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Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 13, 20174min218

There won't be two Georges running for Colorado attorney general after all. Saying he believes it's important for the GOP to "consolidate behind one candidate" for attorney general, George Leing, Colorado's Republican National Committeeman and a former congressional candidate, announced Monday that he won't be joining one-time gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler in the race.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 12, 20173min7280

The second-in-command of the Denver District Attorney’s office, Ryan Brackely, is endorsing Michael Dougherty in the Colorado attorney general’s race, Dougherty’s campaign says.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Michael for his entire legal career and it is a true honor to endorse him to be our next attorney general of Colorado,” Brackley said in a statement. “As someone who has worked alongside Michael both in the attorney general’s office and in our roles as assistant district attorneys I can say with confidence that Michael is the most qualified person in this race and will lead the office with integrity and passion.”

Dougherty is a former assistant state attorney general who is now an assistant prosecutor in Jefferson County.

“Michael came to this state to make a difference in our criminal justice system, when he was asked to lead the Justice Review Project and later the criminal division for the AG’s office,” Brackley continued. “Not only did Michael’s work lead to the exoneration of an innocent man but his leadership was felt across the state as prosecutors came together to insure the right thing had been done. Michael continues to influence our state from his current role, through his actions in Jefferson and Gilpin counties to his testimony on Capitol Hill – Michael has made a continued effort to ensure that the right thing is done. We are extremely fortunate to have Michael in this race – he will be the attorney general our state needs.”

Dougherty also released a statement:

“Ryan and I have known each other since our days in the Manhattan DA’s office and he enjoys reminding me often that he got to Colorado before I did. Together we have worked on various issues relating to criminal justice reform and progressive policies to help Coloradans and protect our way of life here. Ryan has been an early supporter and continues to encourage me in this race – something which I cannot underscore the importance of. Our team continues to grow and I am very humbled to have the support of my peers from across the state.”

Dougherty is one of four Democrats in the primary, joining former University of Colorado law school dean Phil Weiser, Denver attorney Brad Levin, federal prosecutor Amy Padden and state Rep. Joe Salazar.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 3, 20179min13970

Cole Wist, Colorado's assistant House Republican leader, says he’s “thinking seriously” about running for state attorney general in next year's election if GOP incumbent Cynthia Coffman decides to run for governor, and he expects to announce his plans within weeks, he told Colorado Politics. Coffman said months ago she was weighing a bid for governor rather than run for a second term but has yet to declare her intentions.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningOctober 3, 20174min14280

Democratic attorney general candidate Phil Weiser broke a record he set in the last fundraising quarter, raking in $368,000 for the quarter that ended Sept. 30, his campaign announced Tuesday. It's more money than any attorney general candidate has raised in a quarter since the imposition of strict campaign finance limits on Colorado races following the 2002 election cycle.