2010 Political Campaigns

GOP U.S. Senate candidates spar sparingly

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

HIGHLANDS RANCH — Republicans got an “up close and personal” preview of four GOP candidates — former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, former state Sen. Tom Wiens, businessman Cleve Tidwell and patent attorney Steve Barton — who revealed their positions on critical issues and exchanged humorous barbs.

Romanoff refocuses on Senate bid

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

After two weeks of upheaval in Democratic Party politics, former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff announced Tuesday he’s staying put in the U.S. Senate race, laying to rest rampant speculation he might jump into the governor’s race, make a bid for lieutenant governor, or end his four-month-old primary run against Sen. Michael Bennet.

GOP Senate candidates debate in Springs

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS – Former Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, both vying for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, fielded numerous questions — including several which tested their knowledge of the United States Constitution — in a two-hour debate this week. The candidates’ positions were nearly identical, but there was considerable difference in their speaking styles.

Hickenlooper's a go, but field still uncertain

By Scot Kersgaard
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday that he intends to be the next governor of Colorado.

He also said he hopes there will be no primary, but as of press time, it is anybody’s guess whether former Colorado Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff intends to switch from the U.S. Senate race to the governor’s race.

GOP says guv candidate Hickenlooper riding for a fall

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A year ago, Colorado Democrats were on a “Rocky Mountain high” as they celebrated President Barack Obama’s inauguration — which was not only historic, but also marked a major coup for the people who had landed the Democratic National Convention in Denver, delivered its electoral votes to Obama and captured both U.S. Senate seats, five of seven congressional seats and majorities in both chambers of the state Legislature.

Dems reel, GOP gloats over Ritter

By Scot Kersgaard
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

When Gov. Bill Ritter announced that he would not seek a second term, he took even many insiders by surprise.

Ritter, surrounded by family and friends, said his decision was based on his desire to be more of a family man.

Salazar nods to Hickenlooper

...But will Denver's popular mayor say yes?

By Scot Kersgaard
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper said Wednesday that he would consider a run for governor, but only if Interior Secretary Ken Salazar chooses not to run. A few hours later, Salazar announced he would not run and endorsed Hickenlooper.

Hasan opens treasurer's race by attacking his foes

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Republican Ali Hasan entered the race for the Republican nomination for state treasurer while firing a round of ammo at his GOP opponents, J.J. Ament and Walker Stapleton. Armed with huge “wanted” posters of his opponents, Hasan accused them of being fiscal liberals.

Maes rallies tea party

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes was the guest of honor Saturday at a “Tea Party” rally at the state Capitol that drew about 150 people to protest Republican Party tactics.

Wren disturbs new Dem nest

Ruffles Lowery's feathers

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Periodic candidate and constant blogger John Wren seems determined to be a thorn in the side of any political party he belongs to, and — after years of being a gadfly in the Denver Republican Party — this time through, it’s the Democrats.