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InnerView with Pat Schroeder

By Jody Hope Strogoff & Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Pat Schroeder — a Denver Democrat who served 12 terms in Congress and was briefly a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary in 1988 — was in town last week for the annual conference of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, an organization she chairs. Schroeder also was the keynote speaker last week at a luncheon celebrating the 40th anniversary of Colorado Common Cause.

InnerView with Ben Goss

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo announced Monday that he is going to run for governor of Colorado on the American Constitution Party ticket. The party’s current nominee is Ben Goss, who told The Colorado Statesman that he plans to withdraw from the race this week so that a vacancy can name a replacement.

InnerView with Tom Tancredo

American Constitution Party candidate for governor

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Tom Tancredo, a former five-term Republican congressman from Littleton and one-time presidential candidate, this week switched his party affiliation to the American Constitution Party and announced a gubernatorial bid. The Colorado Statesman caught up with Tancredo for a half-hour interview over the phone on Tuesday as he was headed to the Secretary of State’s office to file paperwork for his run.

InnerView with Michael Bennet

By Jody Hope Strogoff & Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet — who was appointed to fill Ken Salazar’s seat in January 2009 by Gov. Bill Ritter when Salazar took over at the Department of Interior — is facing a primary challenge from former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. Prior to serving in the Senate, Bennet was superintendent of Denver Public Schools, chief of staff to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, and a corporate turnaround specialist for Colorado billionaire Phil Anschutz.

InnerView with Andrew Romanoff

By Jody Hope Strogoff & Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Andrew Romanoff — who represented a southeast Denver state house district from 2001 through 2008 and was speaker of the House for his last two terms — is challenging appointed Sen. Michael Bennet for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in the August 10 primary. Romanoff announced his bid in September 2009. He won a caucus-night straw poll of Democrats and took top line for the primary ballot at the state assembly, beating Bennet by more than 20 percent of the delegate vote.

InnerView with Jane Norton

By Jody Hope Strogoff & Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Jane Norton, who served from 2003 through 2006 as Colorado’s lieutenant governor during Gov. Bill Owens’ second term, is running for the Republican nod for U.S. Senate against Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck. Norton announced her bid in September 2009 and for much of the race has been considered the front-runner for the nomination. After placing a close second to Buck in a straw poll held at GOP precinct caucuses in March, Norton decided to bypass the assembly process and petition her way onto the August primary ballot. Last month, the Colorado secretary of state certified her for the ballot with roughly twice the number of signatures required.

InnerView with Ken Buck

By Jody Hope Strogoff & Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Ken Buck, elected Weld County district attorney since 2004, is vying for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate against former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton. Buck announced his bid in April 2009 and briefly considered dropping out of the race last fall when Norton said she would run. Since then, he won a straw poll held at Republican precinct caucuses in March. After Norton decided to skip the assembly process and petition her way onto the ballot, Buck went on to win top line on the primary ballot after taking 77 percent of the delegates at the Republican state assembly. A Denver Post/9News poll released last week showed Buck leading Norton 53 percent to 37 percent among likely Republican voters.

InnerView with Andrew Romanoff

By Jody Hope Strogoff & Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Andrew Romanoff, the former speaker of the state House, is challenging U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate this year. Bennet was appointed to the office in January of 2009 when Ken Salazar accepted the appointment as Secretary of the Interior.

InnerView with Josh Penry

By Jason Kosena and Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry is taking a unique approach toward winning the Republican primary for governor against former Congressman Scott McInnis and businessman Dan Maes.

Instead of approaching the state’s GOP faithful with rousing accolades for the Republican Party, the 33-year-old Grand Junction resident is taking a more critical approach to his party’s direction during the last 10 years and, not surprisingly, the people who were at its helm during the time.

InnerView with Scott McInnis

By Jason Kosena and Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

When it comes to running campaigns, Republican Scott McInnis isn’t new to the game.