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15th Annual Wirth Chair Sustainability Awards Luncheon honors those ‘getting it right’

The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Sen. Tim Wirth welcomed guests and honorees to the 15th Annual Wirth Chair Sustainability Awards Luncheon on June 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. The awards luncheon was sponsored by the University of Colorado chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy established in 1993 to honor Wirth.

Mark Safty, who is the current occupant of the Wirth chair, honored individuals, organizations and entire industries for their achievements helping balance economic, environmental and social welfare objectives, which are the stated purposes of the chair.

Beauprez nabs GOP nomination for Guv

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans Tuesday picked buffalo rancher and former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez from a crowded field to run against Gov. John Hickenlooper in the Democrat’s bid for a second term this fall.

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo ran a close second in the primary, ahead of Secretary of State Scott Gessler and former state Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp. With 94 percent of the vote reported at press time, Beauprez had 30.23 percent, leading Tancredo’s 26.71 percent, Gessler with 23.21 percent and Kopp at 19.85.

Buck wins in CD 4; incumbents survive

The Colorado Statesman

Republican primary voters on Tuesday stuck with two incumbent congressmen and gave the nod to a former U.S. Senate candidate, who won the nomination for Colorado’s only open congressional seat.

U.S. Reps. Scott Tipton and Doug Lamborn both won nominations for another term — Tipton easily and Lamborn in a close race — while Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck won decisively in the heavily Republican 4th Congressional District in the night’s congressional primaries.

No elephant convention in Denver in 2016

The Colorado Statesman

Did parading elephants and a smiling quarterback trump briefcases and flowcharts? Or are Republicans more covetous of Ohio’s 18 electoral votes than Colorado’s nine? Maybe it all came down to dollars and cents, and Denver’s lack of fundraising commitments doomed the city’s chances.

Whatever the elements of the decision, Denver won’t be the host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention, a GOP selection committee said on Wednesday when it announced that Dallas and Cleveland were the surviving finalists. Kansas City, Mo., was also eliminated from consideration.

The Clintons take their Initiative to Denver

The Colorado Statesman

The Clintons — former President Bill, former Secretary of State and U.S. Sen. Hillary and former First Daughter Chelsea — took Denver by storm this week as the Clinton Global Initiative America settled into town for three days of meetings.

Perlmutter, Udall fuel up reelection campaigns

The Colorado Statesman

A couple hundred enthusiastic supporters — including U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and other statewide candidates — helped U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter formally kick off his bid for a fifth term in Congress on Saturday at the Democrat’s field offices in Wheat Ridge.

Lamborn is ‘cautiously optimistic’

Incumbent faces fourth primary
The Colorado Statesman

Bentley Rayburn hopes the third time is a charm as the retired Air Force major general challenges U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn in next week’s Republican primary for the central Colorado seat Lamborn hopes to represent for a fifth term. For Lamborn, it’s another election year, another primary in the heavily Republican 5th Congressional District.

The winner of the June 24 primary faces Democrat Irv Halter, who is also a retired Air Force major general.

GOP candidates for Governor put spin control in high gear

The Colorado Statesman

In the final week before the primary, all four Republican gubernatorial candidates chased mail ballots and all four pounced on Gov. John Hickenlooper after the Democrat apologized to sheriffs for his handling of incendiary gun legislation last year, but that’s where the similarities end.

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez unveiled a five-point plan designed to restore liberty to Coloradans as his campaign said internal polling shows him pulling away from the pack.

Buck leads in money, endorsements and name identification

Weld County DA poised to win in CD 4
The Colorado Statesman

The four Republicans running in the primary for the open 4th Congressional District seat are barreling toward the finish line in a race that only began this spring, when U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner jumped from his reelection bid to challenge U.S. Sen. Mark Udall.

Been there, done that, is message to RNC site selection committee

The Colorado Statesman

Legalized marijuana and Colorado’s pivotal swing-state status won’t be factors when the Republican National Committee designates the host city for its 2016 national convention, leading Republicans said during a three-day visit by the GOP’s site-selection committee this week. Instead, the 13-member body plans to make its recommendation based on venues, proximity of hotel rooms, transportation and security capabilities, said the group’s chairwoman.