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In CD 2, Lundberg defeats Weissmann

The Colorado Statesman

Boulder businessman Eric Weissmann is throwing his full support behind state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, after losing Tuesday’s Republican primary in Congressional District 2 to the social conservative lawmaker.

Weissmann had distinguished himself from Lundberg by veering away from the social conservative issues for which Lundberg has become known, including his strong opposition to same-sex civil unions and abortion.

Power of incumbency benefitted U.S. Rep. Lamborn in his defeat of GOP challenger Blaha

Blaha says the thumping wasn’t enough to push him out of politics
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn easily rebuffed a well-funded primary challenge from fellow Republican Robert Blaha on Tuesday, trouncing the political newcomer with 61.7 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican 5th Congressional District.

Because Democrats aren’t fielding a candidate in the general election, the primary win — his third in four elections — is tantamount to a ticket back to Washington for Lamborn, who regularly tops rankings of the most conservative lawmakers in Congress.

Davidson’s win in Regents GOP primary sets up repeat election from six years ago

Defeated GOP candidate Matt Arnold says Republican establishment has driven him from politics altogether
The Colorado Statesman

In Colorado’s only statewide race on Tuesday’s primary ballot, Republican voters teed up a rematch between anesthesiologist Brian Davidson and University of Colorado Regent At-large Stephen Ludwig, the Democrat who defeated Davidson by a slim margin six years ago.

Preliminary returns showed Davidson cruising to victory over GOP challenger Matt Arnold, with just over 60 percent of the vote, in a contest that grew heated in its final weeks.

White sees red in loss to fellow Republican

Nasty Republican primary in northwestern Colorado
The Colorado Statesman

Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, says it’s unfortunate that “lies” and “deception” took over the Republican primary race for Senate District 8 in western Colorado.

The dejected lawmaker spoke of her painful defeat to Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, on Tuesday night, a loss that has cost her a chance to return to the legislature. White was only appointed in January 2011 to fill the SD 8 seat after her husband, Al White, resigned to become director of the Colorado Tourism Office.

Lawrence is unofficial GOP winner in HD 39

She’s still waiting for primary opponent Busse to concede
The Colorado Statesman

Conservative activist Lu Ann Busse of Larkspur is refusing to concede Tuesday’s Republican primary election to opponent Polly Lawrence of Roxborough in the newly drawn House District 39 legislative district, despite Lawrence unofficially winning by 469 votes as of Friday.

Busse, who was recently evacuated from her home in Teller County due to the fires there, did not return phone calls from The Colorado Statesman, but issued a statement on her website to the effect that there may be ballots that need to be cured before she acknowledges defeat.

Waters rails against GOP assault on women

‘Come on, Tea Party, let’s get it on!’
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a long-serving California Democrat, blasted congressional Republicans for what she called a “full-scale assault on women’s rights” at a Democratic fundraiser on Saturday in northeast Denver.

The so-called “war on women,” she told a room full of House District 7 Democrats and their supporters inside a packed ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel-Stapleton, was just one front of a broader attack led by the GOP.

Obama’s visit highlights state’s importance

First Lady Michelle Obama rallies supporters in Arapahoe County
The Colorado Statesman

First Lady Michelle Obama fired up a capacity crowd Wednesday in a Colorado county whose voters could wield an outsized influence over who wins the presidency. Promising a close election, she urged supporters to approach every potential voter as the one who could help her husband, President Barack Obama, win a second term.

Metro State explains new rates to JBC

The Colorado Statesman

Metro State College of Denver President Dr. Stephen M. Jordan told members of the Joint Budget Committee Wednesday afternoon that he would take another look at the school’s controversial decision to offer discounted tuition rates to undocumented students in the wake of Attorney General John Suthers’ opinion that under federal law, only state legislatures can create such classifications of tuition rates.

Romney campaign finds a home in Jeffco

Lakewood office just one of several to open in Colorado
The Colorado Statesman

With just over four months to go until the November election, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign finally has an office of its own in Colorado.

“It is an exciting day because today we have the opportunity to kick off the Romney campaign in Colorado officially, with the opening of the statewide headquarters for Romney Victory,” said state Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call, welcoming roughly 200 supporters on Saturday to the campaign’s spacious digs in the Denver West office park in Lakewood.

Colorado Constitution exhibit inspires dialogue

The Colorado Statesman

Public policy advocates are hoping that an exhibit at the new History Colorado museum will encourage dialogue about the Colorado Constitution and whether it is too easy to amend the important state document in today’s modern day.

The conversation was already sparked on Tuesday when Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler attended the unveiling of the “For the People of Colorado: Our Constitution” exhibit. Also on hand was Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver.