I think this party is about "saving the planet". I think they are all about RULING the planet and I don't need ruling, I need left alone.

I am a Libertarian because I truly believe that apart from God in Heaven, I AM THE ONLY LEGITIMATE RULER OF THE KINGDOM OF SLEDNECK. Libertarian platform fits this belief better than any other.

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Queenie 3 years, 5 months ago

I think the headline should really read "Democrats hold on to Steamboat, the rest of Routt County continues to vote republican".....I don't like being lumped with the Steamboat majority

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Jeff Kibler 3 years, 5 months ago

“I think in Routt County the voters are very issue-oriented, and on the national and state wave, there was a lot of push (to vote) with the fear and the anger,” she said. “I think we all learned very early you don’t make good decisions when you’re angry.”

Great quote from Catherine Carson. If you agree with her political agenda, you're "issue-oriented." If you disagree, you're fearful and angry, and incapable of making "good decisions."

Does it get any more elitist?

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 5 months ago

There is something called over analysis. Routt County is a Democratic County because it voted Democratic when most other places voted Republican. Simple as that.

You can look around and say that SB Democratic votes overwhelm the more Republican votes in the rural parts of the county. You can look around and say that SB people are stupid and the rural folks have a deep understanding of issues. Say whatever you want, but, as of now, Routt is a Democratic county.

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Fred Duckels 3 years, 5 months ago

Steamboat is a liberal commune, in a state that seems bent on following California. California depends on 20 billion bailout from; the taxpayers to supplement their decadence. Colorado with the help of our leadership is on the path to fiscal insanity. Locally we look for grants and the ability to shake down the developers to continue our habit. I am old fashioned but I believe in hard work and pulling our own weight, this imported welfare mentality is rampant here, and we are the worse for it.

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jk 3 years, 5 months ago

So Freddie, Did you ever stop and say " I really don't need to be building this road to nowhere",or did you just accept the handout??

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weststmbtres 3 years, 5 months ago

I don't agree with most things Fred says but in his defense, the road does go somewhere. There is a property already in the city limits to the west of the West Acres MHP that will use that thoroughfare. I haven't looked recently but I believe it is still owned by Overlook and they've been talking about developing it since 2003. It's part of the infill everyone was calling for when Steamboat 700 was pushing their development down our thoats.

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Queenie 3 years, 5 months ago

SW: I never said anyone was stupid. Nor did I argue the fact that Routt County is democratic. I just pointed out that Steamboat (the majority of the population of Routt County) is democrat and the rest of the County is not. That's it. Relax.

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sledneck 3 years, 5 months ago

That was a great link, house. Most of it is true. The time for the angry white man to rule is comming to an end.

However, that rant leaves out a few facts about your future, "absent whitey".

First, it was ole' whitey's "culture" that built the wealth this nation is now squandering. Their hard work built the infrastructure you drive on, fly on, mooch from, even the pipes into which you defacate.

Without ole' whitey who will you pillage and plunder to usher in your new age of bliss?

Without ole' whitey all the leaches, ticks and other parasites will starve because, by definition, parasites can't survive without a host... that'd be ole' whitey.

So go ahead; eat the goose that lays your golden eggs. Prove, again just how brilliant your "new generation" is.

After all, look at the standard of living the Affrican continent has created for itself. It has only needed trillions of dollars from all over the world to get to where it is today... a glowing, AIDS infested example of what can be achieved without ole' whitey. Pillaged and plundered and murdered, not by ole' whitey, but by its own genocidal race; over and over and over again.

And look at the model of stability, morality and scientific advancement that hispanics have created just south of the US border. And it gets "progressively" more pronounced as you head south from that shining city on the hill... Mexico.

And don't forget the muslims who will gladly help you rid the world of ole' whitey. There's a great example of a race capable of leading the world into the 21st century. They sit on the richest commodity known to man and still wipe their butt with... well. And who had to come over to the desert in the '50's and teach them how to get that funny black liquid out of the ground? Africans? Latinos? Chineese? Oh yeah, it was good ole' whitey!

Even here in America look at the examples of what can be achieved in communities that are free from ole' whitey. Sure homelesness, rape, murder, drugs, suicide, etc are much higher but hey, at least you don't have to share the scene with ole' whitey. All thats needed is his money.

So celebrate the demise of ole' whitey. You are little more than ticks celebrating the demise of the dog. But don't fool yourself into thinking the ticks will replace the dog at the top of the food chain. Far from it. Ole' whitey will be replaced not by ticks, but by another dog... a muslim or asian breed that knows far better than ole' whitey how to keep the ticks off his back and this new dog will do what ole' whitey was too nice to do... kill the parasites.

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freerider 3 years, 5 months ago

Fred you need go crawl into a hole after all the handout's you have received around here Steamboat a commune of liberals hahahaha

More like rednecks , meadow muffins and dime store cowboys ....well Steamboat must be the first commie town with it's own Rodeo

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 5 months ago

First off, that reference essay was not ranting about white people in general, but reactionary whites that "want their country back". It was specifically not talking about whites that were getting on with others and fought for civil rights, women's rights and so on. So I am guessing you were able to read the preface and are now arguing for the need of reactionary whites, not about whites in general. If you think that essay is talking about whites in general including the whites that fought against discrimination and so on then you lack basic reading comprehension skills.

Second, oh yeah, look at the mess Asians have made of their countries.

Look at how Chile, Brazil and so on have built growing economies once we stopped overturning their governments if they didn't give away their natural resources to our corporations.

Go to any of the growing US tech companies that are world leaders. Virtually none of them are led by conservative whites. The founder of Craig's List has been called a socialist which he doesn't deny. So what, leading US corporations can deal with diversity and so on, but not our government?

The future of this country is not dependent upon reactionary whites. They are not the holders of the country's wealth. To think we need reactionary whites or it is all downhill is simply wrong.

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blue_spruce 3 years, 5 months ago

pro·gres·sive

  1. Moving forward; advancing.
  2. Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments: progressive change.
  3. Promoting or favoring progress toward better conditions or new policies, ideas, or methods
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blue_spruce 3 years, 5 months ago

pro-gres-sive

  1. Moving forward; advancing.
  2. Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments: progressive change.
  3. Promoting or favoring progress toward better conditions or new policies, ideas, or methods
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blue_spruce 3 years, 5 months ago

Progressive (pro-gres-sive)

  1. Moving forward; advancing.
  2. Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments: progressive change.
  3. Promoting or favoring progress toward better conditions or new policies, ideas, or methods
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blue_spruce 3 years, 5 months ago

oops...i did not mean to do that more then once...(?)

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sledneck 3 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, And "gay" used to mean happy. And faggot used to be a bundle of branches or twigs.

Liberal: One who believes in the importance of individual liberty...
That, like progressive, bears NO resemblance to the effective meaning of the word today. Today liberals are not defenders of individual liberty, they are the opposite. Calling themselves "pro-choice" but fighting to remove my choices in: light bulbs, energy sources, vehicle type, recreation, owning a gun, type of house, private property, basically everything BUT abortion.

After Hitler had killed 3 million jews he could be said to have made "progress" toward his goal. The only reason liberals switched to calling themselves progressive is that they have so tarnished the "liberal" lable that most people think of "liberal" as if the plague. Same will be true of the term "progressive"; just give it time. Its what they used to call themselves several generations ago.

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sledneck 3 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, And "gay" used to mean happy. And faggot used to be a bundle of branches or twigs.

Liberal: One who believes in the importance of individual liberty...
That, like progressive, bears NO resemblance to the effective meaning of the word today. Today liberals are not defenders of individual liberty, they are the opposite.

After Hitler had killed 3 million jews he could be said to have made "progress" toward his goal. The only reason liberals switched to calling themselves progressive is that they have so tarnished the "liberal" lable that most people think of "liberal" as if the plague. Same will be true of the term "progressive"; just give it time. Its what they used to call themselves several generations ago.

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Jeff Kibler 3 years, 5 months ago

Scott W,

"There is something called over analysis." It's good to see you have a sense of humor about yourself, a bit of self-deprecation per se. Thanks for the chuckle.

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aichempty 3 years, 5 months ago

As an "old whitey," I will rest secure in the fact that there will be plenty of people in this country with the skills and experience necessary to keep the veterans cemetery looking good. The rest of it won't matter to me.

There will be a time when we will be worshiped as "the old ones," in "the before time." Oh, wait, I think that was Star Trek . .. .

What's the real measure of Democratic influence in this town? Steamboat Springs High School's football team went 0-10 (that means zero wins, 10 losses) this year. A society in which competition is not encouraged and rewarded so that all may have self-esteem inevitably leads to mediocrity. There's your proof.

quoting from the article . . .

“HD 57 … demographics are heavily, heavily skewered Repub lican. Steve did an excellent job getting issues out,” Carson said. “I was very proud of Steve for all his hard work and for representing a portion of our population Randy did not represent very well in the past four years.

The word is S K E W E D. And people wonder why spelling and grammar make a difference . . . .

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hereandthere 3 years, 5 months ago

So the Sailors 0-10 season is due to Steamboat voting Dem. HA HA HA! That's got to be the best "Aich"ism yet. .

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hereandthere 3 years, 5 months ago

So the Sailors 0-10 season is due to the Democratic influence in this town. Ha Ha Ha ! That's the best one yet.

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aichempty 3 years, 5 months ago

No, it's a reflection of attitudes which lead to mediocrity when people don't understand the need for individual productivity.

How do you like my new "sheriff" avatar?

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sledneck 3 years, 5 months ago

Individual, productive and understanding. In one sentance you have asked 3x too much from them, Aich.

Are you Aich - "tater-salad"- empty?

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 5 months ago

So commie town San Francisco Giants just crushed bedrock Republican Texas Rangers. And Lincecum, Wilson and Renteria are hardly conservative Republicans being forced to work in San Francisco.

So apparently Democrats aren't so good in high school, but they keep on learning and become champions as adults.

Or maybe as typical Democratic policy wonks, the high school was distracted by the continued economic distress and were more focused on trying to solve that than winning football games.

But last winter after getting major legislation passed, our local nordic team was able to focus on competition and won Olympic medals. It is far more notable to have Olympic medals than a winning football team so apparently Democratic values helped them train and work as a team.

So high school players in Democratic Steamboat don't fret, this was a learning experience on the way to becoming world champions in your adult life.

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Kristopher Hammond 3 years, 5 months ago

Scott: If Obamacare had been voted out last year, our athletes wouldn't have lost those gold medals AND the Sailors wouldn't have lost the state championship game last year.

Aich...tell those adoring schoolkids why Todd and Johnny's Silver and Bronze medals are really just shameful consolation prizes for the first and second losers...examples of the "mediocrity when people don't understand the need for individual productivity."

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jk 3 years, 5 months ago

shawant, it sounds like you are from the everyone must play, winning isn't everything school. Well I have news for you kids need to learn at a young age what they are good at! I'm sorry but if they can't play ball, compose music, or land an inverted rodeo 540 they need to figure out what niche in life they can fill, and parents coddeling their kids with a false sense of self worth does nothing to help.

It strikes me as funny how this thread has turned into this, it amazes me how these things can turn out!!

Still waiting for a response from Fast Freddie Duckels?

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hereandthere 3 years, 5 months ago

These threads always turn entertaining when Aich contributes. Huge fan. Although I rarely agree with what he contributes, you gotta love his creative use of hyperbole.

And. I love the tater head. Very fitting

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pitpoodle 3 years, 5 months ago

Carson said. “I was very proud of Steve for all his hard work and for representing a portion of our population Randy did not represent very well in the past four years." And, I suppose Carson believes Steve did a great job representing everyone who thought the Iron Horse fiasco was a really good idea and cost effective too? The portion of the population he represented was evidently very small. I think Randy will represent me and a big portion of the population a lot better.

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trump_suit 3 years, 5 months ago

Seems to me that the Sailors did quite well last year when the Dems were firmly in control, but as the Tea Party and the Repubs began to assert their dominance our local team got trounced. Perhaps it is the right that caused their poor performance this year.

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hereandthere 3 years, 5 months ago

By the way, if you guys are done with your "Throw them all out" bumper stickers, I could use one for the next go around.

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housepoor 3 years, 5 months ago

listen to tea party darling Paul about what he'll cut? No real answer except when he says he's not for cutting entitements to those over the age of 55 but on the future generations?

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2010/11/09/exp.ps.rand.paul.cuts.cnn?hpt=C2

Typical selfish baby boomer!!!!! Oh right, they feel they are entitled, just not their children or grand children.

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jk 3 years, 5 months ago

hereandthere, that's beautiful hahaha it's the ultimite form of recycling, you never need to get rid of those!!! lol

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Fred Duckels 3 years, 5 months ago

jk The Victory Highway was built using tax and developer dollars, but I want you to know that there is a little something in here for you too. The city has obtained a grant to put a mall out there. It will house all the medical mariuana dispensaries, all granola outlets will be represented, The Community Alliance has another grant for their headquarters, the new studio for the Cari and Rob show will be next door. Fret not extra bike lanes will be installed and a grant is in place for 24 hour bus service. Sweet dreams!

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Kristopher Hammond 3 years, 5 months ago

jk: I was simply trying to show how silly it is to argue that the Sailors' dismal season proves that only wimps and losers vote Democratic. Remember, in 2008 Steamboat voted for Obama AND the Sailors went to the State quarterfinals. If you think that makes them coddled wimps and losers, you obviously have no first-hand experience with sports. Go get some and call me back. You seem to be saying that if you aren't the best then you shouldn't be on the field. If you are ashamed of Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane because they didn't win the gold, then shame on you.

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jk 3 years, 5 months ago

Nice sleight of hand there, I don't call you Fast Freddie for nothing after all you have been at this for a long time. I am sure there will be benifits for me in the next 20 years out that way, but nothing like you will be reaping Freddie!!! Keep ducking the issue, pointing fingers, and gaining your rewards. That rotten government keeps granting and sucking taxpayer dollars right into your pocket, and you still have the nerve to complain. Absolutely amazing!!

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jk 3 years, 5 months ago

shawant, I don't have any concerns with my sports recognition, however I question your reading comprehension. It seems you have read alot into what I have said. I was only trying to say, in my opinion, not everyone deserves to play. Now obviously Todd and Johnny deserved to play 'cause they finished in the top 3 in the world!! That has no bearing on the fact that little Bobby can't hit a baseball with a tennis racket yet he gets to play just because it's the nice thing to do.

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