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Paccione Raises $295,000

Democrat Angie Paccione raised $295,000Â for her campaign against Republican Marilyn Musgrave in CD-4. Paccione’s campaign hasn’t been able to really catch fire, but her Q2 fundraising at least keeps her in the mix for national support later.

Click below for the full press release…


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Republicans Scrambling to Recover in Special Session

Republicans don’t seem to know how to get out of the mess they created with the special session. Governor Owens called the special session in an attempt to get as illegal immigration measure on the ballot after a Colorado court struck it down, but Democrats have so outmaneuvered Republicans that the GOP has been left making contradictory and confusing statements. As the Rocky Mountain News reports:

The Senate gave initial approval to a Democratic measure that would ban government services to illegal immigrants beginning Aug. 1. Democrats said their proposal, if signed into law, would be the toughest in the nation and does far more to crack down on illegal immigration than a thwarted GOP-backed ballot measure that led to the special session.

But Republicans dismissed House Bill 1023 as a do-nothing measure, and said they still believe voters should have a say on the issue in November. “It’s a dereliction of duty to come up with something short of a ballot measure,” said Sen. Steve Johnson, R-Fort Collins.

Johnson obviously wants to see a measure restricting services for illegal immigrants on the ballot, because Republicans believe it will help boost turnout among their base. Democrats pulled a fast one on Republicans by seeking to enact a similar measure as of August 1, thus eliminating the need for the ballot measure. Republicans who say that it should instead  be on the ballot aren’t going to make a lot of sense to the average voter. Democrats can say, “Republicans want to make this a political issue, but we’re trying to solve the problem now.” Republicans look like the ones who are only playing politics.

Even Governor Owens is getting in his share of contradictions. He called HB-1023 a “do-nothing” piece of legislation, which is exactly what critics said of the ballot measure he favors. As Square State rightly points out, Owens is sounding more than a little hypocritical here.

Democrats are making Republicans look silly, and the GOP is only helping the cause by barking about…nothing. They’d be better off trying to claim credit for making Democrats address the issue further in a special session, but instead they’re intent on jumping up and down and throwing a tantrum because things didn’t go their political way. That’s not going to help them in November.

Salazar Will Support Lieberman

We didn’t get a chance to get to this story yesterday, so here it is today. As the Rocky Mountain News reports:

Sen. Ken Salazar is risking the ire of some fellow Democrats by pledging to support incumbent Sen. Joe Lieberman, of Connecticut, in November’s election whether or not he wins the Democratic primary. Lieberman, a centrist and stalwart supporter of the war in Iraq, is facing a serious challenge from anti-war candidate Ned Lamont in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary.

Last week, Lieberman announced he was circulating petitions to run on the ballot as an independent even if he loses the Democratic primary. Liberal activists have been trying to pressure national Democrats to support the winner of the primary, even if it is not the incumbent. This week, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., said she would not back Lieberman if he loses the primary.

But Salazar said Wednesday that he is in Lieberman’s camp and that he will support him in an independent bid if he loses the Democratic primary. “I will support Joe Lieberman for the primary and beyond the primary,” Salazar said. “I appreciate his strong stance of independence. We need more senators like Joe Lieberman.”

Salazar plans to campaign with Lieberman July 30 in Connecticut. Salazar and Lieberman were part of a bipartisan “gang of 14” senators who played a role in ending the flap over judicial filibusters, and they’ve formed another “gang” focused on ways of promoting energy independence.

What do you think?


Baisley Still Mad About…Um…Whatever

We’ve posted before on this feud between Republicans Ted Harvey and Mark Baisley, who are locked in a primary in SD-30, mostly because we’re entertained by the press releases sent out by Baisley’s campaign. The Baisley camp is trying to make a big deal out of something that, frankly, is really difficult to understand. Take the first paragraph of their latest press release, for example:

Former Senate District 30 Chairman and candidate for Colorado Senate District 30, Mark Baisley (R-Douglas County), today asked Ted Harvey, his primary opponent for the open Senate seat in SD 30, to explain to voters what Harvey did with the money that he improperly raised via the internet. Several weeks ago, Harvey was using scare tactics to solicit funds from pro life advocates outside of the state by using the internet to say that Harvey was in a contested race against pro life millionaires that wanted to punish Ted for his strong pro life stand. This is untrue. His opponent, Mark Baisley, is a strong pro life conservative with broad support in pro life movement because of his well-reasoned positions and his intellectual commitment to pro life philosophy.?

Umm…Yeah. Okay. Because that apparently wasn’t enough to discuss, the press release throws in an extra topic later on:

In another matter, Baisley defended Harvey?s slip of the tongue yesterday when Harvey called Democrat candidate Bill Ritter ?Gov. Ritter? during a press conference held at the capitol.

?Anyone can make an honest mistake when they are nervous in front of so many people,? said Baisley. ?Even people who are well-spoken can. Slips of the tongue can make for funny headlines and I?m sure Ted?s embarrassed by it. But I?m not interested in honest, well-meant mistakes.?

That’s good stuff.Click below for the full press release…



Looking Ahead to CD-7 Stretch Run

We?ve got our helmets on just in case, but please don?t shoot the messenger?

With one month to go until the primary to decide which Democrat will emerge in CD-7, which is widely considered the most competitive seat in the country, we?re starting to get a good look at the likely scenarios.

Rahm Emanuel, chair of the DCCC, has apparently told colleagues and representatives from several PACs that Peggy Lamm is the clear favorite to win the primary unless Ed Perlmutter can turn his campaign around quickly ? as in, a couple of days, not a couple of weeks. Several internal polls continue to show Lamm ahead.

But it?s not over yet. First, the good news for Perlmutter: His campaign says that they raised about $300,000 in Q2, leaving them with $515,000 cash on hand. Perlmutter has already paid for about $500,000 in TV time, and with an expected blitz of support from a 527 committee, he has the juice to get his message out to the voters.

The problem for Perlmutter could be that he waited too long. We?re hearing a lot of chatter, both locally and nationally, wondering what?s taking the Perlmutter campaign so long to get moving.

Perlmutter?s camp has sent out a few pedestrian mail pieces, while Lamm?s campaign has dropped a few strong attack pieces that have effectively painted Perlmutter as being in bed with the oil & gas lobby ? and team Perlmutter hasn?t done much to refute it. In fact, Perlmutter has done little to define a message at all. Lamm is painting herself as the tough Democrat who is a better choice than the oil & gas connected Perlmutter, while Herb Rubenstein is taking over the left of the debate with his Iraq withdrawal message (and going on network and cable TV today to get that message across). Meanwhile, the only consistent message Perlmutter has gotten out is to tell people that he has lived in the district for 25 years ? something the average voter doesn?t care about (political insiders may care, but average voters do not).

Lamm has had the momentum in the race for the last month, and normally the campaign that has the momentum heading into the final weeks ends up winning the race; it takes a long time to swing momentum back in your favor, and Perlmutter hasn?t been trying to do that yet.

Lamm is still the candidate with the momentum, she?s raising more money than she ever has (which is another sign that donors are recognizing the changing winds), and EMILYs List is reportedly set to do a $375,000 independent expenditure on her behalf.

Rubenstein is now the candidate with the buzz because of his TV commercial. He doesn?t look to have the resources to extend his message, but how many easy votes is he picking up now?

Meanwhile, Perlmutter has the campaign that is telling people, ?Just wait until?? Until what? The election is in four weeks.

The reason you can?t wait this long to move is because mail-in ballots are already on their way. More than half of voters in CD-7 may have already cast their ballots by the time August 8 rolls around. It takes a good week of TV advertising to really start seeing a message come across and attracting voters, and even if you are swaying voters, many of them probably already voted. Perlmutter may very well be able to take over the airwaves soon, but it may not matter. It may be too late.

This time last year, Perlmutter was being called the overwhelming favorite by Emanuel. It was his race to lose, and despite Lamm?s momentum and lead in the polls, it?s probably still his race to lose because he has the resources to turn it around. But that?s only if something significant happens, and soon. Sometimes the candidates who should win don?t win, and that may be what happens in CD-7.

Predicting the Primaries

Colorado Pols readers have been pretty good at predicting election outcomes in the past, so let’s give it another whirl, shall we? Please vote below based on your educated guess at what is going to happen, not on which candidate you personally like better…


Legislative Races Fundraising

Now that we’re getting down to the nitty gritty in the campaigns for 2006, we’ll start tracking the money for some of the top legislative races. You can click below for the full list, but there are a few numbers that really jump out:


  1. Betty Boyd and Matt Knoedler are both raising a lot of money in SD-21, which should be the top Senate race.

  3. Democrat Moe Keller has a 5-to-1 money lead over Republican Dick Sargent in SD-20.

  5. Republican Kiki Traylor is raising significantly more money than her two Republican opponents in SD-22.

  7. Democrat Gail Schwartz has nearly $90,000 cash on hand, NINE times more than Republican Lew Entz in SD-5.

  9. Democrat Lois Tochtrop has almost four times the cash on hand as fellow Dem Val Vigil in SD-24.

  11. Republican Dave Lewis has $33.70 cash on hand in SD-32. Yes, you read that right. Lewis has no shot at winning that seat, so this isn’t a big deal, but it’s still funny to see a report like that.

Elsewhere, take these numbers with a grain of salt, because outside committees will pump a LOT of money into these races. Outside committees will spend significantly more money in these races than any of the candidates will raise themselves:


  1. Neither Republican in HD-23 is raising much money for the right to take on incumbent Democrat Gwyn Green.

  3. Republican Affie Ellis outraising incumbent Democrat Debbie Benefield.

  5. Republican Dave Owen not raising as much money as you might think for somebody who has been in the legislature for the last, oh, 75 years. Democrat Jim Riesberg has a healthy lead right now.

Click below for the rest of the numbers…


Rubenstein Goes on TV

Democrat Herb Rubenstein appears to be the first of the three donkeys running for congress in CD-7 to hit the airwaves. Colorado Lib has Herb’s ad online — an ad that is likely to really shake things up with one month to go.

O’Donnell Raises $305,000

Republican Rick O’Donnell announced today that his campaign for congress in CD-7 raised $305,000 in Q2, leaving him with a total cash on hand amount of $859,000

Click below for the awkwardly-written press release…


Beauprez Fundraising Numbers Out

Republican Bob Beauprez’s fundraising numbers for June are out. Beauprez raised $149,158 in June, significantly less than Democrat Bill Ritter pulled in during the same period. Here’s how the two candidates for governor stack up…

Bob Beauprez (R)
$149,158 raised in June
$837,509 cash on hand

Bill Ritter (D)
$360,000 raised in June
$n/a cash on hand

Attorney General Fundraising Numbers

Democrat Fern O’Brien?isn’t?keeping up in fundraising with?incumbent John Suthers in?the race for Attorney General.?O’Brien now has so little cash on hand compared to Suthers that this race is all but over.

John Suthers (R)
$21,425 raised in June
$217,362 cash on hand

Fern O’Brien (D)
$14,430 raised in June
$8,221 cash on hand

More Fallout from Beauprez Flip-Flop on 38

The Rocky Mountain News editorial board takes Bob Beauprez to task today for his flip-flop on support for?Amendment 38. As the News points out, why would Beauprez have ever though backing 38 would be a good idea?

Republican Bob Beauprez’s three-page explanation for why he yanked his support last week from Amendment 38 is almost as dense and detailed as the amendment itself. So permit us to offer a loose translation that involves some reading between the lines:

“Good grief! I can’t believe how many business people who by all rights ought to be in my corner as I run for governor positively hate this amendment. And if there’s one thing I fear more than the mocking phrase ‘Both Ways Bob’ that Marc Holtzman hung around my neck, it’s getting on the wrong side of my natural donor base.”…

…What surprises us is that the Republican standard bearer for governor, given the breadth of his connections, would fail to anticipate the business community’s hostility toward Amendment 38…

…What kind of reception among this state’s civic elites did Beauprez think he was going to encounter by endorsing a measure promoted by Doug Bruce, TABOR’s author, and longtime grassroots activists Dennis Polhill and Doug Campbell? Those three are not exactly known for ingratiating themselves with mainstream business and political leadership. Quite the contrary.

By endorsing Amendment 38, Beauprez appeared to be staking out a somewhat unexpected position as a grass-roots populist – and to heck with the fallout. Now he says, in effect, the endorsement was a thoughtless blunder. Any more such stumbles and Holtzman’s once implausible gibe will begin to sound prophetic.

Key Dates in Colorado Politics 2006

Monday is the last day to register to vote in the primary!

2006 Election: Key Dates

July 10: Last day to register to vote for the primary election.

July 28: Last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the primary election if the ballot is to be mailed.

July 29: Early voting begins for the primary election.

Aug. 4: Last day for early voting; last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the primary election if the ballot is not to be mailed.

Aug. 8: Primary Election Day.

Oct. 10: Last day to register to vote for the General Election.

Oct. 23: Early voting begins

Oct. 27: Last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the General Election if mailed.

Nov. 3: Last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the General Election if not mailed.

Nov. 3: Last day for early voting.

Nov. 7: Election Day.

For an exhaustive list of specific dates, consult the Secretary of State Web site.