Peter Marcus

Morse, Giron recall petitions ruled valid

Secretary of state’s office won’t recuse itself in matter
The Colorado Statesman

The Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday denied a protest challenging the validity of signatures gathered by proponents of an effort to recall Democratic Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs, setting up a battle in district court.

Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert also ruled on a surprise motion brought by Democratic attorney Mark Grueskin calling for the secretary’s office to recuse itself from a separate hearing challenging signatures gathered by proponents of an effort to recall Democratic Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo.

Immigration issue splits delegation

Republicans in Colorado’s congressional delegation insist on border security first
The Colorado Statesman

A coalition of Democrats, immigrant rights supporters and business leaders are calling on the four Republican members of the Colorado House congressional delegation to buck politics and support a comprehensive immigration reform package that includes a path to citizenship.

But the Republicans seem unwilling to budge, saying they will not support U.S. Senate legislation that passed on June 27 by a vote of 68-32. The measure passed the Senate with the support of all Democrats and 14 Republicans.

Waller, Coffman officially in AG’s race

Rep. Waller to resign House leadership post
The Colorado Statesman

House Minority Leader Mark Waller on Monday brought to a close perhaps the worst kept political secret of the year — whether he would run for attorney general in 2014.

The Colorado Springs Republican joined with his family, friends and supporters at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver to announce that he would in fact run for the office. In a news advisory last week, Waller said only that he would be making an “exciting” announcement. But the local political world knew what that announcement would be.

Recall opponents plead their case, claim petition language was faulty

And they also accuse proponents of forging petition signatures
The Colorado Statesman

Campaigns behind two Democratic lawmakers facing recall elections believe they have a clean shot at compelling the secretary of state’s office to nullify the petition signatures gathered by proponents.

Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo are standing on the firing line after proponents in Morse’s Senate District 11 and Giron’s Senate District 3 gathered the necessary signatures to force respective recall elections.

Markey, Quinn enter race for state treasurer

GOP incumbent Stapleton praised as ‘financial genius’
The Colorado Statesman

Two Democrats have announced campaigns for state treasurer, paving the way for a primary to challenge incumbent Republican Treasurer Walker Stapleton in 2014.

Former Congresswoman Betsy Markey of Fort Collins and Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn announced on Monday that they would seek the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Democrat Joe Neguse files for SoS

Former Dem candidate Gordon likely won’t run
The Colorado Statesman

University of Colorado Regent from CD 2 Joe Neguse, a Democrat, said he was compelled to enter the 2014 race for secretary of state after current Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler played partisan games with the office in an effort to disenfranchise voters.

“I could not stand by and watch as all the great progress that we made is undercut by our current secretary of state,” Neguse said on Tuesday as he launched his campaign at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in the Five Points neighborhood in Denver.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

Colorado Democrats successfully move their legislative agenda

Republicans call it a “far-reaching power grab’
The Colorado Statesman

Democrats were not shy this year about tapping into the power they won in 2012 when they regained control of both legislative chambers. The left was finally able to push through civil unions legislation, as well as in-state tuition for undocumented students. And with those issues in the rearview mirror, they kept progressing, taking on sweeping elections reform.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

The highs and lows of implementing Amendment 64

The Colorado Statesman

Lawmakers wanted nothing to do with the “joint” effort. But when leadership put together the Joint Select Committee on the Implementation of the Amendment 64 Task Force Recommendations, they had no choice but to implement the will of voters and establish a regulated marijuana marketplace for adults. It was anything but a high time, but still they prevailed.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

Business interests claim the state Legislature really gave them the business this year

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado business community says the 2013 legislative session was a “layer cake of political conflict,” blaming Democrats for a partisan session that forced business to take a back seat to a progressive agenda.

The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry points out that the session was dominated by hot button, polarizing debates, including gun control, civil unions, election reform and marijuana.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

No energy to make substantive policy changes

The Colorado Statesman

When the legislative session started in January, Democrats seemed energized about cracking down on the oil and gas industry amid concerns over hydraulic fracturing. When the session ended four months later, they were left with little to show.