Legislative News

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.

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.

Complaints filed against various candidates

The Colorado Statesman

’Tis the season for complaints against candidates, and they’re flying fast and furiously, particularly in high-profile races in this swing state.

Just this week, state Democrats and a conservative pressure group logged complaints aimed at the two major party Senate candidates, alleging violations of congressional rules, federal regulations and general decency.

Working to retain a Democratic U.S. Senate

The Colorado Statesman

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker dazzled a standing-room-only crowd of Democrats in northeast Denver on Saturday with some tart observations about a Republican candidate named Cory in an effort to pump up enthusiasm for Colorado Sen. Mark Udall.

United against Udall on late abortions

The Colorado Statesman

Agroup of pro-life organizations headlined by former U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave called on Colorado’s Democratic senators to back a bill that would restrict abortions at a rally on Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Musgrave, currently the vice president of government affairs for the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, urged Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, who is locked in a close race with Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, to back the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the House last year with Gardner’s support.

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.

Compromise struck on ballot initiatives

The Colorado Statesman

The last minute compromise announced on Aug. 4 by Gov. John Hickenlooper that resulted in the withdrawal of four controversial ballot initiatives related to oil and gas drilling was contingent upon a series of domino type actions among the key players in Colorado’s fracking battle. By the end of the week, all had been accomplished — to various degrees of satisfaction — and Coloradans will be spared the assaults and counter assaults in what was potentially a $20 million election year all-out war.

Hick raked over the coals for his pipeline remark

The Colorado Statesman

The oil and gas industry leaders who filled the ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday were avid to hear Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper discuss the deal unveiled earlier this week to head off a clash at the ballot box over hydraulic fracturing, but it was an off-hand comment about the Keystone XL pipeline that set off a frenzy of denunciation from Hickenlooper’s political opponents.