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A 'healthy' discourse over our health care

Special to The Colorado Statesman

A committee charged with keeping watch over Colorado’s health care insurance exchange board held its first meeting on Monday, airing concerns about an imbalance of power by industry members over consumers on the board. Securing a steady funding stream for the exchange program was also discussed.

Miklosi kicks off run against Coffman while district lines are still unknown

The Colorado Statesman

Asked whether the slogan for his congressional campaign might be “Joe Miklosi: No Boundaries,” the Democratic state lawmaker demurred with a chuckle and instead directed his fire at the veteran Republican he hopes to unseat next year in a district whose lines won’t be known for months.

Tipton reiterates disdain for debt ceiling deal

Western Slope Correspondent

GRAND JUNCTION – More than 200 people, most of them Republicans and many who identified with the Tea Party, packed the City Council chambers Friday night for an hour-long question-and-answer session with 3rd District Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez.

After declaring the nation’s debt “unsustainable,” Tipton said the debt-ceiling deal “is going to hurt America.”

He explained his votes on the debt ceiling debate. His first was in favor of Speaker John Boehner’s bill, which he said he supported because it included a vote on a balanced budget amendment “and a balanced budget trumps all.”

POWRful Republican Women laud gains

Say 'Quiet Stories' can help sway votes
The Colorado Statesman

More than 200 Republican women — and their admirers — gathered to talk politics on July 29 at the Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills Village at a fundraiser sponsored by the Colorado group Political Organization of Republican Women.

Exhibit at Denver Public Library highlights role of legislators in release of The Leningrad Three

Colorado legislators’ efforts to help free Soviet Dissidents on display

The Colorado Statesman

The subject of this column was the failed hijacking of a 12-seat airplane from Leningrad Airport in Soviet Russia in June of 1970. Ten Refuseniks were involved. A refusenik is a Russian who wanted the freedom to practice his or her religion or the freedom of political life provided in a democracy. Many were of Jewish faith but there were also Christians. They wanted the right to emigrate. Their attempt to fly to Finland was thwarted by the Soviet police who were previously alerted. The refuseniks had actually purchased tickets for the flight.

Happy 50th Anniversary, Josie & Rollie!

You probably couldn’t find a nicer political couple in Colorado, and this month Josie and Rollie Heath are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Between the two of them they have been candidates in three statewide campaigns and eight local races. Josie was Boulder County Commissioner from 1982-1990, served on the Governor’s Commission for National and Community Service and chaired the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women. She has received three presidential appointments. Josie was the Democratic nominee for the U.S.

RNC chief says Colorado will be 'absolute battleground'

Priebus plans on making state his second home
The Colorado Statesman

Politically active Coloradans had better figure out how to pronounce the name of Reince Priebus as the state takes center stage in the 2012 presidential election. That’s because the Wisconsin attorney, who took over as chairman of the Republican National Committee earlier this year, plans to spend a lot of time here. (His first name starts out like the river “Rhine,” and his last name sounds like the hybrid automobile “Prius,” only with an extra consonant.)

Obama's campaign organizes in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

Even though the 2012 election is 15 months away, President Barack Obama’s campaign is already off to a fast start in Colorado, seen as a key battleground state in what is shaping up to be a tight presidential contest. Earlier this month, hundreds of Obama volunteers and summer interns fanned out up and down the Front Range as part of a national “Day of Action” meant to register voters and kick-start a massive organization that plans to keep going until next November.

Hancock appoints Friednash to city attorney

The Colorado Statesman

The former state lawmaker who portrayed Michael Hancock’s runoff opponent during mayoral debate preparation this spring was named Denver’s city attorney on Wednesday.

Hancock said Doug Friednash, 49, a Greenberg Taurig attorney who specializes in complex litigation and government affairs, stood out among “unbelievable candidates” from throughout the country who applied for the top legal position in the new administration.

'Skinny kid from Northeast Denver' sworn in as mayor

The Colorado Statesman

See July 22 Print Edition for additional photos

More than 25 years after he told a television reporter he intended to become the city’s first black mayor, Michael Hancock, 41, was sworn in as Denver’s 45th mayor on July 18 before a packed house at the Temple Hoyne Buell Theater.