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State GOP candidates warm-up Fort Collins faithful for 2010

Republican leaders addressing the crowd at Friday night's second-annual Larimer County GOP shrimp-boil fundraiser and straw poll event in Fort Collins steered clear of social issues like abortion and gay marriage that have featured prominently in Larimer County politics of the past. They focused instead on calls to rein in government spending and pass more pro-business legislation. That message, peppered throughout with references to Ronald Reagan and aimed chiefly against the Obama administration, suggested the steep challenge these candidates face in winning office in 2010.

Tweet of the Week: No anti-Semitism here

With more local politicos using the microblogging service Twitter to surreptitiously feed the rumor mill, rally supporters and bash opponents in 140 characters or less I thought it might be fun to highlight the week's best, worst or funniest message, known as a "tweet." And our inaugural post is a doozy too.

SCOTUS ruling on identity theft could affect arrested Weld County workers

A U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down today may have implications for a contentious identity crime prosecution that resulted in 100 charges of criminal impersonation by undocumented workers and more than 5,000 personal income tax records seized in Weld County. The ACLU of Colorado charged that the raid conducted by Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and Sheriff John Cooke, dubbed Operation Numbers Game, was overly broad and violated the privacy of the clients of Amalia’s Translation and Tax Service. That case is now before the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Hate-crimes prosecution could yield ‘mixed bag’ for Senate candidate Buck

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck's landmark hate-crime prosecution of a man accused of murdering a transgender Greeley teen could prove "very much a mixed bag" for the Republican, who emerged Tuesday as a candidate in the 2010 U.S. Senate election, political observers say.

Buck makes it official: Weld County DA joins Senate race against...

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck became the first official Republican candidate aiming to unseat U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, the Democrat appointed to the seat in January after Ken Salazar stepped down to become secretary of Interior. Buck, who has been making noise about running for months, made the announcement on his BuckforColorado.com Web site Tuesday morning.

Buck poised to enter Senate race astride two controversial prosecutions

The day after Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck appeared before a roaring crowd on the steps of the State Capitol at a Tea Party protest, the veteran prosecutor was back in court, leading the charge on two of the more contentious prosecutions Colorado has seen in the last year.

Weld County DA Buck raises statewide profile ahead of U.S. Senate...

On April 15, the day federal taxes were due, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck stood shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow GOP office-holders on the steps of the State Capitol in Denver and gave full-throated voice to the populist anger on display at conservative tea parties across the nation.

Former PolitickerCO reporter parses Markey opponents in new daily blog

Former PolitickerCO.com reporter Jeremy Pelzer -- whose daily postings on the now-defunct site were must-reads for Colorado's politically attuned -- lands this week at Elevated Voices, 5280's everything-to-know-about-Denver blog. Monday's posting examines potential challengers to Rep. Betsy Markey, who unseated three-term Republican Marilyn Musgrave and became the first Democrat to represent the sprawling 4th Congressional District in more than three decades.
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