2008 Political Campaigns

Opponents in HD 36 join in denouncing attack ad

By Jon Lloyd
SPECIAL TO THE COLORADO STATESMAN

At a recent candidate forum for House District 36, Democratic candidate Su Ryden assured the Aurora crowd that she’s determined to run a clean campaign.

“While voters want and need relevant comparisons of our stances on the issues and our credentials for the office, unfair or irrelevant comments about the opponent are unnecessary and unwarranted,” Ryden said.

Palin breaks campaign shackles

Alaska Guv tells it like she sees it

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — In the wake of Sarah Palin’s interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity and Katie Couric, critics moaned that John McCain’s running mate was laden with folksy charm but light on such sophisticated issues as foreign policy and the economy. Why else, they mused, would the McCain-Palin campaign shield the vice-presidential candidate from reporters?

Biden works the working class for Obama

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Although Commerce City is almost 1,700 miles from Scranton, Pa., Barack Obama’s campaign thinks there are enough similarities between the two that Sen. Joe Biden’s message will be effective both places.

Biden, of course, hails from Scranton and represents nearby Delaware in the U.S. Senate. Obama chose Biden as his running mate at least partly for his ability to relate to white, blue-collar voters in swing states.

CD 1 debate lacks anger, but not commitment

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

For all but six years since 1933, Democrats have controlled Denver’s 1st Congressional District. Republicans haven’t held the seat at all since 1973. And that long drought seems to have produced an unusual strain of Republicanism.

Springs GOP seeks tax hike! Tomorrow: Armageddon!

Penny tax shunned by more Democrats than Republicans

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — In El Paso County GOP politics, there’s a golden rule: Never support a tax increase. To do otherwise is tempting the fate of God — and repentance rarely helps a Republican in the aftermath.

A kinder, gentler debate

Schaffer's manners improve in Pueblo

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

PUEBLO — Republican Bob Schaffer transformed from a hawk into a dove for this U.S. Senate debate against Democratic Congressman Mark Udall, and — although he has lampooned Udall for supporting a bill to form a department of peace years ago — Schaffer sounded a bit like a flower child himself.

The former congressman said he had been mischaracterized as being combative in a dozen previous debates with Udall in Colorado and on Meet the Press in Washington, D.C.

Veiled political groups shape Senate races

Mudslingers revving up for 2010

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Most Colorado Republicans admit it will be virtually impossible to pick up the three seats needed to take control of the Colorado Senate in 2008. The Republican goal, by most accounts, is to win back those seats by 2010 — just in time for the next round of redistricting.

But both the Republicans and the Democrats — who hope to keep their current five-seat advantage in the Senate — have begun laying the groundwork for 2010’s redistricting in 2008.

Musgrave in uphill fight to keep CD 4

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In a campaign that’s had more than its fair share of inflammatory rhetoric, there’s apparently one word neither candidate in the 4th Congressional District is willing to use.

During the first CD 4 debate Oct. 8, moderator Adam Schrager asked Democrat Betsy Markey and Republican Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave if either one thinks her opponent is corrupt.

“No,” Markey said. “No, I don’t think my opponent is corrupt. But I do think the record speaks for itself.”

Jeffco school issue campaign counters ballot-book ‘satire’

By Jon Lloyd
SPECIAL TO THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On Saturday, Mary Tedford and hundreds of other volunteers will be walking door to door in Jefferson County, asking neighbors to approve two Jefferson County Schools ballot issues.

Did election pressure cause candidates to bail on bailout?

Udall and Schaffer debate on leadership

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Democratic Rep. Mark Udall voted twice against the financial rescue package that finally passed Congress Oct. 3. His opponent in the race for the U.S. Senate, Republican former congressman Bob Schaffer, says he probably would have voted against the bill, too.