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Published: 02/8/11

Colorado GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams, 'Tired of the Nuts,' Steps Down

By  Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
Colorado GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams, 'Tired of the Nuts,' Steps Down

Saying he's "tired of the nuts who have no grasp of what the state party's role is," Colorado Republican Chairman Dick Wadhams won't run for re-election, setting up a potential free-for-all for the top job in one of the few states where GOP results were mixed in the 2010 midterms. The departure of Wadhams, a political fixture in what's become a purple state, could mean trouble for the GOP going into the 2012 presidential election. With tea party activists fired up to take control of the party operations, despite failures of their annointed candidates in the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial...

Published: 11/8/10

Republicans' Midterm Wave Didn't Drown Colorado Democrats

By  Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
Republicans' Midterm Wave Didn't Drown Colorado Democrats

One week after the Republican wave, GOP fingers are still pointing in Colorado, where the party saw mixed results in the 2010 midterm elections. There was good news for Colorado Republicans, for sure. GOP candidates defeated two Democratic House members, Rep. Betsy Markey in the 4th Congressional District and Rep. John Salazar in the 3rd CD. Republicans also took a narrow majority in the state House, winning it back from Democrats. They defeated incumbent Democrats in the state treasurer and secretary of state's office. And their gubernatorial candidate, Dan Maes, managed to poll 11 percent,...

Published: 11/2/10

Democrat John Hickenlooper Cruises in Crazy Colorado Governor Race

By  Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
Democrat John Hickenlooper Cruises in Crazy Colorado Governor Race

BOULDER, Colo. -- Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will move from Denver's City Hall to the Colorado governor's office in January. Hickenlooper had 52 percent of the vote, ahead of American Constitution Party candidate and former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, with 33 percent, with 34 percent of precincts reported. GOP nominee Dan Maes had 10 percent in perhaps the nation's wackiest governor's race. "The political campaign may be over but the business of putting Colorado back to work is just beginning," Hickenlooper told the crowd at a Democratic rally in Denver. "Everyone's going to be at our...

Published: 11/1/10

Governor, Senate Poll Roundup: Looking at the Closest Races

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Governor, Senate Poll Roundup: Looking at the Closest Races

A flood of new polls on this year's key governor and Senate races came out Sunday and Monday, and here are the ones that showed the tightest races and those where the margins are larger, but the outcome is still in at least some doubt. (You can find details of these polls, and links to them, further down this posting). -- One point separates Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck in the Colorado Senate race, according to Public Policy Polling. Fox News/Pulse Opinion Research gives Buck a four-point lead. -- The race for governor in Connecticut, where Republican Jodi Rell...

Published: 11/1/10

Video Interview: Tom Tancredo Charts His Own Path in Governor's Race

By  Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
Video Interview: Tom Tancredo Charts His Own Path in Governor's Race

From the speaking circuit in July to moving within five points of Democratic Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Tom Tancredo's independent streak is showing in the Colorado governor's race. Tancredo, a Republican former congressman and 2008 presidential candidate, is primarily known for his strident stance against illegal immigration. He considered a run for governor a year ago, but stayed out of the race as party leaders tried to narrow the field for former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis. But McInnis didn't make it to the August primary alone. Tea party favorite Dan Maes, a businessman with no...

Published: 11/1/10

Exclusive Interview: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper on Governor Campaign

By  Carl M. Cannon - Politics Daily
Exclusive Interview: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper on Governor Campaign

DENVER, Colorado -- Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper is a test case, a kind of human guinea pig. The proposition being tested is whether a nice guy -- or, more to the point, a politician who refuses to run negative political ads -- can still be elected in a contested statewide election in a swing state. That is the question Colorado voters are fixing to answer on Tuesday when they choose their next governor. "I look at the business world sometimes and you don't see General Motors doing attack ads about Toyota -- and there's a reason for it," he tells Politics Daily (interview highlights at...

Published: 10/29/10

Latest Roundup of Polls for Key Senate and Governor Races

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Latest Roundup of Polls for Key Senate and Governor Races

Our Friday roundup of polls and key governor and Senate races updates California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. You can find all the details and links to the polls under the state headings below. Check back here for more updates throughout the day. Alaska POLLS FROM THURSDAY: A new poll by Hays Research of the Alaska Senate race doesn't plug in incumbent Lisa Murkowski by name, but "write-in candidate" -- which is how she's running after her defeat in the GOP primary -- leads the field...

Published: 10/28/10

What Is Tom Tancredo's Religion?

By  Nia J Stanley - Politics Daily
What Is Tom Tancredo's Religion?

Tom Tancredo is the Constitution Party's candidate for Colorado governor. He is facing Democrat John Hickenlooper and Republican Dan Maes. As part of a Politics Daily series about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Tancredo. What is Tom Tancredo's religion? Tancredo is an Evangelical Presbyterian. Where does Tom Tancredo worship? Tancredo is a member of the Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colo., south of Denver. Was Tom Tancredo born into his religion, or did he convert? Tancredo is a former Roman Catholic who converted...

Published: 10/25/10

Tom Tancredo Gets Tea Party Boost in Run for Colorado Governor

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Tom Tancredo Gets Tea Party Boost in Run for Colorado Governor

Tom Tancredo's bid for governor of Colorado got a shot in the arm when the head of a national Tea Party group said she was backing the third-party candidate. Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, offered Tancredo her endorsement Monday, CNN reported. "Tom Tancredo has always been there for the constitutional conservative principles that drive the Tea Party movement, and I am honored to support him," said Amy Kremer, in a statement. The former GOP congressman, known for volatile comments on immigration, is running under the banner of the American Constitution Party. He has enjoyed...

Published: 10/25/10

Roundup of Governor, Senate Polls: Tom Tancredo Making a Race of It in Colorado

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Roundup of Governor, Senate Polls: Tom Tancredo Making a Race of It in Colorado

Our roundup of polls from over the weekend and Monday on the races for governor and Senate updates or adds Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia. The biggest news so far today in these polls is the Colorado governor's race. If you thought the Senate race was tight (a new poll has Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck tied), former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo has battled his way to within three points of Democrat John Hickenlooper, the mayor of Denver. For Republicans, this contest has been a...

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