Colorado State House District 45 candidate Q&A

Why are you seeking public office?
It’s time for Douglas County to have a representative who is more inclusive. I’m heartbroken at the provocative anti-LGBTQ+ legislation introduced by the current representative. I’m a second amendment supporter, gun owner and sport shooter who believes in common sense gun legislation.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
1- Providing resources to combat COVID using science and data.

2- Dismantle TABOR

3- Address Education needs such as funding, class size and teacher evaluations.

Do you support some type of public option health insurance or Medicare for All at the state level? If so, which and why? If not, why not?
Access to medical care, including physical, mental and women’s healthcare are a human right. This would enable every resident, especially children to enjoy a happier, healthy and productive life.

Have your views on policing and racism in Colorado changed this year? If so, how?
Recent events prove the police are grossly mishandling incidents involving people of color. Racism and bias were always suspected, but this year we have irrefutable proof of that from across the country. I’m particularly disturbed by the image of a black family being made to lie on the hot asphalt during a “stolen car” investigation in Aurora. I can’t imagine the same happening to a white family. And that’s the glaring difference.

Do you place a greater importance on addressing climate change or preserving Colorado’s oil and gas industry? What steps would you take on these issues as a lawmaker?
Climate change is an emergency for our planet. Colorado can take the lead in showing how to reduce fossil fuel emissions by investing in clean renewable energy. Colorado is a great location for both wind and solar energy. The “Just Transitions” program is an agreement between industries and unions to move carbon fuel workers into well paid clean energy jobs. I will do all I can to support this.

Should Colorado consider any new gun laws? If so, which do you support?
Two new gun laws are safe storage and increased concealed carry training. Safe storage would mandate that guns not in the possession of the owner should be securely locked away to prevent theft, reduce suicides, and prevent accidental shootings. Gun owners should carry firearm insurance to mitigate damages done by unsecured firearms. As a person who has completed several concealed carry classes I find the standards and training for a permit to be grossly inadequate. Training should be standardized, include live firing and simulations of stressful situations, as well as regular ongoing training to raise awareness and skill of those carrying deadly weapons.

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Colorado State House District 33 candidate Q&A

Why are you seeking public office?
It’s been an honor to serve the people of Broomfield, Superior and Erie over the past four years. We’ve accomplished a lot in advancing paid family and medical leave, criminal justice reform and protecting people who need unemployment insurance in an unprecedented time. We still have a lot of work to do on improving transportation and public education, and I’m excited to do it.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
Finally funding transportation adequately, finally funding public education adequately, and implementing paid family and medical leave.

Do you support some type of public option health insurance or Medicare for All at the state level? If so, which and why? If not, why not?
I support a public option if structured responsibly, and I trust those working on it. Medicare is a federal program so can’t be implemented at the state level.

Have your views on policing and racism in Colorado changed this year? If so, how?
I learned most about the criminal justice system when I was working in it every day as a prosecutor. I’ve also done a lot of listening in the past year from folks in the community.

Do you place a greater importance on addressing climate change or preserving Colorado’s oil and gas industry? What steps would you take on these issues as a lawmaker?
I think you can be smart about both. As we actively transition to renewable energy, we still need oil and gas, which we can manage responsibly. We also need to address the global threat of climate change, where we’re far behind where we need to be.

Should Colorado consider any new gun laws? If so, which do you support?
Gun safety is an important issue that we should always have an open mind about. We haven’t stopped the epidemic of gun violence, and we shouldn’t stop working until we do.

Why are you seeking public office?
I have the passion and desire to serve my community. I will safeguard our liberties for our children and our grandchildren. I will stand up against government overreach and special interest agendas. I will faithfully support our unalienable constitutional rights. I bring voice of reason, balance, and will represent ALL the residents of House District 33.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
My top priorities are fighting for school choice, parental choice, community

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Colorado State House District 3 candidate Q&A

Why are you seeking public office?
I’ve been privileged to serve in the Colorado State House for two years and I’m proud of what we have accomplished. I am seeking re-election to continue to work for all Coloradans, not special interests.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
My priorities continue to be adequate and equitable funding for public education, to preserve Colorado’s air, land, and water, and to ensure an economy that works for all.

Do you support some type of public option health insurance or Medicare for All at the state level? If so, which and why? If not, why not?
I am in favor of increasing accessibility to and affordability of health insurance and think a public option should be considered.

Have your views on policing and racism in Colorado changed this year? If so, how?
The urgency for action to address systemic racism and policing became very apparent this year. I am proud of our first-in-the nation, landmark, bi-partisan police accountability bill, SB217.

Do you place a greater importance on addressing climate change or preserving Colorado’s oil and gas industry? What steps would you take on these issues as a lawmaker?
It is unfortunate that this question presupposes that the two cannot coexist. As demonstrated in SB19-181 we can place health and safety as the priority of the oil and gas commission, continue to issue permits and address climate change.

Should Colorado consider any new gun laws? If so, which do you support?
Yes I am in favor of common sense gun violence prevention measures, including reporting of lost and stolen firearms, and safe storage measures.

Why are you seeking public office?
I believe that one party Democrat rule in a city or a state over a period of time will lead to the same outcomes we can see in places like California, Portland, Seattle, Chicago and others. Outcomes include more poverty, more homelessness, more lawlessness, sky high taxes, budgets busted by debt and poor management, over regulation and, most importantly, loss of individual freedoms. Colorado can become a place where citizens recognize that their values are “cancelled” and they feel compelled to move out.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
1. EDUCATION EQUITY. Having served on the State Review Panel for 9 years and and evaluating the lowest academically

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Ex-Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya placed on ‘wanted’ list in Russia, under Union State treaty with Minsk

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the main opposition candidate in Belarus’ disputed August presidential election, has been placed on the interstate wanted list by Russia’s Interior Ministry. The move follows a request by police in Minsk.

The database on the ministry’s website says that Tikhanovskaya is wanted as part of a criminal case. However it doesn’t specify which article of the criminal code she’s suspected of violating, or the precise crime she’s accused of in her homeland. 

A police source told Moscow news agency TASS that Tikhanovskaya is facing criminal charges in Belarus, but Russian law enforcement is also obliged to look for her, as this is how the interstate wanted list works. They allow for the arrest and extradition of suspects among the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) members, which includes Russia, Belarus, and seven other former Soviet republics.

The Belarusian Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against Tikhanovskaya over her calls for a seizure of power, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. It began after the 38-year-old initiated the creation of an opposition coordination council, tasked with transferring authority in the country to her from President Alexander Lukashenko.

According to official results, Tikhanovskaya secured ten percent of the vote in the Belarusian presidential election on August 9, which was overwhelmingly won by the country’s longtime leader, Alexander Lukashenko, according to the disputed official count.

The opposition refused to accept the results of the vote, insisting that it was rigged by the government.

Belarus has been gripped by protests since then, with thousands taking to the streets every weekend demanding Lukashenko’s resignation and calling for a new election.  

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Tikhanovskaya, who claims that she’s the rightful president, fled the country for Lithuania several days after the vote over fears of persecution by the authorities in Minsk.

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Jim Himes: Democrat, candidate for U.S. House 4th District

Name: Jim Himes

Party: Democrat

Race: U.S. House 4th District

Greenwich residents have known Jim Himes for years first as a resident and neighbor and now as a congressman. In his hometown, Himes served as a chair of the Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners, as a member of the Board of Estimate and Taxation and as chair of the Democratic Town Committee in Greenwich.

He was elected to the House in 2008, defeating longtime Republican incumbent Christopher Shays in the 4th District, which covers 16 municipalities in coastal Fairfield County and one town in New Haven County.

Himes is a father of two girls, speaks fluent Spanish and had a career in investment banking.

Now a six-term incumbent in the 4th District, Himes currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the ranking member of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee.

Himes has taken what was once a Republican seat for generations and seemingly turned it safely blue, easily defeating his past Republican challengers.

A frequent guest on MSNBC and CNN, Himes has raised his national profile with his frequent criticism of the policies and conduct of President Donald Trump. Himes has also been active on social media, particularly Twitter, where in addition to politics,he has discussed his hobbies of making mead, backyard beekeeping and making maple syrup.

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Death of candidate in Minn. House race triggers special election next year

“I want to offer condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Weeks. The loss of any of us is a tragedy, and that’s felt especially in someone who has put his energy into a campaign to serve in public office,” Secretary of State Steve Simon (D) said in a statement. “The law is clear on what happens next. If a major party nominee dies within 79 days of Election Day; a special election will be held for that office on the second Tuesday of February.”

Craig, 48, whose term ends in January, now faces a Feb. 9 special election.

The congresswoman won the seat in 2018 after losing two years earlier in part because of a left-wing, third-party candidate. Kistner was running a serious race against Craig, but the Democrat was well-funded and the seat was not seen as a top Republican target.

The special election could be competitive. President Trump narrowly won the district south of the Twin Cities with 46 percent of the vote, edging out Hillary Clinton due to a high share of votes for third-party candidates.

Minnesota has experienced the death of a candidate in the middle of a campaign before. In 2002, Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone was killed in a plane crash, and Democrats hurriedly nominated former vice president Walter Mondale to replace him.

That led to confusion about ballots already cast for Wellstone, which, to Democrats’ detriment, were not counted for Mondale. The state subsequently changed the law, requiring a new election if a “major party” candidate dies within 79 days of Election Day. The old problem — what to do with votes for a dead candidate — was gone because the parties no longer would replace that candidate on the ballot. It would be settled by a special election.

The election law, passed in 2013, may face legal scrutiny. The date of federal elections has been set at the first Tuesday of November for nearly 150 years, by Congress. If Minnesota’s law, never tested, were superseded, votes that started being cast last week might be tallied; if seated, the winner would serve for a month before a special election.

The Legal Marijuana Now Party, a 22-year-old left-wing party, was able to gain “major party” status based on 2018 results. Minnesota grants “major party” status to any party that gets more than 5 percent of the vote in the previous election, and in 2018, as Democrats swept Minnesota’s statewide races, 5.3 percent of voters opted for the Legal Marijuana Now Party’s candidate for state auditor.

That created a problem for Democrats this year, and the party filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against Weeks, whose social media posts suggested that he supported Republicans and who was not filing required paperwork about his finances.

Craig issued a statement this week about Weeks.

“I was deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of Adam Weeks’s passing earlier this week,” Craig said, adding that she and her spouse, Cheryl Greene, were “praying for the Weeks family

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Paraplegic US House candidate skydives for veterans

MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — A paraplegic man from Maine who is making a bid for the U.S. House brought the concept of campaign stunts to new heights Friday when he jumped out of an airplane in support of veterans.

Republican Dale Crafts, a former state representative, made the jump from 11000 feet (3,350 meters) in the early afternoon at Millinocket Regional Airport in the northern part of the state. He is running against Democratic Rep. Jared Golden, himself a Marine veteran.

Crafts landed safely after the plunge and said he can now “cross it off the bucket list.”

The candidate for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District said he took the leap to raise money for the Pine Grove Program, a Maine organization that provides free outdoor experiences for veterans, military members and disaster victims. Crafts has been paraplegic since a motorcycle accident in 1983.

Crafts and Golden are in a closely watched race in a swing district. Golden won the seat in 2018. A spokesman for Golden said the congressman “fully appreciates all efforts to raise funds to benefit his fellow veterans,” and pointed to Golden’s efforts, such as bringing a 24-bed U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs substance abuse and mental health treatment facility to Maine.

Organizers of Friday’s event said Crafts was assisted by Chris Tyll, a former Navy SEAL; and Brad Farrin, the former command chief master sergeant for the Maine Air National Guard. Farrin took the jump along with Dale. Both men were accompanied by a jumpmaster — an expert skydiver — who was strapped to their backs.

Maine Republicans have some recent history with daredevil jumps. Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in Maine in 2014. Bush made the jump despite having lost the use of his legs.

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Democrat challenging QAnon conspiracist candidate in Georgia drops out

  • Kevin Van Ausdal, the Democrat candidate in the race for Georgia’s 14th congressional district, announced on Friday he was dropping out of the race and moving out of the state.
  • Van Ausdal was running opposite the GOP candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene, the staunchly pro-Trump candidate who has expressed support for the baseless, far-right QAnon conspiracy theory. 
  • Greene, who won a runoff primary race last month, had already been expected to win the seat in a heavily Republican district.
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Kevin Van Ausdal, the Democratic candidate running against controversial GOP candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia’s 14th congressional district, suddenly dropped out of the House race on Friday.

“I am heartbroken to announce that for family and personal reasons, I cannot continue this race for Congress,” he said in a statement posted to Twitter. “After lengthy discussions with my team, attorneys, party officials, and others, the answer was clear, stepping aside would be best for the voters.

Van Ausal said he would be moving from Georgia, which would render him ineligible to run for the seat. He said he was resigning from the race so that the Democratic Party had “a chance to put forward a candidate that can carry this fight to the end.”  

“I will put every resource, every bit of knowledge into the campaign that comes behind me to defeat Marjorie and restore hope to the people of Northwest Georgia,” he said.

According to a Politico report, the Georgia Democratic Party asked Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to officially disqualify Van Ausdal from the ballot and to be allowed to name a replacement candidate, though it’s not clear if he will allow them to do so.

According to Georgia law, a vacancy stemming from the “withdrawal of a candidate less than 60 days prior to the date of the election shall not be filled,” as Politico noted.

Greene was already favored to win the race because the district leans strongly Republican. President Donald Trump won 75% of the vote there in 2016, Business Insider previously noted.

Greene, who in August won a runoff primary race to become the only Republican candidate in the race, has made headlines for controversial statements and her promotion of a baseless, far-right QAnon conspiracy theory that the world is run by a Satanic cabal of elites aiming to bring down Donald Trump and his presidency.

The QAnon the conspiracy theory, which originated on 4chan, is centered around an unknown online individual called “Q,” who claims to have a top-security security clearance, as Business Insider’s Sonam Sheth and Eliza Relman previously reported.



“Q is a patriot, we know that for sure, but we do not know who Q is,” Greene said in a 2017 video posted to social media. “I don’t know who Q is, but I’m just going to tell you about it because I think it’s something worth listening to

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Progressive Conservative candidate dropped over trans bathroom meme

Roland Michaud, the New Brunswick Progressive Conservatives candidate for the state legislative assembly in Victoria-La Vallee

A Canadian Progressive Conservativess candidate has been roundly condemned and removed by his party over a Facebook meme encouraging violence against trans people in bathrooms.

Roland Michaud, the New Brunswick Progressive Conservatives candidate for the state legislative assembly in Victoria-La Vallee, was dropped after transphobic post surfaced just a week before the September 14 election.

A meme shared to Michaud’s personal Facebook page in 2018 said: “A man followed a young girl into a Target bathroom in Texas saying he self-identified as a woman.

“The man’s teeth were knocked out by the girl’s father, who says he self-identifies as the tooth fairy.”

Roland Michaud was dropped as the New Brunswick Progressive Conservatives candidate for the state legislative assembly in Victoria-La Vallee over his anti-trans post
Roland Michaud was dropped as the New Brunswick Progressive Conservatives candidate for the state legislative assembly in Victoria-La Vallee over his anti-trans post

Progressive Conservatives leader Blaine Higgs has pulled support from Michaud over the “offensive” meme.

While it is too late for him to be removed from the ballot, Higgs said that if elected, he would not be permitted into the party’s caucus — which currently holds 20 of the 49 seats in the legislative assembly.

He has called for Michaud to drop out of the race, making clear: “While I respect everyone’s right to have their own personal views, I cannot endorse the promotion of messaging that is clearly sexist, offensive, and hurtful to many people.

“I especially cannot accept anything that incites violence against any community and I certainly cannot endorse that form of a person seeking public office.”

According to Huddle, he added: “I know some might think this is a risk – asking a candidate to withdraw so close to election day. We are in a minority government. It’s no secret I’m in a vulnerable situation.

“I am trying to win a majority, and clearly every seat counts. But I’ve never shied away from doing what’s right – even if it hurts me politically. That’s not my way.”

Roland Michaud says he’s sorry but won’t withdraw from race.

In a video posted to his Facebook page, Michaud insisted he had “not withdrawn from the race” and “will still be on the ballot” ahead of the election on September 14.

He insisted: “I’m a blue collar ordinary guy just like you, and ordinary people make mistakes. I’ve admitted to that and I’ve apologised. I’m only human, just like you.

“I’m asking you to give me a chance, give me a chance to prove that it won’t happen again. I’m still on the ballot for Victoria-La Vallee, and I can still be the voice that you folks need, so give me the opportunity to prove to you who I am.”

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