2008 Political Campaigns

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.

CD 2 Dems raise stakes; candidates spew cash, insults

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Ballots for early voting and registered absentee voters in Colorado’s primaries will begin hitting mailboxes in mid-July, so for any candidate running in a contested primary, the campaign season is almost at its apex. And nowhere is this more true than in the Democratic race in the 2nd Congressional District.

Within the past few weeks, the primary has become ever more contentious, with the three candidates throwing position statements, advertisements and accusations back and forth as if they were hand grenades.

Labor offers olive branch

Two ballot measures pulled, four still remain

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In a surprise move Wednesday afternoon, leaders of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 7 announced they will pull two of their four ballot measures designed to combat Amendment 47, the business-backed right-to-work measure that would cripple Colorado unions if approved by voters.