2014 Elections

The ground game begins

Colorado Dems are experienced troopers in pre-election footwork; Republicans claim they’re now ready to send in their top offensive front
The Colorado Statesman

With three top-ticket races that each appear to be tight as a tick — the U.S. Senate contest between Democratic incumbent Mark Udall and his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner; Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and his challenger, former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez; and three-term U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s run against former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff — Republicans, Democrats and single-issue groups are pulling out all the stops in an effort to chase every ballot.

Denver Dems honor their own at Dinner

...And start on early get out the vote efforts
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Democrats honored party stalwarts and vowed to redouble efforts to turn out the vote — just days before mail ballots were set to go out — at the party’s sixth annual Edward M. Kennedy Dinner on Saturday night at the downtown Marriott.

With major races for the U.S. Senate, governorship and control of the state Senate up for grabs, officials again and again reminded party workers that they hold the direction of the state in their hands if they’re able to run up the totals and persuade voters to keep checking boxes down the ticket.

Udall, Gardner slug it out in feisty debate

The Colorado Statesman

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, his Republican challenger, sparred over healthcare, birth control, the economy and national security in a feisty, hour-long debate on Tuesday night in Denver, one of three debates between the Senate candidates this week, just days before mail ballots go out to Colorado voters.

Gubernatorial candidates debate goes to pot

Hickenlooper, Beauprez asked about Colorado’s model for legalized marijuana
The Colorado Statesman

Gubernatorial candidates John Hickenlooper, the Democratic incumbent, and former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, his Republican challenger, clashed over public safety questions and the state of Colorado’s economy at a debate in Denver on Monday, but it was an off-the-cuff quip by Hickenlooper about state voters’ decision to legalize marijuana that drew the most attention.

AG hopefuls face the Bars

Republican, Democrat, Libertarian candidates square off in debate
The Colorado Statesman

Three candidates for Attorney General engaged in a spirited debate before the Colorado Bar Association this week. David Williams, Libertarian, Cynthia Coffman, Republican, and Don Quick, Democrat, were afforded a three-minute opening, followed by a series of questions submitted from various interest group bar associations. Fred Brown, former columnist and editor with The Denver Post now teaching journalism ethics at the University of Denver, served as moderator.

Hickenlooper, Beauprez duke it out in debate

Clash over style and substance
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican challenger Bob Beauprez shook hands on stage Tuesday night when the Democrat proposed that their two campaigns swear off negative ads, but both candidates swung hard at each other during the rest of an hour-long debate in Denver.

Romney hypes Beauprez — no surprise

Former candidate for president rallies for former (and current) candidate for guv
The Colorado Statesman

Throughout the 2012 presidential campaign across Colorado, former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez routinely stumped for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and this week the former Massachusetts governor returned the favor, rallying a crowd of supporters on Monday at Heritage High School in Littleton for Beauprez and the GOP ticket in the state.

Outside groups dwarf candidates' contributions in guv's race

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has raised nearly four times as much as Bob Beauprez, his Republican challenger.

But the financial heft of the Republican Governors Association and Beauprez himself could render the incumbent’s fundraising lead moot.

In fact, outside spending by the RGA, the Democratic group Making Colorado Great and potentially others will likely ultimately overshadow spending by the two candidates.

National GOP chief in town

The Colorado Statesman

The leader of the national Republican Party rallied supporters in Colorado on Wednesday and said that the GOP’s efforts to “be a national party that’s everywhere, all the time, in every community around the country” are paying off.

“You are all at the epicenter of not just having a great midterm but of laying the groundwork of saving this country and putting a Republican in the White House in 2016,” RNC chairman Reince Priebus told a standing-room-only crowd of several hundred gathered at state party headquarters in Greenwood Village. “And it happens right here.”

Romanoff, Coffman throw punches in spirited CD 6 match up

The Colorado Statesman

An aggressive Andrew Romanoff jabbed continuously at U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman during the candidates’ third formal debate on Tuesday night in Denver, criticizing the incumbent Republican for everything from opposing birth control methods throughout his lengthy political career to attacks on the Democratic challenger’s Ivy League education.