2008 Political Campaigns

Business, labor locked in negotiations over ballot

by John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It all comes down to money.

That’s reportedly been the sticking point in negotiations between labor officials and business leaders over ongoing talks aimed at killing four union-backed ballot measures that, many politicians and business members fear, would “decimate” Colorado’s economy.

Ritter blamed for labor vs. business ballot standoff

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

State Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, blamed Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter for the ongoing fight between labor unions and business leaders over several contentious ballot measures.

14,000 cheer Obama in Pueblo

McCain boisterously booed

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

PUEBLO — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told a southern Colorado crowd that the debacle on Wall Street proves that Republican policies over the past eight years have, “shredded consumer protections, loosened oversight and regulation and encouraged outsized bonuses for CEOs while ignoring middle-class Americans.

Obama West Slope visit breaks long Dem drought

By Ellen Miller
COLORADO STATESMAN WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — Barack Obama took his campaign’s strategy of targeting Colorado into the heart of Republican country Monday and energized a crowd of nearly 6,000 people jammed into the Cross Orchards Living History Farm.

Obama is the first Democratic presidential candidate to speak in Grand Junction since President Harry S. Truman’s whistle-stop train campaign in 1948.

Obama’s economic message gets noticed

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

GOLDEN — Way back in March, Sen. Barack Obama delivered a speech near Manhattan’s Wall Street in which he presented a six-point plan to tighten regulation of the U.S. economy and strengthen financial oversight. The ink on the government’s contract to bail out Bear Stearns was barely dry, but hardly anyone paid attention to the wonky details of Obama’s plan.

Palinmania rules Jefferson County

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The most famous hockey mom in Alaska appeared before 5,000 ecstatic Republicans at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Monday and declared that she and Republican presidential candidate John McCain intended to “shake things up in Washington.”

Palin casts spell over House races

DEMS READJUST THEIR GOALS

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Just a couple of weeks ago, at a delegate breakfast at the Democratic National Convention, Colorado Democrats were openly predicting a pick-up of four — or more — seats in the Colorado House of Representatives this November.

The prediction might have been a tad optimistic even then, considering that Democrats already hold a 40- to 25-seat lead in a state where Republicans hold the advantage in voter registration.

Following the money to the battleground races for state Legislature

It’s difficult to tell exactly where House Republicans are putting their money this year, since expenditures from their 527 group, the Colorado Leadership Fund, can’t be traced to specific races. The expenditures are going largely to various campaign mailing companies, according to state records.

‘No on 48’ kicks off pro-choice campaign to defeat ‘Personhood’ amendment

Measure would give legal status to embryos

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Warning of unintended legal side effects, dozens of opponents of the controversial “personhood” amendment rallied Wednesday on Denver’s Auraria campus to kick off their official campaign against Amendment 48.

Fofi Mendez, the “No on 48” campaign director, described the amendment’s backers as “a narrow minority with an extreme political view,” and said the measure, which would redefine “person” in the Colorado Constitution to include fertilized eggs, “simply goes too far.”

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Sarah Palin's nomination for Vice President has changed the dynamics of the presidential race.

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

When John McCain introduced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his Republican running mate, he swiped and switched Barack Obama’s campaign mantra, “McCain: More of the same.” The Republican presidential campaign ticket’s latest TV ad assaults Obama’s change message as “more of the same.”