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Local businesses rally against 300

Local businesses and employees — many from the restaurant industry — ralied on Oct. 3 against Initiative 300, the paid sick leave measure on the Denver ballot that they say creates red tape for them and their service providers and adds nearly $700,000 to the city’s annual budget shortfall.

Romanoff and iDE seek long-term free market solution to poverty

The Colorado Statesman

Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff no longer has the sparkle for politics that once beamed from his eyes. These days, the Denver Democrat and former U.S. Senate primary candidate has found the motivation for a new drive — eradicating poverty in the world’s poorest, most rural areas.

Kelly Brough meets her match at 'I Have a Dream' roast

The Colorado Statesman

When attorney Cole Finegan learned that Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce President Kelly Brough had good naturedly agreed to a grilling at this year’s Colorado “I Have a Dream” roast on Sept. 20, he began salivating at the prospect of getting even with the woman who succeeded him as chief of staff for then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. “When Mary Hanewall and Steve Kaplan called me,” Finegan related about the “I Have a Dream Foundation” executive director and board member, “I just said, ‘Thank you God, you’ve finally delivered.’”

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Obama fights for jobs bill as 'warrior for the working class' in Denver visit
The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama brought the campaign for his jobs bill to a sun-drenched parking lot outside Abraham Lincoln High School in southwest Denver on Tuesday.

Calling himself a “warrior for the working class,” a peppy Obama repeatedly urged Republicans in Congress to “pass the bill,” a $447 million proposal he said combines tax cuts for working families and small businesses with increased spending on infrastructure and government jobs, including teachers.

SoS, Pueblo spar over inactives

The Colorado Statesman

In a series of terse letters exchanged this week between top election officials in Colorado and Pueblo County, Secretary of State Scott Gessler and Pueblo Clerk and Recorder Gilbert Ortiz accused each other of misinterpreting the law when it comes to who should receive mail ballots. By week’s end, both sides were threatening to take the other to court over the question of sending ballots to “inactive” voters serving abroad in the military.

Controversial El Paso County GOP official quits

But not before blasting current leadership, fellow Republicans on her way out
The Colorado Statesman

COLO. SPRINGS — Embattled El Paso County Republican Party Secretary Sarah Anderson resigned her party post Monday evening, saying she plans to manage Republican primary campaigns in three Colorado Springs House districts in the coming election year — but not before publicly chastising the party for choosing “power over principle.”

GOP Official instills hope for 2012

NRCC's Rep. Pete Sessions heads Republican dinner in Colorado Springs
The Colorado Statesman

COLO. SPRINGS — There was a little bit of Texas swagger on stage in Colorado Springs last Saturday night as U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions — the Dallas Republican who heads the National Republican Congressional Committee — told a statewide GOP fundraising dinner that it’s up to Republicans in Colorado to make sure President Barack Obama doesn’t serve another term.

Cherry Creek Republican Women stage model event

Cherry Creek Republican Women are known for their good deeds and good will, but they’re also extremely stylish and so au courant. While New York celebrated Fashion Week earlier in the month, CCRW was only slightly fashionably late when they held their second biennial vintage fashion show and silent auction at the Red Lion Hotel in Aurora on Sept. 17.

Colorado gets a 24-karat donation to cover the State Capitol dome in gold

The Colorado Statesman

The State Capitol’s iconic gold dome will once again be clad with gold mined in Colorado, and the shiny stuff won’t cost taxpayers a cent.

That’s because Anglo-Gold Ashanti, owners of the Cripple Creek & Victor Mine in Teller County, is donating 72 ounces of the precious metal to a state preservation effort under way to restore the dome.

Gessler sues Denver clerk

Secretary of State wants to prevent mailing ballots to inactive voters
The Colorado Statesman

Secretary of State Scott Gessler on Wednesday sued Denver’s clerk and recorder to stop her office from sending mail ballots to inactive voters, saying the plan would violate state law and would raise questions about statewide results in the November election because other counties are only mailing ballots to active voters.

Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson, a Democrat, countered that Denver reads state law differently than Gessler, a Republican, and says she intends to fight the lawsuit.