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Update of Colorado’s top legislative races in 2012

The Colorado Statesman

Smack in the middle of what might be called Colorado’s political pre-season — both parties have concluded their caucuses, county assemblies are under way, and the primary ballot is still taking shape — dozens of legislative races are beginning to vie for attention in a year so far dominated by the presidential race.

Still too soon to determine who’s ahead in Colorado’s race for prez

GOP presidential candidates in battle for Colorado delegates
The Colorado Statesman

More than six weeks after Colorado Republicans handed a surprise upset victory to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in a caucus-night straw poll, it’s still too soon to tell which GOP presidential candidate has won the state.

Neighborhood activist targets Dem incumbent

Dems Houck vs. Labuda in southwest Denver’s HD 1
The Colorado Statesman

Denver House District 1 Rep. Jeanne Labuda is term limited in 2014, but that hasn’t stopped community activist Corrie Houck from challenging the three-term Democratic incumbent this year in what has turned into a heated primary.

Labuda said she isn’t surprised by the intra-party challenge, particularly because she had been speaking with people in the district about finding a potential replacement for when she retires. She speculated that Houck decided to run in order to build name recognition for the 2014 election.

Republican hopefuls also campaign for HD 1 seat

The Colorado Statesman

The two Republican candidates seeking the House District 1 legislative seat are focusing their attention on courting unaffiliated voters, while the Democratic candidates are preoccupied with their own primary contest.

The candidates both have backgrounds in business. John Kidd, who is the CEO of an insurance agency in Cherry Creek, is facing off against James Wildt, vice president of an accounting firm in Littleton.

Speculation about stuffed ballot boxes, old-style political intrigue erupts in Adams County

The Colorado Statesman

Adams County Democrats sent two-term Commissioner Alice Nichol packing at the county assembly on Saturday but not before a snag in the ballot count raised tensions that were already running high inside the exhibit hall at the fairgrounds in Brighton.

More state revenue, more debate about budget cuts

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans on Monday said they remain set on fully restoring a property tax break for seniors related to the 2012-13 fiscal year budget, even in the face of Democrats saying they are open to restoring as much of the Senior Homestead Exemption as possible.

Bill to criminalize deceptive voting practices dies

The Colorado Statesman

Lawmakers on Tuesday killed legislation that would have made deceptive voting practices in Colorado punishable by a prison sentence, though many of the legislators on the House committee still acknowledged the unsavory practice and called for increased oversight that could lead to prosecutions under existing law.

Telecom reform bill introduced at Legislature

Centurylink opposes phase-out of rural service provider subsidy
The Colorado Statesman

Telecommunications providers in Colorado are at odds over whether lawmakers should disconnect a piece of legislation that would bring the most significant pricing and regulatory updates to the industry in over two decades.

Reproductive rights, religious liberties clash at state Capitol

The Colorado Statesman

The polarizing and explosive national debate over contraceptive health care has erupted in Colorado with controversial rallies, legislation and ballot proposals that seemingly draw a clear line in the sand between government and religious liberties.

Assembly activities in full gear in Douglas County GOP stronghold

The Colorado Statesman

Like many of the Republicans gathering around the state for county assemblies this month, Highlands Ranch resident Arvina Barnes hasn’t been a very active participant in politics before this election season.