House Democrats Pass Recall Survival Bill, Republicans Call It Unconstitutional

April 18, 2014
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State Sens. John Morse and Angela Giron were recalled from office in the Sept. 10 election.

State Sens. John Morse and Angela Giron were recalled from office in the Sept. 10 election.

DENVER — House Democrats approved on a 37-28 party-line vote Thursday a bill aimed at improving their odds in recall elections over the objections of Republicans, who argued that the measure violates the state constitution.

Senate Bill 158 redefines Election Day as the day that early voting begins, which would allow county clerks enough time to mail out ballots before a recall. Last year’s historic recalls were conducted as walk-in elections, prompting some Democrats to blame “voter suppression” after two Senate Democrats were ousted.

Democrats said the bill was intended to “harmonize” recall voting with last year’s sweeping elections overhaul that mandated mail-in ballots, but Republicans accused Democrats of attempting to rewrite the constitution through the legislative process.

“As legislators we all took the same oath to uphold the constitution, yet somehow the Democrats believe their current majority in the state legislature entitles them to change our constitution behind Coloradans’ backs,” said state Rep. Tim Dore (R-Elizabeth) in a statement. “Both the attorney’s general office and secretary of state’s office believe the constitutional change should be decided by Colorado voters.” Read more »

Gardner Defends Economy Against Green Groups

April 18, 2014
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Rep. Cory Gardner

Rep. Cory Gardner

WASHINGTON — Rep. Cory Gardner is fighting back against a $1 million television advertising campaign launched this week by the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) that criticizes the Republican Senate candidate for supporting the oil and gas industry.

The Washington, DC-based special interest group accused Gardner in a 30-second ad of accepting $450,000 contributions from the industry and said it was “the wrong way for Colorado.”

The Center for Responsive Politics says that Gardner received $60,000 from the oil and gas industry out of a total $841,000 raised, according to the year-end filing records. Read more »

Udall PAC Contributes to Udall’s Campaign

April 18, 2014
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WASHINGTON – Sen. Mark Udall revived a joint political action committee (PAC) with three other Senate Democratic candidates to help raise funds for politicians in the 2014 election who are running on a strong environmental platform.

Udall reorganized Green Senate 2014 with the help of Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan and Bruce Braley of Iowa, all of whom face a difficult campaign this year.

The quartet raised $212,002 for the joint PAC in the first quarter of this year, according to Federal Election Commission records filed with the Senate Office of Public Records.

Among the contributors were Hume Steyer, the older brother of billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, and Chris Hughes, publisher of The New Republic magazine. Read more »

Health Care, Energy Sector Bundled Cash for Udall

April 17, 2014
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Sen. Mark Udall

Sen. Mark Udall

WASHINGTON — Andrew L. Woods and Ankit Desai are not household names, but the two K-Street lobbyists have gone out of their way to declare they are tight with Sen. Mark Udall.

Woods, the president of a lobbying firm that represents numerous health-care clients, and Desai, the top lobbyist for a firm that develops liquefied natural gas, were listed on federal campaign records last year as bundlers of campaign cash for the Colorado Democrat.

Woods bundled $59,900 and Desai $23,400 for Udall for Colorado, the senator’s re-election campaign committee, according to papers the organization filed with the Federal Election Commission. Read more »

Lamborn Tells Air Force to Fix Religious Policy

April 17, 2014
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Rep. Doug Lamborn

Rep. Doug Lamborn

WASHINGTON — Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn has asked the Air Force to update its current rules to ensure that there are adequate protections in place for religious freedom for its personnel.

Lamborn led nearly two-dozen Republicans including Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman to sign a letter Tuesday to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James stating their concerns that the outdated regulations are the most restrictive policy of any military branch.

“Unfortunately, the August 2012 Air force regulations which govern religious freedom and expression are inconsistent with Congressional intent and current law,” the lawmakers said.

“The right to free speech and religion is a self-protecting right – not grounds for a bystander to silence a leader’s speech simply because the bystander objects to certain opinions,” the lawmakers said. Read more »

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