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Mike Kopp finds happiness with new bride

By The Colorado Statesman

Former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp and Republican fundraiser Shannon Ulrich were married on April 20 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, across the street from the state Capitol where Kopp had amassed an illustrious career as a state senator from Jefferson County. A former U.S. Army Ranger who was elected to the Legislature in 2006, he resigned in October of 2011, two months after his then-wife, 37-year-old Kim Kopp, died of a rare form of cancer. Kopp said in his resignation letter to legislative colleagues that he wanted to devote time raising their four children, who ranged in age from 4 to 16 at the time.

Local beer brewers craft message against “fracking”

Hickenlooper says he’s reviewing their complaints
The Colorado Statesman

An unlikely group of constituents has joined a growing number of citizens in expressing concerns to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper over regulating the oil and gas industry, and it is probably not something the governor wants to raise a toast to.

Twenty-six craft brewers have sent a letter to the governor and launched a campaign expressing their fears over impacts of oil and gas development to air, water, land, communities and — especially — their own craft beer industry. The industry relies heavily on crisp, clean Rocky Mountain water.

Morse, Giron recall petitions ruled valid

Secretary of state’s office won’t recuse itself in matter
The Colorado Statesman

The Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday denied a protest challenging the validity of signatures gathered by proponents of an effort to recall Democratic Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs, setting up a battle in district court.

Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert also ruled on a surprise motion brought by Democratic attorney Mark Grueskin calling for the secretary’s office to recuse itself from a separate hearing challenging signatures gathered by proponents of an effort to recall Democratic Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo.

‘Campaign for Kids’ off to good fundraising start

The Colorado Statesman

Organizers of the campaign for a ballot measure that will ask voters to okay a nearly $1 billion tax increase are off to a strong start, reporting more than $342,000 in their first campaign finance report.

Immigration issue splits delegation

Republicans in Colorado’s congressional delegation insist on border security first
The Colorado Statesman

A coalition of Democrats, immigrant rights supporters and business leaders are calling on the four Republican members of the Colorado House congressional delegation to buck politics and support a comprehensive immigration reform package that includes a path to citizenship.

But the Republicans seem unwilling to budge, saying they will not support U.S. Senate legislation that passed on June 27 by a vote of 68-32. The measure passed the Senate with the support of all Democrats and 14 Republicans.

Waller, Coffman officially in AG’s race

Rep. Waller to resign House leadership post
The Colorado Statesman

House Minority Leader Mark Waller on Monday brought to a close perhaps the worst kept political secret of the year — whether he would run for attorney general in 2014.

The Colorado Springs Republican joined with his family, friends and supporters at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver to announce that he would in fact run for the office. In a news advisory last week, Waller said only that he would be making an “exciting” announcement. But the local political world knew what that announcement would be.

Ken Salazar is welcomed back home by friends, family

The Colorado Statesman

It was a grand party that brought together friends and associates spanning some 30 years, but they all were united on the evening of June 7 to welcome home Ken Salazar, the recently retired Secretary of the Interior who has returned to Colorado to practice law.

Salazar passes torch to eager young Latinos

The Colorado Statesman

It was almost as if Ken Salazar, the golden boy of Colorado Democratic politics, was staring at the future. In front of him, seated on chairs in an informal circle in a large meeting room on the first floor of the Wells Fargo office building downtown, were about a dozen and a half young people — most members of the Colorado Latino Forum — just beginning their careers and anxious for advice from the master.

Markey, Quinn enter race for state treasurer

GOP incumbent Stapleton praised as ‘financial genius’
The Colorado Statesman

Two Democrats have announced campaigns for state treasurer, paving the way for a primary to challenge incumbent Republican Treasurer Walker Stapleton in 2014.

Former Congresswoman Betsy Markey of Fort Collins and Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn announced on Monday that they would seek the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Democrat Joe Neguse files for SoS

Former Dem candidate Gordon likely won’t run
The Colorado Statesman

University of Colorado Regent from CD 2 Joe Neguse, a Democrat, said he was compelled to enter the 2014 race for secretary of state after current Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler played partisan games with the office in an effort to disenfranchise voters.

“I could not stand by and watch as all the great progress that we made is undercut by our current secretary of state,” Neguse said on Tuesday as he launched his campaign at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in the Five Points neighborhood in Denver.