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Colorado election watchers see officials chipping away at public oversight

BOULDER-- Marty Neilson, Republican Party election watcher, walked out of the Boulder County Clerk's building in disgust as workers there tabulated primary voting results the last week of June. Neilson said she couldn't see anything of substance and felt like she was participating in a sham exercise in oversight.

Buescher denies Clear the Bench request for new issue committee rule

Secretary of State Bernie Buescher turned down a request filed on the behalf of Clear the Bench Colorado last week to write a new rule categorizing the group as an issue committee. Clear the Bench is presently registered as an issue committee but a complaint filed by government watchdog group Colorado Ethics Watch argued that the group is actually a political committee because it is advocating not for any single issue but rather against retaining Colorado Supreme Court justices. At stake is funding: Issue committees can collect unlimited sums from individual donors; political committee individual donations are capped at roughly $500. Ethics Watch argues that inviting unchecked money into judicial races invites corruption and goes against the will of the voters.

CSU chancellor search committee meets as House votes on university leadership...

The Colorado State University chancellor search committee is meeting this afternoon to review a second round of roughly 12 candidate applications for the university's new top spot. The committee reviewed a first set of about the same number of applications last month, according to CSU spokesperson Michele McKinney. So far, none of the names of the candidates for the position have been revealed.

Rumor mill in overdrive about new CSU president: Allard, Buescher, Hank...

The day the announcement went out that Colorado State University (CSU) President Larry Penley was unexpectedly stepping down in the middle of the semester, retiring U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard telephoned Doug Jones, the president of the college’s Board of Governors, to express his sorrow. Allard, according to board spokeswoman Michele McKinney, also added that he was interested in the job. The media got wind of it, and the rumor mill’s been ratcheted up ever since.

Liveblog: Colorado election returns for president, Congress, state assembly

Throughout the evening, The Colorado Independent will be tracking election returns across the state for hotly contested races from the the presidency on down.