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1 year 8 months ago

House Democrats offer own gun control plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats will unveil 15 gun control proposals, a package that resembles President Barack Obama's plans and will include a ban on assault weapons. People familiar with the proposal described the plan Wednesday, a day before House Democratic leaders planned to release it. These people were not...

2 years 2 weeks ago

Romney signs go missing

Republicans are calling foul! Mitt Romney supporters say several yards signs -- maybe as many as 50 -- have been stolen from in front of homes in the Gleneagle area of Northern El Paso County. They didn't catch the thieves, but neighbors did file a police report. Now...

2 years 3 months ago

GOP House votes again to kill health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressing an election-year point, Republicans pushed yet another bill through the House on Wednesday to repeal the nation's two-year-old health care law, a maneuver that forced Democrats to choose between President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement and a public that is persistently skeptical of its value. The...

2 years 7 months ago

Democrats to hold caucuses today

DENVER (AP) - It's Super Tuesday, and Colorado isn't entirely left out of the action. Colorado Democrats hold precinct caucuses Tuesday night. Democrats are meeting four weeks after their Republican counterparts held precinct caucuses to choose presidential favorites. Democrats have no contested presidential contest, so their precinct caucuses have attracted...

2 years 7 months ago

GOP leader suggests force vs. Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Republican leader said Monday the United States should use overwhelming military force against Iran if American intelligence shows that Tehran has decided to build a nuclear weapon or it has started to enrich uranium to weapons-grade level, a bold call certain to reverberate in U.S.-Israeli...

2 years 7 months ago

Republican governors concerned about primary race

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic governors are bullish on President Barack Obama's re-election prospects, citing the improving economy and a Republican nominating contest that has exposed deep divisions in the party's base. Republican governors insist Obama is vulnerable, but they say they are concerned the prolonged primary race has alienated independent...

2 years 8 months ago

Dems, GOP look to play offense after payroll fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Republicans were bruised by the fight over the payroll tax and want to move on to other issues now. They're promoting legislation that they say would create jobs through transportation and energy projects, lower business taxes and help companies raise capital. Democrats say they've gained momentum...

2 years 8 months ago

Tearful Giffords says goodbye to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The applause rolled through the big chamber, growing ever louder as hundreds of Republicans and Democrats suddenly realized Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was back in the House. But this time she had come to say goodbye. Fellow lawmakers gave her a fitting send-off: cheers, hugs, a...

2 years 9 months ago

On jobs, CO lawmakers moving past rhetoric

DENVER (AP) - If there's one thing Colorado's sharply divided Legislature agrees on, it's the importance of jobs. But Democrats and Republicans are now past the speech-making phase of the session, and their differences on how best to go about improving the economy will come to the fore. A House...

2 years 11 months ago

Deficit-cutting panel looking at benefits, taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rival deficit-cutting plans advanced by Republicans and Democrats on Congress' secretive supercommittee would mean both smaller-than-expected cost of living benefit increases for veterans and federal retirees as well as Social Security recipients - and bump up taxes for some individuals and families. The changes would reduce...

3 years 2 weeks ago

Pelosi: GOP didn't object to tea party taunts

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says she agrees with protesters from Wall Street to Washington who are saying most of the country isn't getting a fair shake from the financial and political establishments. Republicans are criticizing the protesters' message as divisive. Asked to respond, the California...

3 years 1 month ago

Deal reached to avert transportation shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - A key Republican lawmaker says House and Senate leaders have reached a deal that averts a looming shutdown of federal highway and aviation programs. Representative John Mica of Florida, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, says the agreement clears the way for passage next week of...

3 years 1 month ago

Parties see increase in donations this year

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's two political parties are seeing more dollars flowing to their bank accounts this year, although Democrats enjoy a fundraising edge over their opponents. New federal data show that committees supporting President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats brought in $128 million since Jan. 1. Their Republican...

3 years 2 months ago

Lawmakers trade blame for downgrade

WASHINGTON (AP) Lawmakers trade blame for downgrade One of the world's three major credit rating agencies says there's too big a gulf between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to dealing with debt, so it's giving the government a downgrade. Standard & Poor's has bumped the U.S. credit rating...

3 years 3 months ago

Senate GOP blocks hearing on free trade bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have blocked a hearing on three trade bills because they don't want to link the deals to an extension of a program that retrains workers hurt by foreign trade. Thursday's hearing was set for Senate Finance Committee. At issue were long-stalled trade agreements with...

3 years 11 months ago

Candidates Trick or Treating For Votes This Weekend

DENVER (AP) - Having tried to win over undecided voters, Colorado's candidates spent yesterday trying to run up their numbers in places where they're already popular. Senate candidate Ken Buck and other Republicans were focusing on GOP-friendly turf along the Western Slope, around Colorado Springs and in Denver's southern suburbs....

3 years 11 months ago

Early turnout lags among Colorado independents

DENVER (AP) - Independent voters in Colorado are voting at a slower pace than Democrats and Republicans this year. Early-voting totals released Monday by Colorado elections officials show that unaffiliated voters are way behind party members in casting early ballots. About 96,000 unafffiliated voters had voted by mid-afternoon...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Buck, Hickenlooper lead top Colorado races

Republican Senate challenger Ken Buck holds an edge over Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, while Democrat John Hickenlooper leads the gubernatorial race according to a Denver Post/9News poll. The poll published Sunday showed Buck leading Bennet 48 percent to 43 percent. In the governor's race, Hickenlooper led with 46...

4 years 3 weeks ago

State Senate Republicans issue reform agenda

Colorado state Senate Republicans have issued their reform agenda for next year. Assistant Majority Leader Greg Brophy of Wray says the GOP goal is to limit state spending to core functions and reduce Colorado's dependence on federal subsidies. Brophy says Republicans want to go to a priority-based budget...

4 years 1 month ago

Poll: Independents as upset as Republicans

An Associated Press-Gfk Poll finds that independent voters are nearly as outraged as Republicans about politics this year. Fifty-eight percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans say politics is making them angry, compared with 31 percent of Democrats who said so. About 7 in 10 independents and...

4 years 1 month ago

Tea party favorite O'Donnell wins in Delaware

The candidate backed by establishment Republicans as well as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has taken the lead over a tea-party favorite in New Hampshire's Republican Senate primary. Former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte edged ahead of Ovide Lamontagne as returns piled up after midnight. Her lead was roughly 1,000...

4 years 1 month ago

GOP governor's group hints Colo. race a lost cause

Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes is shrugging off the suggestion that a national GOP group won't help finance his campaign anymore and says he will continue to fight for votes. A Maes spokesman made the comments Wednesday in response to Republican Governors Association Chairman Haley Barbour's remarks hinting...

4 years 1 month ago

Lawsuit challenges Tancredo's spot on ballot

Two Colorado Republicans have filed a lawsuit to try to keep third-party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo off the November ballot. The Denver Post reports that Marian Olson of Golden and Joseph Harrington of Highlands Ranch filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Denver District Court. They claim that Tancredo, a former...

4 years 2 months ago

President Obama politicking, raising money

President Barack Obama is touching nearly every region of the country to stir up cash and attention for Democrats, launching a three-day trip. Obama will spend the heart of his Monday in Wisconsin, raising money for gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett and other Wisconsin Democrats. He will cap his...

4 years 2 months ago

Democrats seek united front for November

Democrats are hoping to smooth tensions after the bitter Colorado Senate primary. Party chairman Tim Kaine will be in Denver on Thursday for what the party is calling a unity rally. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and his primary challenger, Andrew Romanoff, have both agreed to attend. Bennet overcame Romanoff's...

4 years 2 months ago

'Trackers' could throw Colorado election

They're as common at campaign stops as colorful banners: hand-held cameras wielded by politicians' opponents to catch them making a stupid mistake. So how come candidates keep getting tripped up by "trackers" who record their every move? Trackers have been credited for spoiling campaigns from Virginia to Nevada. ...

4 years 2 months ago

President Obama ramps up Democratic fundraising

President Barack Obama is stepping up his fundraising efforts as the midterm elections draw closer. The president is headlining eight fundraising events during the next two weeks. Obama will tout a proposed lending initiative aimed at small businesses during remarks Wednesday at a sandwich shop in Edison, N.J. The...

4 years 3 months ago

Colorado GOP candidates struggling

At a time when Republicans across the nation are counting on victories in gubernatorial races, Colorado's GOP is struggling with gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates who have stumbled in recent months. The latest problems include a spat between GOP Senate candidates Jane Norton and Ken Buck touching on gender...

4 years 3 months ago

Colorado's Senate primary getting feisty

With just three weeks left before Colorado's primary elections and mail-in ballots already hitting mailboxes, the sleepy Democratic Senate primary is showing more life. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet aired his first negative ad Tuesday against challenger Andrew Romanoff. The same day, Romanoff launched an attack at the incumbent. Romanoff...

4 years 3 months ago

House bill would make school lunches healthier

House Democrats are moving forward on first lady Michelle Obama's vision for healthier school lunches, propelling legislation that calls for tougher standards governing food in school and more meals for hungry children. The bill approved by the House Education and Labor Committee Thursday would allow the Agriculture Department to...

4 years 3 months ago

Conservatives gather for Colorado summit

Conservatives gathering in suburban Denver are hoping to plot a "Contract With America"-style plan for drawing votes this fall. The Western Conservative Summit in Lone Tree includes Republican favorites such as conservative columnist Michelle Malkin and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. Participants at the three-day summit starting Friday will...

4 years 3 months ago

Sides gearing up for November elections

As November draws nearer, Democrats and Republicans are framing the election in vastly different ways. And the stakes couldn't be higher: all 435 House seats, 36 seats in the Senate and 37 governorships are up for grabs. Accordingly, Republicans want to have voters view this election as a referendum...

4 years 5 months ago

House Democrats pad war funding bill

Democrats controlling the House are seeking to pad President Barack Obama's war funding request with $23 billion to help school districts avoid teacher layoffs. They're also pressing for $6 billion to make up for a funding shortfall in Pell grants for low-income college students and lesser amounts to hire...

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