Peter Marcus

The debate before the real big debate

State Republican Chairman Ryan Call vs. Democratic Chairman Rick Palacio
The Colorado Statesman

The leaders of Colorado’s Republican and Democratic parties debated each other Monday as part of the events leading up to the first presidential debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3. The theme of the hour and a half long discussion was Colorado’s influence on the national conversation.

Hick gets flack from frack

The Colorado Statesman

LONGMONT — Citizens of Longmont gathered at Roger’s Grove Park on Saturday to demand that Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, drop a state lawsuit against the city for enacting its own local rules and regulations governing the controversial energy drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing.

Personhood proponents file suit to get on this year’s ballot

The Colorado Statesman

Proponents of a so-called “personhood” ballot initiative that seeks to ban abortion in Colorado by assigning constitutional rights to the unborn filed a legal challenge this week, asking a Denver District Court judge to overturn the secretary of state’s earlier ruling that the measure fell short of making the November ballot.

Denver files suit against ‘inactive voter’ rule

For Secretary of State Gessler, it’s win some, lose some
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson has filed a lawsuit against Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler challenging recent election rules enacted by the secretary that prohibits county clerks from mailing ballots to so-called “inactive voters.”

The lawsuit, which was filed on Sept. 19, is the latest in a string of criticism over the new rules, which Gessler finalized on Aug. 15. The inactive voter rule has caused an uproar, as some believe it disenfranchises voters.

National, local officials go back to school

Learn about lack of school funding in Colorado
The Colorado Statesman

Education was in the spotlight in Colorado this week, as local politicians and school leaders joined with federal education and health officials on Monday to tout the state’s progress. The event at Denver’s Lowry Elementary came just prior to a Great Education Colorado luncheon on Wednesday when elected officials were told to do more to raise money for education reform in the state.

Transportation Committee gets wheels up on ‘13 bills

The Colorado Statesman

The Transportation Legislation Review Committee met on Sept. 14, voting to introduce eight bills when the legislative session begins in January, including revisiting a bill to establish penalties for driving while under the influence of marijuana.

Club 20 showcases legislative candidates

House Districts 26, 55, 57, 58, 59, 61, Senate District 8
The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — The illustrious Club 20 — offering a “voice to the Western Slope” — held its annual fall meeting and candidate debates at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction on Sept. 8, showcasing seven statewide races for the House and Senate.

The debates offered a comprehensive examination of candidates views from the races, including House Districts 26, 55, 57, 58, 59, 61, and Senate District 8.

Candidates level political punches

CD 3’s Scott Tipton, Sal Pace and Tisha Casida
The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — The gloves came off on the evening of Sept. 8 at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction when the major party candidates for the 3rd Congressional District threw around allegations of fiscal irresponsibility, tax-dodging and partisan gamesmanship.

State Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, and incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, leveled most of the political punches. But they were joined on stage by unaffiliated candidate Tisha Casida, who participated in her first formal debate in CD 3 after the Western Slope interest group Club 20 invited her to its annual fall meeting and candidate debates.

Libertarian candidate addresses Club 20

GOP Jared Wright is a no-show in HD 54 debate
The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — Embattled Republican State House District 54 candidate Jared Wright made a last-minute decision not to attend the politically critical Club 20 annual fall meeting and candidate debates on Sept. 8, opening the door for Libertarian candidate Tim Menger to speak at the event.

Club 20 policy bars Libertarians and other third-party candidates from participating in their biennial debates unless they represent at least 1 percent of the registered voters in the district. That wasn’t the case in HD 54, so Menger was initially not invited to participate.

Intention of nation’s Founding Fathers remains a hot topic

The Colorado Statesman

The anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution will be celebrated on Sept. 17, and members of Colorado’s congressional delegation are planning events and offering statements surrounding the day.

The federal observance, known as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. A federal law established the holiday in 2004, and requires observance on Sept. 17, the day members of the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.