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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.

Rosy budget curbs Homestead tax battle

The Colorado Statesman

The most anticipated partisan fight of the legislative session — over reinstating a property tax break for senior homeowners — seemingly came to an end Monday before it ever truly began.

During a presentation to the powerful Joint Budget Committee, staff director John Ziegler informed committee members that even after paying for the $98.5 million annual Senior Homestead Exemption, there will likely be $199.8 million left over in the 2012-13 fiscal year budget to avoid planned cuts, including to areas like education.

Style trumps policy splits in CU regent's primary

The Colorado Statesman

In a primary contest that has sidelined policy differences, the Republican candidates for CU regent at-large have turned their fire on each other.

Brian Davidson, a physician and faculty member at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Center, is facing off against political activist Matt Arnold for the chance to take on incumbent Democrat Stephen Ludwig, who was elected to the seat in 2006.

Ludwig beat Davidson by 5,814 votes, or a margin of 0.91 percent, in what was otherwise a tremendously successful election year for Democrats.

Swalm leads charge to audit Fastracks as RTD approves northwest hybrid plan

The Colorado Statesman

The Legislative Audit Committee on Tuesday unanimously backed a request to begin the preliminary stages of an audit of the Regional Transportation District’s FasTracks expansion project in preparation for a likely ballot question asking metro-area voters to approve a sales tax increase to bail the project out of a more than $2 billion budget shortfall.

Rep. Spencer Swalm, R-Centennial, requested the audit, concerned that RTD’s own estimates, claims and assumptions might be “vulnerable to yielding false or inaccurate results.”

Dolls populate Capitol, reminder to count kids first

The 2012 KIDS COUNT in Colorado report, released this week by the Colorado Children’s Campaign, shows that a child’s address can dramatically affect his or her well-being and chance for success, with different areas in the state producing wildly different outcomes.

Legislative Briefs: 3.30.12

MEDICAID REFORM TO HOUSE FLOOR

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday unanimously backed legislation that aims to bring reforms to the Medicaid program.