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A sweet fundraiser for Hick in the heart of Grand Junction’s ‘Peach Country’

The Colorado Statesman

Deputy Attorney General Bernie Buescher, a former Democratic state representative and former secretary of state, and his wife Mary Beth hosted a fundraiser for Gov. John Hickenlooper in Grand Junction prior to the Club 20 debate Saturday afternoon. While Mesa County leans heavily Republican, 40 or 50 supporters of the Democratic incumbent enjoyed Palisade peaches and ice cream on a warm afternoon. The Governor arrived with several West Slope members of his cabinet, son Teddy and wife Helen Thorpe in tow.

Gen. Petraeus reflects on 9/11, threats to U.S. security, at Colorado remembrance event

The Colorado Statesman

Exactly 13 years after the Sept. 11 Al Qaeda attacks on the American homeland, retired General David H. Petraeus, commander of American troops during combat surges in both Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007 and later the Director of the CIA, addressed about 2,000 people at an anniversary commemoration held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver.

Complaints filed against various candidates

The Colorado Statesman

’Tis the season for complaints against candidates, and they’re flying fast and furiously, particularly in high-profile races in this swing state.

Just this week, state Democrats and a conservative pressure group logged complaints aimed at the two major party Senate candidates, alleging violations of congressional rules, federal regulations and general decency.

Women for Udall

Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigns for colleague
The Colorado Statesman

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall brought a liberal superstar from Massachusetts and a nationally prominent pro-choice advocate to Jefferson County on Friday afternoon to rally volunteers preparing to contact voters ahead of what could be one of the key Senate races in the country.

Justice Jim Carrigan’s legacy is one of profound influence

The Colorado Statesman

For many attorneys, an appointment to a judgeship is the culmination of a career aspiration that may appear somewhat aside from politics. An appointment to the bench often rewards either evident legal acumen or the generous financial support of politicians. In the case of former Colorado Supreme Court Justice and Federal District Court Judge James “Jim” Carrigan, it was also his sense of humor that was lauded during a memorial service last week at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder.

Steak, biscuits and now lemon pie with former Rep. Bob Shoemaker

The Colorado Statesman

It’s August 26, and I’ve driven to the ranch of Helen Shoemaker and her husband, former State Representative Bob Shoemaker in a beautiful valley north of Cañon City to visit. Sunday, August 31 was Helen’s 90th birthday and Bob, her husband of 67 years, will be 90 next June.

Working to retain a Democratic U.S. Senate

The Colorado Statesman

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker dazzled a standing-room-only crowd of Democrats in northeast Denver on Saturday with some tart observations about a Republican candidate named Cory in an effort to pump up enthusiasm for Colorado Sen. Mark Udall.

United against Udall on late abortions

The Colorado Statesman

Agroup of pro-life organizations headlined by former U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave called on Colorado’s Democratic senators to back a bill that would restrict abortions at a rally on Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Musgrave, currently the vice president of government affairs for the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, urged Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, who is locked in a close race with Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, to back the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the House last year with Gardner’s support.

Urging students to register to vote

The Colorado Statesman

The head of the national Democratic Party helped urge students to register to vote on Monday at the Auraria campus in Denver, a key element of the party’s strategy to win races in competitive states.

“This is a mid-term election. We do have drop-off,” Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told The Colorado Statesman. “That’s why we’re focused on voter expansion.”