There was no governor’s race on Colorado’s ballot yesterday. And no amendment or state question about abortion. Nothing, really, that would garner national attention.
No, the battleground in Colorado seems to be local school boards. — so much so that there was out-of-state dark money coming in to influence those races.
You see, in recent years, in several Colorado school districts, conservatives (parents or otherwise) have decided their public schools are the place to promote far right ideas. When they gain a majority on a board, they begin banning books from their libraries, teaching revisionist history, enforcing religious tenets, and discriminating against LGBTQ students — in our public schools, not private or religious schools.
Extreme conservatives are now doing an end run around politicians and governments and aiming for the youngest and most impressionable in our society. Teach ’em while they’re young and impressionable, and they’ll be yours forever.
That’s what this year’s Colorado election was all about, even though a complex state tax question grabbed most of the attention. After all, school board elections are so mundane.
Those elections as well as mayoral and city council races are nonpartisan in Colorado. No ballot, sign, circular, advertisement, or report mentions a candidate’s political affiliation. Apparently someone, back in the Dark Ages, decided that political affiliation wasn’t relevant. And worse, I didn’t know any of the candidates by name. I’ve been too focused on state and national politics. So I did some internet research, identified the political party of each candidate, and voted for all the Democrats.
Straight-ticket is not the way I normally vote or advise anyone to vote, but in this day and age, when I know nothing about the candidates, their affiliations, or their records, it seemed safe to assume the Democrats would be more moderate than the Republicans.
Now, of course, the ballots have been counted and the results made known and … I don’t know the people who won. Dammit, I didn’t write down the names I voted for so I’ll have to go back to the internet and look them up again. Or maybe I’ll get lucky and local media will tell me.
Here’s hoping our school boards and local offices have not been taken over by right-wing extremists.
I’m often reminded of this song, and I’ve featured it several times. Sad that it remains so relevant: