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GOPer Cain dominates Colorado conservative summit straw poll

The Colorado Statesman

Here are the results of the Western Conservative Summit’s inaugural presidential straw poll, conducted on July 31 near the conclusion of the three-day confab in Denver. The names of 14 declared and rumored Republican presidential candidates appeared on the ballot, as well as President Barack Obama. (Not surprisingly, after a weekend largely devoted to arguing that a second Obama term could destroy the country, the Democrat didn’t receive a single vote.) There was also a space to write in candidates.

Oil, natural gas extraction is clean, says Gov

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper called negative reports concerning dangers associated with hydraulic fracturing “hyperbole,” arguing that there is no scientific fact to indicate that the oil and natural gas extraction process contaminates groundwater in Colorado.

Heath, education proponents submit initiative petitions

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Education advocates, standing outside the downtown building which houses the secretary of state’s office, turned in 142,160 signatures Monday to place Initiative 25, which would inject almost $3 billion into preschool through higher public education during the next five years, on the Nov. 1 ballot.

Surrounded by children, parents, volunteers, colleagues from the state Legislature, and dozens of boxes filled to the brim with signature packets, state Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, laid out the Bright Colorado coalition’s case for voters to approve what would amount to a tax hike.

A 'healthy' discourse over our health care

Special to The Colorado Statesman

A committee charged with keeping watch over Colorado’s health care insurance exchange board held its first meeting on Monday, airing concerns about an imbalance of power by industry members over consumers on the board. Securing a steady funding stream for the exchange program was also discussed.

Miklosi kicks off run against Coffman while district lines are still unknown

The Colorado Statesman

Asked whether the slogan for his congressional campaign might be “Joe Miklosi: No Boundaries,” the Democratic state lawmaker demurred with a chuckle and instead directed his fire at the veteran Republican he hopes to unseat next year in a district whose lines won’t be known for months.

Tipton reiterates disdain for debt ceiling deal

Western Slope Correspondent

GRAND JUNCTION – More than 200 people, most of them Republicans and many who identified with the Tea Party, packed the City Council chambers Friday night for an hour-long question-and-answer session with 3rd District Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez.

After declaring the nation’s debt “unsustainable,” Tipton said the debt-ceiling deal “is going to hurt America.”

He explained his votes on the debt ceiling debate. His first was in favor of Speaker John Boehner’s bill, which he said he supported because it included a vote on a balanced budget amendment “and a balanced budget trumps all.”

POWRful Republican Women laud gains

Say 'Quiet Stories' can help sway votes
The Colorado Statesman

More than 200 Republican women — and their admirers — gathered to talk politics on July 29 at the Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills Village at a fundraiser sponsored by the Colorado group Political Organization of Republican Women.

Exhibit at Denver Public Library highlights role of legislators in release of The Leningrad Three

Colorado legislators’ efforts to help free Soviet Dissidents on display

The Colorado Statesman

The subject of this column was the failed hijacking of a 12-seat airplane from Leningrad Airport in Soviet Russia in June of 1970. Ten Refuseniks were involved. A refusenik is a Russian who wanted the freedom to practice his or her religion or the freedom of political life provided in a democracy. Many were of Jewish faith but there were also Christians. They wanted the right to emigrate. Their attempt to fly to Finland was thwarted by the Soviet police who were previously alerted. The refuseniks had actually purchased tickets for the flight.

Happy 50th Anniversary, Josie & Rollie!

You probably couldn’t find a nicer political couple in Colorado, and this month Josie and Rollie Heath are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Between the two of them they have been candidates in three statewide campaigns and eight local races. Josie was Boulder County Commissioner from 1982-1990, served on the Governor’s Commission for National and Community Service and chaired the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women. She has received three presidential appointments. Josie was the Democratic nominee for the U.S.

RNC chief says Colorado will be 'absolute battleground'

Priebus plans on making state his second home
The Colorado Statesman

Politically active Coloradans had better figure out how to pronounce the name of Reince Priebus as the state takes center stage in the 2012 presidential election. That’s because the Wisconsin attorney, who took over as chairman of the Republican National Committee earlier this year, plans to spend a lot of time here. (His first name starts out like the river “Rhine,” and his last name sounds like the hybrid automobile “Prius,” only with an extra consonant.)