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School finance measure is officially on the ballot

Small cushion, big cost in petition gathering
The Colorado Statesman

Partisan wrangling over a ballot initiative to raise $950 million for school reform continued Wednesday just moments before the secretary of state’s office deemed the question sufficient for the November ballot.

Colorado Commits to Kids submitted 165,710 signatures last month after paying Washington, D.C.-based FieldWorks at least $779,047 for petition gathering activities. Only 89,820 of the signatures were deemed valid after a line-by-line review.

First meeting of Dog Protection Task Force held at Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office

Sen. David Balmer, R-Centennial, addresses the first meeting of the Dog Protection Task Force, which will design the training curricula for law enforcement dog encounters so that police can better understand canine behaviors and use alternatives to lethal force against dogs. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson hosted the 17-member bipartisan task force at the Sheriff’s office last week. The training legislation, which all 100 lawmakers supported, appears to be the first of its kind. Sen.

Birthday boy Romanoff makes a political wish

The Colorado Statesman

On the way to his 47th birthday celebration at Bicentennial Park in Aurora on Aug. 24, one of Andrew Romanoff’s friends asked him whether he was ever going to have a birthday party where he didn’t actually charge guests. “I thought about that for a moment and I said, ‘No.’ So next year it’ll be $48,” teased the already announced Democratic candidate for CD 6 in 2014.

U.S. Rep. Coffman expresses political optimism under an emerging rainbow

The Colorado Statesman

Congressman Cory Gardner, whose sprawling 4th Congressional District encompasses most of the rural Eastern Plains as well as the larger cities of Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland and Longmont in north-central Colorado, also represents the eastern half of Arapahoe County, which is part of the reason he dropped by the Greenwood Village home of Arapahoe County GOP chairman Joy Hoffman on the weekend afternoon of Aug. 24.

Republicans Gessler, Brophy criticize incumbent Governor

Tancredo skips Lincoln Club forum, complains it pits GOP candidates against each other
The Colorado Statesman

Republicans Greg Brophy and Scott Gessler attacked Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday over failed leadership and an inability to make concrete decisions, as the two prepare for a possible gubernatorial challenge.

Brophy, a state senator from Wray, has already formally announced his campaign and has been actively hitting the trail. Gessler, the conservative stalwart secretary of state, plans to make his announcement on Sept. 17.

Biz, labor support tax on recreational marijuana

But medical pot attorney Corry is not high on proposal
The Colorado Statesman

With less than three months before Colorado voters decide whether to tax recreational marijuana for schools and enforcement, proponents are only just sparking the proposition.

But the Committee for Responsible Regulation is not too worried. Its last polling in April showed that the measure would pass by 77 percent of the vote. And now some big names and organizations are committing to rally behind the effort, with both the business and labor communities on board.

Denver Republican Women’s pancake breakfast also features political items on menu

The Colorado Statesman

Who gets up at the crack of dawn on a weekend morning and drives to a park for pancakes, sausages and scrambled eggs and to hear candidates speak roughly 14 months before the actual election?

In this case it was a few dozen Denver Republican Women, whose Breakfast in the Park attracted devoted early risers and candidates alike to the Mamie Dowd Eisenhower Park in southeast Denver at the 7 a.m. hour.

‘Erotic Grammy’ recall candidate seeks $54 million

Bubis claims GOP party officers conspired to slander her character

Jaxine Bubis — the self-described “erotic grammy” who sought the El Paso County Republican Party’s nomination to replace Democratic Senate President John Morse in a recall election — is asking for $54 million in damages after members of her own party leaked her past as a romantic novelist.

Bubis and her legal counselor, Marc Harris, sent several notices to the alleged “debtors,” El Paso GOP Chairman Jeff Hays, state Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call, party activists Paul Paradis and Kit Roupe, and Senate District 11 Republican recall candidate Bernie Herpin.

Don Friedman, state representative, radio personality

The Colorado Statesman

Take a glimpse at the photos below and you’ll see why so many people are remembering former state representative Don Friedman for his characteristic impish ways and true to form sense of humor. But along with those traits was a well intentioned man who earned the respect of many during his 83 years of life. Don died on Aug. 11 at a hospice in Englewood after a long illness.