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Hogan takes prize, lands top spot

The Colorado Statesman

For the first time in 24 years, Aurora won’t have a Mayor Tauer. Instead, another steady fixture in the sprawling suburb’s civic firmament, former Councilman Steve Hogan, will be sworn in as mayor later this month after scoring a decisive win on Tuesday over Councilman Ryan Frazier, his chief opponent, and four other candidates.

Hogan takes over on Nov. 14 from term-limited Mayor Ed Tauer, who followed his father, former Mayor Paul Tauer, in the top office of the state’s third-largest city.

Final arguments heard in redistricting case

The Colorado Statesman

A trial in Denver District Court to determine Colorado’s seven congressional boundaries came to a close Monday afternoon with the introduction of new maps that seek to keep the city of Aurora intact.

Denver District Court Chief Judge Robert Hyatt asked all parties to introduce new maps after hearing testimony during the 10-day court proceeding. Attorneys representing Republicans, Democrats and Latino interveners introduced their new maps by the 5 p.m. deadline on Tuesday with few changes from original proposals, aside from drawing Aurora into one whole district.

Hancock names Kentucky chief to head Denver cops

The Colorado Statesman

In a long-anticipated announcement that still came a couple days earlier than planned, Mayor Michael Hancock named Louisville, Ky., Police Chief Robert White as Denver’s next chief on Oct. 28.

White will be the first Denver chief in more than 50 years who didn’t rise through the local ranks, and he will also be the first African-American chief of the roughly 1,500-officer force.

Vowing to bring transparency and a new spirit of cooperation between the police force and the community to the job, White, 59, on Saturday said he was “honored” to join Hancock’s team.

Confrontation turns violent with police, Occupy Denver

The Colorado Statesman

Police arrested 20 demonstrators Saturday afternoon and evening in the shadow of the state Capitol during the most chaotic day yet of the month-long Occupy Denver movement.

Property tax exemption for seniors would still be suspended

Hickenlooper unveils first complete budget for state
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper unveiled his first complete budget on Tuesday, a $20 billion 2012-13 proposal that would suspend a property-tax break for seniors, a move vehemently opposed by Republicans, while cutting $97.1 million from K-12 education in an effort to close an estimated $1 billion structural gap. The governor said there is $679 million that cannot be financed under currently available resources, although his budget represents a $342.6 million increase in spending over last year.

Obama unveils student loan program

The Colorado Statesman

In a speech that unveiled his administration’s plans to make it easier for college students to repay student loans, President Barack Obama on Wednesday at the University of Colorado Denver assailed Republican lawmakers for blocking a jobs program he said will put millions of Americans to work and spur a moribund economy.

Dem politics in JeffCo heat up

A hot chile contest and Dem primary
The Colorado Statesman

Things were both chilly and frosty when the Jefferson County Democratic Party revived its annual Halloween chile cook off after a four-year hiaitus last Saturday at the Sheetmetal Workers hall in Lakewood.

Nearly a hundred hungry Democrats showed up to sample more than a dozen pots of red chile and about half that many green chile recipes, all prepared by elected officials, candidates and party luminaries, and it’s a safe bet that no one went away still hungry.

All politics is local, at least on Nov. 1

On Nov.1, voters in 72 cities and towns will be going to the polls across the state. Elections will be held for candidates (like mayor and city council) and on ballot questions, like tax increases. Four cities have cancelled their regularly scheduled elections: Dacono, Fort Morgan, Las Animas, and Wray.

Bush backs principal training effort in Denver visit

The Colorado Statesman

Former President George W. Bush praised a local nonprofit dedicated to training non-traditional school principals during a brief visit to Denver on Thursday and said he has been inspired by Mayor Michael Hancock’s life story.

Redistricting plays out in district court

The Colorado Statesman

Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation took the stand last week in a trial in Denver District Court to determine Colorado’s new congressional boundaries. Both Republican and Democratic representatives agreed that jobs and the economy are the most significant issues facing their districts, but they disagreed on communities of interest.