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'All eyes' on rising GOP star Brauchler as speculation swirls over his next move

The Colorado Statesman

PARKER — It seems everybody wants to talk about George Brauchler’s political future these days except George Brauchler.

As District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District, Brauchler has deferred questions about his plans until after the final sentencing of Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, which starts Aug. 24. But that hasn’t slowed the speculation.

As he wrapped up his remarks at last weekend’s Coffee for Conservatives annual picnic, Brauchler, dressed casually in a T-shirt and baseball cap, was beset with shouts of “Governor!” Others yelled, “No, senator!”

Environmental groups target Latinos over climate change, EPA plan

The Colorado Statesman

Environmental groups are launching a pro-Clean Power Plan campaign aimed at Latinos, a group activists say are disproportionately affected by climate change.

Conservation Colorado has created a Latino organizing program called “Protégete: Our Air, Our Health.” Protégete, which translates to “protect yourself,” encourages greater Latino involvement in Colorado's role complying with the federal plan.

Guest Commentary

Noonan: GOP slowing Dem gains, but unaffiliated voters beat both

Guest Contributor

Colorado’s Republicans put the brakes on the state’s growing Democratic Party affiliation, gaining 789 more active voters than the Dems between July 2014 and July 2015. Democrats increased their active voter base by 16,217, while Republicans increased theirs by 17,006. The 789-voter difference isn’t a big number until compared with the 80,554 increase in voter registration Dems picked up between July 2012 and July 2013.

Guest Commentary

Williams: New election rules protect overseas voters

Guest Contributor

Earlier this month I adopted several amendments to the Secretary of State elections rules. In large part, these amendments are “cleanup” in nature; that is, they reword certain rules for grammar and clarity, they repeal some unnecessary or overly burdensome rules, and they reflect recent legislative changes in election law.

Denver college assistance measure passes first hurdle

The Colorado Statesman

The Denver City Council on Monday gave initial approval to a measure that would seek voter approval for a sales tax hike to support college scholarships for local students.

But if concerns expressed by dissenting councilors are shared by their constituents, backers will have some convincing to do if the proposal makes the November ballot.

The initiative would ask voters to approve a 0.08-percent sales tax hike to create the College Affordability Fund. The first-of-its-kind program would reimburse nonprofits that provide scholarships and other financial assistance for college students.

Dems pick Larimer County for ’16 state convention

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Democratic Party’s Executive Committee approved the selection of the Budweiser Events Center in Larimer County for next year’s state convention at the committee’s meeting in Salida on Saturday.

Candidates emerge in Jeffco school board recall

The Colorado Statesman

Candidates are beginning to emerge in the effort to recall three Jefferson County school board members as the movement continues to clear hurdles to make the ballot.

As of Thursday evening, two candidates had declared their intentions to run for the seat held by Board President Ken Witt. The other two board members facing recall had each drawn one opponent at press time.

Ron Mitchell, a longtime Jeffco administrator, told The Colorado Statesman he will seek Witt's District 5 seat. The district represents Littleton and parts of south Lakewood.

This week's political cartoon

Ashley Madison, Political Edition

The Colorado Statesman

Duran celebrates birthday at crowded fundraiser

The Colorado Statesman

The sounds of jazz and flamenco music fought to be heard over the sound of well-wishers’ conversations at El Chingon restaurant in Denver Thursday evening as hundreds gathered to celebrate state Rep. Crisanta Duran’s, D-Denver, birthday.

Several members of the state House including Reps. Alex Garnett, D-Denver, Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton and Angela Williams, D-Denver attended the celebration. Also making an appearance was former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

WAYPOSTS

Another Rankin enters public office

Well-known wife and state Capitol aide to Joint Budget Committee member Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, was sworn into a public office of her own on Wednesday. Joyce Rankin was all smiles as she recited her oath of office to Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Nancy J. Lichtenstein in the lobby of the Colorado Department of Education building. On her Facebook page two days before her swearing in Rankin posted, “First meeting and swearing in ceremony..... Wednesday.