Ellen Miller

Romney back in state to campaign

Republican contender stops in Grand Junction
Western Slope Correspondent

GRAND JUNCTION — Enthusiastic Mesa County Republicans crowded into the old gym at Central High School Tuesday morning to hear presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney — the man party activists had spurned at their February caucuses.

“He’s not Obama,” said Doug Thompson, who had supported Rick Santorum in the presidential preference poll during caucuses. “Supporting Romney won’t be a problem. In November, Obama loses.”

Rural groups file brief to keep 'communities of interest' together

Club 20, Progressive 15, Action 22
Western Slope Correspondent

GRAND JUNCTION — Club 20, the lobbying and promotional group for Colorado's Western Slope for nearly 60 years, has gone to court for the first time to advocate for its position.

The organization, with support from Progressive 15 and Action 22, like-purposed groups for northern and southern Colorado, respectively, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Denver District Court calling for preservation of “communities of interest” in congressional redistricting.

Club 20’s Annual Autumn Steak Fry

Political fare also on menu
Western Slope Correspondent

Legislators — current, former and probably future — as well as state and local officials, lobbyists and business people visited during the cocktail hour at the Club 20 annual steak fry at Cross Orchards, an historic working farm owned by the Museum of the West in Grand Junction.

Long favored by Club 20 and numerous other organizations to stage events, Cross Orchards was the site for a campaign speech in 2008 by Barack Obama on his way to the White House.

Tipton reiterates disdain for debt ceiling deal

Western Slope Correspondent

GRAND JUNCTION – More than 200 people, most of them Republicans and many who identified with the Tea Party, packed the City Council chambers Friday night for an hour-long question-and-answer session with 3rd District Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez.

After declaring the nation’s debt “unsustainable,” Tipton said the debt-ceiling deal “is going to hurt America.”

He explained his votes on the debt ceiling debate. His first was in favor of Speaker John Boehner’s bill, which he said he supported because it included a vote on a balanced budget amendment “and a balanced budget trumps all.”

Residents in CD 3 urge redistricting panel to make the Western Slope whole again

The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — Many of the 37 witnesses who offered testimony Saturday to the final field hearing of the Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on Redistricting had lots of suggestions of which counties to add to the 3rd Congressional District, but few ideas of which should be removed.

Hickenlooper first looks west to develop statewide economic development plan

Western Slope Correspondent

FRUITA — Cross-promoting Colorado’s businesses, landscapes and small-business innovation is a key to driving economic development during hard times, Gov. John Hickenlooper told more than 100 Western Slope elected officials, economic development experts, association employees and a scattering of private business people Friday.