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Mile-high car thefts fuel Republicans seeking to unseat Polis in Colorado governor's race

Added 09-27-22 10:22:03am EST - “Faced with the highest stolen-car rate in the nation, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has sought to backtrack on a year-old law downgrading penalties for vehicular theft - and promptly ran into a Republican dragnet.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Mile-high car thefts fuel Republicans seeking to unseat Polis in Colorado governor’s race”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

DENVER—Faced with the highest stolen-car rate in the nation, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has sought to backtrack on a year-old law downgrading penalties for vehicular theft – and promptly ran into a Republican dragnet.

Republican Heidi Ganahl, who’s running to unseat Mr. Polis in November, pointed out that the Democratic governor himself signed last year Senate Bill 271, a sweeping sentencing overhaul that included a provision making it a misdemeanor to steal a car valued at under $2,000.

“In an election year about-face, Polis is now asking for his own law to be reversed,” said Colorado Republican Party chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown in a statement.

The episode encapsulated the challenge for Mr. Polis and Colorado Democrats as the state grapples with an avalanche of auto thefts after years of “soft-on-crime” measures, including repealing capital punishment, limiting cash bail, and making possession of fewer than 4 grams of most narcotics a misdemeanor instead of a felony.

Mr. Polis is favored to win a second term in a race rated “leans Democrat” by RealClear Politics, but Ms. Ganahl has hammered the governor on rising crime and drug overdoses. Lethal fentanyl overdoses soared by 260% from 2019-21, according to the Denver-based Common Sense Institute.

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