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Shaffer nets $112K in fourth quarter amid rumors he may jump...

Democratic state Senate President Brandon Shaffer, who is running fpr Congress against freshman Republican Rep. Cory Gardner in Colorado's Fourth District, reported today that he pulled down $112,000 from more than 600 donors in the final quarter of 2011. The report comes as news circulates that Shaffer is testing the waters in the state's Sixth Congressional District.

Gardner digs in with Big Oil

Colorado Fourth-District Republican US Rep Cory Gardner is filling his campaign coffers for 2012 as he did in 2010 by leaning heavily on oil-and-gas industry donors. He raked in $370,000 in the quarter that just ended. That's the most of any candidate for federal office from Colorado and topped his take in previous quarters by roughly $100,000. One of every ten dollars Gardner brought in last quarter came from oil and gas, and this quarter the percentage is higher, coming in at roughly 12 percent. That notable campaign finance record paired with the high-profile pro-drilling and environmental-regulation-rollback positions he has taken mark out the freshman congressman as an aspiring top-level advocate for oil and gas on the Hill.

Surprise: Colorado Democratic Party hates latest GOP congressional map

Update: Dems release map that would sacrifice ground in CD4 to make CD3 and CD6 more competitive (see image below). The battle in Colorado over the shape of next decade's congressional districts continues. State Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio fired off a response to the latest proposed map released by state Republicans. Democrats want to draw more competitive districts. Republicans want to effectively retain existing districts. Democrats argue that competition will result in greater lawmaker responsiveness and less partisanship. Republicans say they are seeking to avoid disruption and retain communities of interest.

Gardner leads in fundraising, much of it from mining, oil and...

Freshman U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner pulled in more campaign contributions than any other congressional candidate in the second quarter of the year, according to the Greeley Tribune, with more than 10 percent of the funds coming from mining, oil and gas companies. The Republican lawmaker in the mineral-rich 4th Congressional District of northeastern Colorado has been a consistent proponent of more domestic drilling and mining.

State, federal health reform expands Medicaid eligibility by 200K in Colorado

The Colorado Health Institute, the state's non-partisan non-ideological non-profit source for health care information, is reporting that state and federal laws passed in the...

Gardner to soak up funds at event hosted by BP lobbyist

If he’s as “spineless” as Cory Gardner’s race-baiting critics say he is, it’s probably really hard to say no to oil and gas money...

More from NPR poll: Battleground district voters generally upset

A closer look at the NPR-commissioned Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Public Opinion Strategies poll (pdf) on battleground district voters reveals a complex set of...

Poll: Markey right, Gardner wrong on health reform

In the wake of a Congressional Budget Office report finding that current health reform legislation would cut the deficit by $138 billion in ten years, Colorado Fourth District U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey confirmed that she planned to vote to pass the legislation this weekend. State Rep. Cory Gardner, the GOP frontrunner seeking to unseat Markey in November, wasted no time blasting her for the decision.

Malkin’s telephone Tea Party clogs Salazar, Markey’s voice mail, email

Apparently one of the favorite Tea Party pastimes is hanging out with a few thousand of your best, most conservative friends and flooding the...

Gardner feeds the Obama citizenship beast at health-care town hall

State Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, in his bid to oust Democratic U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey next year and become former Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave’s...