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Why are so many people riled up by Jena Griswold?

Secretary of State Jena Griswold has threatened to refer President Donald Trump for prosecution for encouraging voter fraud. She’s called him “lying, litigating Donny” on Twitter and more than once has tried to bait him into explaining why voting by mail is good enough for him but not everyone else. “I’ll wait,” Griswold tweeted. Trump […]

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Once a centrist, Andrew Romanoff’s sharp turn to the left raises questions in U.S. Senate primary

Andrew Romanoff denounces his rival John Hickenlooper in the Democratic U.S. Senate race as an out-of-touch centrist with ties to business interests who is willing to compromise and accept big campaign checks from corporations. But decades ago, when he led a “New Democrat” coalition and served as a moderate leader in the state legislature, the […]

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With John Hickenlooper on defensive, mysterious group launches big-money ad attacking Andrew Romanoff

Allies of an under-pressure John Hickenlooper are rushing to the former governor’s aid in Colorado’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, launching a major television ad buy that includes a spot slamming Andrew Romanoff’s immigration record.  Let’s Turn Colorado Blue, a mysterious federal political action committee formed this week, has reserved about $750,000 in air time […]

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A deeper look at the Colorado money race ahead of 2020: Who raised the most and where it came from

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee put money behind its endorsement of John Hickenlooper with a $49,600 donation to start his campaign. The September contribution to the two-term former governor is part of the $2.1 million he raised in less than six weeks as a candidate in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, according to new […]

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Colorado’s U.S. Senate candidates feel the heat from a growing bloc: climate change voters

Ashleigh Knapp embodies just how much climate change has become a motivating issue in Colorado politics.  Standing under a tree outside the state Capitol during the climate strike march on Friday with her young daughter and mother, the Democrat from Loveland said saving the environment is among her top issues in Colorado’s 2020 U.S. Senate […]

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Hickenlooper makes campaign trail debut touting compromise. His rivals in Senate race say it’s the wrong approach.

DURANGO — John Hickenlooper made his campaign trail debut in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race Saturday by explaining his initial lack of interest in the job and his about-face. “I spent a lot of time talking about how I wasn’t cut out for Washington,” the former governor said in his introduction at a Democratic candidate forum […]

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Krieger: Fracking legacy dogs Hick among progressives

KC Becker of Boulder, speaker of the Colorado House, “liked” a tweet the other day proclaiming John Hickenlooper’s entry into the race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Cory Gardner. In the absence of public commentary — and reticence is now fashionable among state Democratic Party officeholders in the suddenly sensitive matter of the […]

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Nicolais: Don’t be shocked by a drawn-out Democratic primary in Colorado Senate race

I’m shocked, shocked to find John Hickenlooper in the Colorado Senate race! I’ve been waiting a few years to employ that famous line from Casablanca in honor of my high school civics teacher. He made watching the film the primary requirement to pass his class. In retrospect, his lesson plan seemed spot on. Hickenlooper didn’t […]

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Nicolais: Could Hickenlooper clear the field as Cory Gardner did in 2014? Not likely.

Just under six years ago, then U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner entered the 2014 U.S. Senate race and cleared the GOP field. Now Colorado politicos wait expectantly to see if former Gov. John Hickenlooper will attempt the same feat on the Democratic side in the race to meet Gardner in 2020’s general election. Unfortunately for Hickenlooper, […]