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Re: “Reader: County Dems are underrepresented

I agree with your sentiment, Cindy. Unfortunately, El Paso County has a long history of being "conservative." Steel mill owners lived in Colorado Springs, the workers lived in Pueblo. Mine owners lived in Colorado Springs, the workers lived elsewhere. The KKK had a hold on the city and county, and even the state, to the point that there was at least one KKK governor of the state at one time.

Massacres of striking workers cloud our history. The monied interests in El Paso County still control the city and county. Nothing is done without their approval. The city fathers saw fit to attract evangelical/fundamentalist businesses to the point of the city becoming known as the Evangelical "Vatican."

Most democrats moved here from other places. The party has no real power, and never has in El Paso County. Even though the state has had several Democratic governors, Colorado remains a right to work state.

Only Barack Obama's candidacy in 2008 stirred the Democrats we have to show up, attracting more than 12,000 to the local convention and overwhelming the accommodations. Although Colorado has become a purple state, El Paso County, being the most populace county in the state, keeps it red by a landslide. It will be a long time before the powers that be care what the Democrats want here.

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Posted by rw shoemaker on 07/06/2017 at 3:47 PM

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