Ernest Luning

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.

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.