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Top 12 Legislative Races of 2012 (September edition)

‘Still up for grabs’ is theme again in this month’s ratings
The Colorado Statesman

In just over two weeks, Colorado voters start receiving ballots in the mail, and nearly a year’s worth of groundwork will start to bear fruit in a tight contest for control of the state legislature, where Republicans wield the speaker’s gavel in the House by a one-seat majority and Democrats preside over the Senate with a more comfortable, five-seat margin.

Of the 85 legislative contests on the ballot — all 65 House seats and 20 of the 35 Senate seats — these dozen races are generating the most heat, drawing the most attention, and could be the closest to call.

Perlmutter, GOP challenger Coors square off in first debate

The Colorado Statesman

Beverages took center stage at the first debate between three-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter and his Republican challenger Joe Coors on Thursday in Arvada.

Saying he wants to go to Congress as “a problem-solver, not a problem-creator,” Coors said that his experience as CEO of Golden-based CoorsTek, an advanced materials manufacturer, means he’s used to working things out.

The debate before the real big debate

State Republican Chairman Ryan Call vs. Democratic Chairman Rick Palacio
The Colorado Statesman

The leaders of Colorado’s Republican and Democratic parties debated each other Monday as part of the events leading up to the first presidential debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3. The theme of the hour and a half long discussion was Colorado’s influence on the national conversation.

Hick gets flack from frack

The Colorado Statesman

LONGMONT — Citizens of Longmont gathered at Roger’s Grove Park on Saturday to demand that Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, drop a state lawsuit against the city for enacting its own local rules and regulations governing the controversial energy drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing.

Personhood proponents file suit to get on this year’s ballot

The Colorado Statesman

Proponents of a so-called “personhood” ballot initiative that seeks to ban abortion in Colorado by assigning constitutional rights to the unborn filed a legal challenge this week, asking a Denver District Court judge to overturn the secretary of state’s earlier ruling that the measure fell short of making the November ballot.

Denver files suit against ‘inactive voter’ rule

For Secretary of State Gessler, it’s win some, lose some
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson has filed a lawsuit against Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler challenging recent election rules enacted by the secretary that prohibits county clerks from mailing ballots to so-called “inactive voters.”

The lawsuit, which was filed on Sept. 19, is the latest in a string of criticism over the new rules, which Gessler finalized on Aug. 15. The inactive voter rule has caused an uproar, as some believe it disenfranchises voters.

Liz Cheney, Laurie Romney stump for Mitt

Women for Mitt insist Obama’s economic policies hurt women
The Colorado Statesman

A group of Republican women told a crowd in Lone Tree last Thursday that it’s the sagging economy — not divisive social issues some called distractions — that should steer women voters to pick GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama.

Obama has Golden opportunity in state

President says tax cuts aren’t answer for everything
The Colorado Statesman

GOLDEN — President Barack Obama returned to Colorado last Thursday for a speech that mixed a tough foreign policy stance with his campaign’s message that a second Obama term would fight to restore the country’s middle class.

Just two days after an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya killed the ambassador and three other Americans, Obama praised the diplomats and security “who serve in difficult and dangerous places all around the world to advance the interests and the values that we hold dear as Americans” and vowed to bring the assailants to justice.

Romney’s ‘47 percent’ incites Dems

Republicans take Obama to task over ‘redistribution’ comment
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio tore into Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday, charging that the former Massachusetts governor’s secretly recorded remarks about 47 percent of Americans betray “something very deep, potentially deeply flawed about his character” at a press conference at a Denver park.

Romney son stumps for Dad in Jefferson County

My Dad can fix things’
The Colorado Statesman

GOLDEN — A couple hours after President Barack Obama rallied thousands of supporters in nearby Lion’s Park on Thursday, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s son Josh told a smaller group gathered in the shadow of a campaign bus on a street corner that they were invited to his father’s inauguration after he wins the election in November.

The race, the younger Romney said, won’t come down to the kind of soaring rhetoric and big dreams stoked by the first Obama campaign, but instead will hinge on the cold, hard facts of the economy and his father’s reputation for fixing things.