2010 Political Campaigns

Republican candidates for state treasurer differentiate themselves at joint forum

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Three candidates vying for the Republican nomination for state treasurer bucked heads Monday during a debate in front of a small group of business owners in Centennial.

Parties prep for caucuses

The first step in the nominating process

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

There probably won’t be as many voters attending precinct caucuses next month as there were two years ago — when 120,000 Democrats and 70,000 Republicans swamped neighborhood schools, church basements and living rooms statewide — but party officials are nonetheless girding for a good turnout the night of March 16 when grassroots activists gather to begin the nominating process for the November ballot.

CD 4 GOP candidates all united to defeat Markey

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Four Republican candidates are rivaling for the party’s nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey, a “blue dog Democrat” who captured the 4th Congressional District seat in 2008. The GOP is gunning to recapture the seat that it had held since 1973.

Obama boosts Bennet bid, nets big bucks

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A year and a day after his last visit to Denver, President Barack Obama returned to the town where he accepted his party’s nomination to rally support for Sen. Michael Bennet, who faces a primary election challenge from former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

GOP state Treasurer candidates talk money

Ament, Hasan & Stapleton tout expertise & ethics

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS – GOP state Treasurer candidates J.J. Ament, Ali Hasan and Walker Stapleton pitched their portfolios of experience and expertise to entice Republicans to invest — caucus votes and contributions — in their campaigns.

An agreeable evening

Me and my shadow

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. Michael Bennet and former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff agreed on plenty during their first Senate primary debate Tuesday night in Denver. Spectators hoping to see sparks fly were mostly disappointed as Bennet consistently sought to erase distinctions between his policy positions and those held by his opponent, but Romanoff hammered at his contention that his refusal to take contributions from political action committees was distinction enough.

Dems Romanoff, Bennet star in party's top race

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

No one expects this year’s Democratic precinct caucuses to draw crowds like the ones that swamped school cafeterias and living rooms across Colorado two years ago, when throngs of invigorated Obama and Clinton supporters turned out 120,000 Democrats. But a month from now, a smaller number of Democrats — some estimate as few as 10,000, others predict as many as 50,000, but everyone’s just guessing — will convene precinct by precinct to begin picking between U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff for the party’s nomination to run in November for the seat Bennet now holds.

Teller Tea Party's 'kick butt' Senate forum

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

WOODLAND PARK – The Teller Tea Party’s U.S. Senate candidates’ forum last Saturday turned into a “boys gone wild” episode with smack-down talk and anti-GOP rhetoric — all in hopes of winning over the anti-establishment crowd.

Statewide campaigns' 4th quarter revelations

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

No other recent political race in Colorado has dealt as many surprises as the 2010 gubernatorial contest — the withdrawals of incumbent Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter and state Sen. Josh Penry, heretofore a GOP rising star, were stunners.

Candidate Romanoff rails against PAC men

But Senate rivals won't budge

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff isn’t wasting any opportunities in igniting a campaign that’s been perceived by critics as getting off to a slow start. In light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week opening the door for unlimited campaign spending by corporations and labor unions, Democrat Romanoff sounded a familiar note by asking all opposing candidates to follow his lead in resisting special interest campaign donations.