Laura Woods Archives - Colorado Politics

Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 12, 20175min1020
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 16, 201720min114

On his last day as chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party, Don Ytterberg had a few things to say. After welcoming several hundred members of the county GOP’s central committee — along with family, friends and a handful of Republican candidates — to the party’s biennial reorganization meeting on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, Ytterberg spoke to the crowd about his time at the helm.


John TomasicJohn TomasicJanuary 5, 201713min106

In Colorado’s upper legislative chamber everything is different and everything has stayed the same. For years, Democrats have held the reins of power at the Capitol, and Republicans have exerted what influence they could by acting as the loyal opposition — mainly by blocking bills and offering alternative policy narratives. Most observers expect that arrangement to continue, including many members of the Senate, which this year, same as last year, remains the lone center of legislative power controlled by Republicans. But November’s surprise national election results, which gave Republicans full control in Washington, have shaken expectations in Colorado. Sources on the right and the left at the Capitol, still reeling from the the wild 2016 election season, avoided making anything but the most general predictions about the coming legislative session — except to say that the jolt delivered by voters might just work to shake up battle lines, start conversations, focus lawmakers on solutions and result in productive lawmaking.


Adam McCoyAdam McCoyDecember 29, 201628min99

Symbolic of the divisiveness of our politics, many Coloradans will look back at the 2016 election with violent contempt, reflecting on a political year that saw the rise of President-elect Donald Trump, while others will reminisce with sublime glee over a cycle where voters bucked the political establishment. In a year full of tectonic shifts on the national political landscape, Colorado had its share of drama and surprises, though voters sent back many familiar faces to serve in Congress and at the state Capitol. Here’s your bite-size, highlight reel for the 2016 election season in Colorado.


Paula NoonanPaula NoonanDecember 5, 20164min950

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, 201616min1170

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!


Brian HeubergerBrian HeubergerNovember 16, 201655min115

Compelling political television advertisements can play an important role in introducing candidates to the public, expressing their policy positions and effectively persuading voters to fill in that candidate's circle on the ballot come Election Day. As in all modern presidential elections, Colorado television sets were flooded with political ads in the 2016 election cycle. Some were flashy and impressive and others were relatively disappointing. From the perspective of seasoned campaigners, certain criteria must be met in order to hit the political advertising bulls-eye. Essential factors include the creative quality of the production, the potency of the message, the effectiveness of the delivery and the resulting response from viewers. But most importantly, ads must resonate with their carefully targeted audiences. In 2016, some ads cut it while others would have been better off on the cutting room floor.


John TomasicJohn TomasicNovember 9, 20167min83

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, 201631min970

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.