Ben Conarck

Independent 3rd CD candidate Casida could be a thorn in Rep. Tipton’s side

The Colorado Statesman

Scott Tipton rode into Congress on a wave of Republican enthusiasm that characterized elections across the country in 2010. Just two years later, that same small-government fervor may come back to bite the incumbent.

Potentially outflanking Tipton from his right, Pueblo County native and entrepreneur Tisha Casida is seeking the 3rd District seat as an independent. She was inspired to run by presidential candidate and Tea Party favorite U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas Republican.

Udall, Senate intelligence panel take hands-off approach toward Egyptian “lynchpin”

Senator says it’s a ‘critical time in post-Mubarak Egypt’
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall isn’t downplaying the impact that the upcoming Egyptian presidential election will have on the future of the region, but there isn’t much room for American involvement as the country works itself through the aftermath of a massive political uprising.

Mystery trucker Murphy rolls in to CD 1 race

GOP primary features Richard Murphy and Danny Stroud
The Colorado Statesman

Former Denver Republican Party Chairman Danny Stroud is a well-known personality in the 1st Congressional District who is clamoring for a chance to take on incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, but a truck driving political neophyte may deny him the opportunity.

Stroud’s primary opponent, 61 year-old Denver resident Richard Murphy, is virtually unknown in Colorado politics, so much so that Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call had to call Stroud looking for the trucker’s phone number.

Weissmann makes ballot despite Dems

The Colorado Statesman

The Boulder businessman and 2nd Congressional District GOP candidate who wants to “fire Jared Polis” — Eric Weissmann — is on the radar, in more ways than one.

Obama energizes Boulder crowd

The Colorado Statesman

President Obama made himself right at home in the liberal stronghold of Boulder on Tuesday, and created quite a buzz in the process.

Campus conservatives take on Obama youth message

College Republicans stage rally, denounce the President
The Colorado Statesman

In the 2008 election, young voters turned out in record numbers and largely carried President Obama to victory — but this year, college conservatives in Colorado are doing everything in their power to ensure the youth vote swings to the right. They say they are seeing disenfranchised students of all political stripes uniting under the Republican Party banner against the rising national deficit and Obama’s economic record, although the latest polling data suggests otherwise.

Deputy DA forces surprise primary in 18th Judicial District

The Colorado Statesman

It looks like there will be a Republican primary in the 18th Judicial District’s district attorney race after all.

Deputy District Attorney Leslie Hansen successfully petitioned onto the ballot for the 18th JD’s district attorney race after she failed to receive enough delegates at the district’s nominating assembly last month. The secretary of state’s office certified 1,487 of the submitted signatures, well exceeding the requirement of 1,000 signatures.

Dems ready for swing state showdown

Congressional, legislative seats also up for grabs
The Colorado Statesman

If Colorado Democrats didn’t yet realize their importance in the upcoming presidential election, the state party’s top politicos made sure to hammer the point home at Saturday’s state assembly.

National delegates to take their voices to Charlotte

The Colorado Statesman

At Saturday’s Democratic state assembly, 1,411 delegates were in attendance. Eighty-six delegates, who have all pledged their support for President Obama, will be advancing to the national convention in Charlotte, N.C. in August.

Fresh choices in new Senate District 35

The Colorado Statesman

One of only four Democratic legislative primary contests this year will take place in the newly drawn Senate District 35, where voters will have the choice between two energetic political newcomers.