2010 Political Campaigns

GOP 4th congressional delegates pick candidates

Cory Gardner, Tom Lucero, Dean Madere battle for ballot placement in CD 4

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The toss of dice determined the order of candidate speeches and positions on ballots that will be cast by 594 delegates at the Republican 4th Congressional Assembly, Friday, May 21, in Loveland to determine which candidates — state Rep. Cory Gardner, University of Colorado Regent Tom Lucero and businessman Dean Madere — make the primary ballot and in what order.

Hislop tops ballot in HD 54; no Democratic opposition

By Ellen Miller
WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — Despite accusations of being a RINO (Republican In Name Only) and a Democrat in disguise, retired Secret Service agent Bob Hislop of Fruita easily won top line in the House District 54 Republican assembly Saturday and nearly had the ballot to himself.

El Paso GOP chair bucks party post for campaign job with Senate candidate Buck

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS – El Paso County GOP Chair Kay Rendleman has agreed to manage Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck’s campaign. She will officially assume the position on Monday, May 10, but that will leave the party without a chair and vice chair.

GOP Joe Gschwendtner launches Gov campaign

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sounding like Superman, Castle Rock businessman Joe Gschwendtner this week announced his Republican candidacy for governor and vowed to rescue Colorado’s red-inked budget and revive the economy. The Douglas County entrepreneur and small businessman said he’s experienced in saving failing businesses and is willing and ready to take on the challenges facing the state.

Bennet's bucks dwarf political rivals' funds

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It’s not clear which candidate is Sleepy, which one is Grumpy and whether any of them are Bashful, but when it comes to raising money for Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, there’s Michael Bennet, and then there are the dwarfs.

Party planks follow partisan preferences

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The divide between Democrats and Republicans runs deep and is exemplified by the resolutions adopted at county assemblies throughout Colorado in March and April.

Photo manipulation leads to major media mess in Romanoff campaign

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A week that began as a victory lap for Andrew Romanoff’s Senate campaign dissolved into a morass of charges, counter-charges, apologies and backtracking over a doctored photograph on the Democrat’s campaign Web site. Fueled by bloggers and extended for days by the campaign’s own press releases, the story — which nearly everyone agreed wasn’t worth all the scrutiny it got — brought national attention to Romanoff’s primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennet for a Photoshop faux pas when the candidate might have preferred to celebrate victories in county assemblies and discuss trade policy.

Romanoff's got most delegates, Bennet the most campaign dough

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Democratic Senate primary contest emerged from nearly three weeks of county assemblies with former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff claiming victory among the party’s most committed activists. His opponent, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, maintained the support he showed at precinct caucuses a month ago — enough to make the primary ballot if it holds through the state assembly — and turned his sights toward the August primary, announcing a staggering fundraising total for the first three months of the year.

Dems resolved to support peace, love & rock'n roll

Delegates favor Romanoff over Bennet in El Paso County

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff beat U.S. Senator Michael Bennet in a straw poll of delegates at the El Paso County Democratic Party Assembly — it was a “reversal of fortune” for Bennet, who had defeated Romanoff in precinct caucus preference polls last month.

El Paso County GOP resolved to win

County Sheriff Maketa hampered by bad press and primary

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Like the munchkins’ advice to follow the yellow-brick road in the Wizard of Oz, Republican delegates were guided by hundreds of campaign signs that lined Austin Bluff Boulevard to the El Paso County GOP Assembly at the UCCS Events Center. And this “Super Saturday’ assembly produced suspense, surprises and political wizardry.