ELECTION 2014: DEMS SEEING RED — GOP rout state Dems, Coffman wins, pit bull ban stands in Aurora, Hick pulls off a squeaker


AURORA | After months of campaigning, an ocean of money and endless TV commercials, Republicans won big across the state, upending Sen. Mark Udall and capturing a host of statewide offices. In Aurora, Congressman Mike Coffman won a substantial victory against Andrew Romanoff, ending one of the most contentious and expensive battles for Congress in the state and across the nation.

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Aurora voters drop off their mail-in ballots before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Aurora voters drop off their mail-in ballots before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Aurora voters drop off their mail-in ballots before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Aurora voters drop off their mail-in ballots before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Aurora residents wait in line to vote before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Adam Smith shows his driver license so that he can vote before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Kristen Copeland shows her driver license so that he can vote before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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A stockpile of ballot slips and voter signature cards lay in a box Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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An Aurora resident hands over their driver license and an Arapahoe County Voter Signature Card before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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A volunteer organizes ballots before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Aurora residents wait in line to vote before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Volunteers helps Aurora residents register to vote before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Kristen Copeland waits to vote before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Kristen Copeland casts her vote before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Aurora residents wait in line to vote before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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A volunteer hands out "I Voted" stickers to Aurora residents as they drop off their mail-in ballots before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Aurora voters drop off their mail-in ballots before the polls close Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Election runners haul off a full ballot box Nov. 4 at the Mission Viejo Library. Aurora was the nexus of one of the most contentious and expensive congressional races in the country, drawing big-name Democrats to the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Andrew Romanoff at his Election Night campaign headquarters as he gives a concession speech to Congressman Mike Coffman PHOTO BY MARLA KEOWN

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Romanoff stage at his election night HQ at Moe's BBQ in Aurora

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Congressional democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff graciously gives his concession speech Nov. 4 at an election night watch party at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Congressional democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff graciously receives condolences Nov. 4 at an election night watch party at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Congressional District 6 hopeful Andrew Romanoff graciously receives condolences Nov. 4 at an election night watch party at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Congressional District 6 hopeful Andrew Romanoff graciously receives condolences Nov. 4 at an election night watch party at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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U.S. Air Force veteran Bernie Rogoff gives Andrew Romanoff his condolences Nov. 4 at an election night watch party at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Democrats give Congressional District 6 hopeful Andrew Romanoff a standing ovation as he makes his way towards the stage Nov. 4 at an election night watch party at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Democrats give Congressional District 6 hopeful Andrew Romanoff a standing ovation as he makes his way towards the stage Nov. 4 at an election night watch party at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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State Senator Nancy Todd wipes away tears as she watches votes sway away from Congressional District 6 hopeful Andrew Romanoff Nov. 4 at an election night watch party at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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State Senator Nancy Todd holds back tears as votes sway away from Congressional District 6 hopeful Andrew Romanoff Nov. 4 at an election night watch party at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Carol Brown (front) and Barbara Bower (rear) solemnly watch the votes come in Nov. 4 at an election night watch party at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Democrat Su Ryden, the incumbent in District 36, attends an election night watch party Nov. 4 at Moe's Original BBQ. Ryden was down 68 votes to Republican challenger Richard Bowman as of Arapahoe County Polling numbers at 9:18 pm. Tuesday night. Bowman’s lead of Ryden is just. .38 percent and state law requires a recount if a margin is less than .5 percent. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Democrats remain hopeful for the reelection of Governor John Hickenlooper during an election night watch party Nov. 4 at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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An empty stage awaits Congressional District 6 hopeful Andrew Romanoff Nov. 4 at an election night watch party at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Democrats join an election night watch party Nov. 4 at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Democrat supporter David Lightowler enjoys a round of bowling while waiting for the votes to come in Nov. 4 at an election night watch party at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Democrat supporter David Lightowler enjoys a round of bowling while waiting for the votes to come in Nov. 4 at an election night watch party at Moe's Original BBQ. Democrats were losing heavily across the state in what appeared to be a rout. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

After a long night of back and forth leads, Gov. John Hickenlooper was poised to win a narrow victory for re-election against Bob Beauprez.

6th Congressional District — COFFMAN WINS

Coffman vs Romanoff

US House Rep 6th Congressional DistArapahoe CountyDouglas CountyAdams CountyStatewideTotal
D-Andrew Romanoff895061587613303118685118685
R-Mike Coffman979602846516834143259143259

Republican Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora has won a fourth term in the U.S. House after a costly race in one of the nation’s most competitive congressional districts.

Andrew Romanoff at his Election Night campaign headquarters as he gives a concession speech to Congressman Mike Coffman PHOTO BY MARLA KEOWNCoffman defeated Democrat Andrew Romanoff for the suburban Denver seat. The national Democratic and Republican parties poured millions into the contest, one of the most expensive races in state history.

Romanoff congratulated Coffman on his victory and lauded him for his service as a military veteran.

“This is the best system of government in the world,” Romanoff said. “And this was the best election team there was.”

The mood was jubilant at the GOP state election party in the Denver Tech Center, with participants saying that a new GOP wave will bring conservative issues back into play.

“It’s incredible,” said Karen Huwa of Weld County. “We’ll bring back the Pledge of Allegiance…and pro live issues.”

Other celebrants said it shows that Colorado is moving in the right direction. “Finally we’re getting the country back,” said Chris Yang from Douglas County.

The 6th District is divided almost evenly among Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters.

Coffman was first election in 2008, when the district was far more heavily Republican. The district was significantly redrawn after the 2010 Census, and Coffman tempered his positions on immigration and abortion rights.

Coffman is the only member of Congress who served in the military during both Iraq Wars.

Romanoff was hoping for an upset in a congressional district in Denver’s eastern suburbs that has been in Republican hands since its creation more than 30 years ago. Romanoff supporters at his election night party booed when news came that early returns looked dark for the challenger.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., left, and Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff face off in their first debate in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Thursday Aug. 14, 2014. The race is expected to be one of the closest in the country. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)The former state House speaker’s bid against three-term Republican Rep. Mike Coffman was one of the country’s most competitive U.S. House races. It is also the most expensive congressional race in state history.

Romanoff moved to Aurora last year to challenge Coffman. The district has been redrawn to include more Democrats and unaffiliated voters and is now about 20 percent Latino.

Coffman hasn’t taken the challenge sitting down. He softened his previously hard stance on immigration and abortion, and spent most of his campaign trying to direct attention to his military career and congressional military affairs assignment. He has been aggressively courting the district’s many immigrant groups and has learned Spanish to communicate with his constituents.

The new boundaries and growing influence of Latino and immigrant voters have driven the race, which will determine who controls a Colorado House delegation that consists of four Republicans and three Democrats. Coffman is the only incumbent facing a real challenge.

The two candidates have raised more than $9 million, according to federal campaign finance disclosures. The national parties and their allies have spent several million more. According to the Wesleyan Media Project, the race checks in at sixth-highest in the nation this year for television ad volume.

Colorado Governor — HICKENLOOPER WINS

Gov. John Hickenlooper vs Bob Beauprez

GovernorArapahoe CountyDouglas CountyAdams CountyStatewideTotal
D-John Hickenlooper11644051729
65450998496998496
R-Bob Beauprez983748115758011934670934670

The Colorado governor’s race was too close to call Tuesday night, but the needle moved toward camp Hickenlooper Wednesday morning.

As of 7 a.m., state officials showed Gov. John Hickenlooper showed a lead of about 20,000 votes over challenger Bob Beauprez, with mostly Democrat strongholds yet to report tallies.

The Denver Post and 9News are calling the election for Hickenlooper as of 7:30 a.m.

The election puts Democratic Hickenlooper in a position he’s never been in before, having easily won the Denver mayoral office twice, and cruising into the governor’s office four years ago.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, right, prepares to bump fists with one of his supporters at election night gathering in Union Station in downtown Denver on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Hickenlooper, the Democratic incumbent seeking his second, four-year term, told supporters to head home since the race against Republican banker Bob Beauprez was still undecided. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)That’s when a divided Republican Party nominated Dan Maes, a tea-party candidate who got 11 percent of the vote, and former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo ran on a third-party ticket.

“Do not lose heart. Get a little sleep,” Hickenlooper told supporters. “I think I’m still going to be awake for a few more hours.”

For Republican challenger Bob Beauprez, this is familiar territory: When he was elected to Congress in 2002, he won by 121 votes in Colorado’s newly created 7th District.

only Wednesday morning did Hickenlooper pull ahead for what looks like a narrow victory.

Beauprez had hoped to cap a Republican resurgence that saw Rep. Cory Gardner defeat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Mike Coffman hold onto his suburban Denver congressional seat. Beauprez also is trying to reverse long-standing history in a state that hasn’t booted an incumbent governor since 1962.

The last time Republicans won the state’s top office was in 2002.

“It’s been a huge night for Republicans,” Beauprez told supporters, also urging them to go home and sleep. “And we got a little bit more work to go, but we’re on the right side of even, aren’t we?”

The closeness of the race has taken some by surprise, with many political observers giving Beauprez little chance after his disastrous 2006 gubernatorial bid in which he lost by 17 points. But that year, Beauprez faced a Democratic wave with an unpopular Republican president in his sixth year.

This year, Hickenlooper found himself in the same unfavorable political circumstances.

Still, Hickenlooper’s campaign has banked on his leadership during some of the state’s worst natural disasters — with historic wildfires and flooding in 2013 alone — to give him four more years.

Hickenlooper also has overseen an improving state economy. Colorado now has an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent, compared with 9.1 percent when he took office.

But he hasn’t been able to gain enough separation from Beauprez. In fact, he’s made the race close with some controversial decisions, mainly his indefinite stay of Nathan Dunlap’s execution. Dunlap was convicted of killing four people in 1993 at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant.

Hickenlooper also signed a package of gun-control bills in 2013, and then appeared flustered this year during a talk with sheriffs who opposed it. He told them he would have reassessed his support for the legislation had he known the furor it would cause.

While a stronger candidate than he was eight years ago, Beauprez, like Hickenlooper, stumbled.

During a debate, Beauprez said intrauterine devices, or IUDs, cause abortions. The devices are a common form of birth control used to prevent pregnancy. Beauprez has maintained he won’t interfere with women’s reproductive rights, even though he opposes abortion.

Then a television ad Beauprez released criticizing Hickenlooper on public safety referred to the death of Colorado Corrections Director Tom Clements, who was killed by a former inmate. The ad prompted Clements’ widow to ask Beauprez to stop politicizing the tragedy.

Larry DiPasquale, 60, said he is a Republican but voted for Hickenlooper because he steered the state through a season of catastrophic wildfires and floods.

DiPasquale, who lives in Arapahoe County, said Hickenlooper also helped foster the state’s robust economy.

“He’s always done what’s best for Colorado,” DiPasquale said. “The governor has helped small businesses and put Colorado out there as a state where people want to visit and live.”

It was the first time Colorado sent ballots by mail to every registered elector, and allowed Election Day registration.

Hickenlooper had support from women, independent voters, and both voters who earned less than $50,000 and those who made $100,000 or more, according to preliminary results of exit polling.

Beauprez was backed by voters who said the country was on the wrong track and those with a negative view of the Obama administration.

The survey of 1,058 Colorado voters was conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks by Edison Research via landlines and cellular phones between Oct. 24 and Nov. 2. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

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U.S. Senate

Sen. Mark Udall vs Congressman Cory Gardner — GARDNER WINS

US SenatorArapahoe CountyDouglas CountyAdams CountyStatewideTotal
D-Mark Udall1073434475162296936626936626
R-Cory Gardner1039148603858614980080980080

Republican Rep. Cory Gardner on Tuesday defeated first-term Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in one of the priciest U.S. Senate races in the nation.

The contest is considered a key battleground as Republicans seek to pick up six seats to take control of that chamber.

Gardner disavowed a state measure that would grant legal rights to fertilized eggs, outlawing abortion and possibly some forms of birth control — even though he supports similar federal legislation. After attacks from Udall, Gardner proposed allowing birth control pills to be bought over-the-counter.

Colorado's U.S. Senate race between Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Mark Udall is virtually tied, according to a new poll that shows the economy and health care are influencing voters. Gardner began his campaign in March. In the campaign’s final weeks, he outraised Udall and had more than triple the incumbent’s cash on hand, a rare event for a challenger.

Michael Laughlin, 58, of Denver said he voted for Udall in hopes Democrats will keep control on the Senate.

“My biggest hope is that we don’t do more damage than we’ve already done,” he said. “A Republican Senate could turn back the hands of time in a number of different areas,” such as civil rights and the economy.

Julie English said she voted for Gardner in hopes of steering the country to the right.

“It’s gone far to the left,” said English, 54, who lives in the Denver suburb of Arvada. “Under this administration, it’s totally going the opposite of what this country is founded on.”

She said President Barack Obama has mishandled key issues, including the Ebola outbreak and illegal immigration.

The Colorado campaign has pivoted on women’s issues and the question of whether, as in Colorado’s last Senate contest, Democrats’ advantage on social issues and strong field operation will enable them to survive a difficult midterm environment. In 2010, Sen. Michael Bennet eked out a narrow victory against Republican challenger Ken Buck with that strategy. As head of the Democratic Party group that helps Senate campaigns, Bennet has tried to take the model national.

Udall’s re-election campaign was the clearest example of that strategy.

Within weeks of Gardner jumping into the race in late February, Udall began hammering the challenger on his past support of measures to grant legal rights to fertilized eggs, which could ban all abortions and many forms of contraception. But Gardner’s campaign felt it was ready for the attacks. Gardner opposes abortion, but he disavowed one so-called personhood measure and proposed making birth control pills available without a prescription.

Republicans took to mocking Udall’s focus on women’s issues, and even some Democrats are nervous he overplayed his hand by dedicating more than half of his television commercials to the subject.

Gardner, meanwhile, has a conservative voting record but has painted himself as “a different kind of Republican” by appearing in backdrops more associated with Democrats, like wind farms and mountain trails. His campaign played up his youth — he is 40 years old, Udall 64 — and optimistic demeanor.

Ending Aurora’s Pit Bull Ban — PIT BULL BAN UPHELD 

Aurora Prop 2D

Aurora Ballot Questions Arapahoe County

Douglas County

Adams County

Total
Aurora Prop 2A - Marijuana taxYes57583193353661312
No3469580315037925
Aurora Prop 2B — Transportation needsYes3253454199734585
No59061214458863863
Aurora Prop 2C — Public safety needsYes3667583240539163
No54149184414858481
Aurora Prop 2D — Allow pit bulls in the cityYes3273178270635515
No60015196403864249
Adams County Prop 1A - Marijuana taxYes48341
No39569

By a 2-to-1 margin, Aurora voters say they don’t want pit bulls to return to the city, based on early returns.

With more than 70,000 votes counted across Adams and Arapahoe counties so far, voters have overwhelmingly said no to Aurora ballot question 2D, which would lift the city’s 9-year-old ban on the dogs.

In Arapahoe County, 68 percent of voters said no. In Adams County, 63 percent voted against lifting the ban.

Aurora’s proposal to repeal its 9-year ban on pit bulls, the first in the nation on a general-election ballot, could presage other public votes on so-called “breed-specific legislation,” laws that either ban some types of dogs or require they be sterilized.

Aurora officials agreed July 14 to ask voters to repeal the city's decade-old ban on pit bulls (File photo by AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)Aurora’s pit bull ban is one of several along the Front Range. Denver, Castle Rock, Commerce City and Louisville are among 700 or so cities nationwide that prohibit pit bulls or other dog breeds deemed a public safety risk.

Pit bulls are getting a warmer reception in recent years, though. Nineteen states now have laws that prohibit communities from banning dog breeds.

Aurora is a rarity for putting the question to a public vote. Aurora officials sent the question to voters after years of fielding complaints that its pit bull ban is unfair and punishes dogs instead of negligent owners.

“We wanted to resolve the question,” Aurora councilman Bob LeGare said. “This issue would just continually come back to us every couple years.”

The vote sets animal activists at odds. Aurora’s animal care division opposes repeal, saying dog bites in the city have gone down since the ban was adopted in 2005.

Aurora Legislative Races — NO UPSETS

House Districts 36, 37, 40, 41, 42 and 56

State Representative HD 30Adams CountyArapahoe CountyTotal
D-Jenise May937609376
R-JoAnn Windholz948209482

State Representative HD 56Adams CountyArapahoe CountyTotal  
D-Vicki Snider418432747458
R-Kevin Priola8568693115499

State Representative HD 36 Total  
D-Su Ryden1188111881
R-Richard J. Bowman1121311213

State Representative HD 37 Total  
D-Nancy Cronk1383413834
R-Jack Tate1910419104

Stete Representative HD 38 Total  
D-Robert Bowen1600816008
R-Kathleen Conti2530825308

State Representative HD 41 Total  
D-Jovan Melton1331513315
R-Molly Barrett1143111431

State Representative HD 40 Total  
D-John Buckner1381513815
R-JulieMarie A. Shepherd1180211802

State Representative HD 42 Total  
D-Rhonda Fields1019410194
R-Mike Donald51755175

The Aurora delegates in the state House of Representatives are seeing few changes thus far on election night, barring the outcome of the race for state House District 36.

Both Democratic incumbent Rep. Rhonda Fields of House District 42 and Republican incumbent Rep. Kevin Priola of District 56 reclaimed their seats with double digit leads as of the latest Arapahoe County poll update at 9:18 p.m. Tuesday night.

Based on the same numbers, incumbent Democrat John Buckner, of House District 40, beat out Republican challenger JulieMarie Shepard by 817 votes, with 20,642 total votes cast in the race.

In District 41, the Democratic incumbent Jovan Melton edged his Republican opponent Molly Barrett, by 817 votes.

The race for House District 37, the only one without an incumbent, saw Republican Jack Tate post a nearly 5,000 vote advantage over Democrat Nancy Cronk for the district that sits mainly in Centennial.

With ballots still rolling in, results remained razor thin for Democratic incumbent Su Ryden in the race for District 36 .

The incumbent in District 36, Ryden was down 68 votes to Republican challenger Richard Bowman. Bowman’s lead of Ryden is just. .38 percent and state law requires a recount if a margin is less than .5 percent.

As of the latest Arapahoe County update, 178,018 ballots had been cast and counted out of 387.212 registered voters in the county. That’s a voter turnout of under 46 percent.

Arapahoe County Offices — REPUBLICANS STAY STRONG

Commissioner Districts 2 and 4, sheriff, clerk, assessor, treasure and coroner

Arapahoe County Sheriff Total  
D-Tyler Scott Brown9319093190
R-David C. Walcher114143114143

Arapahoe County Coroner Total  
R-Kelly C. Lear-Kaul (unopposed)0

Arapahoe County Commissioner Dist 2 Total  
D-Martha Karnopp1957419574
R-Nancy N. Sharpe3101531015

Arapahoe County Commissioner Dist 4 Total  
D-Nancy Jackson2140021400
R-Tory Brown1577815778

Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Total  
D-Joan Lopez9174691746
R-Matt Crane117996117996

Arapahoe County Treasurer Total  
D-Doug Milliken9324293242
R-Sue Sandstrom113615113615

Arapahoe County Assessor Total  
D-PK Kaiser9143791437
R-Corbin Sakdol114011114011

Republicans swept nearly every county office in Adams and Arapahoe counties, according to late returns.

In Arapahoe County, all the county-wide races — clerk and recorder, treasurer, assessor, sheriff and coroner — saw Republicans holding double-digit leads with about 178,000 votes counted out of 387,000 registered voters.

In Adams County, Republicans didn’t have quite the margins they did in Arapahoe, but they were winning every countywide race besides coroner.

In the race for Arapahoe County clerk and recorder, incumbent Republican Matt Crane leads Democrat Joan Lopez 58 percent to 41 percent.

In the Arapahoe treasurer’s race, former Aurora City Councilwoman and incumbent republican Sue Sandstrom leads Democrat Doug Milliken 56 percent to 43 percent.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Dave Walcher, a Republican, has a 15-point lead over Democrat Tyler Scott Brown and Assessor Corbin Sakdol leads his Democratic challenger, PK Kaiser 57 percent to 42 percent.

In the two county commissioner races, which are chosen by residents of a district, not the county as a whole, the incumbents are leading. In District No. 2 Republican Nancy Sharpe leads Democrat Martha Karnopp 62 percent to 37 percent, and in District No. 4 Democrat Nancy Jackson leads republican Tory Brown 55 percent to 44 percent.

Coroner Kelly Lear-Kaul, a Republican, is running unopposed.

In Adams County, Republicans were winning all three seats up for grabs on the county commission. In District No. 3, incumbent Republican Erik Hansen beat Democrat Manuel Solano 56 percent to 43 percent. Joseph Domenico beat Democrat Steve O’Dorisio in District No. 4 by a 51 percent to 48 percent margin, while Jan Pawloski won in District No. 5 over Democrat Wilma Rose 51 percent to 48 percent.

In the treasurer race, Republican Brigitte Grimm lead Democrat Steve Douglass 54 percent to 45 percent. Patsy Melonakis lead in the assessor race of democrat John Schaul 53 percent to 46 percent. In the race for clerk and recorder, Republican Stan Martin lead Democrat Cynthia Martinez 52 percent to 47 percent.

In the sheriff’s race, Republican Michael McIntosh lead Democrat Rick Reigenborn 52 percent to 47 percent.

Incumbent Coroner Monica Broncucia-Jordan was the only Democrat to win countywide. She beat republican Mike Arnall 51 percent to 48 percent.

Adams County offices — STRONG REPUBLICAN UPSETS

Commissioner districts 3,4 and 5 sheriff, clerk, assessor, treasurer and coroner

Adams County Clerk Total  
D-Cynthia Martinez5987259872
R-Stan Martin6227262272

Adams County Treasurer Total  
D-Steve Douglas5687356873
R-Brigitte Grimm6468764687

Adams County Assessor Total  
D-John Schaul5727057270
R-Patsy Melonakis6246762467

Adams County Coroner Total  
D-Monica Broncucia-Jordan6353463534
R-Michael Arnall5633256332

Adams County Commissioner Dist 3 Total  
D-Manuel Solano5615556155
R-Erik Hansen6659666596

Adams County Commissioner Dist 4 Total  
D-Steve O'Dorisio6090060900
R-Joseph Domenico6030360303

Adams County Commissioner Dist 5 Total  
D-Wilma Rose5995059950
R-Jan Pawlowski6101061010

Adams County Sheriff Total  
D-Rick Reigenborn5910259102
R-Michael McIntosh6279262792

Republicans swept nearly every county office in Adams and Arapahoe counties, according to late returns.

In Arapahoe County, all the county-wide races — clerk and recorder, treasurer, assessor, sheriff and coroner — saw Republicans holding double-digit leads with about 178,000 votes counted out of 387,000 registered voters.

In Adams County, Republicans didn’t have quite the margins they did in Arapahoe, but they were winning every countywide race besides coroner.

In the race for Arapahoe County clerk and recorder, incumbent Republican Matt Crane leads Democrat Joan Lopez 58 percent to 41 percent.

In the Arapahoe treasurer’s race, former Aurora City Councilwoman and incumbent republican Sue Sandstrom leads Democrat Doug Milliken 56 percent to 43 percent.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Dave Walcher, a Republican, has a 15-point lead over Democrat Tyler Scott Brown and Assessor Corbin Sakdol leads his Democratic challenger, PK Kaiser 57 percent to 42 percent.

In the two county commissioner races, which are chosen by residents of a district, not the county as a whole, the incumbents are leading. In District No. 2 Republican Nancy Sharpe leads Democrat Martha Karnopp 62 percent to 37 percent, and in District No. 4 Democrat Nancy Jackson leads republican Tory Brown 55 percent to 44 percent.

Coroner Kelly Lear-Kaul, a Republican, is running unopposed.

In Adams County, Republicans were winning all three seats up for grabs on the county commission. In District No. 3, incumbent Republican Erik Hansen beat Democrat Manuel Solano 56 percent to 43 percent. Joseph Domenico beat Democrat Steve O’Dorisio in District No. 4 by a 51 percent to 48 percent margin, while Jan Pawloski won in District No. 5 over Democrat Wilma Rose 51 percent to 48 percent.

In the treasurer race, Republican Brigitte Grimm lead Democrat Steve Douglass 54 percent to 45 percent. Patsy Melonakis lead in the assessor race of democrat John Schaul 53 percent to 46 percent. In the race for clerk and recorder, Republican Stan Martin lead Democrat Cynthia Martinez 52 percent to 47 percent.

In the sheriff’s race, Republican Michael McIntosh lead Democrat Rick Reigenborn 52 percent to 47 percent.

Incumbent Coroner Monica Broncucia-Jordan was the only Democrat to win countywide. She beat republican Mike Arnall 51 percent to 48 percent.

County voters this fall added two new commissioners to the board after voters in 2012 opted to bump the number from three commissioners to five. Every county voter gets to vote in each of the three races up for grabs this year, regardless of what district they live in. Candidates, however, have to live in the district they represent. The county during the past few years had been filled with controversy as some former employees were prosecuted for fraud in a street-paving scandal.

Statewide offices

Colorado attorney general, treasurer, secretary of state, CU regents — REPUBLICANS WIN

Secretary of StateArapahoe CountyDouglas CountyAdams CountyStatewideTotal
D-Joe Neguse1035344333360830879428879428
R-Wayne W. Williams979128139554250929004929004

State TreasurerArapahoe CountyDouglas CountyAdams CountyStatewideTotal
D-Betsy Markey1003894031859956875342875342
R-Walker Stapleton1049688569158483975251975251

Attorney GeneralArapahoe CountyDouglas CountyAdams CountyStatewideTotal
D-Don Quick944223833056257819245819245
R-Cynthia Coffman1081048614160367998593998593

CU Regent Arapahoe CountyDouglas CountyAdams CountyStatewideTotal
CU Regent 2nd CDD-Linda Shoemaker104955104955
R-Kim McGahey9971699716
CU Regent 6th CDD-Naquetta Ricks864921496812853114313114313
R-John Carson984142744416834142692142692

Coloradans picked Republican Cynthia Coffman over former Adams County district attorney Don Quick to succeed Attorney General John Suthers, who is retiring. She’s the state’s first new AG in 10 years.

Republican Treasurer Walker Stapleton beat Democrat Betsy Markey, a Fort Collins businesswoman and former member of Congress, to win a second term.

Voters also a new secretary of state to succeed Republican Scott Gessler, who resigned for an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid. Republican El Paso County clerk and recorder Wayne Williams defeated Democrat Joe Neguse, currently a University of Colorado regent

“As I prepare to be attorney general, I am not only representing you, but the people who voted for my opponents,” Coffman said at the state GOP Election Night Party. “People need to know they can expect the attorney general to protect privacy, let people know when there’s a scam and to protect public safety.”

Coffman is the wife of Congressman Mike Coffman, re-elected to a fourth term representing Aurora’s 6th Congressional District.

In addition to governor and lieutenant governor, three statewide offices are up for grabs in Colorado. The offices — attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer — can be stepping stones to higher office.

Colorado is choosing a new attorney general for the first time in a decade with the retirement of Republican John Suthers. The candidates to succeed him are his current deputy, Republican Cynthia Coffman, and former Adams County prosecutor Don Quick.

The race has been a relatively low-key affair, but attorneys general can have an outsize influence on state government. They decide what litigation to pursue and set the tone for the state judiciary.

The office also is often a launching pad for higher office. Suthers’ two predecessors — Democrat Ken Salazar and Republican Gale Norton — each went on to become U.S. interior secretary.

The secretary of state oversees elections, so the job comes with plenty of wrangling between Democrats and Republicans seeking an edge at the polls.

Republican Scott Gessler served a combative single term in which he clashed with Democratic legislators over elections rules, including same-day voter registration. He resigned for an unsuccessful bid at the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Statewide Ballot Questions — NO, NO and NO

GMO labels, casino gambling at Arapahoe Park in Aurora, personhood and teacher union negotiations

Statewide Ballot Questions Arapahoe CountyDouglas CountyAdams CountyStatewideTotal
Colo. Prop 104 - School board meetingsYes150787779049166713567161356716
No631213089932884578950578950
Colo. Prop 105- GMO labelingYes708753171438652689390689390
No149399795238950813106721310672
Colo. Amendment 67- Rights for unbornYes730264363450913699038699038
No114083664027594612888191288819
Colo. Amendment 68- Casino GamblingYes703343280844139592926592926
No151613787698545914114351411435

Colorado ballots frequently are stacked with ballot measures that can change government as dramatically as any elected official. This midterm election was no exception.

Colorado voters have rejected a proposal to add “unborn human beings” to the state’s criminal code, a measure that some feared could ban abortion.

The measure was the third on Colorado ballots in recent years seeking to grant “personhood” to the unborn. The latest proposal asked voters about adding unborn children to criminal code as a way to strengthen protections for pregnant women.

Opponents countered that because Amendment 67 did not define the term “unborn human being,” it could have been interpreted to ban abortions or some forms of birth control and fertility treatments. They said Colorado’s criminal code already contains enhanced penalties for crimes against pregnant women.

Supporters insisted the measure would not have banned abortions unless abortions were deemed a crime.

May 16 at Arapahoe Park Horse Track.Colorado has twice rejected ballot measures to extend rights to unborn children, known as “personhood” proposals. This year, Amendment 67  asks whether “unborn human beings” should be added to Colorado criminal code. Supporters say the measure doesn’t outlaw abortion, just adds protections for pregnant women hurt in a crime. But because the measure does not define “unborn human beings,” opponents worry it could be construed to chip away at abortion rights.

Voters will decide whether to require labels on many foods that have been genetically modified, known as GMOs. Proposition 105 would require that modified foods sold in grocery stores carry labels that say “Produced With Genetic Engineering.” The measure has seen heavy opposition spending, mostly from food corporations and biotech companies.

Voters are being asked whether to allow casino gambling at a horse racetrack in suburban Denver. Millions of dollars were spent on Amendment 68, which carries the promise that taxes raised will funnel $114 million a year to public schools. For now, the expansion applies only to Arapahoe Park in Aurora. It could also apply to future tracks in Pueblo and Mesa counties.

Proposition 104 would require that school board negotiations with unions be open to the public. The measure requires school boards to allow the public to view negotiations on collective bargaining agreements, or union contracts. It would not apply to other governmental entities that negotiate with unions.

Aurora and Adams County ballot questions

Marijuana taxes, road construction, taxes for public safety and repealing Aurora’s ban on pit bulls.

Aurora Ballot Questions Arapahoe County

Douglas County

Adams County

Total
Aurora Prop 2A - Marijuana taxYes57583193353661312
No3469580315037925
Aurora Prop 2B — Transportation needsYes3253454199734585
No59061214458863863
Aurora Prop 2C — Public safety needsYes3667583240539163
No54149184414858481
Aurora Prop 2D — Allow pit bulls in the cityYes3273178270635515
No60015196403864249
Adams County Prop 1A - Marijuana taxYes48341
No39569

  • Nevada Ames

    Pit bull lobbyists have sneaked their agenda into law largely without public input until now. Only two elections (one primary, one general) have ever asked voters to weigh in on pit bull laws. Miami-Dade citizens voted to keep their city’s pit bull regulation by a landslide. Aurora looks poised to be the second city to do so.

    It’s about time legislators listened to their constituents and not special interest groups. Hopefully this will inspire other legislators besieged by shrill pit bull lobbyists to put the issue to a public vote. The people have spoken.

    • 123tl78

      The insanity of it all is Denver, who has a ban, actually has dog shows. What hypocrites. While killing dogs that have a certain look that have done nothing wrong. Insanity and hypocrisy.

      • Nevada Ames

        No matter how you slice it, Denver kills fewer pit bulls per capita than any other comparably sized city. Denver’s per-capita rate of pit bull euthanasia has gone down since the ban was enacted, and only went up briefly after the ban was temporarily suspended. These numbers are publicly available and not under any authentic dispute.

        Aurora’s pit bull ban has been credited with a 93% reduction in pit bull killing, according to city officials.

        • 123tl78

          Because of the ban only. Pit bull isn’t even a breed of dog, so the stats on pit bulls are inaccurate because depending on who you ask each person, town and shelter has a different opinion of what breeds and looks constitutes a pit bull. The only purebred dog that has pit bull in its name is the American Pit Bull Terrier but in each shelter or town they keep adding some breed to include in the generic term pit bull to kill them off. Is pit bull a bulldog mix or a boxer mix or a mastiff mix or a staffordshire mix or a lab mix? Most dogs are mixed breed so when the mixed breed dog bites all the breeds in that dog bit. What size block head is dangerous? So if a German Shepherd kills you with a pointy snout that is less horrible?

          • Nevada Ames

            Virtually all laws aimed at pit bulls specifically target pit bull terriers, Staffordshire terriers, and sometimes American bulldogs. Staffordshire terrier is an alternate name for pit bull terrier. They’re the same dog and can even be dual-registered as a Staffordshire terrier and a pit bull. American bulldogs used to be known as American PIT BULLdogs.

            A dog has to substantially physically conform to the standards for those breeds in order to be considered a pit bull. The laws most certainly do not “keep adding breeds” — they are very specific and very limited, and a 2009 study found that pit bull laws would target 6.9% of the dog population or fewer.

            Quibbling over whether a dog that looks like a pit bull is “technically” a pit bull is totally beside the point. Pit bulls and dogs that look like pit bulls are by far a minority of the canine population but consistently account for a vast majority of severe and deadly attacks.

            The actual text of every pit bull law nationwide is publicly available, so you have no excuse for lying about the letter of the law.

          • 123tl78

            No they don’t. Just walk into a shelter and see the stupid labels given to dogs. It’s just laziness and apathy. Pit mix doesn’t mean anything. It varies from town to town, shelter to shelter and person to person what a pit bull is. Again. Pit bull is a slang term that means nothing but a look of dog, mainly mixed breed dogs. Stupid and inaccurate.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            Just so you’ll know, shelters and rescues try to HIDE the moniker, pit bull, so as not to scare people off. They certainly would not call another breed or mix of breeds a pit bull, when that is automatically going to lessen the dog’s chances of being adopted. Sane people do not want pit bulls as pets. They are, as a breed, unpredictable and dangerous, especially in a home with small children. One million pit bulls are euthanized each year in America. If you pit people want to do something really good for the pit bull, spay and neuter it out of existence. Kinder for the breed and certainly kinder for the breed’s human, pet and livestock victims.

          • mattbl

            Shelters attempt to avoid the pit bull label because people are idiots and are afraid of what they don’t know. Yes, it reduces the chances of adoption, because potential homes overlook “pit bulls” because they have negative associations even if they have no evidence or fact to back up their view.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            You tell us. You’re the expert………not. And, btw, would you just go look at how many FB pages by pit lovers are titled with PIT BULL in the title. tsk tsk tsk

        • Abigail

          However your dog bites have gone up .

          • Nevada Ames

            Bites are not maulings. Most bites don’t need medical attention and aren’t even reported. Pit bull laws are intended to prevent maulings. Let’s compare maulings that took place within the BSL-affected area versus outside of it, and then we’ll talk, OK?

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            Correct. It takes an IQ to understand that concept, however, soooooooo, well, you know.

          • mattbl

            Yes, the ever-present, un-verifiable word, “maulings.” Even though bites have remained unchanged or increased, at great cost to the tax payers of Aurora, somehow you’re going to twist the evidence to work towards your agenda.

            Cold, hard data does not support your viewpoint, nor does it support this vote. However, those numbers were not presented by the media. They did, however, point out (as you do) that “pit bull bites” have gone down since the ban. That seems like common sense. Ban broccoli, and suddenly broccoli consumption will drop dramatically. *gasp* Who would have thought?

            The underlying cause of dog bites, bad owners, did not change b/c the laws did not address them. This is painfully obvious when looking at the vast majority of cities that have enacted some form of BSL/BDL.

          • Nevada Ames

            Um, really? Unlike the “data” touted by pit bull apologists, none of
            these studies were produced or funded by pit bull advocates. These
            quotations came from peer-reviewed research by physicians and
            epidemiologists, and numbers quoted directly from city officials.

            “Attacks
            by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher
            hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other
            breeds of dogs. Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce
            the US mortality rates related to dog bites.”
            http://journals.lww.com/annalsofsurgery/Abstract/2011/04000/Mortality,_Mauling,_and_Maiming_by_Vicious_Dogs.23.aspx

            “When
            bite rates were determined by breed, Pit Bulls were 5 times more likely
            to bite than all other breeds combined.”
            http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA381425&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf

            “More
            severe bites and injuries were observed in attacks from the pit-bull
            and Rottweiler breeds.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22235708

            “More
            than 30 different offending breeds were documented in the medical
            records. The most common breeds included pit bull terriers (50.9
            percent), Rottweilers (8.9 percent), and mixed breeds of the two
            aforementioned breeds (6 percent).”
            http://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/Abstract/2009/08000/Pediatric_Dog_Bite_Injuries__A_5_Year_Review_of.28.aspx

            “A
            retrospective review was performed at two urban children’s hospitals
            from 1996-2005 of all dog attacks presenting to the plastic surgery
            service. Charts were reviewed with analysis of patient demographics,
            injury site, operative intervention, and dog-specific data…57% of dogs
            were deemed to be of a dangerous breed (Pit Bull or Rottweiler).”
            http://aaps1921.org/abstracts/2008/P13.cgi

            “Significantly more
            pit bull injuries (94% vs 43%) were the consequence of unprovoked
            attacks.” http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/88/1/55.short

            “Of
            the 199 US dog bite fatalities for which breed is known, pure breed pit
            bull and pit bull cross breeds were most frequently involved.”
            http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/7/4/321.short

            “It is
            remarkable that five out of eight fights which led to the death of the
            victim involved the clearly over-represented group of fighting dogs.
            Three lethal injuries were caused by American Staffordshire Terriers,
            one death was caused by a Bull Terrier, and another dog died after a
            fight with a Pit Bull Terrier.”
            http://www.azs.no/artikler/art_agressive.pdf

            “In attacks where
            guide dogs were injured, dogs belonging to bull breeds were the most
            common aggressors (41.5 per cent)…Most injuries to people occurred in
            attacks involving an aggressor belonging to a bull breed (52.6 per
            cent).” http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/166/25/778.abstract

            “During
            the one-year period between June 1986 and June 1987, 14 people were
            killed by dogs in the United States. Ten of those 14 deaths are
            attributed to pit bulls. Thus, 71% of the deaths during that period were
            attributed to a type of dog that accounts for 1% of the US dog
            population…Most breeds do not repeatedly bite their victims; however, a
            pit bull attack has been compared to a shark attack and often results
            in multiple bites and extensive soft tissue loss (3,10)…Pit bulls
            inflict more
            serious bite wounds than do other breeds because they tend to attack the deep
            muscles, hold on, and shake.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3238616

            “This
            breed has an intensity and duration of attack not seen in other dogs.
            This leads to severe injuries and, in some cases, death of the victim
            (human or animal).”
            http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/168/5/133.abstract

            “Dog
            bite injury hospitalization (DBIH) rate in Winnipeg relative to Brandon
            (a city without BSL) was significantly lower after BSL in people of all
            ages…Conclusions: BSL may have resulted in a reduction of DBIH in
            Winnipeg, and appeared more effective in protecting those aged <20
            years.”
            http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/early/2012/06/29/injuryprev-2012-040389

            “OBJECTIVE:
            To analyse population-based data on hospitalisation caused by dog bite
            injuries after changes in legal regulations on dog ownership, including
            breed-specific regulations…RESULTS: There has been a significant
            decline in hospitalisation caused by injuries from dog bites.”
            https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/20805621/?i=3

            “City data
            obtained by the Star points to a different possibility: that pit bulls
            really were the most dangerous kind of dog, in Toronto at least. From
            2001 to 2004, pit bulls were more likely to bite people and domestic
            animals than any other breed, the statistics show…Nearly a decade
            after the ban was put in place, its purpose appears to have been
            achieved: pit bull bites in the city have virtually disappeared.”
            http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/10/03/pit_bulls_were_torontos_biggest_biters_before_the_ban.html

            “Since
            the ban has been in place, bites are down 73 percent from pit bulls,”
            said Cheryl Conway, a spokeswoman for the city’s animal care division.
            She added that the dogs placed a tremendous burden on city staff.
            According to city documents, before the ordinance was enacted in 2005,
            up to 70 percent of kennels in the Aurora Animal Shelter were occupied
            by pit bulls with pending court disposition dates or with no known
            owner. That number is now only 10 to 20 percent of kennels. “There
            hasn’t been a human mauling in many years. Complaints and requests
            related to pit bulls are down 50 percent. Euthanasia of pit bull dogs is
            down 93 percent.”
            http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/city-lawmakers-uphold-auroras-ban-pit-bulls/

            “According
            to statistics taken from the Springfield-Greene County Health
            Department…for the three-year period beginning in 2004, there were 42
            "vicious" animal attacks recorded in the jurisdiction covered. After
            passing the local ordinance banning or strictly controlling the
            ownership of pit bull or pit bull types, the number of attacks has
            dropped dramatically. For the five-year period from 2007-2011, there was
            a total of 14.”
            http://www.news-leader.com/story/opinion/readers/2014/03/25/sb-pull-pit-bull-protection-bill/6887605/

            “Between
            2009 and 2010, there were 233 reported incidents involving pit bull
            attacks against people and other dogs in Anne Arundel County. In that
            same time frame, the next closest breeds, German shepherds and Labrador
            retrievers, caused just 93 incidents combined. According to Lt. Glenn
            Shanahan of Anne Arundel County Animal Control, pit bull terriers lead
            all other breeds in the county by at least two to one when it comes to
            attacks over the last five years. “The numbers say what they say. We’re
            not making it up,” Shanahan said. “It’s demonstrably overwhelming.”
            http://severnapark.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/pit-bull-incidents-outnumber-other-dog-attacks-2-to-1-2

            In
            regards to the myth that visual identification of pit bulls is not
            possible or reliable, a DNA test study funded by the ASPCA [the only
            such study performed on pit bull-type dogs] showed that 96% of the 91
            dogs visually categorized as pit bulls or pit bull mixes, when DNA
            tested for breed, were indeed pit bulls or pit bull mixes:
            http://aspcapro.org/blog/2013/09/25/bully-this%E2%80%94-results-are-in%E2%80%A6

          • mattbl

            Thank you for the regurgitated dogsbite posts that you and yours like to copy/paste (Thomas McCartny, anyone?), but the breeds “recorded” in these studies are provided by people or relatives of those who were attacked by a dog and are being asked in a traumatic situation to ID a breed. The media vilification of pits has done a very good job of convincing the public that any short-coated, blocky-headed dog is automatically a pit bull.

            I also love the new line of thought coming out of your camp that somehow pit bulls have a “lobby” that is actually paying independent research groups to say that pits aren’t dangerous. The ridiculousness behind that idea is astonishing.

          • Nevada Ames

            Most dog attacks involve the dog’s owner or family/friends/visitors of the dog’s owner. Are you seriously saying that people have no idea what kind of dog they own?

            Most dog attack reports are sourced from multiple witnesses (animal control, first responders, observers, etc.). Are you seriously saying that most people get it wrong?

            The studies I quoted were peer-reviewed and published. They say what they say and come to consistent conclusions. The burden of proof is now on YOU to show that these studies are inaccurate.

            “Media vilification” of pit bulls is virtually limited to news reports on dog attacks. Just off the top of my head, we’ve had two cable TV shows that promote pit bulls, two documentary films, and a litany of glurge about how sweet and misunderstood pit bulls are. Just perform a web search on pit bulls and see what comes up.

            Millions of dollars have been spend to rebrand pit bulls and “raise awareness” about the breed, yet the percentage of severe attacks attributed to pit bulls is higher than it has ever been. Are you seriously arguing that people are less likely to recognize a pit bull today than they have ever been?

            “Lobbying” refers to a systematic attempt to influence legislation and public opinion. OF COURSE there is a pit bull lobby. The pit bull lobby is backed by animal industries, purebred dog registries, breeders, and animal shelters with an overabundance of pit bulls that they need to sell to the public as well as people who don’t want restrictions placed on their pets.

            The pit bull lobby ABSOLUTELY hires fake researchers to come up with “data” to support its viewpoint. The Animal Farm Foundation (“securing equal treatment for pit bull dogs”) purchased the National Canine Research Council, which operates as a think tank to produce “research” to support a pit bull agenda. Best Friends Animal Society has hired at least two private companies, Luntz Global* (“delivering winning messaging”) and Dunham and Associates (“we develop economic resources to help you advance your policy objectives”) to produce “studies” on its behalf.

            That begs the question. Why hire a private corporation to perform this “research” when virtually any legitimate university-associated research outfit could perform the same study for pennies on the dollar (PLUS the benefit of having actual, credentialed academics attached to it)? The answer is obvious: because pit bull lobbyists know that genuine, honest research is not going to advance their agenda, and thus they lean on subterfuge.

            *Fun fact: Luntz Global also develops “winning messaging” to deny climate change. They also refuse to release their poll data.

          • mattbl

            Honestly, your entire house must be coated with tinfoil. You’re reaching very hard for the connections you’re making and it makes zero sense. Shelters that can barely pay to not have to euthanize dogs are somehow paying millions of dollars to fabricate research? Millions of canine professionals across the country are somehow ALL being paid off to say that pits aren’t more dangerous than other breeds? Rescue groups who do their best to save these dogs on the limited resources and still failing more than they are succeeding are somehow finding the money to pay people to make documentaries about pit bulls? Are you kidding me? These people say good things about pits and articles and films are made about pits because the public, frankly, are idiots who believe whatever the media tells them to and proponents of pits are trying to cast some light on a dark issue, they’re trying to fill the void left by ignorance and fear with information and knowledge.

            As far as breed ID goes, Aurora itself already has data that indicates that 77% of the dogs they’ve claimed are “pit bulls” actually aren’t after they test them. Which means that yes, eye witnesses, first responders, paramedics, and family members do get it wrong. You’re trying to make a genetic link where there is none. We’re primarily talking about mutts, and if you remove ALL of those mutts more mutts will take their place and dog attacks will KEEP happening. it doesn’t matter what breed is out there, it’s about the owner and it’s about societies ability (or inability) to safely and properly interact with a dog.

            Dog ownership isn’t going anywhere, and large dog ownership isn’t going anywhere. The goal should be to educate people, not to ban a symptom of the root cause.

          • Nevada Ames

            Here are just four major examples of pit bull lobbyists paying to fabricate research:

            The “National Canine Research Council” is owned by Animal Farm Foundation, a pit bull lobbying organization. Their mission statement is “securing equal treatment…for pit bull dogs.” No conflict of interest there, right?

            The JAVMA “breed was not a factor” study was authored and conducted by staff and associates of Animal Farm Foundation/NCRC. Nothing fishy about that, right?

            Best Friends’ “BSL Fiscal Impact Calculator” was created by a Dunham and Associates, a company that also shills for GOP candidates and big tobacco. Here’s a direct quote from the company’s Twitter feed: “We’re an economic consulting firm that supports lobbyists.” Can’t get any clearer than that. http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Economist-for-McMahon-has-strong-lobbying-ties-3707559.php

            Best Friends hires Luntz Global to produce surveys/”research” and marketing strategy. Luntz Global, climate change deniers extraordinare, have been “awarded” a Politfact.com Lie of the Year. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Luntz

            As for your idea that “respected” organizations oppose BSL out of the goodness of their hearts and not a clear economic incentive, you’re naïve if you don’t believe that money talks. Let’s use the American Veterinary Medical Association as an example. Here’s a direct quote from their website: “The AVMA continues to partner with animal agriculture stakeholders to educate federal agencies…” They fully admit to working with animal industry stakeholders.

            How does that play out in the AVMA’s policy positions? The AVMA says that keeping pigs in tiny crates for most of their lives is A-OK even thought that practice is banned as cruelty in the E.U. The AVMA supports horse slaughter right along with horse breed registries that stand to make money for every surplus horse produced by American breeders.

            The AVMA is not a trustworthy or economically disinterested source for honest and compassionate animal welfare policy.

            Shelters have a clear economic incentive to market pit bulls. Go into any animal shelter and ask any of the full-timers if they work there for free. A shelter is charitable, but it’s also fundamentally a business. When 50-70% of a shelter’s “inventory” consists of pit bulls, and when shelters depend on adoptions to function, they are either going to find a way to “market” that inventory or they will close their doors and all of those full-timers will be out of jobs. It’s that simple.

            DNA test results are irrelevant at this point. No DNA testing company offers a test for the pit bull terrier. I personally spoke to the manufacturers of the Wisdom Panel test, which is considered the “gold standard” of canine breed tests, and a Mars, Inc. company representative explicitly said that they do not and cannot test for pit bull terrier. Don’t believe me? Here’s what the company had to say: “Any Pitbull type breed tested using Wisdom Panel™ MX Mixed Breed Analysis is likely to reveal a combination of several breeds.”
            Using a DNA test to prove that a pit bull is or is not a pit bull is like using a pregnancy test to rule out osteosarcoma.

          • Nevada Ames

            From Best Friends’ own website: “Best Friends Animal Society hired Luntz Global to hold a focus group to learn how to fight breed discrimination and market pit bull terriers.” http://nmhpnetwork.bestfriends.org/Webinars.aspx

            In addition to denying climate change and refusing to release their data, Luntz Global also received a “Lie of the Year” award from Politifact.com

            You just can’t make this stuff up.

            (Unless you’re Luntz Global)

      • Mary Ann Redfern

        Awwwwwww, are you upset?

    • CindyB

      Amen!!!!

      • 123tl78

        So Colorado is behind the times and you say amen. Education classes are held daily against bias and hate towards any living creature. We can help if you like.

        • Mary Ann Redfern

          Would you consider thousands of people, pets and livestock animals living creatures? Would you want to see thousands of people, pets and livestock animals mauled, maimed or killed each year in the USA? Well, they are…….by pit bull terriers. Do you not care about THOSE “living creatures”? Perhaps you have a bias and hate toward all those victims because of your unnatural love for your pit bull?

          • mattbl

            Bite statistics have shown no change or an increase since the pit bull ban in Aurora. So how is kidnapping and killing family pets helping?

        • CindyB

          People with brains know fighter breeds are NOT pets! Suck it up!

          • leah

            I knew the sweetest pitbull, ever, growing up. My friend’s parents were told they were adopting “some kind of terrier,” at the shelter. They found out after they had bonded with her, what type of breed she was. I also was attacked by an aggressive golden retriever! It all depends on the dog and how the owners raise it.

  • 123tl78

    I noticed a creepy article put out by this station titled No sign of “pit bull’ that killed dog just today. How convenient. Therein lies the problem. The media and its ‘bias” and the fact that pit bull is not a breed of dog but a generic term used to describe a look of a dog. The only dog that has pit bull in its name and is a purebred dog is the American Pit Bull Terrier and the fact that a dog killing another dog, although tragic, would make the news is evidence of the insanity of the media and its bias. You don’t think some other dog out there killed something? They are predators. Unbelievable bias towards a dog that isn’t even one breed of dog but a look and they are all called pit bulls. Stupid, senseless, stupid, biased and the same old crap, different day dished out by the media. Low blow by the less than stellar media. We need to worry more about people than any dog. You punish the reckless dog owner and leave the responsible dog owners alone.

    • Nevada Ames

      Here’s Exhibit A. Pit bull defenders routinely equate reporting an attack by a pit bull (based on statements by the victim dog’s owner and multiple witnesses) as media bias against pit bulls.

      Seriously. This guy wrote this comment with a straight face.

      The only way that pit bull defenders would stop howling about media bias is if the media didn’t report pit bull attacks at all. In other words, they’d only be happy if the media withheld credible facts to appease a special interest group…because THAT wouldn’t be biased, but reporting that a pit bull attack was carried out by a pit bull is totally biased and mean.

      For pete’s sake, the Sentinel article went so far as to put requisite scare quotes around the word pit bull, even though we all know it was a pit bull, because what other dog leaps off a second floor balcony, launches an unprovoked attack on a helpless victim, and cannot be pried off for love or money…a corgi? A basset hound, maybe? You demonstrate it and I’ll believe it, OK?

      • 123tl78

        Baloney. I am one person. We are all individuals. Each dog is an individual. A woman was killed by her own German Shepherd. It’s just snobbery and ignorance and bias towards certain looking dogs and people. Pit bull isn’t even one breed of dog. We can’t even agree in this country on what breeds and mixes constitutes a pit bull (again, not a breed of dog) and it varies from person to person, town to town and shelter to shelter.

        • Nevada Ames

          Shall we compare the number of severe and fatal German shepherd attacks versus pit bull attacks? Or better yet, pit bull attacks versus all other breeds combined?

          • 123tl78

            No because we can’t even agree on what a pit bull is since people keep adding breeds to that list if the dog has some kind of block head. The CDC isn’t even determining breeds in mixed breed dogs that kill because they can’t accurately determine all the breeds with DNA testing. There is no uniform standard for pit bull. It is a slang term that has been overused and inaccurately for thirty years.

          • Nevada Ames

            So let’s limit our comparisons to attack reports that include photos of the attacking dog, and see who can come up with more within any given time period — me, with only pit bulls and dogs that substantially match that description, or you with all other breeds combined. If what you’re saying is true, you’ll leap to this chance to make a public mockery of me.

            If not, well…

          • 123tl78

            You mean all the MIXED breed dogs that are the majority of dogs that kill? Gee. I’ll look into that. Have done so and they are are a mix of everything under the sun and somehow conveniently called pit mixes. Again. When you say pit do you mean American Pit Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Boxer, Mastiff, Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, lab and all their mixes? NO DNA testing is done. So what size head of a dog is dangerous? It’s bias and fear and ignorance and laziness to label dogs some stupid name. Give the dog a name instead of calling it a pit mix. It doesn’t mean anything.

          • Nevada Ames

            The only DNA test study focused on pit bulls found that 96% of 91 dogs visually classified as pit bulls or pit bull mixes were indeed pit bulls or pit bull mixes according to DNA test results.

            http://aspcapro.org/blog/2013/09/25/bully-this%E2%80%94-results-are-in%E2%80%A6

          • 123tl78

            Again. Baloney. There are no accurate stats on pit bulls because it isn’t one breed of dog and there is no uniform standard in this country across the board in each town, shelter and person what dogs and mixes are considered to fall under the very vague and useless term pit bull.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            Pit lovers call them pit bulls. It is a well known term and your semantics are making you look like a fool. Now, you may argue with yourself. I am done dealing with your mental blockade.

          • Karen

            Here’s why they’re all screaming for “DNA testing” –

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a4CDvK868w&feature=youtu.be You can skip most of the middle portion to get to the results at the end.

          • Frank2525

            Is it your full time job and paid occupation to write your drivel. you expose a one-track-I know best, and everyone else is opposing due to their ignorance. Why don’t you transfer your body to Washington. There is another one just like you, and he may even enjoy talking to you, since he does not talk to others, or take advice. I have had dogs all my life starting on farm in Ohio. Never had any use for a boxer, bulldog, pit bull, but did enjoy rabbit hounds, fox hounds, and different mixed breeds that were good at herding cattle, and finding dangerous snakes before they could bite me (we did have copper heads, rattle snakes, that were poisonous. Also dangerous to our cattle. So give it a rest, move out into the country somewhere, and have all the pit bulls you want around you. We can do without the hassle, and constant whining.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            I beg to differ. When a “normal” breed dog is mixed with a fighting breed, many times it will look and ACT like the fighting breed. Strong genetics? Don’t know, but it’s true. Any breed bred with fighting breeds should be considered potentially dangerous and treated accordingly…secure housing, short leash, muzzle when outside, extra care around small children. Sir, you can gripe all day and all night long with your breed identification worries and struggles, but, the people have spoken and nothing you say can or will change that.

          • mattbl

            You’re addressing a symptom, not a cause. You must realize this.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            Actually, YOU are the only one on this thread so far that seems to be having difficulty with the “problem” of what a pit bull actually IS. None of the rest

      • Mary Ann Redfern

        You, sir, are very well spoken. Thank you.

      • cravendesires

        the media has been “biased” against the pit bulldog from the beginning.

        November 15, 1844 Baltimore, Maryland

        Dead–We regret to state that the apprehensions expressed by the physicians on Wednesday evening, have proved true, and Mr. John A. Dubernar, who was so severely bitten by the dog of Mr. Rozell, on Saturday last, now lies with the dead. He expired at his residence, in High street, yesterday morning. Mr. D. was a native of France, but has been a resident of Baltimore about fifty years. He was much esteemed by those who knew him.
        His death is a melancholy comment upon the impolicy, we might almost say, the criminality of keeping dogs so ferocious in their character as this one was, in the the yards of private dwellings. The
        bull terrier, and this dog was one of that species, is perhaps the very
        worst description of dog, with which we are beset in our community.
        They are always fierce, and, it is a rare circumstance, that even their
        masters have control over them–when they once take hold, death has been frequently found necessary to make them loosen their grasp. Such animals should never be kept in the yards of private swellings. We have received a note from Mr. Roszell, in which he states that injustice has been done to him in our previous account of the matter. We may have, and according to his statement, did slightly, err in reference to the the mode and cause of the attack made by the dog upon the colored woman; but in the main, it was correct. We did not doubt, and do not now doubt, that every thing was done by the family of Mr. R. to prevent the catastrophe, which has ended in so melancholy a manner. But the very fact of the inability of those who lived in the house to restrain him, is evidence conclusive of his ferocious character. We would not do injustice to Mr. R.; we have no such motive–and we feel assured that no one in this community regrets more sincerely than he does, this sad affair.–The lesson, we trust, will be a profitable one to others.

        you can read more “biased” vintage newspaper accounts of pit bulldogs at america’s dog blog.

        http://americasdog.blogspot.com/2013/12/americas-dog-then-and-now.html

    • Mary Ann Redfern

      Said the guy whose mind is closed like a steel trap.

    • Karen

      Now don’t be a sore loser. You should already know by now that no one wants these mutants in their neighborhoods or towns. The PEOPLE (as opposed to politicians) have made that abundantly clear.

    • mattbl

      It’s true. On nearly every single story I’ve seen of a dog killing another animal, before breed is mentioned DBO and their ilk are on the story instantly saying, “bet it’s a pit bull.” You see tons of their comments on every story involving a pit bull. When it’s another breed and the article mentions it outright, you get 1-2 comments and zero from the DBO crowd. It’s simple confirmation bias.

    • Frank2525

      Yeah. You did not tell the whole story. That dog was grabbed up by the guy who “said he was taking care of it for a few days, for a guy from Texas”. That was the story he gave policeman when he returned to area, minus the dog. The girl and others saw the dog kill her dog, and it was described as a “pit bull”. I will take that as accurate, until the dog is produced, and test are made. But that 53 year old got a summons. Be sure to follow up, to see if you are correct, By the way, once this item hit the local paper to be voted on, 2 Rottweilers are gone from house around corner, and neighbor across street took his aggressive dogs and moved within 2 weeks, after getting 3 summons in a week. Last one where one dog jumped fence and attacked neighbors small dog, and she called police, who then summoned the dog warden. That was in July this year. So the ban, and now the item on ballot, which Arapahoe and Adams County voted to continue ban at a 3 to 1 ratio OR more. Yeah. Both sides of this argument may be validated. We got rid of the dogs, and their owners to. Hope wherever they moved to, is way out in the country, maybe Kansas plains.

  • cravendesires

    this is how the pit bull issue needs to be decided across the US.

    • 123tl78

      You and your hate-filled blog is evidence of why bans are being repealed more than not. Colorado is just behind the times in open mindedness. We can help through education. You are hopeless though.

      • CindyB

        Facts do not equal hate! Pro-Life is not hate either! You hate that the truth is spoken about YOUR choice of breed! The majority is smarter than that and knows fighter breeds are not pets! You pit fanatics may as well get used to it! Pit bull bans are going to be everywhere before long. The attacks are happening more and more and we are sick if it! You need to educate yourself and stop with your hate!

        • 123tl78

          It’s not one breed of dog. It’s not anything except the look of a dog. How can you hate something you can’t even figure out what it is? Some people still try hard to do that though. It’s just ignorance and bias. Not facts.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            Better luck next time. Oh, that’s right, this settles the issue. There will be no next time.

          • CindyB

            A pit is a pit! No question about identifying one! Nice try! Myth #2: It’s impossible to identify a pit bull
            Pit bull advocates frequently claim that the average person cannot correctly identify a pit bull. As discussed in the Pit Bull FAQ, the pit bull is a class of dogs made up of several close dog breeds (See: What is a pit bull?). This false claim is designed to confuse the public just like the breed’s history of changing names is intended to do (See: Disguise breed name). As recently told to us by a top U.S. animal control enforcement officer, “If it looks like a pit bull, it usually is.”
            Pit bull advocates have even created deceptive online tests (Find the Pit Bull) to further confuse the media, policymakers and the public. These tests are inaccurate and intentionally crafted to show that the average person cannot correctly identify a pit bull. DogsBite.org has created a more realistic test that shows a variety of popular dog breeds. Once one begins to understand the frame, posture and distinct head and jaw size of a pit bull, identification is immediate.

            Can you identify the pit bull?

          • ProperModulation

            DogsBite.org? Why not just rename it deathtoallpitbulls.org? It would better reflect their agenda and make it clear the reason for the misleading propaganda site.

          • CindyB

            Misleading? Excuse me! Go search any of the victims names and you will learn that these people were in fact real! They had a life! They had families, families that now have to visit them at a cemetery! Nobody made you choose a pit bull as a pet! That’s on you! You don’t like facts being written about the undog because it proves they are not pets, never were they meant to be pets! All dogs were created to serve a purpose! FACT! Pit bull type dogs are in the fighter breeds catagory! FACT! Pit bull type dogs have killed 447 Americans. FACT! Shall I keep going? The only side spreading propaganda is yours! Convincing people pits aren’t dangerous and make wonderful safe pets is propaganda! Ever hear of Darla Napora?? Raising awareness is NOT propaganda, it’s PRO-LIFE!!!!!!! You can not ever say, my pit will never attack. You can’t! All you fanatics are just alike. Good luck with your little Fido!

          • Marisa Nordstrom

            You’re led by a pit bull… not a care for the victims defended at Dogsbite.org. What’s wrong with you and your ilk? Where are you and yours in sinking money and time into going after the so-called bad, irresponsible owners. Look who you and yours malign, defenders of innocent people and their pets. You don’t belong in the human race. Just like the pit was bred to kill its own, you exist to kill and malign your own fellow man. Again, what’s wrong with you. Get a normal pet and get on the right side. Get rid of your beast pimped as a pet, and get into the human race and do what makes for peace and safety. If you don’t have a pit, you’re half way there.

          • Marisa Nordstrom

            You lost those stupid arguments a long time ago. Trying to resurrect stupidity just because judicial winds blew one direction for a short while in Toledo, those winds will blow in the opposite direction once the carnage mounts. Aurora doesn’t want to become a dumping ground again for all the banned pit bulls along the front range near Denver. Smart people in Aurora. But, keeping supportive animal control supervision is key. Miami needs to look to Aurora get its banned enforced!

      • Mary Ann Redfern

        Awwwwwwww….are you sad?

      • Karen

        No, Aurora CITIZENS got to vote instead of the issue being decided by spineless politicians who kowtow to the well-funded pit bull lobby! If every two put this issue to popular vote, the results would be the same. No one wants you or block-headed, beady demonic eyed, Joker faced kid killers in our towns and neighborhoods.

      • Brian V. Sitterley

        My hate for the breed comes from a patient of mine, a child who was mauled by a pit bull that later killed another little girl. Hugely disproportionate numbers of dog attacks and fatalities come from pit bulls. They are bred to fight and kill, and they need to be extinct.

    • 123tl78

      How did you get so creepy and hateful? We need to worry more about you than any dog. Your blog is horribly disturbing.

      • CindyB

        Pit bulls attract such nice people…smdh

        • 123tl78

          How would you know? Have you met every dog owner that has a block headed dog? Pit bull is not a breed of dog. It’s a slang term for a look of dog and is totally inaccurate.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            We know what pit bulls are better than you do. We do not need you to instruct us regarding the breed/s. And you people are the ones that keep calling your pits blockheads. lol

          • CindyB

            No need to educate me. I know exactly what they are and why they do what they do! Genetics! Sadly, I did own one but will spare you my story because you will just blame me for what it did!

          • Marisa Nordstrom

            Courts reject your nonsense and they call the shots, not pit pushers. Toledo is having a moment of insanity and will come back to its senses once the carnage mounts and the threat of the loss of a judge-job correspondingly rises.

      • Mary Ann Redfern

        If you hate it so much WHY ARE YOU READING IT?

    • 123tl78

      So three people read your disturbing blog that says more about you and your readers than any dog or dog owner. Very disturbing blog filled with hate spewing out of you like a waterfall.

      • Mary Ann Redfern

        If you have a problem with his blog, STOP READING IT. Not the sharpest pencil in the box, are you?

      • CindyB

        Spewing hate like a waterfall? Let us think about that for just one moment…Owning a type of dog that was created for combat and kills basically anything with a pulse, humans, pets, livestock and wildlife. Blood bath essentially, river of blood. Now that to me is the very definition of “hate”.

      • Marisa Nordstrom

        Five people have read it… I count. How many of the thousands who rejected lifting Aurora’s ban read it? Betcha countless people followed the carnage that is rising where there are no bans.

    • Mary Ann Redfern

      And, just like Miami-Dade and, now, Aurora, the result would be similar and I have always known this. Pit addicts think they are some kind of majority, bah ha ha, NOT. You are a teeny tiny MINORITY, pit bull ownership in the USA is currently around six per cent. Duh.

    • Marisa Nordstrom

      You’re one hard worker, cravendesires. Learned so much at your well-maintained blogs. I’m as angry as you about these beasts being pimped as pets. So grateful for your strong defense of dogsbite.org. Neither you nor Colleen Lynn deserve the maulings you’re subjected to daily by these abusive pit pushers… so glad it doesn’t get to you, and will defend you two wherever you’re maligned. You really care about the victims and help me and my normal pet to try to not become one.

      • cravendesires

        “Neither you nor Colleen Lynn deserve the maulings you’re subjected to daily by these abusive pit pushers”

        the similarities between pit bulldogs and their owners are striking.

        thanks for the support marisa.

    • mattbl

      Enacting a law is different than repealing it. I wouldn’t make assumptions.

  • Thomas McCartney

    Per the Aurora’s own data, euthanasia of pit bulls dropped by 93 percent since the law went into effect. Pit bull attacks are down 73 percent. Complaints about pit bulls have been cut in half.

    From the city’s animal care division spokeswoman in March of this year:
    “Since the ban has been in place, bites are down 73 percent from pit bulls,” said Cheryl Conway, a spokeswoman for the city’s animal care division.

    She described various problems the city encountered before enacting the ban in 2005 that included irresponsible owners letting the dogs run at large, and owners using pit bulls to taunt pedestrians.

    She added that the dogs placed a tremendous burden on city staff. According to city documents, before the ordinance was enacted in 2005, up to 70 percent of kennels in the Aurora Animal Shelter were occupied by pit bulls with pending court disposition dates or with no known owner. That number is now only 10 to 20 percent of kennels.

    • Thomas McCartney

      “There hasn’t been a human mauling in many years. Complaints and requests related to pit bulls are down 50 percent. Euthanasia of pit bull dogs is down 93 percent. Of those few that are put down, they are primarily those that come in as strays and their owners don’t come to claim them,” she said.

      It’s a similar story in Denver, where pit bulls have been regulated since 1982. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science found that Denver’s dog euthanasia rates fell by 77 percent after the city enacted its pit bull law. Instead of drowning in a flood of unwanted pit bulls, Denver shelters are able to save almost every homeless dog that comes through the door.

      In cities where pit bulls aren’t regulated, they make up one to two thirds of all dogs in shelters. It’s estimated that more than one million of them are euthanized every year. But thanks to its pit bull law, Denver appears to be killing fewer pit bulls than any other major city.

      • Thomas McCartney

        Here’s the deal with Denver COUNTY – per the website itself, those statistics are by county hospital release numbers. Denver county is roughly the same size as the city of Denver which has a very small land area with the highest population density of the entire state.

        The high population density Denver metropolitan area includes six surrounding counties – Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and jefferson although the federally defined MSA includes TEN surrounding counties.

        In addition, Denver county is the only county to have have both the largest level one trauma center and a level 2 pediatric trauma center which will receive serious injuries including the most serious dog mauling’s from the contiguous counties WITHOUT BREED BANS, and also a good portion of southern Colorado rural counties WITHOUT BREED BANS.

        The seriously mauled victims from Longmont CO. humane society’s program to adopt out “rehabilitated” aggressive pit bulls into that community would be transported to Denver County hospitals.

        That’s why their hospital release rates per capita are higher.

  • 123tl78

    There are no accurate stats on the slang term pit bull because it’s not one breed of dog. Again. There are no accurate stats on pit bulls because it isn’t one breed of dog and there is no uniform standard in this country across the board in each town, shelter and person what dogs and mixes are considered to fall under the very vague and useless term pit bull.

  • notsaying

    If someone’s dog bites someone and causes damage it should be evaluated and determined if the dog needs to be put down. Doesnt matter on the breed. I have owned pitbulls before and never had an issue bc I knew how to handle my dog. I dont believe someone can come onto my property and take my dog (which i consider my family and basically my child since I have none) just because someone doesn’t like the way it looks. If my dog has never physically hurt someone then I should not have my dog taken period. The fact that people rather get rid of a general type of breed kind of blows my mind. Studies have shown the “pitbull” (the number of breeds associated with that label) dont have the most powerful bite. German shepards come in number one and I know for a fact they can get pretty nasty. That doesn’t make me want to ban the breed, I’ll just avoid that dog. People need to heald responsible for their dog’s actions. If they failed as an owner that’s on them. Dogs need to be treated as individuals bc they are different from one to another. With all the information available now a days about the history and current situation of pit bulls can people not open their eyes. There is reason why people need to train their dogs. Any large animal can do major damage and even kill. Even dogs known to be docile can be mean and aggressive. But lets just talk about pit bulls only bc of the media hype right? Lets forget about the other dogs that do damage: chows, dobermans, rotties, german shepards, cane corso, coker spaniels, dalmations, great danes… the list goes on. And I say these dogs (to name a few) becuase if not trained properly can become nasty bc they think they are dominate and the alpha dog. Any dog can bite and kill a person if they are allowed to. Neglectful and abusive people have lead to this breed to be discriminated against, it’s true. Look at Michael Vick… one of his fight dogs just died last week but he was rehabilitated and made a therapy dog. Was socialized and live a great life after he was rescued. (look it up his name was Hector the Pit Bull). Pit bulls were all over propaganda during WWI and WWII, in tv shows with children and etc. So what happened? Same thing that happened to dobermans… they were gaining a neglectful image through people who wanted to show how they could be abused. Dobermans were alos used as military dogs during WWI, WWII and Vietnam. These dogs, once viewed differently, are now discriminated against. Both breeds have made a come back in popularity over the years. Pitbulls have had many advocated for them. Now you can sit here and try and bash me and etc but I just wanted to give my view point and say it’s not the breed. If I fail as an owner it’s my fault and I need to be punished for my mistakes and neglect. If I want to own a dog who is known to be more intimidating because people get anxious then I will work with my dog to show there is nothing wrong with him. If I fail, it’s on me. Any dog can develop issues due to ill-training. Once I was discriminated against because I was fostering a pitbull who was 100% blind and was severely abused. I was just trying to give him the attention, love and a better life he deserved. He never knew where he was, he always shook, he would pee on himself, he needed someone. Being 3 yrs old, he didnt deserve to die because he was a pitbull or blind. He had a jaw deformity that did allow him to bite down completely, which disabled him more bc he could only eat hard food if it was mixed with soft food. So if I had him right now in Aurora, they could come onto my property and take him from me just bc of how he looks? A blind dog who runs into trees half of the time? And he never hurt anyone? Yeah because that’s justice. Im luck I have my dogs certified so they cannot be taken away from me due to emotional support and etc. I would be devastated if my babies/kids/dogs/family was taken from me for no reason besides looks. Makes me kind of discriminated against as an owner because of I would be seen as irresponsible person and Im not. I don’t even speed lol. And I have heard the comments of “Oh she’s the type of person to own a pitbull.” What’s that supposed to mean? And let me be clear, regardless of the breed, if a dog mauls a person put it down because it has tasted blood at that point. Owners train your dogs and watch them like your kids. Dont let them loose and keep them on a leash. Common sense. People dont approach a dog you dont know regardless of breed. And people watch your kids around dogs in general. Kids do tend to be rough with dogs and make them react regardless if they are super nice and if they are docile. Every dog has the ability to be aggressive and snap. I avoid small dogs especially because I always get bit. But I also avoid dogs that I dont know because they are not mine. If you have a dog that is meaner than usual take the steps to avoid an unfortunate event from happening. End of the day everyone be responsible and use common sense. Hold people responsible not dogs who only have instinct and who have to be trained to be well behaved.

    • Mary Ann Redfern

      Learn to make your point succinctly. People are not willing to read novellas on threads. Long story short (you could learn something), if you live in Aurora and you have a pit bull you must get rid of the pit bull or move. Your choice. That’s the bottom line. No ifs, no ands and NO exceptions.

    • Nevada Ames

      There’s no reason pit bull restrictions can’t coexist with laws that force all dog owners to contain their pets and be accountable if their dog harms someone. In fact, a long-term study performed in Spain found a nearly 40% reduction in dog bite injury hospitalizations after enacting comprehensive legislation that includes restrictions on some breeds but also compels all dog owners to be responsible for their pets:

      “OBJECTIVE: To analyse population-based data on hospitalisation caused by dog bite injuries after changes in legal regulations on dog ownership, including
      breed-specific regulations…RESULTS: There has been a significant decline in hospitalisation caused by injuries from dog bites.”

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/20805621/?i=3

      • Karen

        Agreed – pit bull bans AND laws to hold dog owners accountable.

      • mattbl

        Yet in Aurora, where they have only a ban, dog bites did not drop. Pointing to a country in Europe that reduced bites through promoting responsible ownership does not help support your topic, considering most cities in the US that enact BSL/BDL do not find that the number of dog bites go down (since the root cause is bad ownership, not breed).

        • Nevada Ames

          Actually, dog bites are down in Aurora. The people who claim that dog bites are playing fast and loose with the numbers.

          When Aurora adopted the pit bull restriction in 2005, they also broadened the definition of “dog bite” to include attacks on animals as bites and to record attacks on multiple victims as multiple bites instead of a single bite.

          Prior to the pit bull restriction, only bites to humans were counted as bites. Now the city also includes dog attacks on other animals.

          Prior to the pit bull restriction, each multiple victim incident counted as just one “bite” no matter how many people were bitten. So if a dog injured multiple individuals, that was counted as just one bite. That is no longer the case. Now Aurora counts each bite separately.

          So even though Aurora counts far more incidents as “bites” than they used to, the number of reported bites has stayed consistent. Which means, of course, that bites are down.

          Also, according to a memorandum issued by the city council in 2008, “a higher percentage of restricted breeds attacked other animals than all other canine breeds combined.”

          • mattbl

            Per the city, dog-on-animal bites reported accounted for approximately 10% of reported bites in 06 and 07 (years they actually have recorded data – other years they don’t have the exact numbers), which still leaves dog bite numbers unchanged or slightly up. Nice try at cherry-picking the facts, though.

          • Nevada Ames

            Look, this isn’t complicated. If you start using a bigger net but still catch the same number of fish, does that mean there are more fish or less fish?

          • mattbl

            In this case your net is only 10% bigger and it the numbers are 10% higher… or more. My point is the numbers do not indicate a significant change and it’s cost tax payers a ton of money and it’s cost families beloved family members and it’s cost citizens their liberty.

            But of course here comes the typical, “you have to look at maulings,” dribble that is completely unverifiable because nobody tracks that data and if they did it wouldn’t show a difference anyway.

            It all comes down to owners being irresponsible or people in society being unaware of how to properly interact with a dog. The type of dog isn’t significant, simple as that. It’s been shown time and time again, and it’s been said time and time again by independent, credible groups. Ah, but then again, you’re going to don the tinfoil hat for that one as well and say they’re being funded by the magical pit bull fairy who is somehow paying millions of dollars to groups to skew data for some unknown reason.

    • Karen

      Blah, blah, blah…

  • SuperTJ

    Over a 2 to 1 margin supports the pit bull ban. GOTTA LOVE #DEMOCRACY!

    • mattbl

      You mean media manipulation, right? Considering the amount of cash that Republicans threw into campaigns and the outcome of the vote, it seems painfully and flagrantly obvious that the American public is very easily manipulated by the media. The raw numbers do not support keeping a pit bull ban in the city of Aurora.

  • Karen

    WTG Aurora for voting to keep your citizens safe over the rights of those to own a breed of dog created and purpose-bred for violence! If towns across the nation would put this issue to popular vote, instead of being decided by politicians kowtowing to the pit bull lobby, the outcomes would be the same and we could finally rid ourselves of these kid killers! Even those unsure about the mutants would say NIMBY! Hopefully your town has set a precedent that others will soon follow!

    • mattbl

      Considering the number of dog bites per year has remained changed or even increased since the ban, I don’t think anybody is actually safer.

      Also, this was a vote to not repeal a ban, not a vote to enact a ban. On the whole, cities are repealing bans or refusing them faster than they are enacting.

  • Flyingred

    Worst Information Reporting ever. Please can you just give the information instead of filling this report with personal emotions. How about you just print What the Props were and rather they passed or not.

  • MrColorado

    2D was a huge win for Aurora. Just no getting around the fact that the owners of these dogs cannot control them. Hopefully other cities will follow the same path. Much easier to let the people speak then fight the vocal minority PITBULL fans that ignore the hard facts that PITS kill more people year after year.

  • mattbl

    Ignorance reigns, and Aurora can continue stealing and killing family pets at great cost to the tax payers, despite the numbers showing that it has had literally zero affect on dog bites.