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Check out our new politics show, Purplish. It's about politics in Colorado. We're not a blue state, or a red state or even truly a purple state. We're purplish. We explain the "ish" and hope to make learning about state government fun, or at least fun-ish.

Check out our new politics show, Purplish. It's about politics in Colorado. We're not a blue state, or a red state or even truly a purple state. We're purplish. We explain the "ish" and hope to make learning about state government fun, or at least fun-ish.
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Check out our new politics show, Purplish. It's about politics in Colorado. We're not a blue state, or a red state or even truly a purple state. We're purplish. We explain the "ish" and hope to make learning about state government fun, or at least fun-ish.

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303-871-9191 ext 250


Episodes

ALL OF THE BILLS!!!!

5/9/2019
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Colorado’s 2019 legislative session is over. The last four months of frantic lawmaking were a test for Democrats, who took complete control of the state Capitol last November. This episode, we look back at everything they were able to achieve — and why arguments over process at times got in the way of their biggest goals. And how Republicans, who lacked the votes to block legislation, found other ways to make their voices heard. The result was a session that showed passing bills isn’t as...

Duration:00:26:00

ALL OF THE BILLS!!!!

5/8/2019
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Colorado’s 2019 legislative session is over. The last four months of frantic lawmaking were a test for Democrats, who took complete control of the state Capitol last November. This episode, we look back at everything they were able to achieve — and why arguments over process at times got in the way of their biggest goals. And how Republicans, who lacked the votes to block legislation, found other ways to make their voices heard. The result was a session that showed passing bills isn’t as...

Duration:00:26:00

The First Fractivist

4/6/2019
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Ken Crumb’s story likely sounds familiar. A Front Range resident sees oil and gas drilling in his community. He doesn’t like it and organizes his neighbors to pass a local drilling ban. The thing is, in Ken’s case, this all happened more than 30 years ago. And that community he rallied was Greeley -- not exactly a hotbed of anti-fracking sentiment today. This episode, we look back at perhaps Colorado’s first fractivist. What Ken did ended up limiting local control of oil and gas development....

Duration:00:24:18

The First Fractivist

4/5/2019
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Ken Crumb’s story likely sounds familiar. A Front Range resident sees oil and gas drilling in his community. He doesn’t like it and organizes his neighbors to pass a local drilling ban. The thing is, in Ken’s case, this all happened more than 30 years ago. And that community he rallied was Greeley -- not exactly a hotbed of anti-fracking sentiment today. This episode, we look back at perhaps Colorado’s first fractivist. What Ken did ended up limiting local control of oil and gas...

Duration:00:24:18

Electoral College Dropouts

3/2/2019
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Colorado is on the verge of becoming the 12th state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The plan could someday commit all of Colorado’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who gets the most votes nationwide -- no matter who wins the state.

Duration:00:27:33

Electoral College Dropouts

3/1/2019
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Colorado is on the verge of becoming the 12th state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The plan could someday commit all of Colorado’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who gets the most votes nationwide -- no matter who wins the state.

Duration:00:27:33

Could Colorado Fix Congress?

2/2/2019
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The last couple months have shown the depths of congressional dysfunction. Many think the problem isn’t so much the people who serve there. It’s a process that funnels all power to party leaders, stifling debate among the ranks. In 1988, Colorado voters recognized a similar issue in their state legislature. The remedy was something called the GAVEL Amendment -- an acronym for Give A Vote To Every Legislator.

Duration:00:25:54

BONUS: Hick At High Noon

1/3/2019
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After eight years as Colorado’s governor, John Hickenlooper appears to be gearing up for a presidential run. On the campaign trail, he’s almost certain to emphasize gun control laws he signed in 2013. He led a purple state as it beat back the gun lobby to pass two controversial measures. But what did he do -- or not do -- to make that happen? And what does the story of those laws say about how Hickenlooper leads? CPR Public Affairs Reporter Bente Birkeland breaks it down. And keep an eye on...

Duration:00:14:54

BONUS: What’s Next for Pur-plish?

12/6/2018
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Now that ballots have been cast and counted, CPR is trying to figure out what the future holds for Purplish.

Duration:00:05:08

BONUS: What’s Next for Pur-plish?

12/5/2018
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Now that ballots have been cast and counted, CPR is trying to figure out what the future holds for Purplish.

Duration:00:05:08

Blue Avalanche

11/10/2018
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The midterm election has come and gone. In Colorado, what occurred wasn't a blue wave, it was a blue avalanche. It was a signal so strong that you could wonder if this is even a purple state anymore.

Duration:00:35:58

Blue Avalanche

11/9/2018
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The midterm election has come and gone. In Colorado, what occurred wasn't a blue wave, it was a blue avalanche. It was a signal so strong that you could wonder if this is even a purple state anymore.

Duration:00:35:58

The Holdouts

11/2/2018
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Colorado boasts some of the highest voter turnout in the country. Seventy percent of eligible adults submitted a ballot in the 2016 election, putting the state fourth in the country for voter turnout. But that still means 30 percent of eligible adults sat it out. Why? Many of the common barriers to voting don’t exist in Colorado. The process is easy. The elections are competitive. So we’re turning to one group that can help with some answers: nonvoters themselves.

Duration:00:25:28

The Holdouts

11/1/2018
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Colorado boasts some of the highest voter turnout in the country. Seventy percent of eligible adults submitted a ballot in the 2016 election, putting the state fourth in the country for voter turnout. But that still means 30 percent of eligible adults sat it out. Why? Many of the common barriers to voting don’t exist in Colorado. The process is easy. The elections are competitive. So we’re turning to one group that can help with some answers: nonvoters themselves.

Duration:00:25:28

You Can’t Hack Paper

10/26/2018
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Security experts say Colorado is one of the most reliable places to cast a ballot. That’s largely because of an old technology: good, old-fashioned wood pulp.

Duration:00:25:59

You Can't Hack Paper

10/26/2018
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Security experts say Colorado is one of the most reliable places to cast a ballot. That’s largely because of an old technology: good, old-fashioned wood pulp.

Duration:00:26:01

The Prisoner Voting Dilemma

10/19/2018
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Unlike in other states, convicted felons in Colorado who have completed parole are allowed to vote. New laws require people leaving the criminal justice system to learn about their voting rights and give parolees the chance to pre-register. A bipartisan coalition is behind those changes, but how far is it willing to go toward re-enfranchising people within the criminal justice system?

Duration:00:24:05

The Prisoner Voting Dilemma

10/18/2018
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Unlike in other states, convicted felons in Colorado who have completed parole are allowed to vote. New laws require people leaving the criminal justice system to learn about their voting rights and give parolees the chance to pre-register. A bipartisan coalition is behind those changes, but how far is it willing to go toward re-enfranchising people within the criminal justice system?

Duration:00:24:07

Purple State Blues

10/12/2018
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Democratic presidential candidates are on a winning streak in Colorado. The state voted for Barack Obama twice and for Hillary Clinton in 2016. It’s been even longer since Colorado elected a Republican governor. Those results have led some to wonder if the state shouldn’t be considered purple anymore. On the electoral map, it might now be more of a light blue. One expert says not so fast.

Duration:00:14:36

Purple State Blues

10/11/2018
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Democratic presidential candidates are on a winning streak in Colorado. The state voted for Barack Obama twice and for Hillary Clinton in 2016. It’s been even longer since Colorado elected a Republican governor. Those results have led some to wonder if the state shouldn’t be considered purple anymore. On the electoral map, it might now be more of a light blue. One expert says not so fast.

Duration:00:22:51