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Colorado Dems champion health care public option, debate funding

AURORA — At a health-reform town hall gathering this weekend that brought together six members of the Colorado delegation to the nation's capital, Democrats, including Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, said that health care costs would continue to skyrocket unless insurance companies were subject to anti-trust regulation and to competition from a national non-profit government-insurance option.

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...

Polis takes progressive health message to a conservative corner

EDWARDS — The question put to Congressman Jared Polis by a man at Wednesday’s health-care town hall in Edwards drew a loud cheer from the majority of clearly conservative mountain-dwellers feeling disenfranchised by the ultra-liberal freshman Democrat from Boulder.

Obama Grand Junction stop met with GOP health-reform gamesmanship

President Obama aimed to lower the temperature of the health-reform debate in Colorado by appearing in person Saturday in Grand Junction and delivering a speech that framed health reform as essential economic policy, tying it to the national Recovery Act and future national prosperity. Colorado Republicans, however, weren't ready to see the heat go out of the debate. They saw the president's speech as mere strategy and so strategized in response.

Gardner health reform town hall not so much about health reform

State Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, is holding health-care town halls in the swing Fourth District, where he is also running to unseat Democratic U.S....

Conservative town hall strategy rooted in Chicago organizing text

When a small clatch of Larimer Republicans met with Fourth District GOP Congressional candidate Tom Lucero early this summer, they talked about taking up the organizing politics that won Obama the presidency. Lucero encouraged them. "Yes, we have to replicate Obama’s Chicago-style politics, Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals,’" he said. The elderly bunch nodded their heads but the flash of recognition at the name "Alinsky" wasn't exactly there. You can bet that fuzziness on the name is now gone.