Purple Mountain Politics is the Durango Herald’s blog about elections, government and the people behind it all. The authors are Joe Hanel and Tamar Hallerman.

Joe has covered the state Capitol beat for the Herald and the Cortez Journal since 2005. Prior to that, Joe was the paper’s Washington, D.C., correspondent for a year. He moved to Colorado in 1978.

Tamar is the Herald’s Washington correspondent. She is a student at American University.