Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 14, 20173min1576

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.”


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 22, 201710min331

Diana DeGette was not directly part of the 1992 political "Year of the Women," the historic election cycle when four freshman female U.S. senators were elected. But she did win her first elected office that year, as a Colorado state representative in Denver. DeGette has since represented Colorado in the U.S. House for two decades and has seen increased interest among women wanting to know more about running for public office since Donald Trump was elected president. "I just had a woman email me who said she had never been active in politics say she wanted to talk to me," the Denver Democrat told The Colorado Statesman in an interview. "I tell them to get active in their communities and have faith they can get elected."


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 20, 20165min405

The Colorado Republican Party intends to file a lawsuit to determine who posted an unauthorized message to its official Twitter account the night of the state convention but is giving the perpetrator the chance to come clean and avoid legal action, according to an email obtained by The Colorado Statesman. Following the Ted Cruz campaign’s sweep of Colorado’s at-large delegates to the Republican National Convention on April 9, a tweet reading, “We did it. #NeverTrump,” appeared briefly on the @ColoGOP Twitter feed, referring to a movement among some Republicans to deny Donald Trump the presidential nomination.


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonApril 12, 20168min350

“Close only counts in horseshoes.” The old adage is nowhere more meaningful than at national political conventions. This round, Democrats are salivating at the opportunity to run against Donald Trump in November; but, truth be told, he is becoming increasingly less likely to emerge as the Republican nominee. One minor historical fact consistently overlooked is that never has a frontrunner been nominated at an “open” or “contested” American political convention of either major party on the first ballot. Colorado Republicans just made such a situation a little more likely in 2016. Think about it. If Trump fails, as appears increasingly likely, to secure 1,273 delegates before arriving in Cleveland, he will almost certainly return to New York as a footnote — albeit a lengthy one — to the 2016 Presidential race.



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsFebruary 15, 20161min299

To the Republican National Committee:

As a former Republican candidate for the Colorado state House, I must convey my disappointment that the RNC allowed polling data to determine a candidate’s position at our GOP presidential candidate debates.

The fact that we had a large number of candidates running for office should not compel the party to use polling data to position them.

Votes are a determining factor, and we must keep our election system intact and fight for its integrity. Never before has polling data been used to determine a candidate’s worth for a debate.

As a woman, it was frustrating to have seen Carly Fiorina absent from the debate stage. When we fight to bring young women into our party, we missed an opportunity to showcase a conservative, successful businesswoman.

Having also been a chairman of the Summit County Republicans and Congressional District 2, I am well versed in politics and its workings. You have done our party and our voting process a great disservice by allowing polling data to take precedent over peoples’ votes.

I respectfully disagree and ask you to disallow this practice in the future.

Debra Irvine

Breckenridge