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GOP primaries heat up legislative races in Jeffco

The Colorado Statesman

Jefferson County Republicans had expected to set the stage for two hotly contested legislative primaries at the party’s county assembly on Saturday in Lakewood but also teed up a third at the last minute, pitting an incumbent House member in a rematch against the primary challenger he defeated two years ago.

To no one’s surprise, a pair of self-described grassroots candidates — both with the backing of a hard-line gun-rights group — will be facing off in primaries against more establishment-style candidates in two state Senate races following votes by assembly delegates.

Controversial Republican nominee asked to withdraw from HD 23 race

The Colorado Statesman

The Jefferson County Republican Party on Thursday demanded that the House District 23 candidate nominated by delegates at last Saturday’s county assembly quit the race after learning he had been charged in an online scam and espoused white supremacist positions. And later that day, that’s exactly what happened.

Coffman enjoys birthday, but hopes for real celebration on Election Day

The Colorado Statesman

More than 100 supporters gathered to wish U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman a happy 59th birthday on March 22 at the Aurora Summit steakhouse and to chip in $59 each in what has become an annual fundraiser for the Aurora Republican. This year, he’ll be able to use every penny in what national observers have pegged one of the toughest reelection bids by any incumbent member of Congress, as Coffman faces former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the evenly divided 6th Congressional District.

It’s somewhat debatable whether the “Fracking Debate” was actually a debate

The Colorado Statesman

Last week the Independence Institute and the Environmental Alliance teamed to organize a “Just the Fracking Facts” debate at the Denver Post Auditorium. Despite considerable promotion of the event it only attracted 50 or 60 observers, most of whom were solidly allied with one side or the other in this slow, simmering dispute. Colorado voters, however, appear destined to hear a lot more about this conflict between now and election day.

Heavy hitters turn out pre-baseball season to pitch preservation of Guv’s Residence

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper almost hit one out of the ball park Tuesday night at Churchill’s Bar at the Brown Palace Hotel. Commenting on the official opening of baseball season next Friday and the importance of Colorado Rockies star players Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzales staying off the disabled list, the sporting guv couldn’t emphasize it enough. Shortstop Tulo’s got to stay healthy, Hickenlooper told several dozen heavy hitters who gathered for a fundraiser for the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund. “If Carlos Gonzalez doesn’t stay healthy,” he added, “I’d give up my reelection bid.”

Marijuana proponent miffed over beer taps at Governor’s Mansion


Following news that Gov. John Hickenlooper installed beer taps at the Governor’s Mansion, Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, held a “toga party” news conference in front of the mansion at 4:20 p.m. on Friday to question why the governor is actively promoting alcohol use while condemning marijuana.

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Dem candidates show up in Adams County

The Colorado Statesman

“Are you ready to rumble?” U.S. Sen. Mark Udall asked hundreds of Adams County Democrats at the party’s county assembly on Saturday in Brighton. “This is a big, important election,” he said over a chorus of hearty cheers.

Over 140 municipal elections set for next month

By The Colorado Municipal League

The Colorado Municipal League is reporting that more than 140 smaller cities and towns will be holding spring regular elections. All will be held either on April 1 or 8, with the exception of Lone Tree, which holds its election in May. Forty-seven municipalities are cancelling their elections (25 percent); two years ago it was the same percent-age, and in 2010 a third of all municipalities cancelled elections.

Green Mountain Falls will also hold a special election in May for voters to consider the repeal of an ordinance establishing a town manager and also to recall two trustees.

Bo Callaway was a winner despite having lost Senate bid

The Colorado Statesman

Howard “Bo” Callaway, best remembered by most people as Georgia’s first Republican congressman since Reconstruction and later Secretary of the Army under President Richard Nixon, died in his native state last week at the age of 86. But his powerful presence in Colorado politics during the 1980s has left an indelible mark on the state’s political landscape.

Freshen up with some injectables

The Colorado Statesman

The setting: A book club somewhere in metro Denver.

The book: “The First Wives Club” (made into a film of the same name starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler.)

The plot: Three women “of a certain age” take revenge on their ex-husbands who have left them for younger women, the so-called dreaded trophy wife.