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‘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.

A golden day for the Colorado State Capitol Dome Restoration Project

The Colorado Capitol Dome Restoration Project — Share in the Care Colorado — reached a milestone this week when boxes of gold leaf, enough to cover the entire dome, and one 10 ounce 24 karat ingot, were officially presented to Gov. John Hickenlooper.

‘Honey Badger’ Gessler shares political morsels at Badger & Pig Roast

The Colorado Statesman

An old Scott Gessler yard sign from his Secretary of State’s race planted in front of this immaculately manicured home let us know we’d arrived at the right place. Or if you could get by with a slightly more esoteric clue, it came from the lovely woman who greeted guests near the gurgling water feature with “Happy Magna Carta Day.” Of course the olfactory hints were sure giveaways. The scent of roasted pork wafted through the air as guests began to assemble in the expansive backyard of Patricia and Brian Watson’s Cherry Hills abode in true horse country.

Salazar makes the case for controversial fracking

Former Interior Secretary addresses Wirth sustainability awards
The Colorado Statesman

Recently retired Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made the case for hydraulic fracturing Monday in Denver, suggesting that the controversial drilling technology is helping to wean the nation off of foreign oil supplies.