Peter Marcus

“Obamacare” blamed for war on religion

The Colorado Statesman

Conservative activists were told on Oct. 4 that liberals have waged a war on religious freedom that has been promulgated by President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The message came during a session of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Colorado event held at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport earlier this month. Titled, “Keeping the Faith: The Left’s War on Religious Freedom,” local and national conservative stalwarts made the case for repealing so-called “Obamacare” in the name of religious freedom.

Buck chimes in on Obama’s fast and furious disregard for rule of law

The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama and his administration have run afoul of the nation’s rule of law, which has been highlighted by the controversial gun-trafficking operation into Mexico known as Fast and Furious, conservatives were told on Oct. 4 at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Colorado.

American Constitution Party feels majorly scorned by Tancredo

The Colorado Statesman

The leader of the Arvada-based American Constitution Party says it has seen little benefit to becoming a major party in Colorado following former Congressman Tom Tancredo’s unsuccessful gubernatorial run in 2010.

Doug “Dayhorse” Campbell, state chairman of the American Constitution Party (ACN), says Tancredo may have propelled his political organization to major party status by running on their ticket, but he is disappointed that the former congressman so quickly abandoned ship.

Energy debate pits Peña, Owens as stand-ins for the Obama and Romney campaigns

The Colorado Statesman

Former Denver Mayor Federico Peña, a Democrat, and former Gov. Bill Owens, a Republican, served as surrogates for President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, respectively, on Tuesday, painting stark differences between the two candidates on energy issues.

The debate on the Auraria campus was sponsored by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and industry stakeholders, from oil and gas proponents as well as those serving the alternative side of the energy industry, including solar and wind resources.

First presidential debate bypassed important issues, some complain

The Colorado Statesman

When the first presidential debate of the fall election was over, and the myriad of media cameras that had descended on Denver left town, advocates for an assortment of polarizing issues wondered why the two major party candidates hadn’t addressed their concerns.

Despite having the help of high-profile politicos from Colorado and across the nation who had all landed in Denver for the debate on Oct. 3, advocates for issues such as mass transit, gun control, climate change, banking reform and immigration couldn’t believe that the first debate left these topics largely untouched.

Obama advisor berates Ryan for not divulging numbers

The Colorado Statesman

Senior campaign adviser to President Barack Obama, Robert Gibbs, joined with Colorado Democratic political dignitaries on Tuesday afternoon just a day before the first presidential debate, criticizing their Republican opponents for an economic plan that has a “math problem.”

Women make opinions known at rallies

The Colorado Statesman

As President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney prepared for their first presidential debate of the election season on the University of Denver campus, liberal and conservative women in Colorado portrayed differing messages on what issues are important to them in the fall election.

Hickenlooper explains recent infatuation with Obama

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper was asked on Wednesday what took him so long as a Democrat to throw his support behind President Barack Obama. The question was posed during an interview as part of a debate series leading up to the first presidential debate in Denver.

Politicos from both sides of aisle jab and jostle

The Colorado Statesman

The Libertarian-leaning Independence Institute and the conservative Heritage Foundation held a spirited debate in advance of the first presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday morning, bringing together a motley crew of politicos and pundits from both the liberal and conservative sides of the aisle.

Sitting at a long table at the Independence Institute’s office space in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood — just hours before the debate — the panel was appropriately seated with liberals on the left side of the table and conservatives on the right.

Staging presidential debate no small endeavor

No debate about that, DU’s David Greenberg says
The Colorado Statesman

David Greenberg, the vice chancellor for institutional partnerships at the University of Denver, was hired on Nov. 1, 2011 — one day after the university was selected to host the first presidential debate of the election season. On his first day at his new job, Greenberg — a founding partner of the communications firm GBSM and Associates as well as the founder and chair of the Denver Schools of Science and Technology — was handed a 20-page contract and told to finalize the selection.