Ben Conarck

Proponents of ballot measures up for the challenge

The Colorado Statesman

Call it shooting for the moon, or call it democracy from the ground up, the task of successfully getting an initiative onto the Colorado ballot is no small feat.

The process of proposing an initiative

The Colorado Statesman

Proponents of an initiative must submit their ballot measure to the Colorado title board for a hearing before it is deemed eligible for signature gathering.

The title board is comprised of designees by the attorney general, the secretary of state, and the director of the Office of Legislative Legal Services.

At the April 4 hearing, the title board consisted of Solicitor General Dan Domenico, Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Legal Services Sharon L. Eubanks, and Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert.

Weissmann campaign undaunted by initial rejection of petition signatures

The Colorado Statesman

Eric Weissmann, the Republican businessman seeking to “fire” incumbent U.S. Rep Jared Polis, D-Boulder, will appeal the invalidation of a large portion of his petition signatures by the secretary of state’s office in Denver District Court.

JAG officer secures GOP nomination for 18th JD

The Colorado Statesman

George Brauchler scored a decisive victory at the 18th Judicial District’s Republican nominating assembly, locking up nearly half the vote in the four-way primary contest for District Attorney.

Brauchler — an attorney and Chief of Military Justice for the U.S. Army — received 47 percent of the vote at the March 26 assembly, where Chief Deputy District Attorney Leslie Hansen earned 27 percent.

Robert Wareham, founder and CEO of Highlands Ranch Law Center, earned 17 percent of the vote but has decided to end his campaign.

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.

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

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.

Neighborhood activist targets Dem incumbent

Dems Houck vs. Labuda in southwest Denver’s HD 1
The Colorado Statesman

Denver House District 1 Rep. Jeanne Labuda is term limited in 2014, but that hasn’t stopped community activist Corrie Houck from challenging the three-term Democratic incumbent this year in what has turned into a heated primary.

Labuda said she isn’t surprised by the intra-party challenge, particularly because she had been speaking with people in the district about finding a potential replacement for when she retires. She speculated that Houck decided to run in order to build name recognition for the 2014 election.

Republican hopefuls also campaign for HD 1 seat

The Colorado Statesman

The two Republican candidates seeking the House District 1 legislative seat are focusing their attention on courting unaffiliated voters, while the Democratic candidates are preoccupied with their own primary contest.

The candidates both have backgrounds in business. John Kidd, who is the CEO of an insurance agency in Cherry Creek, is facing off against James Wildt, vice president of an accounting firm in Littleton.

Candidates for DA plead their cases

GOP contenders debate at Arapahoe GOP Men's Club
The Colorado Statesman

What best qualifies a candidate to run for district attorney in the 18th Judicial District?

At a breakfast debate held at the Arapahoe County Republican Men’s Club in Greenwood Village early Wednesday morning, the four GOP candidates pled their cases.