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Colorado Libertarians nominate 41 for 2014

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Libertarians nominated a record 41 candidates for state, federal and county offices last weekend at the party’s state convention in Golden and party officials predicted that a recent rise in its ranks — the number of registered Libertarians in the state more than doubled over the last two years — could mean the perennial third party emerges as a bona fide major party by the end of the decade.

Arapahoe GOP meets on Super Saturday

The Colorado Statesman

“We are in it to win it,” Arapahoe County Republican Party chair Joy Hoffman told delegates at the county GOP assembly on Saturday in Centennial to their enthusiastic approval.

Denver remains a contender to host the 2016 RNC

The Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee voted this week to narrow the list of sites in contention for the 2016 Republican National Convention from eight to six cities, and Denver survived the cut to host the once-every-four-years top political gathering. The other cities moving on to the next round of consideration are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City and Las Vegas. Phoenix, Ariz., and Columbus, Ohio, were eliminated.

Former Sec. of Defense weighs in on Bush, Obama

The Colorado Statesman

World Denver lassoed another top tier speaker for its Denver luncheon this week, serving up former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates along with the usual rubber chicken. Since leaving the Obama administration, Gates has assumed a position as Chancellor at William & Mary College and written a memoir covering his five years (2006-11) as Defense Secretary for Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama. He enjoys the distinction of being the only Defense Secretary to have survived a change in administrations.

GOP primaries heat up legislative races in Jeffco

The Colorado Statesman

Jefferson County Republicans had expected to set the stage for two hotly contested legislative primaries at the party’s county assembly on Saturday in Lakewood but also teed up a third at the last minute, pitting an incumbent House member in a rematch against the primary challenger he defeated two years ago.

To no one’s surprise, a pair of self-described grassroots candidates — both with the backing of a hard-line gun-rights group — will be facing off in primaries against more establishment-style candidates in two state Senate races following votes by assembly delegates.

Controversial Republican nominee asked to withdraw from HD 23 race

The Colorado Statesman

The Jefferson County Republican Party on Thursday demanded that the House District 23 candidate nominated by delegates at last Saturday’s county assembly quit the race after learning he had been charged in an online scam and espoused white supremacist positions. And later that day, that’s exactly what happened.

Coffman enjoys birthday, but hopes for real celebration on Election Day

The Colorado Statesman

More than 100 supporters gathered to wish U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman a happy 59th birthday on March 22 at the Aurora Summit steakhouse and to chip in $59 each in what has become an annual fundraiser for the Aurora Republican. This year, he’ll be able to use every penny in what national observers have pegged one of the toughest reelection bids by any incumbent member of Congress, as Coffman faces former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the evenly divided 6th Congressional District.

It’s somewhat debatable whether the “Fracking Debate” was actually a debate

The Colorado Statesman

Last week the Independence Institute and the Environmental Alliance teamed to organize a “Just the Fracking Facts” debate at the Denver Post Auditorium. Despite considerable promotion of the event it only attracted 50 or 60 observers, most of whom were solidly allied with one side or the other in this slow, simmering dispute. Colorado voters, however, appear destined to hear a lot more about this conflict between now and election day.

Heavy hitters turn out pre-baseball season to pitch preservation of Guv’s Residence

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper almost hit one out of the ball park Tuesday night at Churchill’s Bar at the Brown Palace Hotel. Commenting on the official opening of baseball season next Friday and the importance of Colorado Rockies star players Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzales staying off the disabled list, the sporting guv couldn’t emphasize it enough. Shortstop Tulo’s got to stay healthy, Hickenlooper told several dozen heavy hitters who gathered for a fundraiser for the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund. “If Carlos Gonzalez doesn’t stay healthy,” he added, “I’d give up my reelection bid.”

Marijuana proponent miffed over beer taps at Governor’s Mansion


Following news that Gov. John Hickenlooper installed beer taps at the Governor’s Mansion, Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, held a “toga party” news conference in front of the mansion at 4:20 p.m. on Friday to question why the governor is actively promoting alcohol use while condemning marijuana.

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