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The Gang’s All Here

Saturday night in Denver was party night. The Denver Host Committee threw a huge bash at Elitch’s. Committee co-chair Steve Farber was basking in all the well-deserved praise for the Committee’s meeting its $40 million fundraising goal. After Elitch’s, I attended a party hosted by at a very beautiful townhouse in the Ballpark District that they have rented for the convention.

It was great to see Duncan Black (aka Atrios of Eschaton), Jane of Firedoglake, Glenn Greenwald, John Amato of Crooks and Liars, Taylor Marsh to name just a few, all mixing it up with Mainstream Media. Restaurant recommendations seem to be a hot topic. Taylor Marsh, who counts herself as a serious foodie and asked me for recommendations weeks ago, had a wonderful meal at Luca di Italia last night. She raved and raved about it, and is looking forward to her reservation at Barolo later in the week. Leaving the Salon Party, I offered a ride to Don Hazen, Executive Editor of Alternet, who is renting a condo on the East side of Denver. He mentioned he had no food in his condo, so we made a stop at the King Soopers on 14th and Krameria. He could not stop “wow-ing” over the size of the store, the fact it was open after 11 pm, the variety of food and quality of the produce — reminding me once again what a privilege it is to live in Colorado.

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The Gang’s All Here

He’s Got a Friend: 1970’s pop music diva Carole King has been singing her way across small towns in Colorado this week, stumping for John Kerry. Friday afternoon she lit up the Butterhorn Bakery & Cafe in Frisco where 80 locals gathered to hear her speak. King’s message was mainly for women:

“You don’t have to vote the way of your husband, your brother, your boyfriend or your father. You have a mind of your own, and it’s a secret ballot. Women could not have a better advocate than John Kerry,” King said.

Kerry also is heading to Colorado. He’ll be at a campaign rally Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Pueblo Union Depot. Don’t like Kerry? Then head to Grand Junction where Dick Cheney will be waving the flag at at the Grand Junction airport.

How close are the two candidates? According to the latest Rocky Mountain News poll, they are in a statistical dead heat:

The most recent poll, however, shows the Democrat within striking distance of taking the state and its nine electoral votes. A Rocky Mountain News/News 4 poll shows 47 percent of likely voters choosing Bush and 42 percent choosing Kerry. The difference is well within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.

The Pueblo Chieftan also has them tied but says that Bush’s lead has dropped by half in the last month. Cirulli and Associates , which conducted the polls, says that 7 percent of those polled this week remain undecided while 13 percent of those who have a favorite pick said they might change their minds.

“That means one-fifth of the state’s voters are not firm in their choice,” pollster Floyd Ciruli said.

If the chance to sway twenty percent of nine electoral votes is enough to bring three of the four candidates to Colorado the week before the election, it must be a nail-biter in the big swing states like Pennyslvania and Ohio.