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Political campaigns and politics have become more crazy, confusing and polarizing than ever before. What are political candidates and campaigns really thinking? Listen to an insightful and engaging discussion each week from the senior staff of Magellan Strategies. Each week veteran pollsters and campaign operatives David Flaherty, Courtney Gibbon and Ryan Winger talk about current events, politics, campaigns and how using voter data, technology and survey research leads to smarter politics.
Most Recent Episode
EP 32: Evaluating Jared Polis and the Democrat Candidates for Colorado Governor
In this episode, we discuss the big announcement of Congressman Jared Polis’s entry into the Democratic race for Colorado Governor. The discussion also covers the impact on the other Democrat candidates in the race, and who is a perceived winner or loser. Jared Polis’s Campaign Priorities – To our surprise Jared Polis has joined the race for Governor! One thing that we find fascinating about the campaign is the Congressman’s top three priorities. These are education, the environment and the economy. You can view his bio video and details about his campaign at www.polisforcolorado.com. Promises for Education – On the issue of public education, which is ALWAYS a top priority among Democrat voters in Colorado, Jared Polis pledges to establish universal full day kindergarten and preschool in every community across the state. This is a goal that has long been sought after by progressive Democrat groups. It is an issue that is also appealing to unaffiliated voters, primarily because it is a clear example of helping people, not advancing a political agenda. In short, its smart politics. Promises for the Environment – Jared Polis is trying to appeal to the all-important environmental faction of the Democrat primary voter by setting a goal of accomplishing a statewide clean energy transition by 2040. He claims that he can meet that goal “while saving people money on their utility bills” and creating green energy jobs in Colorado that can never be outsourced. This language is very interesting and difficult to believe, but if Donald Trump can say anything he wants than Jared Polis can too. Promises for the Economy – When discussing the economy, Jared Polis covers his Democrat bases by affirming his support for raising the minimum wage, family medical leave and ensuring that “employers follow our laws”. In an attempt to appeal to Bernie Sanders voters, he proposes a plan to address income disparity and ensure “workers share in the value they help create”. The plan would mandate that Colorado companies have a profit sharing and “employee ownership” program for all employees. We are anxious to the see the details of that plan.