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Fear of Rio Blanco-style energy impact fees colored Garfield County election

Two Democrats who lost out in a nasty election for the Garfield County board of commissioners last year say the main reason they were targeted by the oil and gas industry was something that happened earlier in 2008 in neighboring Rio Blanco County.

GOP operative Shires tied to money-laundering gambling ring

The pattern emerging in the weird and sordid business life of Scott Shires points to two possible conclusions: He's cornered the market on shifty...

Taxpayers group in hot water over electioneering snafu

Once again a local political advocacy group headed by GOP operative Scott Shires is the subject of a campaign finance complaint for its involvement in a bitter 2008 Garfield County commissioners race that attracted lots of energy industry dough and carpetbagger activists.

UPDATED: Accused child molester briefly managed Hasan’s statehouse bid

The Pueblo man arrested Wednesday on charges he sexually assaulted a 5-year-old boy while working as the manager of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign for southern Colorado also managed the campaign of Republican state legislative candidate Muhammad Ali Hasan for two months in 2007, according to state records. Jeffrey Bartleson, who listed his job as "political consultant" when he entered the Pueblo County Jail last week on another molestation charge, was the first of several campaign managers for Hasan, who spent more than $350,000 on failed bids in Senate District 8 and then House District 56. UPDATE: Hasan released a statement to the Colorado Independent on Barlteson. Read it below the fold.

Girl Scouts: Presidential race boosted girls’ political and civic interest

An online survey of more than 3,000 middle- and high schoolers may be the first inkling of the Malia and Sasha factor over the insipid teen celebrity role models gracing the covers of Seventeen and Twist magazines.

Public employees file second suit against Amendment 54

First rule of political life: don't tick off the teachers and firefighters. A second lawsuit against a newly enacted "clean government" measure alleging seven constitutional and Colorado law violations has been filed by public employees and trade organizations representing Colorado educators and first responders.

Suit charges Amendment 54 violates free speech

A legal challenge to a controversial state constitutional amendment was filed today in Denver District Court on grounds that it violates federal free speech and due process rights.

Hasan spent more than $350,000 on failed state House bid

Republican Ali Hasan spent more than $350,000 on his failed campaign for the state House of Representatives, according to newspaper reports — more than four times the amount spent by his Democrat opponent, Christine Scanlan.

Obama tops $745 million in donations, offers new deal on calendar

First there was the $30 T-Shirt. Then there was the $15 coffee mug. Now it's a limited-edition four-year calendar “featuring some of the best images from the campaign trail.” Yes, Barack Obama has indeed rewritten the book on fundraising, as evidenced by the astounding final figure of $745 million that he amassed during his successful quest for the presidency.

Media, politicos to dissect local election coverage

Colorado Media Matters hosts its annual post-election media wrap discussion with a rock 'em, sock 'em panel Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Denver Art Museum.
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