Posted inColoradans, Election 2020, Energy, Environment, Health, Outdoors, Politics and Government

In Colorado, where climate change is front and center, John Hickenlooper is favored to unseat Cory Gardner

Democrat John Hickenlooper famously told a U.S. Senate committee he’d sipped fracking fluid — it was, “almost ritual-like,” he said in 2013 — to prove it’s safe. Now the one-time energy geologist is pitching himself as the more pro-climate candidate in a battle to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.  Hickenlooper’s success might seem surprising […]

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Opinion: Trillions in coronavirus spending is putting AOC’s favorite economic theory to the test

French philosopher Voltaire famously quipped: “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” Something similar can be said of modern monetary theory, also known as MMT, because it may be the economy’s only hope to get through the pandemic. Coined by Australian economist Bill Mitchell and popularized recently by Democrats like […]

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John Hickenlooper claims decisive win despite stumbles in Democratic primary for U.S. Senate

John Hickenlooper escaped with a clear victory in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Colorado on Tuesday, defeating rival Andrew Romanoff after national Democrats and a big-money super PAC boosted his beleaguered campaign. The former Colorado governor showed a comfortable advantage in the early returns with 60% of the vote, according to preliminary vote tallies […]

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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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Hickenlooper makes case for electability as repeated controversies continue to overshadow his campaign

In the final moments of the final televised debate ahead of the June 30 primary, U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper returned to a familiar refrain in making his most forceful argument yet about why he is better than his Democratic rival Andrew Romanoff. “Inside the state of Colorado, I haven’t lost yet. And Andrew hasn’t […]

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Where Hickenlooper and Romanoff split on major policies in Democratic U.S. Senate primary

The Democratic U.S. Senate primary is offering Colorado voters clear choices in terms of what policy direction they want to see in Washington. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper is taking a more centrist approach and calling for an evolution when it comes to health care and the environment, while former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff wants […]

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What we know — and don’t — about the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate after the second debate

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper continues to avoid questions about state ethics violations and his decision to defy a subpoena, declining to say during a U.S. Senate debate Wednesday whether he did anything wrong or should be held accountable. His rival in the Democratic primary, Andrew Romanoff, said he’s not sure whether he believes Tara Reade’s […]

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3 takeaways from the first U.S. Senate debate between Democrats John Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff

John Hickenlooper touted his record as governor and ability to find compromise, and his rival Andrew Romanoff called for bolder action to address racial injustice, health care and climate change in the first Democratic U.S. Senate primary debate. The differences in style and substance between the candidates became clear from the start of the 30-minute […]

Posted inCOVID, Politics and Government

How the coronavirus snuffed the primary for U.S. Senate and cemented Hickenlooper as the front-runner

Not too long ago, this week should have marked a definitive moment in Andrew Romanoff’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. The insurgent progressive expected to stand on a big stage, in front of hundreds of supporters at the Colorado Democratic Party assembly, and claim the top line on the June 30 primary ballot. Instead, the […]

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Lorena Garcia casts herself as the true progressive in U.S. Senate race. But first she needs to make the ballot.

Inside a lesbian bar on East Colfax Avenue in Denver, a stream of Democrats — overwhelmingly young, diverse and hip — gather in front of a table with clipboards.  The white petitions glow in the neon light and beckon the three dozen in the crowd to help Lorena Garcia, a little-known candidate, qualify for Colorado’s […]