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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 11, 20184min1239

Larimer County Republican Nic Morse is withdrawing from the race for the Senate District 15 seat held by term-limited state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, who is seeking the GOP nomination for state treasurer, Colorado Politics has learned. Morse, a marketing executive and the 2016 Republican nominee for the congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, said his decision was due to poor fundraising and tepid support within the party. His move leaves fast-food restaurant owner Rob Woodward as the only GOP candidate running for the heavily Republican seat.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 14, 20183min3106

Democratic Colorado Senate District 15 candidate Rebecca Cranston released her first campaign video to coincide with Loveland’s role in celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Because it has love in its name, Loveland is called the Sweetheart City. Each year since 1947 love letters from all over the world have been remailed from the city in Senate District 15 to bear the the postmark from the land of love.

Cranston got her friends and campaign supporters to star in the video.

“I am proud of this video and grateful for the support of a wide array of northern Coloradans who are looking for an energetic and committed candidate who can win this seat,” she said.

“There are a number of critical issues before the Colorado State Senate that impact our special quality of life in northern Colorado. I am looking forward to being a strong and inclusive voice for solution-oriented and compassionate representation.”

Cranston is a third generation Coloradan who lives i Larimer County. She said her grandmother was born and lived in Northern Colorado including Loveland and Longmont. She is the executive director of the Northern Colorado AIDS Project.

Cranston’s friends in the video, in order of appearance are Judith Powers, Tim Wormus,
Matt Merolli, Judy Sanchez, Dara Ector, Bob Bongiovanni, Neil Breslau, Jacqueline Trice, Joe Werne, Holly Herson, Kimberly Chambers, Stephanie Pas Hamill, Carrie Ann Lucas, Susan Janty, Jim Janty, Stacia Ryder and Nate Donovan.

Cranston is running for running for the seat being vacated by Kevin Lundberg, a Republican who is running for state treasurer. She faces Ralph Trenary in the primary for the chance to meet the winner among GOP candidates Nic Morse and Rob Woodward.

Cranston is out to an impressive fundraising lead in the Democratic primary, with $7,322 in donations to Trenary’s $2,810 as of the last report a month ago, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. In the Republican race, however, Woodward has taken in $36,473 to Morse’s $1,761.

Cranston cited her “fireside chats” throughout the district, as well as her Sept. 1 campaign kickoff event at Big Thompson Brewing in Loveland.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 7, 20183min721

Tickets are still available for the Northern Colorado AIDS Project‘s annual Sowing Seeds of Change reception at Bath Garden Center in Fort Collins.

Tickets are available by clicking here.

The event starts at 6, but at 7:30 p.m., “let your inner diva shine and get your karaoke on!” organizers said. The money helps people in northern Colorado living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and other conditions, as well as programs around prevention.

The second annual reception includes appetizers, desserts and drinks. Guests are told to wear “your favorite gender-affirming cocktail attire.”

“Funding for services for stigmatized populations, like people who inject drugs and people living with HIV, has historically been very difficult to come by,” Rebecca Cranston, NCAP’s executive director, told Colorado Politics in an e-mail. “We have seen a 50 percent increase this year in people injecting drugs; in the past two months, we have enrolled 14 new people living next year into our case management services.

“Even with more nationwide attention on the astronomical increases in injection drug use (and the increase in overdose, spread of infectious disease, and social isolation that comes with it), organizations like NCAP that focus on providing stigma-free services to these populations struggle to meet the evolving and growing needs. Events like Sowing the Seeds of Change help us to continue to provide compassionate services.”

The organization also helps provide a pipeline for people affected by opioid and methamphetamine use, getting them enrolled in care and services. It also now has a team providing behavioral health therapy and case management wraparound services for clients who inject drugs.

In March NCAP will start medication-assisted therapy to help clients wean off drugs.

“Our big audacious goal is that people in our community affected by drug use can receive compassionate care free from stigma, regardless of at what point of the sobriety continuum they are at,” NCAP stated.