Colorado's Republican National Committee members are joining the chorus of GOP stalwarts urging the party's central committee to reject a proposal to opt out of the primary election next year rather than allow unaffiliated voters to participate.
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.
The week in Colorado Politics included a lot of stories from Washington, D.C., and Denver that will impact across the state. The political jockeying for next year’s elections continue, while health care, military service and the Motor City Madman found their ways into the headlines.
Here are the stories from Colorado Politics that our staff thinks will continue to be important in the days, weeks and months ahead.
5. Gardner sees a silver lining in GOP healthcare stagnation
For much of the debate over Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner was coy about how he might vote on the one-sided GOP proposal, even though he was one of the senators who helped draft it in private. He ultimately sided with his party as its proposals failed this week. Ever the optimist, Gardner also saw a victory in Democrats finally admitting their one-sided Affordable Care Act needs bipartisan TLC. “I’ve always urged Democrats to work with Republicans in a bipartisan manner,” Gardner said.
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4. DaVita boss Kent Thiry won’t run for governor
DaVita CEO Kent Thiry flirted with a run for governor as a Republican, a party he joined just days before his people talked to Colorado Politics in April about the possibility he might jump in. But this week, Thiry announced he’s thought better of it and will stay on the sideline next year instead.
3. The Nug gives George Brauchler the nudge in governor’s race
The 1970s rocker who is the belligerent voice of heavy-metal hunting across America says George Brauchler is the man to lead Colorado. Motor City Madman Ted Nugent, with no obvious ties to Colorado, endorsed the Arapahoe County district attorney last week and called for “real American shitkicker BloodBrothers in Colorado” to support him, too. Is this good for Brauchler?
2. Bennet calls Republicans scared and disgraceful
Colorado senior Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Denver, emerged as one of the most forceful and vocal opponents to Republicans’ (ultimately failed) efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare this past week. “In Colorado, people want politicians who don’t say one thing during the campaign and another thing when they govern,” Bennet said of President Trump’s promise for comprehensive and compassionate care.
1. Coloradans outraged by Trump plan to ban transgender military service
While Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs and one of his Republican primary challengers, state Sen. Owen Hill, were good with President Trump’s tweeted proposal to ban transgender people from serving in the military, Colorado’s Democratic leaders were aghast by the notion.
After spending millions of dollars last year to make it easy for unaffiliated voters to help decide primary races in Colorado, DaVita Inc. President and CEO Kent Thiry, a Republican, announced Monday he won't be running for governor next year but said he plans to support candidates and causes in upcoming elections.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Victor Mitchell, who launched his candidacy by writing his campaign a check for $3 million in February, plans to report he still has $2.65 million in the bank after raising $13,098 in the most recent fundraising quarter, a campaign aide told Colorado Politics Thursday.
Dozens of leaders in Colorado's wildlife conservation and gun-rights communities gathered to launch the Sportsmen and Gun Owners for Brauchler coalition in support of Republican gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler last Saturday in Douglas County.
Republicans who want to take his place after next year's election pelted Gov. John Hickenlooper with criticism Tuesday when the Democrat declared that Colorado would join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition supporting a global climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Freshly minted gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis, a Democratic congressman from Boulder, visited an employee-owned grocery store in Colorado Springs on Monday for one of several Front Range stops meant to highlight key campaign themes.
A national Democratic fundraising group that backs women running for office endorsed Colorado gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy on Wednesday.
“Colorado has a long history of strong women’s leadership, but has never before elected a woman as governor,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock in a statement. “Cary will not only break through that glass ceiling but will bring all Coloradans with her.”