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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019 file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum in Des Moines, Iowa. Now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Hickenlooper defended his record Friday, June 5, 2020 at a state ethics hearing about travel on private jets he took as Colorado governor, one day after the ethics panel found him in contempt for failing to appear. Hickenlooper rejected claims he violated Colorado law by accepting trips and insisted they either involved personal business or happened while he was touting Colorado's economy to potential investors during his 2011-2019 term. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

John Hickenlooper wins Colorado's Democratic Senate primary

Jul. 1, 2020 7:23 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper won the Democratic nomination Tuesday to face Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in November, overcoming a series of stumbles and beating back a challenge from his left. Hickenlooper's defeat of former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff was the second win...

FILE—In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, Democrat Andrew Romanoff makes point during taped debate in Denber with Republican incumbent Mike Coffman in the race for Colorado's 6th Congressional District. Romanoff is facing Colorado's former governor, John Hickenlooper, in the Democratic primary Tuesday, June 30, for the right to face incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner in the November general election. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado voters decide Sen. Gardner's challenger in primary

Jun. 30, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado voters on Tuesday will pick between ex-Gov. John Hickenlooper and former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff as the Democratic nominee to take on Sen. Cory Gardner, one of the most vulnerable Republicans up for election this year with control of the Senate at stake. The Democratic...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak with families who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Lancaster, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Democrats renew health care attacks on GOP as virus builds

Jun. 26, 2020 11:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are intensifying their attacks on President Donald Trump and his Republican allies over health care, hoping that an issue that helped lift the party during the 2018 midterms will prove even more resonant as the White House seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act during a public...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak with families who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Lancaster, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Democrats renew health care attacks on GOP as virus builds

Jun. 26, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are intensifying their attacks on President Donald Trump and his Republican allies over health care, hoping that an issue that helped lift the party during the 2018 midterms will prove even more resonant as the White House seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act during a public...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, in Des Moines, Iowa. Hickenlooper was supposed to be Democrats' worry-free solution to the Colorado Senate race, but he's stumbled badly in the weeks leading up to the party's June 30 primary. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

New political group tries to rescue Hickenlooper in primary

Jun. 20, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — In a sign of mounting concerns about John Hickenlooper's standing in the Colorado Democratic Senate primary, a new political group is spending at least $1 million on a scathing attack ad against Hickenlooper's rival in the race. The ad slams former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff for...

Polis slams Romanoff for attack ad in Democratic primary

Jun. 19, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democratic governor took the unusual step Friday of criticizing a fellow Democrat, Andrew Romanoff, for airing a biting attack ad in the party's Democratic Senate primary. The Romanoff ad targets his rival for the Senate nomination, former Gov. John Hickenlooper. It cites a recent...

FILE - In this June 13 ,2019, file photo former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper listens to a question during a media availability at the National Press Club in Washington. Hickenlooper was supposed to be Democrats' worry-free solution to the Colorado Senate race, but he's stumbled badly in the weeks leading up to the party's June 30 primary. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

'A hot mess': Hickenlooper stumbles into Democratic primary

Jun. 18, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Former Gov. John Hickenlooper was supposed to be Democrats' worry-free solution to the Colorado Senate race, but he's stumbled badly in the weeks leading up to the party's June 30 primary. Hickenlooper defied a subpoena from the Colorado Ethics Commission, only testifying after the...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018 file photo, emigrant Peak is seen rising above the Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone River near Emigrant, Mont. Lawmakers have reached bipartisan agreement on an election-year deal to double spending on a popular conservation program and devote nearly $2 billion a year to improve and maintain national parks. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Senate approves $2.8B plan to boost conservation, parks

Jun. 17, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bipartisan bill that would spend nearly $3 billion on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands, a measure supporters say would be the most significant conservation legislation enacted in nearly half a...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, in Des Moines, Iowa. Colorado's ethics commission on Friday, June 12, 2020 fined Hickenlooper $2,750 for violating state ethics law as governor by accepting a private jet flight to an official event and by receiving benefits he didn't pay for at a meeting of government, business and financial leaders in Italy. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Senate hopeful Hickenlooper apologizes for slave comment

Jun. 15, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado governor and current Senate hopeful John Hickenlooper apologized Monday for comments he made six years ago comparing politicians to slaves being whipped to row “an ancient slave ship.” Tay Anderson, a black Denver school board member who has been instrumental in...

FILE - In this March 2, 2020, file photo Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., speaks during a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Charlotte, N.C. Tillis, facing a competitive North Carolina reelection contest, “is looking forward to campaigning

GOP candidates balance pros, cons of running with Trump

Jun. 15, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hitting the road again. And while a campaign event with a president who draws TV cameras and raucous crowds can be gold for down-ballot candidates, these days its value can be debatable. Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, facing a competitive North Carolina reelection...