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Personhood measure heading back to ballot

The third time a charm?
The Colorado Statesman

Fresh off a thumping at the polls in Mississippi, supporters of a constitutional amendment that would legally define a fertilized egg as a person are back for a third try with Colorado voters.

On Monday, Arvada-based Personhood USA unveiled a measure that’s been substantially rewritten from ballot initiatives Colorado voters shot down by wide margins in the last two general elections.

Brown tells GOP donors to set aside abortion fights

The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown — probably the closest thing the state GOP has to an elder statesman — urged a group of activist Republicans and major donors to the party to stop letting the divisive issue of abortion get in the way of electing Republicans. Speaking at a monthly fundraising luncheon thrown by the state GOP last Thursday, Brown told the group of about 100 that it was folly for federal candidates to draw sharp lines over abortion because, in the end, there’s not much they can do about it once in office.

Veterans dig new hospital going up in Aurora

First groundbreaking for VA hospital was in 2009
The Colorado Statesman

It was the second time they brought shovels to the pile of dirt in Aurora, but this time they meant it.

A group of about 150 veterans and their supporters on Monday joined U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter — universally hailed as the driving force behind the long-stalled regional veterans hospital — and other congressional dignitaries to celebrate a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of the proposed Denver VA Medical Center replacement facility at the Anschutz Medical Center in Aurora.

Glenn R. Jones to be honored by Mizel Museum

The Mizel Museum is pleased to announce Glenn R. Jones as the recipient of its 2012 Community Enrichment Award. Given annually to an individual who makes outstanding community contributions, the Mizel Museum Community Enrichment Award will be presented at the 22nd Annual Gala Dinner on May 23, 2012. As the 2012 honoree, Jones will join the list of notable past recipients including Sharon Magness Blake, Dean Singleton, Norman Brownstein, Anna and John Sie, and Governor John Hickenlooper.

GOP's Stapleton, Gessler jab Hick

Complain that Guv avoids controversy, lacks leadership
The Colorado Statesman

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton and Secretary of State Scott Gessler berated Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper for refusing to take controversial positions when the two Republicans spoke on Monday before a conservative audience in Lakewood.

Supreme Court nixes plans for reapportionment

Commission must go back to the drawing board
The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected proposals for redrawing state legislative boundaries that focused on competitive districts, sending the maps back to the Reapportionment Commission for further work after ruling that the House and Senate districts are not “sufficiently attentive to county boundaries.”

Colorado Republican Party claims victory in open records lawsuit

The Colorado Statesman

A recent appellate court ruling in favor of the Colorado Republican Party could pave the way for increased government transparency. GOP state Chairman Ryan Call says the Nov. 10 Colorado Court of Appeals ruling, in which the party was awarded court costs and attorney fees stemming from a 2006 open records lawsuit, demonstrates that state law is on the side of open and accountable government.

Miklosi tries to shore up support for CD 6 nomination against Coffman

But speculation is rampant that Romanoff might enter race
The Colorado Statesman

The Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican, moved to shore up support this week amid speculation former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff would jump into the race for a newly competitive 6th Congressional District.

Ron Paul for president opens field office in Denver

The Colorado Statesman

On the same day that U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet rallied campaign workers at President Obama’s Denver headquarters, Ron Paul’s campaign for president officially opened their field office in a storefront in the Stapleton community of town. A large crowd of supporters from throughout the state dropped by the Nov. 6 open house to meet staff and talk politics.

Synergies exist, Israeli Consul General tells legislators

Despite the many miles separating Israel and the United States as well as the turmoil and uncertainty in the Middle East, the two countries remain strong, solid allies on a variety of fronts. David Siegel, the new Israeli Consul General for the southwest region, told Colorado legislators that his country of less than 8 million people is the number one trading partner with the U.S. in the Middle East, and 20th in the world in terms of number of American products purchased.