2010 Political Campaigns

Suthers, Dem challenger clash on role of AG

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The two lawyers vying to be Colorado next’s attorney general clashed Tuesday over the role of the office at a debate before a business group in Centennial. John Suthers, the Republican incumbent seeking his second full term, and Democrat Stan Garnett, the Boulder County district attorney challenging him, each accused the other of wanting to expand the scope of the state position in ways they said should concern voters.

One legal hurdle down, about a dozen more to go

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Last week’s ruling that Tom Tancredo could stay on the ballot as a gubernatorial candidate meant Secretary of State Bernie Buescher had one less legal case on his plate. That only leaves about another dozen left.

A political pulse on CD 1 race

DeGette challenged by GOP doc

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The 1st Congressional District candidates, Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette and Republican challenger Dr. Mike Fallon, might agree on their diagnoses of economic and health care ailments — but they each recommend very different cures.

Senate debate divisive — from the candidates to the cheering sections

Bennet stresses his Colorado values; Buck portrays Senator as Washingtonian

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Divisive sums up the second U.S. Senate debate between Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican candidate Ken Buck that drew several hundred folks to the Centennial Hall auditorium on Friday evening in El Paso County. The exchange between Buck and Bennet was cordial compared to the cheering — and booing — fans mostly seated in separate sections in the Pikes Peak Center.

Tancredo remains on ballot

Now campaign aims to soften up Maes supporters

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

An attempt to force American Constitution Party candidates Tom Tancredo and Pat Miller off the November ballot came to an end Tuesday, when Denver District Court Judge William H. Hood ruled in their favor. And on the same day, the Tancredo campaign unveiled its first TV ad that attacked Tancredo’s Republican opponent, Dan Maes.

Maes encounters stony silence at Club 20 debate

By Ellen Miller
WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — After loud partisans in the 3rd Congressional District debate had shaken the rafters at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, Club 20’s gubernatorial debate between Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and newcomer Dan Maes was a quiet, staid affair.

Race in CD 3 is rematch for Salazar, Tipton

By Ellen Miller
WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — Four years after their first debate on Club 20’s fall stage, John Salazar and Scott Tipton went at it again in their race for the 3rd Congressional District to a crowd both bigger and more boisterous.

Casso hopes to jump over Hoopes for third term

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Voters in House District 32, which is in Adams County, have never elected a Republican. Kaarl Hoopes is hoping to be the first. But he’ll have to get past a two-term Democrat whose campaign contributor list reads like a who’s who of Colorado Democratic Party activists, legislators, political action committees and lobbyists.

Buck, Bennet break along traditional partisan lines

By Ellen Miller
WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — The political theater started early for the highly anticipated debate between Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. and Republican challenger Ken Buck.

Legislative contests provide fodder for Club 20

By Ellen Miller
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

GRAND JUNCTION – One of the hazards for political candidates who stray too far toward their party’s extremes is figuring out how to “walk back” some of what they said to win primaries.