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High-profile cases looming, Beeson backs out of CD3 race against Salazar

What with actor Charlie Sheen allegedly going rogue on his wife on Christmas Eve in Aspen and an English poker player being extradited to...

CD3 candidate Beeson catches cold case murder straight out of Hollywood

Ninth Judicial District DA Martin Beeson, one of two Republican challengers seeking U.S. Rep. John Salazar’s Third Congressional District seat, may be too busy...

State Rep. Tipton reportedly taking on Salazar in Third Congressional District

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel today is reporting that U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., will have a slightly more serious challenger next year for...

Wadhams speaks: ‘Our fundamental principles are pretty darn solid’

State GOP chairman Dick Wadhams sits down and opens up on a wide range of political topics in an illuminating interview with The Colorado Statesman editor Jody Hope Strogoff and reporter Jason Kosena, who was The Colorado Independent's chief political reporter through the 2008 election. Unlike his ubiquitous -- sometimes vulgar -- sound bites issued during the heat of the campaign, Wadhams sounds positively relaxed and introspective as he discusses the future of the Republican Party in Colorado, prospects for retaking the legislature and statewide seats, and even whether Marilyn Musgrave should have called to concede to Betsy Markey after losing her 4th District seat in Congress (short answer: yes).

Legislative battle shaping up over new oil and gas regs

Republican lawmakers Wednesday were lining up to take shots at the new oil- and gas-drilling regulations finalized this week by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. State Senate minority leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, and newly elected state House Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, who bounced presumptive Speaker of the House candidate Bernie Buescher, D-Grand Junction, from office in November, issued a release predicting dire consequences if the new Legislature approves the rules.

Oil and gas changes Mesa County politics

For Colorado residents living on the Western Slope, being an outdoors enthusiast is not something they do on the weekends, it's a way of life. Mesa County, home to 120,000 people in 15 communities including Grand Junction, is home to hunters, fisherman and general nature lovers who see the environment as a part of their identity and their culture. It's no surprise the oil and natural gas boom that has enveloped the county in recent years is coming with mixed reviews and subtle shifts in the political climate.