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Colorado Dems celebrate — and anticipate

The Colorado Statesman

A decade after launching a nearly unbroken string of success at the ballot box, Colorado Democrats have plenty to celebrate but are facing a demanding election year that could determine whether the blue-leaning state reverses course, party and elected officials told more than 1,000 supporters at the annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner fundraiser on Saturday in Denver.

“This is going to be the hardest campaign that most of us have ever seen,” Gov. John Hickenlooper told the crowd at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. “It’s going to be a very difficult year for Democrats.”

Michael Reagan invokes Dad at Centennial Dinner

The Colorado Statesman

BROOMFIELD – Conservative commentator Michael Reagan told Colorado Republicans that the GOP must embrace the inclusive, welcoming approach taken by his iconic father, former President Ronald Reagan, in order to win elections.

Reagan spoke for an hour to about 400 donors at the state GOP’s annual Centennial Dinner on Friday at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield on the eve of the Republican State Assembly.

Environmental issues are in the air — and below the ground

The Colorado Statesman

As Earth Day approaches on Tuesday, environmental issues are in the air — and below the ground.

Citizens are pushing a series of ballot initiatives that would allow bans on hydraulic fracturing, while the oil and gas industry continues to grapple with how to educate the public on what they perceive to be the benefits of so-called “fracking.”

HUDSON: NO POLITICS HERE, RIGHT?

Hickenlooper glides by Colorado’s allegedly Independent Ethics Commission

Contributing Columnist

Before publicly debating its ruling on whether Gov. John Hickenlooper violated ethical standards last year by hosting the Democratic Governors’ Association meeting in Aspen, Colorado’s Independent Ethics Commission went into executive session Monday morning to confer with their attorney. Apparently in the Passover spirit they must have slit the throat of a lamb, drained its blood and examined the entrails for legal guidance, perhaps augmented with an assist from a snorted elixir of powdered lizard gizzard, eye of newt and skin of Bufo alvarius.

JACKSON: LET ME CLEAR THE AIR

Colorado Earth Day success story: Quietly, consistently, air quality improves

GUEST COLUMNIST

Have you heard the good news on the environment?

Well, it’s not exactly new but it may surprise you.

Since 1980, emissions of six common pollutants have declined by two thirds, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Meanwhile, the U.S. population increased by more than a third, energy consumption grew by more than a quarter, and travel by car increased by 92 percent.

Four Republican candidates seek open seat in CD 4

The Colorado Statesman

Four Republicans are vying for the nomination to run for the 4th Congressional District seat left open by U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner’s decision in late February to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall.

Two of the candidates — Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer and Steve Laffey of Larimer County — turned in petitions last week and the other two — Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and state Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley — are hoping to win the support of at least 30 percent of delegates at Friday’s CD 4 assembly in Broomfield.

Colorado Democratic officials address AIPAC

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The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Democratic officials addressed the recent American Israel Public Affairs Annual Colorado event on April 6. AIPAC is the only American organization whose principal mission is to lobby the U.S. government about legislation that strengthens the relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

Below is a lightly edited transcript of the Democratic members of the congressional delegation as well as the remarks of the Governor.

Virtually all finance-related questions approved by local voters

Following is a summary of April ballot measures as reported by Sam Mamet, executive director of the Colorado Municipal League:

• TABOR excess revenue retention — Mead, approved.

• Debt — Erie, $6.2 million for a police station and municipal court building; Keenesburg, $960,000 for street improvements; Lyons, $995,000 to match a FEMA community disaster loan; Pagosa Springs, $18 million for a community recreation center; Ridgway, $1.9 million for street improvements; and Wellington, $2.4 million for a town park. All approved except Pagosa Springs.

Colorado Republican officials address AIPAC

Colorado Republican officials addressed the recent American Israel Public Affairs Annual Colorado event on April 6. AIPAC is the only American organization whose principal mission is to lobby the U.S. government about legislation that strengthens the relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

Below is a lightly edited transcript of the Republican members of the congressional delegation.

Style Matters Helps Democratic Assembly Delegates Get Ready for Spring

Contributing Contributor

This year’s Democratic delegates are ideally positioned to fit in some power shopping when done with their party’s business. Style Matters is not encouraging skipping any caucuses or votes. Heaven forbid! But during down time... and with no major statewide primary contests for Democrats this year… why not? Denver’s best downtown shopping area is Larimer Square, which is actually not a square in the traditional sense, but one city block bursting with boutiques and restaurants housed in Victorian brownstones. Take advantage of Larimer’s proximity to the convention center. It’s just a free bus ride away on the 16th Street Mall.