Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Colorado's election night brings surprises; Hickenlooper escapes, wins second term

    Updated: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    Tuesday was a topsy-turvy night for both Republicans and Democrats battling it out in one of the country's most evenly divided states. Pundits called the midterm elections a nationwide Republican wave, but in Colorado voters clear split their tickets based on the candidates - not...

  • Key races too close to call heading into election day

    Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    It's unlikely any of Colorado's candidates got a good night's sleep Monday, with national polls and pundits saying the races are too close to call heading into Election Day. Last-minute polls conducted by Quinnipiac University and SurveyUSA put U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, and...

  • Colorado voters not an easy group to figure out

    Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Colorado voters are never easy to peg. Take Ben Gahart, a 75-year-old Republican who dropped off an almost straight GOP ballot Saturday evening at Centennial Hall in downtown Colorado Springs. "We voted for Hickenlooper," Gahart said of he and his wife. "We thought he does a good,...

  • New, 100-bed warming shelter opens in Colorado Springs

    Published: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    Last winter when temperatures dipped dangerously low, Salvation Army staff had to squeeze in far more people than could safely and comfortably fit in the RJ Montgomery Center shelter. "There were some nights where we went up to 49 beds," said Maj. Richard Larson, coordinator for the...

  • Senate candidate has a plan, but 2-party system makes him largely unknown

    Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Steve Shogan and his campaign team hit Colorado Springs and Pueblo this week trying to let voters know there is a third option in the ugly battle between U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican Rep. Cory Gardner. There are actually fourth, fifth and sixth...

  • Third-party candidates likely won't win, but they can make difference in gubernatorial election

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    His campaign slogan - The Most Interesting Politician in the World - explains it all. Mike Dunafon, the mayor of Glendale who is running as an independent candidate in the heated two-way governor's race between Gov. John Hickenlooper and Bob Beauprez, is backed by rappers Wyclef Jean...

  • Dems, Republicans urge Colorado Springs voters to cast their ballots

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    As Republicans celebrate a significant lead in the number of party members who have returned ballots, both parties brought their ground game to Colorado Springs, leaving nothing to chance in the final days before election day. "Republicans vote in greater numbers early. If you look...

  • Ballot Countdown: Chris Christie looks to lift GOP candidates with Colorado Springs stop

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Christie to rally for state candidates The New Jersey governor with GOP presidential aspirations will be in Colorado Springs on Thursday to help rally voters around Republican candidates up and down the Colorado ticket. Chris Christie, who chairs the Republican Governors...

  • Jeb Bush rallies Colorado voters in Castle Rock

    Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    CASTLE ROCK - Republicans rallied at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Wednesday night with hay bales and Jeb Bush, the latest GOP star to drop into Colorado and try to tip the political scale. With six days remaining before election night, both major political parties are focusing...

  • Lamborn, Halter campaigns return barbs in wake of 'false' TV ad

    Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Rep. Doug Lamborn said Monday he has never been to Brazil. The Republican incumbent was responding to a negative ad his Democratic opponent, Irv Halter, began airing on local TV stations last week. The ad says Lamborn has traveled to Brazil and other places on the taxpayer dime...