Pro-Blockchain Candidates Kick Ass in the Midterms64.2

Democratic Rep. Jared Polis won the Colorado gubernatorial race yesterday, becoming the first openly gay person to be elected governor in the U.S. It was a huge win for progressives, but also for distributed-ledger tech devotees: Polis is an avowed fan of blockchain and cryptocurrency. In 2014, he—tongue firmly in cheek—urged a ban on the U.S. dollar in response to West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s call for a bitcoin ban. (Manchin, a Democrat, won reelection yesterday.) Overall, it was a fantastic night for candidates who back blockchain tech.

Polis, who defeated Republican state treasurer Walker Stapleton, has a five-point plan to make Colorado “a national hub for blockchain innovation in business and government.” According to his campaign site, he aims “to create a statewide safe harbor designed to exempt cryptocurrencies from state money transmissions laws,” à la the blockchain-friendly state of Wyoming.

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