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El Paso County’s Jeff Hays to launch bid for state Republican chairman

El Paso County Republican Party Chairman Jeff Hays speaks at a GOP meeting in this undated photograph. Hays announced this week that he's running for state Republican chairman. (Photo provided)

El Paso County Republican Party Chairman Jeff Hays likes to talk football and politics, but chances are that even the most detailed political discussion will soon start sounding like football. “Everything in my life is a football analogy,” he said with a chuckle in a recent interview with The Colorado Statesman, and he wasn’t kidding.

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Colorado senators optimistic for 2017 legislative session, but prepared for Washington-induced spiral

The renovated Colorado Senate chamber on May 11, 2016. (Photo by John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
In Colorado’s upper legislative chamber everything is different and everything has stayed the same. For years, Democrats have held the reins of power at the Capitol, and Republicans have exerted what influence they could by acting as the loyal opposition — mainly by blocking bills and offering alternative policy narratives. Most observers expect that arrangement […]

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Highlight reel: Colorado’s wild and woolly 2016 election season

Audrey Walker and others celebrate Donald Trump's victory at the Colorado GOP and Colorado For Trump election night party at the Double Tree Denver Tech Center, Nov. 8, 2016. (Photo by Steve Sokolik/The Colorado Statesman)
Symbolic of the divisiveness of our politics, many Coloradans will look back at the 2016 election with violent contempt, reflecting on a political year that saw the rise of President-elect Donald Trump, while others will reminisce with sublime glee over a cycle where voters bucked the political establishment. In a year full of tectonic shifts […]

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The Hot Sheet – Pistol packin’ teachers, GOP ends Tweet-gate, electors have HIGH hopes, must see ‘conservative’ TV and … MORE!

DENVER — As our grandmothers used to say, “It’s going to be a Merry Christmas for the electric company!” You might also say the same for the attorneys involved in the rogue Hamilton ‘faithless’ Electors legal maneuvers. With billable hours at stake, the ‘faithless’ and their attorney have announced an intention to seek relief in […]

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YESTERYEAR: Colorado GOP performs autopsy on self, Legislature talks regulatory reform

Twenty Years Ago this week in the Colorado Statesman … Too much sun in the Legislature? “Five hits and you’re out,” was the name of the game sponsored by Rep. Vickie Angler (R-Littleton) and Sen. Bill Schroeder (R-Morrison), which also went by its other more legislative moniker — HB 1159. The new law outlined in […]

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House GOP leadership chosen, Rankin nearly quits JBC

State Rep. Patrick Neville of Castle Rock, left, talks to a reporter after being named House minority leader on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (Photo by Mike McKibbin/Colorado Statesman)
Saying he wanted signs of support from his Republican colleagues before he agreed to continue serving on the Colorado legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, that’s what state Rep. Bob Rankin of Carbondale received during a party leadership caucus at the state Capitol Thursday, Nov. 10. Rankin, who has been the House GOP member on the JBC […]

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Beauprez: Shared principles can help GOP ‘right the ship’

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez surveys the land and a herd of bison at his ranch in Jackson County. The past chairman of the Colorado Republican Party says the GOP has its work cut out to heal rifts in the party after the 2016 election. (Photo courtesy Bob Beauprez)
In the weeks leading up to the November election — before Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump rallied in the polls, throwing what had looked since the debates like an easy win for Democrat Hillary Clinton up in the air — there was nearly as much chatter about the impending civil war in the Republican Party […]

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GOP consultant Dustin Olson stresses authenticity, ability to connect with stories

GOP political consultant Dustin Olson reflects on campaigns won and lost during an interview on Sept. 7, 2016, at a Denver coffee shop. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Republican political consultant Dustin Olson has been at the center of national politics and numerous local campaigns — he and his wife, Carolyn, just celebrated the 10th anniversary of Olson Strategies & Advertising, their Colorado-based firm — but it was a few days he spent touring Civil War battlefields and shopping at Wal-Mart with a […]

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