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High hopes for pot users with passage of Amendment 64

The Colorado Statesman

Around 9 p.m. on Election Night, the backers of a statewide initiative to end prohibition of marijuana got word that voters had heeded the call. The reggae music blasting at Casselman’s Bar and Venue in Denver — where supporters had gathered — faded into the background as an explosion of cheers and tears poured from the dozens of activists dancing in the energy-intensive room.

Personnel reform ballot measure passes; campaign finance addressed by electorate

The Colorado Statesman

Voters on Tuesday backed a statewide ballot initiative directing the Colorado congressional delegation to support efforts to overturn the controversial campaign finance Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and another that takes aim at state personnel reform.

The two constitutional amendments were overshadowed by the smoke created from a third ballot question approved by voters that legalized marijuana in Colorado. But proponents behind Amendment 65 and Amendment S say their efforts to bring reforms to campaign finance laws and an outdated state personnel system resonated just as much with voters.

Voters give green light to school funding campaigns

Elections proved that City Hall and school boards came out on top with voters in Denver, JeffCo
The Colorado Statesman

There was no greater evidence on election night that politics remains a soft science than the green light Colorado voters gave to most of the school funding campaigns waged along the Front Range. It proved a surprisingly good day to be asking taxpayers for more of their money. The RTD Board ought to be kicking itself around the Market Street station this morning. Bowing to the advice of their political consultants, they ducked an opportunity to accelerate the FASTRACKS program, currently on a desultory 30-year completion calendar.

Election results from the Colorado Municipal League

41 cities and towns throughout the state held regular or special elections on Nov. 7. Here’s a wrap-up of the various measures from Sam Mamet, executive director of the Colorado Municipal League.

Financial measures

Aspen voters approved a sales tax for the school district.
Boulder voters approved a five-year excise tax extension for a climate action plan and a 20-year sales tax extension for parks and open space.
Calhan voters approved a sales tax for street improvements.

Former President Clinton continues to slam Romney at Colorado campaign stops

‘Explainer-in-chief’ delivers stunning blows
The Colorado Statesman

Former President Bill Clinton revved up supporters of President Barack Obama and delivered a ringing denunciation of Republican nominee Mitt Romney at two campaign stops on Tuesday in Commerce City and Denver.

Obama has “got a better jobs plan, he’s got a better health care plan, he’s got a better education plan, he’s got a better budget plan and he’ll keep trying to bring us together,” Clinton told an estimated 2,000 supporters inside a packed gymnasium at Manual High School after speaking earlier to a smaller crowd at Adams City High School.

State workers, education to get more funding under Hickenlooper’s proposed budget

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday proposed a $21.9 billion state budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that represents a $1.1 billion, or 5.4 percent, increase in total funds. The $8.1 billion from the general fund that is part of the budget includes a $387 million boost, or about 5 percent, over the current budget that ends in June.

Candidates brand each other liars in CD 7

The Colorado Statesman

With less than a week to go before ballots are counted, the race for the 7th Congressional District seat between incumbent Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter and his Republican challenger, Joe Coors, is coming down to a hard-fought chase for votes after a campaign that has turned brutal in recent months.

“We have this saying in Jefferson County — if you walk, you win,” said Perlmutter at a rally for volunteers on Sunday. “It’s the personal contact you make, it’s that door-to-door contact… when you look somebody in the eye and you explain why you feel it’s so important.”

The stars shine brightly for candidates

‘Mad Men’s’ Jon Hamm attracts the ladies, but goal is to get them to vote
The Colorado Statesman

Advocates for President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney criss-crossed the state as the clock ticked down toward the Nov. 6 election.

The stars came out on Saturday as “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, his wife, actress and screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt, and “Law & Order: SVU” star Stephanie March plied the metro area in an Obama campaign van, making stops at field offices and what the campaign calls staging locations, where volunteers gather to pick up canvassing material, in Lakewood, Littleton and Denver.

Showdown in the ‘burbs pits Miklosi vs. Coffman in CD 6

The Colorado Statesman

The bitter and hotly contested race in the 6th Congressional District between incumbent Republican Mike Coffman of Aurora and Democratic challenger state Rep. Joe Miklosi of Denver is finally approaching the finish line, with outside interests having poured $5.6 million into the prolonged battle.

Coleman, Fleischer address GOP Jewish Coalition

The Colorado Statesman

A heavily advertised town hall meeting at the J.W. Marriott in Cherry Creek drew a crowd in excess of 200 on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Touted as an issues discussion for a “Pro-Israel Community at the Crossroads — Critical Issues and Choices Facing the U.S. and Israel in 2012,” the event proved an unabashed organizing event for Romney’s Jewish supporters. If you didn’t get the hint from the ‘OBAMA…OY VEY!’ buttons at the registration table, it didn’t take long to figure out once the program got underway.