Ernest Luning

Denver Dems honor their own at Dinner

...And start on early get out the vote efforts
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Democrats honored party stalwarts and vowed to redouble efforts to turn out the vote — just days before mail ballots were set to go out — at the party’s sixth annual Edward M. Kennedy Dinner on Saturday night at the downtown Marriott.

With major races for the U.S. Senate, governorship and control of the state Senate up for grabs, officials again and again reminded party workers that they hold the direction of the state in their hands if they’re able to run up the totals and persuade voters to keep checking boxes down the ticket.

Udall, Gardner slug it out in feisty debate

The Colorado Statesman

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, his Republican challenger, sparred over healthcare, birth control, the economy and national security in a feisty, hour-long debate on Tuesday night in Denver, one of three debates between the Senate candidates this week, just days before mail ballots go out to Colorado voters.

Gubernatorial candidates debate goes to pot

Hickenlooper, Beauprez asked about Colorado’s model for legalized marijuana
The Colorado Statesman

Gubernatorial candidates John Hickenlooper, the Democratic incumbent, and former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, his Republican challenger, clashed over public safety questions and the state of Colorado’s economy at a debate in Denver on Monday, but it was an off-the-cuff quip by Hickenlooper about state voters’ decision to legalize marijuana that drew the most attention.

Hickenlooper, Beauprez duke it out in debate

Clash over style and substance
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican challenger Bob Beauprez shook hands on stage Tuesday night when the Democrat proposed that their two campaigns swear off negative ads, but both candidates swung hard at each other during the rest of an hour-long debate in Denver.

Romney hypes Beauprez — no surprise

Former candidate for president rallies for former (and current) candidate for guv
The Colorado Statesman

Throughout the 2012 presidential campaign across Colorado, former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez routinely stumped for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and this week the former Massachusetts governor returned the favor, rallying a crowd of supporters on Monday at Heritage High School in Littleton for Beauprez and the GOP ticket in the state.

Oil & Gas task force fueled by good intentions

But if GOP nominee Beauprez is elected gov, he says he’ll dismantle commission
The Colorado Statesman

The task force created by Gov. John Hickenlooper to resolve conflicts over oil and gas drilling in Colorado met for the first time on Thursday in Denver, kicking off a five-month process that members said they hope will result in a legislative solution to one of the state’s most divisive issues.

“The work you’re going to do is going to have great significance to the state,” Hickenlooper, calling himself “an incurable optimist,” told members of the panel, convened inside a packed classroom at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices.

National GOP chief in town

The Colorado Statesman

The leader of the national Republican Party rallied supporters in Colorado on Wednesday and said that the GOP’s efforts to “be a national party that’s everywhere, all the time, in every community around the country” are paying off.

“You are all at the epicenter of not just having a great midterm but of laying the groundwork of saving this country and putting a Republican in the White House in 2016,” RNC chairman Reince Priebus told a standing-room-only crowd of several hundred gathered at state party headquarters in Greenwood Village. “And it happens right here.”

Romanoff, Coffman throw punches in spirited CD 6 match up

The Colorado Statesman

An aggressive Andrew Romanoff jabbed continuously at U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman during the candidates’ third formal debate on Tuesday night in Denver, criticizing the incumbent Republican for everything from opposing birth control methods throughout his lengthy political career to attacks on the Democratic challenger’s Ivy League education.

Conflicting polls perplex Colorado politicos

The Colorado Statesman

Just over three weeks before mail ballots go out to Colorado voters, a pair of polls released this week said Republican Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner and gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez hold commanding leads over Democratic incumbents U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Gov. John Hickenlooper, marking a dramatic shift from previous polling that has shown the races too close to call.

But a flurry of other polls also released in the past week paint a different picture of the midterm electorate in the purple state, saying either that the races are toss-ups or that the Democrats are ahead.

Arapahoe County GOP high on full slate of candidates

The Colorado Statesman

Arapahoe County Republicans toasted an abundant slate of candidates and vowed to steer Colorado toward GOP victories this fall at the party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner on Saturday in Greenwood Village.

“We are going to turn this country around, we are going to turn this state around, and it’s all going to happen because of the work you are doing here in Arapahoe County,” said the GOP’s Senate nominee, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in a tight race that could determine which party controls the Senate.