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Making sure the votes count

Arapahoe County is pilot site
The Colorado Statesman

Arapahoe County elections officials worked out the kinks this week on a new way to verify the vote count, one that should increase confidence in election results and will be adopted by most counties in Colorado within three years.

Carole King strikes the right chord for Democrats

The Colorado Statesman

The theme for a special Democratic fundraiser in Denver in late July by legendary songstress Carole King could have been “You’ve got a Friend,” the iconic song from 1971 that King wrote and included in her best-selling Tapestry album. Approximately 60 appreciative Democrats had the pleasure of hearing the sweet rendition by the Grammy Award-winning songwriter at a private event sponsored by the DNC Dialogue Forum Colorado.

Gilders rappel from Capitol dome, put final touches on restoration project

If you glanced up at the Colorado State Capitol this week, you might have seen expert gilders rappelling from the lantern atop the historic structure to complete a final touch-up on the iconic gold-leafed dome. Contractors have almost completed the final touches of the nearly three year long, $17 million dome restoration project.

Compromise struck on ballot initiatives

The Colorado Statesman

The last minute compromise announced on Aug. 4 by Gov. John Hickenlooper that resulted in the withdrawal of four controversial ballot initiatives related to oil and gas drilling was contingent upon a series of domino type actions among the key players in Colorado’s fracking battle. By the end of the week, all had been accomplished — to various degrees of satisfaction — and Coloradans will be spared the assaults and counter assaults in what was potentially a $20 million election year all-out war.

Hick raked over the coals for his pipeline remark

The Colorado Statesman

The oil and gas industry leaders who filled the ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday were avid to hear Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper discuss the deal unveiled earlier this week to head off a clash at the ballot box over hydraulic fracturing, but it was an off-hand comment about the Keystone XL pipeline that set off a frenzy of denunciation from Hickenlooper’s political opponents.

CACI endorses 49 legislative candidates

The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry has endorsed a slate of 49 incumbent and new legislative candidates for election to the Colorado General Assembly, of which 27 are incumbents and 22 are new candidates. Of the 49 total endorsements, 11 are Democrats and 38 are Republicans. The full slate of endorsements can be found on CACI’s full page ad on the website of The Colorado Statesman.

Call: No problem with RGA contributions

GOP Chair says independent outside groups have First Amendment right to make independent expenditures
The Colorado Statesman

The timing for State GOP Chairman Ryan Call couldn’t have been more precipitous last Wednesday when he bravely showed up at Garcia’s Mexican restaurant in the Denver Tech Center to address the 7 a.m. weekly meeting of the Arapahoe County Republican Men’s Club.

Supporters, opponents air concerns over carbon emissions standards at EPA hearings

The Colorado Statesman

Supporters and opponents gathered in Denver this week to air their concerns as the Environmental Protection Agency held hearings on proposed regulations to reduce carbon emissions in existing power plants.

Oil, gas advocates warn against ballot measures

The Colorado Statesman

Oil and gas advocates warned Tuesday that Colorado’s economic recovery could shift back into recession if two ballot initiatives on oil and gas development get onto the November ballot and are approved by voters.

During a telephone town hall Tuesday, attorney Peter Moore, chairman of Vital for Colorado and Tisha Schuller, president and CEO of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, advised callers to say “no” to anyone asking them to sign petitions for the two ballot measures.

DODGE: WAS RYAN CALL THE RINGMASTER, OR THE CLEAN-UP GUY?

Colorado’s Grand Old Party is guilty of thrusting so-called ‘Grand Bargain’ upon us

The Colorado Statesman

A funny thing happened on the way to the Republican primary election this year. Tom Tancredo, Scott Gessler and Mike Kopp were working hard to persuade voters that beating John Hickenlooper was their primary objective. Tom Tancredo, in the month of March, was gathering signatures to have his name placed on the primary ballot. Both Scott and Mike decided to duke it out at the Republican State Assembly.