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Been there, done that, is message to RNC site selection committee

The Colorado Statesman

Legalized marijuana and Colorado’s pivotal swing-state status won’t be factors when the Republican National Committee designates the host city for its 2016 national convention, leading Republicans said during a three-day visit by the GOP’s site-selection committee this week. Instead, the 13-member body plans to make its recommendation based on venues, proximity of hotel rooms, transportation and security capabilities, said the group’s chairwoman.

Denver hosts, toasts RNC site selection committee

Most events veiled in secrecy, but no secret that fundraising is key
The Colorado Statesman

The activities of the visiting members of the Republican site selection committee were ensconced in secrecy for much of their two-day visit to Denver, to the chagrin of local and national press who had experienced more access during the RNC’s first two trips to host contenders Cleveland and Kansas City a few days earlier.

A fond farewell to Leslie Oliver in U.S. Rep. Perlmutter’s office

…and welcome to new communications director Ashley Hause
The Colorado Statesman

[Updated 6-17-14 to amend the incorrect gender of Aaron Greco's daughter in one of the photos below.]

It was a bittersweet occasion on June 4 when U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter and his staff gathered at the Uptown Tavern in Denver for a “passing of the baton” party for their longtime communications and policy director Leslie Oliver.


Ugly assaults on sacred constitutional rights — or a good job by the men in blue?

Contributing Columnist

Scoot your chairs up next to the campfire, children, and I’ll tell you a scary story. Once upon a time in Aurora, Colorado, there was a gang of neo-Fascist thugs who threw up roadblocks and demanded to examine your driver’s license. They even asked why you were driving through this particular intersection (Iliff and Buckley) — curious to know where you were going and why, (as though this was any of their business).

GOP Guv campaigns amp up as ballots drop

The Colorado Statesman

Secretary of State Scott Gessler took aim at two of his Republican gubernatorial primary rivals in a TV ad that began airing this week as Colorado voters began receiving ballots for the all-mail election.

And for the second reporting period in a row, Gessler raised more money than the other Republican candidates, although opposing campaigns point out that he only edged former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo by a nose and that former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez has nearly twice as much money in the bank after loaning himself $100,000.

Attack ads by Dems attempt to influence results of GOP primary

The Colorado Statesman

A Democratic committee began running TV ads on Thursday attacking the two leading GOP gubernatorial candidates in a move Colorado Republicans blasted as meddling and manipulative.

Kopp taps Ortegon as running mate

The Colorado Statesman

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Kopp named former Pueblo City Councilwoman Vera Ortegon as his running mate on Friday, saying the Colombia-born microbiologist embodied what he called the “three C’s” — character, conservatism and competence.

“I like to call her the Colombian Hurricane,” Kopp said at a hotel in Denver as the candidates stood alongside Shannon and Anthony, their smiling spouses, and a room full of cheering supporters.

Hick flick considered electioneering

The Colorado Statesman

Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert opined on Thursday afternoon that a well-known, conservative Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit should not be treated as traditional media and is thereby subject to financial disclosures in making a political film focused on Gov. John Hickenlooper and elected officials in Colorado.

Citizens United, famous for initiating a U.S. Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates to unlimited campaign spending by corporations and unions, requested a declaratory order from the Colorado secretary of state’s office.

Hoyer, Romanoff, back immigration reform

The Colorado Statesman

Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and one of the country’s top Democrats met in Aurora on Tuesday with students at the center of stalled federal immigration-reform proposals, putting the focus on a contentious issue in his run against U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman to represent Colorado’s 6th Congressional District.

The Romanoff and Coffman campaigns also sparred this week with videos blasting each other’s current and past positions on immigration.

House Whip Hoyer: Don’t write off Tapia in the 3rd

The Colorado Statesman

A top congressional Democrat said this week that congressional candidate Abel Tapia could surprise folks and help the party take control of the House in the fall election.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer — number two in Democratic House leadership — appeared on Tuesday at a fundraiser in Denver for Tapia, a former state legislator from Pueblo and until earlier this year the director of the Colorado Lottery.