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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.

Kolomitz cleared of wrongdoing in campaign scandal

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Greg Kolomitz, who faced professional disgrace after it was disclosed in April that he mismanaged hundreds of thousands of dollars as Gov. Ritter’s campaign manager in 2006, has now been cleared of wrongdoing by 18th Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers.

Political pairing a perfect power play

Three years ago Jean Galloway, president of a highly respected consulting firm in Denver which specializes in corporate philanthropy and community relations, saw then-First Lady Frances Owens at an event for “Open Your Hearts to Newborns in Need.”

Coalition vows to take on health care ‘nightmare’

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Calling the health care system a “nightmare” and a “catastrophic problem,” an immense coalition of state and national groups announced a sweeping campaign to push for its overhaul.

Hickenlooper tuned out

Unauthorized version of anthem creates speech's only fireworks

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In his fifth “State of the City” address on Tuesday, July 1, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper ran off a laundry list of accomplishments and named 25 “practical, down-to-earth programs and enterprises” he hopes will come to fruition in the coming year.

There weren’t many surprises in the mayor’s remarks — especially compared with the completely unexpected rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that preceded them.

Jazz singer René Marie sent a murmur of confusion through the crowd as she substituted the lyrics to “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” for the familiar “O say, can you see” to the tune of the national anthem.