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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandApril 20, 20186min154

If the "blue wave" that some predict is coming crashes ashore in Colorado, Democrats want to make sure their candidates don't miss out on a single legislative race. The state Democratic Party announced Friday it has placed candidates in every state House and Senate race. The party hasn't fielded candidates in every race in at least the last four elections and likely going back plenty of years before that.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirApril 12, 20183min4270

It’s not often you see the Democratic Party intentionally driving traffic to Fox News. But the right-leaning network’s coverage of this week’s surprise announcement by GOP gubernatorial front-runner Walker Stapleton evidently created enough of an impression of “chaos” — Fox News’ word — in Colorado Republican ranks that it rated a press release from state Democratic spokesman Eric Walker.

You’ll recall Stapleton on Tuesday withdrew the petitions he’d submitted to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office to land a spot on the GOP primary ballot. He accused the firm that gathered signatures for him of engaging in “fraudulent conduct” and lying about it to his campaign as well as to state officials. Stapleton said he instead would try to qualify for the primary by seeking support from GOP delegates at the state party assembly in Boulder this Saturday.

The announcement was startling enough to make the national news cycle and land on Fox News’ radar, which in turn got Walker’s attention. His press release was headlined, “Fox News Calls Stapleton’s Petition Fraud a ‘Political Earthquake’ in Prime-Time National Report,” and led with, “Stapleton’s petition fraud scandal is making national news. Watch this segment on Stapleton’s signature fiasco from Fox News’s flagship prime-time broadcast, Special Report with Bret Baier …”

Of course, to whatever extent the Stapleton camp hoped to garner praise for doing the ethical thing — Tuesday’s announcement was an about-face; the campaign previously had stood by the petitions — there was no mention of that angle in Walker’s mass e-missive.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 16, 20187min1468

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.


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyFebruary 8, 20182min427

The Aurora City Council is a non-partisan body, but that won’t stop the Colorado Democratic Party from celebrating the three newly-elected progressive women on the dais.

Colorado Democrats will honor Crystal Murillo, Allison Hiltz and Nicole Johnston with Rising Star awards, for being” breakout stars” within the party, at the inaugural Obama Dinner, on Feb. 3, the party said in a press statement.

“We are honored to have such dedicated Democrats fighting every day to ensure that all Coloradans have a fair shot and opportunities to succeed,” Morgan Carroll, Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, said in a statement.

“The Colorado Democratic Party would not be able to accomplish all that it can without the tireless work that our volunteers and leaders put in every day, and our award winners have proven that they are willing to step up to the plate to strengthen the state party to help move our state forward. Their commitment to building communities that work for all Coloradans is what will help elect great leaders up and down the ballot in November.”

The women were part of a progressive wave over the traditionally conservative Aurora City Council. They were coached by Emerge Colorado, a six-month program that trains Democratic women how to run election campaigns. They netted endorsements from progressive groups and from their hometown newspaper.

In December, Murillo, the youngest member of the board at 23 and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, was featured in an episode of She’s the Ticket, an online program following female candidates for public office around the country.