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State sues over control of oil and gas regs

City of Longmont is charged with overstepping its authority
The Colorado Statesman

Failed attempts at the legislature this year to define local versus state control of oil and gas regulations in Colorado has spilled into the courts, as the state has filed suit against the City of Longmont for having enacted its own set of rules.

Contraception coverage mandate blocked by court

The Colorado Statesman

A Colorado business has been thrust into the national debate on President Barack Obama’s health care law after a federal judge ruled last Friday that the Catholic owners do not have to comply with a mandate that private employers provide employees with insurance coverage for birth control.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John Kane in Denver came just days before a provision under the Affordable Care Act took effect on Wednesday, which requires that birth control be made available to women at no cost.

Relying on Old Glory to turn Colorado Red

The Colorado Statesman

If you’re stuck in traffic on the way to a polling place in November — or even sitting bumper-to-bumper on your way home to cast a mail ballot for the fall election — don’t be surprised if you inexplicably start voting for Republican candidates, even if you’ve favored Democrats all your life. It’s all according to a Douglas County GOP activist’s plan.

‘We will remember you,’ Hickenlooper says

The Colorado Statesman

Thousands gathered to sing, pray and grieve at the Aurora Municipal Center on Sunday, two days after a shooting rampage at a nearby movie theater left 12 dead and 58 injured.

Debate over gun control resurrected

State and federal lawmakers look at possible legislation
The Colorado Statesman

In the wake of a senseless and horrific mass-shooting at an Aurora movie theater last Friday that left 12 dead and 58 injured, state lawmakers are already preparing to introduce stricter gun control legislation for Colorado.
Reps. Beth McCann, D-Denver, and Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, say they are discussing a slew of proposals that could involve a statewide ban on assault weapons, a prohibition on Internet purchases of certain ammunition and military armament being shipped to Colorado, a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips in the state, and stricter background checks.

The Statesman’s Top 12 legislative races

The Colorado Statesman

After spending the first part of the year “walking, knocking and talking,” in the words of a veteran legislative campaign operative, Colorado’s statehouse candidates are preparing to pivot before the end of the summer to the main event. For months, candidates have been introducing themselves to voters, locking up solid supporters and amassing war chests they’ll soon unleash on their neighbors.

Gessler besieged by critics of proposed rules

The Colorado Statesman

Throngs of voters and public officials lined up at Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s office on Monday to oppose proposed rules that many believe would disenfranchise voters and impede the democratic voting process.

2012 Legislative Wrap-up

Bill signing ceremony highlights legislation benefitting military personnel, the elderly

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a handful of bills addressing the needs of military personnel and their families, as well as measures to assist seniors most in need.

One of the legislature’s centerpiece measures sent to the governor was a bill that makes it easier for military personnel to vote.

2012 Legislative Wrap-up

Defenders of liberty, true liberals singled out by the ACU

The Colorado Statesman

The American Conservative Union released its ratings of Colorado lawmakers on June 29, the first time that the organization graded state legislators based on votes on conservative issues.

ACU has been offering its ratings for Congress since 1971, and this year it expanded to 15 state legislatures, including Colorado. The organization made the announcements for Colorado at an event at the Hyatt Regency in Denver.

Trailblazing elephants on the hunt

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans last week unveiled a new set of rankings for its top-tier legislative candidates and then introduced most of them to a crowd of donors intent on wresting control of the state Senate from Democrats and expanding the GOP’s narrow House majority in the November election.

More than 400 donors gathered for an afternoon of barbecue and politics on a balmy Saturday afternoon last week at the Wiens Ranch in rural Douglas County south of Sedalia, where former state Sen. Tom Wiens breeds and raises quarter horses.