While the primary date is June 24th, that’s really a misnomer thanks to Democrat-sponsored shredding of Colorado election laws in the last two legislative sessions.
A more accurate statement is “election season,” that ends on June 26th. Because of bills pushed through the legislature on strict party-line votes:
- There are no more “polling places”
- Every name on the voter rolls—including inactive voters—get a mail-in ballot
- Oh by the way, you can’t take names off the rolls just because they haven’t voted in forever.
- You can register to vote when you get a driver’s license, when you sign up for welfare benefits, when you sign up for Obamacare (or the Colorado equivalent)
- But if you missed all those opportunities, not to worry: you can do same-day registration at the new “voter service centers.”
- If you don’t have ID, don’t worry about that either. You don’t need it.
- Don’t worry too much about your signature on the ballot—they’re not checked very carefully.
- And finally, rest assured that your county clerk and recorder’s office is on top of counting the ballots. Citizen oversight of the process isn’t really wanted any more.
That’s how we conduct elections in Colorado these days. If any of that makes you wonder about the integrity behind our elections, it should. And you can do something about it by getting the best Republican candidates on the fall ballot. Fortunately, the caucus process narrowed the field in most races. But in some cases, candidates feared the grassroots activists and went around the caucuses to petition directly on to the ballot (a legal process).
Here’s the way I see the primary elections in El Paso County and Colorado. (You can see all my writing on the 2014 elections at The Voice of Liberty.)
State-wide primary: Governor
I’ve written about the governor’s race in March and again two weeks ago. Nothing’s changed. Two grassroots-supported candidates, Mike Kopp and Scott Gessler, made it onto the ballot. I like Mike. He’s been a leader in the state senate, has served in the Army and as a firefighter, has strong character and the support of people like former state Sen. Dave Schultheis and former U.S. Senator Hank Brown (who rarely endorses anyone).
Then there were two men who lost the governor’s race already—Beauprez in 2006 and Tancredo in 2010—who petitioned on. I think Tancredo just likes to run. I suspect he’s hoping people will forget that he left the Republican Party to run on the American Constitution Party’s ticket, almost ruining the Colorado GOP in the process. Beauprez was encouraged by wealthy friends to join the race just the week before the precinct caucuses. Mitt Romney endorses him. The man who lost the presidential race endorsing the man who lost the governor’s race. Hmm.
U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner is the consensus candidate. He’s in such a strong position that Udall and his minions are already running lies disguised as campaign ads against him. (You know the drill: War on Women, Too Extreme for Colorado, tool of special interests—all the usual stuff.)
Attorney General, Treasurer and Secretary of State are also settled. Cynthia Coffmann, Walker Stapleton and Wayne Williams will all need your support in the fall.
5th Congressional District
Eight-year incumbent Doug Lamborn is being challenged (again) by retired general Bentley Rayburn. Lamborn has been a conservative stalwart, voting, for example, against TARP in 2008 when almost no one else had the courage to do so. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)—a conservative star in her own right—says that Lamborn is the most prepared member she knows. He’s a close associate of Sen. Ted Cruz. He’s backed by the NRA, FreedomWorks, the Family Research Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Conservative Union, Allen West, Joe Wilson, and even Paul Ryan.
I support Lamborn. I have always found him to be well-informed on a wide variety of issues, and always holding the conservative view. Rayburn says he’s the better leader and would be more conservative, but I don’t see how. The voters have already rejected him twice.
El Paso County primary: Treasurer
Mark Lowderman is the current Assessor and certainly has the knowledge and experience to run the Treasurer’s office, which works closely with the Assessor’s Office. He’s my choice. He is also the choice of David Kelly, the third person in the race and the one eliminated at the county assembly. He’s more of a technocrat than a politician, so he’s more substance than flash.
Running against him is Duncan Bremer, a long-time lawyer-politician looking for another county elected position. Bremer knows how to campaign but there’s no "treasurer" substance behind the flash.