Colorado Republicans Prepare for High Profile, Non-Binding Caucus

February 6, 2012

DENVER, CO – It’s politics at the most personal level, as Colorado Republicans gather tomorrow at their precinct caucuses to discuss and profess support for each of the four remaining GOP presidential candidates with their neighbors, and for the second time in four years, vote in a non-binding straw poll.

Most political observers expect former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, winner of Saturday’s Nevada caucus, to roll to another victory in Colorado. Such an outcome would make Romney 2-for-2 in the state’s preference poll after his 2008 romp.

Romney garnered just over 60 percent of the vote in Colorado’s 2008 straw poll, easily outpacing the eventual nominee, Sen. John McCain, by more than forty points. But while his support in Colorado remained considerable, Romney decided to end his campaign just days later, on February 7, 2008. Read more »

Resurgent Romney Arrives in Colorado Springs

February 6, 2012

Resurgent RomneyCOLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Newly minted with Secret Service protection, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign arrived in Colorado Springs on Saturday with a head full of steam coming off a large victory in the Florida primary and barreling towards a near certain one in Nevada’s caucuses later that evening.

Surrounded by members of his family and accompanied by South Dakota US Senator John Thune, who considered running for president himself this cycle, Mitt Romney came to Colorado looking to repeat his good fortune of 2008, when he nearly two-thirds of the vote at the caucuses.

Speaking to a crowd of 1000 people in the cavernous confines of Springs Fabrication, a metal plant, Romney displayed a frontrunner’s confidence, focusing his fire on President Obama rather than his fellow Republican contenders. Read more »

Primary Looms Large in Debate Over Health Exchange Law

February 4, 2012

DENVER, CO – The first attempt to pull the plug on the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act was “dead on arrival” in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee – but only after two and a half hours of vigorous debate over the proper role of government in the health care sector.

At least a dozen people testified for Senate Bill 12-053, a measure to repeal of the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act, sponsored by state Senator Tim Neville, R-Littleton, and Rep. Marsha Looper, R-Calhan, during the committee meeting on Thursday, Feb. 2. A few of people opposed the repeal measure.

Repeal proponents argued that the state health benefit exchange opened to the door to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, nicknamed “ObamaCare,” that was passed by Congress, and signed into law by President Barack Obama onMarch 23, 2010. Read more »

Our View: An Extended Primary is Good for GOP

February 4, 2012

The first few GOP primary competitions have been at once riveting, entertaining and revolting.  But what they have not been is decisive, prompting the usual hand-wringing among Republican Party elites who grumble that a “long, drawn out nomination contest” will cause irreparable harm to the eventual GOP nominee.  We disagree, and believe that the GOP is better served by a lively and extended soul-searching debate than they are a perfunctory coronation.

For starters, just four states have cast votes, and more than 90% of prospective delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this year have yet to be chosen.  For GOP establishment types to be lamenting the length of the primary season just one month into the state by state playoff is something that leaves many rank and file Republicans in the other 46 states scratching their heads. Read more »

Bradford Mulls Leaving GOP as Denver DA Weighs Charges

February 2, 2012

DENVER, CO – State Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, who has strongly objected to a House Ethics Committee investigating her run in with Denver law enforcement last week, is now threatening a change in party affiliation to either Democrat or unaffiliated or resign at the end of the 2012 session.

Bradford’s threat to disengage from the GOP would lead to a challenge of House leadership between House Speaker Frank McNulty and Democrat House Majority Leader Mark Ferandino.

The Republicans’ one member hold on the majority would change to 32 Republicans, 32 Democrats and 1 unaffiliated. Read more »

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