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Gardner hopes seeds of fiscal restraint will bloom

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans heard from U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner about congressional efforts to create jobs, his own legislation to stimulate domestic energy production and his thirsty daughter during a luncheon thrown by the state GOP on Thursday at a downtown Denver restaurant.

Gardner was the speaker at the October Capital Club gathering, a consistent draw for about 100 donors every month at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant since Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call launched the monthly fundraiser this spring.

Cop chief is priority for Mayor

The Colorado Statesman

As Denver Mayor Michael Hancock approaches a decision on hiring a new police chief, dozens of residents let the mayor know what kind of chief they’d like him to pick at a town hall on Monday night at Manual High School.

“We hope the person you select will have sensitivity to all the communities you represent in Denver,” said the Rev. Timothy Tyler, pastor of the Shorter Community AME Church, one of about 20 residents who trooped to a microphone to tell a selection committee what Denver needs in its new top cop.

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Obama fights for jobs bill as 'warrior for the working class' in Denver visit
The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama brought the campaign for his jobs bill to a sun-drenched parking lot outside Abraham Lincoln High School in southwest Denver on Tuesday.

Calling himself a “warrior for the working class,” a peppy Obama repeatedly urged Republicans in Congress to “pass the bill,” a $447 million proposal he said combines tax cuts for working families and small businesses with increased spending on infrastructure and government jobs, including teachers.

SoS, Pueblo spar over inactives

The Colorado Statesman

In a series of terse letters exchanged this week between top election officials in Colorado and Pueblo County, Secretary of State Scott Gessler and Pueblo Clerk and Recorder Gilbert Ortiz accused each other of misinterpreting the law when it comes to who should receive mail ballots. By week’s end, both sides were threatening to take the other to court over the question of sending ballots to “inactive” voters serving abroad in the military.

GOP Official instills hope for 2012

NRCC's Rep. Pete Sessions heads Republican dinner in Colorado Springs
The Colorado Statesman

COLO. SPRINGS — There was a little bit of Texas swagger on stage in Colorado Springs last Saturday night as U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions — the Dallas Republican who heads the National Republican Congressional Committee — told a statewide GOP fundraising dinner that it’s up to Republicans in Colorado to make sure President Barack Obama doesn’t serve another term.

Colorado gets a 24-karat donation to cover the State Capitol dome in gold

The Colorado Statesman

The State Capitol’s iconic gold dome will once again be clad with gold mined in Colorado, and the shiny stuff won’t cost taxpayers a cent.

That’s because Anglo-Gold Ashanti, owners of the Cripple Creek & Victor Mine in Teller County, is donating 72 ounces of the precious metal to a state preservation effort under way to restore the dome.

Gessler sues Denver clerk

Secretary of State wants to prevent mailing ballots to inactive voters
The Colorado Statesman

Secretary of State Scott Gessler on Wednesday sued Denver’s clerk and recorder to stop her office from sending mail ballots to inactive voters, saying the plan would violate state law and would raise questions about statewide results in the November election because other counties are only mailing ballots to active voters.

Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson, a Democrat, countered that Denver reads state law differently than Gessler, a Republican, and says she intends to fight the lawsuit.

Prop 103 foes roll out campaign

Tax hike to fund schools at issue
The Colorado Statesman

Opponents of a statewide ballot measure that would raise an estimated $3 billion in new taxes to fund education launched an attack against the proposal this week, claiming it will cost Colorado 119,000 jobs after five years and deal a “crushing blow” to the state’s struggling economy.

But backers of Proposition 103 charged that opponents don’t understand how to interpret their own data and countered that it’s cutbacks to school funding, not higher taxes, that will harm the state’s economy.

Colorado Remembers 9-11

The Colorado Statesman

They brought flags, picnic lunches and deeply seared memories to a downtown park on the afternoon of Sept. 11 to commemorate the same day 10 years ago when everything changed.

By turns mournful and festive, the ‘Colorado Remembers 9/11’ event included patriotic speeches delivered by the state’s most prominent elected officials, mighty Air Force jets flying overhead, and a rousing concert by the Beach Boys, but the stars of the occasion were the roughly 500 military, police, firefighters and other emergency responders honored for their courage and standing for their fallen brethren.

DeGette, Pelosi get earful from women business owners at forum

The Colorado Statesman

A group of women business leaders painted a grim portrait of the economic climate and didn’t sound confident in the ability of Congress to fix things anytime soon at a forum sponsored by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette on Tuesday in Denver. The event’s headliner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, acknowledged the public is fed up with what appears to be a broken government and a slack economy but told the women not to despair.