2018 Governor's race Archives - Colorado Politics

Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 8, 201812min261

When Noel Ginsburg was 5 years old, he began spending time working the manufacturing line at his father’s pickle business in Arvada and says he fell in love with it. By the time he was in college at the University of Denver in the late 1970s, his father had sold the business he’d thought might be his some day so Ginsburg set about coming up with something else to do.


Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 8, 20185min591
Sometimes you have to see your reflection, Colorado, to know what you look like. That was the case in the New York Times Sunday Review when op-ed columnist Frank Bruni reflected on the state of our political landscape. The piece, titled “The State Where Everyone Wants to be Governor,” is an interesting read for Mile […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 1, 20186min209
Erik Underwood Party: moderate Democrat Age: 38 Occupation: digital technology entrepreneur Family: Single Political experience: Ran for U.S. Senate in 2016 as a Republican This is a weekly feature to profile the candidates for governor as people, before we dig deeper into their politics as the race heats up.   Erik Underwood is a candidate […]

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Jessica MachettaDecember 24, 20173min3670

Former state treasurer and Democratic candidate for governor Cary Kennedy held a 25-hour “tweetstorm” Thursday, one tweet per hour for every new person that moves into Colorado, 25 each day.

Also this week, Kennedy unveiled her goal of improving the state’s transportation challenges and expanding broadband in rural areas.

“Growth is a top concern,” Kennedy said on Twitter. “My #CKplanforgrowth tackles issues like housing, transportation & protecting the Colorado we love.”

“Colorado has gone too long without preparing for growth,” she said in a press release. “Our deteriorating roads and inadequate transit systems hold our state back and cost us time and money. Our state is innovative and forward looking, but we haven’t made the necessary investments. I know as a working mom how frustrating it is when you miss dinner with your family because you’re stuck in traffic. We can do better.”

Kennedy’s four-tiered plan includes making Colorado affordable; protecting public lands and open spaces; investing in transportation, housing, water conservation, clean renewable energy and broadband; and standing up for middle-class families.

“I’ve watched Colorado’s population double since I was a kid,” Kennedy told Colorado Politics. “And now, forecasters are telling us it’s going to double again by the time my teenagers are my age.”

The political reality, however, is that she will have to pay for such goals and possibly wrangle support from moderates and Republicans, depending on which party holds majorities in the state House and Senate next year. That dynamic quickly fills lofty campaign promises with hot air.

While serving as chief financial officer for Denver, Kennedy helped start the city’s first affordable housing initiative, a plan she would make statewide if elected.

“People can’t afford to live in the communities where they grew up, and can’t afford to live in the communities where they work, so that’s added to our traffic congestion problem,” she said.


Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 28, 20173min843
After announcing a comprehensive plan for K-12 education in Colorado, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis hit the road last week to talk with teachers and thank them for all the sacrifices they make on behalf of kids in Colorado. Polis’ “Giving Thanks to Teachers” tour took him to Denver, Johnstown, Windsor, and Greeley. Polis, a Democrat, […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 27, 20174min314
Update: Eric Walker, spokesman for the state Democratic Party, provided Colorado Politics a statement about Underwood’s assertions: “Per our charter, the Colorado Democratic Party is neutral in open-seat Democratic primaries, and we take this requirement extremely seriously.” *********************** Original post: Erik Underwood thinks Colorado Democrats are pushing him out of the governor’s race much same […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 26, 20177min643

Steve Barlock might have entered the Colorado governor's race through the Donald Trump door, but he and his family delivered him there through the winding road of Colorado history. The Republican candidate's circle of influence over the course of his life is as broad and diverse as a Democrat could hope for, especially those who measure their Colorado life in years not generations.


Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 20, 20172min11760

Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin endorsed Tom Tancredo for governor at a fundraiser at a gun club in Colorado Springs Saturday night.

His campaign sent a press release about the endorsement, but it did not notify Colorado Politics about the event in advance.

“Tom and I go back 15 years and I have long identified as a Tom Tancredo supporter,” Malkin, who lives in Manitou Springs, is quoted as saying. “Tom is exactly what Colorado needs.”

The campaign said about 100 people “packed” into the Whistling Pines Gun Club-West for the event.

Tancredo is making his third run for governor, his second as a Republican, courting the party’s alt-right base. He decided to run for governor after the political organization VDARE was forced to cancel a conference in Colorado Springs next April, after the venue, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, pulled its contract under public pressure.

The organization has direct ties to the organizer of the Charlottesville, Va., rally over the removal of Confederate statue that turned deadly last August.

Tancredo was to be a featured guest at the Cheyenne Mountain resort event.

In the governor’s race Tancredo faces fellow Republicans Walker Stapleton, Doug Robinson, Victor Mitchell, Steve Barlock, Lew Gaiter, Greg Lopez, Cynthia Coffman and Jim Rundberg.

In 2010, Tancredo was the American Constitution Party candidate, where he finished second by Democrat John Hickenlooper, but beat the Republican nominee, Dan Maes. In 2014 he lost out in the Republican to Bob Beauprez.


Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 17, 20172min13150

My Insights column in the Colorado Politics magazine this week (online and in the Colorado Springs Gazette next week) examines the unexplained positions and curious start to Cynthia Coffman’s campaign. But Thursday, it got only more curious.

Clinton Soffer had been identified in political circles as her campaign manager suddenly wasn’t.

When Coffman officially announced her candidacy for governor on Nov. 8, the Denver Post reported, “To run her campaign, Coffman hired Clinton Soffer, the former regional political director for the National Republican Senate Committee, where he worked for Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, whom he helped elect in 2014.”

After I got a well-sourced tip Thursday that Soffer was no longer running the campaign, I reached out to Coffman’s campaign fundraiser Caroline Wren, who also is fielding calls to Coffman from the media this week.

“Clinton Soffer is a part of Team Cynthia, but he is not campaign manager and was never announced by our campaign as such,” said Wren.

I quickly responded and asked what his role is, then, whether the Denver Post had it wrong and whether the campaign had asked for a correction. And especially: Who is running the campaign, then?

Wren didn’t reply.

Earlier Thursday Wren asked me in a text message to submit all future questions to Coffman in writing via e-mail, after Wren said she thought she was speaking “on background” for a story posted Thursday about why Coffman missed the Republican Women of Weld gubernatorial forum Monday night in Fort Lupton. (She was flying back from a Republican Attorneys General Association meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.)

She told Corey Hutchins from the Colorado Independent that she would only take written questions from him, as well.

Soffer did not return a call asking for a comment.