Colo. swings between red, blue

Colo. swings between red, blue

Economy has Obama, Romney in tight race
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Mary Oreskovich, owner of the Hopscotch Bakery, volunteered for President Barack Obama in 2008, and said, in 2012, it’s hard to cut through the spin on both sides. She still supports the president, though some of her enthusiasm has waned. “It’s been a really rough couple of years (running a business). I’ve hung on and I don’t attribute that to any politician,” she said.
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Michael Gifford, director of the Colorado chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, says the construction industry lost nearly 70,000 of its 170,000 jobs in the recession. In the Denver metro area, the number of housing units built plummeted from 30,000 in 2006 to 3,000 three years later, he says. “Think about that scale – that’s not just looking out and not seeing any more housing, that’s just not the associated loss of business for real-estate agencies, banks and title companies, that’s the loss of income taxes, sales tax and property taxes. ... It affects the whole economy.”
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