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Dutch lawmaker brings his crusade against Islam to conservative confab

The Colorado Statesman

Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders brought his crusade against the Islamic religion to Denver last weekend, warning an audience at the Western Conservative Summit that Europe and the United States are vulnerable to an insidious takeover by what he termed a “dangerous, totalitarian ideology” masquerading as a religion.

Selection of Denver is a patently good move

The Colorado Statesman

The Denver metro area will be home to a new federal satellite patent office that is estimated to generate $439 million for the region just over the first five years alone.

The announcement on Monday that Denver has been selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce for one of three new satellite patent offices brought a welcome showing of bipartisanship from Colorado’s political leaders, and has been hailed by business and technology experts as a symbol of the state’s emergence as one of the top research and technology innovators in the nation.

Longoria stars in White House replay

The Colorado Statesman

A ctress Eva Longoria told a standing-room-only crowd in Wheat Ridge on Sunday that it’s an easy choice for women to support President Barack Obama over Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and that women will make the difference in the fall election.

“A lot of you are here because you want your voices heard, and, let me tell you, in November, our voices will be heard,” she told an estimated 400 Obama supporters packed into a conference hall at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center.

GOP lawmakers try to bolster the score with help of businesses and associations

The Colorado Statesman Sports Department

State Rep. Libby Szabo’s golf ball vanished into thin air, Assistant Majority Leader Mark Waller sunk an astonishing number of holes-in-one, and House Republicans raised a pot of cash to help defend the party’s narrow, one-vote majority at an afternoon fundraiser last Thursday at a Westminster miniature golf course.

Colorado Celebrity Classic benefits TAPS

Local luminaries provide great support for military survivors

When you hear of TAPS you probably connote the distinctive bugle playing at dusk with a flag ceremony or funeral, or even with a gathering of Boy Scouts. But there is another meaning that is just as emotionally binding. In military circles TAPS also stands for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a resource for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one.

Stephens: ‘We kicked her butt!’

House Majority Leader says clean campaigning was real winner in race against Looper
The Colorado Statesman

State House Majority Leader Amy Stephens prevailed on Tuesday in a hotly-contested primary in House District 19, the most reliably Republican district in the state. The Monument Republican defeated fellow El Paso County lawmaker state Rep. Marsha Looper of Calhan by a 20-point margin, guaranteeing Stephens’ return to the Capitol to represent a seat Democrats aren’t contesting.

Top 12 Legislative Races: June edition

The Colorado Statesman

Following an abbreviated pre-season and an early June primary, this year’s battle for control of the Colorado General Assembly stands to hinge on a dozen close races in competitive districts stretching across the state.

Stroud beats Murphy; now ready for DeGette

The Colorado Statesman

Former Denver Republican Party Chairman Danny Stroud crushed opponent Richard Murphy in Tuesday’s Congressional District 1 Republican primary, paving the way for an uphill general election challenge against incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver.

The relatively tame campaign between Stroud and Murphy, nicknamed the “mystery trucker” for his profession and sudden emergence onto the Colorado political scene as a true neophyte, resulted in Stroud receiving 11,781 votes, about 65 percent, compared to Murphy’s 6,353 votes, about 35 percent.

In CD 2, Lundberg defeats Weissmann

The Colorado Statesman

Boulder businessman Eric Weissmann is throwing his full support behind state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, after losing Tuesday’s Republican primary in Congressional District 2 to the social conservative lawmaker.

Weissmann had distinguished himself from Lundberg by veering away from the social conservative issues for which Lundberg has become known, including his strong opposition to same-sex civil unions and abortion.

Power of incumbency benefitted U.S. Rep. Lamborn in his defeat of GOP challenger Blaha

Blaha says the thumping wasn’t enough to push him out of politics
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn easily rebuffed a well-funded primary challenge from fellow Republican Robert Blaha on Tuesday, trouncing the political newcomer with 61.7 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican 5th Congressional District.

Because Democrats aren’t fielding a candidate in the general election, the primary win — his third in four elections — is tantamount to a ticket back to Washington for Lamborn, who regularly tops rankings of the most conservative lawmakers in Congress.