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‘Over zealous’ supporters point out GOP chair candidates’ frailties

Ryan Call’s tickets and Mark Baisley’s foreclosure used to smear candidates in otherwise above-board contest
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans meet this weekend to elect a state chairman in the wake of last November’s resounding losses at the polls and both announced candidates say the GOP needs to undergo a massive overhaul in order to compete with what they both acknowledge is a superior Democratic organization.

‘Imperfect’ candidates for GOP state chair strive to do their best

Republicans Ryan Call and Mark Baisley overcome personal demons; Democrat Palacio escapes attacks
The Colorado Statesman

Is a smear on one’s character negated by a similar smear on an opponent?

We’ll find out this weekend when incumbent state Republican chair Ryan Call seeks a second term against challenger Mark Baisley, a former chair of the local Douglas County GOP.

Supporters of the two have each publicized unflattering personal frailties against the other — Call’s arrest in Idaho Springs on a failure-to-appear warrant for a speeding ticket two years ago, and Baisley’s foreclosure on his home over the last few years.

RNC chief acknowledges party problems

Priebus meets with press after closed door meeting with Hispanics
The Colorado Statesman

The head of the national Republican Party said on Monday in Denver that the GOP needs to maintain a more consistent presence among communities that rejected the party by wide margins in the last election and that six-month campaigns won’t cut it any longer in an era when Democrats don’t take a break from organizing.

Political power of women and Latinos on the rise

Legislative breakfast highlights progress
The Colorado Statesman

The rise of Latino political power is a seismic change that took centuries to build, according to former Rep. Gloria Leyba, who spoke at Tuesday’s 24th Annual Colorado Women’s Legislative Breakfast.

The annual breakfast is sponsored by a host of groups that focus on women’s issues. Close to 300 attended the Tuesday morning gathering, which also featured a legislative panel that discussed how they got where they are.

Statesman sweeps CPA editorial awards

The Colorado Statesman

If our readers will bear with me for this instance of personal privilege, I would like to congratulate The Statesman staff for once again winning the Editorial Sweepstakes Award in this year’s Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Our newspaper captured a record 24 awards this year, and received the top sweepstakes award for editorial coverage for the second year in a row.

Diverse panel targets gun violence

Moderator Hickenlooper stays out of the fray as both sides take aim
The Colorado Statesman

Local heavyweight politicos wasted no time accusing each other of partisan gamesmanship at a panel Tuesday night discussing gun control. The conversation took place as conservatives and liberals from across the nation have targeted Colorado’s efforts to increase restrictions on firearms.

Salazar reflects on energy policy, climate change

Outgoing Interior Secretary returning home to Colorado
The Colorado Statesman

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar sounded the alarm over climate change during his remarks at the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture last Thursday in Denver.

“No matter what you may hear from some people, including some people in this room, our climate is, in fact, warming,” Salazar told the nearly 200 attendees gathered for the day-long conference at the Denver Renaissance Hotel.

Open records bill also opens Pandora’s box

Opponents claim HB 1041 lacks transparency, but Senate committee passes it on party-line vote
The Colorado Statesman

A well-intentioned bill that aims to make it easier for the public to obtain public documents under the Colorado Open Records Act has caused a kerfuffle. Activists claim that House Bill 1041 secretly seeks to empower dubious records custodians to charge exorbitant fees in order to pad government budgets and block transparency.

Sponsored by Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, and Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, the measure has already cleared the House and made it through the Senate Local Government Committee on Tuesday. The party-line vote was 3-2.

Guv fires off veto threat on firefighters bill

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday threatened to veto legislation that would ensure statewide collective bargaining rights for Colorado firefighters. But union officials and the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton, believe the Democratic governor will be spared some of the political battery that his Democratic predecessor, Gov. Bill Ritter, experienced for opposing a similar measure.

Republicans in Jeffco, Denver hope for rosier political future

Direction of party up for grabs
The Colorado Statesman

Quoting one of the Founding Fathers and invoking the arrival of Ronald Reagan on the national scene — just when the country seemed to be floundering in the late 1970s — Secretary of State Scott Gessler told a group of Jefferson County Republicans to stick with their principles and persist trying to educate voters about conservative solutions last week at the county GOP’s central committee meeting at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood.