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High stakes Amendment 68 debated at local chamber

The Colorado Statesman

Well-known Colorado politicos debated controversial Amendment 68 at the South Metro Chamber of Commerce office in Centennial on Oct. 7. The citizen initiative, if passed by voters on Nov. 4, would provide as much as $114 million annually to improve Colorado K-12 public and charter schools by permitting expanded gaming at Arapahoe Park horse racetrack. It would also allow gaming at no more than one horse racetrack in each of Pueblo and Mesa counties where racing and wagering have taken place for at least five consecutive years.

Regis Groff: A true hero among us

Celebrating the life of an icon in the African American community
The Colorado Statesman

On Friday an overflow crowd filled the AME Shorter church in East Denver for a memorial service in remembrance of Regis F. Groff. For two deeply moving hours the former Senate Democratic Minority Leader was honored for his qualities as leader, pioneer, mentor, teacher, parent and role model. Nearly overlooked were his mischievous temperament, infectious humor and visceral enthusiasm, which he carried into both his political and personal life. Groff was far more than the conscience of the Colorado Senate; he was also a genuinely happy warrior.

Serving with Regis Groff was uplifting

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Regis Groff not only brought great class and dignity to the Colorado General Assembly but he was able to lift us from what often seemed like the day-to-day grind of our work and enable us to see that being an elected official was both a special opportunity and a unique responsibility. I served in the House and he was in the Senate and I remember often going over to the Senate Chambers when he was to speak on an issue because I knew that whatever he said would be uplifting.

Hickenlooper, Beauprez duke it out in debate

Clash over style and substance
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican challenger Bob Beauprez shook hands on stage Tuesday night when the Democrat proposed that their two campaigns swear off negative ads, but both candidates swung hard at each other during the rest of an hour-long debate in Denver.

Romney hypes Beauprez — no surprise

Former candidate for president rallies for former (and current) candidate for guv
The Colorado Statesman

Throughout the 2012 presidential campaign across Colorado, former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez routinely stumped for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and this week the former Massachusetts governor returned the favor, rallying a crowd of supporters on Monday at Heritage High School in Littleton for Beauprez and the GOP ticket in the state.

Outside groups dwarf candidates' contributions in guv's race

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has raised nearly four times as much as Bob Beauprez, his Republican challenger.

But the financial heft of the Republican Governors Association and Beauprez himself could render the incumbent’s fundraising lead moot.

In fact, outside spending by the RGA, the Democratic group Making Colorado Great and potentially others will likely ultimately overshadow spending by the two candidates.

Oil & Gas task force fueled by good intentions

But if GOP nominee Beauprez is elected gov, he says he’ll dismantle commission
The Colorado Statesman

The task force created by Gov. John Hickenlooper to resolve conflicts over oil and gas drilling in Colorado met for the first time on Thursday in Denver, kicking off a five-month process that members said they hope will result in a legislative solution to one of the state’s most divisive issues.

“The work you’re going to do is going to have great significance to the state,” Hickenlooper, calling himself “an incurable optimist,” told members of the panel, convened inside a packed classroom at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices.

National GOP chief in town

The Colorado Statesman

The leader of the national Republican Party rallied supporters in Colorado on Wednesday and said that the GOP’s efforts to “be a national party that’s everywhere, all the time, in every community around the country” are paying off.

“You are all at the epicenter of not just having a great midterm but of laying the groundwork of saving this country and putting a Republican in the White House in 2016,” RNC chairman Reince Priebus told a standing-room-only crowd of several hundred gathered at state party headquarters in Greenwood Village. “And it happens right here.”

Romanoff, Coffman throw punches in spirited CD 6 match up

The Colorado Statesman

An aggressive Andrew Romanoff jabbed continuously at U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman during the candidates’ third formal debate on Tuesday night in Denver, criticizing the incumbent Republican for everything from opposing birth control methods throughout his lengthy political career to attacks on the Democratic challenger’s Ivy League education.

Conflicting polls perplex Colorado politicos

The Colorado Statesman

Just over three weeks before mail ballots go out to Colorado voters, a pair of polls released this week said Republican Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner and gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez hold commanding leads over Democratic incumbents U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Gov. John Hickenlooper, marking a dramatic shift from previous polling that has shown the races too close to call.

But a flurry of other polls also released in the past week paint a different picture of the midterm electorate in the purple state, saying either that the races are toss-ups or that the Democrats are ahead.