2010 Political Campaigns

Maes says complaint is politically motivated

Campaign finance violations are 'clerical errors'

Maes accepts $17,500 fine for campaign violations

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes whittled more than $27,000 in fines for campaign finance violations down to $17,500. The agreement was reached last Friday and entered into the court records on Monday – canceling the morning hearing before an administrative law judge.

McInnis slams Hickenlooper on oil & gas switch

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gubernatorial candidates agreed that oil and gas production is crucial to Colorado’s economic wellbeing — but they differed on how to revitalize the industry at the 22nd Annual Rocky Mountain Energy Epicenter Conference at the Colorado Convention Center this week. The candidates seized the opportunity to pump their positions and expertise — and drill holes in the credibility of opponents.

GOPs have three-way race to replace Rep. Mike May

Casiano, Holbert & Lawrence offer choices

EDITOR'S NOTE: CORRECTION: This article has been corrected from a previously published version. Read the correction here.

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republican candidates Chris Holbert, Polly Lawrence and Parker Mayor David Casiano are battling to win the House District 44 seat being vacated by state House Minority Leader Mike May.

Correction: June 25, 2010: GOPs have three-way race to replace Rep. Mike May

In the June 25, 2010, article about the Republican primary race in House District 44, the length of time that John Ransom was reported as serving as Douglas County Republican Party chairman while being a paid staffer on former state Sen. Tom Wiens’ U.S. Senate campaign was misstated.

GOP Senate candidates hit hard, but pledge unity after August primary

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Jane Norton has been on Ken Buck’s Christmas card list for a decade and will still get a card this year whoever wins the Republican primary for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat. But that didn’t stop either of them from questioning the other’s integrity and trustworthiness at a high-stakes debate Tuesday night before a rambunctious crowd at the Stargazers Theatre and Event Center.

Supreme Court passes on petition appeal, keeps Coken on ballot

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

DENVER — Jennifer Coken’s name will stay on the Democratic primary ballot after the Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal that could have thrown out signatures on her nominating petitions. State officials had asked the high court to reverse a recent lower court decision that said 100 signatures submitted by Coken should count, which gave her just enough to qualify for the August election.

Judge orders Coken onto ballot, Secretary of State Buescher appeals ruling

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A Denver District Court judge ordered Tuesday that Jennifer Coken’s name should appear on the House District 4 Democratic primary ballot, overturning a decision by state officials that Coken failed to submit enough signatures on her nominating petitions. The next day, Secretary of State Bernie Buescher announced he plans to appeal Judge Catherine Lemon’s ruling to the state Supreme Court but would certify Coken’s name for ballots, which were scheduled to go the printers Friday.

Two Republican businessmen square off in treasurer’s primary

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Now that it’s officially a two-man race for the Republican nomination for state treasurer, candidates J.J. Ament and Walker Stapleton are both making the case that they’re the better candidate to take on Cary Kennedy, the incumbent Democrat.

McInnis, Hickenlooper differ on oil, gas regs

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s two leading gubernatorial candidates on Tuesday told a group of energy executives that the state’s new oil and gas rules could use an update. But they differed whether that means a wholesale revamp or meticulous adjustments.

Challenges filed on petition rulings in primary races

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Six candidates successfully petitioned onto the August primary ballot, and seven fell short, according to rulings issued last Friday by the Colorado Department of State. But two of those rulings were almost immediately hit by legal challenges.