2010 Political Campaigns

Little suspense at Larimer County GOP assembly

Bruning and Smith gun for Larimer County Sheriff's post

By Leslie Jorgensen

The Larimer County Republican Party Assembly will draw 750 delegates and 750 alternates to nominate candidates on Saturday, April 3, at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Collins. The only suspenseful race is the contest between Republicans Carl Bruning and Justin Smith for county sheriff.

Battle over public option fuels war of words

By Ernest Luning

A war of words — and dueling petitions — erupted this week between the Democratic primary candidates for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat over whether the Senate should try to add a government-sponsored insurance option to a measure intended to fix the massive health care bill already signed into law.

Tom Wiens to forego assemblies, will try to petition on to ballot

Senate hopeful Tom Wiens, a former state senator from Douglas County, will forego the caucus-assembly route for ballot access in the U.S. Senate race, and will instead try to get on the primary ballot through the alternative petition path.

Bennet and Romanoff headline El Paso Dems Dinner

The St. Patrick's Day Gala & Auction brought luck and bucks

By Leslie Jorgensen

COLORADO SPRINGS – U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who is challenging him in a likely primary, headlined the “St. Patrick’s Day Gala and Auction” — an annual fundraiser to keep El Paso County Democratic Party “green all year long,” according to the dinner program.

El Paso GOP hosts posh & pricey political evening

Republicans hobnob with candidates at Lincoln Dinner

By Leslie Jorgensen

COLORADO SPRINGS – The El Paso County Republican Party’s 2010 Lincoln Dinner at the Doubletree World Arena Hotel on March 20 was elegant if expensive with tickets ranging from $75 to $350 a person. The event drew more than 400 people and grossed an estimated $32,000 to sustain the county party headquarters through the election year.

Proposed ballot measure on "Personhood" deemed sufficient

Proponents of this year’s effort to allow voters to decide the “Definition of Person” are celebrating the Colorado Secretary of State’s decision which granted the measure ballot access for the general election in 2010. Secretary of State Bernie Buescher announced on Friday that the proponents had successfully cured the deficiency in petition signatures from last month.

Ballot initiative would untap sales of alcohol at grocery stores

Liquor stores likely to lodge spirited fight

By Jimy Valenti

The legal barrage attempting to open up Colorado’s beer and wine sales beyond liquor stores continues just a few weeks after the House Finance Committee killed legislation allowing convenience stores access to sell full-strength beer.

Caucus news and viewpoints - Democrats

Dispatches from Tuesday's Democratic precinct caucuses.

Caucus news and viewpoints - Republicans

Dispatches from Tuesday's GOP precinct caucuses.

Romanoff, Bennet put on their best spin

By Ernest Luning

Both Democrats running for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat did what they needed to Tuesday night when former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff won a preference poll conducted at precinct caucuses with just a hair under 50 percent support, compared with just under 42 percent support for the incumbent, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. And both candidates declared victory, making the case they’d beaten the odds in the first step toward an August primary election that will almost certainly see both men on the ballot.