2010 Political Campaigns

Ballot certified for governor’s race

By Jody Hope Strogoff & Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

With high stakes developments continuing to pop up in Colorado’s high drama race for governor, it behooves us to step back a moment and look at where things are since last week’s ballot certification of Republican nominee Dan Maes.

Follow the money — or lack of it — in governor’s race

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

For a crystal ball forecast of the governor’s race, follow the money in the campaign finance reports filed Sept. 7 by Democratic candidate Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Republican challenger Dan Maes and American Constitution Party warrior Tom Tancredo. Perhaps predictable, Hickenlooper trounced his opponents in fundraising, adding another $411,212 to his war chest. More surprising was Tancredo garnering $198,820 — four times the $50,201 that trickled into Maes’ coffers.

Payday lenders hosted fundraiser for Suthers

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

More than $9,000 of the campaign donations John Suthers collected from representatives of the payday lending industry actually came from their June fundraiser for the attorney general’s campaign.

Tancredo throws caution to the wind as campaign for governor takes off

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

ERIE — Perched at the edge of a small airport, within sight of an airplane built by his running mate’s husband, Tom Tancredo officially launched his third-party gubernatorial bid aloft with a promise that his month-old candidacy on the American Constitution Party ticket can land him in the Governor’s Mansion.

Business going to the dogs due to tight credit market

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

DENVER — Sen. Michael Bennet brushed a dog last week to help make his point that Senate Republicans should stop blocking legislation aimed at freeing up credit for small businesses.

AG, Democratic challenger clash in debate

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The two candidates vying for the attorney general post on the November ballot squared off again this week, this time on a debate that was televised Friday evening.

Candidates for governor debate schedule

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado voters could have as many as eight more chances to see the three top gubernatorial candidates spar before the November election.

Defiant Maes stays in race as state GOP, top business leaders pull support

By Jody Hope Strogoff and Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In the face of increasing pressure to drop out, Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes on Friday vowed to stay in the race through the November election. A defiant Maes said he’s “proud to say I’m in it to win it” despite losing the support of numerous influential Republicans, including Senate candidate Ken Buck, who withdrew his endorsement of Maes on Friday afternoon.

Salazar boosts Bennet

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, wearing his trademark cowboy hat, appears Aug. 29 in front of his old campaign headquarters at East 11th Avenue and Bannock Street in Denver to rally volunteers in support of Sen. Michael Bennet. Salazar, who held Bennet's Senate seat before departing for the Obama administration, endorsed his successor last week following his win in the Democratic primary against former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

Gov race has 2 unaffiliated candidates on ballot

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Long odds and meager press coverage aren’t slowing two unaffiliated gubernatorial candidates who predict the currents of this year’s political climate will break in their favor in November.