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Civil unions bill dies

State Affairs “kill” committee delivers predicted death knell
The Colorado Statesman

A resurrected bill to legalize civil unions in Colorado survived only a matter of hours as the House panel known as the chamber’s “kill committee” lived up to its nickname on the first day of the legislature’s special session this week.

Sine Die, for real

Now wasn’t that special?
The Colorado Statesman

Following a divisive three-day special legislative session, both sides of the political aisle licked their wounds on Wednesday as they mustered up the strength to discuss the highlights of the 2012 session. It was a respite from all the blame games and polarizing rhetoric that had held the assembly captive over the past week.

Marriage: it’s one man, one woman

The Colorado Statesman

One day after House Republican leadership killed a bill that would have recognized same-sex civil unions in Colorado, supporters of traditional marriage lined up on the west steps of the Capitol to articulate their message that same-sex marriage and civil unions are wrong, and that the only way to halt the “breakdown of marriage” is to elect leaders who support protecting marriage as being between one man and one woman.

‘Driving while stoned’ bill not a high priority for legislators

The Colorado Statesman

The 2012 legislative session ended on a high note for marijuana proponents, with two centerpiece bills opposed by the community going down in flames in a special session called by Gov. John Hickenlooper to address several pieces of lost legislation that died last week in a game of political chess.

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.