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Leading man Fishburne delivers a little Hollywood glamour to an unglamorous job

The Colorado Statesman

Laurence Fishburne visited Obama campaign centers along the Front Range this past Saturday, Oct. 27. He arrived at the Five Points office in Denver just after lunch without entourage, wearing a pair of worn blue jeans and a long sleeve Henley crew shirt. There was nothing particularly imposing about the man who played Morpheus in the Matrix films. At six feet and 225 pounds, he looks more like an aging athlete than a Hollywood leading man.

Second Lady makes first rate pitch for Obama-Biden

The Colorado Statesman

Dr. Jill Biden — wife of Vice President Joe Biden, known as America’s second lady — told Obama supporters in Colorado that important gains for education, veterans issues and women’s rights are on the line in the presidential election at stops on the Front Range this week.

Biden, who has continued teaching English at a Delaware community college, was introduced by her daughter Ashley and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter at a Sunday night rally at a Lakewood campaign office filled with about 50 volunteers and staff. The next day she spoke at rallies in Colorado Springs and Ft. Collins.

Coalition of businesses and politicians aims to pressure Congress on deficit reduction

The Colorado Statesman

A coalition of Colorado business leaders and politicians have joined a national campaign asking Congress to put aside its partisan differences and work on long-term solutions for solving the nation’s ballooning deficit and looming so-called “fiscal cliff.”

CU Regents race is only statewide contest this year

Democrat Ludwig faces main challenge from GOP Davidson
The Colorado Statesman

The University of Colorado at-large regent race is the only party-affiliated, statewide race this year, but the two main candidates and two minor party contenders aren’t receiving a whole lot of attention leading up to the Nov. 6 election as they compete with a heated presidential contest that has grabbed the electorate’s attention. In fact, interest in this under-the-radar contest seems to have peaked in early summer, when Republican nominee Brian Davidson easily knocked off opponent Matt Arnold in a bitter and divisive primary.

Obama campaigns (again) in Denver

President electrifies 16,000 supporters in City Park
The Colorado Statesman

Under heavy skies on a chilly Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama made a brisk case for re-election at a quick campaign stop at Denver’s City Park.

“We’ve got a long way to go, Colorado, but we’ve come too far to turn back now,” he told an estimated 16,000 supporters sprawled across the green on the east side of Ferril Lake. “We cannot go back to the same policies that got us into this mess. We’ve got to keep moving forward with the policies that are getting us out.”

Groundhog Day with the President in City Park

The Colorado Statesman

He’s back! Barack Obama returned to Colorado on Wednesday for the umpteenth time in this presidential election. Beneath a threatening sky a large crowd, estimated at 16,000, spilled across the lawn between the Museum of Nature and Science and the lake. Touted as a sequel to Mitt Romney’s Red Rocks appearance the night before, I expected to find a stage facing east with the backdrop of downtown and the Rockies beyond.

A true Blue’s foray into Red (Rocks) territory

A stranger in a not-so-strange land
The Colorado Statesman

It’s been a long time since I attended a Republican rally, but Red Rocks provides a draw for any political junkie. To steal a line from Chris Matthews, it sent ‘a real thrill up my leg.’ The last time I did any politicking at Red Rocks was 1980, when we were circulating petitions to create an elected Board of Directors for RTD. The McNichols administration pretty much looked the other way concerning marijuana enforcement in those years, and I was asked to hold more than one doobie while Willie Nelson fans grappled with my clipboards.

Romney, supporters revel at Red Rocks

The Colorado Statesman

MORRISON — When Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stepped to the front of the stage at Red Rocks on Tuesday night, he paused for a long moment, put his hand over his heart and gazed up at the crowd as it rained down cheers and clattered together campaign-themed Thundersticks in a deafening roar, a contented smile growing on his face.

“Look at the handiwork of our Creator,” he said over the din. “It’s just overwhelming.”

Colorado’s delegates to RNC wined and dined to the tune of $600 each

Sponsorships of Democratic delegates to Charlotte fell into the “trivial value” category
The Colorado Statesman

Corporations, trade groups, individuals and a law firm treated Colorado Republicans who attended the Republican National Convention in August to nearly $600 per person worth of breakfasts, concerts, attire and a luxury lunch-time cruise around Tampa Bay, according to documents obtained by The Colorado Statesman.

Top 12 Legislative Races approach final lap

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado voters are less than two weeks away from awarding control of the state House and Senate to one party or the other, and there has never been a more energetic — and expensive — campaign than the one waged this year, in the shadow of an equally overwhelming presidential contest for the state’s coveted nine electoral votes. Nearly two weeks after mail ballots started arriving in mailboxes, and a few days after early voting has started, the pitched battle to turn out every last voter will only intensify until the polls close on Nov. 6.