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Politics as theater: Can personal authenticity be manufactured?

The Colorado Statesman

On Debate Day the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government assembled a luncheon colloquy at the Brown Palace to discuss the dramatic dimensions of the modern presidency. With a panel that included Aaron Sorkin, the Academy and Emmy award winning screenwriter of The Social Network, Moneyball and The West Wing, this was a sizzling hot ticket event.

Pre-debate forums address an array of issues

While the national media spotlight was firmly focused on Denver, platoons of the professionally aggrieved from across the country flew into the Mile High City this week to try and capture a little attention for their causes. With nearly five thousand journalists looking for something to report prior to the main event, there was ample opportunity to attract them to forums providing arguments for why the Presidential candidates should be addressing their specific concerns.

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.

Re-ignited Obama lashes out at reinvented Romney

The Colorado Statesman

An energized President Barack Obama came out swinging on a chilly Thursday morning at a park in Denver and landed some of the punches that critics say he pulled the night before in his debate with Mitt Romney.

“When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney,” Obama told the crowd. “But it couldn’t have been Mitt Romney, because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The fellow on stage last night said he didn’t know anything about that.”

Obama warms up shivering supporters the morning after

The Colorado Statesman

It’s probably a good thing that Northwest Denver is a solid Democratic neighborhood. The sound system at Barack Obama’s post debate rally Thursday morning was just short of deafening. The police officer at the tennis court parking lot, a quarter of a mile away, was wearing earplugs as rock and roll rattled windows and set dogs barking. It seems probable that the organizers were hoping for an ebullient, end zone dance for the President, but in today’s wired world everyone knew the score. Mitt Romney had thumped the leader of the free world like a drum on Wednesday evening.

New University of Denver poll shows Obama with a narrow lead in Colorado

Voters overwhelmingly say Romney won first presidential debate

The University of Denver, host of the first presidential debate on Oct. 3, released poll results late in the week that found President Barack Obama leading Governor Mitt Romney among likely voters in Colorado, 47-43. Four percent said that they would vote for someone else, and five percent noted that they remain undecided. The poll also found that President Obama is currently leading among independent voters, 48-31.

Re-energized Romney campaigns in Jeffco; lists five-point plan to invigorate the economy

The Colorado Statesman

With just 43 days until the November election, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney returned to swing-state Colorado on Sunday to rally supporters in suburban Jefferson County as part of an aggressive reboot of a campaign that has struggled to get traction in recent weeks.

“This is the state to do it,” Romney told a cheering crowd estimated at 7,000 on the athletic fields at D’Evelyn senior/junior high school. “I’m counting on Colorado — this could be the state that takes us over the edge, this could be the state that gives us the electoral votes we need to win this.”

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.

Top 12 Legislative Races of 2012 (September edition)

‘Still up for grabs’ is theme again in this month’s ratings
The Colorado Statesman

In just over two weeks, Colorado voters start receiving ballots in the mail, and nearly a year’s worth of groundwork will start to bear fruit in a tight contest for control of the state legislature, where Republicans wield the speaker’s gavel in the House by a one-seat majority and Democrats preside over the Senate with a more comfortable, five-seat margin.

Of the 85 legislative contests on the ballot — all 65 House seats and 20 of the 35 Senate seats — these dozen races are generating the most heat, drawing the most attention, and could be the closest to call.

Perlmutter, GOP challenger Coors square off in first debate

The Colorado Statesman

Beverages took center stage at the first debate between three-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter and his Republican challenger Joe Coors on Thursday in Arvada.

Saying he wants to go to Congress as “a problem-solver, not a problem-creator,” Coors said that his experience as CEO of Golden-based CoorsTek, an advanced materials manufacturer, means he’s used to working things out.