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Former President Clinton continues to slam Romney at Colorado campaign stops

‘Explainer-in-chief’ delivers stunning blows
The Colorado Statesman

Former President Bill Clinton revved up supporters of President Barack Obama and delivered a ringing denunciation of Republican nominee Mitt Romney at two campaign stops on Tuesday in Commerce City and Denver.

Obama has “got a better jobs plan, he’s got a better health care plan, he’s got a better education plan, he’s got a better budget plan and he’ll keep trying to bring us together,” Clinton told an estimated 2,000 supporters inside a packed gymnasium at Manual High School after speaking earlier to a smaller crowd at Adams City High School.

State workers, education to get more funding under Hickenlooper’s proposed budget

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday proposed a $21.9 billion state budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that represents a $1.1 billion, or 5.4 percent, increase in total funds. The $8.1 billion from the general fund that is part of the budget includes a $387 million boost, or about 5 percent, over the current budget that ends in June.

Candidates brand each other liars in CD 7

The Colorado Statesman

With less than a week to go before ballots are counted, the race for the 7th Congressional District seat between incumbent Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter and his Republican challenger, Joe Coors, is coming down to a hard-fought chase for votes after a campaign that has turned brutal in recent months.

“We have this saying in Jefferson County — if you walk, you win,” said Perlmutter at a rally for volunteers on Sunday. “It’s the personal contact you make, it’s that door-to-door contact… when you look somebody in the eye and you explain why you feel it’s so important.”

The stars shine brightly for candidates

‘Mad Men’s’ Jon Hamm attracts the ladies, but goal is to get them to vote
The Colorado Statesman

Advocates for President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney criss-crossed the state as the clock ticked down toward the Nov. 6 election.

The stars came out on Saturday as “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, his wife, actress and screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt, and “Law & Order: SVU” star Stephanie March plied the metro area in an Obama campaign van, making stops at field offices and what the campaign calls staging locations, where volunteers gather to pick up canvassing material, in Lakewood, Littleton and Denver.

Showdown in the ‘burbs pits Miklosi vs. Coffman in CD 6

The Colorado Statesman

The bitter and hotly contested race in the 6th Congressional District between incumbent Republican Mike Coffman of Aurora and Democratic challenger state Rep. Joe Miklosi of Denver is finally approaching the finish line, with outside interests having poured $5.6 million into the prolonged battle.

Coleman, Fleischer address GOP Jewish Coalition

The Colorado Statesman

A heavily advertised town hall meeting at the J.W. Marriott in Cherry Creek drew a crowd in excess of 200 on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Touted as an issues discussion for a “Pro-Israel Community at the Crossroads — Critical Issues and Choices Facing the U.S. and Israel in 2012,” the event proved an unabashed organizing event for Romney’s Jewish supporters. If you didn’t get the hint from the ‘OBAMA…OY VEY!’ buttons at the registration table, it didn’t take long to figure out once the program got underway.

Leading man Fishburne delivers a little Hollywood glamour to an unglamorous job

The Colorado Statesman

Laurence Fishburne visited Obama campaign centers along the Front Range this past Saturday, Oct. 27. He arrived at the Five Points office in Denver just after lunch without entourage, wearing a pair of worn blue jeans and a long sleeve Henley crew shirt. There was nothing particularly imposing about the man who played Morpheus in the Matrix films. At six feet and 225 pounds, he looks more like an aging athlete than a Hollywood leading man.

Second Lady makes first rate pitch for Obama-Biden

The Colorado Statesman

Dr. Jill Biden — wife of Vice President Joe Biden, known as America’s second lady — told Obama supporters in Colorado that important gains for education, veterans issues and women’s rights are on the line in the presidential election at stops on the Front Range this week.

Biden, who has continued teaching English at a Delaware community college, was introduced by her daughter Ashley and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter at a Sunday night rally at a Lakewood campaign office filled with about 50 volunteers and staff. The next day she spoke at rallies in Colorado Springs and Ft. Collins.

Coalition of businesses and politicians aims to pressure Congress on deficit reduction

The Colorado Statesman

A coalition of Colorado business leaders and politicians have joined a national campaign asking Congress to put aside its partisan differences and work on long-term solutions for solving the nation’s ballooning deficit and looming so-called “fiscal cliff.”

CU Regents race is only statewide contest this year

Democrat Ludwig faces main challenge from GOP Davidson
The Colorado Statesman

The University of Colorado at-large regent race is the only party-affiliated, statewide race this year, but the two main candidates and two minor party contenders aren’t receiving a whole lot of attention leading up to the Nov. 6 election as they compete with a heated presidential contest that has grabbed the electorate’s attention. In fact, interest in this under-the-radar contest seems to have peaked in early summer, when Republican nominee Brian Davidson easily knocked off opponent Matt Arnold in a bitter and divisive primary.