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Colorado legislative races: 12 to watch in 2012

The Colorado Statesman

It’s just four months until Colorado voters cast ballots in the June primary, and already the battle for control of the General Assembly is taking shape.

Santorum won straw poll, but does it mean much?

Bragging rights don’t necessarily translate to delegates
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans made headlines last week when former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won the state’s presidential preference poll at the Feb. 7 caucuses — he also won contests in Minnesota and Missouri that day – but when it comes to picking this year’s GOP nominee, did he win anything beyond bragging rights?

It’s too soon to tell, say state Republican Party officials. It all depends on how thousands of delegates elected at precinct caucuses last week eventually vote at a series of assemblies that begin next week and don’t conclude for nearly two months.

Civil unions bill passes committee

The Colorado Statesman

A Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill to establish civil unions over opponents’ objections that the measure amounts to an end-run around a constitutional provision banning same-sex marriage in Colorado.

Weissmann announces GOP candidacy in CD 2

Republican hopes to give Polis a run for his money
The Colorado Statesman

Republican businessman Eric Weissmann’s candidacy for CD 2 against popular and well-funded Democratic incumbent Rep. Jared Polis is, by many accounts, a longshot. But recent voter registration numbers from the Colorado secretary of state show that the race — at least on paper — may be closer than originally anticipated.

Initially, when borders were finalized after redistricting last year, Democrats enjoyed a 4-point advantage over Republicans among active voters, but that lead has dwindled to just two points, according to registration numbers released in February.

Gessler has active legislative agenda

The Colorado Statesman

Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler has proposed a suite of at least a dozen separate pieces of legislation this year that run the gamut — everything from the mundane, including clearing up ballot title language and allowing notaries public to register online to the more controversial, such as cutting short the number of days early voting centers are required to stay open.

Bill pushed by medical marijuana industry goes to pot

The Colorado Statesman

Medical marijuana proponents watched in earnest on Tuesday as their only hope this year for a formal banking and payment system went up in smoke.

Senate Bill 75, sponsored by Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, would have created the authority for licensed medical marijuana stakeholders to form an exclusive financial cooperative specific to the industry, but the Senate Finance Committee killed the legislation on a 5-2 vote.

Colorado Dems look to the future at JJ Dinner

The Colorado Statesman

Newark Mayor Cory Booker brought down the house at the Colorado Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson Jackson dinner on Feb. 11, but not before a tribute to former sate Sen. Paul Sandoval moved the crowd to tears.

Haney quits congressional race after FEC complaint filed

The Colorado Statesman

Chiropractor Dr. Perry Haney of Lone Tree announced Wednesday he is withdrawing from the race in the 6th Congressional District against incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman, leaving Denver state Rep. Joe Miklosi as the sole remaining Democratic candidate.

Haney announced his decision less than 24 hours after the Colorado Republican Party filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission over a possible campaign finance violation, but Haney wrote in an email blast to supporters that his decision was based on his inability to devote enough time and energy to the race.

LEGISLATIVE BRIEFS

WESTERN TIGER SALAMANDER CRAWLS ALONG AT STATEHOUSE

A bill that would name the Western Tiger Salamander as the official state amphibian passed the House on third reading on Monday.

Presidential campaigns leave mark in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

For a few days, Colorado lived up to its storied battleground status as Republican presidential candidates criss-crossed the state urging supporters to turn out at Tuesday’s caucuses.