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Norton struggles to battle image as government insider and shaky fiscal...

U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton talked to Don Johnson at his The Business Word blog last week. The Q&A highlights the battle-lines now drawn between the main Republican primary opponents Norton and Ken Buck. Problem for Norton is that the battle-lines have been drawn by her opponents and she can't win on these lines of attack, which is why she's being called a "former frontrunner" and one of the National Republican Senatorial Committee's "fading stars." With Johnson she spends a lot of energy attempting to paint herself as the true fiscal conservative in the race and to paint Buck as the Washington insider. She will lose on both counts.

In wake of Brown victory, Colorado GOP-Tea Party tango draws national...

In the wake of Scott Brown's stunning U.S. Senate victory in Massachusetts, the New York Times this weekend sought to measure the evolving relationship between the mainstream GOP and the fired-up anti-establishment Tea Party movement, largely by recounting events that have taken place in Colorado over the past year. Kate Zernike builds her story around the rocky ride GOP candidates Scott McInnis and Jane Norton have endured as they have "strained to ride the Tea Party tiger," as the headline to the story puts it. Not included in the Times report is the latest chapters in the story, which unfolded on the floor of the state Senate and in the Colorado blogoshere this week.