“Democracy is messy, and progress is often slow, but it is worth it and it is important, and I will dedicate the rest of my life to public service." – Erin Biggs
Biggs remains loyal to Bernie
Democratic National Convention delegate Erin Biggs, of Steamboat Springs, interned for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy while in college.
"I fought all the fights that I was elected to by Colorado's 3rd Congressional District and everything you elected me to do.” — Brita Horn, delegate to Republican National Convention
According to reports from the Associated Press, a group of delegates, some from Colorado, tried unsuccessfully to force a roll-call vote on the convention rules during the opening day of the Republican National Convention.
The Steamboat Springs Board of Education will reserve a space on this November’s ballot, but the group will hold another meeting before deciding what a ballot initiative might pay for.
The opening moments of Monday’s first talk in the 2016 summer season of Seminars at Steamboat: Dialogues on Public Policy more closely resembled a stand-up comedy act than a public policy discussion, as political scientist and author Norman Ornstein unleashed a barrage of quips directed at politicians of both parties. But the initial levity stood in stark contrast to the serious nature of Ornstein’s topic, the growing political and social divide in the United States.
Routt County Republicans bucked the statewide trend in the primary election for U.S. Senate, favoring former Colorado State University football star and current insurance company owner Jack Graham over the winner, Darryl Glenn.
Unaffiliated voters are still able to participate by affiliating with one of the two major parties any time before and through election day at the Routt County Clerk’s Office, 522 Lincoln Ave.
On Tuesday, registered Republicans in Northwest Colorado who have not already participated in early voting will have some decisions to make. Following is a brief overview of the primary races concluding on Tuesday and the candidates competing.
No contested primary votes for Dems
Both Routt County Republicans and Democrats were frustrated the primary process in Colorado didn’t allow them to cast a vote for a presidential candidate in 2016.
Senate, congressional races are 'primary' attraction
In the case of Colorado’s 2016 primary election, there might be more motivation for a Routt County Democrat to change his or her affiliation to Republican than vice versa.
Fundraising for Philly trip
Steamboat Springs resident Erin Biggs, who will represent Colorado's 3rd Congressional District at the Democratic National Convention, set for June 25 through 27 in Philadelphia, is asking for help with the $600 per night hotel expenses.
Al White announced he would withdraw from the state senate race after determining he could not attract sufficient funding to support an effective campaign.
Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn knew she had a better-than-average chance of becoming a delegate to the Republican National Convention. What she could not have known was that it would come down to a coin flip.
Former two-time Colorado state senator Gail Schwartz of Crested Butte announced April 9 her candidacy for Congress in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.
Oak Creek town administrator and clerk Mark Alice Page-Allen stressed the results reported Tuesday are unofficial, noting there remain four outstanding overseas ballots that may be returned through April 13 and could potentially change the outcome of the race.
Incumbents William “Bill” Auer, Wendy Gustafson and Kelly McElfish are looking to hold their spots on the board, while challenger Daniel J. Gosnell hopes to earn his way in. The trustee positions are four-year terms, with elections being held every other year.
Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner said that, beginning April 7, the motor vehicle office will operate from a temporary location in the Routt County Courthouse.
According to records from the Federal Election Commission, Cruz has raised $8,805 from 37 donations in Steamboat Springs.
Al White wants to be your state senator (again)
Unaffiliated candidate for Colorado State Senate District 8, Al White, acknowledged Thursday that fundraising will be difficult without receiving funds directly from one of the two major parties, but said he thinks “the time is right” for his independent run for office.
Republicans hurt by lack of poll, local party official says
With Super Tuesday 2016 now a part of history, local leaders of both major political parties are saying precinct caucuses went smoothly, and turnout in Routt County was comparable to, or even better, than previous presidential election years.
Cacioppo publishes the monthly “Business Briefs” newspaper online and with 10,000 copies in print in Eagle County. The paper covers a mix of politics, business, entertainment news and restaurant reviews.
Local Republican official doubts change will affect caucus turnout
A local GOP official said the executive committee's decision to nix the traditional presidential preference poll during Tuesday's precinct caucus is unlikely to adversely affect turnout.
Precinct caucuses for Routt County’s Democratic and Republican parties — the first in Colorado’s four-step process of selecting its respective parties’ nominees for president of the United States — are scheduled for Tuesday with sign-up beginning at 6:15 p.m.
Bob Dapper enters commissioner race
Bob Dapper of rural Steamboat Springs seeks Routt County Commissioner District 1 seat.
Campaign finance reports submitted within the last month give some insight into who paid for local advertisements supporting and opposing candidates in November’s school board race in Steamboat Springs.
“All the great inspiring leaders and organizations … think, act and communicate the exact same way … opposite to everyone else,” Simon Sinek revealed in his famous TED talk. They “start with why they do what they do.” Consider how these transformational whys moved masses to Think Again
Town Clerk Sharon Johnson said more than 1,100 ballots were mailed to voters who live within town limits.
Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger announced this week his intention to run for a fifth, four-year term.
Current and newly elected Steamboat Springs School Board members Wednesday evening were able to reflect on failed Referendums 3A and 3B and consider next steps.
Hayden residents have voted to tax wholesale sales of marijuana that is grown to be sold to retail stores.
Tammie Delaney and Kevin Lind defeated Lacey Ramos and Greg Hermann to earn spots on Hayden School Board.
$92M building proposal fails by 4-to-1 margin
Steamboat Springs voters were resolute in their opposition to the school district’s proposed $92 million bond measure Tuesday — with 79 percent voting against Referendum 3A.
Robin Crossan, Jason Lacy, Heather Sloop and Kathi Meyer won't have much time to relish their elections to the Steamboat Springs City Council before the hard work starts.
Michelle Dover and Margaret Huron, two school board candidates who earned a strong showing of support from the Steamboat Springs school employee union, soared to victory in Tuesday’s election, along with incumbent candidate Joey Andrew.
Live updates from the 2015 election — covering the Steamboat Springs School District bond issue, school elections in Steamboat Springs, South Routt and Hayden, four contested Steamboat Springs City Council races and the local broadband referendums.
The latest campaign finance reports show a handful of local businesses as the latest supporters of the anti-bond Citizens for a Better Plan, reflecting the signs of support seen in the windows of some businesses.
Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner reported at mid-afternoon Thursday that her office had received 3,600 completed ballots for the Nov. 3 election, representing about 23 percent of the total mailed out.
Steamboat Springs postmaster Debbie Staffieri confirmed Wednesday that her staff will make certain that, once received, the ballots will go directly to the post office in Clark.
Campaign finance reports filed with the city show what each candidate had raised and spent between Sept. 1 and Oct. 8 in the four city council races that drew 11 candidates.
Union donations put spotlight on perceived political motives
The Steamboat Springs School District employee union’s decision to financially back two school board candidates and not endorse two others has put a spotlight on perceived political motives of the candidates and board president Roger Good.
Growing up, one thing my parents always advocated was the importance of diversifying my skill set. Not only would it make me a well rounded adult, but in times of hardship, I could always return to a past skill for employment.
My name is Michelle Dover. I am a parent of a student in our excellent district, I work at Bud Werner Library and I am running for school board.
Great school districts don’t just happen — they require a concerted effort from the community, which is why I decided it’s time for me to be a part of that effort.
I am Anne Lowe, and I’m asking for your vote for the Steamboat Springs School Board. I’ll bring a new perspective to the board, grounded in the following principles.
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