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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJuly 19, 20175min530
Independent 2nd Congressional District candidate Nick Thomas (via Nick Thomas for Congress on Facebook)

 

You might say Nick Thomas is passionate about moderation. So much so, it inspired him to run for Congress as an independent.

The Boulder native launched his bid last week for the seat in Colorado’s Boulder-centric 2nd Congressional District — a decidedly Democratic expanse known perhaps for its independence though certainly not its moderation. Its very liberal, five-term incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis won’t seek re-election because he is running for Colorado governor. Democrat Joe Neguse, executive director of the state Department of Regulatory Agencies and a former University of Colorado regent, is the only declared candidate so far from either of the two major political parties and, by default, the presumed frontrunner.

Yet, the district’s leftward tilt doesn’t appear to deter the Thomas, an unaffiliated voter who contends his brand of centrism has an appeal that extends well beyond the partisan divide and is as much in demand in Boulder as it is across the country.

He told ColoradoPolitics.com in an email Tuesday:

I have also been officially endorsed by a number of prominent national voices, such as MLK III and Ambassador Andrew Young, who believe that an Independent in Congress is what is required in this moment given the venomous discourse and our complete political gridlock.  We have not had a true Independent in the House in more than 60 years … but if anyone can send one the Republic of Boulder and the majority unaffiliated of CD-2 in purple Colorado has reason to do so.

Thomas’s newly minted website echoes that sentiment:

The bar has been lowered, time and again, on both sides of our political system. The two parties have devolved into fighting each other, rather than fighting for anything important. It is time for the moderate majority to step in. It is time to restore respect, sanity, and representation of the people to our government, rather than simply following the charge of party leaders. It is time for Colorado to send a changemaker to disrupt the status quo.

The site also pledges:

Nick will work to bring the partisan tribes back to the middle where we, the moderate majority, still live and prosper.

Thomas posted his announcement speech on his Facebook page:

As ColoradoPolitics.com’s Ernest Luning reported last week, other Democrats considering a run for the 2nd include gun-control activists Shannon Watts and Ken Toltz, Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen, former Boulder Mayor Shaun McGrath and Loveland resident Howard Dotson. Prospective Republican contenders — always a long shot in a district that hasn’t elected one of their ilk to Congress in 40-plus years — include former House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, former state Rep. B.J. Nikkel (both from Loveland) and former Fort Collins City Councilman Gino Campana.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJune 15, 20172min100

…Courtesy of Colorado Peak Politics. The other day we cited Colorado Pols’ insights on which Republicans might want to vie for one of the longer shots in state politics — representing the GOP in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Jared Polis in the decidedly Democratic 2nd Congressional District. Citing “speculation,” Pols named state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, of Berthoud, and former state Rep. B.J. Nikkel, of Loveland as possible contenders for the CD 2 Republican nomination.

Peak reached out to Nikkel to confirm or deny: She more or less confirmed — that she’s seriously thinking about it:

“…I will be exploring a potential run and spending time over the next several weeks talking it over with my family, with trusted friends and seeking their advice.”

No word yet on whether Lundberg’s in.

Either would have an uphill climb of Himalayan proportion in trying to take the seat from the Democrats in the Boulder-centric district.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJune 13, 20173min100

…even if they don’t stand much of a chance of capturing the seat being vacated by five-term U.S. Rep. Jared Polis in the indelibly Democratic, Boulder-centered district. Still, thanks to Colorado Pols for profiling a couple of prospects for the GOP nomination in the upcoming race.

Polis of course has announced his intention to run for governor in 2018, and Democrats Joe Neguse and Ken Toltz already are vying for the chance to replace him. Others reportedly may want in.

Pols reports Republicans also are said to be eyeing their options in what would be an uphill battle to say the least:

With Polis now trading up, speculation for a Republican CD-2 challenger is focusing as of this writing on two possible candidates: state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, the arch-conservative state lawmaker who lost against Polis in 2012, and former state Rep. BJ Nikkel. Nikkel, who earned praise on both sides of the aisle for her support for civil unions legislation in 2012, was a major local proponent of now-President Donald Trump’s campaign — a gamble that could pay off now in the form of high-level support if she were to run for Congress, though it leaves her vulnerable with the anti-Trump majority of voters in general.

Lundberg continues to be one of the state GOP’s unflinchingly conservative standard bearers while Nikkel, as noted by Pols, has a penchant for departing from party orthodoxy. As Pols also points out, the GOP doesn’t think it really has a chance in the district no matter who its nominee turns out to be.


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Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 25, 201642min110

DENVER — Good day and welcome to the Hot Sheet revolution — the idea that you can get all your insider Colorado political news in one place without having to scour the Internet and wade through the political catacombs yourself, a process that would take you hours a day and leave you filthy and exhausted at best. Trust me, I know. So here it is, The Hot Sheet, cooked up just for you ... you're welcome. Today is the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary! For those of us growing up or living in the American West, it's a day that shares a special place in all our hearts. What a privilege to share the incredible beauty of our public lands! On August 25, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill into law to create the National Park Service to oversee the already-established national parks and “such other national parks and reservations of like character as may be hereafter created by Congress.” To the National Park Service, "Let the Eagle Soar"


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Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 16, 201651min130

VOL. 01 NO. 44 | MARCH 16, 2016 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2016 By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright _@JaredWright_ DENVER — Super Tuesday Round 3 is complete. Marco Rubio's biggest mistake: Rich Beeson, "The days of having to have 50 field staffers and 25 offices are done. We can have a field office and staff set up in a Starbucks with wireless and get just as much done as we can in a brick-and-mortar office with landlines." Words uttered by the Colorado native and Rubio's deputy campaign manager in October 2015. Also lost: Gubernatorial race for Bruce Benson in 1994 (organizational director), presidential race for Mitt Romney in 2012 (political director). Also, there was that legendary Rubio v. Paul bar fight incident ...


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Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 22, 201634min210

DENVER - Good morning, and welcome to The Hot Sheet, Colorado's premier daily political newsletter. Happy Monday, and remember we're all in this (Mondays) together: "I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessing on this house (the White House) and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof!" — John Adams Now your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline: Two major presidential endorsements last week — ICYMI, Gov. John Hickenlooper officially, officially, officially, officially ... after vacillating for several months (who can blame him), endorsed Hillary Clinton for POTUS, stating forColorado Public Radio's Colorado Matters Ryan Warner, "I look at all the candidates, Republicans, Democrats, I think that she's the only person who's ready to be president from day one."