Lars Gesing, Author at Colorado Politics

Lars GesingJanuary 10, 201638min83
For former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, that one day back in the fall of 2003 was just another pit stop on the Democratic primary campaign trail. His team had decided it was probably a good idea to stump in liberal Boulder County, Colorado. Dean obeyed. He stood outside the gates of the University of Colorado […]

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Lars GesingNovember 25, 201511min127
BOULDER — Flanked by a power lineup of some of Colorado’s most influential Democrats, including former U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and state House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Hillary Clinton made her first official campaign stop in this college town on Tuesday since announcing her current run for the White House. Speaking […]

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Lars GesingOctober 28, 201510min126
BOULDER — When you host a Republican presidential debate in what is often semi-jokingly called “The People’s Republic of Boulder,” you are going to get just that: a debate, and a passionate one at that. In the days leading up to Wednesday’s primetime event, progressive groups across the state and on the University of Colorado […]

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Lars GesingOctober 16, 20158min119
LAS VEGAS — If you thought Colorado had a prominent role in the most-recent Republican presidential debate — when the state’s marijuana laws prompted Jeb Bush to publicly confess his pot-smoking habits as a youth — the first Democratic debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday put the state in the national limelight on multiple fronts. […]

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Lars GesingOctober 13, 201510min120
MANCHESTER, N.H. — U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner joined a bipartisan parade of eight presidential candidates who heeded the cattle call of the nonprofit organization No Labels on Monday to take part in a day-long retreat devoted to “problem-solving” in a hotel in this New England town. Facing a crowd of about 1,500 undecided voters in […]

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Lars GesingSeptember 28, 201510min140
ELON, N.C. — They are Donald Trump’s raison d’être and cause for major Hillary Clinton headaches: Public opinion polls are the prime driver of much of the 2016 presidential campaign trail news. Media scholars semi-dismissively call such reporting “horse-race coverage.” Who’s ahead? Who’s behind? Who’s going to win? But as cable news anchors hyperventilate in […]

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Lars GesingAugust 10, 20156min119
The University of Colorado and CNBC will serve as hosts for a Republican presidential primary debate in Boulder on Oct. 28. Colorado Statesman contributor Lars Gesing was in Cleveland on Thursday to watch the frenzy unfold around the first GOP debate. CLEVELAND — Rosemary Flury sits on the patio of the Erie Island Coffee shop […]

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Lars GesingJuly 28, 201510min120
Ask yourself this question: When you go knock on your neighbor’s door, when you see your friends in a café in town, when you pick a new place to live — how much diversity do you encounter? Not very much, argues Bill Bishop. The journalist and author wrote “The Big Sort,” an observation of how […]

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Lars GesingJuly 24, 20156min126
Vice President Joe Biden came to Denver Tuesday afternoon to make a case for the Obama administration’s post-recession economic policies and affordable education as a key component of the nation’s economic recovery. He also touted the White House’s push for free community college education. “Six out of 10 jobs in the next decade require something […]

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