Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 14, 20175min1190

Two Lakewood Republicans are considering whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter's bid for a seventh term in the 7th Congressional District, Colorado Politics has learned. Jerry Natividad, who mounted a brief campaign last year for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet, and Mark Barrington, who has run for legislative and city council seats, both said they're thinking about running for the seat — particularly after Perlmutter said in April he was running for governor and wouldn't seek reelection, then dropped from the gubernatorial field in July and then declared in August he was back in the congressional race.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 30, 20174min562

After news broke this week that three CNN reporters had been fired because of problems with a story about Donald Trump and Russia, former Republican Colorado Sen. Shawn Mitchell entertained the notion in a social media post that "the guillotines will be kept busy" taking care of "hack reporters and seditious leakers" if there's karmic justice in the world, though he later said he was just kidding.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 13, 201720min927

“My name is Andy Kerr, and I am running for Congress,” the Democratic state senator told a crowd of family, friends, colleagues and supporters filling the gymnasium as he began his speech at Dunstan Middle School in Lakewood on Wednesday afternoon. It’s the same way U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter — at that time a former state senator from a nearby district — introduced himself, approaching “every hand in the room that would shake his” a little over a decade ago when he was running in the Democratic primary for an open seat representing the 7th Congressional District, Kerr recalled.

Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 25, 201642min465

DENVER — Good day and welcome to the Hot Sheet revolution — the idea that you can get all your insider Colorado political news in one place without having to scour the Internet and wade through the political catacombs yourself, a process that would take you hours a day and leave you filthy and exhausted at best. Trust me, I know. So here it is, The Hot Sheet, cooked up just for you ... you're welcome. Today is the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary! For those of us growing up or living in the American West, it's a day that shares a special place in all our hearts. What a privilege to share the incredible beauty of our public lands! On August 25, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill into law to create the National Park Service to oversee the already-established national parks and “such other national parks and reservations of like character as may be hereafter created by Congress.” To the National Park Service, "Let the Eagle Soar"

Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 22, 201642min454

DENVER — Good morning and Happy Back-To-School Monday! Hopefully your smaller versions of self (if you have them) are off to a great start today. The weekend had lots of small tweak-type developments on Colorado's political path to enlightenment (at least that's what they keep telling me this is all about). Don't buy it? Me either. Also, lots of national political figures will be raining down on Colorado this week. Read on for your ultimate daily download in all things Colorado politics ...


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsApril 12, 20166min483

At 6-foot-5, Jefferson County Republican Rick Enstrom was trying to get in the back row when supporters for Sentate candidate Jerry Natividad took the stage at the Colorado Republican assembly Saturday. Enstrom took a step backward to the stage curtain but discovered there was no stage left. He went straight down 4 feet — missing a pole by a mere inches –and landed on concrete. He broke three ribs in his back. “I think my ego is as badly broke as my ribs after taking a digger in front of 6,000 people,” Enstrom said. “Jerry felt so bad. He was back there holding my hand and I said, ‘Get out there and talk to people.'”

Jared WrightJared WrightApril 11, 20162min385

By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright @_JaredWright_ DENVER —Here is your ultimate breakdown and analysis to the weekend's GOP State Assembly results and Democratic congressional districts' assembly results. The nominees all those other journalists didn't report on, who may (but probably won't) win ... they're in here ... as always. Why? Because we care about all things politics. And so do you, or you would not be one of our illustrious subscribers. To the over 1,000 newbies who signed up for The Hot Sheet last week, welcome aboard! You will not be disappointed you came.

Jared WrightJared WrightApril 6, 20163min309

DENVER — Good morning, Happy Wednesday ... you're half way there. It's very happy Wednesday for Ted Cruz who will be coming to Colorado this weekend with a big, badger smile and an extra notch on his belt out of Wisconsin. Two takeaways from yesterday: (1) PRESIDENT: While Donald Trump is polling way ahead of Cruz in New York for the candidates' next contest April 19, the likelihood Trump gets the needed 1,237 delegates ahead of the July national convention to secure the nomination is a becoming a bigger and bigger long shot. If he doesn't make the first ballot, it spells a likely return home to New York for the candidate. Trump needs 64 percent of the outstanding pledged delegates, according to the Washington Post, in order to reach the magic 1,237. Similarly, Bernie Sanders needs to win over 56 percent of the remaining delegates — 988 — to come out with the majority. Both men are beginning to flounder a bit in the deep, dark waters of presidential primary math.