2008 Political Campaigns

McCain courts Colorado women’s votes

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

DENVER — When Republican presidential candidate John McCain strode onto the stage in the Sheraton Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, he was greeted by hundreds of screaming, whistling and applauding women.

Obama campaign hits the ground rewriting

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

“Today, Democrats and Republicans in Washington have agreed on an emergency rescue plan that is our best and only way to prevent an economic catastrophe.”

That’s what Sen. Barack Obama had planned to tell his audience of about 2,500 at a rally at Mountain Range High School in Westminster last Monday morning, according to the text of prepared remarks the Obama campaign already had sent to reporters.

GOP, Dems exchange fraud accusations

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado is a critical swing state in the presidential election, and the battle for votes between the Democratic and Republican parties is escalating here.

And, as voter registration drives escalate, cries of “foul play” are being heard from both major political parties.

Both state parties held press conferences Sept. 24 alleging irregularities in voter registration in Colorado.

Ballot measures create daunting task

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado voters will face the longest ballot in the United States this election. That’s because in addition to offering choices for president, U.S. senator and various state and local officials, our ballot is burdened with an overwhelming 18 ballot questions.

Business, labor locked in negotiations over ballot

by John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It all comes down to money.

That’s reportedly been the sticking point in negotiations between labor officials and business leaders over ongoing talks aimed at killing four union-backed ballot measures that, many politicians and business members fear, would “decimate” Colorado’s economy.

Ritter blamed for labor vs. business ballot standoff

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

State Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, blamed Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter for the ongoing fight between labor unions and business leaders over several contentious ballot measures.

14,000 cheer Obama in Pueblo

McCain boisterously booed

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

PUEBLO — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told a southern Colorado crowd that the debacle on Wall Street proves that Republican policies over the past eight years have, “shredded consumer protections, loosened oversight and regulation and encouraged outsized bonuses for CEOs while ignoring middle-class Americans.

Obama West Slope visit breaks long Dem drought

By Ellen Miller
COLORADO STATESMAN WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — Barack Obama took his campaign’s strategy of targeting Colorado into the heart of Republican country Monday and energized a crowd of nearly 6,000 people jammed into the Cross Orchards Living History Farm.

Obama is the first Democratic presidential candidate to speak in Grand Junction since President Harry S. Truman’s whistle-stop train campaign in 1948.

Obama’s economic message gets noticed

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

GOLDEN — Way back in March, Sen. Barack Obama delivered a speech near Manhattan’s Wall Street in which he presented a six-point plan to tighten regulation of the U.S. economy and strengthen financial oversight. The ink on the government’s contract to bail out Bear Stearns was barely dry, but hardly anyone paid attention to the wonky details of Obama’s plan.

Palinmania rules Jefferson County

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The most famous hockey mom in Alaska appeared before 5,000 ecstatic Republicans at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Monday and declared that she and Republican presidential candidate John McCain intended to “shake things up in Washington.”