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Now with an updated epilogue about the 2010 elections.

Since 2004, Colorado has been recognized by both parties as a laboratory for the most sophisticated political organizations in the country. The book is a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of these organizations, drawing on interviews with the key personalities involved as well as research and analysis of extensive public records. In a highly readable and entertaining fashion, the authors dissect the dynamics that led to the transformation of Colorado from a solidly Republican to a solidly Democratic state. Author Rob Witwer is a political insider, having served in the Colorado State House of Representatives. Author Adam Schrager covers politics for KUSA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Denver, and has won over a dozen Emmy's for his work. The book follows in the tradition of best-selling works such as "What's the Matter with Kansas" in focusing on a specific geographic region's trends while telling a bigger national story. The book will be useful for both Republican strategists, who are attempting to get their party on a new footing, and Democratic insiders, who will better understand a key reason for their recent success.

Rob Witwer is a former member of the Colorado House of Representatives and practices law in Denver.

Emmy award–winning journalist Adam Schrager covers politics for KUSA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Denver. Schrager and his family live in the Denver area. He is the author of The Principled Politician: Governor Ralph Carr and the Fight against Japanese Internment.

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