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Redistricting plays out in district court

The Colorado Statesman

Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation took the stand last week in a trial in Denver District Court to determine Colorado’s new congressional boundaries. Both Republican and Democratic representatives agreed that jobs and the economy are the most significant issues facing their districts, but they disagreed on communities of interest.

Well, well, well...

But in suburban Arapahoe County?
The Colorado Statesman

Neighbors of the Gun Club Estates in Arapahoe County are concerned about their future as a Texas-based oil company begins implementing a plan to drill up to 36 wells in a 30-square-mile plot of land in eastern Aurora. The neighbors are calling on county and state officials to implement regulations that at the very least require significant setback laws so that the drilling does not occur in their backyards.

Gardner hopes seeds of fiscal restraint will bloom

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans heard from U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner about congressional efforts to create jobs, his own legislation to stimulate domestic energy production and his thirsty daughter during a luncheon thrown by the state GOP on Thursday at a downtown Denver restaurant.

Gardner was the speaker at the October Capital Club gathering, a consistent draw for about 100 donors every month at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant since Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call launched the monthly fundraiser this spring.

Statehouse Republicans hit the road ...to ‘build a better Colorado’

House Republicans embarked on their ‘Building a Better Colorado Tour’ last week, meeting with Colorado’s agricultural, non-profit, tourism, business and educational leaders.

“This tour is about widening channels of communication and keeping an open ear to the needs of our state’s job creators, so we can put our economy back on track and build a better Colorado,” explained Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, at the onset.

The House and Senate Republicans met with members of the agricultural community on their first stop.

Redistricting trial underway in Denver

The Colorado Statesman

A trial in Denver District Court to determine Colorado’s new congressional boundaries got underway on Tuesday with little fanfare. Opening statements, as expected, were made for either making changes based on shifting populations and interests, or maintaining the status quo and causing “minimum disruption” to the state’s current boundaries.

Denver school board race steeped in politics

The Colorado Statesman

Denver school board candidates who consider themselves “outsiders” are accusing three other candidates of working together as a kind of unofficial slate backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. The detractors contend that a school reform agenda initially spearheaded by former DPS Superintendant and current U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet — and now being carried out by his successor, Tom Boasberg — is behind the effort to secure three of Denver’s seven school board seats that will be decided Nov. 1 in an all-mail election.

DORA releases 2011 sunset reviews

Barbara J. Kelley, executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), released nine sunset reviews this week, which provide recommendations to the Colorado General Assembly to repeal unnecessary regulation in state government programs or divisions, and enhance the performance of continued programs.

“We take our charge to ensure government programs are necessary and efficient very seriously. The Sunset review process fits hand in glove with the Governor’s mandate to make government more efficient, more effective and more elegant,” said Kelley.

Cop chief is priority for Mayor

The Colorado Statesman

As Denver Mayor Michael Hancock approaches a decision on hiring a new police chief, dozens of residents let the mayor know what kind of chief they’d like him to pick at a town hall on Monday night at Manual High School.

“We hope the person you select will have sensitivity to all the communities you represent in Denver,” said the Rev. Timothy Tyler, pastor of the Shorter Community AME Church, one of about 20 residents who trooped to a microphone to tell a selection committee what Denver needs in its new top cop.

Rural groups file brief to keep 'communities of interest' together

Club 20, Progressive 15, Action 22
Western Slope Correspondent

GRAND JUNCTION — Club 20, the lobbying and promotional group for Colorado's Western Slope for nearly 60 years, has gone to court for the first time to advocate for its position.

The organization, with support from Progressive 15 and Action 22, like-purposed groups for northern and southern Colorado, respectively, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Denver District Court calling for preservation of “communities of interest” in congressional redistricting.

Panel recommends large-scale reform

Get rid of Tabor, Amendment 23
Special to The Colorado Statesman

A bipartisan panel comprised of academic, civic and business leaders recommended this week that Colorado dump a constitutional provision that limits state revenue and another that mandates education spending. The University of Denver Strategic Issues Panel on State Government also unveiled proposals to separate funding for state services into individual, dedicated revenue streams, enact a “Taxpayer Value Council” and fund all public schools and colleges through transferable vouchers for students.