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Urging students to register to vote

The Colorado Statesman

The head of the national Democratic Party helped urge students to register to vote on Monday at the Auraria campus in Denver, a key element of the party’s strategy to win races in competitive states.

“This is a mid-term election. We do have drop-off,” Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told The Colorado Statesman. “That’s why we’re focused on voter expansion.”

DNC Chairwoman talks up Markey for Treasurer

The Colorado Statesman

During a whirlwind 24 hours in Denver, Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz squeezed in a quick fundraiser for Colorado Democratic Treasurer candidate, Betsy Markey on Tuesday afternoon. The pair served together during Markey’s single term in Congress before she surrendered her Eastern Plains seat to Cory Gardner. Introduced by former Democratic legislator Bryan Jameson of Fort Collins, Markey then introduced her fellow Gatorland alumna and former colleague.

Campaigning for Romanoff in CD 6

The Colorado Statesman

Although Andrew Romanoff hadn’t quite turned 48 yet, some 500 supporters showed up on Saturday evening in Centennial to wish him a happy birthday in what has become a traditional fundraising opportunity for the Democrat, who is locked in one of the tightest congressional races in the country this year.

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Denver honors Elbra M. Wedgeworth with naming of the Municipal Building in Five Points
The Colorado Statesman

Tracy Winchester, who heads up the Five Points Business District, glanced around at the large and excited crowd gathered outside the old Denver health services building and invoked the image of the iconic Mr. Rogers. “It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood,” she declared simply.

And indeed it was.

Coffman hungry for victory in high stakes race

The Colorado Statesman

The skies smiled on the more than 400 supporters of U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman on Sunday as they gathered for what has become an annual tradition, a fundraising barbecue in the spacious Greenwood Village backyard of James and Joy Hoffman, who chairs the Arapahoe County Republican Party.

Donors feed coffers in CD 6 contest

Plus outside national groups fuel Coffman and Romanoff campaigns
Special to The Colorado Statesman

To understand the national importance of the 6th Congressional District matchup between incumbent GOP Rep. Mike Coffman and Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff, look no further than the money.

The Colorado race is ranked fifth in the nation in terms of money raised — $6.8 million through June 30 — by the candidates among the 435 U.S. House seats up for election Nov. 4.

And it’s one of only eight races in the nation where a challenger from the opposite party has raised more money than the incumbent.

Seasoned political fare at Legislative Barbecue

The Colorado Statesman

PUEBLO — It wasn’t exactly a political convention per se, but from the looks of this very large get together on Aug. 22, it could have been. Several hundred current, former and potentially future elected officials, lobbyists and well-connected (and hungry) guests packed into a large white tent at this annual event signifying the official start-up of the summer’s 11-day showcase for the agricultural engines that drive the state’s rural economy — the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.

The Battle in the 6th CD

Romanoff versus Coffman
The Colorado Statesman

The contenders in what could be the most closely fought congressional race in the country clashed over immigration, federal spending and campaign finance at their first debate on Thursday morning, but it was one candidate’s punt and the other’s fumble that drew the sharpest barbs from both sides.

Making sure the votes count

Arapahoe County is pilot site
The Colorado Statesman

Arapahoe County elections officials worked out the kinks this week on a new way to verify the vote count, one that should increase confidence in election results and will be adopted by most counties in Colorado within three years.

Carole King strikes the right chord for Democrats

The Colorado Statesman

The theme for a special Democratic fundraiser in Denver in late July by legendary songstress Carole King could have been “You’ve got a Friend,” the iconic song from 1971 that King wrote and included in her best-selling Tapestry album. Approximately 60 appreciative Democrats had the pleasure of hearing the sweet rendition by the Grammy Award-winning songwriter at a private event sponsored by the DNC Dialogue Forum Colorado.