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‘Imperfect’ candidates for GOP state chair strive to do their best

Republicans Ryan Call and Mark Baisley overcome personal demons; Democrat Palacio escapes attacks
The Colorado Statesman

Is a smear on one’s character negated by a similar smear on an opponent?

We’ll find out this weekend when incumbent state Republican chair Ryan Call seeks a second term against challenger Mark Baisley, a former chair of the local Douglas County GOP.

Supporters of the two have each publicized unflattering personal frailties against the other — Call’s arrest in Idaho Springs on a failure-to-appear warrant for a speeding ticket two years ago, and Baisley’s foreclosure on his home over the last few years.

Statesman sweeps CPA editorial awards

The Colorado Statesman

If our readers will bear with me for this instance of personal privilege, I would like to congratulate The Statesman staff for once again winning the Editorial Sweepstakes Award in this year’s Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Our newspaper captured a record 24 awards this year, and received the top sweepstakes award for editorial coverage for the second year in a row.

An inspiration through the ages

The Colorado Statesman

Friendships that have withstood the test of time are truly special, particularly if they have survived the political arena and all the challenges that entails. When I look back at longtime friendships made over the years, I am often amazed that most are still intact, especially since part of my job consists of writing about political people who have also become personal friends.

Statesman cover: foul play or a good call?

The Colorado Statesman

Clever. Or contemptible? We’ve been called both this week, and while we gladly accept kudos for what we thought was an eye catching and fun interpretation of the upcoming 2013 legislative session on the front page of our Jan. 11 issue, not everyone agreed.

Well, one person complained, but more on that later.

Diversity reigns at legislature with a record

The Colorado Statesman

Friday night’s reception to celebrate diversity at the legislature was so well attended that the venue had to be moved to hold the over-flow crowd. Originally scheduled for a meeting room upstairs in the downtown bank building for an anticipated few dozen, it was instead moved to a larger room at the foot of two massive escalators that accommodated several hundred. And even then it was tough to navigate the crowd of politicos — many whom included elected officials and lobbyists — who gathered at the onset of the weekend to hail the victories made at the legislature.

Changing of the guard — House Republicans now the minority party at state legislature

The Colorado Statesman

Results of the 2012 elections were barely two days old, but at Colorado’s Statehouse their effects were almost immediate. House Democrats, with a noticeable bounce in their step as they paraded into the Capitol on Nov. 8, were gleefully celebrating their new elevation as the party in control after their ranks increased to 37 out of 65. House Republicans, who had ruled the roost for the last two years, were considerably less elated with their bump down the leadership ladder. Their counternances were more reserved as they began to digest their new role as the minority party.

Big wins for Romney, University of Denver

The Colorado Statesman

Whether you personally attended the first presidential debate at the University of Denver or watched it on television Wednesday night along with 67 million-plus others, no doubt you came away with distinct impressions. Almost everyone we talked to afterwards — Republicans, Unaffiliateds, even diehard Democratic stalwarts — conceded the first debate victory to Mitt Romney.

Guess who's coming to dinner

The Colorado Statesman

If there are any lingering doubts about Colorado’s elevated role in this year’s elections, consider the shining line-up of political stars who have recently illuminated our political landscape: first and foremost, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republicans’ likely standard bearer for president; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Ohio Sen.

Colorado’s GOP delegates look forward to Tampa

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s 36 delegates and 33 alternates to the upcoming Republican National Convention — and their guests — luxuriated for a couple hours last Saturday afternoon at a stately and magnificent Tuscan-style villa in the heart of Republican-laden Greenwood Village. Sipping wine and enjoying a lovely array of fancy hors d’oeuvres passed by several servers, they gazed out on the expansive manicured landscape with its inviting pool and fountain.

Arapahoe GOP turns out in red, white and you!

The Colorado Statesman

With the theme “Red, White and You” showcased throughout the evening, Arapahoe County Republicans proved an extra colorful lot as they gathered for their annual Lincoln Day Dinner at Aurora’s Red Lion Inn on July 28.

“We’re energized, enthusiastic and rarin’ to go for victory in November!” proclaimed Arapahoe County Republican Chair Joy Hoffman at the onset. “Our candidates and volunteers are absolutely fabulous!” And abundant.