Ernest Luning

GOP Guv campaigns amp up as ballots drop

The Colorado Statesman

Secretary of State Scott Gessler took aim at two of his Republican gubernatorial primary rivals in a TV ad that began airing this week as Colorado voters began receiving ballots for the all-mail election.

And for the second reporting period in a row, Gessler raised more money than the other Republican candidates, although opposing campaigns point out that he only edged former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo by a nose and that former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez has nearly twice as much money in the bank after loaning himself $100,000.

Attack ads by Dems attempt to influence results of GOP primary

The Colorado Statesman

A Democratic committee began running TV ads on Thursday attacking the two leading GOP gubernatorial candidates in a move Colorado Republicans blasted as meddling and manipulative.

Kopp taps Ortegon as running mate

The Colorado Statesman

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Kopp named former Pueblo City Councilwoman Vera Ortegon as his running mate on Friday, saying the Colombia-born microbiologist embodied what he called the “three C’s” — character, conservatism and competence.

“I like to call her the Colombian Hurricane,” Kopp said at a hotel in Denver as the candidates stood alongside Shannon and Anthony, their smiling spouses, and a room full of cheering supporters.

Hoyer, Romanoff, back immigration reform

The Colorado Statesman

Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and one of the country’s top Democrats met in Aurora on Tuesday with students at the center of stalled federal immigration-reform proposals, putting the focus on a contentious issue in his run against U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman to represent Colorado’s 6th Congressional District.

The Romanoff and Coffman campaigns also sparred this week with videos blasting each other’s current and past positions on immigration.

House Whip Hoyer: Don’t write off Tapia in the 3rd

The Colorado Statesman

A top congressional Democrat said this week that congressional candidate Abel Tapia could surprise folks and help the party take control of the House in the fall election.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer — number two in Democratic House leadership — appeared on Tuesday at a fundraiser in Denver for Tapia, a former state legislator from Pueblo and until earlier this year the director of the Colorado Lottery.

Sen. Udall energized about prospect of deal on local control, oil and gas drilling

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said on Friday that he’s hopeful that negotiations currently under way will lead to legislation aimed at satisfying demands for more local control over oil and gas drilling in Colorado.

“I think we’re very close to a proposal that would answer most, if not all of the concerns that have been raised,” Udall said. “People want to find a solution.”

Republicans rally for Jeb Bush — and help cousin Walker Stapleton

The Colorado Statesman

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush headlined a high-dollar fundraiser for his cousin Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton on Thursday night at the Brown Palace in Denver and got some strong encouragement to throw his hat in the ring for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

“The optimism, the clarity of message and principle — it fires me up,” said former Denver Broncos safety John Lynch, introducing Bush to the avid crowd of Stapleton donors. “This man can lead.”

Tancredo ups the bounty in guv’s race

The Colorado Statesman

TV’s most recognizable bounty hunter helped Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo haul in some cash last week at an Aurora country western bar.

Days later, the conservative editorial board of one of the state’s largest newspapers called on two of Tancredo’s primary opponents to withdraw from the race “in the interest of stopping Tancredo.”

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.