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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.

Compromise reached on reapportionment

Now Colorado Supreme Court must review the maps
The Colorado Statesman

“Super Mario” Carrera, the unaffiliated chairman of the state commission charged with redrawing legislative boundaries, came close to a unanimous vote for his so-called “compromise” maps for both the House and Senate, pushing the proposals through the Reapportionment Commission on Monday, the last day it was scheduled to meet.

Economic forecasts not pretty

The Colorado Statesman

Lawmakers will need to cut between $400-500 million in the 2012-13 budget in order to close yet another budget shortfall, according to economic forecasts presented to the Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday by Legislative Council and the governor’s budget office.

Flash(er)!

Cherry Creek Republican Women were in for a treat on Sept. 17 when Bo Cottrell, the former chairman of the Arapahoe County GOP, strutted down the runway of their fashion show almost baring it all. “If they wanted me to behave they shouldn’t have put me in a bathrobe,” commented the unbashful entertainer.

Prop 103 foes roll out campaign

Tax hike to fund schools at issue
The Colorado Statesman

Opponents of a statewide ballot measure that would raise an estimated $3 billion in new taxes to fund education launched an attack against the proposal this week, claiming it will cost Colorado 119,000 jobs after five years and deal a “crushing blow” to the state’s struggling economy.

But backers of Proposition 103 charged that opponents don’t understand how to interpret their own data and countered that it’s cutbacks to school funding, not higher taxes, that will harm the state’s economy.