Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 13, 20185min317
Play ball! That’s what’s going on in purple-state Colorado as Democrats and Republicans get in some spring training on “tainted” donations with November elections in mind. Monday the Colorado Democratic Party was shopping around a story about a new Super PAC called Fighting for Colorado based in Washington, D.C., and led by California GOP consultant […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 13, 20174min568

There won't be two Georges running for Colorado attorney general after all. Saying he believes it's important for the GOP to "consolidate behind one candidate" for attorney general, George Leing, Colorado's Republican National Committeeman and a former congressional candidate, announced Monday that he won't be joining one-time gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler in the race.

Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 14, 20173min1543

Nearly 13 months from Election Day, the Republican National Committee is putting its state directors for the midterms, and in Colorado veteran operative Adam Johnson will lead the effort.

In a Thursday morning press release, the RNC described Johnson this way:

Adam Johnson’s political experience began in 2002 working on the successful re-election of Gov. Bill Owens in Colorado. Since that time, Adam has been involved in nearly a dozen political campaigns from local city council races to managing statewide elections. Most recently Adam served as Victory’s regional field director in the West Metro Region in Colorado.

It was only in May that Johnson was named political director for the state GOP. A spokeswoman for the RNC said he “still works very closely with the state party.”

Johnson is one of 17 directors in “key” states announced by the RNC “as a part of the most expansive midterm field program in the party’s history,” the RNC stated.

It’s hard to see any gains for the GOP next year, however. Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, once seen as vulnerable, won another six-year term last November, and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner isn’t up for re-election until 202o.

In congressional races, given the politically safe way Colorado drafts its districts every 10 years, it’s a long shot that any seat, other than the 6th Congressional District, will be at risk of changing hands next year. In the 6th, Republican Rep. Mike Coffman will face the emerging Democrat from a primary that so far is full of newcomers, but he hasn’t exactly struggled against top-name Democrats in the last two elections, defeating former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and state Sen. Morgan Carroll (not the state Democratic Party chair) handily.

The most interesting race so far looks like an all-Republican knife fight. Incumbent Republican Doug Lamborn in Colorado Springs faces challenges from state Sen. Owen Hill and El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, who lost to Bennet last November.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement that the new state directors are part of an evolving modern approach by the party.

“These hires represent the long-planned evolution of the RNC’s permanent data-driven field program that has been on the ground virtually uninterrupted in key states since 2013,” she said. “We are committed to winning elections and will hold nothing back to ensure we protect the near historic number of Republicans holding office at all levels across the country. As our candidates emerge from their primary races, they will inherit an RNC field program years in the making to help push them to victory.”


Rachael WrightRachael WrightJune 22, 20178min299

Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman: Little old Colorado was plunged into the deep end of international politics when Denver hosted eight world leaders from the Group of Seven. Denver rolled out the carpet for national leaders from the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia and the United Kingdom, and on the agenda for discussion were a host of heavy-weight issues including


Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 1, 201719min1190

Colorado Republicans elected former El Paso County chairman Jeff Hays as state party chair at the GOP’s biennial reorganization meeting on Saturday in Englewood. “You know how you spell fun? W-I-N!” Hays said as he accepted the nomination in a packed auditorium at Englewood High School, invoking a catch phrase Hays learned from former Air Force Academy football coach Fisher DeBerry. Republicans in the crowd shouted out the letters along with Hays.