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Trailblazing elephants on the hunt

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans last week unveiled a new set of rankings for its top-tier legislative candidates and then introduced most of them to a crowd of donors intent on wresting control of the state Senate from Democrats and expanding the GOP’s narrow House majority in the November election.

More than 400 donors gathered for an afternoon of barbecue and politics on a balmy Saturday afternoon last week at the Wiens Ranch in rural Douglas County south of Sedalia, where former state Sen. Tom Wiens breeds and raises quarter horses.

Mayor delivers optimistic State of the City message

But fiscal reality requires lifting of TABOR
The Colorado Statesman

Proclaiming Denver a “vibrant, world-class city,” Mayor Michael Hancock on Monday unveiled a host of programs aimed at delivering services more effectively and said the city plans to ask voters for a permanent repeal of revenue limits this fall in order to “remove the fiscal handcuffs of TABOR.”

Audits show College Opportunity Fund not working; PERA weathers storm

The Colorado Statesman

State lawmakers this week reviewed audits concerning state-backed stipends for college tuition, as well as an annual review of the Public Employees’ Retirement Association of Colorado.

Republican delegates look ahead to RNC in Tampa

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado delegates to this summer’s Republican National Convention gathered for the first time since the state convention at a mixer last weekend in Denver to get acquainted, preview a packed schedule, and joke about the possibility of a hurricane.

Because Colorado is considered one of only a handful of key battleground states in this year’s presidential election, the state’s contingent of 36 delegates and 33 alternates to the RNC can expect a lot of attention from national media at the convention, set for Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla., organizers said.

Former Homeland Security chief Chertoff says citizen involvement is cornerstone of security

The Colorado Statesman

The United States is facing rapidly evolving threats unforeseen when the federal government established the Department of Homeland Security a decade ago, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, a former head of the department told a Denver audience last week.

Michael Chertoff, the second secretary of Homeland Security, warned against the risk of biological terrorism, cyber attacks and the rise of transnational criminal outfits that might not adhere to a particular ideology but nonetheless threaten the safety of Americans at an appearance on July 12 at the Denver Art Museum.

Democrats, Republicans spar over jobs, economy

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans and Democrats in Colorado advanced a political messaging war over jobs and the economy this week, with both sides arguing for and against policies that they believe will create and bring jobs back to America.

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Golden, stood with communications workers and union leaders on Monday in Lakewood to rally support for federal legislation that would offer tax incentives to companies that repatriates jobs from overseas.

Romney back in state to campaign

Republican contender stops in Grand Junction
Western Slope Correspondent

GRAND JUNCTION — Enthusiastic Mesa County Republicans crowded into the old gym at Central High School Tuesday morning to hear presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney — the man party activists had spurned at their February caucuses.

“He’s not Obama,” said Doug Thompson, who had supported Rick Santorum in the presidential preference poll during caucuses. “Supporting Romney won’t be a problem. In November, Obama loses.”

‘Anti-equity’ legislators targeted

Backers of civil unions legislation are behind Fight Back Colorado
The Colorado Statesman

A group formed by supporters of civil unions — and seeded with a hefty contribution from wealthy gay-rights advocate Tim Gill — aims to flip control of the Colorado Legislature in its favor by targeting a handful of Republicans in close races this fall.

Inspired by a similar effort that led to the adoption of same-sex marriage in New York a year ago, organizers of the nominally nonpartisan Fight Back Colorado group say they intend to pick “one or two or three races where we feel we have a chance of making a difference.”

Threat of gag order could silence talk about ballot secrecy case

The Colorado Statesman

A federal judge considering a ballot secrecy case put forth by the Aspen-based Citizen Center said on July 2 that he is considering a gag order, and then issued another warning to all litigants against trying the case in the press.

Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe, who is hearing the case in U.S. District Court, issued the admonishment after Citizen Center’s founder Marilyn Marks’ comments were published in a June 15 Colorado Statesman article.

Campaign launched to counter ‘manufactured’ war on women

527 organization formed to reach unaffiliated women voters
The Colorado Statesman

Countering what she terms a “manufactured War on Women,” a veteran El Paso County GOP operative has launched an advertising campaign aimed at persuading women to vote Republican instead of getting distracted by emotional appeals from Democrats.

“Our goal is to give women an alternate message than what they’re hearing,” said Laura Carno, founder of the group I Am Created Equal. “We want to help them see that Republican candidates are going to give them more power and control over their own lives.”