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Business-friendly bills ok’d in special session

The Colorado Statesman

Of the 11 bills introduced in the “extraordinary” special legislative session called by Gov. John Hickenlooper to address measures lost in a political war over civil unions, only three made it through. But all of them address the stated intent of the overall 2012 legislative session, which was meant to focus on assisting businesses with spurring job growth and bettering the economy.

Perlmutter officially launches bid for reelection

Apple pie and other goodies, but no Coors beer
The Colorado Statesman

The only thing missing was a round of fireworks. It was an all-American bash — complete with an apple pie, politicians’ speeches and a rosy-cheeked barbershop quartet singing patriotic tunes — as U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Golden Democrat, formally launched his bid for a fourth term in Congress last Saturday afternoon at his campaign’s new field offices in Wheat Ridge.

What we missed in Hummers this year…

The Colorado Statesman

In her Capitol office on Monday, Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder, displays props and costumes that would have been part of the Colorado House’s traditional “Hummers” show this year if the relationship between majority Republicans and minority Democrats hadn’t turned sour in the waning days of the session.

Hick calls special session

Civil unions, other legislation on Guv’s ‘call’ — action starts Monday
The Colorado Statesman

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday called a special session of the legislature to address civil unions legislation and six of the 30 other bills condemned to death after House Republicans allowed the bills to languish on the calendar before a midnight deadline on Tuesday. The highly criticized GOP strategy was purportedly aimed at killing a controversial proposal to allow same-sex couples to have similar legal protections as traditional married couples.

Civil unions bill dealt bad hand

High stakes legislative gamble yields no vote in full house; special session a whole new game
The Colorado Statesman

Backers of legalized civil unions for same-sex couples in Colorado will have another bite at the apple after Gov. John Hickenlooper this week ordered lawmakers to hold a special session to consider proposals that died when House Republican leaders and the bill’s supporters engaged in a standoff over whether to bring the measure to a vote.

Romney energizes supporters, mines votes in state

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, energized supporters at a K.P. Kauffman Co. drill site outside Ft. Lupton on Wednesday when he denounced the solar and wind focus of the Obama administration and dug in deep with his call for increased domestic production of oil and gas.

Hickenlooper signs 2012-13 budget, praises bipartisan legislative support

That was before civil union legislation blew up
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper joined with legislative leaders and members of the Joint Budget Committee on Monday, May 7, to sign the state budget for fiscal year 2012-13, praising lawmakers for having passed a budget with more support than it has received in 17 years.

The $7.7 billion General Fund spending plan — part of a $19 billion overall budget — was backed by 86 of the 100 lawmakers who serve in the legislature, a reflection of Colorado’s willingness to work across the aisle to pass important measures for the state, according to Hickenlooper.

Opinions differ on whether to work with Republicans on future ASSET bill...

Or target them for defeat
The Colorado Statesman

Latino voters in Colorado may target Republicans in politically vulnerable legislative districts following a controversial vote last month by the GOP caucus that killed legislation aimed at providing reduced tuition rates to undocumented students.

Passion for justice still drives Martinez

Special to The Colorado Statesman

It’s a fine and righteous thing to honor past heroes of conscience such as former Gov. Ralph L. Carr, whose name will adorn Colorado’s new state judicial complex. But Denver Manager of Safety Alex Martinez believes it’s even more important to look into the future and ask what our grandchildren will think about the stands we are now taking on today’s burning issues of conscience — at a time when their moral dimensions may not be quite as clear.

Colorado’s judicial Gold Standard for selecting judges focuses on merit and accountability

Special to The Colorado Statesman

For ninety years after it achieved statehood in 1876, Colorado elected its judges in partisan elections. As a result, mining and other business interests had so much clout in the courtroom on high profile cases that historian Page Smith lumped the judiciary in with the corrupt executive and legislative branches in labeling Colorado’s state government “a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rockefellers and Guggenheims.”