Ernest Luning

GOP primaries heat up legislative races in Jeffco

The Colorado Statesman

Jefferson County Republicans had expected to set the stage for two hotly contested legislative primaries at the party’s county assembly on Saturday in Lakewood but also teed up a third at the last minute, pitting an incumbent House member in a rematch against the primary challenger he defeated two years ago.

To no one’s surprise, a pair of self-described grassroots candidates — both with the backing of a hard-line gun-rights group — will be facing off in primaries against more establishment-style candidates in two state Senate races following votes by assembly delegates.

Controversial Republican nominee asked to withdraw from HD 23 race

The Colorado Statesman

The Jefferson County Republican Party on Thursday demanded that the House District 23 candidate nominated by delegates at last Saturday’s county assembly quit the race after learning he had been charged in an online scam and espoused white supremacist positions. And later that day, that’s exactly what happened.

Coffman enjoys birthday, but hopes for real celebration on Election Day

The Colorado Statesman

More than 100 supporters gathered to wish U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman a happy 59th birthday on March 22 at the Aurora Summit steakhouse and to chip in $59 each in what has become an annual fundraiser for the Aurora Republican. This year, he’ll be able to use every penny in what national observers have pegged one of the toughest reelection bids by any incumbent member of Congress, as Coffman faces former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the evenly divided 6th Congressional District.

Udall’s support of Obamacare draws healthy opposition

The Colorado Statesman

A nonprofit group associated with a pair of conservative billionaires this week launched a nearly $1 million ad campaign against U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, linking the incumbent Democrat to the federal health care law known as Obamacare.

“Millions have lost their health insurance, millions can’t see their own doctors, and millions are paying more and getting less,” says a woman in the race’s first major attack ad. “Obamacare doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work. Tell Senator Udall to stop thinking about politics and start thinking about people.”

Dem candidates show up in Adams County

The Colorado Statesman

“Are you ready to rumble?” U.S. Sen. Mark Udall asked hundreds of Adams County Democrats at the party’s county assembly on Saturday in Brighton. “This is a big, important election,” he said over a chorus of hearty cheers.

Gardner officially launches Senate bid

Field narrows as GOP sets sights on Udall
The Colorado Statesman

Vowing to reverse a decade-long slump in the Republican Party’s fortunes in swing state Colorado, Rep. Cory Gardner officially launched his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall on Saturday inside a Denver lumber warehouse.

“In 2008, Colorado led the nation for change,” said the two-term congressman, referencing a year Democrats — including President Barack Obama and Udall — carried the state. “And in 2014, we can change it again.”

Caucuses signal official beginning of election season

The Colorado Statesman

Just as crocuses are beginning to stir under snow-packed lawns, Democrats and Republicans roused the grassroots at caucuses on Tuesday across the state, when thousands of voters convened in schools, churches and community centers to kick off the year’s election calendar.

Beauprez joins crowded field in guv’s race

The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez formally entered the governor’s race this week, making it eight Republicans hoping to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

“I’ve been watching this race and thinking that this was an opportunity to maybe take some turf back for the GOP side, especially given the governor’s record of late,” Beauprez told The Colorado Statesman.

Gardner’s switch changes the game

The Colorado Statesman

In a stunning development that instantly reconfigured Colorado’s electoral landscape, news broke Wednesday afternoon that U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, a Yuma Republican, plans to drop his bid for reelection and instead challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall for a seat that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Caucuses signal start of 2014 election cycle

GOP has more at stake for March 4 meetings
The Colorado Statesman

It’s time for Colorado voters who want to participate in grassroots Republican and Democratic party organizing to partake in that biennial ritual, the precinct caucus. The party meetings are being held throughout the state on March 4 in schools, churches, community centers and other neighborhood gathering places, marking the first official step in the year’s political calendar.