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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.

Personhood pushers prepare for the polls — again for 2014

And the opposition is readying for the challenge once petitions are certified
The Colorado Statesman

So-called “personhood” proponents are back at it again, trying to convince Colorado voters to define an unborn child as a “person.” But this time they’re repackaging their message, shining the spotlight on “fetal homicide” with a mother who lost her unborn son to a drunk driving accident.

Heather Surovik was eight months pregnant last summer with her son, Brady, when a drunk driver slammed into her car in Longmont. Her life changed immediately when she woke up in the hospital to find that the accident had taken the “short life” of Brady.

Lots of petitions, lots of work still ahead

Selling voters on $950 million school finance reform ballot measure will be heavy burden
The Colorado Statesman

After submitting nearly double the number of signatures required to place a school finance reform measure on the November ballot, both sides of the debate have turned their focus to messaging. But convincing voters to back the $950 million tax increase may prove to be difficult.

Proponents — including Democratic Sens. Mike Johnston of Denver and Rollie Heath of Boulder — submitted more than 160,000 signatures on Monday. They appropriately hauled boxes of the petitions to the secretary of state’s office in a large white school bus, which was filled with voters’ signatures.

Energy execs tackle controversy

The Colorado Statesman

Energy executives who gathered in Denver this week for the Rocky Mountain Energy Summit were asked to bridge a divide between critics and the industry over hydraulic fracturing in order to move forward.

Colorado Proud launches Choose Colorado tour

A community-to-community road trip across the state’s agricultural landscape

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar, a sixth-generation San Luis Valley potato farmer and rancher, was on hand Aug. 1 to help agricultural experts and members of Colorado Proud launch the Choose Colorado tour to celebrate food and agricultural products grown, raised or processed in Colorado.

They would later “drive home” the impact the agricultural industry has on Colorado’s economy — from jobs to income — by embarking on a three-week, statewide road trip in a specially designed “Colorado Proud” vehicle to educate consumers and stimulate pride for local goods.

Bipartisan support for a former House colleague

Legislators, lobbyists turn out to help former Rep. Ken Summers recover from his illness
The Colorado Statesman

It isn’t often [never!] when the two major party’s legislative campaign fundraising organizations rally together on a joint project. But that’s what happened on Wednesday, August 7, when a large bipartisan group of state lawmakers and lobbyists gathered across the street from the Capitol to help former state Rep. Ken Summers, who remains hospitalized in serious condition after being stricken with encephalitis caused by the West Nile virus.

The fundraiser was sponsored by about 30 lobbyists as well as lawmakers from both aides of the aisle.

What’s behind Weld County’s mantra: ‘We don’t get no respect’?

The Colorado Statesman

The senior member of Colorado’s Congressional delegation usually serves as the state’s informal caucus Dean, but the identity of the “go to” office when you actually need something accomplished in Washington shifts over time. While I served in the Legislature, and for nearly two decades, that honor belonged to Denver’s Patricia Schroeder.