2014 Elections

Women’s reproductive rights at issue in Senate race

The Colorado Statesman

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mark Udall to nullify the recent Supreme Court decision — the Hobby Lobby case — that lets certain corporations refuse to cover some contraception methods in group health insurance plans based on religious objections.

Beauprez clarifies controversial comments on immigration; SEIU, Latino leaders stage mock funeral

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans are being increasingly attacked by Latino leaders and Democrats over a failure to push immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship, something they feel could come back to haunt the party in the November elections.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez is the latest of local Colorado Republicans to face criticism following controversial remarks he made over the Fourth of July weekend in a radio interview.

What really caused Tancredo to lose the GOP primary — in his own words

Establishment forces in Colorado and nationwide targeted my candidacy

Editor’s Note: The following commentary was written by former Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo, who lost the June 24 primary to Bob Beauprez. It was first published at WorldNetDaily.com Inc. on July 11, 2014 and reprinted in The Colorado Statesman with the expressed permission of Tom Tancredo.

Former legislator seeks senate seat lost in recall

...But incumbent Herpin is mounting strong defense
The Colorado Statesman

Following a bitter recall election in which former Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs was ousted from office over his support for gun control, Democrats are eager to take back the Senate District 11 seat.

They have chosen former Rep. Mike Merrifield of Manitou Springs to lead them to victory. But Sen. Bernie Herpin, R-Colorado Springs, who was elected to succeed Morse, is mounting a campaign that he believes will defy odds in the Democratic-leaning district.

Colorado Republicans put on a united front

The Colorado Statesman

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez on Tuesday named Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella as his running mate and the team set out the next day along with his three former primary foes on a “unity tour” of the Front Range.

“Honestly, friends, I think this is the strongest Republican ticket that we’ve seen in over a decade,” state GOP Chairman Ryan Call told a packed Republican campaign office in Lakewood on Wednesday afternoon, introducing Beauprez and Repella on the tour’s fourth stop of the day.

On the record...

The Colorado Statesman

The same day Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez toured the Front Range with his newly minted running mate and his former primary rivals, Democrats pounced on a video that depicts the former congressman telling a room full of Rotarians “we’ve got almost half of the population perfectly happy that somebody else is paying the bill” and decrying the fact that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay federal income tax.

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.

Gun rights candidates win Jeffco senate seats

But can they now fire up the rest of the GOP?
The Colorado Statesman

Perhaps the biggest victory for conservative candidates challenging mainstream Republicans in the primary elections on Tuesday occurred in Jefferson County where a bitter and divisive push by pro-life and gun rights groups propelled their candidates to commanding wins.

In Senate District 19, Laura Woods defeated Lang Sias 55 percent to 45 percent, earning 6,700 votes to Sias’ 5,413. She now faces Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada, in the general election.

Garnett defeats Perkins in divisive Denver house race

The Colorado Statesman

The reliance on computers to design legislative districts ignores issues of community of interest and demographic homogeneity in favor of packing like-minded voters into predictably performing precincts. There may be no better example than Denver’s second house district, home to House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, which cobbles together the single-family residential districts south of Sixth Avenue in central Denver with the transient apartment blocks across Capitol Hill. While all these voters lean Democratic, they differ dramatically in age, attitude and habits of thought.