Friday, September 6, 2019

Gov. Polis survives recall attempt

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2019 at 1:09 PM

click to enlarge Gov. Jared Polis says he wants to build a Colordo for all. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Gov. Jared Polis says he wants to build a Colordo for all.
Gov. Jared Polis survived a recall effort on Sept. 6 when those pushing the recall admitted they had  fallen short of the required 631,266 signatures needed to force a recall election, media outlets reported.

The group had 60 days to gather the signatures and brought in more than 300,000, a recall effort spokesperson said, though that was not independently verifiable, as the Colorado Sun reported.

The Democrat, who took office in January and led a progressive effort during the legislative session regarding all-day kindergarten, adoption of a red flag law and a national popular vote law, issued a statement through his campaign saying, "The voters have spoken; no do-overs."

The Independent endorsed Polis in his run for the governorship.

Polis' statement:
At the very beginning of my campaign, I made a straight-forward promise: To build a Colorado for all.

This promise is on my mind every single day I head into work and serve as your Governor. It’s what has driven my administration and our legislature to fight day and night for an agenda that represents everyone — no matter who you are or where you come from. It's what drives me to work hard to represent our entire state: today I’m in Rifle, Last week Durango and Ignacio, next week Trinidad and Lamar. And it’s why, nine months after I was sworn in, we have passed legislation that saves Coloradans money on healthcare and ensures that every child can go to full-day kindergarten free of charge.

I am incredibly proud of everything we’ve accomplished to make the lives of Coloradans easier, and I hope you’re proud too because we couldn’t have gotten this far without you. However, while we fought hard for this progress, we must fight just as hard to protect it.

As you may have heard, a small group of activists has been working to undo the will of the voters and trigger a recall against me and some of our elected Democrats in the state legislature. The good news is that, as of yesterday, they have failed to submit the required number of signatures against me. But the bad news is that they are still trying to recall several state senators and have left a foundation that other groups can use to try to subvert the will of the people again, so we need to stay ready to fight back.

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