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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.

Colorado Republicans revved up about races for U.S. Senate, governor

The Colorado Statesman

BOULDER — Former state Sen. Mike Kopp muscled his way to the top of the ballot at the GOP State Assembly on Saturday in what will be a four-way Republican gubernatorial primary. Delegates also awarded a primary slot to Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who placed just behind Kopp in the vote, for a shot at running against incumbent Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. But three other Republicans vying for the June 24 primary fell short.

Surprise GOP primaries in congressional districts

The Colorado Statesman

BROOMFIELD – State Sen. Scott Renfroe edged Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck for the top spot on the Republican primary ballot for the open 4th Congressional District seat at a GOP district assembly on Friday.

At other district assemblies held the same day, challengers surprised U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn by winning enough delegate votes to force primaries against the incumbents.

Coffman trounces Waller for topline AG nomination

Waller barely makes ballot; Ken Buck briefly mentioned for AG
The Colorado Statesman

BOULDER — Cynthia Coffman, the state’s chief deputy attorney general, on Saturday won top-line designation over state Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, in the GOP primary to replace her boss, Attorney General John Suthers, who is term-limited.

Coffman scored 69.26 percent of the delegate vote at the Republican State Assembly at the Coors Events Center on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus, while Waller’s 30.74 percent vote barely cleared the 30-percent threshold required for a primary slot.

Dem delegates unite around incumbents

The Colorado Statesman

More than 1,200 Democratic delegates poured into the Colorado Convention Center Saturday, April 12 for the 2014 State Assembly, nominating a slate of statewide candidates to battle against Republicans this November.

The anticipation in the air was palpable inside and outside the Bellco Theatre. Delegates, volunteers and supporters donned pins and waved signs to demonstrate their endorsements for the Democratic ticket. Repeatedly, Democrats danced to the hit pop song “Happy” by Pharrell, hopeful that the party will walk away joyous and victorious this fall.

Colorado Dems celebrate — and anticipate

The Colorado Statesman

A decade after launching a nearly unbroken string of success at the ballot box, Colorado Democrats have plenty to celebrate but are facing a demanding election year that could determine whether the blue-leaning state reverses course, party and elected officials told more than 1,000 supporters at the annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner fundraiser on Saturday in Denver.

“This is going to be the hardest campaign that most of us have ever seen,” Gov. John Hickenlooper told the crowd at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. “It’s going to be a very difficult year for Democrats.”

Michael Reagan invokes Dad at Centennial Dinner

The Colorado Statesman

BROOMFIELD – Conservative commentator Michael Reagan told Colorado Republicans that the GOP must embrace the inclusive, welcoming approach taken by his iconic father, former President Ronald Reagan, in order to win elections.

Reagan spoke for an hour to about 400 donors at the state GOP’s annual Centennial Dinner on Friday at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield on the eve of the Republican State Assembly.

Environmental issues are in the air — and below the ground

The Colorado Statesman

As Earth Day approaches on Tuesday, environmental issues are in the air — and below the ground.

Citizens are pushing a series of ballot initiatives that would allow bans on hydraulic fracturing, while the oil and gas industry continues to grapple with how to educate the public on what they perceive to be the benefits of so-called “fracking.”

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Hickenlooper glides by Colorado’s allegedly Independent Ethics Commission

Contributing Columnist

Before publicly debating its ruling on whether Gov. John Hickenlooper violated ethical standards last year by hosting the Democratic Governors’ Association meeting in Aspen, Colorado’s Independent Ethics Commission went into executive session Monday morning to confer with their attorney. Apparently in the Passover spirit they must have slit the throat of a lamb, drained its blood and examined the entrails for legal guidance, perhaps augmented with an assist from a snorted elixir of powdered lizard gizzard, eye of newt and skin of Bufo alvarius.