Running for governor "was the most fun I've ever had," Tom Tancredo said last week, in a conversation that ranged from his rogue 2010 candidacy against John Hickenlooper and Dan Maes to Amendment 64 to the slopper at Gray's Coors Tavern to the Sudan to immigration. A lot about iimmigration. \ But he ... More >>
"Does the GOP have a death wish?" That's what former congressman, former gubernatorial candidate and longtime rabble-rouser Tom Tancredo asks, in the wake of a number of Republicans signing off last week on the Colorado Compact on Immigration. Tancredo, who left the Rrepublican Party to run for gov ... More >>
Election day may seem like a fading memory in Colorado. But the divisiveness of the race is alive in Boulder County, where members of the canvass board has refused to certify the results, arguing that there were many problems -- including dozens of precincts where they say more votes were counted th ... More >>
Doug Campbell knows just how important third-party candidacies can be (and how often they're ignored). After all, it was Tom Tancredo's run for governor in 2010 as the American Constitution Party candidate that elevated that group to major-party status here in Colorado, even though Tancredo has sinc ... More >>
Colorado's minor political parties have banded together to express major gripes with new rules from Secretary of State Scott Gessler -- rules that the groups say create conflicts of interest and threaten to undermine the integrity of upcoming elections.
After a weekend hiatus that included Barack Obama's visit to Aurora, the presidential campaigns are no longer on pause to honor the victims of the theater shooting. (Count on the tragedy to come up at the first presidential debate -- October 3 in Denver.) And Colorado, too, is gearing up for the Nov ... More >>
The country's third-largest political party, the Libertarian Party, got its start here in Colorado 41 years ago. And this morning, the Libertarian Party of Colorado will fire up its state convention at the Double Tree in Aurora (a new convention hotspot), with a schedule that includes a presidential ... More >>
The Colorado Republicans held their caucuses last month. The Colorado Democrats have launched a caucus locator to help members find their caucus sites tonight. And the American Constitution Party, the state's third major party? "We're going to do the best job we can," says Doug Campbell. "Let the ch ... More >>
Doug CampbellThe American Constitution Party has a major problem in Colorado. Because Republican renegade Tom Tancredo, who ran for governor on the ACP ticket in 2010, got more than 36 percent of the vote in 2010 in the race against Republican Dan Maes and Democrat John Hickenlooper, the ACP ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.As today's appearances by Ron Paul and Rick Santorum make clear, Colorado's caucus is a week away for Republicans, one of three major political parties in this state. That's right: Because Tom Tancredo did so well in the last gubernatorial election, the American Constitution Part ... More >>
Dan MaesWhile Governor John Hickenlooper was wrapping up his first legislative session and Tom Tancredo was riding the right-wing blogosphere last week, the also-ran in that race, Dan Maes, was demonstrating that if you only get 11 percent of the vote, it doesn't matter if you topple a thicke ... More >>
Westword is asking readers to help us select a Shmuck of the Year by rolling out a new candidate each week throughout the month of December. The winner -- loser -- will be announced on January 3. Our first candidate was the newly fired Josh McDaniels. This week, say hello to Scott McInnis ... More >>
Nice head.As if the Wynkoop Brewing Company didn't have enough going on today -- it announced that it will join with Breckenridge Brewing -- it has also named (tentatively) the beer it plans to brew in honor of brewery co-founder and Governor-elect John Hickenlooper. Hickenlooper's InaugurAl ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.The Republican Study Committee of Colorado will hold a summit on illegal immigration at the Capitol today, with an agenda packed with heavyweight speakers and issues (violence, "competitive challenges for businesses") -- but no mention of the man who's kept the discussion of ille ... More >>
Doug Campbell.By inching over 10 percent of the vote last Tuesday, Dan Maes saved the Colorado Republican Party from the humiliation of falling to minor-party status. But while Tom Tancredo didn't win the race, his 30 percent-plus of the vote elevated the American Constitution Party to a majo ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.Dan Maes wound up having more support than predicted, preventing the Republican Party that nominated him from falling to minor-party status. And some of his backers are clearly upset about how everything shook out on election day. That's made clear by the following comment, whic ... More >>
George Hickenlooper and friend.Yesterday, we told you about plans to dedicate the Starz Denver Film Festival to George Hickenlooper, a filmmaker who died in Denver on Saturday, only days prior to the fest premiere of his latest film, the Kevin Spacey vehicle Casino Jack. But another project n ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.We know that Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes will be honking and waving on election day, and the campaign of Dem John Hickenlooper has announced he'll be doing the same; look for him at three Denver locations beginning at 11:10 a.m. And American Constitution Party ho ... More >>
Miguel Lopez.It's not often that a gubernatorial hopeful encourages voters to support someone else. But marijuana activist and write-in candidate Miguel Lopez touts independent Paul Fiorino as the pick of choice for those who support weed legalization -- or relegalization, as he calls it -- ... More >>
Dan Maes.If the Republican Party slips to minor-party status in Colorado, which will happen if Dan Maes fails to get 10 percent of the gubernatorial vote, it could face a major problem. No, not the fundraising limitations that have already been reported, but a sudden flood of would-be Republi ... More >>
Karl Rove.Karl Rove has spent much of the last week in Colorado: stumping for candidates, pontificating in Aspen -- "Moscow in the Colorado Rockies" -- and addressing the Colorado Committee for Heritage last night, where, in assessing the current campaign season for the conservative crowd, he ... More >>
Pat Waak.Yesterday, state GOP chieftain Dick Wadhams weighed in on the upcoming election, predicting much ugliness for Democrats. Shockingly, head Dem Pat Waak has a very different take. She doesn't foresee the kind of Democratic apocalypse plenty of pundits are predicting.
At 4 p.m. today, a rally will be held in support of the DREAM Act, a proposal that would allow select undocumented students who've lived in America for at least five years and graduate from a U.S. high school the chance to earn legal residency status. The measure faces steep obstacles -- but ... More >>
On Tuesday, when Tom Tancredo was waiting to see if he would stay on the ballot, the American Constitution Party candidate for governor overtook official Republican Party candidate Dan Maes in the polls. It was just the latest thrill in a campaign that has had more twists and turns than the M ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.The lawsuit filed against Tom Tancredo has fallen short of its goal: A judge has ruled that Tancredo's name will remain on the November ballot. The decision pleases Tancredo campaign operations manager Cliff Dodge -- but he's still irritated that his guy had to jump through this ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.It didn't take long to get to the main event at the Denver District Court today. Tom Tancredo was the first witness called to the stand to defend his right to run for governor on the American Constitution Party ticket.
Tom Tancredo.As a third-party candidate, Tom Tancredo wasn't invited to be part of the Club 20 gubernatorial debate in Grand Junction this weekend. Not unless he wanted to sit in the audience, that is. But nobody puts Tommy in a corner!
Tom Tancredo.If ever there were a year to welcome third-party candidates in the statewide political dialogue, this is it. After all, the two main parties aren't exactly giving voters a lot of choices, and Tom Tancredo's American Constitution Party candidacy has made people think. But the org ... More >>
Jaimes Brown.Jaimes Brown isn't happy. The Colorado Libertarian candidate for governor wasn't invited to a Channel 12 gubernatorial debate on September 10. He says he found out about the debate in a Denver Post article after the event had been taped.
Jaimes Brown.At the 2008 Libertarian National Convention in Denver, some party members derisively passed around shots of Scope to wash the bad taste from their mouths following the presidential nomination of former Republican, Bob Barr. It wasn't just that Barr was seen as an impure strain o ... More >>
From the cover of Pat Miller's latest book.Just in the nick of time, Colorado gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo has a new running mate on the American Constitution Party ticket. And no, it's not Michelle Malkin. Former state representative and author Pat Miller will be Tancredo's lieutenan ... More >>
Doug Campbell.Earlier today, Patricia Calhoun told you about American Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo choosing former state rep Pat Miller as his running mate. How does previously announced lieutenant guv hopeful Doug "Dayhorse" Campbell feel about that? Very good, th ... More >>
Michelle Malkin.With the deadline for printing Colorado's ballot fast approaching, Tom Tancredo will have to move fast if he wants to replace Doug "Dayhorse" Campbell, the American Constitution Party lieutenant governor candidate he inherited when he took the top spot. The name of conservativ ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.Update below: As big-name Republicans begin to rally 'round gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes -- former senators Hank Brown and Wayne Allard signed on yesterday -- any GOP hopes of Maes stepping aside evaporates. So while today is the deadline for Maes's lieutenant governor pick, ... More >>
Dan Maes.Dan Maes is about to make his first big move as the official Republican Party candidate for governor -- and no, it's not getting out of the race, as all those official Republican Party officials are still hoping, or complaining to the Denver Post about unfair coverage. It's picking ... More >>
Scott McInnisIt's been a good week to make fun of Dan Maes. But this whole bikes equal communism, let's take away jobs circus might not have mattered had it not been for his opponent's colossal stumble in the polls. Scott McInnis, as you will recall, plagiarized a report on water issues for w ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.The Libertarian Party -- which got its start in Colorado close to forty years ago -- has two candidates for governor in the upcoming primary. But you don't hear David K. Williams, chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, whining about Tom Tancredo entering the race as a third- ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.This morning, we caught up with candidate for governor Tom Tancredo doing something that should prepare him for the campaign to come -- picking up trash in his backyard. There'll be more rubbish in his future, no doubt. But he takes a moment to discuss his formal entry into the r ... More >>
Dick Wadhams.In recent days, Colorado Republican Party boss Dick Wadhams has been eager to chat about Tom Tancredo. On Friday in this space, Wadhams blasted Tancredo's planned run for governor, and he gave Tancredo an earful on a radio talk show yesterday. But now that Tancredo is in the race ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.Even before alleged plagiarist Scott McInnis released a statement refusing to kowtow to Tom Tancredo's high noon ultimatum to drop out of the governor's race, Tancredo had already told the Denver Post that he would launch his own gubernatorial bid. And although it's not official, ... More >>
Cory Voorhis.Cory Voorhis is still fighting to get his job back after being fired as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent for blowing the whistle in controversial fashion on a plea-bargaining practice. But he's also got his eye on a new gig. He's actively campaigning on behalf of Jam ... More >>
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