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Colorado could be first in nation with female-majority state legislature

Real Vail |  David O. Williams  | July 10, 2018

A day after President Donald Trump passed on nominating a woman to the U.S. Supreme Court – selecting instead another white man in the form of Brett Kavanaugh – it is worth noting yet again that women make up more than 50 percent (pdf) of the electorate in the United States and have been more politically active than men in recent elections.

That activism is especially evident in Colorado, where 60 percent of the Democratic vote is female, and Democrats in 2016 surpassed Republicans among all active voters for the first time in 30 years. In last month’s primary election, millennial female voters jumped from 9 percent in 2016 to 15 percent of the vote in 2018.

 

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Rep. Scott Tipton, Diane Mitsch Bush win Colorado 3rd Congressional District primaries

Washington Post  | July 5, 2018

Rep. Scott Tipton, a Republican, is running against Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush in the race to represent Colorado's 3rd Congressional District.

Tipton has represented the district in the House since 2011.

Tipton did not face a challenger in the June 26 Republican primary; Mitsch Bush won the Democratic primary with 64 percent of the vote.

Each House seat is up for election every two years.

The district went for President Trump, a Republican, in 2016 by a margin of 11.9 points. Democrat Hillary Clinton won Colorado by 4.9 points.

 

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Unaffiliated voters boost turnout in Tuesday’s primary

Durango Herald | Jonathan Romeo | June 29, 2018

Unaffiliated voters who participated in Tuesday’s primary election helped to increase voter turnout by nearly 10 percent since the last non-presidential primary four years ago, said La Plata County Clerk & Recorder Tiffany Parker.

On Tuesday, 10,700 ballots were counted in both the Democratic and Republican primary elections. A total of 10,853 ballots were submitted, but Parker said 122 were rejected because voters turned in ballots for both parties, one ballot was empty, and about 30 were withheld for privacy purposes.

 

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Unions expected setback from Supreme Court

Pueblo Chieftain | June 29, 2018

On hand to listen -- and to emphasize their support for local unions -- were Diane Mitsch Bush, the Democrat running in the 3rd Congressional District; state Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-House District 46; Chris Wiseman, Democratic candidate for Pueblo County commissioner; and Steve Nawrocki and Nick Gradisar, who are among the candidates running for the new position of mayor of Pueblo.

 

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Mitsch Bush to face Tipton in November

Pueblo Chieftain | June 27, 2018

Diane Mitsch Bush of Steamboat Springs easily won the Democratic nomination in the 3rd Congressional District in Tuesday's primary and will run against U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., in November.

Mitsch Bush is a former county commissioner and state lawmaker. She launched her run over a year ago and touts her endorsements from high-profile Democrats such as former U.S. Sen. and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, former U.S. Sen. and Mark Udall, as well as former Gov. Bill Ritter.

 

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Mitsch Bush wins, will face Tipton

Grand Junction Sentinel | Charles Ashby  | June 27, 2018

Former state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush pulled out a victory on primary night to capture the Democratic Party's nomination for Congressional District 3 and the right to run against the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Republican.

Mitsch Bush won about 65 percent of the vote over Glenwood Springs attorney Karl Hanlon and Carbondale resident Arn Menconi, who ran an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate in 2016 as a member of the Green Party.

The early vote total was more than 6,100 for Mitsch Bush, compared with Hanlon's more than 2,600 and Menconi's 617.

 

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Diane Mitsch Bush wins Democratic primary, will face Scott Tipton in 3rd Colorado’s Congressional District

Aspen Times | Matthew Bennett | June 26, 2018

Rep. Scott Tipton, the Republican incumbent representing Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, now knows who he will face off against in the Nov. 6 general election: former state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush.

All three Democratic campaigns eagerly awaited the returns once the clock struck 7 p.m. and the primary ballot boxes officially closed Tuesday evening.

From the first reporting, Mitsch Bush and her followers welcomed the results in from the Democratic headquarters in Pueblo as she was won in overwhelming fashion with 64 percent of the vote.

 

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Bush will challenge Tipton for Colorado seat in U.S. House

The Journal | June 26, 2018

Democrat voters in Montezuma County on Tuesday overwhelmingly chose Diane Mitsch Bush to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton.

County Republicans chose state Treasurer Walker Stapleton as their candidate for governor, while Democrats went for Cary Kennedy, who lost the primary election to U.S. Rep. Jared Polis.

In Montezuma County, 5,490 voters participated in the 2018 Primary Election on Tuesday.

 

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Diane Mitsch Bush wins Democratic primaries for Congress

The Denver Post | Jesse Paul | June 26, 2018

Mitsch Bush was holding a lead over Karl Hanlon, Glenwood Springs chief legal counsel, with 64 percent of the vote in Colorado 3rd Congressional District’s Democratic primary with 58,300 ballots counted.

The Associated Press called the race in Mitsch Bush’s favor about 9 p.m.

“I’m very pleased with the results, but we’ll see,” said Mitsch Bush, of Steamboat Springs.

 

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Pitkin County voters mirror statewide results; Polis, Stapleton lead in county

Aspen Times | Jason Auslander | June 26, 2018

While local races will have to wait until the November general election, about 25 percent of the registered Pitkin County voters nonetheless chimed in on statewide races during Tuesday's primary election.

The Colorado governor's race was, by far, the most contested race this election, with four Republicans and four Democrats vying for the chance to replace Gov. John Hickenlooper.

 

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Democrats seek last-minute support in House District 3

Aspen Daily News | Andre Salvail | June 25, 2018

The three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Colorado’s U.S. House District 3 said Sunday they plan to work all the way through Tuesday’s election primary to sway as many voters as possible in their quest to face incumbent Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, in the November general election.

 

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It’s time for our government to work for us all

Durango Herald | Diane Mitsch Bush | June 23, 2018

I am running for Congress because Donald Trump and Congressman Scott Tipton are moving us backward and are dividing us.

My guiding principle is that together we can create a more just, equitable, sustainable and prosperous future for all; unfortunately, our current administration, supported in lock-step by Tipton, does not agree..

 

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Vote for Diane Mitsch Bush

Steamboat Pilot | Julie Hagenbuch | June 22, 2018

If you believe everyone has a right to health care, that we all own our public lands, our future depends on educating our children and a family should never be separated by the government for crossing the border seeking a better life, then get out and vote for Diane Mitsch Bush...

 

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Backing Bush

Pueblo Chieftain | Tiffany Lucero | June 22, 2018

It was just over a month ago when I stood in solidarity with my fellow teachers and paraprofessionals to picket and protest the poor contract we were offered. While I’m relieved that we were able to resolve our dispute and close out the year with the students, I also think we should continue looking for ways to improve our public school system and our community.

 

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Mitsch Bush prioritizes needs of her constituents

Aspen Times | Rep. Dylan Roberts | June 22, 2018

I enthusiastically endorse Diane Mitsch Bush for U.S. Congress for two reasons: because she will beat Scott Tipton and when she does, she will be an excellent congresswoman. I have had the privilege of knowing Diane ever since she was a Routt County Commissioner when I was growing up in Steamboat. As I was getting started in local politics, Routt County was not a Democratic stronghold, but Diane consistently won tough elections through hard work and her ability to connect directly with voters across the political spectrum..

 

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Guest Column from Diane Mitsch Bush, 3rd Congressional District democratic candidate

Sopris Sun | Diane Mitsch Bush Guest Column | June 22, 2018

I am running for Congress because Donald Trump and Congressman Scott Tipton are moving us backwards and they are dividing us. My guiding principle is that together we can create a more just, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous future for ALL; unfortunately, our current Administration, supported in lock-step by Tipton, does not agree. Their egregious response to the ongoing crisis at our southern border perfectly exemplifies this.

 

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Questioning numbers from Hanlon camp on Mitsch Bush

The Aspen Times | Kyle Furer | June 22, 2018

My name is Kyle Feuer and I am the director of communications for Diane Mitsch Bush's Campaign for Congress. I am including my affiliation with Diane's campaign to ensure full transparency and disclosure. A recent letter to the editor from Shannon Manfredi, Karl Hanlon's southwest regional coordinator, requires a factual rebuttal.

 

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Vote for the ‘Legislator of the Year’

Pagosa Daily Post | Emily Boyd | June 21, 2018

With less than a week to go, I encourage Democrats (and Unaffiliated voters!) to vote for Diane Mitsch Bush in the Colorado primary election – Tuesday, June 26 is the last day to get in your ballot.

I grew up in Colorado and came back after six years on both the East and West coasts because this race is incredibly important. I was, and continue to be, inspired and motivated by Diane – I’m so glad I came home to see get her elected.

 

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Primary recap: Ballots due by Tuesday will decide choices on November ballot

Durango Herald | June 20, 2018

The Democratic ticket for governor includes a particularly strong mix of candidates, including out-going Congressman Jared Polis, former state senator Mike Johnston and former two-term state treasurer Cary Kennedy. And, Colorado’s current lieutenant governor, Donna Lynne, who for two years has worked side by side with Gov. John Hickenlooper and has a significant background in corporate healthcare leadership.

 

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Mitsch Bush able to work with everyone

Aspen Times | Austin Owen | June 19, 2018

One of the many things our current administration is missing is experience. The absence of knowledge around constitutional law, government protocol and basic ethics that is being exhibited in Washington every day is a great shame on our country and we need a representative who will speak up for our values as Coloradans.

 

Diane Mitsch Bush is by far the most qualified Democratic candidate running for the 3rd Congressional District. She held her seat in the Colorado House of Representatives for four-and-a-half years and served as the chair of the Transportation and Energy Committee and vice chair of the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee. Diane has a record in the Colorado House of working across the aisle to pass legislation in the interest of all Coloradans — farmers, teachers, veterans, small businessmen and women, and students.

 

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Speaking out for Diane

Post Independent | Delbert Parrish | June 15, 2018

It's time for a change in Washington. It's time for us to have a representative who cares more for the people than for party politics and their paycheck. It's time for our representatives to work together, across the aisle. It's time for us, the people, to make that change.

It's time to send Diane Mitsch-Bush to Washington DC to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado.

 

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Diane is My Choice for Congress

Pagosa Daily News | Molly Wickwire-Sante | June 16, 2018

If you believe it’s time to have more female Democratic leaders in Congress, then please read on to see why we should support Diane Mitsch Bush for United States Congress in Colorado District 3. She is on your primary election ballot if you are a registered Democrat or Unaffiliated voter, and she will run against Republican Scott Tipton if she wins the primary.

Here is what stands out to me the most about Diane...

 

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Don’t let a handful of voters make the decisions; vote in the primary by June 26

Vail Daily News | Kay Delanoy | June 19, 2018

As of Saturday, June 16, only 10 percent of Colorado voters had submitted their ballots for the primary. If you are mailing said ballot, it needs to arrive by Tuesday, June 26, not just be postmarked. And it needs two stamps. If you are delivering by hand, you need to get it in the drop-off box by sometime on the 26th.

Now, why should you vote? Because your choice could have a huge impact come November. Do you care who might become our governor? I favor Jared Polis, but perhaps you don't. When it comes to our U.S. Representative from Eagle County, it can be confusing, since our county is divided into two Congressional districts.

 

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Experience and dedication matter; vote for Mitsch Bush, Weiser

Vail Daily News | Jamie Harrison | June 19, 2018

Experience and dedication matter. And in this primary season, there are two candidates who stand out by their knowledge of the issues that are important to Eagle County voters and their commitment to representing us.

 

Diane Mitsch Bush has ably represented us in the Colorado House of Representatives for years.

 

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Mitsch Bush has excellent track record

Aspen Daily Times | Austin Owen | June 20, 2018

Diane Mitsch Bush is by far the most qualified Democratic candidate running for the Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. She held her seat in the Colorado House of Representatives for four and a half years and served as the chair of the Transportation and Energy Committee and vice chair of the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee. Diane has a record in the Colorado House of working across the aisle to pass legislation in the interest of all Coloradans — farmers, teachers, veterans, small businessmen and women and students.

 

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Why I’m voting for Paula, Jean and Diane

Aspen Times | John Colson | June 11, 2018

It's primary election season in Colorado (the actual primary date is June 26, though most voters are likely to mail in their ballots between today and then), and we've got plenty of candidates to choose from to fill seats at various levels of government.

For now, I'll concentrate on just three of them...

 

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Diane Mitsch Bush supports LGBTQ community

Aspen Times | Marcus Breman | June 11, 2018

Colorado has a proud history of defending LGBTQ rights. Our state legalized same-sex marriage back in 2008, seven years before it was federally mandated. Additionally, we were the first state to make gender identity a protected class, and prosecute crimes based on transgender status as hate crimes. This is a record that I, at 15 only years old, feel proud of. Unfortunately, our 3rd Congressional District representative, Scott Tipton, is working to undermine that legacy.

 

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Why I’m backing Mitsch Bush

Aspen Daily News | Rachel Richards,

Pitkin County commissioner, former mayor of Aspen | June 12, 2018

When my primary ballot arrives, I’m voting for Diane Mitsch Bush on the Democratic ballot.

Unaffiliated voters who have not pre-selected which ballot they prefer to vote will receive both Republican and Democratic primary ballots, but can only fill out and return one ballot. A key point for unaffiliated voters is to decide which races are most important to them, and then, in a true first for Colorado, have a meaningful voice in who advances to our November elections for federal, state and local offices!

I’m voting for Mitsch Bush in the 3rd Congressional race because, as much as I know, respect and honor the other two candidates, I have worked with Dianne since she was first elected a Routt County commissioner

 

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Diane Mitsch Bush on top of policy issues

Aspen Times | Rachel Richards,

Pitkin County commissioner, former mayor of Aspen | June 12, 2018

Working regionally Diane has become an expert in key policy issues as diverse as transportation, water law and human services. Diane Mitsch Bush carried tough legislation throughout her career there, from measures to tackle health insurance cost to funding our state highways and transit. She successfully passed the Independence Pass 'oversized trucks' law to increase fines to $1,500 for those that ignore the size restrictions and endangered all our citizens; getting vested interest & stakeholders to the table to work out a solution including the Co state patrol, the Dept of Transportation, The Trucker Association, Co Counties Inc., Pitkin County and the Pitkin Sheriff's office.

 

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3rd CD candidates work independent, unaffiliated voters

Post Independent | Matthew Bennett | June 14, 2018

Wednesday night, Western Colorado Independent Voters held a forum in Glenwood Springs for the Democratic primary candidates whose names appear on the ballot this month.

 

Participating were former Colorado State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, former Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi, and a campaign representative for Glenwood Springs municipal and water attorney Karl Hanlon, who could not attend due to work commitments.

 

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Replace Tipton; vote for Bush

Telluride Daily Planet | Jerramy Fine  | June 14, 2018

I grew up in Montrose, Colorado and spent many happy summers and winters in Telluride. And I’m writing to say that I am fed up with Congressman Scott Tipton not representing me or the needs of his district.

Life is harder than ever for the working class, yet Tipton voted in favor of the horrendous tax bill that benefits only his wealthiest constituents and ignores everyone else. Tipton lives in Western Colorado, one of the most beautiful places on Earth, yet he has consistently sided with oil and gas lobbyists in destroying our public lands.

Diane Mitsch Bush (running as the Democratic candidate for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District) is a much needed change and I urge everyone to support her.

 

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Congressional candidates speak out at Democratic forum in Steamboat

Steamboat Pilot | Tom Ross | June 13, 2018

Nearing the end of a long tour through the 29 counties that comprise Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, it was clear that the three Democrats vying to challenge Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, in the November election were comfortable with one another and their audience during a Monday campaign event in downtown Steamboat Springs.

 

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