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Policy of fracking continues to split Coloradans

Opponents protest the controversial process
The Colorado Statesman

About 200 opponents of the controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, gathered at Civic Center Park on Tuesday to protest the practice, as state regulators and local governments grapple with ways to strike a balance between allowing its use while also protecting communities.

Frack Free Colorado, a local coalition of those opposed to fracking, organized the free concert at Civic Center Park along with national groups opposed to the process. The event included such celebrities as musician Jakob Dylan and actresses Mariel Hemingway and Daryl Hannah.

Tracy campaign launches website against GOP opponent

Republican Randy Baumgardner anonymously attacked
The Colorado Statesman

Senate District 8 Democratic candidate Emily Tracy’s campaign is encouraging voters in the district to get to know her opponent and has launched a website inviting online visitors to “Meet Randy Baumgardner.” Only it isn’t as benevolent an offer as first presumed. The website attacks her mustachioed Republican opponent on issues such as supporting so-called “personhood,” housing a registered sex offender, and being indirectly involved with a campaign mailer that potentially exploited a gay New Jersey couple.

Libertarians field full slate of CD candidates

The Colorado Statesman

Despite ongoing frustrations that Libertarian Party candidates are excluded from most political debates on both the national and local stages, dozens of candidates are moving forward on the party’s ticket in every congressional district and several state-wide and local elections in the state.

The candidates and party leaders say they must forge on with their campaigns in order to educate voters and spread their message of “maximum freedom, minimum government.”

Forget red state/blue state, this third party is positively green

The Colorado Statesman

The two co-chairs of the Green Party of Colorado have a fundamental disagreement over how the party should proceed. On the one hand, Bill Bartlett is happy to have a national presidential candidate and three candidates running for Colorado congressional seats this year. On the other hand, party co-chair Art Goodtimes thinks it’s a waste of time to be looking towards federal office.

Biden mocks Romney in second debate

Romney son defends Dad at Greeley campaign stopover
The Colorado Statesman

GREELEY — A peppy Vice President Joe Biden hammered Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan at a rally in Greeley on Wednesday, charging more than once that the Republican ticket was stuck in “a 1950s time warp.”

On the morning after a charged presidential debate, Biden told the estimated 1,100 people gathered inside an exhibit hall in Island Grove Regional Park that he was proud of President Barack Obama, calling him a “man of principle, a man of gumption, a man with a steady hand and a clear vision. That’s what America got to see last night.”

Colorado Republicans: Romney was on game for second debate

Not as strong as first debate, but still lots to cheer about
The Colorado Statesman

Although the Republican ticket didn’t land the kind of knock-out punches that Mitt Romney scored in his first debate with Barack Obama, Colorado Republicans had plenty to cheer about at parties convened in Denver to watch the vice presidential and second presidential debates.

Liberal watchdog group files complaint against SoS

At issue are Gessler’s travel expenses to GOP Convention
The Colorado Statesman

Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler is under fire yet again from voters and government watchdog groups, this time over concerns pertaining to ballot secrecy and a possible breach of ethics and criminal laws in connection with department budgetary spending.

Veep has captive audience of Dems in heart of state

The Colorado Statesman

GREELEY — At their nominating convention in Charlotte last month, the “CUPPA JOE” coffee mugs were slow movers in the Democratic souvenir stands. Wednesday morning, however, the Obama campaign could probably have peddled its entire overstock in Greeley, Colorado. Two thousand Weld County Democrats were up early to greet Joe Biden after their presidential candidate had proven the night before during his second debate with Mitt Romney that he still possessed a pulse.

Michelle Obama swings through our swing state

Urges Coloradans to reelect her husband
The Colorado Statesman

CASTLE ROCK — First Lady Michelle Obama urged Colorado voters to send her husband, Barack Obama, back to the White House for another term during a two-day, three-city campaign swing through the state last week. Saying that the presidential race in this battleground state will be much closer than it was last time — when Obama won by 73 votes per precinct — she urged supporters to double down on their efforts chasing every ballot.

Cynthia Coffman tapped ‘Best Public Sector Lawyer’

The Colorado Statesman

Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman didn’t even know that she was being considered for Law Week Colorado’s award this year for best public sector lawyer, but when she found out that she’d been tapped for the honor, she viewed it as a warm recognition of her 15 years of public service.

“It’s an affirmation for my career…” Coffman acknowledged. “This feels personal, and something I have earned through a lot of years of working in the public sector. So, it has special meaning for that very reason.”