Peter Marcus

First presidential debate bypassed important issues, some complain

The Colorado Statesman

When the first presidential debate of the fall election was over, and the myriad of media cameras that had descended on Denver left town, advocates for an assortment of polarizing issues wondered why the two major party candidates hadn’t addressed their concerns.

Despite having the help of high-profile politicos from Colorado and across the nation who had all landed in Denver for the debate on Oct. 3, advocates for issues such as mass transit, gun control, climate change, banking reform and immigration couldn’t believe that the first debate left these topics largely untouched.

Obama advisor berates Ryan for not divulging numbers

The Colorado Statesman

Senior campaign adviser to President Barack Obama, Robert Gibbs, joined with Colorado Democratic political dignitaries on Tuesday afternoon just a day before the first presidential debate, criticizing their Republican opponents for an economic plan that has a “math problem.”

Women make opinions known at rallies

The Colorado Statesman

As President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney prepared for their first presidential debate of the election season on the University of Denver campus, liberal and conservative women in Colorado portrayed differing messages on what issues are important to them in the fall election.

Hickenlooper explains recent infatuation with Obama

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper was asked on Wednesday what took him so long as a Democrat to throw his support behind President Barack Obama. The question was posed during an interview as part of a debate series leading up to the first presidential debate in Denver.

Politicos from both sides of aisle jab and jostle

The Colorado Statesman

The Libertarian-leaning Independence Institute and the conservative Heritage Foundation held a spirited debate in advance of the first presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday morning, bringing together a motley crew of politicos and pundits from both the liberal and conservative sides of the aisle.

Sitting at a long table at the Independence Institute’s office space in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood — just hours before the debate — the panel was appropriately seated with liberals on the left side of the table and conservatives on the right.

Staging presidential debate no small endeavor

No debate about that, DU’s David Greenberg says
The Colorado Statesman

David Greenberg, the vice chancellor for institutional partnerships at the University of Denver, was hired on Nov. 1, 2011 — one day after the university was selected to host the first presidential debate of the election season. On his first day at his new job, Greenberg — a founding partner of the communications firm GBSM and Associates as well as the founder and chair of the Denver Schools of Science and Technology — was handed a 20-page contract and told to finalize the selection.

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.