Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 12, 20175min1248
Here’s something I bet you haven’t heard anywhere else: The Colorado House and Senate each could flip next year. OK, maybe you’ve heard half that. The Republicans hold just a one-seat edge in the 35-member Senate, which will see 17 seats on the ballot next year. But the House? Democrats enjoy a nine-seat majority in […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 14, 20177min435

Three former legislators won election to county party offices on Saturday as state Democrats and Republicans conduct their biennial reorganization meetings. Denver Democrats elected former state Rep. Mike Cerbo, D-Denver, to a two-year term as the county party’s chairman, Adams County Republicans tapped former state Rep. JoAnn Windholz, R-Commerce City, as vice chair, and El Paso County Republicans picked former state Rep. Catherine “Kit” Roupe, R-Colorado Springs, as their secretary.

Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 10, 20177min258
Democrats early Friday morning shot down a trio of bills pushed by abortion opponents following an 11-hour marathon hearing that saw an effort to reverse abortions. The bills that were rejected by the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee on party-line votes included: House Bill 1086, sponsored by Reps. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, and Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, which […]

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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanDecember 5, 20164min285

In the grand total of many things political, Democrats did well in Colorado in 2016, going against the fly-over state trend. Even so, at the state level, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Statewide, unaffiliated voters broke toward Democrats at about 4.5 percent. With party registrations in November at almost even between Democrats and Republicans, both parties needed unaffiliated voters to give them more votes, and Democrats won that battle decisively.

Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 28, 201616min358

DENVER — Suck in the holiday gut and belly up to your desk … It’s time to get back to work following (for many of us) a long Thanksgiving break. Oh, and happy ‘Cyber Monday’ to you, your favorite electronic device and your wallet. Let the financial gluttony continue! Strangest of all that crossed our desk this morning was the attack — or possibly odd diagnosis — of Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son Barron ... The Comedian trading laughs for scrubs to make some offensive claims concerning the “first kid.” You’ll just have to read for yourself. Let’s get things started!


John TomasicJohn TomasicNovember 9, 20167min257

At the end of a long election season that delivered shocks at every stage, including a dramatic upset win for Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket, voters in Colorado shuffled some of the players at the state Capitol but didn’t change the game. The next legislative session will see Democrats control the House and Republicans control the Senate, same as the last legislative session. From the Denver Westin where state Democrats gathered on election night, it didn’t at first look like things would turn out this way. They were energized when Rachel Zenzinger took an early lead that never faltered over Arvada Republican incumbent Laura Woods in swing Senate District 19. The match up had been the most closely watched on most legislative lists, a target of spending by state and national political groups.

Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 9, 201631min324

DENVER - Can you spell T-R-U-M-P? Good morning. Feeling the post-election night hangover? Us too. And we all know it's one hangover that takes zero adult beverages to produce. Pop an Aspirin, look in the mirror and smile or frown — take your pick — but recognize that the country has chosen a very different path for the next four years. But it appears you, Colorado, have chosen to keep things essentially the same. For the winners circle, victory is such a nice remedy for the hangover isn't it? Gov. John Hickenlooper can gaze into that mirror this a.m. and breathe a sigh of relief for the outlook of the remainder of his term. It's a bittersweet morning for Colorado's governor — a letdown that any presumed Washington opportunities are out the window, but certainly a reassurance that a likely divided Legislature in 2017-2018 will keep his popularity — and legacy — above the 50 percent mark. The Senate appears to be headed for continued GOP control, though only 84 percent of District 25 has reported so forgive us for reading the tea leaves a bit.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 13, 20163min369

With many Republican leaders - including some in Colorado - recently withdrawing their support or renouncing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump after the release of a 2005 video recording of Trump bragging of what many consider sexual abuse of women, the Trump campaign in Colorado on Thursday, Oct. 13, touted the support of several Colorado Republican legislative leaders.


John TomasicJohn TomasicAugust 19, 201622min352

There’s really no other effective way to do it. People tune out TV and radio and mailers are quickly recycled. You have to go door to door, meeting the residents, chatting them up, listening to their concerns, doing what you can to win them over or at least make sure that, when they’re staring down at their ballot in the fall, they might remember your face and your name and that you made the effort to win their vote. That’s what the two dogged candidates for state Senate District 25, Democrat Jenise May and Republican Kevin Priola, repeat over and over when you ask them how they plan to win the key swing seat in November. It’s always dinner time The state Senate district they're vying to represent sits north of Denver and runs from farmland on the plains at the eastern edge through metro suburbs and urban pockets in Brighton, Thornton and Aurora in the south and west. The district stretches across something like 1,000 square miles.