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Colorado Republican Party claims victory in open records lawsuit

The Colorado Statesman

A recent appellate court ruling in favor of the Colorado Republican Party could pave the way for increased government transparency. GOP state Chairman Ryan Call says the Nov. 10 Colorado Court of Appeals ruling, in which the party was awarded court costs and attorney fees stemming from a 2006 open records lawsuit, demonstrates that state law is on the side of open and accountable government.

Miklosi tries to shore up support for CD 6 nomination against Coffman

But speculation is rampant that Romanoff might enter race
The Colorado Statesman

The Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican, moved to shore up support this week amid speculation former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff would jump into the race for a newly competitive 6th Congressional District.

Ron Paul for president opens field office in Denver

The Colorado Statesman

On the same day that U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet rallied campaign workers at President Obama’s Denver headquarters, Ron Paul’s campaign for president officially opened their field office in a storefront in the Stapleton community of town. A large crowd of supporters from throughout the state dropped by the Nov. 6 open house to meet staff and talk politics.

Synergies exist, Israeli Consul General tells legislators

Despite the many miles separating Israel and the United States as well as the turmoil and uncertainty in the Middle East, the two countries remain strong, solid allies on a variety of fronts. David Siegel, the new Israeli Consul General for the southwest region, told Colorado legislators that his country of less than 8 million people is the number one trading partner with the U.S. in the Middle East, and 20th in the world in terms of number of American products purchased.

Bennet pumps up volunteers for 2012 presidential campaign

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s narrow victory in 2010 against GOP challenger Ken Buck has been held up as a model for how Democrats can win Colorado’s crucial presidential vote next year, and Colorado’s junior senator was on hand over the weekend to energize Obama volunteers in Denver.

Gay veteran drops out of primary, accepts newly created party post

Conservative blog suggests "illegal bribe" may have been offered
The Colorado Statesman

A gay veteran who last month launched a primary challenge against three-term state Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, dropped his bid Monday while at the same time accepting a newly created volunteer post to advise the state Democratic Party on veterans’ affairs.

The announcement that Lakewood resident Brian Carroll would be running against Kerr in the newly drawn House District 28 drew national attention because, his supporters touted, he would be the first openly gay veteran to seek public office following the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

U.S. Chamber exec clamps down on biz tax increases

Local chamber disses business personal property tax
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado business leaders gathered in Denver on Oct. 27 to hear from the president and chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who cautioned against increasing taxes on job creators when the current unemployment rate hovers around 9 percent. Thomas Donohue spoke just prior to Colorado’s Nov. 1 election in which voters rejected almost all proposals for tax increases in Colorado including Proposition 103, a statewide ballot initiative that sought to raise an estimated $3 billion over five years for education funding.

A national veterans foundation is needed, Bennet says

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has taken up President Barack Obama’s initiative to help returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq find jobs at home. Bennet spoke at a local American Legion post in Denver on Monday, where he discussed plans for a national veterans foundation.

The foundation would act as a clearinghouse for veterans’ services and would be funded through private dollars. No federal funding would be required.

Democratic Women's Summit offers hope for aspiring officials

The Colorado Statesman

Women politicians face some of the same barriers that seemed outmoded decades ago, but it’s more important than ever to make sure women are well represented in government because of their unique perspective and, studies show, they make better lawmakers.

That was the message delivered to a group of nearly 100 women who gathered all afternoon on Oct. 29 at the downtown Sheraton for the state Democratic Party’s third annual Democratic Women’s Summit.