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The pundits claim that "moral issues" outweighed the war in Iraq and the economy on Nov. 2. Here in Colorado, voters awarded control to the Democrats for the first time in 44 years.

click to enlarge Janis Hahn  -  - Broadmoor Bluffs  -  - Political consultant -  -  -  - Now that the dust has settled, what's your read on - election results? There was apparently a lot of fear about - moral issues and national security. The Republicans did a - better job of defining the opposition than the opposition - did of defining itself. -  - How about in Colorado? I was state director for - a coalition that worked to take back the state for - Democrats. We stuck to a plan of communicating to - voters who our candidates were. -  - What about the state Legislature going Democratic? -  A Democratic legislature is more likely to work - with a Republican governor than a Republican legislature - would with a Democratic governor. -  - Is Bush up the creek without a paddle? He'll - surprise a lot of people who voted for him by moving - more to the center. I think, though, that he'll get a lot of - what he wants done accomplished. -  - Who, overall, was the biggest winner? The - Republican agenda. -  - Who was the biggest loser? The American - people in that the Republican agenda is fixated on single - issues and things that go "Boo" in the night. They'll get - in some conservative judges, but they won't make much - of a dent in the really serious problems.
  • Janis Hahn

    Broadmoor Bluffs

    Political consultant

    Now that the dust has settled, what's your read on election results? There was apparently a lot of fear about moral issues and national security. The Republicans did a better job of defining the opposition than the opposition did of defining itself.

    How about in Colorado? I was state director for a coalition that worked to take back the state for Democrats. We stuck to a plan of communicating to voters who our candidates were.

    What about the state Legislature going Democratic? A Democratic legislature is more likely to work with a Republican governor than a Republican legislature would with a Democratic governor.

    Is Bush up the creek without a paddle? He'll surprise a lot of people who voted for him by moving more to the center. I think, though, that he'll get a lot of what he wants done accomplished.

    Who, overall, was the biggest winner? The Republican agenda.

    Who was the biggest loser? The American people in that the Republican agenda is fixated on single issues and things that go "Boo" in the night. They'll get in some conservative judges, but they won't make much of a dent in the really serious problems.

click to enlarge Dave Pietrowicz  -  - Downtown -  - Teacher, School for the Deaf and Blind -  -  -  - Interpret the election results.  It was dehumanizing - to both candidates. They threw barbs at each other - instead of addressing the real problems. They got - polarized by right-wing and left-wing issues. Most of us - live somewhere more in the middle. -  - How about locally? Maybe the middle class and - common man matter more in Colorado. -  - Is Bush headed for a tough four years? Bush - doesn't run the country. His constituents do. He's just - the puppet. -  - Everything considered, who was the biggest winner? - The American people. People voted in record - numbers. Bush won a record numbers of votes, but a - record number of people voted against him. -  - Who was the biggest loser? The conservatives. - Bush ran his campaign on scare tactics, and they bowed - to that.
  • Dave Pietrowicz

    Downtown

    Teacher, School for the Deaf and Blind

    Interpret the election results. It was dehumanizing to both candidates. They threw barbs at each other instead of addressing the real problems. They got polarized by right-wing and left-wing issues. Most of us live somewhere more in the middle.

    How about locally? Maybe the middle class and common man matter more in Colorado.

    Is Bush headed for a tough four years? Bush doesn't run the country. His constituents do. He's just the puppet.

    Everything considered, who was the biggest winner? The American people. People voted in record numbers. Bush won a record numbers of votes, but a record number of people voted against him.

    Who was the biggest loser? The conservatives. Bush ran his campaign on scare tactics, and they bowed to that.

click to enlarge Anne Roe   -  - Cascade   -  - Artist and art teacher -  -  -  - What's your election read? It reflected the spirit of - the country. We're very split and divided. -  - How about locally? Colorado voters looked - deeper at their candidates. There's hope here after all. -  - What about the state legislature going - Democratic? It's a hopeful sign. Maybe it'll create some - balance for once. -  - Is Bush in a tight fix? No one person is going - to turn the corner. It takes a lot of people asserting - themselves and watching carefully what's happening. -  - Who are the big winner and loser? There was - no big winner, other than so many people coming out to - vote. Kerry lost, but there was no effort lost. That - amount of participation will surely translate into change - over the next four years.
  • Anne Roe

    Cascade

    Artist and art teacher

    What's your election read? It reflected the spirit of the country. We're very split and divided.

    How about locally? Colorado voters looked deeper at their candidates. There's hope here after all.

    What about the state legislature going Democratic? It's a hopeful sign. Maybe it'll create some balance for once.

    Is Bush in a tight fix? No one person is going to turn the corner. It takes a lot of people asserting themselves and watching carefully what's happening.

    Who are the big winner and loser? There was no big winner, other than so many people coming out to vote. Kerry lost, but there was no effort lost. That amount of participation will surely translate into change over the next four years.

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