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Nicolais: How state Sen. Don Coram can beat Rep. Lauren Boebert

Republican state Sen. Don Coram announced his primary campaign against U.S. Representative, and Colorado embarrassment, Lauren Boebert last week. Let’s hope that Coram and his allies bring more than his winning smile to the gunfight sure to ensue. Coram is one of the most jovial, well-liked and respected members of the Colorado legislature. He is […]

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Lauren Boebert is known for her far-right Republican views. But Republicans alone didn’t send her to Congress.

Lauren Boebert is best known for her far-right Republican views.  But it wasn’t Republicans who were solely responsible for sending the Garfield County woman to Congress, a Colorado Sun analysis of voter registration data and the 2020 election results shows. Unaffiliated voters, who since at least February 2019 have made up the largest voting bloc […]

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Nicolais: Is Kerry Donovan the right candidate against Lauren Boebert, but in the wrong year?

Right candidate, wrong year.  Just over a month after firebrand U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert took her congressional oath of office, state Sen. Kerry Donovan announced her campaign to unseat Colorado’s most recent right-wing lightning rod. Donovan may have missed her opportunity by about a year. Nearly a decade ago, several high-profile Democrats passed on the […]

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Meet Gregg Smith, the Blackwater-connected Democrat new to Colorado and running to unseat Lauren Boebert

He served as a Marine. He worked as a high-powered consultant and commercial banker. He was an adviser and business partner to Erik Prince, the controversial former owner of the now-defunct international security firm Blackwater.  One thing Gregg Smith has never done until now is run for office. But the well-connected, 58-year-old Democrat who moved […]

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Two big-name Colorado Democrats are already exploring 2022 bids to unseat Lauren Boebert

Two well-known Democratic state lawmakers say they are already exploring whether to launch a bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert next year, just weeks into the fiery Republican’s term.  It’s the latest evidence that Democrats are eager to capitalize on the controversies, which have grabbed international attention, Boebert has been at the center of […]

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John Hickenlooper spent $41 million to win Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, far surpassing Cory Gardner

John Hickenlooper spent $41 million to defeat Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, emerging as the top spender in the nationally important race, new campaign finance records show. Gardner spent about $27.6 million through Nov. 23 in his losing bid for a second term, according to the reports filed Thursday.  The candidates’ combined fundraising more than […]

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3 numbers that explain Republican Lauren Boebert’s victory in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District

Given the conservative voter-registration lean of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, Republican Lauren Boebert was always the frontrunner in the battle for the open seat. But Democrats thought former state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush had a real chance of winning on Election Day, especially in light of this year’s strong Democratic enthusiasm and Boebert’s far-right politics […]

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Lauren Boebert beats Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District

Republican Lauren Boebert declared victory and Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush conceded just after midnight Wednesday in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District race. Boebert held a lead at 51% to 46% over Mitsch Bush in the massive district, which spans the Western Slope and reaches around to Pueblo at 1 a.m. the morning after Election Day, according […]