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Bipartisan bill to reform 'direct file' clears Senate

The Colorado Statesman

A measure that would require a court hearing before prosecuting youth defendants as adults inspired emotional debate on the Senate floor Wednesday, drawing a clear line between lawmakers who have placed their faith in the honorable discretion of district attorneys, and those who believe safeguards need to be in place to avoid the potential for abuse.

Weissmann delivers petition signatures to Secretary of State

Boulder businessman and 2nd Congressional District candidate Eric Weissmann delivered 1,398 signatures to the secretary of state’s office on April 2, exceeding the requirement of 1,000 signatures from Republicans within the district to secure a place on the ballot.

Weissmann looks to unseat the well-funded and popular Democratic incumbent Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder. State Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, and Todd Creek resident Tom Janich are the other two Republican candidates in the race.

Birthday Boy Mike Coffman

Coffman gets belated birthday present this week

Congressman Mike Coffman, incumbent Republican in the suburban CD 6, turned 57 in mid-March and officially celebrated the occasion with a $57 per person fundraiser/birthday party at the acclaimed Summit restaurant in Coffman’s hometown of Aurora on March 24. We aren’t totally sure how much he raised at the two-hour party, but it contributed to an awfully good fundraising quarter. The candidate announced this week that he had raised $532,000 in the first quarter, leaving him with about $1.3 million cash on hand. That should enable him to celebrate next year’s birthday in Washington, D.C.

LEGISLATIVE BRIEFS: 4.6.12

POLITICAL CHESS OVER INACTIVE VOTERS

Statehouse Democrats are said to be playing a game of political chess, with the ultimate goal of allowing counties to mail ballots to an estimated 439,560 so-called “inactive voters.”

Correction:

A reporting error in last week’s story on the CU Regent’s race incorrectly listed the number of votes between Democrat Steve Ludwig and GOP opponent Brian Davidson.

Looper edges Stephens in HD 19

El Paso County Republicans designate primary nominees
The Colorado Statesman

The showdown between two high-profile Republican lawmakers lived up to its billing as among the most hotly contested and potentially closest primary races in the state on Saturday as delegates to the El Paso County GOP assembly handed top-line designation to state Rep. Marsha Looper, R-Calhan, by a slim margin over House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument.

Looper garnered 51.7 percent of the vote to Stephens’ 48.3 percent, a difference of 10 votes out of 298 cast at the boisterous, all-day gathering at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs.

Boulder GOP circles wagons at county assembly

The Colorado Statesman

Just minutes after deciding to run for House District 12, Republican Charles “Russ” Lyman brought the crowd to its feet during the district breakout session at the Boulder County GOP Assembly on Saturday in Longmont.

'Obamacare' debate embroils lawmakers

High court dispute lands state officials center stage
The Colorado Statesman

Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation from both sides of the aisle and Republican Attorney General John Suthers scored sought-after seats this week at the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic hearings on President Barack Obama’s federal health care law, listening in as the high court weighed questions that could lead to overturning the controversial reforms.

The issues being debated by the court highlight the larger, highly politicized concerns surrounding the most sweeping and dramatic health care policy overhaul the nation has seen in four decades.

Boulder County GOP Resolutions

The Colorado Statesman

Boulder County Republicans approved 12 of 21 resolutions proposed at precinct caucuses in February. Among those resolutions winning a majority of support from assembly delegates:

• Calling for the repeal of “Obamacare”

• Calling for a Constitutional amendment that would require the federal budget to be balanced annually

• Banning government bailouts to private interests

• Mandating a “Voter Photo ID”

• To audit the Federal Reserve

• Opposing all forms of gun control

Dem legislative races begin to take shape

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats headed off one legislative primary and set up another at metro-area county assemblies held on Saturday.

In the jostling for an open, competitive seat in central Lakewood, political organizer Brittany Pettersen emerged unopposed as the Democratic nominee after a late entry in the House District 28 race against gay veteran Brian Carroll, who failed to qualify for the ballot at the district assembly at Lakewood High School.