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Caucus Night at Colorado Republican Hqs.

Close to 3,000 statewide volunteers assisted with Colorado Republican Party caucus efforts on Tuesday night. Here at state party headquarters in Greenwood Village, local and national party officials helped tabulate the results, which were called in by the various counties.

Ethics complaint dismissed

Bradford stays with GOP; regains committee chairmanship

An ethics committee convened last week by House Speaker Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch to investigate state Rep. Laura Bradford’s recent traffic stop by Denver Police for alleged drunk driving, ruled Friday that there was no evidence that she had broken any House ethics rules.

Legislative Briefs

Review of what transpired at the state Capitol this week

BILL PROTECTING STUDENT PRIVACY TO FULL SENATE

A bill that will strengthen existing laws that prevent schools from administering intrusive and personal surveys or evaluations without parental consent unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee this week.

Embattled Bradford considers leaving GOP

The Colorado Statesman

The Legislature was thrown into turmoil this week after an embattled Republican lawmaker who was stopped by Denver police last Wednesday on suspicion of drunk driving threatened to leave her party over frustrations with leadership.

Coors taps into CD 7 race

The Colorado Statesman

A retired executive with one of the most famous names in Colorado made his congressional campaign official this week.

Surrounded by family members and Republican officials, Joe Coors, Jr., launched his bid to unseat three-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter before an excited crowd of about 200 at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood on Tuesday.

Presidential hopeful Paul gets rock star welcome

Enthusiastic crowds greet Ron Paul in Colorado
The Colorado Statesman

More than 1,100 passionate supporters crammed a hotel ballroom to welcome long-shot presidential candidate Ron Paul to Denver on Tuesday as the Texas congressman became the first Republican to land in Colorado ahead of next week’s caucuses.

Vowing to cut $1 trillion from the federal budget during his first year in office, Paul said he would deliver on his promise of smaller government if elected president.

Santorum tells supporters to ‘reset’ presidential race

Former GOP senator campaigns in Colorado
The Colorado Statesman

A feisty Rick Santorum challenged Colorado Republicans to “reset this race” by backing his presidential candidacy at next week’s precinct caucuses during a stop Wednesday in Lakewood as he barnstormed the battleground state.

At a mid-morning appearance at Colorado Christian University, the former Pennsylvania senator portrayed himself as the viable conservative alternative to GOP front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, just hours after Florida voters handed him a distant third-place finish in that state’s presidential primary.

Rival pro-gun groups’ explosive relationship triggers political hits

But Kerr says knife wounds in his back were real cause of vacancy committee dis
The Colorado Statesman

State Rep. Jim Kerr says it’s not bullet holes, but knife wounds in his back that hurt him following a Republican vacancy committee in which the veteran lawmaker from Littleton was passed over for a promotion to the upper chamber a few weeks ago after infighting within the gun community.

Democratic challenger forges ahead in HD 59 race

Swonger to petition on to ballot despite state party roadblock
The Colorado Statesman

Just ten days after Democratic hopeful Patrick Swonger announced his run for the House District 59 seat, the Colorado Democratic Party derailed his candidacy; but the Silverton resident plans to petition his way onto the ballot.

Swonger was disqualified after a committee appointed by Colorado Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio determined that he had failed to register as a Democrat before the party’s eligibility deadline.

Share In The Care

If you look at the state Capitol, you’ll notice four massive banners placed against a protective, weather-proof wrap — or “scrim” — around the state’s Capitol dome. It’s part of the effort to promote the Share in the Care campaign that is raising funds for the restoration effort. The new wrap and banners, which create a white covering around the dome and scaffolding, will remain until restoration is completed in the summer of 2014.