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Republican George Brauchler concedes to Democrat Phil Weiser in Colorado attorney general’s race

Republican George Brauchler conceded Wednesday morning to Phil Weiser, making Weiser the first Democrat since 2005 to hold the job of Colorado attorney general. Brauchler called Weiser to concede, he told The Colorado Sun. Weiser was beating Brauchler with 50 percent of the vote to his 47 as of Wednesday morning. The loss is a setback […]

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How Donald Trump, guns and cash spelled an end to Mike Coffman’s decade in Congress

Days before the election, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman stood at a busy intersection in the 6th Congressional District waving campaign signs and smiling at passing motorists, searching for any sign that he might keep his job. His 30-year political career hung in the balance, and the five-term incumbent Republican from Aurora acknowledged that he was […]

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GOP turnout in Colorado behind 2014; Democrat, unaffiliated ballot returns are surging

Just days before the election, Democrats hold a very slight lead in the early vote in Colorado and unaffiliated voters are leaning blue. The combination is giving Democrats confidence ahead of Tuesday’s count and leaving Republicans with heartburn. “This will be a dogfight until the very end,” said Daniel Cole, spokesman for the Colorado Republican […]

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Colorado Democrats launched a #MeToo commission this year, but so far there is little to show

In January, as the #MeToo movement burned at the state Capitol, Colorado Democrats made a big statement: The creation a new commission to examine and improve the party’s policies on gender equity and workplace harassment. The move put the Democrats in front of a major controversy and made the party appear responsive to women and men […]

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Women who vote: They’ve shown their might, now they want results in the 6th Congressional District

HIGHLANDS RANCH — Nanette Gamily is opening her front door for the next woman to arrive as Diane Faut, standing in Gamily’s kitchen, pours white wine into clear plastic cups. The dozen or so women gathered on a Thursday night know each other from book club, monthly bunco game nights or through their kids’ schools. Almost […]

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Will two redistricting ballot measures this year put an end to one of Colorado’s longest-running political feuds?

Almost three years ago, former state lawmaker Rob Witwer invited a few other “legislative has-beens” to meet him for lunch on the 16th Street Mall. Witwer, ever the optimist, kicked around his ideas for fixing one of the longest-running, most-divisive battles in politics: the fight over political power itself. The downtown lawyer and father of […]

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How the “outdoor voter” has emerged as a potentially potent political force in Colorado

David Leinweber, the owner of Colorado Springs’ beloved Angler’s Covey flyfishing shop, asked a Republican candidate earlier this year to voice full-throated support for the state’s outdoor recreation industry. The candidate told him, “No way. It will put a target on my back, and I’ll be labeled as green,’” Leinweber recalled. “And he lost my […]

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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 […]