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Likely GOP primary for AG in 2014

Democratic candidate off to Quick start
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans’ best shot at statewide public office in the 2014 elections is likely the attorney general’s seat — which the party currently holds — and already some formidable candidates are lining up for a potential primary battle when incumbent John Suthers leaves after next year due to term limits.

Because campaign laws are very prescriptive, the candidates have been hesitant to formally announce. But at least two Republicans are very seriously exploring the possibility of running.

Court reverses Lobato school finanace decision

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s system of public school finance will remain intact, at least until voters have a chance in November to decide whether to shift (and pay for) a new public school finance system.

This week, the Colorado Supreme Court voted 4 to 2, absent the participation of Justice Monica Marquez, to side with the state on State of Colorado v. Lobato. The Court’s decision reversed a lower court ruling that said the state system of financing public education was unconstitutional.

Catch 22 at the Colorado Parole Board

The Colorado Statesman

In 1981 the police drama Hill Street Blues began its award winning seven season run on NBC. Throughout the series Daniel J. Travanti and Veronica Hamel, a police captain and public defender, were romantically involved and many episodes ended with them talking in bed after long days at the office comparing notes on their respective challenges. I distinctly recall an episode where Hamel complained to Travanti about how one of her clients was being mistreated by the police.

Sen. Morse recall effort rife with wild rumors

Is NRA behind local recall? Will Morse be forced to resign? Is former Rep. Mike Merrifield plotting an early comeback? Will Peyton Manning lead the Broncos to the Superbowl?
The Colorado Statesman

A recall effort in Senate District 11 in Colorado Springs has become less of a discussion on Democratic incumbent John Morse and more of a conversation on the power of the National Rifle Association and political strategizing.

What started as frustration with the Senate president’s support of controversial firearms control measures has turned into a chess match in which Morse’s supporters and opponents are gunning for the best campaign strategy.

Jim Monaghan left a larger than life mark on Colorado's political scene

The Colorado Statesman

James Edward Monaghan Jr., the larger than life political figure who brought so many distinguished Coloradans, friends and family members together for a final farewell at Holy Ghost Church in downtown Denver on May 22, probably would have been a little embarrassed by all the fuss. He was never one to hog the limelight during his brilliant and storied career as a political consultant, high placed business confidant and legendary powerbroker.

Remembrances of Jim Monaghan

By
The Colorado Statesman

“It’s been an honor and a privilege knowing and working with Jim over the last 30+ years. His contribution has always been extremely valued and appreciated. While I never succeeded in turning him into a Republican, at least he saw the light on some issues. Jim — you will be missed, but never forgotten.”
— Phil Anschutz

Hickenlooper’s death penalty decision was personal…

But ramifications of life and death matter quickly became political
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s announcement Wednesday of an executive order granting convicted killer Nathan Dunlap a “temporary reprieve” from execution has set off a firestorm of political activity that has some Democrats encouraged and most Republicans chomping at the bit to oust the middle-of-the-road Democrat.

Is Tancredo’s dallying with 2014 guv’s race more than Tomfoolery?

The Colorado Statesman

Former Congressman and conservative stalwart Tom Tancredo says he hasn’t decided whether he will run for governor in 2014 on the Republican ticket challenging popular Democratic incumbent John Hickenlooper. In fact, he’s not even comfortable talking about whether he’s seriously considering it.

TOP effort in Denver to track crimes, signs of terrorism

The Colorado Statesman

Barely 24 hours after Metro Taxi launched a program in January 2011 training drivers to keep their eyes and ears open for crime, a cabbie witnessed a pickup truck sideswipe a vehicle and kill a valet driver outside a Denver nightclub. The driver followed the truck and wrote down the license plate number to inform police. Law enforcement quickly made an arrest in connection with the horrific case.

Dems praise session as ‘productive’

But Republicans call it partisan and polarizing
The Colorado Statesman

Both sides of the political aisle agree on at least one thing — the 2013 legislative session was perhaps the most contentious and jam-packed in nearly two decades.

With Democrats in control of both chambers after regaining the House this year, the party pushed an incredibly ambitious agenda, which included gun control, same-sex civil unions, in-state tuition for undocumented students, and a polarizing elections reform package that includes same-day voter registration.