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New leadership for House Democrats

Hullinghorst to be Speaker; Duran is new majority leader
The Colorado Statesman

Except for the unanimous decision by the House Democratic caucus to designate Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Democrat from Boulder, to serve as the speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives for the 70th General Assembly — and that was indeed monumental — most of the remaining leadership elections on Nov. 14 more closely resembled minor intra-party squabbles where candidates vied for office, albeit with a heightened sense of congeniality.

Senate Republicans score majority status

Quarterback Bill Cadman says his team of 18 winners is ready to go on the offensive
The Colorado Statesman

There were plenty of high fives to go around at the Senate Republicans caucus last week as members of the GOP team rejoiced in having successfully punted the political football across the goal line for an 18-17 victory on the big Nov. 4 game day. At a Tuesday morning rehash of all the action, Sen. Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, was the consensus pick for MVP and tapped Senate president-designate. He will report to camp on Jan. 7 for opening day of the new legislative season.

Senate Dems urged to make lemonade out of lemons

...And don’t forget to add a little vodka, Sen. Nancy Todd jokingly advises
The Colorado Statesman

When Senate Democrats caucused on Nov. 15 to elect leadership for the 70th General Assembly, which convenes on Jan. 7, the tone of the meeting was hardly reminiscent of the past few years when they had majority status. Gone were the boisterous cheers and giddiness that ushered in the new Democratic majority back in 2004 and every session since then.

House Republicans elect leadership for session

DelGrosso reelected as minority leader; Conti ousted as caucus chair in three-way race where candidates discussed dietary needs of members
The Colorado Statesman

House Republicans were the first to hold their leadership elections, even though the exact size of their caucus was still undetermined several days after the Nov. 4 election. But the trend was apparent, and members came to grips that despite early returns, which actually showed them closing in on grabbing control of the House away from Democrats, they once again would be relegated to minority status. Democrats will control the chamber 34-31 in the new session.

GOP triumphs in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, stoking widespread discontent with President Barack Obama, toppled Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall on Tuesday, scoring the first major statewide win by a Colorado Republican in a dozen years.

“Is there anybody here from Yuma?” Gardner asked an ecstatic crowd packed into a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center at the state GOP’s election night party, referencing the small town on the Eastern Plains where his family has lived for generations. “Tonight, we shook up the Senate,” he shouted. “You shook up the Senate!”

Hick wins reelection amidst red tide

The Colorado Statesman

As the crowd that packed the West Foyer of the State Capitol on the morning after Election Day chanted “Four more years!” a smiling Gov. John Hickenlooper encouraged their cheers and then gave a hearty summation: “The voters of Colorado have spoken. What I want to express, first and foremost, is gratitude. We are incredibly grateful that we have earned a second term as Colorado’s governor.”

Congressional races favor incumbents; Buck wins CD 4; Coffman prevails in tough CD 6

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s congressional delegation kept the same partisan distribution — four Republicans and three Democrats — on Tuesday and every incumbent who sought reelection won another term, including U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, the Aurora Republican who triumphed by a wider than anticipated margin in the face of one of the most hard-fought challenges in the country from former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

Confidant Udall campaign predicted unsurpassed ground game would lead to victory in the end

Editor’s Note: On Nov. 3, the day before Election Day, Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign appeared confidant — at least publicly — of victory. Campaign manager Adam Dunstone was on record predicting that the final results of the contest between Udall and Republican challenger Cory Gardner probably would not be determined until at least a day after the polls closed since there would be so many late votes coming in on Nov. 4 despite the mail balloting that had begun three weeks previously.

He was wrong.

Hickenlooper supporters wait for their train to come in

…but the Election Night Express was running a little late in Union Station
The Colorado Statesman

Gathered at the newly redeveloped Union Station in downtown Denver after the polls closed Tuesday night, supporters were hopeful that Gov. John Hickenlooper would make his acceptance speech early in the evening before heading over to the Westin Hotel a few blocks away to celebrate with fellow Colorado Democrats.

GOP sweeps statewide seats for second election in a row

The Colorado Statesman

For the second election in a row, Republicans swept all three of Colorado’s statewide cabinet-level offices on Tuesday, scoring wins for attorney general, state treasurer and secretary of state.

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton won a second term, besting former U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey, the Democratic nominee, 50 percent to 44.9 percent. Libertarian David Jurist got 5.1 percent of the vote, according to returns posted at press time by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.