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AURORA -- City police officers directed small groups of senior and youth protesters away from Congressman Mike Coffman's office here Thursday, issuing one trespassing citation, yelling out instructions to the clutch of citizens shuffled away from the building and unwittingly perhaps underlining the kind of occasionally halting and seemingly uninterested communication style the protesters believe is likely to disqualify Coffman from representing their interest in Washington after 2014.
The top candidates for Colorado's Seventh Congressional District are facing off on energy policy and jobs, the debate breaking along predictable lines. Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter is a longtime advocate for renewable energy development, which he sees as an essential part of the drive toward national energy independence. He has supported so-called cap-and-trade legislation that would tax carbon as a way to move the country toward cleaner renewable fuels. Perlmutter's main GOP rival, Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier, calls Perlmutter's stance limiting and told the Colorado Independent that he is for an "all of the above" national energy policy that includes opposition to cap and trade and an embrace of oil and coal as well as alternative nuclear and renewable power.