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Proponents of ballot measures up for the challenge

The Colorado Statesman

Call it shooting for the moon, or call it democracy from the ground up, the task of successfully getting an initiative onto the Colorado ballot is no small feat.

The process of proposing an initiative

The Colorado Statesman

Proponents of an initiative must submit their ballot measure to the Colorado title board for a hearing before it is deemed eligible for signature gathering.

The title board is comprised of designees by the attorney general, the secretary of state, and the director of the Office of Legislative Legal Services.

At the April 4 hearing, the title board consisted of Solicitor General Dan Domenico, Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Legal Services Sharon L. Eubanks, and Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert.

Democratic lawmakers face musical chairs

Veteran legislators are on their way out
The Colorado Statesman

Democrats will be facing a game of musical chairs next year at the Capitol. Four Democratic lawmakers in the House are up against term limits, and another four are term-limited in the Senate. Others will be leaving the House to pursue runs for the Senate, while some were either squeezed out by reapportionment, or are simply throwing in the towel.

Republican lawmakers face musical chairs

Veteran legislators are on their way out
The Colorado Statesman

The Grand Old Party in Colorado is becoming the Grand “New” Party with an expected changing of the guard next year in both the House and Senate. Term limits and reapportionment have affected Republicans in far-reaching ways.

Weissmann campaign undaunted by initial rejection of petition signatures

The Colorado Statesman

Eric Weissmann, the Republican businessman seeking to “fire” incumbent U.S. Rep Jared Polis, D-Boulder, will appeal the invalidation of a large portion of his petition signatures by the secretary of state’s office in Denver District Court.

JAG officer secures GOP nomination for 18th JD

The Colorado Statesman

George Brauchler scored a decisive victory at the 18th Judicial District’s Republican nominating assembly, locking up nearly half the vote in the four-way primary contest for District Attorney.

Brauchler — an attorney and Chief of Military Justice for the U.S. Army — received 47 percent of the vote at the March 26 assembly, where Chief Deputy District Attorney Leslie Hansen earned 27 percent.

Robert Wareham, founder and CEO of Highlands Ranch Law Center, earned 17 percent of the vote but has decided to end his campaign.

'Ted was clearly the John Elway of Colorado politics’

Brown: 'He pulled no punches'
The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown stood before the assembled friends, colleagues and family of former Senate President Ted Strickland on Monday afternoon and prompted them to form a picture in their mind’s eye of the legendary Republican, whose career spanned five decades in Colorado politics.

Gloria Tanner continues to nurture young leaders

The Colorado Statesman

After nearly four decades of public service, former state Sen. Gloria Tanner, a Denver Democrat, says she’s almost ready to slow down a bit — but not until next year, or maybe the year after that, not until she helps launch another group of African-American women into the civic realm.

LTR: ‘Colorado ASSET’ bill would be asset for the state

April 12, 2012

Dear Members of the General Assembly,

We are writing as Republicans, entrepreneurs and business leaders to express our support for Senate Bill 12-015, also known as the “Colorado ASSET” bill.