John Hickenlooper aims for Senate after exiting presidential race

Politics 08/23/19, 09:30

After dropping out of the 2020 presidential race a week ago, Democrat John Hickenlooper is making plans with campaign personnel and other significant Democratic figures to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Colorado. Hickenlooper has confirmed his intent to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner for his seat. Hickenlooper’s campaign ...

Second Democratic candidate to quit 2020 presidential race

Politics 08/15/19, 08:12

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to end his bid for the Democratic presidential primary this week, becoming the second Democrat to leave the 2020 presidential race after Rep. Eric Swalwell. A Democrat close to Hickenlooper told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that the presidential candidate would announce his ...

Governors still in the shadows of Democrats’ 2020 campaign

2020 Campaign 06/14/19, 19:30

Being a governor isn't what it used to be, at least not in presidential politics. Three Western executives are learning that the hard way in a crowded Democratic scramble dominated by former Vice President Joe Biden and a gaggle of nationally known senators. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a late entry into the ...

Update: NBC announces 1st 2020 Democratic debate lineups

Politics 06/14/19, 12:50

The Latest on the Democrats' first 2020 presidential debates later this month (all times local): 12:45 p.m. NBC has announced how it will divvy up the 20 Democratic candidates for the first debate of the 2020 election campaign, which will be held over two nights in Miami later this month. Democratic presidential candidate ...

Hickenlooper denounces Sanders’ democratic socialism vision

2020 Campaign 06/13/19, 16:43

Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper on Thursday attacked rival Bernie Sanders' vision of an America remade under democratic socialism and chastised others in the 2020 race for not repudiating that political philosophy. The former Colorado governor said Sanders was "wrong" to call for policies such as "Medicare for All" that would ...

Presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper calls for carbon tax

2020 Campaign 06/13/19, 15:34

A carbon tax is part of the climate plan that Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper is backing. He's the latest candidate to outline a plan to combat global warming. Along with the carbon tax, the former Colorado governor would spend $350 billion on green infrastructure and efficient cars, rejoin the Paris climate ...

Update: Dem candidates show off campaign swag in Iowa

2020 Campaign 06/09/19, 14:55

The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 2:45 p.m. At an event meant to show off the Democratic presidential candidates' organizational strength in Iowa, campaign swag is king. Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, right, greets supporters before the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Celebration, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in ...

$15 minimum wage becomes part of 2020 presidential landscape

2020 Campaign 05/20/19, 10:54

From liberal firebrands Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to moderates Joe Biden and John Hickenlooper, nearly the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field agrees that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled, to $15 an hour. That near-unanimity reflects the success of an unorthodox campaign by the Service Employees International ...

Another blow for Schumer as Democrats look to reclaim Senate

Politics 05/01/19, 01:23

Senate Democrats are stinging from a trio of high-profile failures to recruit candidates who could help reclaim the majority, including Stacey Abrams' announcement that she would pass up a U.S. Senate run in Georgia. That decision, announced Tuesday, was a blow to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. After Abrams gained fame ...

Hickenlooper proposing staggered federal minimum wage hikes

Politics 04/26/19, 17:05

Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper is proposing a $15 federal minimum wage — with a twist. Rather than unilaterally hiking the wage to $15, the former Colorado governor proposes phasing in the increases depending on an area's cost of living. The most expensive quarter of the country would get a $15 ...

White presidential candidates face ‘woke litmus test’

2020 Campaign 04/24/19, 00:23

After touring the National Lynching Memorial recently, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke of the "shame" he felt that some white people "kind of looked the other way during these lynching incidents." Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas has acknowledged he "clearly had advantages" as a white man. Sen. Elizabeth ...

Sanders, O’Rourke face off in Iowa; other hopefuls in NH, SC

2020 Campaign 04/06/19, 07:31

It's Bernie versus Beto in Iowa. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are holding dueling events Saturday just days after Bernie Sanders won the campaign cash derby for the first quarter of the year. The Vermont senator raised more than $18 million in 41 days, while Beto O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman, reported ...

2020 by the numbers: Democrats posting big campaign stats

2020 Campaign 04/01/19, 23:39

How many ways can you measure the first quarter of the year? For Democratic presidential candidates, it's 300-plus events, 24 states and hundreds of voter questions. The Iowa caucus is still 10 months away, but the Democratic primary campaign is already an all-out sprint — passing eye-popping markers for campaign activity ...

Dem presidential hopeful Hickenlooper opposes Green New Deal

Politics 03/26/19, 15:13

Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper opposes the Green New Deal, saying the climate change proposal sets "unachievable goals" and shuns the private sector. The former Colorado governor announced his opposition to the resolution Tuesday, as Senate Republicans are forcing a vote on the proposal in hopes of turning it into a ...

Democrats strain to claim they have 2020 fundraising chops

Politics 03/18/19, 14:08

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, little known outside his home state, boasts he raised over $1 million in the days after launching his White House bid. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and others say they did, too. Impressive numbers, even if dwarfed by the $6 million or so reported by Bernie Sanders ...

Left or center? Democrats mull best options to beat Trump

Politics 03/16/19, 14:55

As she waited to meet former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at a recent house party in Dubuque, attorney Connie O'Connor was anxious about the liberal direction of the Democratic presidential primary. "I know a lot of people who don't want to vote for Donald Trump but don't necessarily want to vote ...

2020 Democrats flock to trendy SXSW festival in Texas

Politics 03/09/19, 10:29

Texas is an unlikely can't-miss stop for the Democratic presidential candidates, but many of them are making appearances this weekend at the trendy and techie South by Southwest Festival in Austin. Texas is an early primary state, but the real draw of the event for Democrats is the chance to spend ...

Hickenlooper kicks off campaign with fiery ode to pragmatism

2020 Campaign 03/07/19, 22:22

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered a fiery defense of his pragmatic approach to politics Thursday night as he held the first rally of his presidential campaign in the state that nurtured his unlikely career in public office. “Being a pragmatist doesn’t mean saying no to bold ideas,” ...

Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins presidential race

2020 Campaign 03/04/19, 08:05

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said on Monday he's running for president, casting himself as a can-do uniter who is used to overcoming adversity and accomplishing liberal goals in a politically divided state. "I'm running for president because we need dreamers in Washington, but we also need to get things done," ...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee joins Democratic presidential field

Politics 03/01/19, 07:06

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, mixing calls for combating climate change and highlights of his liberal record with an aggressive critique of President Donald Trump. The 68-year-old governor is launching his bid Friday in Seattle, following recent visits to the first primary state of New ...

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