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Panel examines the balancing of civil liberties and national security

The Colorado Statesman

The topic of threats to domestic security and how they are balanced with civil liberties was addressed last week at the University of Denver during a well attended forum sponsored by the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL). The panel of leading experts was moderated by Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

In opening remarks made at the July 16 event, it became evident at the onset that not only was the subject highly complicated, but very fluid, as well.

Retired Air Force General hopes to take down Lamborn

The Colorado Statesman

Distinguished retired Air Force Major Gen. Irv Halter believes he can offer incumbent CD 5 Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn a battle in Colorado Springs.

But as a Democrat, Halter may find himself involved in a losing war in the heavily Republican-leaning Congressional District 5. Still, Democrats remain optimistic that the highly respected general can finally give Lamborn something to worry about.

Denver Mayor Hancock focuses on revitalization in ‘State of the City’

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Monday delivered his second State of the City address, discussing plans for homeless and housing, as well as uplifting somewhat forgotten neighborhoods like Elyria-Swansea and Globeville. He also focused on poising Denver to be a globally connected city.

It was fitting that Hancock delivered his remarks surrounded by vintage cars at the Forney Museum of Transportation on Brighton Boulevard. The north Denver community became the focus of his revitalization remarks.

Baumgardner enters 2014 U.S. Senate race

The Colorado Statesman

State Sen. Randy Baumgardner, the mustachioed “Capitol cowboy” at the Gold Dome, has become the second high-profile Republican candidate vying to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in 2014, adding to what could become a crowded primary field.

Baumgardner announced his candidacy on July 12 in Granby, sporting his familiar Western-style hat. The rural Hot Sulphur Springs rancher this month joined state Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs in announcing campaigns on the Republican ticket. Hill announced on July 8.

Recall elections are on!

Hickenlooper sets Sept. 10 for Morse, Giron recall elections
The Colorado Statesman

Denver District Court Chief Judge Robert S. Hyatt ruled Thursday afternoon that recall elections to oust Democratic Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo must proceed. In doing so, Hyatt rejected lawsuits that would have invalidated petition signatures, and paved the way for Sept. 10 recall elections — the first in Colorado history that are sure to capture national attention.

Brophy sets sights on Governor’s race

Aims to take Hick out of office, but does he have a shot?
The Colorado Statesman

Republican state Sen. Greg Brophy of Wray says he is a difficult man to put into a box. But he says the complex nature of his political and private personalities will help him appeal to middle Colorado as he seeks his party’s nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2014.

Brophy announced his candidacy on July 12 and embarked on a seven-stop statewide announcement tour that kicked off July 14 at the Wildlife Experience in Parker. His tour ended on Wednesday in Loveland.

Inside the campaigns

The Colorado Statesman

Coffman for AG campaign announces finance co-chairs

Cynthia Coffman, one of two announced Republican candidates for Attorney General in 2014 (the other is state Rep. Mark Waller of Colorado Springs) has named Sharon Magness Blake and J. Landis Martin as finance co-chairs of her campaign.

Mike Kopp finds happiness with new bride

By The Colorado Statesman

Former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp and Republican fundraiser Shannon Ulrich were married on April 20 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, across the street from the state Capitol where Kopp had amassed an illustrious career as a state senator from Jefferson County. A former U.S. Army Ranger who was elected to the Legislature in 2006, he resigned in October of 2011, two months after his then-wife, 37-year-old Kim Kopp, died of a rare form of cancer. Kopp said in his resignation letter to legislative colleagues that he wanted to devote time raising their four children, who ranged in age from 4 to 16 at the time.

Local beer brewers craft message against “fracking”

Hickenlooper says he’s reviewing their complaints
The Colorado Statesman

An unlikely group of constituents has joined a growing number of citizens in expressing concerns to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper over regulating the oil and gas industry, and it is probably not something the governor wants to raise a toast to.

Twenty-six craft brewers have sent a letter to the governor and launched a campaign expressing their fears over impacts of oil and gas development to air, water, land, communities and — especially — their own craft beer industry. The industry relies heavily on crisp, clean Rocky Mountain water.

Morse, Giron recall petitions ruled valid

Secretary of state’s office won’t recuse itself in matter
The Colorado Statesman

The Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday denied a protest challenging the validity of signatures gathered by proponents of an effort to recall Democratic Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs, setting up a battle in district court.

Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert also ruled on a surprise motion brought by Democratic attorney Mark Grueskin calling for the secretary’s office to recuse itself from a separate hearing challenging signatures gathered by proponents of an effort to recall Democratic Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo.