2008 Political Campaigns

Dems keep hammering McCain on water comments

Renegotiation would be "dangerously naive"

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Even after several days of controversy following Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s comment that he’d be interested in renegotiating the 1922 Colorado River Compact, Colorado Democrats seem determined to keep hammering McCain over the perceived misstep until November.

Colorado's Hispanic voters flex their muscles

By Stephanie Clary
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Latino vote will make the difference in this year’s election, Grace López Ramírez said at the Aug. 20 kickoff of Denver’s Mi Familia Vota campaign.

“It can make it or break it,” said Ramírez, the organization’s state director.

Polis takes CD 2 in big upset

Fitz-Gerald labor support fails to deliver

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A few minutes after 10 p.m. Tuesday night, 9News broadcast that former Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald was leading in the three-way race for the Democratic nomination in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, and a cheer went up throughout Fitz-Gerald’s party at the Amalgamated Transit Union Hall in Westminster.

Lamborn fends off challengers

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn hurdled anti-incumbent sentiment and captured 45 percent of the vote to win the 5th Congressional District primary against Republican challengers Jeff Crank and Bentley Rayburn.

Lamborn’s triumph appeared to validate the prediction made by Rayburn and others that two challengers would split the votes of Lamborn’s GOP detractors and deliver victory to the incumbent in the Aug. 12 primary.

Coffman whips three opponents to take CD 6

Wil Armstrong, Ted Harvey and Steve Ward fall

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The four-way primary in the 6th Congressional District was always Mike Coffman’s to lose. And, during a primary campaign that lasted for the better part of a year, that never changed.

Still, the margin of Coffman’s almost 8-point victory on Aug. 12 was a surprise to some, including Coffman’s campaign manager, Dustin Zvonek, considering opponent Wil Armstrong’s late-campaign spending spree.

Small legislative primaries affect big policy decisions

A round-up of the legislative primaries in the state

By the Colorado Statesman Staff

The big primary news came out of the congressional districts, with the victories of Jared Polis in the 2nd Congressional District, Doug Lamborn in the 5th and Mike Coffman in the 6th.

When it came to the Legislature, most eyes were fixed on House District 15, where Mark Waller’s victory over Douglas Bruce might force Statehouse reporters to cover more actual legislative issues this year, in the absence of Bruce’s clownish antics.

Bruce’s primary loss leaves him commentless

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — When Rep. Douglas Bruce was appointed to the House, he refused to be sworn in with the other legislators. The sly Colorado Springs Republican calculated that a delay would create an end-run around term limits and enable him to run and win four consecutive two-year terms in House District 15.

Bruce should have spent more time on manners and less on math.

GOP rift in CD 5 spills into debate

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — In politics, perception can cause havoc for an elected official or candidate. The same might apply to political organizations.

The local chapter of the Coalition for a Conservative Majority was elated. They’d managed to schedule a town hall meeting on Aug. 4, landing the only opportunity to hear all three Republican candidates in the 5th Congressional District race before the primary.

Gessler fingered in mail attack on Coffman

Right to Work attorney takes heat

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

GOP election lawyer Scott Gessler, who represents Wil Armstrong’s campaign in the heated four-way 6th Congressional District Republican primary, was the “conduit” behind a mass mailing attacking Armstrong opponent Mike Coffman, members of the Coffman campaign assert.

Voters likely to face 19 measures

Petition checkers face long work days

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

What’s it like to work for the elections division of Colorado’s Department of State in August? Let’s just say the preparations for the Democratic National Convention at the Pepsi Center and Invesco look leisurely by comparison.