Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 11, 20184min1231

Larimer County Republican Nic Morse is withdrawing from the race for the Senate District 15 seat held by term-limited state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, who is seeking the GOP nomination for state treasurer, Colorado Politics has learned. Morse, a marketing executive and the 2016 Republican nominee for the congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, said his decision was due to poor fundraising and tepid support within the party. His move leaves fast-food restaurant owner Rob Woodward as the only GOP candidate running for the heavily Republican seat.

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJuly 19, 20174min1154

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 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’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.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 10, 201615min557

Saying he wanted signs of support from his Republican colleagues before he agreed to continue serving on the Colorado legislature's Joint Budget Committee, that's what state Rep. Bob Rankin of Carbondale received during a party leadership caucus at the state Capitol Thursday, Nov. 10. Rankin, who has been the House GOP member on the JBC for the last two years, faced a challenge from state Rep.-elect Susan Beckman, who defeated Democrat Robert Bowen for the District 38 seat two days earlier in the general election. Rankin and Beckman were both nominated for the JBC slot and Rankin was declared the winner after a secret paper ballot.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 18, 201612min1011

On a strictly party line vote, the Colorado Legislative Council Committee killed a proposed bill that called for the transfer of billions of dollars in state sales tax revenue to help fund transportation projects across the state. But the opposite of what traditionally occurs when it comes to spending tax dollars took place. Nine Democrats voted against the proposal and nine Republicans voted to move it forward on Friday, Oct. 14, which prevents the measure from proceeding. Usually, Republicans will oppose such spending measures and Democrats will be the ones in favor.


Sarah KutaSeptember 15, 201612min390

Growing up on a small farm in north Missouri, Hugh McKean had to figure out how to fix things because his family couldn’t afford to replace them. If McKean, a Republican, defeats Democrat Jody Shadduck-McNally in the Colorado House District 51 race this November, he says he plans to bring that same common-sense mentality to the state Legislature. “A lot of it was just intuitively figuring out how things ought to work or what might be a better solution,” McKean said. “It was common sense. It’s not that I see a ton of that lacking, I just see the potential for it to be lacking.”