Soda tax, early voting numbers and high school endorsements, this week in Colorado politics

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Papasso, Daily Camera staff photographer

With about two weeks to go before Election Day, one of Colorado’s ballot initiatives is receiving national attention. Thanks to early voting, however, many Coloradans have already made up their minds on the issue. Meanwhile, in Colorado Springs, a presidential endorsement made by high schoolers has some parents huffing and puffing. 

Michael Bloomberg is donating $200,000 to the organization behind Colorado’s proposed sugary drink tax

The former New York City mayor is throwing his weight and his wallet behind Colorado’s most expensive campaign ever. Bloomberg’s donation will go to Healthier Colorado – part of the Colorado Health Foundation – which is responsible for 80 percent of the funds raised by the Healthy Boulder Kids campaign to implement a $0.02-per-ounce excise tax on sugary drink distributors, the Daily Camera reports. According to a study done by Harvard, the tax could eliminate nearly $6.4 million in healthcare spending and prevent about 1,000 new cases of obesity over a 10 year period. 

Almost 700,000 Coloradans have already mailed in ballots as of Friday

While local and national campaigns continue to fight for votes across Colorado, thousands of ballots have already been turned in during the state’s first all mail-in presidential election. As of Friday, 697,414 Colorado ballots were completed and turned in – a 34 percent increase from the same time in 2014, the Denver Post reports. In Boulder County, 47,129 of the 206,000 ballots distributed by the Boulder County Clerk’s Office have been completed and returned, the Daily Camera reports.  

An endorsement made by a high school newspaper in Colorado Springs caused a stir among parents 

In one of Colorado’s most conservative areas, the editorial board of The Bear Truth student newspaper at Palmer Ridge High School surprised some parents by endorsing Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton for president. The editorial prompted parents to contact the school and call for the suspension of the paper’s staff, The Gazette reports. The Denver Post’s editorial board wrote a piece defending the newspaper staff. 


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