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Baumgardner enters 2014 U.S. Senate race

The Colorado Statesman

State Sen. Randy Baumgardner, the mustachioed “Capitol cowboy” at the Gold Dome, has become the second high-profile Republican candidate vying to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in 2014, adding to what could become a crowded primary field.

Baumgardner announced his candidacy on July 12 in Granby, sporting his familiar Western-style hat. The rural Hot Sulphur Springs rancher this month joined state Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs in announcing campaigns on the Republican ticket. Hill announced on July 8.

Recall elections are on!

Hickenlooper sets Sept. 10 for Morse, Giron recall elections
The Colorado Statesman

Denver District Court Chief Judge Robert S. Hyatt ruled Thursday afternoon that recall elections to oust Democratic Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo must proceed. In doing so, Hyatt rejected lawsuits that would have invalidated petition signatures, and paved the way for Sept. 10 recall elections — the first in Colorado history that are sure to capture national attention.

Brophy sets sights on Governor’s race

Aims to take Hick out of office, but does he have a shot?
The Colorado Statesman

Republican state Sen. Greg Brophy of Wray says he is a difficult man to put into a box. But he says the complex nature of his political and private personalities will help him appeal to middle Colorado as he seeks his party’s nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2014.

Brophy announced his candidacy on July 12 and embarked on a seven-stop statewide announcement tour that kicked off July 14 at the Wildlife Experience in Parker. His tour ended on Wednesday in Loveland.

Inside the campaigns

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The Colorado Statesman

Coffman for AG campaign announces finance co-chairs

Cynthia Coffman, one of two announced Republican candidates for Attorney General in 2014 (the other is state Rep. Mark Waller of Colorado Springs) has named Sharon Magness Blake and J. Landis Martin as finance co-chairs of her campaign.

Mike Kopp finds happiness with new bride

By The Colorado Statesman

Former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp and Republican fundraiser Shannon Ulrich were married on April 20 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, across the street from the state Capitol where Kopp had amassed an illustrious career as a state senator from Jefferson County. A former U.S. Army Ranger who was elected to the Legislature in 2006, he resigned in October of 2011, two months after his then-wife, 37-year-old Kim Kopp, died of a rare form of cancer. Kopp said in his resignation letter to legislative colleagues that he wanted to devote time raising their four children, who ranged in age from 4 to 16 at the time.

Local beer brewers craft message against “fracking”

Hickenlooper says he’s reviewing their complaints
The Colorado Statesman

An unlikely group of constituents has joined a growing number of citizens in expressing concerns to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper over regulating the oil and gas industry, and it is probably not something the governor wants to raise a toast to.

Twenty-six craft brewers have sent a letter to the governor and launched a campaign expressing their fears over impacts of oil and gas development to air, water, land, communities and — especially — their own craft beer industry. The industry relies heavily on crisp, clean Rocky Mountain water.

Morse, Giron recall petitions ruled valid

Secretary of state’s office won’t recuse itself in matter
The Colorado Statesman

The Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday denied a protest challenging the validity of signatures gathered by proponents of an effort to recall Democratic Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs, setting up a battle in district court.

Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert also ruled on a surprise motion brought by Democratic attorney Mark Grueskin calling for the secretary’s office to recuse itself from a separate hearing challenging signatures gathered by proponents of an effort to recall Democratic Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo.

‘Campaign for Kids’ off to good fundraising start

The Colorado Statesman

Organizers of the campaign for a ballot measure that will ask voters to okay a nearly $1 billion tax increase are off to a strong start, reporting more than $342,000 in their first campaign finance report.

Immigration issue splits delegation

Republicans in Colorado’s congressional delegation insist on border security first
The Colorado Statesman

A coalition of Democrats, immigrant rights supporters and business leaders are calling on the four Republican members of the Colorado House congressional delegation to buck politics and support a comprehensive immigration reform package that includes a path to citizenship.

But the Republicans seem unwilling to budge, saying they will not support U.S. Senate legislation that passed on June 27 by a vote of 68-32. The measure passed the Senate with the support of all Democrats and 14 Republicans.

Waller, Coffman officially in AG’s race

Rep. Waller to resign House leadership post
The Colorado Statesman

House Minority Leader Mark Waller on Monday brought to a close perhaps the worst kept political secret of the year — whether he would run for attorney general in 2014.

The Colorado Springs Republican joined with his family, friends and supporters at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver to announce that he would in fact run for the office. In a news advisory last week, Waller said only that he would be making an “exciting” announcement. But the local political world knew what that announcement would be.