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Clear the Bench benched over campaign violations

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer has ruled in favor of Colorado Ethics Watch (CEW) regarding campaign finance violations committed by Clear the Bench Colorado (CTBC). Spencer’s ruling requires Clear the Bench to file as a political committee within 20 days of his Sept 22 ruling.

Move under way to change how votes are tabulated

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A diverse group of election advocates want to change the way Fort Collins elects city officials.

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Colorado's 2012 primary election could be moved to June

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s primary in 2012 could move from its current date in August to June 26, under a recommendation made Sept. 8 to the Secretary of State’s Best Practices and Vision Commission.

Supreme Court decision spurs satire at Capitol

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The U.S. Supreme Court created a monster in January when it ruled that corporations and labor unions could spend unlimited money on political campaigns, according to Colorado Move to Amend and MoveOn.org.

Better Denver Bonds results in better Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens’ CEO Brian Vogt recently led a tour inside the Gardens’ new, $15.5 million Greenhouse Complex. Funded by the citizens of Denver through the voter-approved Better Denver Bonds, the facility is located just to the west of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory.

Local cowpokes mix politics and philanthropy

Denver Rustlers are big bidders at Junior Livestock Sale

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Toward the end of every summer for more than two decades now, the Denver Rustlers — a spirited group of metro area business men and women, elected officials, dignitaries and leaders from other arenas — don fancy custom embroidered cowboy shirts stuffed in denim jeans with oversized shiny silver belt buckles, cowboy hats and western boots and make a real party out of going to Pueblo to the Colorado State Fair. It’s a hell raisin’ fun time, for sure, always accompanied by great grub, liquid refreshments and more than a fair amount of camraderie among fellow cowpokes.

Ritter picks Marquez for state Supreme Court

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter Wednesday named Monica Marie Marquez, a deputy attorney general, to the Colorado Supreme Court, effective Nov. 30.

Justice Sotomayor credits her stubbornness for getting ahead

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

DENVER — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor credited a stubborn streak she’s had since she was a toddler with helping her rise from poverty to a seat on the highest court in the land.

Hoyer, DeGette visit Denver Health to highlight reform

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The mood was celebratory as Congresswoman Diana DeGette, D-CD 1, allowed doctors to show off one of her favorite health institutions to a colleague she calls her boss.

‘Joe the Plumber’ urges flush out of Dems in Congress

Hopes to clean house, oust Perlmutter, Markey

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

LAKEWOOD — America’s most famous plumber passed through the state this week to urge voters to flush three congressional Democrats from office. Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, who goes by the nickname Joe the Plumber, made stops in Grand Junction, Lakewood and Fort Collins as part of the ‘November is Coming’ bus tour meant to rally voters against vulnerable liberal lawmakers in advance of the fall elections.