Santorum Sweep Defies Conventional Wisdom

February 9, 2012
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DENVER, CO – Nobody really saw Rick Santorum coming. Even Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli, whose job is to keep his finger on the Colorado political pulse, admits he was as surprised as anyone by Santorum’s victory in the Feb. 7 Republican caucus vote.

“About 24 hours beforehand, I had some people I respect tell me to look out for Santorum,” said Ciruli. “But, no, I can’t say I expected this.”

In what may be the biggest upset of the campaign season so far, Santorum won 40 percent of the Colorado vote to 35 percent for Mitt Romney, with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul divvying up the remainder of the spoils. Read more »

Despite Broad National Support, Romney Fails to Woo Colorado Caucusgoers

February 8, 2012

Romney speaks to Colorado supporters Tuesday night

DENVER, CO – The tone of the crowds was a signal, a warning shot. Other than the raucous rally at Arapahoe High School on Monday night, the crowds that greeted Mitt Romney at his campaign stops in Colorado were respectful, but not enamored with the former Massachusetts Governor.

Even though Romney likely had the plurality of support among all registered Republicans in Colorado, the advantage in caucuses goes to those candidates with a more passionate, even if not necessarily larger, base of support.

With turnout only around 8% of registered Republicans, it was not the broader GOP electorate that mattered, but those that showed up at their local high school or elementary school classroom to cast their vote in the Presidential preference poll. Read more »

Underdog Gingrich in Golden for Energy Speech

February 7, 2012

Newt GingrichGOLDEN, CO – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made his first appearances in Colorado on Monday, just one day before the state’s Republican voters headed to their precinct caucuses to vote in a Presidential preference poll and select fellow party members who will eventually comprise the 36 delegates and 33 alternates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida in late August.

Gingrich spent the day in Golden, Colorado, beginning with a morning rally and followed by a speech centered on energy policy at the 2012 Colorado Election Energy Summit held at the Colorado School of Mines.

Gingrich came out swinging at President Barack Obama’s energy policies.

“This is the most anti-American energy administration you’ve ever had,” said Gingrich, drawing applause. He pointed to urban policy makers out-of-touch with the energy concerns of the majority of Americans, citing the cost of fuel and the impact it has on consumable goods like groceries.

“You have an administration whose policies are wrong on national security grounds, they’re wrong on American job-creating grounds, and they’re wrong on cost of living grounds,” Gingrich argued. Read more »

Statehouse Ethics Panel Sets Parameters in Bradford Investigation

February 7, 2012

DENVER, CO– The House Ethics Committee convened Monday to hash out preliminary guidelines for the investigation into allegations that Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, received special treatment by Denver Police officers on Jan. 25, who was cited for careless driving and an improper turn – but was not administered sobriety tests though the legislator had been drinking.

The committee is asking news media to provide videos of interviews withBradford, and the Denver Police Department to produce copies of the traffic citations and any relevant reports by5 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 10. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Latino Vote Should Worry Obama, Not Republicans

February 6, 2012

In recent weeks and months, we have seen a flurry of Republican kingmakers and pundits offering advice on how Republicans can “woo the Latino vote.” Such commentaries seem to appear on a regular cycle every three or four months. What we seldom see is Democrats worrying about the Latino vote. But they should.

What is missing from the speculation on the so-called Latino vote is any historical perspective or understanding of the trends of the last 40 years. Everybody knows that Obama got 67% of the Latino vote in 2008, but who remembers that Clinton got 72% of that vote in 1996? Or that Republican congressional candidates have never received more than 35% of the Latino vote nationally yet somehow manage to win elections. Read more »

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