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State GOP Chairman Call reelected to second term

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Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call easily fended off a spirited challenge from former Douglas County GOP chairman Mark Baisley in a bid to win reelection as head of the state GOP on Saturday at the party’s biennial reorganizational meeting at Cherry Creek High School.

Colorado Dems happy to be blue at JJ Dinner

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Speaker after speaker at the Colorado Democrats’ annual Jefferson Jackson dinner remarked that the program didn’t last much more than a half hour or so back in the late 1990s, when there was a distinct paucity of elected Democrats in the state. But Saturday’s event kept going and going, eventually lasting close to three hours, as speakers nearly ran out of breath thanking everyone who helped keep Colorado blue in the last election.

Colorado Republicans laud Hank Brown

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Energized Republicans honored former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown as a “leader’s leader” and a “gentleman’s gentleman,” bestowing him with a bust of Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday he shares, at the state GOP’s annual Centennial Dinner on Friday in Greenwood Village.

“When people say, ‘What’s it like to know Hank Brown in Colorado politics,’ it’s sort of like breathing oxygen — it’s something you’ve always done and always known,” said Secretary of State Scott Gessler.

Speakers of the House pay tribute to one of their own

Carl ‘Bev’ Bledsoe respected by both sides of the aisle
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Eight former speakers of the Colorado House of Representatives and current Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, on Monday paid tribute to late Speaker Carl Beverly “Bev” Bledsoe during a heartwarming tribute in the House chamber, in which Bledsoe — the longest serving speaker in state history — was remembered as being a tough conservative who held the utmost respect for the democratic process.

‘Over zealous’ supporters point out GOP chair candidates’ frailties

Ryan Call’s tickets and Mark Baisley’s foreclosure used to smear candidates in otherwise above-board contest
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Colorado Republicans meet this weekend to elect a state chairman in the wake of last November’s resounding losses at the polls and both announced candidates say the GOP needs to undergo a massive overhaul in order to compete with what they both acknowledge is a superior Democratic organization.

‘Imperfect’ candidates for GOP state chair strive to do their best

Republicans Ryan Call and Mark Baisley overcome personal demons; Democrat Palacio escapes attacks
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Is a smear on one’s character negated by a similar smear on an opponent?

We’ll find out this weekend when incumbent state Republican chair Ryan Call seeks a second term against challenger Mark Baisley, a former chair of the local Douglas County GOP.

Supporters of the two have each publicized unflattering personal frailties against the other — Call’s arrest in Idaho Springs on a failure-to-appear warrant for a speeding ticket two years ago, and Baisley’s foreclosure on his home over the last few years.

RNC chief acknowledges party problems

Priebus meets with press after closed door meeting with Hispanics
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The head of the national Republican Party said on Monday in Denver that the GOP needs to maintain a more consistent presence among communities that rejected the party by wide margins in the last election and that six-month campaigns won’t cut it any longer in an era when Democrats don’t take a break from organizing.

Political power of women and Latinos on the rise

Legislative breakfast highlights progress
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The rise of Latino political power is a seismic change that took centuries to build, according to former Rep. Gloria Leyba, who spoke at Tuesday’s 24th Annual Colorado Women’s Legislative Breakfast.

The annual breakfast is sponsored by a host of groups that focus on women’s issues. Close to 300 attended the Tuesday morning gathering, which also featured a legislative panel that discussed how they got where they are.

Statesman sweeps CPA editorial awards

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If our readers will bear with me for this instance of personal privilege, I would like to congratulate The Statesman staff for once again winning the Editorial Sweepstakes Award in this year’s Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Our newspaper captured a record 24 awards this year, and received the top sweepstakes award for editorial coverage for the second year in a row.