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Dem politics in JeffCo heat up

A hot chile contest and Dem primary
The Colorado Statesman

Things were both chilly and frosty when the Jefferson County Democratic Party revived its annual Halloween chile cook off after a four-year hiaitus last Saturday at the Sheetmetal Workers hall in Lakewood.

Nearly a hundred hungry Democrats showed up to sample more than a dozen pots of red chile and about half that many green chile recipes, all prepared by elected officials, candidates and party luminaries, and it’s a safe bet that no one went away still hungry.

All politics is local, at least on Nov. 1

On Nov.1, voters in 72 cities and towns will be going to the polls across the state. Elections will be held for candidates (like mayor and city council) and on ballot questions, like tax increases. Four cities have cancelled their regularly scheduled elections: Dacono, Fort Morgan, Las Animas, and Wray.

Bush backs principal training effort in Denver visit

The Colorado Statesman

Former President George W. Bush praised a local nonprofit dedicated to training non-traditional school principals during a brief visit to Denver on Thursday and said he has been inspired by Mayor Michael Hancock’s life story.

Redistricting plays out in district court

The Colorado Statesman

Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation took the stand last week in a trial in Denver District Court to determine Colorado’s new congressional boundaries. Both Republican and Democratic representatives agreed that jobs and the economy are the most significant issues facing their districts, but they disagreed on communities of interest.

Well, well, well...

But in suburban Arapahoe County?
The Colorado Statesman

Neighbors of the Gun Club Estates in Arapahoe County are concerned about their future as a Texas-based oil company begins implementing a plan to drill up to 36 wells in a 30-square-mile plot of land in eastern Aurora. The neighbors are calling on county and state officials to implement regulations that at the very least require significant setback laws so that the drilling does not occur in their backyards.

Gardner hopes seeds of fiscal restraint will bloom

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans heard from U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner about congressional efforts to create jobs, his own legislation to stimulate domestic energy production and his thirsty daughter during a luncheon thrown by the state GOP on Thursday at a downtown Denver restaurant.

Gardner was the speaker at the October Capital Club gathering, a consistent draw for about 100 donors every month at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant since Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call launched the monthly fundraiser this spring.

Statehouse Republicans hit the road ‘build a better Colorado’

House Republicans embarked on their ‘Building a Better Colorado Tour’ last week, meeting with Colorado’s agricultural, non-profit, tourism, business and educational leaders.

“This tour is about widening channels of communication and keeping an open ear to the needs of our state’s job creators, so we can put our economy back on track and build a better Colorado,” explained Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, at the onset.

The House and Senate Republicans met with members of the agricultural community on their first stop.

Redistricting trial underway in Denver

The Colorado Statesman

A trial in Denver District Court to determine Colorado’s new congressional boundaries got underway on Tuesday with little fanfare. Opening statements, as expected, were made for either making changes based on shifting populations and interests, or maintaining the status quo and causing “minimum disruption” to the state’s current boundaries.

Denver school board race steeped in politics

The Colorado Statesman

Denver school board candidates who consider themselves “outsiders” are accusing three other candidates of working together as a kind of unofficial slate backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. The detractors contend that a school reform agenda initially spearheaded by former DPS Superintendant and current U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet — and now being carried out by his successor, Tom Boasberg — is behind the effort to secure three of Denver’s seven school board seats that will be decided Nov. 1 in an all-mail election.

DORA releases 2011 sunset reviews

Barbara J. Kelley, executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), released nine sunset reviews this week, which provide recommendations to the Colorado General Assembly to repeal unnecessary regulation in state government programs or divisions, and enhance the performance of continued programs.

“We take our charge to ensure government programs are necessary and efficient very seriously. The Sunset review process fits hand in glove with the Governor’s mandate to make government more efficient, more effective and more elegant,” said Kelley.