With allies like Joe Salazar and Jared Polis, who needs Republicans? Salazar, a Democratic state representative running for attorney general next year, called out Democrats running for governor Wednesday, Jared Polis and . former state Sen, Mike Johnston want to move the state to 100 percent renewable energy sources by 204o. In an “open letter” […]
Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo is seeking advice from conservatives as he weighs whether to join Colorado's crowded Republican primary for governor in next year's election.
"Here we are, once again looking at this possibility, and I assure you it is, in my own mind, the possibility — the possibility of running for governor," said Tancredo at a meeting of the Arapahoe County Tea Party Tuesday night in Centennial.
Former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy, one of five Democrats running for governor in next year's election, on Tuesday proposed allowing residents to purchase health insurance through Colorado's Medicaid program or the state employee health plan in an effort to boost coverage while cutting costs.
The dog days of August are over, and now the political doghouse is howling in Colorado. These week we saw our governor on the national stage, his lieutenant governor step into the spotlight on the state’s biggest stage and President Trump asserting himself in a Colorado case involving gay rights.
So many stories this week didn’t make the cut into the top five, but here are the ones worth revisiting, because of their wide impact on Colorado politics and Coloradans lives. Here are the stories our staff thought ranked as the best in the first week of September.
5. Voters might weigh in on how districts get drawn
A bipartisan group is trying again to take some of the political gamesmanship out of how legislative and congressional districts are drawn in Colorado. The way it works now is that legislators draw them, which gives outsized advantage to the political party that has the majorities in the state House and Senate after the U.S. Census. As a result parties control the outcomes (and candidates) in most districts based on which voters are put in which districts. Opponents, however, see a scheme to take away political power from minorities and other “communities of interest.”
The Trump administration is siding with a Lakewood baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012 by filing a brief in an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case. LGBTQ activists say it’s the clearest sign yet that President Trump harbors animosity toward their cause, regardless of what he said on the campaign trail.
In the last legislative session, raising sales taxes for transportation was a no-go for Republicans who opposed asking Coloradans to pay more. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, however, aren’t yet through with the idea of gathering petition signatures to get on the ballot in 2018.
2. Hick on the Hill: Colorado’s king takes healthcare national
A U.S. Senate committee and organizations on both sides of the political fence on healthcare got to hear from Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper this week. Hick and Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich drafted the proposal as Congress continues its efforts to repeal, replace or fix the Affordable Care Act.
Things just got more interesting in the 2018 governor’s race, as Gov. John Hickenlooper’s second-in-command, Donna Lynne, joined the Democratic primary field that already includes such well-known candidates as Jared Polis, Cary Kennedy, Michael Johnston and Noel Ginsburg. Can she carve out a niche as the moderate pro-business choice with Hick’s team behind her? We’ll see.
Democrat Mike Johnston, a gubernatorial candidate and former state senator, will be holding a bilingual town hall Saturday in Aurora to discuss President Trump's decision to rescind the DACA program for immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.
Colorado Lt. Gov Donna Lynne, a former top executive at Kaiser Permanente, entered the Democratic gubernatorial primary field Thursday saying her experience running big organizations makes her the ideal candidate to take over for term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper.
EMILY’s List, a national group that recruits and helps fund Democratic women candidates, is doubling down on its endorsement of former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy as Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne prepares to join her in the Democratic primary for governor of Colorado.