The wealthy executive who championed a ballot measure to let unaffiliated voters cast ballots in Colorado primaries is urging state Republicans to defeat a proposal to scrap next year's primary election and instead nominate candidates at party assemblies.
A coalition of civil rights groups and left-leaning organizations on Friday demanded an apology from the Colorado Republican Party for "viciously attacking" the Southern Poverty Law Center on Twitter, but the state GOP's chairman called the request ridiculous and doubled down on the party's criticism of the watchdog group.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, called President Trump's decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program "the height of cruelty" and called on Congress to come up with a plan to replace it.
Vowing to uphold the Republican Party platform, Douglas County Republican Mark Baisley announced Saturday that he's running in next year's election for the House District 39 seat held by state Rep. Polly Lawrence who is seeking the GOP nomination for state treasurer.
It’s been a busy week in Colorado Politics, with campaign cash, coal’s slow-motion collapse and the ever-evolving candidacy of Ed Perlmutter in the headlines.
Our staff re-evaluated the week, and here are the stories we think you should keep in mind in the days and weeks ahead:
5. Coal communities need a new engine, Bennet says
U.S. Sen Michael Bennet is proposing legislation that could steer federal grants into six Colorado counties struggling since King Coal was deposed. The money would help support economic development, as well as job training for ever-diminishing workforce of miners in the Colorado.
Bipartisanship only goes so far, and apparently it ends where the rubber meets the road. After House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, a Republican from Castle Rock, called out Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran, a Democrat from Denver, on transportation funding, Duran reminded her counterpart it was the GOP that killed the bipartisan House Bill 1242 (and couldn’t come up with a serviceable replacement).
3. Hold off on hyperventilating over the primary, says GOP chief
Our Ernest Luning told readers to dial back their angst and outrage about Colorado Republicans cancelling their primary, rather than let unaffiliated voters participate. State Party chairman Jeff Hays told us that it’s a long shot, not the looming reality our competitor suggested it might be.
2. A whole lot of money waiting on Stapleton’s run
If state Treasurer Walker gets in the race for governor — he will — he has a well-heeled group of people waiting to help him. That’s the takeaway from the leaked invitation to an Aug. 21 fundraiser in Cherry Hills Village with names such as Elway, Coors, Anschutz and Mizel attached.
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter said in April he was leaving Congress to run for governor. The he said in July he didn’t have the fire in his belly and dropped out. This week he said he might run for re-election the 7th Congressional District. Stay tuned. You can bet the Democrats who jumped in to replace him are.
Colorado Republicans will decide in September whether to cancel next year’s primary election rather than allow unaffiliated voters to participate, party officials said this week, although the state GOP chairman says he’s confident the proposal will go down in flames.
Former Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve House said Wednesday that donors should stop contributing to the campaign committee dedicated to electing Senate Republicans until GOP lawmakers get it together to fix the nation's health care system.
Denver Republican Party Chairman Jake Viano can scratch a big item off his bucket list. On Monday, he received a phone call from the White House to thank him and GOP volunteers for remaining calm during an altercation with a protester at Sunday's PrideFest Parade in Denver.
A masked protester accosted Denver Republicans preparing to take part in Sunday’s annual PrideFest Parade, yelling obscenities while attempting to remove a banner featuring a Donald Trump quotation from the county party’s parade entry, the party’s chairman told Colorado Politics.
Colorado officials and organizations reacted with shock, sadness and prayers to the shooting early Wednesday at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, where Republican members of Congress were practicing.