by Anthony Lane
As Colorado Democrats and Republicans move toward their May assemblies, it appears many candidates are looking for a simpler way to get on August primary ballots: GOP senatorial frontrunner Jane Norton just announced she will petition onto the ballot.
As blogged in the Denver Post, Norton noted with her decision that Sen. Michael Bennet, the incumbent, is also taking out petitions to secure a spot on the ballot, a move that has been called cynical, desperate or brilliant.
Of course, Bennet has so far cast his effort as an effort to meet more voters instead of a way to bypass the assembly, whereas Norton seems to plan on bypassing the assembly, where candidates need 30 percent of support to make the ballot and the top finisher gets his or her name printed first, as a way of getting on the ballot.
The problem with that? GOP chairman Dick Wadhams has said anyone who's not going through the assembly won't be able to speak — or even hang posters — to sway the crowd.