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UPDATE: A guide to the outside money paying for TV ads and more in Colorado’s governor’s race

Updated on Oct. 10, 3 p.m. The big spending in the race for Colorado governor is not coming entirely from Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton. The two candidates reported raising nearly $23.5 million so far, with nearly $20 million in personal contributions from Polis and $1 million from Stapleton. Even though the campaigns […]

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Republican voters want Walker Stapleton to be Donald Trump, and that could be a problem

THORNTON — Dana Scott came to a Republican Party field office in Adams County — a crucial 2018 battleground — one recent Saturday to get a better feel for gubernatorial nominee Walker Stapleton. But before the two-term state treasurer even spoke, Scott knew what he wanted to hear: Donald Trump 2.0. “I love him,” the […]

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Colorado’s PERA board may ditch its longtime financial adviser after $1.3 billion mistake

The Public Employees’ Retirement Association’s board of directors is considering jettisoning its longtime financial adviser after an accounting mistake caused the firm to underestimate the Colorado state pension’s liabilities by $1.3 billion. The error was spotted by an internal audit, triggering what the board president described as a “serious fire drill” to rewrite the pension’s […]

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Campaign ads in Colorado: Why they matter and what they tell you about the candidates

If you watch TV, you’ve seen the ads: Radicalifornia, missed meetings, high taxes, and on and on. And it isn’t just the race for governor. There’s the 6th Congressional District, state Senate seats and ballot initiatives. If you watched all the political ads booked so far this year, it would take nearly 68 straight days. […]

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Colorado doctor on influential state Medicaid board resigns after Sun report on pharma money

A doctor who served on a state advisory board that helps decide when Medicaid patients can be prescribed certain drugs has resigned following a Colorado Sun report that he failed to disclose thousands of dollars in payments and perks from pharmaceutical companies. In his email to state officials resigning from the Colorado Drug Utilization Review […]

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A quick rundown of the top five election 2018 races in Colorado

Here’s a quick rundown of the top five races in Colorado (excluding ballot questions; we’ll cover those later) in less than 200 words: Governor’s race: Democrat Jared Polis v. Republican Walker Stapleton THE NARRATIVE: The two major candidates easily won their primaries, picked little-known lawmakers as their running mates and then spent the summer shifting their messages […]

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$9.2 million and counting: Mike Coffman, Jason Crow congressional race poised to set TV ad records

Coloradans are on track to view more than $19 million worth of TV advertising — at the least — during the run-up to the Nov. 6 general election. And nearly half is flowing to the 6th Congressional District, where Republican incumbent Mike Coffman is trying to fend off Democratic challenger Jason Crow in a district that backed Hillary Clinton in 2016. The total spent on […]

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Walker Stapleton talks about his family’s past KKK ties and Tom Tancredo

Republican Walker Stapleton acknowledged the “mistakes” his great-grandfather made in leading the KKK in the 1920s and tried to distance himself from Tom Tancredo in a major TV interview. “For the record, I categorically condemn racism of all forms. I categorically condemn hate organizations and they will have no place in my administration as governor,” […]