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Governor chided for mulling ‘blackmail tactics’ to keep insurer on board Obamacare

Actually, the pro-GOP advocacy group Compass Colorado used even stronger language in a shot at Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper this week over his proposed use of carrot and stick on insurers to keep the state’s health insurance exchange viable. The governor himself put a more pragmatic spin on it. At issue is the governor’s acknowledgment Wednesday on Colorado Public Radio’s Colorado […]

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Levi Tillemann rejects call to declare candidacy in 6th District, says he’s still considering run

Democrat Levi Tillemann stands with his dog Tesla (not pictured) in a photo provided by his exploratory committee. He announced on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, that he's exploring a run for the 6th Congressional District seat held by Republican Mike Coffman. (Photo courtesy Levi Tillemann)

A local conservative organization is charging that Democrat Levi Tillemann is only pretending to be weighing a bid for Congress and has demanded the Aurora resident make his campaign official. But the former Obama administration official insists he’s staying “well within the boundaries” of federal election law and plans to decide soon whether or not […]

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Group backing vets furious with Republicans for ‘demeaning’ Coffman challenger Crow’s military service

Democrat Jason Crow, an Army Ranger combat veteran, is pictured on active duty in this undated photograph provided by Crow's campaign. He announced on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, that he's challenging five-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican and Army and Marine Corps combat veteran, in the 2018 election. (Photo courtesy Jason Crow for Congress campaign)

A bipartisan organization that encourages veterans to run for office demanded an apology Tuesday for comments made by a national Republican campaign group about combat veteran Jason Crow’s announcement that he’s challenging U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, also a combat veteran, in next year’s election.

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Straight outta #coloradopolitics: ICYMI, politics IS a contact sport

…and that’s on the assumption dozens of smart alecks haven’t already beaten us to the, um, punch: Political commentators @iansilverii & @okmaher don’t often come to blows, but when they do…#HeyNext #9NEWS #COpolitics pic.twitter.com/gIzPwyzYOA — Brandon Rittiman (@BrandonRittiman) March 20, 2017 @BrandonRittiman when you’re listening to your jam with eyes closed and your agreement fists […]

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Republicans, conservative groups rip proposal to send transportation tax hike to voters

House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, and Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, talk with reporters about a bipartisan transportation funding package the two are sponsoring on Thursday March 9, 2017, in Duran's office at the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

In the halls of the Colorado Capitol and across social media, Republican elected officials got creative this week coming up with ways to declare a long-awaited bipartisan transportation-funding package dead on arrival. “If it was a trial balloon, it has more of a resemblance to the Hindenburg,” state Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, told The Colorado […]

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Matt Arnold scores win against county GOP amid charges he’s waging proxy state chair battle

Matt Arnold, founder and director of Campaign Integrity Watchdog, greets Republicans at a campaign event in this file photo. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Conservative gadfly Matt Arnold, a persistent thorn in the side of lots of Colorado Republicans, dug in a little deeper this week. In response to a complaint filed by Arnold’s Campaign Integrity Watchdog organization, the El Paso County GOP admitted in court Tuesday that it made some mistakes in campaign finance filings last year and […]

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Oil & gas measures fail signature test, appeal considered

This 2015 file photo shows a typical gas rig operation. Initiative 78 has been filed in Colorado by environmental activists. The initiative could potentially send a question to voters on the 2016 general election ballot whether Colorado should implement a 2,500 foot setback law for oil and gas operations. (Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)
It’s official, the fight against fracking has reached a dead end in this 2016 election year in news perhaps not surprising to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. The governor this week predicted the demise of two ballot initiatives that would have sought to limit hydraulic fracturing operations in the state. Turns out he was right. Neither […]

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