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Denver School Board Forum

On October 21st, in spite of the snow, candidates for Denver School Board attended a forum to answer questions, both prepared in advance by the community, and posed by the public at the event.  
Mary Seawell and Christopher Scott, who are running for the at large seat on the school board, both had to leave early, as did Andrea E. Merida, running to represent District 2.  Ismael Garcia, also running to represent District 2, arrived late.  Our footage of the event is presented in chapters, with each candidate’s introduction, closing statement, and answers to each question, where that candidate was available.  
Andrea G. Mosby, Jacqui Shumway, Dr. Nate Easley, and Alton Clark, all running to represent District 4, were present for the full forum.  
The event was sponsored by the Latina Initiative, Jovenes Unidos, and the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR).  Continue Reading →

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Obama Invokes His Grandmother’s Death In Health Care Debate

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.  Hello, Grand Junction!  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Everybody please have a seat.  It is good to be back in Southwest Colorado.  (Applause.)  Last time I was here I had some really good peaches.  (Laughter.)  Somehow, though, Michelle and the girls got to go pick peaches — and I’m hoping they bring some back for me.  
It is nice to take a break from the back and forth in Washington.  I want to especially want to thank Nathan for his introduction and sharing his story.  (Applause.)  It’s not easy to talk about an illness in the family.  It’s not easy to talk about such a painful experience.  Because it’s important that we understand what’s at stake in this health care debate he’s been willing to share it with us.  And so I’m very grateful to him.  
We’ve got a couple of other special guests that I want to acknowledge.  First of all, I stole him from you to make him what I believe will be the best Secretary of the Interior in the history of the United States, Ken Salazar.  (Applause.)  But I left things in good hands with the outstanding congressman and brother of Ken, John Salazar.  (Applause.)
 
Your outstanding governor of this great state, Bill Ritter, is here.  (Applause.)  As well as the extraordinary First Lady of the state, Jeannie Ritter is here as well.  (Applause.)
 
Two of the finest young senators that we’ve got in Washington right now:  Senator Mark Udall.  (Applause.)  And Senator Michael Bennet.  (Applause.)
 
I want to thank the hospitality of Grand Junction Mayor Bruce Hill.  (Applause.)  And finally I want to thank Tillie Bishop for the invocation.  (Applause.)  And I want to thank the Central High students Elise Beckstead, Crystal Rossman, Axel Urie and Amelia LyBarger for their National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.  Thank you, guys.  (Applause.)
 
Oh, and Central High principal Jody Diers is here.  (Applause.)  And it turns out school starts in two days.  (Laughter.)  You know, when I was going to school we always had until Labor Day.  (Laughter.)  It’s rough for kids these days.  But it’s important for us to be able to compete internationally, so it’s great to see dedicated educators like we have here at Central High.  (Applause.)
 
You know, Nathan’s story is the kind of story that I’ve read in letters and heard in town halls all across America.  And on Tuesday I was in New Hampshire talking about people denied coverage because of preexisting conditions.  Yesterday, I was in Montana talking about people who’ve had their insurance policies suddenly revoked, even though they were paying their premiums, just because they got sick.  Today we’re talking about people like Nathan and his family who have insurance but are still stuck with huge bills because they’ve hit a cap on their benefits or they’re charged exorbitant out-of-pocket fees.  
And when you hear about these experiences, when you think about the millions of people denied coverage because of preexisting conditions and the thousands who have their policies cancelled because of an illness, the countless people like Nathan, I want you to remember one thing:  There but for the grace of God go I.  (Applause.)  This is something that sometimes we’ve forgotten during the course of this health care debate.  These are ordinary Americans.  They’re no different from anybody else.  They’re working hard, they’re meeting their responsibilities, but they’re held hostage by health insurance companies that deny them coverage, or drop their coverage, or charge fees that they can’t afford for care that they desperately need.  
It’s hurting too many families and businesses.  It’s wrong.  And we’re going to fix it when we pass health insurance reform this year.  (Applause.)
 
Now, this is obviously a tough time for the families in Colorado and all across America.  I just want to rewind the clock a little bit, because sometimes people have forgotten what’s transpired over the last seven, eight months.  Just six months ago, we were in the middle of the worst recession of our lifetimes.  We were losing about 700,000 jobs each month.  Economists from the left and the right, liberals and conservatives, feared the second coming of the Great Depression.  I don’t know if everybody remembers that.  That was six months ago.  That’s why we acted as fast as we could to pass a recovery plan to stop the freefall.  And there’s been a lot of misinformation about that, so let me just talk briefly about what it is that we did. Continue Reading →

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First Time Vote

In Greeley, Colorado, at the University of Northern Colorado, after hearing about possible long lines due to voter cards and the surprising presence of a Sherrif’s Deputy, we spoke to a student who had just finished casting his first ballot. Continue Reading →

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How To Get Republicans To Yell At You

At the October 24th McCain rally in Denver, protesters stood with signs along the line to get into the event. One man in particular was very upset by one sign. The UpTake spoke with both the woman with the sign, and the man who found it so offensive. Continue Reading →

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The Neverending Vote

Election day in Denver in 2006 saw lines late into the night, and an uncountable number simply walking away from the polls. A lot of things have been changed to try and address that, including going back to systems less dependent on computerized systems. And it’s estimated that 35% of Coloradans have already voted by mail or early vote. But the ballot in Colorado is long this year. Seriously long. It took me about 45 minutes to vote it, and I skipped the judges. Continue Reading →

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Fighting The Urge To Purge In Colorado

As election time closes in, a federal law prevents the purging of voters from the rolls, even for the normal, valid reasons, like death or relocation, because it’s too easy to make mistakes or manipulate the process.  
Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffmann, who is also running as a Republican for a Congressional seat, has been purging tens of thousands of Coloradans from the voter rolls anyway.  
By Corrine L. McDermid Continue Reading →

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Final Colorado CD4 Debate- Markey V Musgrave

Betsy Markey is trying to become the first Democrat to win Colorado’s 4th Congressional District seat in decades.  Republican Marilyn Musgrave is trying to win her fourth term in what has become a very close race.  We pick up their final debate from October 21st, 2008 where they are talking about the financial rescue plan passed in Congress. Both are opposed to it.   You can find a play-by-play of the debate here from The Colorado Independent. Below we have the rest of the debate by topic including closing arguments. Video by Corinne McDermid
 
 

 
Related Coverage:
National Republicans pull funding from Colorado CD4 Race. Continue Reading →

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Biden Barnstorms Battleground Colorado

Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden has been crisscrossing the state of Colorado.  Polls show the Barack Obama/Biden ticket is ahead in the state, but it is close.  Here he revs up the crowed at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. You can watch his entire speech and/or watch the speakers who introduced him in our playlist below. Continue Reading →

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Palin Stumps in Colorado As Early Voting Starts

Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin spoke in Loveland, Grand Junction and Colorado Springs on Monday, the same day that early voting started in Colorado.  The Republican ticket is trailing in the polls.   Below are videos from Palin’s visit to Colorado Springs shot by The UpTake’s Corrine McDermid.  

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Colorado Voters Barred From Polls Speak Out

They filled out the registration form as they were told, but now thousands of Colorado voters may not be allowed to vote.  On Thursday, 16 October, a group gathered in front of Colorado Secreatary of State Mike Coffman’s office looking for redress to the denial of voting rights to people who didn’t check a confusing box on their voter registration form.  
In Colorado, new voters can provide a Driver’s License Number or the last four digits of their social security number.  However, if using their social security number, they must check a box saying they do not have a Driver’s License or official State ID.  
Coffman, who is a Republican candidate for Congress in Colorado’s 6th District, has disallowed registrations that have a social security number but do not have the box checked. 
 
Wade Norris of UltimatePolitics.net videotaped the testimonials of people who will not be able to vote or will not be able to vote absentee, as well as community organizers who recieved conflicting information about how to register voters (specifically about the check box) in trainings put on by the Secretary of State.  That video is above. Continue Reading →

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Markey On Challenging Musgrave’s Record

Betsy Markey agrees that she was more “feisty” in her second debate with Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave than she was in the first one.  She tells The UpTake’s Corrine McDermid that’s because this debate got to focus on Musgrave’s record.  
Debate was on Monday, 13 March, in the small town of Ft. Morgan, Colorado. Battle For Colorado’s 4th Gets Heated
Challenger Betsy Markey has drawn even in the polls with Republican Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, leading to some heated exchanges in Monday night’s debate.  Full video is here. 
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Ralph Nader: Peace, Love and Hugs

Citizen Kate asks Ralph Nader what it takes to be a great leader, and more significantly – how much money does it take?  Ralph Nader hits on some finer points including, “Can you have democracy without a democratic media?”  Chock-full of great sound bytes this is one press conference you don’t want to miss!  These are highlights of our live streaming camera that is following Kate around. Tune into theuptake.org to see the latest live clips! Continue Reading →

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“The Police Were Itching For A Fight” – DNC Protesters

You may have heard that pepper spray was used on the first official night of the DNC, or that some protesters got arrested. The UpTake’s Eli Linch went on a mission today to find out what happened and get the protester’s side of the story. Are the charges levied on those arrested accurate? When did the tear gas come into the picture? Check out this side of the story. Continue Reading →

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John Legend : Obama “Gets” Hip Hop

John Legend has been a Barack Obama supporter even before Obama officially entered the race.   In this interview with Max Blumenthal, Legend talks about how Hurricane Katrina pulled him to be politically active, even though he says he’s been politically minded all along.  Even though Obama is not the same age as Legend, he says Obama “gets” what hip hop is about. Continue Reading →

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Inside The DNC Protests

Recreate 68 is one of the controversially-named progressive groups organizing demonstrations and other activities at the 2008 DNC in Denver. The UpTake’s Chuck Olsen interviews one of the group’s founders, Mark Cohen, and documents the first big protest of the DNC. The theme was, “End the Occupation.”  
Cohen points out that the group is not named “Recreate Chicago 68″ or “Recreate DNC 68″ a reference to the police riots that errupted during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.  The group is dedicated to peace, and unlike those protests in 1968, these ended peacefully with no immediate reports of arrests. 
 
Additional footage by Corrine McDermid and Josh Mull. Live music performance by Dead Prez. Continue Reading →

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Ned Lamont Comments On Biden As VP Pick

Ned Lamont is a Barack Obama delegate this year to the Democratic National Convention. But he’s most famous for defeating Senator Joe Lieberman in a primary battle, only to lose to Lieberman when he ran as an Independent. The UpTake’s Noah Kunin asks Lamont about Obama’s choice of Joe Biden as a running mate. Lamont tells us why he likes Biden and then sidesteps a question about running again. Continue Reading →

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