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Ugly sweater-clad influentials breeze into annual R&R holiday party

The Colorado office of R&R Partners hosted their annual holiday party on what became a snow-packed evening for the metro area last Tuesday, December 15th. Billed as an “ugly sweater party”, the event drew a collection of unique attire, and some prominent names from the state’s political and business communities. R&R Partners is one of […]

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Boom-time auto dealers will press lawmakers to streamline tax regime

Tim Jackson, president and CEO of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, will be pushing lawmakers next year to simplify the patchwork tax regime in Colorado that he said places an enormous burden on businesses in the state. “Colorado has the most complicated structure,” he said Thursday at an event hosted by the free-enterprise and business-promotion […]

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Bipartisan ‘odd couple’ pushes for greater access to public records

Democratic lawmakers have teamed with the libertarian Independence Institute to craft 2016 legislation that would lower a major hurdle for Coloradans seeking access to public records. In an unusual pairing of players from opposite sides of the political spectrum, state Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, and state Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, are working with liberty-politics […]

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Farber demonstrates second to none mastery of politics

Hillary Clinton’s go to Viking, a man with bona fide political chops A television screen filled with images of protesters and vigils and presidential candidates competes for space on one of Denver attorney Steve Farber’s office walls, chock-a-block between framed newspaper clippings, memorabilia and photographs of Farber with some of the most recognizable faces in […]

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Republicans elect Leing national committeeman, emphasis on man

CENTENNIAL — Colorado Republicans on Saturday elected former congressional candidate George Leing as Republican national committeeman. That’s national committeeman, not woman, an emphasis made clear at a tense and sometimes raucous special meeting of the GOP State Central Committee that saw an unsuccessful attempt by some Republicans to nominate a Denver party officer who happens […]

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An abundance of fun wines help make the holidays merry and bright

While retailers often give special status to “Black Friday,” the putative date on which most retail businesses become profitable for the year, in the beverage business we talk about “O-N-D,” which stands for October-November-December. These are the months in which wine, beer, and spirits purveyors sell the vast majority of their products. There are no […]

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Millennial crowd mostly chomps cigars, disses candidates at Denver GOP debate watch party

At a Republican presidential debate watch party held at Capitol Cigars on Tuesday, the crowd started out thin and skeptical and, even though the bourbon flowed copiously and the crowd grew over the course of the debate, the attitude toward the candidates never much improved. “The media would do better just giving us public service […]

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Tate takes Balmer’s seat, vacancy attracts crowd

Former Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call is among at least 10 candidates who could be vying to replace state Rep. Jack Tate after the Centennial lawmaker was appointed to fill a vacancy in the state Senate on Saturday. Tate will take over on Dec. 31 for state Sen. David Balmer, R-Centennial, who is retiring […]

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Proposal to change how district maps are drawn met with sharp criticism

A high-profile bipartisan group of former lawmakers and state officials are reworking and resubmitting a ballot initiative that would transform the process through which voting districts are drawn in Colorado. The news comes after the project was unveiled last month with a splash, drawing approval from newspaper editorial boards but sharp criticism on the left […]

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Panel dismisses ethics complaint against Polis for gaming, fashion promotions

The House Ethics Committee on Monday dismissed a complaint that U.S. Rep. Jared Polis last year used public resources to act as fleeting pitchman for a video game company and for a Boulder-based men’s clothing designer. “I’m glad the ethics committee promptly and unanimously dismissed this matter and found no violation,” Polis said in a […]

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