Ernest Luning

Candidates for guv woo women’s vote

Three GOP hopefuls strut their stuff
The Colorado Statesman

Three of the four Republican gubernatorial candidates debated at Colorado Christian University on Tuesday and all three declared victory, as did the fourth, who maintains that primary debates only give Democrats fuel for the fall election.

A month before votes are counted in the race to challenge incumbent Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper — mail ballots for the election go out at the beginning of next week — each of the Republicans running claim they’ve got the upper hand in the crowded field.

Former prez candidate Dean stumps for Romanoff

Howard Dean: GOP would be more comfortable in Russia; Coffman campaign: Dean is ‘a few fries short of a happy meal’
The Colorado Statesman

Former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean fired up supporters of Democratic congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff with a full-throated endorsement at a packed fundraiser on Tuesday in Aurora.

Dean called Romanoff’s Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, “a very pleasant person who always votes with the extreme right wing” and proceeded to blast the agenda he said Coffman represented.

Beauprez snags endorsements, Gessler blasts GOP opponents

The Colorado Statesman

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez snagged the endorsement of high-profile politicians this week, including winning the support of former GOP presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“As a former governor, I can tell you that Bob Beauprez has exactly what Colorado needs to lead,” Romney wrote in an email sent to Beauprez supporters. “Bob’s unique combination of passion, drive, conservative values and experience will make him an outstanding governor.”

Beauprez links Hick’s policies to Clements’ murder

The Colorado Statesman

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez this week linked Gov. John Hickenlooper’s policies to last year’s murder of Colorado Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements, who was gunned down by parolee Evan Ebel after the white supremacist prison gang member removed his ankle monitor and killed part-time pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon.

Beauprez made the remarks on Sunday, May 4 at a campaign event launching a two-week tour of the state, dubbed the “Stronger Colorado Tour,” after blasting the Democratic incumbent for what Beauprez charged was the state’s tepid economic recovery.

Tancredo reaffirms that he’s ready to fight

The Colorado Statesman

If former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo wins the governorship, he intends to put Colorado at the center of a debate over sovereignty of states in the face of “over-reaching federal power,” the Republican candidate said this week.

“We are going to have to establish the whole idea of state’s rights, of the 10th Amendment,” Tancredo said at a meeting of the Jefferson County Republican Men’s Club on Monday in Wheat Ridge. “The fight is going to have to start somewhere. Let it be here, I firmly believe, because I am willing to do it. Not only willing, I am looking forward to it.”

Gubernatorial challengers jab Hickenlooper

The Colorado Statesman

Three Republican gubernatorial candidates trained their fire on Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper — and took a few shots at the missing fourth candidate — in a debate on Saturday at the Tri-City Baptist Church in Westminster.

Former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp, Secretary of State Scott Gessler and former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez obliged instructions from debate organizers to avoid personal attacks on each other and instead “save those attacks for the man sitting in office.”

GOP guv hopefuls duke it out

The Colorado Statesman

The three Republican gubernatorial candidates who debated on Thursday said they would work to repeal gun-control measures signed last year by Gov. John Hickenlooper and all three added that they would consider working to expand the rights of Coloradans to carry and use firearms in the state.

DeGette presses for women in higher office

The Colorado Statesman

Often, when she speaks to groups, says U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat, she’ll ask how many people there have thought about running for office. Nearly all the men will raise their hands and almost none of the women do, she says, and that’s a problem.

That disparity, she said on Tuesday at a panel discussion on women’s professional advancement in Denver, has identifiable causes and requires a determined approach to ensure more women not only hold office but start political careers early enough to accumulate the seniority it takes to wield significant power.

Colorado Republicans revved up about races for U.S. Senate, governor

The Colorado Statesman

BOULDER — Former state Sen. Mike Kopp muscled his way to the top of the ballot at the GOP State Assembly on Saturday in what will be a four-way Republican gubernatorial primary. Delegates also awarded a primary slot to Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who placed just behind Kopp in the vote, for a shot at running against incumbent Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. But three other Republicans vying for the June 24 primary fell short.

Surprise GOP primaries in congressional districts

The Colorado Statesman

BROOMFIELD – State Sen. Scott Renfroe edged Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck for the top spot on the Republican primary ballot for the open 4th Congressional District seat at a GOP district assembly on Friday.

At other district assemblies held the same day, challengers surprised U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn by winning enough delegate votes to force primaries against the incumbents.