Legislative News

Election bill likely to get swift signing

HB 1164 deals with residency requirements; GOP lambasts it
The Colorado Statesman

The longest floor debates of the legislative year have revolved around a controversial measure that aims to fix problems revealed by a Democratic-backed election law passed last year that some Republicans equate to “Stalin-like” policy.

The multiple hours of debate have offered Republicans an opportunity to lambast last year’s House Bill 1303, suggesting that the measure was so flawed that Democrats must now come back with a “fix it” bill this year.

Last year’s law permitted same-day voter registration and required that all voters receive a mail ballot.

State Rep. Angela Williams faces suit for ‘retaliation’

Progressive activist hires high profile attorney
The Colorado Statesman

A progressive activist is threatening to sue state Rep. Angela Williams for “retaliation” after a Denver County Court magistrate in November rejected a request by Williams for a protection order against the activist.

Boulder County resident Darren O’Connor, a member of the Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition (CFRC), has hired the high-profile civil rights Denver-based law firm of Killmer, Lane and Newman to handle the case.

Can Beauprez help lure RNC to Denver — and run for guv?

Let’s see... I’ll run against Hick this year, and hope he’ll continue to help us promote Denver as the host city for the 2016 RNC at the same time...
The Colorado Statesman

The intrigue surrounding the possibility of Bob Beauprez running for governor this year has become more intense, with rumors widely circulating that the unsuccessful 2006 Republican nominee for governor is on the verge of jumping into this year’s already crowded contest against incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper.

But Beauprez, who just two weeks ago assumed the helm of the Colorado effort to bring the GOP National Convention to Denver in 2016, insists this newest salesmanship venture is “100 percent of my focus” and that he’s “all in on that.”

Sen. Udall faces tight reelection race, poll says

...but Hick maintains comfortable lead over GOP challengers so far
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is locked in a tight race for a second term, running just barely ahead of several potential Republican challengers, according to a poll released on Thursday by Quinnipiac University.

Voters approved of Udall 45 percent to 42 percent but were evenly split on whether he deserves reelection, with 42 percent picking each side of the question.

Renewable energy has helped rural counties

Surprise, surprise?
The Colorado Statesman

Lawmakers on Wednesday heard from renewable energy industry leaders and county commissioners on how energy portfolio mandates are helping to increase business and create jobs, as well as boost tax revenues in rural Colorado.

The hearing before a joint meeting of the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources committees came as Democrats have killed several Republican measures this year to scale back or repeal a rural renewable energy standard backed by Democrats last year.

Republicans misfire on repeal of gun bills

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans might as well have been firing blanks at Democrats this week as the first major gun control debate of the year unfolded without hitting the target.

The centerpiece hearing involved a bill that sought to repeal last year’s law that mandated universal background checks in the state. The bill died Monday on a 3-2 party-line vote in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs committee.

The law passed by Democrats last year aims to close a loophole that allowed private sales and transfers without a background review.

GOP candidates to petition on to ballot

...in addition to also going through the caucus system
The Colorado Statesman

Two Republicans have opted to petition onto their respective primary ballots this year, enlisting the support of those who were behind the recent recall efforts of three Democratic state senators in order to collect the necessary signatures for their own campaigns.

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Lakewood will try to petition onto the gubernatorial ballot to challenge Gov. John Hickenlooper, and state Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs will seek signatures to petition onto the U.S. Senate ballot to challenge Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall.

Gun owners lobby to form Super Pac

Jeffco candidates could be targeted
The Colorado Statesman

As the 2014 election season has begun to take root in Colorado, gun rights activists are targeting Jefferson County, where four Senate seats are vulnerable and could shift the power structure of the state legislature.

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, the most powerful gun lobby in the state and a well-oiled political machine, is considering an office for Lakewood — in the heart of Jeffco. Group leaders are still working on finding an exact location.

GOP challenger Ytterberg announces CD 7 candidacy

The Colorado Statesman

Golden businessman and former top Republican official Don Ytterberg announced this week his intentions to challenge four-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter to represent the 7th Congressional District in the November election.

“I am a Coloradan and an American who is just fed up with the way our government is going, and we really need to take our country back,” said Ytterberg on Wednesday, before a crowd of some 80 supporters on the bustling floor of the Arvada metal-plating plant he co-owns.

GOP candidates for CD 2

Two Republicans officially launched campaigns this month against Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis to represent the 2nd Congressional District. Loveland activist Larry Sarner and former Boulder County GOP chairman George Leing, of Niwot, both are seeking the nomination to run against Polis, who is serving his third term.