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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.

Local businesses rally against 300

Local businesses and employees — many from the restaurant industry — ralied on Oct. 3 against Initiative 300, the paid sick leave measure on the Denver ballot that they say creates red tape for them and their service providers and adds nearly $700,000 to the city’s annual budget shortfall.

Romanoff and iDE seek long-term free market solution to poverty

The Colorado Statesman

Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff no longer has the sparkle for politics that once beamed from his eyes. These days, the Denver Democrat and former U.S. Senate primary candidate has found the motivation for a new drive — eradicating poverty in the world’s poorest, most rural areas.

Kelly Brough meets her match at 'I Have a Dream' roast

The Colorado Statesman

When attorney Cole Finegan learned that Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce President Kelly Brough had good naturedly agreed to a grilling at this year’s Colorado “I Have a Dream” roast on Sept. 20, he began salivating at the prospect of getting even with the woman who succeeded him as chief of staff for then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. “When Mary Hanewall and Steve Kaplan called me,” Finegan related about the “I Have a Dream Foundation” executive director and board member, “I just said, ‘Thank you God, you’ve finally delivered.’”

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Obama fights for jobs bill as 'warrior for the working class' in Denver visit
The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama brought the campaign for his jobs bill to a sun-drenched parking lot outside Abraham Lincoln High School in southwest Denver on Tuesday.

Calling himself a “warrior for the working class,” a peppy Obama repeatedly urged Republicans in Congress to “pass the bill,” a $447 million proposal he said combines tax cuts for working families and small businesses with increased spending on infrastructure and government jobs, including teachers.

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.