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Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 5, 20176min5330

Former Colorado State Treasurer Cary Kennedy on Saturday called on her fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidates to limit their primary election spending to $3 million, in addition to running positive campaigns and rejecting contributions from corporate interests. While all the leading Democrats in the race say they’re committed to running positive campaigns, none said they were willing to limit their spending in what could be one of Colorado’s most expensive statewide primaries in memory.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 3, 20176min450

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, a Democrat running for governor in next year's election, pledged Friday to run a clean campaign like the ones waged by Gov. John Hickenlooper — who famously took a shower with his clothes on in a TV ad pledging to reject negative campaigning — and challenged the other candidates in the race to join her.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 26, 20172min3170

If you read Colorado Politics, then you know all about this, but Thursday morning Gov. John Hickenlooper will officially launch the job-seeking platform Skillful, which already is having a national impact.

Skillful is a website the helps pair jobseekers with employers looking for skillsets, as well as guiding Coloradans to training to build on the skills they already have that could qualify them for better-paying jobs

After Colorado started work on the idea, the New York-based Markle Foundation, Microsoft and LinkedIn put millions into its development.

Hickenlooper told Colorado Politics this month that at least five states are working on their own versions of it, and he expects the online platgorm to outlast his time as Colorado’s governor. Hickenlooper is term-limited, so he will be replaced as the state’s chief executive after next year’s election.

His office said Skillful brought together “key players across the labor market, including employers, state and local government officials, educators and workforce centers, to help workers adapt to the changing workplace.”

Denver tech entrepreneur Noel Ginsburg, who is running in the Democratic primary for governor, and Colorado Labor Department executive director Ellen Golombek have been working on the idea for years, Hickenlooper said.

“These folks have been putting in literally hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of hours of hours in on this,” Hickenlooper said at a Merkle Foundation event about Skillful this year. “… This is a culmination of a lot of people working very, very hard.”


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningOctober 17, 20176min8560

Colorado gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler raised more money than any of his Republican primary rivals in the just-completed fundraising quarter, but every Democratic candidate pulled in at least twice as much as Brauchler — and Republican Walker Stapleton nearly equalled Brauchler's quarterly fundraising in just a couple of weeks, according to reports filed Monday.