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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 21, 201711min1060


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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 17, 20173min6090

Who needs a super PAC?

Apparently not Walker Stapleton.

Better Colorado Now, an independent expenditure committee, is allegedly lining up big bucks and big names to back the state treasurer’s run for governor, including support from the Denver Broncos’ general manager (and icon), John Elway, and team president Joe Ellis.

Stapleton for Colorado, the candidate’s actual committee, is doing just fine on its own. On Nov. 7 former Broncos’ Super Bowl head coach Mike Shanahan is holding a fundraiser for Stapleton at the coach’s Cherry Hills Village.

The price is $1,150 a person to join the host committee — and $2,300 a couple, according to an invitation obtained by Colorado Politics.

The cost is $500 to attend, but you’ll be in good company.

The host committee includes many of the same supporters of Better Colorado Now, including Gregg Engles, the chairman of the super PAC.

Better Colorado Nows’ donors, which Colorado Politics first told you about Tuesday morning, also includes Shanahan co-hosts Ellis, George Solich, former University of Denver chancellor Dan Ritchie, Liberty Media president and CEO Greg Maffei, MDC Holdings chairman and CEO Larry Mizel and others.

The invitation includes other top-tier Republicans, including the state’s last GOP governor, Bill Owens, with Meredith and Pete Coors, Libby Anschutz and Jeff Allen, Maria Garcia Berry, Denver’s Union Station redeveloper Mark Falcone.

“Walker is putting together a grassroots team and fundraising apparatus capable of defeating Jared Polis in the general electionm:” said his campaign consultant Michael Fortney. “The business community understands the devastating impacts of a Gov. Jared Polis, thats why they are coalescing around Walker. I will let the other candidate’s fundraising numbers speak for themselves, we are focusing on what we need to get done to win this race.”

Stapleton is the presumed frontrunner in a crowded field of Republicans that includes Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, entrepreneur Victor Mitchell and retired investment banker Doug Robinson, who is the nephew of former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 17, 20173min1524
George Brauchler announced Monday that 10 district attorneys and 13 sheriffs are endorsing his run for governor in the Republican primary. Brauchler is the district attorney for Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. “As district attorney for nearly 1 million Coloradans, I understand well the threats our communities face,” Brauchler said in a statement. “Throughout […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 13, 20175min17240

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo is seeking advice from conservatives as he weighs whether to join Colorado's crowded Republican primary for governor in next year's election. "Here we are, once again looking at this possibility, and I assure you it is, in my own mind, the possibility — the possibility of running for governor," said Tancredo at a meeting of the Arapahoe County Tea Party Tuesday night in Centennial.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 1, 20174min1710

If former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo decides to jump into Colorado's Republican gubernatorial primary, there's one step he won't have to take. Tancredo changed his registration from unaffiliated to Republican two weeks ago "just in case," he told Colorado Politics, although he said he's still weighing whether to get in the race.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirAugust 29, 20172min500

Want to know where Colorado’s next governor will stand on public education and education reform? On specifics like per-pupil funding, school choice and standardized testing? There’s a good chance you’ll find out if you tune into Ready Colorado‘s Gubernatorial Town Hall Series, which debuts this evening via radio, phone and Facebook.

The interview-format virtual town hall will be broadcast live on talk radio’s 630 KHOW from 7-8 p.m. tonight with an assist from KHOW regular Ross Kaminsky. Meanwhile, Ready Colorado will also be dialing out to tens of thousands of households for a parallel tele-townhall, and the event will be streamed live, as well, on Ready Colorado’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/ReadyColo.

The conservative, education-reform group is hosting the series to let each hopeful in the 2018 guv’s race stump for his/her world view on Colorado’s public schools.

Adds a Ready Colorado press announcement:

The series of townhalls is the first of its kind in Colorado history, utilizing multiple mediums to reach voters in recognition of the changing media landscape where voters seek to inform themselves through a growing array of sources.

Ready Colorado, the leading conservative education reform organization in the state, is embarking on the series to get the leading candidates for governor on the record on their vision for education reform and give the public a chance to ask the tough questions on the issues that matter most to them.

Kicking off the series tonight will be Republican contender and Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler. The next town hall is scheduled for Sept. 12 featuring another GOP candidate, Douglas County entrepreneur Victor Mitchell, and the third in the series will be Sept. 26 with Republican and former investment banker Doug Robinson.