2010 Political Campaigns

GOP battles to reclaim El Paso legislative seats

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Money is pouring into this cash-strapped community — not a rainfall of tax revenues needed to water parks or turn on street lamps, but a gusher of hundreds of thousands of dollars into targeted races by Republicans and Democrats. Under siege are legislative seats snapped up by Democrats in recent years — Senate District 11 and House Districts 17 and 18

Thune fires up crowd for Senate candidate Buck

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

LITTLETON — Three Republican senators — two current and one former — flanked GOP hopeful Ken Buck to rally voters Tuesday on the day county clerks sent out mail-in ballots across Colorado. Sounding a decidedly western theme, Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, former Colorado Sen. Bill Armstrong and the event’s headliner, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, embraced Buck and urged supporters to add Buck to their number.

‘Mom in Chief’ boosts Bennet

In what she said was only her second day on the campaign trail since her husband won the White House in 2008, First Lady Michelle Obama swung through Colorado to boost the campaign and bolster the coffers of Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

Gagliardi heralded for strong leadership in state House

On Sunday, Sept. 26, Democrats from all across the metro area gathered in Wheat Ridge at the home of longtime Democratic activist Judi Butz to show their support — and write some checks — to state Representative Sara Gagliardi, D-Arvada.

Salazar joins volunteers to help ‘America Move Forward’

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar returned to his old stomping ground Tuesday night — his 2004 campaign headquarters at 1100 Bannock St. in Denver — but this time he was pitching for the President.

Ex-guvs quiz eager applicants

Lamm and Owens grill Maes, Hickenlooper and Tancredo

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

GLENDALE — Two former Colorado governors quizzed the candidates who want their old job on Monday at a forum sponsored by southeast metro business groups.

RNC chief Steele warns Republicans about complacency

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

GREENWOOD VILLAGE — Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele rolled through Colorado aboard a big red bus last week to rally the state GOP. Along the way, he warned against complacency in the face of polls that show a Republican tide heading into the November election.

Gingrich vocal about combating terrorism, mostly mum on political ambitions

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich brushed back questions about his presidential ambitions but laid out a series of tough measures he said are necessary to win a war against radical Islam at a forum on Sept. 30 sponsored by the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab, or CELL.

Big bucks for Hick, ballot item opponents

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

With less than four weeks before the general election, the latest campaign finance reports show Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper with a substantial cash advantage over his two biggest opponents.

Divided caucuses in legislature blame each other for state budget woes

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Democratic legislators, tired of being scorned for budget balancing decisions by their conservative counterparts, say Republicans offer nothing but empty rhetoric, according to Rep. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver.