2008 Political Campaigns

Sparks fly in CD 6

Anti-Coffman mailing, poll questioned

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Protect Colorado Jobs was formed to fight on behalf of pro-business ballot initiatives this November, and against labor union initiatives. So why has the group taken sides in the primary battle among Wil Armstrong, Mike Coffman and two other Republicans in the 6th Congressional District?

GOP family feud in CD 6 heats up

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The jokes were friendly but the rhetoric was serious during a debate Friday, July 18, among the quartet of Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in the solid-red 6th Congressional District. The winner will almost certainly succeed outgoing Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo.

Polis sustains a PAC attack

Finger-pointing ensues

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

With less than two weeks left before Colorado’s primary election, the emergence of a brand-new 527, or independent political action committee, signals a new level of contentiousness and heat in the race among the three Democrats hoping to succeed U.S. Rep. Mark Udall in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.

HD 6 Dems face questions on records

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The original question has since become a refrain: Why did Josh Hanfling wait to switch his registration from Republican to Democratic until mid-2006?

Hanfling first heard that question last November, in the first forum held for the five Democratic candidates seeking to replace House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in Denver’s House District 6.

In the same Windsor Gardens room where that first debate was held, the heated primary campaign’s final forum was held on Tuesday night.

Mailing on family ties sparks SD 35 feud

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

There was every reason to be excited about a scheduled debate between Rep. Alice Borodkin, D-Denver, and former Denver City Council President Joyce Foster on Tuesday, July 21. Their primary race to replace Ken Gordon in Senate District 35 has been one of the most contentious in the state.

Colorado veterans join nationwide McCain rally

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS – Sedona Dishman clutched a miniature flag and an 8-by-10-inch photo of her father, Sev Dishman, as she led the Pledge of Allegiance in front of a huge American flag.

Veterans for Obama decry new McCain ads

By Stephanie Clary
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. John McCain’s latest TV ad questioning Sen. Barack Obama’s support of U.S. troops prompted a half-dozen Colorado veterans to rally in support of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee on Monday, July 21, at the Veterans Monument on the grounds of the Capitol.

Schaffer omits salient details in Udall attack

Puzzled Udall fails to respond

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Bob Schaffer, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, is a seasoned and battle-hardened politician who has proven himself an intelligent and wily opponent for Democrat Mark Udall, and at no time has that been more evident than during Monday’s debate between the candidates at the Wildlife Experience in Parker.

Rayburn’s vex, lies and audio tape

Broken campaign vow haunts Rayburn

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS – Like a poltergeist that refuses to be exorcised, Bentley Rayburn’s broken agreement to drop out of the race for the Republican nomination in the 5th Congressional District has come back to haunt him.

Following the money in the 5th CD GOP primary race

From $36,000 in ads to $11 in Big Macs

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS – In the final surge of the battle for the Republican nomination in the 5th Congressional District, the campaigns of incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn, Jeff Crank and retired Maj. Gen. Bentley Rayburn are deploying electronic ad air raids, early voting mailers and phone banks as they strategize for victory.