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Ugly assaults on sacred constitutional rights — or a good job by the men in blue?

Contributing Columnist

Scoot your chairs up next to the campfire, children, and I’ll tell you a scary story. Once upon a time in Aurora, Colorado, there was a gang of neo-Fascist thugs who threw up roadblocks and demanded to examine your driver’s license. They even asked why you were driving through this particular intersection (Iliff and Buckley) — curious to know where you were going and why, (as though this was any of their business).

GOP Guv campaigns amp up as ballots drop

The Colorado Statesman

Secretary of State Scott Gessler took aim at two of his Republican gubernatorial primary rivals in a TV ad that began airing this week as Colorado voters began receiving ballots for the all-mail election.

And for the second reporting period in a row, Gessler raised more money than the other Republican candidates, although opposing campaigns point out that he only edged former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo by a nose and that former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez has nearly twice as much money in the bank after loaning himself $100,000.

Attack ads by Dems attempt to influence results of GOP primary

The Colorado Statesman

A Democratic committee began running TV ads on Thursday attacking the two leading GOP gubernatorial candidates in a move Colorado Republicans blasted as meddling and manipulative.

Kopp taps Ortegon as running mate

The Colorado Statesman

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Kopp named former Pueblo City Councilwoman Vera Ortegon as his running mate on Friday, saying the Colombia-born microbiologist embodied what he called the “three C’s” — character, conservatism and competence.

“I like to call her the Colombian Hurricane,” Kopp said at a hotel in Denver as the candidates stood alongside Shannon and Anthony, their smiling spouses, and a room full of cheering supporters.

Hick flick considered electioneering

The Colorado Statesman

Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert opined on Thursday afternoon that a well-known, conservative Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit should not be treated as traditional media and is thereby subject to financial disclosures in making a political film focused on Gov. John Hickenlooper and elected officials in Colorado.

Citizens United, famous for initiating a U.S. Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates to unlimited campaign spending by corporations and unions, requested a declaratory order from the Colorado secretary of state’s office.

Hoyer, Romanoff, back immigration reform

The Colorado Statesman

Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and one of the country’s top Democrats met in Aurora on Tuesday with students at the center of stalled federal immigration-reform proposals, putting the focus on a contentious issue in his run against U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman to represent Colorado’s 6th Congressional District.

The Romanoff and Coffman campaigns also sparred this week with videos blasting each other’s current and past positions on immigration.

House Whip Hoyer: Don’t write off Tapia in the 3rd

The Colorado Statesman

A top congressional Democrat said this week that congressional candidate Abel Tapia could surprise folks and help the party take control of the House in the fall election.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer — number two in Democratic House leadership — appeared on Tuesday at a fundraiser in Denver for Tapia, a former state legislator from Pueblo and until earlier this year the director of the Colorado Lottery.

Hybl honored with Mizel Institute’s 2014 Community Enrichment Award

The Mizel Institute’s dinner to honor the recipient of its annual Community Enrichment Award was once again buzzing with politicos — elected officials, candidates, policymakers and other political stakeholders — but for a couple of hours on the evening of May 21 in the cavernous space at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, all the countering forces were united in congratulating William J. Hybl as this year’s honoree.

Sen. Udall energized about prospect of deal on local control, oil and gas drilling

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said on Friday that he’s hopeful that negotiations currently under way will lead to legislation aimed at satisfying demands for more local control over oil and gas drilling in Colorado.

“I think we’re very close to a proposal that would answer most, if not all of the concerns that have been raised,” Udall said. “People want to find a solution.”

Let more citizens judge the judges?

The Colorado Statesman

A local lawyer frustrated with the system in Colorado to retain judges and hold them accountable has proposed two ballot initiatives that aim to restructure the system and offer citizens their own form of justice.

Chris Forsyth, who has practiced law for 20 years, said he has seen the damage judges can bring to the judicial system because of a lack of oversight and commitment to retaining quality justices.