2018 election Archives - Colorado Politics
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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 19, 20173min230
Colorado is open to the idea of voting for candidates who don’t have a party, according to a survey released Thursday by the Centrist Project Institute. The survey indicates 85 percent of Coloradans would consider candidates who don’t belong to a party, and 53 percent don’t like the way Democrats and Republicans are running the […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 13, 20174min11310
Walker Stapleton
Walker Stapleton is the latest candidate to join the 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett/Colorado Springs Gazette)

 

Aha, Colorado voters got their first official look at Walker Stapleton’s direct and immediate donors Thursday, if they have no life and they were reading the Colorado Secretary of State’s website at 6:45 p.m., when it showed up.

And there’s $250,000 that the state treasurer is putting into his own race for governor, even though indications are he’ll be generously supported by the well-known state Republicans.

The disclosure is the product of a goof.

In 2016 House Bill 1282 was meant to require daily reporting on late-game donations in school board races, but when it became law it inadvertently looped in statewide races. As a result, candidates for governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer have to immediately send in their donations of more than $1,000 instead of putting them on a single comprehensive report of donors due in January.

The governor hasn’t called a special session to fix it.

Stapleton’s alleged super-PAC is unquestionably packed with cash

Stapleton has turned in a handful of $1,000-and-up donations since he started fundraising on Oct. 1, including one from car dealer Mike Shaw at $1,150, but the big piece of pie was his own contribution to the race. He officially announced his intention to run just about three weeks ago, which Colorado Politics was the first to report.

“Walker is committed to beating Congressman (Jared) Polis and saving hardworking Colorado families from the Congressman’s inane plans to run the energy industry out of Colorado and force all Coloradans onto government-run healthcare,” his campaign consultant Michael Fortney told Colorado Politics Thursday night.

“Walker has a strong grassroots organization, a proven ability to raise the funds necessary to win in November, and the commitment to invest his own money to protect our state.”

He faces a large field of Republicans before he would have the chance to face Polis, the sitting U.S. House member, who has his own crowded primary to contend with.

Stapleton faces Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, entrepreneur Victor Mitchell, retired investment banker Doug Robinson among a total of seven primary opponents.

Polis has eight opponents in the Democratic primary for office being vacated by Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is term-limited. The field includes Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy and former state Sen. Michael Johnston.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 12, 20175min1021
Here’s something I bet you haven’t heard anywhere else: The Colorado House and Senate each could flip next year. OK, maybe you’ve heard half that. The Republicans hold just a one-seat edge in the 35-member Senate, which will see 17 seats on the ballot next year. But the House? Democrats enjoy a nine-seat majority in […]

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