KUNC Archives - Colorado Politics

Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 14, 201711min15741

A defiant state Rep. Steve Lebsock released a lie detector test Thursday he said proves he’s innocent of accusations he sexually harassed a fellow lawmaker and declared he’s willing to take a polygraph to disprove all other allegations against him. Lebsock also charged the allegations against him, which first surfaced in early November, are politically motivated. The Thornton Democrat said in a statement to Colorado Politics he plans to tour to the state to “shed a bright light on the deep corruption in our political system” while continuing to campaign for state treasurer in next year’s election.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 28, 20176min13950

State Rep. Steve Lebsock said Tuesday he's eager to tell investigators his side of the story as they examine complaints he sexually harassed a fellow Democratic legislator and a former lobbyist. The Thornton Democrat also said he intends to resist calls to resign from the Legislature and plans to continue campaigning for state treasurer.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 18, 201718min36950

In the days since additional claims of sexual misconduct by Colorado legislators emerged in a news report, numerous women who have worked with state Sen. Jack Tate, one of the lawmakers accused of improper behavior, have come forward to challenge anonymous allegations about Tate. They say they’re alarmed the Centennial Republican could be unfairly caught up in a scandal they agree is bringing long overdue scrutiny to harassment at the state Capitol.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJune 22, 20173min930

“…(Y)ou can’t just waltz in and buy yourself a seat in Congress or a governorship,” Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, tells Sandra Fish of KUNC-FM public radio in Greeley. Fish tests that hypothesis in an eye-opening report for the station this week and concludes that plenty of wealthy Colorado candidates who self-funded their campaigns over the years had little to show for it on Election Day.

The report is timely given multimillionaire U.S. Rep. Jared Polis’s announcement he’ll run for governor in 2018. The Boulder Democrat and entrepreneur poured some of his fortune into his previous successful campaigns — first, for an at-large seat on the State Board of Education and since then in his campaigns for his five terms representing Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.

Fish looked at more than 30 political contests in the state since 2002 in which a self-funded candidate spent at least $100,000 in congressional or statewide races:

The candidates spent a total of $23 million of their own cash on campaigns. But the self-funding candidate only succeeded in eight elections — and in five of those races, Polis was the candidate.

In other words, it’s a bad-news-good-news scenario: bad for self-funded candidates in general — but good if you happen to be Jared Polis (or one of his supporters).

The report also has a lot of other compelling data and detail for political junkies on the recent history of self-funded candidates; here’s the link again.