2008 Political Campaigns

Schaffer’s role in Iraqi oil deal questioned

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer, whose poll results are still feeling the impact from negative media reports about a 1999 junket to the Northern Marianas, has a new controversy on his hands.

Amendment 46, Initiative 82 backers go toe-to-toe in accusations

Liar, liar! Pants on fire!

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The political finger-pointing over Amendment 46, also known as Colorado’s “Civil Rights Initiative,” has escalated in recent weeks, with each side continually accusing the other of lying in order to get onto the ballot.

Free speech derails McCain

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. John McCain’s belief in the First Amendment was tested by demonstrators outside and by questioners inside Monday’s town hall meeting at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

His open-to-the-public forum was crafted to contrast sharply with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s invitation-only speeches in Colorado Springs during the previous week.

Broken agreement heats CD 5 debate

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — The 5th Congressional District debate between Republican candidates Bentley Rayburn and Jeff Crank switched from courteous to contentious exchanges when asked about the futility of two candidates challenging incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn. The trio nearly assures Lamborn’s win.

In the first half of the debate, the demeanors of Crank and Rayburn were as conservative as their charcoal gray suits, white shirts and red, patterned ties. More telling was their choice of footwear. Rayburn wore shiny, black loafers with tassels; Crank wore tooled leather cowboy boots.

Dems lock out alleged assailant

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Vince Chowdhury’s political career, which took 18 years to build, was destroyed in a matter of minutes after he pleaded guilty to losing his temper last month, hitting his daughter and then threatening his wife. The longtime Littleton resident, who has served on the Jefferson County School Board since 2001 and is currently a candidate for the Democratic nomination in House District 22, is facing disgrace and ruin over what he now calls a “terrible mistake.”

Obama stops in Springs, calls for patriotism

Wants more enlistments, community service

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — As part of a weeklong patriotic pitch, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama unveiled a plan to entice all Americans to participate in public service and called on young Americans to enlist in the military.

Bidlack hunts for treasure on sacred GOP ground

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — With the defiance of David confronting Goliath, Democratic candidates are invading this conservative bastion to campaign for dollars and votes.

Right-to-work backers go directly to Plan B

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Ballot measures that have been certified by Colorado’s Department of State almost always reach the ballot.

In fact, only once in recent memory has a legal challenge caused a Colorado court to overturn the certification of a proposed amendment — in 1994 when the court upheld a challenge to the secretary of state’s decision to certify an initiative to allow gambling in Trinidad.

Measure would impound

Backers radically oppose illegal immigration

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Ever forgotten your driver’s license at home? If so, you might want to take a closer look at Denver’s August primary ballot. One of its offerings will be a proposed ordinance that, if approved, would require Denver police to impound the cars of unlicensed drivers, and might include the vehicles of legal drivers who simply leave their wallets behind on the dresser.

HBA negates role in Crank-Rayburn poll

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association PAC has announced it had “invalidated any agreement” signed by 5th CD Republican candidates Jeff Crank and Bentley Rayburn that called for the weakest candidate to withdraw from the primary race against incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn.