We've noted in this space before before the tendency among Colorado governors to load up the state parole board with former Denver police officers, as if the job was essentially an $85,000-a-year private security gig. Judging from John Hickenlooper's new appointments to the board, that streak ... More >>
John Salazar.A winner wasn't declared in the Michael Bennet-Ken Buck senate race until this morning due to a razor-thin margin of victory for Bennet, who's making his victory announcement at City Park moments from now. In contrast, virtually every major news outlet in the state declared last ... More >>
Ed Perlmutter.Update: Leslie Oliver, campaign spokeswoman for Ed Perlmutter, says a recent attack ad inaccurately claiming that the 7th District congressman supported supplying Viagra to convicted rapists isn't the first time an outside group called the American Action Network has battered hi ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.Are you ready for Governor Tom Tancredo? Better at least entertain the possibility, because his poll numbers continue to rise, while those of Dem John Hickenlooper and Republican Dan Maes keep slipping. That's the word from a just-released Rasmussen Reports survey, which shows T ... More >>
Ken Buck.On Monday, we told you about Ken Buck's decision not to prosecute an alleged 2005 rape, which liberal organizations view as evidence that he lacks compassion for women. Buck spokesman Owen Loftus sees something different -- an unfair assault on Buck's character that exploits the wom ... 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.
Tom Tancredo.Yesterday, Tom Tancredo's campaign sent out a release noting that Dan Maes had earlier said only candidates polling above 20 percent should be invited to participate in gubernatorial debates and wondering if he'd pull out now that a new Fox News poll puts him below that threshold ... More >>
Dick Morris.Dick Morris, the former Bill Clinton hire-turned-Hillary Clinton loather, is the featured attraction at an August 17 fundraiser for Scott Tipton, who's running for Congress against incumbent John Salazar. But while Salazar has lately gotten some recent bad press over accusations o ... More >>
Jane Norton isn't the only one gunning for Ken Buck. Colorado's rogue Republican candidate for Michael Bennet's U.S. Senate seat became the subject of some national target practice yesterday, in a Politico piece headlined "Primary Words Haunt Ken Buck." Words like "Social Security," which Buc ... More >>
Ken Buck.Proof that Ken Buck, once thought to be an also-ran in the U.S. Senate race, is now perceived as a serious threat: He's the target of attacks from fellow Republican senate hopeful Jane Norton as well as Pat Waak, head of the Colorado Democratic Party. Waak believes current frontrunn ... More >>
Note: This story cartoon will appear in this week's issue of Westword. Politicians and tarot decks are amazingly similar. Both were created for trick-taking games, and both are largely used by the foolhardy to foretell the future. The personalities of Colorado's most widely known politicians ... More >>
"Either way, I'm a winner."Yesterday, we told you about bickering between Republican senatorial hopefuls Ken Buck and Jane Norton over Sarah Palin's Denver appearance on Saturday. Buck said it would be rude of Palin to endorse Norton, which the grapevine says she plans to do, the same day as ... More >>
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By now, the rest of the country knows that Colorado Democrats are either very tired or have fat butts. They must, because they keep talking about benches -- deep ones. "The Colorado Democratic Party has a deep bench, there are a lot of people who are able to step in and do this job," Governo ... More >>
Pat Waak.Surprise: Colorado Democratic Party chair Pat Waak's take on Governor Bill Ritter's decision not to run for reelection is considerably different from the one offered earlier today by her Republican counterpart, Dick Wadhams. But she does concede that the out-of-the-blue declaration t ... More >>
Ryan Frazier made a smart move, even though his announcement last Thursday that he was switching from a run for the U.S. Senate to go for the 7th Congressional District seat currently occupied by Ed Perlmutter was completely overshadowed by a certain silver balloon. But someone took notice: ... More >>
Ryan Frazier seen leaning to the left. It's a camera trick.Earlier today, former U.S. Senate candidate Ryan Frazier officially became current House candidate Ryan Frazier, announcing his intention to challenge Representative Ed Perlmutter in the 7th Congressional District during an appearance ... More >>
Michelle Malkin.The instant it became clear that Maurice Schwenkler, busted for smashing windows at Colorado Democratic Party headquarters earlier this week, was a far-left radical, not a right-wing healthcare-reform opponent, Republicans began to salivate, and that makes perfect sense. After ... More >>
What's the deal, Schwenkler? The windows of the Colorado Democratic Party headquarters at 777 North Santa Fe Drive were smashed around 2:20 am this morning. As we reported earlier, 24-year-old Maurice Schewenkler was arrested for the crime. Apparently, an officer just happened to be driving b ... More >>
This morning, KHOW's Peter Boyles, one of numerous Clear Channel Denver talk-show hosts who thrust themselves into the spotlight at yesterday's tax-day Tea Party protest, was in high dudgeon about a 9News report by correspondent Thanh Truong that allegedly besmirched the reputations of the thousands ... More >>
Mike Coffman. Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman's been on a roll lately. First, his office didn't respond to a New York Times article claiming that thousands of names may have been illegally stricken from Colorado's voting rolls -- a public-relations botch he subsequently chalked up to "mis ... More >>
On July 6, the New York Times published "Delays and Rising Costs for Convention Raise Worries for Democrats," a compendium of information and speculation about preparations for August's Democratic National Convention. A lot of the most embarrassing items in it surfaced previously in the Denver daili ... More >>
In his first week running his new website, Brad Jones crashed a state representative. What will he do for an encore?
Immigration writer Luis Alberto Urrea highlights a Celebration of Democracy.
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