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9 months 2 days ago

Morse and Giron welcome recall elections

The two Democratic state lawmakers targeted in special recall elections this fall say they welcome political fight. A Denver District Court Judge today upheld the recall petitions challenged by State Senator John Morse of Colorado Springs and State Senator Angela Giron of Pueblo. Morse said in response that he...

9 months 2 days ago

Republican challengers enter recall elections

COLORADO SPRINGS - Two Republican challengers have entered the race to replace Democratic State Senators John Morse and Angela Giron. Former Colorado Springs City Councilman Bernie Herpin is running because he believes voters deserve to be heard. He feels like gun rights supporters were ignored by Morse while voting...

1 year 5 months ago

President Obama makes final visit to Colorado

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - President Barack Obama has made his last campaign appearance in Colorado. The president spoke before 20,000 supporters at a late-night rally in Aurora in his final stop in the state before Election Day. He mentioned the devastation from Sandy and said Aurora knows something about tragedy...

1 year 5 months ago

Million Muppet March takes over Capitol

Hundreds of people gathered yesterday on Washington's National Mall for a "million Puppet March." They came with hand puppets, signs and even marionettes. The event was a response to Mitt Romney's statement that he would cut funding to PBS if elected in order to help reduce the deficit in the...

2 years 4 months ago

Obama turning to Biden for help in 3 key states

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has a not-so-secret weapon in store for winning over voters in three key states: Vice President Joe Biden. Democrats are crafting a campaign strategy for Biden that targets the big three political battlegrounds: Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida. A shaky economy and sagging...

2 years 5 months ago

Romney urges Obama to stop looming military cuts

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is calling on President Obama to block looming military cuts. The former Massachusetts governor tells supporters in New Hampshire that the deficit-cutting supercommittee in Congress probably won't come up with a deal before its Wednesday deadline. That would trigger billions of...

2 years 6 months ago

Facebook "friending" politics

NEW YORK (AP) - Social media companies have "friended" the 2012 presidential contest at a level almost unimaginable just four years ago. Social media giants like Facebook and Google are hosting debates and sponsoring presidential town halls. They remain indispensable tools for candidates looking to connect with voters. ...

2 years 6 months ago

Colo. court battle over congressional maps begins

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's political parties are going to court this week to make their pitch for drawing new congressional maps. A Denver District Court judge will begin hearing arguments Tuesday on the redistricting process required every 10 years to reflect updated Census statistics. Democrats and Republicans sued after...

2 years 7 months ago

Congressman plans to boycott Obama speech

PALATINE, Ill. (AP) - An outspoken Republican congressman from Illinois is defending his decision to boycott President Barack Obama's jobs speech next week. U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh said Saturday that Obama is abusing his power as president by calling a joint session of Congress for the address. Walsh said at...

2 years 8 months ago

Alec Baldwin for mayor?

NEW YORK (AP) - Alec Baldwin says he's thinking of running for mayor of New York, but not until he learns more about the job. The "30 Rock" actor tells The New York Times he'll sit out the 2013 race but will consider running in a later election. In a...

2 years 8 months ago

Mysterious donor to pro-Romney PAC identified

WASHINGTON (AP) - A mysterious donor who gave $1 million to a political action committee supportive of Mitt Romney for president has been identified. Former Bain Capital executive Edward Conard gave the donation to the Romney-leaning Restore Our Future PAC, the group said Saturday. Romney co-founded Bain in 1984. The...

2 years 8 months ago

Deficit panel members shouldn't fundraise

WASHINGTON (AP) - A campaign finance watchdog group suggests that the lawmakers eventually picked for a congressional deficit-reduction panel abstain from all political fundraising. The group Public Campaign says the panel's 12 yet-to-be-named embers will come under intense pressure by corporate interests to maintain special tax loopholes, unwarranted subsidies and...

2 years 8 months ago

Obama returns to Chicago to resume fundraising

CHICAGO (AP) - President Barack Obama is in his hometown to raise money for his re-election campaign. Obama will speak at three fundraising events Wednesday, including a video conference with supporters gathered at house parties around the country. The president's quick stop in Chicago is his first trip outside of...

2 years 8 months ago

'No progress' toward debt deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says there's no deal to break the debt impasse in Congress and no weekend progress has been made as a default deadline approaches. Reid made his comments on the Senate floor after the Republican leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said he...

2 years 8 months ago

Bachmann says she, not husband, running for office

WASHINGTON (AP) - Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann says she - and not her husband - is running for the White House and that questions about their family business and finances are off-limits. Speaking Thursday in Washington, Bachmann again declined to answer questions about Marcus Bachmann's Christian counseling center that has...

2 years 9 months ago

Perry may 'shake up' GOP field

EXETER, N.H. (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling influential Republicans in early voting New Hampshire and Iowa, the latest indication that he's seriously considering a presidential run. New Hampshire Senate President Peter Bragdon tells The Associated Press that Perry called him over the weekend to gauge his...

2 years 9 months ago

Council approves $2,200 mmj application fee

The Colorado Springs City Council has approved a motion to charge applicants $2,200 for a medical marijuana business application. The fee will include a city background check in addition to the background check already done by the stare. Originally council was expected to vote on a large fee structure...

2 years 11 months ago

Bear hunting bill moves ahead

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado House has given initial approval to a proposal to potentially expand the bear hunting season to manage the animals' population. Lawmakers advanced the measure Wednesday but it passed by only one vote. The bill seeks to repeal a voter-approved initiative that prohibits hunting bears from...

3 years 1 month ago

Gas prices still on the rise

It seems every week you're paying more at the pump. One of the worst areas hit, a gas station in Florida near the Orlando International Airport. The price? Try $5.39 for a gallon of regular! Here in Southern Colorado it's not as bad, but we've still seen an increase over...

3 years 1 month ago

Gun bill drawing lots of discussion

Lines are being drawn over State House Bill 1205. The bill would make it legal for people to carry a gun without a permit. The bill has already passed the State Judiciary Committee by a vote of 8 to 3. Annmarie Jensen with the Colorado Association of Police Chiefs...

3 years 2 months ago

Private meeting raises questions

A private meeting over the weekend is raising some concern in Colorado Springs. A group of business leaders called The City Committee met with candidates for Colorado Springs' mayoral and city council positions. While some community leaders were invited to the Penrose House and Broadmoor, the general public and...

3 years 5 months ago

MSNBC suspends Olbermann

WASHINGTON (AP) - MSNBC'S Keith Olbermann has been suspended without pay for contributing to the campaigns of three Democrats during this election season. NBC News prohibits its employees from donating to political campaigns unless the head of the news division gives special permission. Olberman's bosses at MSNBC didn't find...

3 years 5 months ago

National political money pours into states

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deluge of cash from interest groups is pouring into close congressional races coast to coast. And it's flowing to much lower-profile contests far down the ticket as well. According to a state-by-state review by The Associated Press, interest groups have spent at least $185 million...

3 years 5 months ago

Labor Secretary stumps for Salazar in Pueblo

A United States cabinet member was in Pueblo Thursday afternoon stumping for a local democratic candidate. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made an appearance at a campaign rally for John Salazar. The event was held at the Steelworkers Hall. "(John) has done so much for Coloradoans. I can tell you because...

3 years 6 months ago

AP survey points to huge Republican victories

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just two weeks remain before the midterm elections, and a new poll finds all signs pointing to huge Republican victories. Likely voters surveyed by the Associated Press and GfK give Republicans the edge over Democrats on handling the economy, creating jobs and running the government. Most...

3 years 6 months ago

Hickenlooper: tap PERA for business loans

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper says the state could tap part of the $33 billion state retirement fund for loans to small businesses. Hickenlooper told workers at a prescription data center on Tuesday the state should use its assets for loans. He says the state could raise $100...

3 years 6 months ago

Colorado voters get another heavy-ballot year

Colorado voters are seeing it again: Nine proposals on the November ballot that would transform state policy on everything from bail practices to limits on government borrowing. To help voters wade through the issues, the state has issued a 100-page-plus voter pamphlet. Early voting starts Monday. Colorado...

3 years 6 months ago

Bennet, Buck soften blows in 4th Senate debate

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican challenger Ken Buck took it easy on each other in their first Denver-area debate, laying out familiar differences over tax cuts and immigration. Bennet said Monday the expiring Bush-era tax cuts should be extended for one year, regardless of income. He repeated his...

3 years 6 months ago

Negative Ads Frustrate Voters

There's less than a month to go before the elections and campaigns are trotting out the attack ads in larger numbers. Colorado Springs voters say their tone is unmistakable. "It seems like people are pretty vicious and pretty competitive in what they are trying to say," said David Zazzaro....

3 years 6 months ago

Bill Clinton to stump for Sen. Bennet in Denver

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Denver in support of Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet as early voting begins in Colorado. Clinton has not always been on Bennet's side. He endorsed Bennet's Democratic primary challenger Andrew Romanoff and recorded a telephone appeal urging voters to choose Romanoff. But...

3 years 6 months 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...

3 years 6 months ago

Maes calls for school funding mandate time-out

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes is asking voters to approve a time-out on Colorado's public school funding mandate similar to the five-year time-out they approved for the state's tax- and spending-limitation amendment. Maes told the Colorado Nonprofit Association on Thursday that nonprofit organizations could pick up the slack for...

3 years 6 months 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...

3 years 6 months 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...

3 years 6 months ago

Abortion foes sue over Colorado voter guide

Abortion opponents in Colorado are suing to force the state to change how it describes an abortion-related amendment before voters this fall. The state-approved description of the so-called Personhood Amendment includes a summary of opponents' positions on the measure to change the state constitution to say that citizenship rights...

3 years 6 months ago

Anti-incumbent fervor stops in El Paso County

The strong anti-incumbent sentiment that has swept through many national political races seems to stop at El Paso County where several familiar faces are back on the ballot, although many of the candidates are running different offices. Clerk and Record Bob Balink is term limited and running unopposed to...

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