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? No silver bullets: Jim Carpenter stresses fundamentals, agility

"When you’re a leader in any kind of field, you’ve got to be able to tell people what you think and why you’re doing what you’re doing, and bring them along," says political consultant Jim Carpenter, discussing lessons he learned from former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer at a Denver coffee shop on Oct. 4. Carpenter worked as Romer's communications director in the 1994 campaign and then held the same position in the governor's office for more than three years before serving as Romer's chief of staff. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
Jim Carpenter likes to tell a story about a campaign stop more than two decades ago in a small town on the Eastern Plains. It’s no coincidence the story stars former three-term Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, a man Carpenter describes as the master of quick-thinking and innovative approaches to the surprises any politician is sure […]

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YESTERYEAR: Rising star Barack Obama fills Aurora plaza for Perlmutter rally

Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … An estimated 1,300 people crowded a plaza in Aurora to cheer Illinois Sen. Barack Obama at a rally for Democratic congressional candidate Ed Perlmutter, who was running against Republican Rick O’Donnell for the seat being vacated by GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez.

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The Hot Sheet, August 11, 2016

DENVER — Today is the 150th day anniversary of The Hot Sheet! Pretty cool, huh? Thanks for being a loyal reader. In Colorado politics, who among us thought we would be writing so much about an elevator in a Colorado Springs hotel? Seriously? And, Mike Coffman continues to distance himself from Donald Trump, riding a […]

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YESTERYEAR: Colorado Supreme Court overturns death penalty statute

Colorado Gov. Roy Romer and his wife, Bea, in 1991
Twenty-five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … The lawyer who led a successful constitutional challenge against Colorado’s death penalty law said no one should have been surprised that the Colorado Supreme Court overturned the statute because some legislators had warned it was defective when it passed.

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The Hot Sheet, March 16, 2016

VOL. 01 NO. 44 | MARCH 16, 2016 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2016 By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright _@JaredWright_ DENVER — Super Tuesday Round 3 is complete. Marco Rubio’s biggest mistake: Rich Beeson, “The days of having to have 50 field staffers and 25 offices are done. We can have a […]

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Benson looks ahead to reapportionment, friends toast Armstrong’s career

Twenty-five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … State Republican Party Chairman Bruce Benson warned about the looming redistricting and reapportionment fight in a “message from the chairman” that led the Republican half of the Statesman’s traditional upside-down double issue, printed when the Republicans and Democrats held their state assemblies the same weekend. […]

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BARTELS: Ghosts of Colorado caucuses past, from nuns to a naked boy

The year was 2008 and interest in Colorado’s quirky and confusing precinct caucus system reached a zenith thanks to the presidential race, especially on the Democratic side. As a political reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, I asked a variety of politicos — from then-City Auditor Dennis Gallagher to U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard to former […]

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