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Top campaign story of the year? Ken Buck’s implosion

Politics took on surreal tones in Colorado this year, with relative unknowns elected to major offices while other candidates rose from the ranks of the unknown only to fall back to near anonymity. Earlier this week. Today, we roll out out top two, the order of which could easily be switched.

Buck and Maes win Tea Party candidate forum straw poll

On Saturday at a South Denver Tea Party-hosted candidate forum, Republican candidates looking to reverse sweeping losses over the past series of elections took turns railing against government and business as usual in Washington and in Denver. Reflecting GOP campaigns across the country, they proposed sweeping cuts to programs, warned of the rise of socialism and ruminated on the greatest threats to national security. U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck and gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes won in straw polling over respective frontrunners Jane Norton and Scott McInnis.

Perlmutter calls Ritter decision ‘nightmare for Republican Party’

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, mentioned early and often as a potential Democratic replacement for Gov. Bill Ritter -- who announced Wednesday morning he won't...

Salazar deflects questions about possible run to replace Ritter

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Wednesday morning declined to say whether he would run for the governor’s office in the wake of Bill...

Natural gas sector banking on cold winter, economic surge to boost...

Analysts who track natural gas prices and supplies say the industry is banking on a cold winter and an economic recovery to bolster a...

McInnis warned Schaffer against misplacing mountains last year

Last spring, when U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer hastily pulled a campaign ad picturing Alaska's Mount McKinley and replaced it with one featuring Colorado landmark Pikes Peak, Scott McInnis didn't have much sympathy, but he did have some stern words of warning for his fellow Republican. "Such mishaps tend to accumulate, said former 3rd Congressional District U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, a Grand Junction Republican."

Candidate McInnis moves mountains — from Canadian Rockies to Colorado

What is it with Colorado politicians and their mountains? No, Mount McKinley isn't Pikes Peak, and the Canadian Rockies are nowhere to be found in the Centennial State. Hours after launching his campaign Web site to much fanfare, official Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott McInnis yanked from the site a prominent graphic featuring a vista of Lake Louise, a resort nestled in the Canadian Rockies. The Canadian terrain appeared behind the question, "What do you want for the future of Colorado?"

GOP state lawmaker: ‘Pitchforks about to come out’ over drilling regulations

State Rep. Laura Bradford says ranchers and landowners in and around Grand Junction and Mesa County are enraged by new, more environmentally stringent drilling regulations keeping them from fully developing their oil and gas mineral rights.

Energy issues could trip up Western Slope Dems in 2010

A mineral royalty rights meeting that turned ugly in Grand Junction earlier this month is just a small taste of what’s coming for local and state Democrats running for re-election in 2010 on Colorado’s Western Slope, according to one lawmaker.

GOP DA takes on Salazar in CD3 for ‘confiscating destiny’s bounty’

Running on what will clearly be a “throw-the-bums-out” platform, Republican District Attorney Martin Beeson late Sunday officially announced his 2010 candidacy for the Western Slope’s 3rd Congressional District currently held by Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo.