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The leadership behind “All of Colorado is Burning”

GUEST COLUMNIST

In 2002, 1,994 forest fires consumed 782 square miles of Colorado’s beautiful forests. 384 families lost their homes. As a staffer for Governor Bill Owens, I watched many of these fires from the Bureau of Land Management’s Emergency Operations Center in Lakewood, updating Governor Owens on the latest developments.

GOP Regent’s race goes rogue

‘Thuggish’ behavior, ‘mafia-style cover-up’ alleged in Republican primary contest
The Colorado Statesman

The Republican primary between Matt Arnold and Brian Davidson for the at-large CU Board of Regents nomination — the only statewide race on the Colorado ballot, other than the presidential contest — has mostly crept along below the radar this year.

But that all changed in the last week as a controversy erupted over whether Arnold misrepresented what kind of advanced diploma he earned two decades ago.

No love lost between Lamborn, Blaha

GOP challenger and three-term incumbent battle it out in CD 5
The Colorado Statesman

One handed over hot dog buns and the other dished up baked beans.

Clad in patriotic aprons, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a three-term incumbent, greeted hungry Republicans just feet away from his determined primary challenger, businessman Robert Blaha. They joined other local politicians who helped serve a sumptuous spread on Tuesday at the annual El Paso County Republican Women’s picnic in downtown Colorado Springs.

Lawsuits may ensue over ballot access bill

Controversy still looms over House Bill 1036
The Colorado Statesman

Lawsuits may be on the way challenging a controversial bill signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper last Thursday that creates a separate class of the public allowed to review ballots following an election.

House Bill 1036 allows an “interested party” — including political parties and representatives of issue committees, or stakeholders involved in the outcome of an election — to examine the voted ballots, but excludes access to others, such as the press and watchdog groups.

Supporters of civil unions pumped up at ‘uncivil soiree’

The Colorado Statesman

When supporters of a civil unions bill — defeated once in the waning days of the legislature and again during a brief special session — gathered to take stock in Denver last week, organizers weren’t sure what term to use on the invitations.

“We didn’t know what to call it,” said Brad Clark, executive director of the One Colorado advocacy group, the primary outside advocacy group backing the bill. “Is this a celebration? Is it group therapy? We thought an ‘uncivil soiree’ would be fitting.”

Obama, Romney both blamed for economic plight

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, joined local business owners on Monday in a press conference call for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, alleging that President Barack Obama’s regulatory measures have created a “hostile” workforce environment in America.

Will the third time be the charm for the Personhood initiative in Colorado?

The Colorado Statesman

Opponents of a proposed ballot initiative that would extend constitutional rights to a “person” from the moment of biological development are gearing up for their third fight against the anti-abortion so-called “Personhood” proposal, not willing to offer proponents the opportunity to say, “Third time’s the charm.”

Easier access sought for driver’s licenses

Tancredo, other opponents see politics driving the issue
The Colorado Statesman

Proponents of a ballot proposal that would offer Colorado driver’s licenses to all residents of the state whether they are a legal resident or an undocumented immigrant are busy gathering signatures despite cries that the initiative would legitimize illegal behavior.

Gun rights, property tax elimination not on ballot

The Colorado Statesman

The architects of four controversial proposed ballot initiatives that aimed to do everything from protect gun rights to eliminate property taxes in Colorado have abandoned their petition drives after lackluster fundraising and an inability to draw volunteers.

Samuel Babcock and his sister, Elise Van Grinsven — both from the Colorado Springs area — had proposed the conservative-leaning initiatives after having discussions around the “kitchen table,” according to Babcock. The initiatives would have:

Denver Republicans hear the spirit of (the) West at Lincoln Day Dinner

Tancredo urges GOP to consider putting West on ticket
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Republicans will play a crucial role in the presidential election, party leaders told several hundred donors at the county’s Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Monday night. While Denver Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly three-to-one, there’s still such a large pool of votes in the county that boosting GOP turnout by even a few percentage points can make the difference which party carries the state, considered a linchpin for both major party candidates this fall.