March 9, 2013 11:12 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's reaching out to lawmakers from both parties in hopes of untangling the gridlock that has stymied progress on budget issues in Washington. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's talking with Republicans about ways to replace the automatic spending... more »
December 5, 2012 12:58 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - One central question, after all the bluster is cut away, stands between the White House and Republicans in Congress reaching a deal that would prevent the U.S. economy from falling off the so-called "fiscal cliff" - the issue of taxes. President Barack Obama insists that government income... more »
December 2, 2012 12:01 PM
BOSTON (AP) - Mitt Romney has been a virtual ghost since his Election Day defeat. He's been in seclusion in Southern California for most of the time since Nov. 6. He surfaced only for a private lunch with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday. Romney's abrupt withdrawal... more »
November 26, 2012 8:26 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A wide-ranging bill to give hunters and fishermen more access to public lands has stalled in the Senate after Republicans said it spends too much money. Republicans supported opening lands for outdoorsmen and many other provisions in the bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, but GOP... more »
October 9, 2012 7:51 PM
Republicans are calling foul!
Mitt Romney supporters say several yards signs -- maybe as many as 50 -- have been stolen from in front of homes in the Gleneagle area of Northern El Paso County.
They didn't catch the thieves, but neighbors did file a police report. Now... more »
September 10, 2012 2:46 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Thirteen defense executives are complaining that the threat of automatic, across-the-board cuts to military spending is creating uncertainty that's already affected their industry. Seven senators released copies of the executives' letters on Monday. The six Republicans and independent Joe Lieberman are trying to ratchet up the political... more »
August 22, 2012 9:03 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - One flew an A-10 Warthog over Iraq and Afghanistan. Another was part of the 29th Infantry Brigade's medical operations near Baghdad. A third lost both legs and partial use of an arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq. All are war veterans aiming to serve in... more »
July 31, 2012 6:59 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - House GOP aides say party leaders have dropped plans to extend the current farm program and instead are going to press for immediate help for livestock producers whose federal protections against drought losses expired last year. The decision Tuesday comes as Republicans feel pressure to extend relief... more »
July 18, 2012 11:28 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of a major defense contractor is warning that he might have to lay off 10,000 workers if Congress fails to agree on an alternative to automatic budget cuts. Robert J. Stevens, chairman and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corp., delivered that message Wednesday in... more »
July 11, 2012 7:15 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressing an election-year point, Republicans pushed yet another bill through the House on Wednesday to repeal the nation's two-year-old health care law, a maneuver that forced Democrats to choose between President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement and a public that is persistently skeptical of its value. The... more »
April 27, 2012 8:34 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama told hundreds of female supporters Friday that Republicans seem determined to meddle in women's health decisions in ways that are "appalling, offensive and out of touch." A recent fight in Congress over contraception access, Obama said, was like "being in a time machine." "These... more »
April 13, 2012 6:16 AM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado Republicans are choosing more delegates for the Republican National Convention this summer, and Democrats are starting a state assembly of their own. The GOP meets in groups by congressional district on Friday afternoon in Denver. They'll each pick three delegates for the Republican National Convention and... more »
March 19, 2012 8:48 PM
DENVER (AP) - A Colorado proposal to require reports on how state bills would affect businesses has failed for a second year. Critics say the proposed "business impact" statements would have simply added paperwork and wouldn't improve how laws are made. The bill would have allowed as many as 50... more »
March 10, 2012 1:06 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and Republicans traded accusations today in their weekly radio and Internet messages. Obama underscored his administration's work to develop alternative energy sources and increase fuel efficiency. He accused the GOP of using a "bumper sticker" approach to solving the nation's energy problems. He says... more »
March 5, 2012 8:03 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Republican leader said Monday the United States should use overwhelming military force against Iran if American intelligence shows that Tehran has decided to build a nuclear weapon or it has started to enrich uranium to weapons-grade level, a bold call certain to reverberate in U.S.-Israeli... more »
February 26, 2012 12:56 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic governors are bullish on President Barack Obama's re-election prospects, citing the improving economy and a Republican nominating contest that has exposed deep divisions in the party's base. Republican governors insist Obama is vulnerable, but they say they are concerned the prolonged primary race has alienated independent... more »
February 25, 2012 11:28 AM
DENVER (AP) - Seniors waiting for a property tax break will get an answer in the coming weeks as a budget showdown plays out in the Colorado Legislature. Voters approved the tax break more than a decade ago, but it's rarely been in place because of tough budget times. This... more »
February 14, 2012 7:47 PM
DENVER (AP) - Senate Democrats approved legislation to provide bidding preferences to companies that employ mostly Colorado workers despite strong opposition from business groups. Democrats say the bill is meant to bring more jobs to the state by providing an incentive for companies to hire Colorado workers. But businesses told... more »
January 25, 2012 4:52 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The applause rolled through the big chamber, growing ever louder as hundreds of Republicans and Democrats suddenly realized Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was back in the House.
But this time she had come to say goodbye.
Fellow lawmakers gave her a fitting send-off: cheers, hugs, a... more »
January 24, 2012 8:14 PM
DENVER (AP) - If there's one thing Colorado's sharply divided Legislature agrees on, it's the importance of jobs. But Democrats and Republicans are now past the speech-making phase of the session, and their differences on how best to go about improving the economy will come to the fore. A House... more »
January 24, 2012 11:17 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney spent years building a presidential candidacy based on corporate success, a squeaky clean image and an aura of electability that let him focus on President Barack Obama rather than his GOP rivals.
South Carolina Republicans destroyed that strategy in an instant, saying they see... more »
January 23, 2012 6:44 PM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado Democrats rejected a proposal to allow concealed weapons without a permit because of concerns that it would remove a safeguard to prevent guns from being used by criminals and the mentally ill. The proposal failed Monday on a party-line 3-2 vote in a Senate committee. A... more »
January 15, 2012 10:59 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - How will the White House and Congress come up with the money to extend an average $20-a-week Social Security payroll tax cut without adding to the government's long-term debt.
Republicans are trying to cut federal employee benefits. President Barack Obama wants to hit airline passengers with... more »
October 31, 2011 12:45 PM
DENVER (AP) - A trial over how to draw the new boundaries of Colorado's congressional districts is wrapping up in Denver.
Attorneys for Democrats, Republicans and other political interests were delivering their closing arguments Monday in a case that could impact political races next year.
A judge is... more »
October 27, 2011 7:43 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rival deficit-cutting plans advanced by Republicans and Democrats on Congress' secretive supercommittee would mean both smaller-than-expected cost of living benefit increases for veterans and federal retirees as well as Social Security recipients - and bump up taxes for some individuals and families.
The changes would reduce... more »
October 17, 2011 6:57 PM
FLETCHER, N.C. (AP) - President Barack Obama is jabbing Republicans as he pushes for Congress to pass parts of his jobs initiative after the full package was blocked by the Senate. At a stop in North Carolina today, Obama said maybe Senate Republicans "just couldn't understand the whole thing at... more »
October 9, 2011 11:32 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says she agrees with protesters from Wall Street to Washington who are saying most of the country isn't getting a fair shake from the financial and political establishments.
Republicans are criticizing the protesters' message as divisive. Asked to respond, the California... more »
September 26, 2011 9:37 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is on track to pass a stopgap spending measure to avert a government shutdown at the end of the week.
The measure appears on track to pass the Senate Monday evening. The House would pass the measure later this week. The measure drops a... more »
September 10, 2011 12:40 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A key Republican lawmaker says House and Senate leaders have reached a deal that averts a looming shutdown of federal highway and aviation programs.
Representative John Mica of Florida, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, says the agreement clears the way for passage next week of... more »
August 7, 2011 4:19 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A top political adviser to President Barack Obama is blaming the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating on tea party Republicans, whom he says were unwilling to compromise on how to reduce the federal debt.
Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod tells CBS' "Face the Nation" on... more »
August 7, 2011 4:08 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for President Barack Obama to respond to Republicans in what he calls "a very powerful way" during the upcoming presidential election.
Brown says the Republicans are gearing up to destroy Obama during the campaign, and he says that, in response,... more »
August 6, 2011 8:33 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) Lawmakers trade blame for downgrade One of the world's three major credit rating agencies says there's too big a gulf between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to dealing with debt, so it's giving the government a downgrade.
Standard & Poor's has bumped the U.S. credit rating... more »
July 31, 2011 4:10 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dear voter: Want to know why Democrats and Republicans in Congress find it so hard to work together to solve tough problems like the debt ceiling, health care and Social Security?
Look in the mirror.
Americans gripe about cowardly, self-serving politicians, and Congress doubtlessly has... more »
July 31, 2011 3:12 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have blocked action on a Democratic approach to resolving the debt-ceiling crisis. It was a test vote largely unrelated to the talks between the White House and congressional leaders on a compromise that can clear both the House and Senate.
The Senate voted 50-49... more »
July 26, 2011 8:45 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - House GOP leaders are postponing a vote on a plan to trade more than $1 trillion in spending cuts for an increase in the government's borrowing cap that would be nearly as large.
Rep. David Dreier of California says the postponement is because congressional scorekeepers said... more »
July 23, 2011 6:58 PM
DENVER (AP) - Democrats are launching Spanish-language television ads targeting Hispanic voters in three Western states.
The ad, entitled "Who to Trust", touts President Barack Obama's work on extending health insurance to children, including legal immigrant children, increasing the number of Pell Grants and cutting middle class taxes.
... more »
July 15, 2011 4:34 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney leads all Republicans in the contest for campaign cash, outpacing his closest rival Tim Pawlenty, by a 9-to-1 margin in banked cash.
That highlights Romney's front-runner status among contenders hoping to go up against President Barack Obama in 2012.
While Romney's $12.6 million... more »
July 7, 2011 4:24 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Democratic leaders have chosen a state Assemblyman from Queens as their candidate to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned last month after a sexting scandal. Assemblyman David Weprin will compete for the seat in a Sept. 13 special election. Republicans are expected to choose... more »
June 24, 2011 3:32 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - So far, it's so-so. That's how Republicans view their current field of presidential challengers, judging by a new poll from the Associated Press and GfK. Just over half the people surveyed say they're satisfied with the slate. But as interest in the contest starts to build, there... more »
June 10, 2011 7:33 PM
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Aides to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney say he won't compete in the Iowa Republican Straw Poll in August, an event he spent more than $1 million to win four years ago.
Gearing up for the straw poll would divert time and money from... more »
June 4, 2011 12:17 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican leaders are trying to keep Christian conservatives excited in a fiscally dominated election season by blurring the line between social and economic issues.
Failure to do so could potentially depress turnout by an important part of the Republican base. Social and Christian conservatives have no... more »
May 14, 2011 11:31 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are calling for action on gasoline prices and spending.
In the weekly GOP radio and internet address, Alabama Rep. Martha Roby says it's time for Washington to get serious about the challenges facing the country.
She praised the House for passing three measures to... more »
March 26, 2011 5:41 PM
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) - The Republican Party in Colorado has chosen its legal counsel, Ryan Call, as its new party chairman with just one round of voting.
The Denver Post reports Call needed 138 votes to win in the first round and received 166.6 votes during balloting Saturday... more »
March 19, 2011 8:04 PM
Legislators have known since heading to the Capitol in January that they'll be looking at a lot of bills, but their big job is making sure the dollars and cents add up.
"The most pressing issue for this entire session is the budget," says Rep. Bob Gardner, (R) House... more »
February 14, 2011 2:10 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are calling President Barack Obama's deficit cutting efforts too timid .
In his 2012 budget, Obama proposes trimming the deficits by $1.1 trillion over a decade, although his changes would actually add to the deficits this year and next. Obama is projecting the deficit will... more »
January 12, 2011 4:18 PM
DENVER (AP) - Republicans are back in charge in Colorado's House, vowing to slash spending and stick to conservative principles as the Legislature opened its 2011 session Wednesday.
Their top agenda: jobs and the economy. It was the top priority for Democrats, too, as leaders from both parties promised... more »
January 1, 2011 10:27 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the new Republican lawmakers arriving in Washington says her party is in a good position to "change business-as-usual in Washington."
Senator-elect Kelly Ayotte (AY'-aht) of New Hampshire says Republicans will be focusing on cutting spending and helping businesses grow and hire.
She delivered... more »
December 11, 2010 12:28 PM
DENVER (AP) - Final campaign finance reports show Republican and Democratic candidates spent $2.9 million this year on the top 15 races for Colorado's Legislature. Candidates estimate outside groups spent up to 10 times that amount under new campaign finance laws.
Why so much money for state legislative races?... more »
December 5, 2010 11:23 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Republican leader says it's become clear now that taxes will not be raised for anyone during the current economic downturn.
Sen. Mitch McConnell's assessment comes a day after Senate Republicans voted down Democratic efforts to limit any extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for... more »
October 31, 2010 12:46 PM
DENVER (AP) - Having tried to win over undecided voters, Colorado's candidates spent yesterday trying to run up their numbers in places where they're already popular. Senate candidate Ken Buck and other Republicans were focusing on GOP-friendly turf along the Western Slope, around Colorado Springs and in Denver's southern suburbs.... more »
October 26, 2010 8:31 AM
DENVER (AP) - Independent voters in Colorado are voting at a slower pace than Democrats and Republicans this year.
Early-voting totals released Monday by Colorado elections officials show that unaffiliated voters are way behind party members in casting early ballots.
About 96,000 unafffiliated voters had voted by mid-afternoon... more »
October 26, 2010 8:25 AM
DENVER (AP) - Denver Republicans say vandals drove holes into the outside walls of their party headquarters and ripped down campaign signs.
GOP officials say police are investigating the damage done Saturday and Sunday nights. Spokesman Aindriu Colgan says the damage was estimated at $2,200.
The Denver County... more »
October 24, 2010 12:40 AM
South Sierra Madre in Colorado Springs drew the battle lines for Republicans Sunday, amongst themselves; both sides with a conservative candidate they want in the Governor's office.
"We wouldn't be in it, this dividing up the Republican vote, if Tancredo hadn't jumped in after the assembly," says Jimmie Butler,... more »
October 4, 2010 8:45 AM
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... more »
September 29, 2010 3:27 PM
Colorado state Senate Republicans have issued their reform agenda for next year.
Assistant Majority Leader Greg Brophy of Wray says the GOP goal is to limit state spending to core functions and reduce Colorado's dependence on federal subsidies.
Brophy says Republicans want to go to a priority-based budget... more »
September 27, 2010 1:22 PM
Bankers and unions, Democrats and Republicans are joining together to oppose three tax measures on November's ballot.
Opponents plan to meet in front of empty seats Invesco Field on Monday to illustrate 73,000 jobs they say will be lost if the measures pass.
They've raised more than $6... more »
September 23, 2010 7:19 PM
El Paso County Democrats are questioning G.O.P. Senate candidate Ken Buck's plans for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Democrats met in Memorial Park in Colorado Springs Thursday, concerned Buck has plans to privatize the V.A and take it out of government control. The plan was mentioned on a recent... more »
September 23, 2010 2:41 PM
The GOP released a document today which they say they'll use a playbook if Americans return control of the House to them. "This is a pledge and Republicans are making this with one voice," said 5th District Rep. Doug Lamborn.
The Pledge to American includes a promise to repeal... more »
September 23, 2010 12:44 PM
Want to know what Republicans would do if they win control of the House?
No need to guess any longer. House Republicans were at a hardware store in suburban Virgina Wednesday to roll out a 21-page policy agenda.
Their "Pledge to America" pulls together familiar proposals to slash... more »
September 23, 2010 8:23 AM
An Associated Press-Gfk Poll finds that independent voters are nearly as outraged as Republicans about politics this year.
Fifty-eight percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans say politics is making them angry, compared with 31 percent of Democrats who said so.
About 7 in 10 independents and... more »
September 15, 2010 8:16 AM
The candidate backed by establishment Republicans as well as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has taken the lead over a tea-party favorite in New Hampshire's Republican Senate primary.
Former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte edged ahead of Ovide Lamontagne as returns piled up after midnight. Her lead was roughly 1,000... more »
September 8, 2010 8:16 AM
Two Colorado Republicans have filed a lawsuit to try to keep third-party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo off the November ballot.
The Denver Post reports that Marian Olson of Golden and Joseph Harrington of Highlands Ranch filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Denver District Court. They claim that Tancredo, a former... more »
August 11, 2010 9:01 AM
Democrats are hoping to smooth tensions after the bitter Colorado Senate primary.
Party chairman Tim Kaine will be in Denver on Thursday for what the party is calling a unity rally. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and his primary challenger, Andrew Romanoff, have both agreed to attend. Bennet overcame Romanoff's... more »
August 9, 2010 9:24 AM
They're as common at campaign stops as colorful banners: hand-held cameras wielded by politicians' opponents to catch them making a stupid mistake. So how come candidates keep getting tripped up by "trackers" who record their every move?
Trackers have been credited for spoiling campaigns from Virginia to Nevada.
... more »
August 2, 2010 8:46 AM
Democrat Andrew Romanoff has surged in his primary challenge against Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, according to a Denver Post poll.
The newspaper and KUSA-TV reported Sunday that Romanoff has closed a double-digit deficit to Bennet and now holds a narrow lead of 48 percent to 45 percent, with the... more »
July 26, 2010 8:47 AM
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... more »
July 26, 2010 8:42 AM
President Barack Obama is trying to convince a cranky electorate not to change course in mid stream -- or in this case, at mid-term.
His message for the fall elections, which are looking ominous for his Democrats, is that Republicans caused the nation's economic troubles, but he and the... more »
July 12, 2010 9:08 AM
Congress gets back to work today after the Fourth of July break and the White House hopes the Senate can move quickly on a top legislative priority -- the financial overhaul.
As senators began their weeklong break, Democrats left town without the 60 votes needed to push through the... more »
July 9, 2010 10:07 AM
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... more »
July 5, 2010 12:25 PM
As November draws nearer, Democrats and Republicans are framing the election in vastly different ways. And the stakes couldn't be higher: all 435 House seats, 36 seats in the Senate and 37 governorships are up for grabs.
Accordingly, Republicans want to have voters view this election as a referendum... more »
June 16, 2010 8:24 AM
Faced with a losing showdown vote Wednesday, Senate Democrats trying to extend unemployment benefits and help for doctors facing Medicare payment cuts are scaling back a catchall tax and spending bill.
Anxiety over record budget deficits is fueling the moves, which include rolling back last year's $25 a week... more »