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Metro State explains new rates to JBC

The Colorado Statesman

Metro State College of Denver President Dr. Stephen M. Jordan told members of the Joint Budget Committee Wednesday afternoon that he would take another look at the school’s controversial decision to offer discounted tuition rates to undocumented students in the wake of Attorney General John Suthers’ opinion that under federal law, only state legislatures can create such classifications of tuition rates.

Romney campaign finds a home in Jeffco

Lakewood office just one of several to open in Colorado
The Colorado Statesman

With just over four months to go until the November election, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign finally has an office of its own in Colorado.

“It is an exciting day because today we have the opportunity to kick off the Romney campaign in Colorado officially, with the opening of the statewide headquarters for Romney Victory,” said state Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call, welcoming roughly 200 supporters on Saturday to the campaign’s spacious digs in the Denver West office park in Lakewood.

Colorado Constitution exhibit inspires dialogue

The Colorado Statesman

Public policy advocates are hoping that an exhibit at the new History Colorado museum will encourage dialogue about the Colorado Constitution and whether it is too easy to amend the important state document in today’s modern day.

The conversation was already sparked on Tuesday when Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler attended the unveiling of the “For the People of Colorado: Our Constitution” exhibit. Also on hand was Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver.

The leadership behind “All of Colorado is Burning”


In 2002, 1,994 forest fires consumed 782 square miles of Colorado’s beautiful forests. 384 families lost their homes. As a staffer for Governor Bill Owens, I watched many of these fires from the Bureau of Land Management’s Emergency Operations Center in Lakewood, updating Governor Owens on the latest developments.

GOP Regent’s race goes rogue

‘Thuggish’ behavior, ‘mafia-style cover-up’ alleged in Republican primary contest
The Colorado Statesman

The Republican primary between Matt Arnold and Brian Davidson for the at-large CU Board of Regents nomination — the only statewide race on the Colorado ballot, other than the presidential contest — has mostly crept along below the radar this year.

But that all changed in the last week as a controversy erupted over whether Arnold misrepresented what kind of advanced diploma he earned two decades ago.

No love lost between Lamborn, Blaha

GOP challenger and three-term incumbent battle it out in CD 5
The Colorado Statesman

One handed over hot dog buns and the other dished up baked beans.

Clad in patriotic aprons, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a three-term incumbent, greeted hungry Republicans just feet away from his determined primary challenger, businessman Robert Blaha. They joined other local politicians who helped serve a sumptuous spread on Tuesday at the annual El Paso County Republican Women’s picnic in downtown Colorado Springs.

Lawsuits may ensue over ballot access bill

Controversy still looms over House Bill 1036
The Colorado Statesman

Lawsuits may be on the way challenging a controversial bill signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper last Thursday that creates a separate class of the public allowed to review ballots following an election.

House Bill 1036 allows an “interested party” — including political parties and representatives of issue committees, or stakeholders involved in the outcome of an election — to examine the voted ballots, but excludes access to others, such as the press and watchdog groups.

Supporters of civil unions pumped up at ‘uncivil soiree’

The Colorado Statesman

When supporters of a civil unions bill — defeated once in the waning days of the legislature and again during a brief special session — gathered to take stock in Denver last week, organizers weren’t sure what term to use on the invitations.

“We didn’t know what to call it,” said Brad Clark, executive director of the One Colorado advocacy group, the primary outside advocacy group backing the bill. “Is this a celebration? Is it group therapy? We thought an ‘uncivil soiree’ would be fitting.”

Obama, Romney both blamed for economic plight

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, joined local business owners on Monday in a press conference call for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, alleging that President Barack Obama’s regulatory measures have created a “hostile” workforce environment in America.

Will the third time be the charm for the Personhood initiative in Colorado?

The Colorado Statesman

Opponents of a proposed ballot initiative that would extend constitutional rights to a “person” from the moment of biological development are gearing up for their third fight against the anti-abortion so-called “Personhood” proposal, not willing to offer proponents the opportunity to say, “Third time’s the charm.”