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Local PR honcho seeks respectful campaign ads

Julin: 'Someone has to start'

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A year ago, the late Tim Russert addressed the 2007 Public Relations Society of America International Conference in Philadelphia and called for a change in the tenor of public discourse during the upcoming election campaigns.

Stem cell politics simmer as economy boils

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette has clear priorities. She continues to promote full federal funding for embryonic stem cell research after two presidential vetoes, and she vows to reintroduce her Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act as soon as Congress reconvenes under a new president.

In August, she released a book on the subject — Sex, Science and Stem Cells: Inside the Right Wing Assault on Reason, in which she casts a liberal’s eye on the politics surrounding stem cell science.

Voter drives slam registration training

State's manual contradicts Colorado law

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The training manual produced by the Colorado secretary of state’s office for this year’s voter registration drives erroneously indicated that Social Security numbers would serve as adequate identification in all instances when would-be voters filled out voter registration forms.

AG’s office backs Coffman’s response to New York Times

Removal of duplicate registrations defended

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s secretary of state faces another major issue concerning voter registration — whether, within 90 days of the election, he was on firmly legal ground when he struck duplicate registrations of 2,454 voters.

Under the National Voter Registration Act, it’s illegal to remove voters from the poll books during that time period unless the voter has died, moved out of state or been declared mentally unfit to vote.

El Paso County Democrats blast Balink

Accuse clerk of discouraging voters

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Democratic Party leaders blasted El Paso County Clerk & Recorder Bob Balink for using a Republican law firm to scare college students away from registering to vote, faxing two voter registrations to 10 media outlets, and imprinting “DEM” on mail-in ballot labels.

Democrats fear Secretary of State’s error compounds voter registration mistakes

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Errors made by over 4,000 voters in filling out voter registration forms have been compounded by an error made by the secretary of state’s office in addressing those mistakes, leading Colorado Democratic officials to express worry about those voters’ status for the Nov. 4 election.

The secretary of state’s office recently provided county clerks with a form letter that clerks then passed on to 4,046 voters, telling voters the that errant information on their registration forms had to be corrected by Oct. 6.

Coffman blasts New York Times

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Secretary of State Mike Coffman also held a press conference disputing the findings of a New York Times story published Oct. 9 contending that Colorado had illegally stricken thousands of voters from its rolls.

Coffman said the Times was “pretty out to lunch” and its numbers were “way off.”

Bailout votes may haunt members of Congress

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The votes cast Monday on the potential Wall Street bailout may one day be viewed in the same manner as the vote on whether to authorize the Iraq War — as a historic wedge on which political careers may be made or lost, primaries launched, general elections decided.

Sen. Ray Powers: a gentleman and a leader

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — In 1978, Ray Powers launched his first campaign for the Legislature in “the barn” on the Powers Ranch. Three decades later, on Tuesday, Sept. 23, his wife Dorothy, family and friends bid farewell in the same political landmark.

Dept. of State signed contract knowing of conflict

Contractor owns condo where ex-elections director sleeps

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Deputy Secretary of State Bill Hobbs signed off on a nearly $99,000 contract with the voting data company LEDS on Aug. 29, even though his office knew at the time that a potential conflict of interest existed between the department’s director of elections and the LEDS president, Department of State spokesman Rich Coolidge has confirmed.