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US Policy Scan 2021

Dentons’ US Public Policy practice is pleased to release its annual Policy Scan, an in-depth look at policy at the Federal level and in each of the 50 states. In this document we provide a first look at the key policy questions for the next year in the states, the House of Representatives, the Senate and the new Administration. Additionally, we examine the people who will be driving change.

US Policy Scan 2021 takes deep dives into the turbulent political and policy waters swirling around agriculture, cannabis, education, energy and the environment, financial services, foreign policy, health care, housing and community investment, immigration, infrastructure, smart cities and communities, national security, Native American communities, tax, technology, trade, and voting rights and government reform. All with an eye toward providing you with a clear, comprehensive and reader-friendly description of what US public policy will look like in 2021.

Other features include:

  • 2021 Congressional and State House Session Calendars
  • First 100 days of the Biden Administration
  • Biden cabinet nominees and senior White House staff appointees
  • New Committee Chairs and Rankers
  • Analysis of 2022 US Senate races
  • Key decided and pending cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.

And as in years past, we have also included a review of state legislative activity in 2020, an overview of legislation passed by the House Democrats in the 116th Congress that didn’t see movement in the Republican controlled Senate, and the policy drivers that will shape state legislative and executive branch activity in 2021.

We hope you find this report helpful and informative.

Colorado Election Results – Election results as of 12:00 a.m. MT

The Colorado Results are in!

After a long-awaited night, the results of the 2020 general elections for Colorado are in and the determination of Colorado’s leadership has been decided. The Colorado Secretary of State’s (SOS) office is reporting, as of the morning of November 4, 2020, that after counting the votes the following
races have been called based on majority percentages.

Key takeaways from last night is that Colorado now has two Democrat U.S. Senators. Former Governor John Hickenlooper defeated incumbent Senator Corey Gardner by a 10% margin.

In the June primary election, Congressional District 3 saw a contentious battle as incumbent Congressman Scott Tipton was challenged and defeated by ultra-conservative, Lauren Boebert. Late last night by a 6% margin, Boebert claimed electoral victory against former Democrat Colorado State
Representative Diane Mitch Bush.

All but a couple of State Senate and House races have been called. As expected, Democrats will continue to control the Colorado House and Senate Chambers with additional pick-ups in former GOP controlled districts.

As of November 1, 2020, Colorado reported having 4,238,513 registered voters. Of that number 1,129,733 are active Democrats, 1,028,239 are active Republicans, and 1,541,199 are active Unaffiliated voters.

A look inside the state federal offices, the state legislature, and the 2020 amendments and propositions can be found in this report, and may be updated as results continue to roll in.

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A VIEW FROM THE STATES: Dentons 50 State Network review of the political landscape

Dentons’ Public Policy group has provided a synopsis of the political landscape for each state prepared by members of our Dentons 50 network — experts from all 50 state capitols with a pulse on federal, state and local races in their respective states. We also highlight the states with governors races, attorneys general races and the 22 state chambers considered “battle grounds” with their current majorities.

Labor Day 2020 Election Primer: A Look Ahead to November

As the saying goes, “Eight weeks before an election is a lifetime in politics.” If you have any doubts about the truth of this adage, we suggest speaking with “Presidents” Michael Dukakis or Hillary Clinton! Simply put, there are few, if any, slam dunks in politics. Elections continue to have the capacity to surprise and confound. When the Democratic primary process began with over 25 candidates, who would ever have thought that we would end up with an election between two of the oldest candidates ever to run for the office?

Current polling indicates that, if the election were held today, Vice President Biden is near or above the 270 electoral votes he needs to win election. These same polls say the Senate would flip, ever so narrowly, to Democratic control and the House Democratic majority would be relatively unchanged.

However Labor Day is certainly not Election Day (see Dukakis and Hillary mentions above). And now is, historically, when the race officially begins.

This Election Primer, the first in Dentons’ Election Series, sets the stage for the race to November. From the “top of the ticket” to the down-ballot congressional and state house contests across the country, we track the races that could change majorities in November. More detailed reports will be released as we get closer to election day. We hope this 10,000-foot view helps get you up to speed.

Download the Labor Day 2020 Election Primer