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Open season on open seats for 2012 legislative races

The Colorado Statesman

If the legislative maps submitted this week to the Colorado Supreme Court win approval, the General Assembly could see unprecedented turnover after next year’s election, and it won’t matter who wins or who loses at the polls. That’s because the Democratic maps approved late last month create open seats in 11 House districts and three Senate districts, a byproduct of drawing 29 legislative incumbents into districts with other incumbents. And that’s on top of the usual open seats created by term limits and legislators who decline to run again.

Romanoff says no to CD 6 race

The Colorado Statesman

Ending more than a month of fevered speculation, former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff said Tuesday he won’t jump into the race for a newly competitive 6th Congressional District.

Saying up front that he never had plans to run for the seat, the Denver Democrat said several months of ardent lobbying from state and national backers weren’t enough to persuade him to run.

“The timing is not right for me,” Romanoff told The Colorado Statesman.

Americans Elect offers presidential alternative to Colorado voters

Former third party nominees Lamm, Tancredo aren't enthused
The Colorado Statesman

The Secretary of State’s office certified Americans Elect as a new minor political party in Colorado last week, opening the door for a centrist third party challenge and alternative nominating process for president.

Americans Elect views itself not so much as a third party but as a “second way” to nominate a candidate. Officials say it will make history in June 2012 by holding the first-ever direct, online nominating convention that is independent of the nation’s two major political parties.

Arapahoe GOP revelers bestow early Christmas gift to Mitt Romney

The Colorado Statesman

Arapahoe County Republicans rang in the holiday season Tuesday night at the Cherry Creek Marina and Yacht Club, overlooking the cozy event center’s namesake reservoir.

Dems win political game of reapportionment

"They outfoxed us," claims Republican commission member
The Colorado Statesman

Republicans were fuming this week after a state commission approved Democratic-sponsored legislative maps that draw at least five pairs of incumbent GOP lawmakers into the same seats.

Labor Secretary Solis stumps for Obama's job bill in Denver

Solis urges local Latinos to keep pressure on Congress
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis urged a packed house of area Latino leaders and some of the state’s top officials to keep pressure on Congress to pass the president’s jobs proposal during a visit to Denver on Monday. She said key provisions of the bill — extending a payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits, both set to expire at the end of the year — would continue spurring an economy she acknowledged isn’t adding jobs as fast as anyone would like.

Pabon elected deputy whip

A contested election by House Democrats this week for the position of deputy minority whip pitted three well-liked state representatives against each other — but the eventual election of Dan Pabon on the second ballot proved genial with fellow contenders Crisanta Duran and Max Tyler pledging their support afterwards.

Hickenlooper tosses COIN into economic development pool

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced on Monday the creation of a statewide initiative designed to bring together inventors and entrepreneurs with an aim of increasing the number of manufacturing jobs in Colorado while boosting the state’s reputation as a hotbed of innovation.

Pointing to areas around the country that combine cutting-edge research with market-shaking entrepreneurial zeal — from California’s Silicon Valley to comparable corridors in Massachusetts and North Carolina — Hickenlooper said it was time for Colorado to do what it can to join those ranks.

House Dems tap Ferrandino as Minority Leader

Rep. Claire Levy goes to JBC in leadership shuffle
The Colorado Statesman

House Democrats elected state Rep. Mark Ferrandino as the caucus’s minority leader by acclamation on Nov. 18, making the Denver Democrat the first openly gay man to win a top leadership spot at the Colorado Capitol. Ferrandino takes over for congressional candidate Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, who announced earlier this month he was stepping down from the post.

In one of his first official acts, Ferrandino named Minority Whip Claire Levy, D-Boulder, to take his place on the powerful Joint Budget Committee, which began wrestling with next year’s budget earlier this month.

Personhood measure heading back to ballot

The third time a charm?
The Colorado Statesman

Fresh off a thumping at the polls in Mississippi, supporters of a constitutional amendment that would legally define a fertilized egg as a person are back for a third try with Colorado voters.

On Monday, Arvada-based Personhood USA unveiled a measure that’s been substantially rewritten from ballot initiatives Colorado voters shot down by wide margins in the last two general elections.