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The deep-pocketed outside groups that spent millions to influence the race...

The top race for the state legislature in 2016, at least in terms of spending by the candidates, was the contest between Republican incumbent...

Homestretch: The six Colorado House races to watch

  Republicans must win two seats now held by Democrats Tuesday to take over the state House of Representatives. That’s not likely to happen, but...

DA consortium on Zenzinger fortune cookies: No crime here

With less than a week to go before the votes are counted in her hotly-contested district, Colorado state Senate candidate Rachel Zenzinger is working...

Opposition group still spreading lies about China trip Zenzinger never took

Colorado state Senate candidate Rachel Zenzinger is once again in the peculiar position of having to insist that she has never been to China....

Hard-to-trace ‘gray money’ raises the stakes in big Colorado races

With the election only a month away and mail ballots due out in less than two weeks, “gray money” groups are pouring millions of...

‘China Girl’ ad levels blatant false charge in key state Senate...

Colorado Citizens for Accountable Government, a conservative politics organization, is back, spending heavily in state elections this cycle. And some of the roughly $200,000...

Colorado GOP donors fly below the radar with maze of 527...

In Colorado, organizing, infrastructure and fundraising within the Democratic Party and progressive organizations are the stuff of legend. The story of how liberal mega-millionaires and single-minded cooperation on the left turned this formerly solid red state to purple and blue have been told and retold for years. The story of coordination among conservatives groups, however, and the way millions of dollars each election cycle slosh to candidates and causes on the right has received relatively scant attention.

Ugly independent political spending in Colorado tripled in the last election...

It will come as no surprise to Coloradans force-fed a fire-hose stream of ugly and untrustworthy campaign election material over the last two years that independent spending-- spending directly tied to no candidate and mostly free of accountability-- more than tripled in the state from 2008 to 2010. This according to a recent report released by watchdog group Follow the Money, which singles out Colorado for study. The authors report that, although the state has relatively strong disclosure laws, larger changes in campaign finance rules have let loose here as everywhere in the country a storm of money and a sea of roiling paperwork that can cover over as much as it reveals.

Payday loan providers help introduce bipartisan bill to House

The battle over payday loan fees will strain partisan loyalties at the Legislature again this year as new legislation was introduced Friday in the House.

Ugly attack mailer battle moves to House District 34

A smear war waging between independent political groups has moved south from House District 50, which includes Greeley on the northern Front Range, to House District 34, just north of Denver. The similarly named groups, Accountability for Colorado on the left and Colorado Citizens for Accountable Government on the right, have sent out ugly mailers the last few weeks stretching the truth to the breaking point.