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Confrontation turns violent with police, Occupy Denver

The Colorado Statesman

Police arrested 20 demonstrators Saturday afternoon and evening in the shadow of the state Capitol during the most chaotic day yet of the month-long Occupy Denver movement.

Property tax exemption for seniors would still be suspended

Hickenlooper unveils first complete budget for state
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper unveiled his first complete budget on Tuesday, a $20 billion 2012-13 proposal that would suspend a property-tax break for seniors, a move vehemently opposed by Republicans, while cutting $97.1 million from K-12 education in an effort to close an estimated $1 billion structural gap. The governor said there is $679 million that cannot be financed under currently available resources, although his budget represents a $342.6 million increase in spending over last year.

Obama unveils student loan program

The Colorado Statesman

In a speech that unveiled his administration’s plans to make it easier for college students to repay student loans, President Barack Obama on Wednesday at the University of Colorado Denver assailed Republican lawmakers for blocking a jobs program he said will put millions of Americans to work and spur a moribund economy.

Dem politics in JeffCo heat up

A hot chile contest and Dem primary
The Colorado Statesman

Things were both chilly and frosty when the Jefferson County Democratic Party revived its annual Halloween chile cook off after a four-year hiaitus last Saturday at the Sheetmetal Workers hall in Lakewood.

Nearly a hundred hungry Democrats showed up to sample more than a dozen pots of red chile and about half that many green chile recipes, all prepared by elected officials, candidates and party luminaries, and it’s a safe bet that no one went away still hungry.

All politics is local, at least on Nov. 1

On Nov.1, voters in 72 cities and towns will be going to the polls across the state. Elections will be held for candidates (like mayor and city council) and on ballot questions, like tax increases. Four cities have cancelled their regularly scheduled elections: Dacono, Fort Morgan, Las Animas, and Wray.

Bush backs principal training effort in Denver visit

The Colorado Statesman

Former President George W. Bush praised a local nonprofit dedicated to training non-traditional school principals during a brief visit to Denver on Thursday and said he has been inspired by Mayor Michael Hancock’s life story.

Redistricting plays out in district court

The Colorado Statesman

Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation took the stand last week in a trial in Denver District Court to determine Colorado’s new congressional boundaries. Both Republican and Democratic representatives agreed that jobs and the economy are the most significant issues facing their districts, but they disagreed on communities of interest.

Well, well, well...

But in suburban Arapahoe County?
The Colorado Statesman

Neighbors of the Gun Club Estates in Arapahoe County are concerned about their future as a Texas-based oil company begins implementing a plan to drill up to 36 wells in a 30-square-mile plot of land in eastern Aurora. The neighbors are calling on county and state officials to implement regulations that at the very least require significant setback laws so that the drilling does not occur in their backyards.

Gardner hopes seeds of fiscal restraint will bloom

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans heard from U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner about congressional efforts to create jobs, his own legislation to stimulate domestic energy production and his thirsty daughter during a luncheon thrown by the state GOP on Thursday at a downtown Denver restaurant.

Gardner was the speaker at the October Capital Club gathering, a consistent draw for about 100 donors every month at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant since Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call launched the monthly fundraiser this spring.

Statehouse Republicans hit the road ‘build a better Colorado’

House Republicans embarked on their ‘Building a Better Colorado Tour’ last week, meeting with Colorado’s agricultural, non-profit, tourism, business and educational leaders.

“This tour is about widening channels of communication and keeping an open ear to the needs of our state’s job creators, so we can put our economy back on track and build a better Colorado,” explained Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, at the onset.

The House and Senate Republicans met with members of the agricultural community on their first stop.