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Romanoff’s primary path becomes more certain

Sen. Newell says she won’t run in CD 6; Coffman not focused on campaign right now
The Colorado Statesman

Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff’s path to take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican, became clearer this week after a Democratic legislator said she wouldn’t join what could be one of the country’s marquee congressional races.

State Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, on Friday quelled speculation — fueled by her daughter’s Facebook post the previous week — that she would run in the 6th Congressional District and threw her backing behind Romanoff.

Community forum deals with immigration reform

U.S. Reps. DeGette and Polis joined by Gutiérrez
The Colorado Statesman

Just days before Congress began debating sweeping proposals to reform the country’s immigration policies, one of the key congressional architects of the plans appeared with two Colorado Democratic lawmakers to discuss the issue.

More than 350 packed Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church on Saturday afternoon at a community forum sponsored by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette that also included U.S. Reps. Jared Polis and Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois, who heads the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force.

Lawmakers brace for broadband battle

The Colorado Statesman

After a 20-month process to reform the state’s telecommunications laws resulted in the dramatic death of a 71-page comprehensive legislative package last year, lawmakers and the industry are bracing for yet another fight at the Capitol.

The question is whether legislators will introduce piecemeal portions of the legislation from last year that aimed to modernize the state’s telecom laws, or once again go for a larger package. That issue could be left in the hands of newly elected Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs.

State treasurer wants to tie reform of PERA to education

The Colorado Statesman

The debate over sustaining the state’s Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) system has surfaced again at the legislature, with proposals aimed at addressing an estimated $23 billion in unfunded liabilities.

Republican Treasurer Walker Stapleton has proposed a different approach, encouraging Sen. Michael Johnston, D-Denver, to include PERA reform in any legislation that seeks to raise additional dollars for education. Stapleton wants to ensure that funds are directed into the classroom and not used to backfill unfunded liabilities.

Colorado Freedom Memorial project underway

The Colorado Statesman

Nearly a dozen years after the idea was first conceived, organizers, dignitaries and military families broke ground in Aurora on Saturday for a memorial honoring every Colorado member of the military killed or missing in action since statehood.

‘Boots to Suits’ aims to move vets into college

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Military veterans moving from military life to civilian life have gotten another tool to help with that process. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and CU Denver have created a “Boots to Suits” program that will move vets into college and then into a second transition into the business world.

Boots to Suits started just a year ago, part of the university’s Veteran Student Services office. About 60 veterans are already in the program, and another 25 are expected in the spring semester.

IN MEMORIUM

Shirley Archuleta Siek (1933-2013)

Shirley Archuleta Siek passed from this life in Denver on February 4, 2013. She was 79. Mrs. Siek was a multiple generation Colorado native who grew-up in Silverton and Durango, but had been a Denver resident since 1972. Her loving husband of 40 years, Bob, was with her at passing.

Romanoff’s early entrance into CD 6 race enhances speculation

The Colorado Statesman

Almost as if on cue, former State House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver, submitted his official statement of candidacy to the Federal Election Commission for Colorado’s 6th Congressional District — just a day after the Democrats’ House Majority PAC announced that incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, had been named to a list of most vulnerable Republicans in the country.

Legislators fired up about gun bills

The Colorado Statesman

The debate over gun control took center stage at the state legislature this week with controversial bills presented by Republicans seeking to curb efforts by Democrats to limit firearm possession.

The debate follows the July Aurora movie theater shooting, which claimed the lives of 12 and injured 58 others, and it has spilled into the national conversation, gaining momentum after the December Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 children and six staff members dead in Newtown, Conn. On Wednesday, the issue gained more traction after Phoenix police said three people were injured in a morning shooting at an office building there.

SoS Gessler seeks to limit ethics probe

Secretary of state narrowly avoids legislative audit after partyline vote
The Colorado Statesman

Attorneys for Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler on Wednesday filed a lawsuit seeking to limit a probe by the Independent Ethics Commission into whether he misspent public dollars. Just one day earlier, the secretary narrowly escaped an audit of his office’s use of discretionary funds after the Legislative Audit Committee tied on a vote to authorize the investigation.