2010 Political Campaigns

Rancor runs deep in SD 1 race

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

When Republican Greg Brophy and his relatives celebrate the holidays, one family member isn’t likely to find a gift from the state senator from Wray under his Christmas tree: Democrat Mike Bowman, who is running against his cousin by marriage.

City meets country in HD 64

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Democrat Rep. Wes McKinley is proud of his Colorado roots and crusty cowboy image, and his independent brand of representation sits well with most of the folks in House District 64, even if it rankles the Democratic leadership under the gold dome.

Unity pact leaves Maes in the cold

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The “Platform for Prosperity” — a peace pact to unite extreme factions of the Colorado Republican Party — cleared the path for Scott McInnis to win the GOP nomination for governor and to avoid a party-ripping race against heavyweight conservative Tom Tancredo.

Platform for Prosperity

November 2009

Preamble

Colorado has fallen on hard times. We’ve seen our state economy hemorhage jobs at the fastest pace since the 1940s, and watched as personal incomes have declined more sharply than at any time since the 1950s.

Ritter: 'backwards' describes GOP plan

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

While supporters of Republican Scott McInnis may have felt all warm and fuzzy about their newly introduced unity pact and “Platform for Prosperity,” Gov. Bill Ritter wasted no time in slapping it cold.

Penry endorses McInnis (finally)

By Ellen Miller
WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — Mesa County Republicans gave state Sen. Josh Penry a hometown hero’s welcome at their monthly lunch Nov. 20. He told them he withdrew from the gubernatorial race to help unify the party and to help Republicans win back the governor’s office and a substantial number of legislative seats.

Candidates woo Springs Central Committee

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Candidates running for statewide and local offices courted votes - and campaign volunteers - at the El Paso County Republican Party Central Committee meeting. None took a higher profile than former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton's U.S. Senate campaign.

Palin inspired Madere in CD4

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

LOVELAND — Dean Madere, a self-described “grassroots candidate” for the 4th Congressional seat held by Democrat U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey, contends that the Republican Party has lost its way.

Lincoln lunch hears rosy predictions

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Seventy-nine of the 80 Republicans who attended the Lincoln Club of Colorado luncheon heard exactly what they had hoped to hear.

“An Outlook on the 2010 Elections: Will It Be a Republican Sweep in Colorado?” asked the flyer promoting the Wednesday, Nov. 18, luncheon at the Denver Athletic Club.

Penry swerves off campaign trail; Tancredo revs engine

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

When state Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry pulled the plug on his gubernatorial campaign, did he also yank a linchpin, setting off a grenade that will blow up the GOP’s strategy to unseat Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter?