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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 19, 20183min1610

Three newcomers to Aurora's nonpartisan city council will be honored with the Rising Star Award by the Colorado Democratic Party at its inaugural Obama Dinner on Feb. 3 in Denver, the party announced. State party chair Morgan Carroll also plans to give the Chair's Service Award to three term-limited state officials — Gov. John Hickenlooper, House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, all Denver Democrats.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 8, 201817min40061

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 Democrat in House leadership, encouraged Democrat Levi Tillemann to end his primary campaign in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District during a December meeting at a Denver hotel, saying that state and national congressional and party leaders had decided “very early on” to consolidate their resources behind another Democrat, Jason Crow, to run against Republican incumbent Mike Coffman, according to detailed notes Tillemann wrote immediately after the meeting.


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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandJanuary 7, 20184min464
Next Wednesday, ads supporting the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will start airing on metro Denver TV, and those ads will encourage viewers to thank U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman for his votes on the law. According to the Washington Post, the ads are coming from American Action Network and will air in 23 congressional […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirDecember 11, 201710min329

Regardless of their politics, those who have served in elected office alongside Morgan Carroll will tell you she's one politician who doesn't flinch. Now the chair of the state Democratic Party, Carroll is a veteran of the campaign trail who carved out a reputation as a dogged warrior. After years in the legislature, where she was known as a forceful voice for her caucus and her party platform, she now brings her combat skills to a new calling that also will require her to be a unifier. Have Democrats closed ranks since 2016's smackdown between the supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton? And what are the party's prospects in a state where unaffiliated voters outnumber either Democrats or Republicans? Carroll takes on those and other questions in today's Q&A.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 28, 20176min13900

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.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 28, 20173min5660

Colorado Politics has told you before that other Republican candidates could learn a lot about politicking from Mike Coffman. Now a statehouse candidate has.

The congressman from Aurora has been running races in Colorado since before people knew Milli Vanilli was fake. And in 29 years, Coffman has never lost a race — not for state House, state Senate, secretary of state, state treasurer or the U.S. House.

So you can’t blame fellow Republican Grady Nouis for picking a campaign theme that worked well last year for Coffman’s re-election against former state Sen. Morgan Carroll: “One of Us.”

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(Courtesy of Grady Nouis’ campaign website)

It resonated among voters because the campaign had a clear theme that Mike Coffman, soldier and statesman, was his own man, not the byproduct of Donald Trump and the Washington swamp. And when it comes to campaigning among a diversity of minority and ethnic groups since his district became more liberal after the 2010 Census, Coffman is everywhere. Hence, his supporters proclaimed in his ad that he was “One of Us.”

The theme was used in a TV ad that won a national award.

Nouis is a political newcomer from Westminster. He kicked off his campaign to unseat Rep. Tracy Kraft Tharp, D-Arvada, in October.

She won the seat in 2012, beating Republican incumbent Robert Ramirez by more than eight percentage points in 2012. In 2014 and 2016, Kraft Tharp won re-election over Susan Kochevar, including a 9-point win last year.  That mirrors Coffman’s spreads over Carroll last year and former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in 2014.

Nouis, a North Dakota native, moved to Colorado in 2012.

On his website, he says, “I stand with the moral conviction that equality, unalienable rights, personal responsibility, limited government, rule of law, free enterprise, free markets, and private property rights are the most important principles of true freedom. Government only gets power from the consent of the governed. I believe that we are all born with the same opportunity, not that we will necessarily achieve the same success in life.”

Team Coffman was amused by the borrowed theme.

“As my mother says, imitation is the highest form of flattery,” said Coffman campaign spokesman Cinamon Watson.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 27, 20174min314
Update: Eric Walker, spokesman for the state Democratic Party, provided Colorado Politics a statement about Underwood’s assertions: “Per our charter, the Colorado Democratic Party is neutral in open-seat Democratic primaries, and we take this requirement extremely seriously.” *********************** Original post: Erik Underwood thinks Colorado Democrats are pushing him out of the governor’s race much same […]

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