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Health exchange remains a politically thorny issue

Gardner under attack for not allowing full vote of committee
The Colorado Statesman

Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, is being blasted by his own Republican colleagues and outside interest groups for moving forward with the state’s health benefit exchange.

The controversy erupted last Thursday when the Legislative Health Benefit Exchange Implementation Review Committee — which Gardner co-chairs with Sen. Betty Boyd, D-Lakewood — approved a $43 million grant application to fund the next step in establishing the state’s online health insurance pool.

Michelle Obama: ‘Elections are always about hope’

First Lady campaigns in Denver for Obama’s reelection
The Colorado Statesman

First Lady Michelle Obama made an energetic case that voters should return President Barack Obama to the White House for a second term during a speech before 240 donors on Saturday evening at a downtown Denver museum.

“We’re not just here because we want to win an election — which we do, and we absolutely will, yes we will,” she said with a grin as the crowd whistled and cheered. “We are doing this because of the values we believe in.”

President rallies women in Denver

Romney slammed as harmful to women’s health security
The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama launched a two-day campaign swing through Colorado on Wednesday with an appeal aimed at the crucial battleground state’s women voters, warning that his Republican opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, intended to yank the nation back to the 1950s when it comes to women’s rights.

Greeted with thunderous cheers of “Four more years,” Obama smiled and told the crowd, “If we win Colorado, I’ll get four more years.”

Personhood proponents turn in ballot petitions

GOP officials are not clamoring to endorse measure
The Colorado Statesman

Sponsors of a ballot proposal that would offer constitutional rights to the unborn say they turned in 112,121 petition signatures to the secretary of state’s office on Monday, contending that the initiative is necessary to offer justice to families following horrific tragedies such as the Aurora movie theater mass shooting.

The so-called “personhood” initiative could appear before voters this November for the third time since 2008, once again facing an uphill battle in a divisive political climate that appears to have prominent Republicans afraid to offer their support.

Proposed ballot measure seeks to overturn Supreme Court decision

Citizens United ruling is focus of state initiative
The Colorado Statesman

Sponsors of a proposed ballot question asking the Colorado congressional delegation to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution limiting campaign contributions and spending submitted 176,774 signatures to the secretary of state’s office on Monday in an effort to overturn the controversial Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

It takes 86,105 valid signatures for the initiative to qualify for the November ballot. The secretary of state’s office has until Sept. 5 to verify signatures. The overwhelming number turned in all but guarantees it will make the ballot.

Attempts to get initiatives on ballot go by the wind

Lack of paid petition gatherers hindered initiative efforts
The Colorado Statesman

Sponsors of at least five ballot proposals watched their titles expire on Monday, as they were unable to collect the necessary 86,105 signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot.

The initiatives included an effort to provide undocumented immigrants with a driver’s license, two efforts to protect the state’s water sources and two efforts to legalize recreational marijuana.

One of the most controversial of the proposals was Initiative 52, which would have asked Colorado voters to make a statutory change to approve driver’s licenses for all, despite legal residential status.

Thune campaigns for Romney in Colorado

Senator blasts Obama’s economic policies
The Colorado Statesman

Sandwiched between visits to Colorado by President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger, both campaigns waged a war of words in the state this week over which candidate would do a better job helping the struggling middle class.

U.S. Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican sometimes mentioned as a possible Romney running mate — though he dismissed those prospects on Monday — appeared at a Denver company to blast Obama’s economic policies and make a case that voters should give Romney a chance.

Super effort lodged by GOP on ‘Super Saturday’

GOP knocks on doors, makes phone calls, recruits supporters
The Colorado Statesman

At Mitt Romney’s state campaign headquarters in Lakewood, phone calls to voters are treated as a kind of currency with its own economy.

Complete 65 calls, and a volunteer qualifies for a bumper sticker. Two hundred and fifty calls convert to a yard sign. And for supporters who rack up a staggering 10,000 calls — by no means unattainable, as a handful of youngsters are already more than half way to that goal — there’s a meeting with the presidential candidate in their future.

Arapahoe GOP turns out in red, white and you!

The Colorado Statesman

With the theme “Red, White and You” showcased throughout the evening, Arapahoe County Republicans proved an extra colorful lot as they gathered for their annual Lincoln Day Dinner at Aurora’s Red Lion Inn on July 28.

“We’re energized, enthusiastic and rarin’ to go for victory in November!” proclaimed Arapahoe County Republican Chair Joy Hoffman at the onset. “Our candidates and volunteers are absolutely fabulous!” And abundant.

Romney unveils plan to strengthen middle class during trip to Jeffco

The Colorado Statesman

In his first campaign speech since returning from overseas, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney unveiled his plans to strengthen the middle class and blasted President Barack Obama for what he said was a failed record on key economic measures before a packed hall at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden on Thursday.

“I can’t wait to get to Washington,” an exuberant Romney said. “I’m so excited about getting America working again.”