Peter Marcus

Denver school board race steeped in politics

The Colorado Statesman

Denver school board candidates who consider themselves “outsiders” are accusing three other candidates of working together as a kind of unofficial slate backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. The detractors contend that a school reform agenda initially spearheaded by former DPS Superintendant and current U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet — and now being carried out by his successor, Tom Boasberg — is behind the effort to secure three of Denver’s seven school board seats that will be decided Nov. 1 in an all-mail election.

Romanoff and iDE seek long-term free market solution to poverty

The Colorado Statesman

Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff no longer has the sparkle for politics that once beamed from his eyes. These days, the Denver Democrat and former U.S. Senate primary candidate has found the motivation for a new drive — eradicating poverty in the world’s poorest, most rural areas.

Controversial El Paso County GOP official quits

But not before blasting current leadership, fellow Republicans on her way out
The Colorado Statesman

COLO. SPRINGS — Embattled El Paso County Republican Party Secretary Sarah Anderson resigned her party post Monday evening, saying she plans to manage Republican primary campaigns in three Colorado Springs House districts in the coming election year — but not before publicly chastising the party for choosing “power over principle.”

Compromise reached on reapportionment

Now Colorado Supreme Court must review the maps
The Colorado Statesman

“Super Mario” Carrera, the unaffiliated chairman of the state commission charged with redrawing legislative boundaries, came close to a unanimous vote for his so-called “compromise” maps for both the House and Senate, pushing the proposals through the Reapportionment Commission on Monday, the last day it was scheduled to meet.

Economic forecasts not pretty

The Colorado Statesman

Lawmakers will need to cut between $400-500 million in the 2012-13 budget in order to close yet another budget shortfall, according to economic forecasts presented to the Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday by Legislative Council and the governor’s budget office.

Alternative redistricting proposal causes rift among Hispanics

The Colorado Statesman

A redistricting proposal introduced by Latino interest groups on Sept. 2 that proposes moving Pueblo and the San Luis Valley into the Republican-leaning 4th Congressional District is causing a potential rift between Hispanic voters.

Head of reapportionment commission angling for unanimous compromise proposal

The Colorado Statesman

The unaffiliated chairman of the state commission charged with redrawing Colorado’s legislative boundaries has introduced maps of his own that he hopes will foster a compromise between Republicans and Democrats on the reapportionment commission.

But fellow commissioners wonder if Chairman Mario Carrera will be able to break through gridlock with only one scheduled meeting remaining, noting that controversial proposals over competitive districts are still to be aired for the very first time on Sept. 19, their last scheduled get-together.

Hickenlooper blasts Denver's initiative calling for paid sick leave

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper forcefully spoke out against a Denver ballot initiative that would require employers to provide paid sick leave on Thursday. He railed against the proposal on November’s ballot during remarks about Colorado’s economic future in an address to the Economic Club of Colorado on Sept. 8.

The governor also advocated for investments in education as a means to stabilize the state’s economic outlook. Hickenlooper stopped short of offering support for a tax increase that would fund education in Colorado.

Legislators: Breaking up is hard to do

The emotional toll of reapportionment
The Colorado Statesman

Democratic lawmakers from Denver on Monday evening spoke of the emotional and political toll reapportionment is taking in their districts, especially in House District 3 where Democratic Rep. Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills, will most likely lose all of his Democratic-leaning Denver precincts and shift over to a split district within Arapahoe County.

Republicans, Dems cast Orwellian shadows over state redistricting

but courts will have final say
The Colorado Statesman

Democrats and Republicans compared each other’s latest congressional redistricting maps to the writings of George Orwell earlier this week after the political parties unveiled proposals ahead of a court date this fall.

But whether either side is engaging in Orwellian “newspeak” or displaying the heavy hand of Big Brother, the competing plans suggest starkly different futures for the next decade’s worth of congressional elections in Colorado.