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Dem legislative races begin to take shape

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats headed off one legislative primary and set up another at metro-area county assemblies held on Saturday.

In the jostling for an open, competitive seat in central Lakewood, political organizer Brittany Pettersen emerged unopposed as the Democratic nominee after a late entry in the House District 28 race against gay veteran Brian Carroll, who failed to qualify for the ballot at the district assembly at Lakewood High School.

Rosy budget curbs Homestead tax battle

The Colorado Statesman

The most anticipated partisan fight of the legislative session — over reinstating a property tax break for senior homeowners — seemingly came to an end Monday before it ever truly began.

During a presentation to the powerful Joint Budget Committee, staff director John Ziegler informed committee members that even after paying for the $98.5 million annual Senior Homestead Exemption, there will likely be $199.8 million left over in the 2012-13 fiscal year budget to avoid planned cuts, including to areas like education.

Style trumps policy splits in CU regent's primary

The Colorado Statesman

In a primary contest that has sidelined policy differences, the Republican candidates for CU regent at-large have turned their fire on each other.

Brian Davidson, a physician and faculty member at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Center, is facing off against political activist Matt Arnold for the chance to take on incumbent Democrat Stephen Ludwig, who was elected to the seat in 2006.

Ludwig beat Davidson by 5,814 votes, or a margin of 0.91 percent, in what was otherwise a tremendously successful election year for Democrats.

Swalm leads charge to audit Fastracks as RTD approves northwest hybrid plan

The Colorado Statesman

The Legislative Audit Committee on Tuesday unanimously backed a request to begin the preliminary stages of an audit of the Regional Transportation District’s FasTracks expansion project in preparation for a likely ballot question asking metro-area voters to approve a sales tax increase to bail the project out of a more than $2 billion budget shortfall.

Rep. Spencer Swalm, R-Centennial, requested the audit, concerned that RTD’s own estimates, claims and assumptions might be “vulnerable to yielding false or inaccurate results.”

Dolls populate Capitol, reminder to count kids first

The 2012 KIDS COUNT in Colorado report, released this week by the Colorado Children’s Campaign, shows that a child’s address can dramatically affect his or her well-being and chance for success, with different areas in the state producing wildly different outcomes.

Legislative Briefs: 3.30.12

MEDICAID REFORM TO HOUSE FLOOR

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday unanimously backed legislation that aims to bring reforms to the Medicaid program.

Legislative Briefs: 3.23.12

‘PERSONHOOD’ OR PROTECTING WOMEN?

House Republicans on Monday sent to the Senate a bill that aims to make so-called "fetal homicide" a crime in Colorado.

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Update of Colorado’s top legislative races in 2012

The Colorado Statesman

Smack in the middle of what might be called Colorado’s political pre-season — both parties have concluded their caucuses, county assemblies are under way, and the primary ballot is still taking shape — dozens of legislative races are beginning to vie for attention in a year so far dominated by the presidential race.

Still too soon to determine who’s ahead in Colorado’s race for prez

GOP presidential candidates in battle for Colorado delegates
The Colorado Statesman

More than six weeks after Colorado Republicans handed a surprise upset victory to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in a caucus-night straw poll, it’s still too soon to tell which GOP presidential candidate has won the state.

Neighborhood activist targets Dem incumbent

Dems Houck vs. Labuda in southwest Denver’s HD 1
The Colorado Statesman

Denver House District 1 Rep. Jeanne Labuda is term limited in 2014, but that hasn’t stopped community activist Corrie Houck from challenging the three-term Democratic incumbent this year in what has turned into a heated primary.

Labuda said she isn’t surprised by the intra-party challenge, particularly because she had been speaking with people in the district about finding a potential replacement for when she retires. She speculated that Houck decided to run in order to build name recognition for the 2014 election.