Ernest Luning

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.

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.