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Arapahoe County Republicans rally behind Coffman

...at Greenwood Village barbeque and fundraiser
The Colorado Statesman

Joy Hoffman, the conscientious chair of the Arapahoe County GOP, is also host extraordinaire. Witness the lovely shindig she threw a couple weeks ago for incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman. Held in the expansive backyard of her beautiful Greenwood Village home where it is several degrees cooler than in sweltering downtown Denver, the second annual barbeque for Coffman featured hot dogs, some smoked meat, but best of all, a potpourri of politics to feed the appetite.

El Paso Democrats celebrate Berthrong’s 50 years of service

On Aug. 17, more than 125 Democrats and supporters gathered at the home of Kathleen Ricker, chair of the El Paso County Democratic Party, to welcome U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and to celebrate the 50 years of commitment and dedication by Sharon Berthrong to the Democrats. Berthrong has worked on numerous campaigns from Renny Fagan to Mary Ellen McNally to Sen. Udall’s. She was chair of the county party from 1993-1995. Community members, including Richard Skorman and Jan Martin shared memories and political wisdom courtesy of Berthrong.

Perry campaigns with friends in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

ASPEN — Surging in recent national polls that show him at the top of a crowded field of Republican contenders hoping to defeat President Barack Obama in 2012, newly announced candidate Rick Perry flew into Aspen Thursday afternoon for a private fundraiser hosted by Colorado Republicans Marc and Kristen Holtzman. Less than two hours later, the three term Governor of Texas reboarded a private jet at the nearby Aspen airport and headed back to Denver for another $2500-per-person fundraiser.

Coffman credits GOP with taking on tough tasks

The Colorado Statesman

The easy way out would have been to vote against the compromise on raising the federal debt ceiling earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman told a crowd at a fundraising luncheon for the state GOP last Thursday in Denver.

If he’d done that, Coffman said, he could have told conservative audiences he stood in the way of more government borrowing, and he could have told liberal audiences he had drawn the line against deep spending cuts.

Republicans, Dems cast Orwellian shadows over state redistricting

but courts will have final say
The Colorado Statesman

Democrats and Republicans compared each other’s latest congressional redistricting maps to the writings of George Orwell earlier this week after the political parties unveiled proposals ahead of a court date this fall.

But whether either side is engaging in Orwellian “newspeak” or displaying the heavy hand of Big Brother, the competing plans suggest starkly different futures for the next decade’s worth of congressional elections in Colorado.

Health care exchange watch dog growls about the role of the feds

The Colorado Statesman

Republican State Rep. Bob Gardner, vice-chairman of a committee charged with keeping watch over Colorado’s health care insurance exchange board, raised concerns to the board last Monday about federal regulations for the virtual health insurance marketplace in Colorado.

One Colorado presents its 'Ally Awards'

The Colorado Statesman

A dazzling crowd of gay and straight allies, including both of Colorado’s U.S. senators and an array of elected officials from throughout the state, turned out on a crystal-clear evening Saturday at the Denver Botanic Gardens to celebrate progress and honor individuals who have advanced the cause of gay civil rights.

Hey, Jude

Sandvall mounts uphill challenge for Aurora mayor

The Colorado Statesman

By most conventional measures, Jude Sandvall’s run for mayor of Aurora would have to be called a longshot, and that’s being charitable. The conservative barely registers in the polling — only a smidgeon of a point above the margin of error — and has raised just a fraction of the cash his better-known opponents have banked.

Hancock pledges: "Better, faster and stronger" city

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told a gathering of the region’s most powerful business leaders he intends to deliver a “better, faster and stronger” city in his first major speech, delivered on Aug. 17, just 30 days after he took office.

Energy debate hits home at congressional field hearing

Special to The Colorado Statesman

BOULDER — Democratic members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Monday called for a price on carbon emissions and reform to the nation’s tax and regulatory codes as federal lawmakers debate sustainability policies.