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1 year 4 months ago

Morse and Giron welcome recall elections

The two Democratic state lawmakers targeted in special recall elections this fall say they welcome political fight. A Denver District Court Judge today upheld the recall petitions challenged by State Senator John Morse of Colorado Springs and State Senator Angela Giron of Pueblo. Morse said in response that he...

1 year 4 months ago

Republican challengers enter recall elections

COLORADO SPRINGS - Two Republican challengers have entered the race to replace Democratic State Senators John Morse and Angela Giron. Former Colorado Springs City Councilman Bernie Herpin is running because he believes voters deserve to be heard. He feels like gun rights supporters were ignored by Morse while voting...

4 years 1 month ago

Hickenlooper: tap PERA for business loans

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper says the state could tap part of the $33 billion state retirement fund for loans to small businesses. Hickenlooper told workers at a prescription data center on Tuesday the state should use its assets for loans. He says the state could raise $100...

4 years 1 month ago

Bennet, Buck soften blows in 4th Senate debate

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican challenger Ken Buck took it easy on each other in their first Denver-area debate, laying out familiar differences over tax cuts and immigration. Bennet said Monday the expiring Bush-era tax cuts should be extended for one year, regardless of income. He repeated his...

4 years 1 month ago

Bill Clinton to stump for Sen. Bennet in Denver

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Denver in support of Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet as early voting begins in Colorado. Clinton has not always been on Bennet's side. He endorsed Bennet's Democratic primary challenger Andrew Romanoff and recorded a telephone appeal urging voters to choose Romanoff. But...

4 years 1 month ago

Buck, Hickenlooper lead top Colorado races

Republican Senate challenger Ken Buck holds an edge over Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, while Democrat John Hickenlooper leads the gubernatorial race according to a Denver Post/9News poll. The poll published Sunday showed Buck leading Bennet 48 percent to 43 percent. In the governor's race, Hickenlooper led with 46...

4 years 1 month ago

Maes calls for school funding mandate time-out

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes is asking voters to approve a time-out on Colorado's public school funding mandate similar to the five-year time-out they approved for the state's tax- and spending-limitation amendment. Maes told the Colorado Nonprofit Association on Thursday that nonprofit organizations could pick up the slack for...

4 years 2 months ago

Democrat Hickenlooper returned tax break to IRS

A Denver TV station is reporting that Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper paid over $52,000 to the Internal Revenue Service in 2008 to settle issues surrounding tax credits he received on conservation easements. KMGH-TV reported Tuesday that the easements were on land that Hickenlooper and a partner acquired in...

4 years 3 months ago

Republican in-fighting in governor's race

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes has rejected an offer from former congressman Tom Tancredo for both men to get out of the Colorado governor's race and let the Republican Party pick a new candidate. State Republican Party chairman Dick Wadhams said he delivered the offer to Maes on Wednesday...

4 years 3 months ago

Dan Maes to announce running mate at noon

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes has reached the deadline for announcing his choice of a running mate. Spokesman Nate Strauch says Maes interviewed four or five candidates over the weekend and will announce his choice on Tuesday. He'll make the announcement at noon at his campaign office in Englewood....

4 years 3 months ago

Tancredo defends his move from GOP to third party

Colorado gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo says he's more committed to conservatism than to a particular party. Tancredo was a Republican congressman from Colorado, but became the American Constitution Party's gubernatorial candidate after saying he didn't think the GOP primary candidates could beat Democrat John Hickenlooper in November. Dan...

4 years 3 months ago

Dan Maes prevails in GOP governor's race

Businessman Dan Maes has ridden support from tea party groups to claim Colorado's Republican gubernatorial primary, defeating former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis. McInnis is a former six-term congressman who failed to recover after it was revealed that he plagiarized parts of a water study for which a Colorado foundation...

4 years 3 months ago

Sources: Hickenlooper picks CSU-Pueblo president

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper will pick CSU-Pueblo President Joe Garcia as his running mate. Three sources who were involved in the decision-making confirmed the pick to The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak on Hickenlooper's behalf. Hickenlooper isn't facing...

4 years 3 months ago

Tancredo to officially enter governor's race

Former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo plans to make his candidacy for governor official. Tancredo planned to announce his entry into the race Thursday in Lakewood. He has said he's running because he doesn't believe either Republican candidate can defeat Democrat John Hickenlooper in November. Tancredo is switching his party...

4 years 3 months ago

Candidate makes way for Tom Tancredo on ballot

Benjamin Goss has submitted his resignation letter as the American Constitution Party's candidate for governor. Goss is stepping down to make way for former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo, who plans to run on the party's ticket. Tancredo switched his party affiliation on Monday. American Constitution Party chairman Clyde...

4 years 3 months ago

Tom Tancredo seeks nomination to run for governor

Former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo is seeking a third-party nomination to enter the Colorado governor's race. In a terse, one-sentence announcement, Tancredo said "I am going to seek the nomination of the American Constitution Party for governor of Colorado." Tancredo says Republican candidates Scott McInnis and Dan Maes...

4 years 3 months ago

Colorado GOP candidates struggling

At a time when Republicans across the nation are counting on victories in gubernatorial races, Colorado's GOP is struggling with gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates who have stumbled in recent months. The latest problems include a spat between GOP Senate candidates Jane Norton and Ken Buck touching on gender...

4 years 3 months ago

Tancredo seeking spot on Colorado ballot

Former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo is negotiating with the American Constitution Party to run for governor, and replace their candidate, Benjamin Goss, on the ballot. Tancredo said he believes the two Republican candidates in the Aug. 10 primary, Scott McInnis and Dan Maes, have no chances of winning the...

4 years 4 months ago

Gender becoming issue in GOP senate race

A Senate candidate's joke about his female opponent was caught on tape and is getting attention online. Republican Ken Buck is running against former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton for the Republican nomination. Asked at a conservative gathering last weekend why Republicans should choose him, Buck made a gender joke....

4 years 4 months ago

Colorado's Senate primary getting feisty

With just three weeks left before Colorado's primary elections and mail-in ballots already hitting mailboxes, the sleepy Democratic Senate primary is showing more life. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet aired his first negative ad Tuesday against challenger Andrew Romanoff. The same day, Romanoff launched an attack at the incumbent. Romanoff...

4 years 4 months ago

Sarah Palin endorses John Salazar opponent

Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is endorsing a Steamboat Springs Republican trying to replace incumbent Democratic Congressman John Salazar. Palin describes Bob McConnell as a constitutional conservative who wants to limit government. Palin made the endorsement on her Facebook page. Salazar serves in the 3rd congressional district,...

4 years 4 months ago

Primary ballots in the mail today

Mail-in ballots for Colorado's Aug. 10 primary elections were going out Monday. Because the vast majority of Colorado primary voters will cast their ballots at home, that means candidates have the next three weeks to try to sell themselves to party voters. The race on ballots this election is...

4 years 4 months ago

Conservatives gather for Colorado summit

Conservatives gathering in suburban Denver are hoping to plot a "Contract With America"-style plan for drawing votes this fall. The Western Conservative Summit in Lone Tree includes Republican favorites such as conservative columnist Michelle Malkin and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. Participants at the three-day summit starting Friday will...

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