2008 Political Campaigns

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.

SD 19 shapes up as Dem-GOP battleground

Once red district purple at least

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republicans see the open seat in Senate District 19 as a must-win if they have any shot of retaking the state Senate in November. But Democrats aren’t about to give up the swing district without a major fight.

Half-sister recalls Obama as father figure

Big bro took sis salsa dancing

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Presidential scholars have long contended that presidential campaigns rely on myth-making — the creation of a hero, tempered by some great trial.

Dislike Dems and GOP? Ralph Nader, Bill Hammons may provide alternative

By Stephanie Clary
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Democrats and Republicans won’t be the only ones on Colorado’s ballot in November if campaigns for unaffiliated presidential candidate Ralph Nader and the Unity Party’s Congressional District 2 candidate, Bill Hammons, crossed all the right tees when they submitted their ballot applications to the Department of State.

Nader and Hammons are the only two non-major-party candidates for the statewide ballot who met the June 17 deadline for submitting their applications and accompanying signatures.

Measures 46, 47 draw liberal fire

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

About 50 Denverites turned out Friday evening June 13 to hear a group of nine liberal-minded activists and labor representatives spread the word about a pair of “real hateful measures” that will be on this November’s ballot.

There was no shortage of political rhetoric that evening at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater, a converted church in central Denver’s Uptown neighborhood.

A print reporter's view of the Rayburn fallout

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The code of honor

At 9 a.m. Monday, Bentley Rayburn appears on KVOR radio’s Richard Randall Show.

Rayburn blurts out the “secret poll” deal that he made — and now broke — with Jeff Crank. The agreement was that the loser would drop out because one Republican candidate has a better crack at defeating incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn.

Rayburn loses GOP gamble

Major General welches on bet

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Republican 5th Congressional District candidates retired Maj. Gen. Bentley Rayburn and Jeff Crank signed a do-or-die agreement last month setting the conditions under which the weaker of the two candidates would drop out of the primary race against Congressman Doug Lamborn.