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Lawsuits may ensue over ballot access bill

Controversy still looms over House Bill 1036
The Colorado Statesman

Lawsuits may be on the way challenging a controversial bill signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper last Thursday that creates a separate class of the public allowed to review ballots following an election.

House Bill 1036 allows an “interested party” — including political parties and representatives of issue committees, or stakeholders involved in the outcome of an election — to examine the voted ballots, but excludes access to others, such as the press and watchdog groups.

Supporters of civil unions pumped up at ‘uncivil soiree’

The Colorado Statesman

When supporters of a civil unions bill — defeated once in the waning days of the legislature and again during a brief special session — gathered to take stock in Denver last week, organizers weren’t sure what term to use on the invitations.

“We didn’t know what to call it,” said Brad Clark, executive director of the One Colorado advocacy group, the primary outside advocacy group backing the bill. “Is this a celebration? Is it group therapy? We thought an ‘uncivil soiree’ would be fitting.”

Obama, Romney both blamed for economic plight

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, joined local business owners on Monday in a press conference call for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, alleging that President Barack Obama’s regulatory measures have created a “hostile” workforce environment in America.

Will the third time be the charm for the Personhood initiative in Colorado?

The Colorado Statesman

Opponents of a proposed ballot initiative that would extend constitutional rights to a “person” from the moment of biological development are gearing up for their third fight against the anti-abortion so-called “Personhood” proposal, not willing to offer proponents the opportunity to say, “Third time’s the charm.”

Easier access sought for driver’s licenses

Tancredo, other opponents see politics driving the issue
The Colorado Statesman

Proponents of a ballot proposal that would offer Colorado driver’s licenses to all residents of the state whether they are a legal resident or an undocumented immigrant are busy gathering signatures despite cries that the initiative would legitimize illegal behavior.

Gun rights, property tax elimination not on ballot

The Colorado Statesman

The architects of four controversial proposed ballot initiatives that aimed to do everything from protect gun rights to eliminate property taxes in Colorado have abandoned their petition drives after lackluster fundraising and an inability to draw volunteers.

Samuel Babcock and his sister, Elise Van Grinsven — both from the Colorado Springs area — had proposed the conservative-leaning initiatives after having discussions around the “kitchen table,” according to Babcock. The initiatives would have:

Denver Republicans hear the spirit of (the) West at Lincoln Day Dinner

Tancredo urges GOP to consider putting West on ticket
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Republicans will play a crucial role in the presidential election, party leaders told several hundred donors at the county’s Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Monday night. While Denver Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly three-to-one, there’s still such a large pool of votes in the county that boosting GOP turnout by even a few percentage points can make the difference which party carries the state, considered a linchpin for both major party candidates this fall.

Republican Presidential candidate Romney rings campaign to Colorado coal country

The Colorado Statesman

CRAIG — The Museum of Northwest Colorado, established in 1964 to house artifacts and preserve legends of the Old West, is located in the small town of Craig and currently features an exhibit of Norman Rockwell, the famed American painter and illustrator known for his scenes of everyday life and Americana. When Republican candidate Mitt Romney traveled there earlier in the week to campaign for the presidency, he could have been starring in a leading role in a true life scene straight from a Norman Rockwell drawing board.

Proposed ballot initiatives on water rights are swirling in controversy

The Colorado Statesman

Advocates for water belonging to the people of Colorado believe there is a rapidly growing problem in the state flowing from local and state government’s abuse of public waterways in a manner that destroys the environmental and aesthetic values of the state’s lakes, rivers, ponds and streams.

Proponents of legal pot seek voter approval

But ‘Smart Colorado’ campaign says the initiatives are dopey
The Colorado Statesman

Cannabis advocates say it is high time for recreational marijuana to be legalized in Colorado, and so they are out in full force seeking support for a ballot question that has already been certified for the November election, and collecting signatures for another two ballot proposals, all of which aim to end prohibition in the state, and perhaps begin to topple the dominoes towards federal decriminalization.