Peter Marcus

DREAMers move closer to the American Dream

Begin applying for temporary legal status thanks to Obama’s order
The Colorado Statesman

Luis Serrano came to Denver with his family from Juarez, Mexico in July 2001 when he was just 10 years old. He came with a six-month visitor visa. But when that visa expired, his parents decided to stay.

“We became permanent tourists,” explained Serrano.

Ever since, he has been looking over his shoulder, afraid that a traffic stop for a broken windshield or a cracked taillight will lead to deportation.

Obama visits college campus for second time in a week

Offers fiery attack on his Republican opponents
The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama stopped in Colorado on Sept. 2 for the second time in a week, offering those gathered on a sunny afternoon at the University of Colorado at Boulder a more combative and fiery campaign speech.

The president took aim at the three-day Republican National Convention, which ended just days before on Aug. 30.

New law aims to curb “school to jail track”

The Colorado Statesman

Student leaders, school administrators and lawmakers gathered on Aug. 30 at North High School in Denver to celebrate the start of the school year with legislation that they hope ends the so-called “school to jail track.”

The group — led by Padres & Jovenes Unidos — highlighted their hopes for the new Smart School Discipline Law, which aims to reduce the number of students referred to law enforcement for less serious infractions.

Obama returns to Colorado as GOP chooses Romney

The Colorado Statesman

“If we win Colorado, we will win this election; if we win Fort Collins, we will win this election,” President Barack Obama told a crowd of about 1,300 cheering students and supporters on a blazing hot afternoon on Monfort Quad at Colorado State University Tuesday.

Obama’s campaign stop in Fort Collins was part of a two-day “grassroots” event that took aim at college students, highlighting what the campaign believes to be a “fundamental” difference between Obama and Romney. School officials said it was the first time a sitting U.S. president had visited the Fort Collins campus.

Personhood proposal disqualified from ballot

Proponents plan to appeal ruling
The Colorado Statesman

A ballot proposal that would have banned abortion in Colorado by offering constitutional rights to the unborn was deemed insufficient on Wednesday by the secretary of state’s office, thereby likely disqualifying the initiative for the November ballot.

Proponents of the so-called “personhood” initiative submitted 106,119 signatures on Aug. 6. But the secretary of state’s office found that the total valid signatures was only 82,246, falling short of the 86,105 valid signatures necessary to place the initiative on the ballot.

Former Sen. Shoemaker honored at memorial

Celebrated at the Platte for his life force and legacy
The Colorado Statesman

Former state Sen. William Joseph “Joe” Shoemaker — a fierce lawmaker known for both his fight and humor — was celebrated on Tuesday for his life force and legacy following his passing on Aug. 13.

Shoemaker, who died on his 88th birthday at home in the company of his loving wife and family, was remembered for many things, including his passion for crunching numbers; his accomplishments as a trumpet player; his ability to cross his Republican Party line to work with Democrats; and his storied legal career, to name just a few of Shoemaker’s impressive accomplishments.

Algorithm developed to trace ballots

The Colorado Statesman

For nearly two years ballot secrecy advocates have been filing complaints with the secretary of state’s office and the offices of county clerks and recorders raising concerns about ballots being traced to individual voters. But their fears appeared to fall on deaf ears.

Secretary of State under fire over ‘inactive’ voters

Rule allows clerks to skip mailing to ‘inactive’ voters
The Colorado Statesman Sports Department

Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler says he had a legal obligation to update state elections rules to clarify that county clerks do not have to mail ballots to so-called “inactive voters.”

The conservative stalwart faced a firestorm of criticism over the proposed rule, which he finalized on Aug. 15 as part of a sweeping package of amendments to state election rules. The rules cover everything from ballots to canvass board operations. But the rule concerning inactive voters has raised the most controversy since critics allege it could disenfranchise voters.

Is Jared Wright the right GOP candidate for HD 54?

Not everyone thinks so
The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — Embattled Republican State House District 54 candidate Jared Wright said on Wednesday that he is staying in the race, despite a call from those within his own party to drop out.

Wright has been plagued by controversy since easily winning his party’s nomination in March when he walked away with more than 80 percent of the delegates to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran.

Libertarian candidate for Veep courts ‘cannabis vote’ in state

Gray hopes Libertarians can attain higher place in polls
The Colorado Statesman

Libertarian vice presidential candidate Judge Jim Gray stopped in Denver last Thursday to tour medical marijuana centers and facilities, highlighting the importance of the ‘cannabis vote’ as the party struggles to be included in the presidential debates.