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Ballot review open only to select parties?

Hickenlooper must decide whether to veto HB 1036
The Colorado Statesman

UPDATE: This version of the story corrects an earlier version that incorrectly states "recall" law in Colorado. The corrected version states "recount" law. The Colorado Statesman regrets the error.

Gov. John Hickenlooper is weighing a controversial bill that some believe creates a separate class of the public in reviewing ballots following an election, with the aim of maintaining anonymity while also allowing for transparency.

Statehouse Dems geared up to take back majority

Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff inspires local Dems
The Colorado Statesman

Democrats hoping to retake the majority in the Colorado House of Representatives are also hoping that last week’s special session — and the last-minute floundering over a civil unions bill that led the governor call the legislature back — motivates out more voters like Joanne Bryant and Cheryl Bousquet.

The Sheridan couple has sat on the sidelines when it comes to politics, but after following the civil unions bill through committees and watching it die during the late-night demise of dozens of bills at the hands of GOP leadership, Bryant said enough is enough.

Political insider offers insight on presidential race

GOP Khachigian offers tales from the campaign trail
The Colorado Statesman

Even though he’s had an insider’s view of nine presidential campaigns, the man who wrote President Reagan’s inaugural address admits that he would be foolish to predict what will happen as this year’s race unfolds.

“I don’t have a crystal ball,” an affable Ken Khachigian told a crowd of Republican donors at a fundraiser in Denver last Friday. “The reason that there’s no crystal ball is, we’ve got almost six months to go in this election. Especially in this new cable news, 24-7 talk radio cycle, things move very, very quickly.”

Legislative Briefs: May 25, 2012

CHANGES TO TRUSTEES COMING

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday signed a measure that aims to enhance counties’ control over their public trustee.

House Bill 1329, sponsored by Reps. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, and Dan Pabon, D-Denver, as well as by Sen. Jeanne Nicholson, D-Black Hawk, will allow county commissioners to adopt an annual budget for the office of the public trustee. Additionally, the measure increases transparency by subjecting each public trustee appointed by the governor to a biannual audit executed by the state auditor.

Civil unions bill dies

State Affairs “kill” committee delivers predicted death knell
The Colorado Statesman

A resurrected bill to legalize civil unions in Colorado survived only a matter of hours as the House panel known as the chamber’s “kill committee” lived up to its nickname on the first day of the legislature’s special session this week.

Sine Die, for real

Now wasn’t that special?
The Colorado Statesman

Following a divisive three-day special legislative session, both sides of the political aisle licked their wounds on Wednesday as they mustered up the strength to discuss the highlights of the 2012 session. It was a respite from all the blame games and polarizing rhetoric that had held the assembly captive over the past week.

Marriage: it’s one man, one woman

The Colorado Statesman

One day after House Republican leadership killed a bill that would have recognized same-sex civil unions in Colorado, supporters of traditional marriage lined up on the west steps of the Capitol to articulate their message that same-sex marriage and civil unions are wrong, and that the only way to halt the “breakdown of marriage” is to elect leaders who support protecting marriage as being between one man and one woman.

‘Driving while stoned’ bill not a high priority for legislators

The Colorado Statesman

The 2012 legislative session ended on a high note for marijuana proponents, with two centerpiece bills opposed by the community going down in flames in a special session called by Gov. John Hickenlooper to address several pieces of lost legislation that died last week in a game of political chess.

Business-friendly bills ok’d in special session

The Colorado Statesman

Of the 11 bills introduced in the “extraordinary” special legislative session called by Gov. John Hickenlooper to address measures lost in a political war over civil unions, only three made it through. But all of them address the stated intent of the overall 2012 legislative session, which was meant to focus on assisting businesses with spurring job growth and bettering the economy.

Perlmutter officially launches bid for reelection

Apple pie and other goodies, but no Coors beer
The Colorado Statesman

The only thing missing was a round of fireworks. It was an all-American bash — complete with an apple pie, politicians’ speeches and a rosy-cheeked barbershop quartet singing patriotic tunes — as U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Golden Democrat, formally launched his bid for a fourth term in Congress last Saturday afternoon at his campaign’s new field offices in Wheat Ridge.