2014 Elections

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.

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.

Conflicting polls perplex Colorado politicos

The Colorado Statesman

Just over three weeks before mail ballots go out to Colorado voters, a pair of polls released this week said Republican Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner and gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez hold commanding leads over Democratic incumbents U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Gov. John Hickenlooper, marking a dramatic shift from previous polling that has shown the races too close to call.

But a flurry of other polls also released in the past week paint a different picture of the midterm electorate in the purple state, saying either that the races are toss-ups or that the Democrats are ahead.

Arapahoe County GOP high on full slate of candidates

The Colorado Statesman

Arapahoe County Republicans toasted an abundant slate of candidates and vowed to steer Colorado toward GOP victories this fall at the party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner on Saturday in Greenwood Village.

“We are going to turn this country around, we are going to turn this state around, and it’s all going to happen because of the work you are doing here in Arapahoe County,” said the GOP’s Senate nominee, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in a tight race that could determine which party controls the Senate.

Nonprofit groups host legislative barbecue

The Colorado Statesman

More than 300 clients, family members and caregivers involved with a host of nonprofit groups that serve Jefferson County had the chance to talk over plates of barbecue with lawmakers and candidates on Tuesday evening at the fairgrounds.

For the 12th year running, four large community service organizations — Developmental Disabilities Resource Center, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, the Seniors’ Resources Center and The Family Tree — invited those who benefit from their services and those who might have a say in how those services are delivered to share stories and talk policy.

Different positions, different leadership styles

The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — While they disagreed plenty about policy, the candidates on stage on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Club 20 gubernatorial debate differed most in the leadership styles they displayed.

Udall and Gardner agree on little in debate

The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, clashed over the federal government’s role in virtually every aspect of life in Colorado on Saturday, Sept. 6, at their first debate, before a crowd of nearly 1,000 at Western Slope advocacy group Club 20’s fall meeting.

Club 20 legislative debates run the gamut

The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — Club 20 sponsored seven legislative debates last Saturday punctuated with presentations from four candidates, three Republicans and one Democrat, who are running unopposed for re-election this year. The actual debates ranged from the overtly hostile to amiable exchanges between candidates who actually like each other. Breaks for the legislators running without opponents allowed the audience to refill their coffee cups and run to the restroom.

A sweet fundraiser for Hick in the heart of Grand Junction’s ‘Peach Country’

The Colorado Statesman

Deputy Attorney General Bernie Buescher, a former Democratic state representative and former secretary of state, and his wife Mary Beth hosted a fundraiser for Gov. John Hickenlooper in Grand Junction prior to the Club 20 debate Saturday afternoon. While Mesa County leans heavily Republican, 40 or 50 supporters of the Democratic incumbent enjoyed Palisade peaches and ice cream on a warm afternoon. The Governor arrived with several West Slope members of his cabinet, son Teddy and wife Helen Thorpe in tow.