Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 18, 20189min449

TREASURER HUNT ... There are six Republicans running for state treasurer, and if current trends continue, primary voters could have nearly that many to choose from in June. Two of the candidates — Denver businessman Brian Watson and state Rep. Polly Lawrence of Roxborough Park — have turned in petitions, which are awaiting verification but were both gathered with the assistance of top-notch firms, so chances are decent they'll both make the ballot.


Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 1, 20182min1844

Arn Menconi is the political scrapper of the high country, and it looks like he’ll start his congressional race in a tussle with local leaders of his own party.

What did he expect?

Menconi was the Green Party’s candidate against U.S, Sen. Michael Bennet in 2016, draining off 1.3 percent that could have mattered, if Republican nominee Darryl Glenn could have gotten closer than 5.6 percent. Of course, Libertarian Lily Tang Williams collected 3.6 percent and some of those conservative votes could have helped Glenn.

Colorado Politics told you Tuesday that Menconi hopes to be the Democratic nominee to take on incumbent Scott Tipton of Cortez in November. But first he has to beat former state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush of Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs city attorney Karl Hanlon in the Democratic primary.

When the former Eagle County commissioner asked the Pitkin County Democratic Party to put his announcement on its website, it didn’t go well with chairman Howard Wallach, judging by the exchange Menconi shared on his Facebook page Wednesday.

Wallace lectured him on campaign strategy and reminded Menconi he’s not running against Donald Trump or Tipton, but should seek to set himself apart from Mitsch Bush.

You can check out the exchange by clicking here.

“Not very democratic of the Democrats don’t you don’t you think?” Menconi said in his post. “Pitkin is Aspen the supposed most liberal place in Colorado. Yeah Right?! Sending to Papers. Thank you Harry.”

Editor’s note: This blog was updated to correct Karl Hanlon’s name.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 16, 20187min1659

Russians intending to influence the 2016 presidential election targeted Colorado and other swing states as part of a multi-million dollar operation to "sow discord" among Americans while helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to an indictment released Friday naming 13 Russians and three Russian organizations.


Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 14, 20183min2539

Democratic Colorado Senate District 15 candidate Rebecca Cranston released her first campaign video to coincide with Loveland’s role in celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Because it has love in its name, Loveland is called the Sweetheart City. Each year since 1947 love letters from all over the world have been remailed from the city in Senate District 15 to bear the the postmark from the land of love.

Cranston got her friends and campaign supporters to star in the video.

“I am proud of this video and grateful for the support of a wide array of northern Coloradans who are looking for an energetic and committed candidate who can win this seat,” she said.

“There are a number of critical issues before the Colorado State Senate that impact our special quality of life in northern Colorado. I am looking forward to being a strong and inclusive voice for solution-oriented and compassionate representation.”

Cranston is a third generation Coloradan who lives i Larimer County. She said her grandmother was born and lived in Northern Colorado including Loveland and Longmont. She is the executive director of the Northern Colorado AIDS Project.

Cranston’s friends in the video, in order of appearance are Judith Powers, Tim Wormus,
Matt Merolli, Judy Sanchez, Dara Ector, Bob Bongiovanni, Neil Breslau, Jacqueline Trice, Joe Werne, Holly Herson, Kimberly Chambers, Stephanie Pas Hamill, Carrie Ann Lucas, Susan Janty, Jim Janty, Stacia Ryder and Nate Donovan.

Cranston is running for running for the seat being vacated by Kevin Lundberg, a Republican who is running for state treasurer. She faces Ralph Trenary in the primary for the chance to meet the winner among GOP candidates Nic Morse and Rob Woodward.

Cranston is out to an impressive fundraising lead in the Democratic primary, with $7,322 in donations to Trenary’s $2,810 as of the last report a month ago, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. In the Republican race, however, Woodward has taken in $36,473 to Morse’s $1,761.

Cranston cited her “fireside chats” throughout the district, as well as her Sept. 1 campaign kickoff event at Big Thompson Brewing in Loveland.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 13, 20188min1251

Republican state Rep. Justin Everett handily won a straw poll conducted Monday night after a bipartisan forum for state treasurer candidates at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood. The three-term lawmaker from Littleton, nicknamed "Justin Neverett" and "Dr. No" for his penchant to vote against legislation, led the 10 candidates on the ballot with 34.9 percent of the vote.