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Tracking John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet in Media

Weekly Clips from March 05, 2010 through March 19, 2010

Sen. Michael Bennet and Mayor John Hickenlooper

Sen. Michael Bennet

Bennet: Loan Fund Would Help Protect Colorado Water Against Harmful Invasive Species

U.S. Senator Bennet: Newsroom: Press Releases: Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, announced today (March 05) that local municipalities and agencies could get help from a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate. The Invasive Species Emergency Response Fund Act, which Bennet is co-sponsoring, would establish a loan fund for western states to help combat invasive species and mitigate their effects on Colorado’s water supply.”We need all hands on deck in the effort to protect Colorado’s land and water from the harmful effects of aquatic nuisances and other invasive species,” Bennet said. More…

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Sen. Michael Bennet: ‘Nothing in the rest of the world operates like the U.S. Senate. Nothing.’

Washington Post: Ezra Klein: Sen. Bennet unveiled (video) the most comprehensive Senate reform proposal we’ve seen in some time. I (Ezra Klein) reached him earlier today to talk about what persuaded him to treat the Senate as a policy problem, and what would be required to solve it. An edited transcript of our conversation follows. More…

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Election 2010: Colorado Senate

Rasmussen Reports: Norton still posts a nine-point lead to Sen. Bennet, 48% to 39%. But Buck holds a six-point lead over Bennet, 44% to 38%. But Wiens holds a slight 43% to 40% lead over Bennet. More…

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OPERATION CAUCUS: Political season opens at neighborhood partisan meetings

The Gazette: Tom Roeder and Eileen Welsome: The road to November’s election passes through Colorado Springs neighborhoods March 16 in caucuses that are part tradition, part tent revival and all politics. The partisan meetings — 403 for El Paso County Republicans alone — will help winnow the field of Republican and Democratic candidates seeking local posts and the highest offices in the state. Bennet is leading in fundraising, but Romanoff thinks he has enough grass-roots support to win. Both men are expected to battle in the August primary. More…

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Uphill Senate race doesn’t keep Romanoff down

The Denver Post: O’Neill Quinlan, a former member of the Regional Transportation District board of directors, begins by saying it’s not easy getting guest speakers and he has e-mailed or called U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s office six times about talking to the group and has yet to receive a response. “I’m glad to be here even if it was just because you couldn’t get the other guy to show up,” Romanoff says, and the meeting room at Mimi’s Cafe in Lone Tree erupts in laughter. So begins another day in Romanoff’s uphill quest to become Colorado’s next U.S. senator. More…

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Bennet Invites Coloradans to Share Thoughts, Ideas On How We Can Fix Washington

U.S. Senator Bennet: Newsroom: Press Releases: Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, today (March 08) unveiled an online forum for Coloradans to submit ideas on how to reform Washington and put Congress to work for the American people. “Nobody has a monopoly on good ideas, and I want to hear from the people of Colorado on how we can fix Washington together,” said Bennet. More…

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Big money for buses, but not bus service

Colorado Springs Independent: J. Adrian Stanley: Apparently, our U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet are thinking of us. In an e-mail, the two touted more than $4 million in funding coming to Colorado Springs for bus service. Actually, though, the money is for buses, bus stops, buildings and equipment. Which is all well and good, but it unfortunately won’t help the Springs expand its bus service, or bring back the night and weekend service that got axed this year. More…

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Bennet gets ‘schooled’ on reform

The Denver Daily: U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet appeared in the library yesterday (March 09) at East High School, looking and feeling more like a school teacher than a politician. That was the whole point for the former Denver Public Schools superintendent as he interacted with the students of an Advanced Placement government class. “If we don’t begin to make some hard decisions, you guys are going to all have to take back, even though you didn’t get anything for the debts we have,” Bennet told the group of 11th- and 12th-graders. More…

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Suthers backs Norton

The Hill: Aaron Blake: Colorado Attorney General John Suthers (R), who was initially expected to challenge Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) this year, announced Tuesday that he will back former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in the Republican primary. More…

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Filibuster reform: Talk but no action

Politico: Lisa Lerer and Manu Ranu: One vote shy of 60, frustrated Democrats are talking about changing Senate rules to make it easier for them to overcome Republican filibusters. It’s not going to happen — and not only because Republicans are against it. While Democrats, from five-term Sen. Tom Harkin to freshman Sen. Michael Bennet, have floated ideas for reforming the filibuster, some of their own Democratic colleagues say they won’t support reform efforts right now. More…

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Bennet: To Meet the Needs of the Economy, We Need to Close the Achievement Gap Now and Ensure All Kids Can Go to College

U.S. Senator Bennet: Newsroom: Press Releases: Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado and former Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, today (March 10) made a push for transformational change in public schools. Bennet’s push for reform came during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) hearing about the importance of a world class education for our economic success. More…

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GOP sharpens midterm attack line

Politico: David Catanese: National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn said Monday that if some type of health care legislation is able to limp its way out of Congress, GOP candidates across the country are poised to make it the premiere issue of the fall campaign. Cornyn singled out Colorado and Pennsylvania as battleground states where fierce Democratic primaries could push the eventual nominee out of the mainstream on the health care issue. In Colorado, appointed Sen. Michael Bennet not only embraced the public option but also authored a letter that backed use of the reconciliation process to push it through. More…

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Michael Bennet reinforces his left flank

Politico: Manu Raju: Facing a fierce primary challenge from the left, Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet is stepping out of political obscurity and embracing a cause that has galvanized liberals: frustration with the Senate. More…

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Bennet: Bill Martinez Will Be A Tremendous Asset to Federal Bench in Colorado

U.S. Senator Bennet: Newsroom: Press Releases: Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator from Colorado, joined fellow Senator Mark Udall in introducing (March 10) William Martinez before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Martinez was testifying before the committee as the President’s nominee for the judicial vacancy in the U.S. District Court for Colorado. More…

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Dozens of Dems Said to Back Going ‘Nuclear’ to Pass ‘Public Option’

FOXNews: The package of health care changes is not expected to include a government-run plan, but some Democrats in both chambers have tried to build support for doing so. A number of Senate Democrats have signed on to a letter from Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and three Democratic colleagues calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow a reconciliation vote on the option. More…

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Show Me the Money! Obama Raises Campaign Cash in Missouri While Democratic Senate Candidate is in Washington

ABC News: Karen Travers: Obama has already hit the road to stump and raise cash for Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Co. Pres. Obama has campaigned and hosted a total of seven fundraisers so far this year. Party officials say that Obama will increase his presence on the campaign trail as the midterm elections get closer and he will be “aggressively” working for Democratic candidates where and when he can be helpful. More…

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11 city, town officials in Weld endorse Romanoff for Senate

The Greeley Tribune: Nine councilmen from towns and cities in Weld County and two mayors endorsed U.S. Sen. candidate Andrew Romanoff, not Sen. Bennet. More…

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Springs’ New Addition Gets National Recognition

KRDO: Colorado Springs is getting some national recognition for becoming the new home of the National EMS Memorial Service. U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall introduced a Senate resolution Wednesday in honor of the move. More…

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Tea party protests health care overhaul

Pueblo Chieftain: Peter Roper: Waving flags and some sharply worded signs, about 50 members of the Southern Colorado Tea Party rallied Wednesday in front of Union Depot, repeating their opposition to health care reform legislation pending in Congress and President Barack Obama’s administration in general. The purpose of the rally was for the tea party activists to deliver their written objections and petitions to the offices of Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, as well as Rep. John Salazar. More…

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Bennet: Rural Energy Savings Program Enlists Colorado Electric Co-ops In Effort to Save Money and Create Jobs in Colorado’s Rural Communities

U.S. Senator Bennet: Newsroom: Press Releases: Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, joined (March 11) a bipartisan coalition of Senate and House Members as an original sponsor of legislation establishing a Rural Energy Savings Program to create jobs, save American families and businesses money on their electric bills, and reduce carbon pollution. More…

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Unions taking on Dems who don’t toe labor line

The Hill: Kevin Bogardus and Sean J. Miller: Like Sen. Bennet, not all Democratic incumbents are in danger of losing union support. More…

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Bennet Calls for Japan to Lift Partial Ban on U.S. Beef

U.S. Senator Bennet: Newsroom: Press Releases: As Colorado’s beef producers struggle through the current economic downturn, Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, joined Senate colleagues today (March 12) in calling for Japan to expand its market to U.S. beef products. “Japan’s unwarranted objections and non-tariff trade barriers unfairly limit access to a critical market that is important to Colorado cattle producers, Colorado’s beef industry and Colorado’s economy.” More…

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Colorado: Perlmutter Endorses Bennet

CQ Politics: Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.), who faces a Democratic primary challenge in his bid for a full term, is touting an endorsement from Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo). More…

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Seventy-seventh annual Jefferson Jackson Day dinner

The Colorado Statesmen: Celebrating the party’s recent success but warning against complacency in a difficult election year, Colorado Democrats gathered to toast one another and fatten the coffers at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner on March 6 at the downtown Sheraton. “Whether you support Michael Bennet, or you support Andrew Romanoff, let us make a covenant tonight,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said, “as spoken by Ronald Reagan, that thou shall not speak ill of another Democrat.” More…

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Colorado Senate tied

Public Polling Policy: A new Colorado survey show Bennet continues to be pretty unpopular- but Norton is too. Bennet’s approval rating is 32% with 46% of voters unhappy with his job performance. More…

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If Republicans keep ignoring abortion, they’ll lose in the midterm elections

Washington Post: Marjorie Dannenfelser: “Requests for our lists of endorsed candidates come in weekly from every level of donor, even though the primary season has barely begun. Voters and donors sense opportunity and are looking for leaders. A perfect example is Jane Norton, running in the GOP Senate primary in Colorado to oppose Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet. A strongly antiabortion woman who as Colorado’s top health official took on and defunded Planned Parenthood, Norton promises vocal leadership on the issue if she is elected.” More…

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Jon Quinn: Nominate Sen. Michael Bennet

Steamboat Today: Jon Quinn, the Steamboat Springs City Council president pro-tem: “I encourage you to nominate Michael Bennet to be the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate.” More…

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Bennet statement on Banking Committee’s Wall Street Reform Bill

U.S. Senator Bennet: Newsroom: Press Releases: Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, offered the following statement regarding legislation announced today (March 15) by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) that would improve regulations over financial institutions. “Unfortunately, many of the same factors that contributed to the collapse still exist today. That’s why it is so important that we move aggressively to fundamentally reform the way Wall Street does business.” More…

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The Colorado Primaries

Public Polling Policy: A new Colorado survey shows the Democratic Senate contest Michael Bennet leads Andrew Romanoff 40-34. More…

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Cacuses looming, Bennet launches first ad

The Hill: Aaron Blake: Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) is up with his first TV ad, on the eve of the all-important precinct caucuses in Colorado. More…

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Bennet: Bipartisan Senate Jobs Bill Will Cut Taxes for Small Businesses, Help Put Coloradans Back to Work

U.S. Senator Bennet: Newsroom: Press Releases: Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, released the following statement (March 17) after voting in favor of the Jobs Bill. The bipartisan legislation, which was approved by the Senate on a 68 to 29 vote, cuts taxes for small businesses that begin hiring again and makes job-creating investments in local infrastructure without adding to the deficit: “The bill we passed today is good for Colorado…” More…

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Colo.’s political parties see caucus rebellion

AP: Colorado Democrats snubbed Sen. Michael Bennet in precinct straw polls in favor of a former state House speaker who railed against national Democratic leadership. Andrew Romanoff defeated Bennet handliy, even though Bennet swamped him in fundraising and had the blessing of top Democrats, including President Barack Obama. More…

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Mayor John Hickenlooper

Election 2010: Colorado Governor

Rasmussen Reports: Colorado Governor: McInnis 48%, Hickenlooper 42%. More…

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Candidates for governor are short on answers

Denver Post: “How would Scott McInnis and John Hickenlooper deal with specific budget issues? We don’t know, because they won’t say.” More…

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Hickenlooper starts out ahead

Public Polling Project: Hickenlooper leads Scott McInnis 50-39. More…

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Aurora native announces independent bid for governor

Aurora Sentinel: Sara Castellanos: Local business owner Jason Clark announced his candidacy for governor of Colorado, and will be running as an independent. He has no former political experience, but said his campaign is focused on repairing the economy by bringing more jobs to Colorado, balancing the state’s budget, paying down debt, and improving health care, infrastructure and education in the state.“If you fix the economy, everything else will fall into place,” Clark said. “There are things we need to be doing that we’re not because we don’t have the money to pay for it.” More…

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First thoughts: Inside and outside

MSNBC: There are two robo-polls in Colorado’s governor’s race that reach two VERY different conclusions. One robo-poll has Democrat John Hickenlooper up by double digits. While the other one has Republican Scott McInnis up by six. It’s a chief example why we have little confidence in these types of polls. More…

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Hickenlooper, others bullish on economy, real estate

In Denver Times: John Rebchook: “I am an optimist.”That was the message from John Hickenlooper, Denver mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, when he addressed 900 real estate officials on Wednesday night. And Hickenlooper was not alone. For the most part, most of the seven heavy weight speakers at the Colorado Real Estate & Economic Summit on Wednesday night, were bullish on the prospect that Denver and the state will emerge from the current real estate and economic downturn faster than most places, although the markets are not out of the woods yet. More…

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Caucuses ignite hot races in El Paso County

THE COLORADO STATESMAN: Leslie Jorgensen: Both Democrats and Republicans will participate in preference polls at caucuses, measuring support for the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper appears to be the lone Democrat running for governor. Across the aisle, Republicans include former Congressman Scott McInnis, Evergreen businessman Dan Maes and Littleton translator Yoon Joo “YJ” Mager, all contending for the party’s nomination. More…

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Jobless numbers a clear warning

Denver Post: Against this backdrop, it is good to see that the candidates in Colorado’s gubernatorial race are pressing job creation as signature issues. Coloradans should press Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and former Congressman Scott McInnis and businessman Dan Maes for details about how they would promote economic growth and job creation — and deal with the state’s chronic revenue shortfalls. More…

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Dems out of touch raising taxes, fees

Denver Post: Josh Penry:  “If past is prologue, replacing Bill Ritter’s name on the Democrat ballot this November with John Hickenlooper’s won’t change the direction Democrats are taking Colorado. Hickenlooper, like Ritter, has never met a tax increase he didn’t like.  Mr. Mayor, hiding under your desk isn’t a leadership strategy. Colorado doesn’t need another politician to fall in line with Democrats’ out-of-touch fiscal policies or, worse, stand idly by. It is time for leadership that will take us in a new direction that doesn’t include a new tax or fee with the dawning of each new day.” More…

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Hickenlooper opposes Pinon Canyon growth

Pueblo Chieftain: Nick Bonham: If residents of Southeastern Colorado don’t support the expansion of the Army’s Pinon Canyon training facility, gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper said Saturday (March 14) he doesn’t support the expansion either. More…

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Coloradans ponder bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

The Denver Post: Christopher Osher: A local push to bring the Winter Olympics to Colorado has renewed an old debate over whether doing so would drain local tax revenues or fuel economic growth. All of the candidates running to replace him — Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, former Republican congressman Scott McInnis and Republican businessman Dan Maes — say they’re open to exploring the idea, though they all have caveats. They say the key is to make sure the economic payoff justifies any costs. More…

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Colo.’s political parties see caucus rebellion

AP: Party members also picked favorites in the open upcoming governor’s race, but that contest was less exciting on both sides. Democrats had no race at all, with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper having a clear deck so far for the Democratic nod to replace retiring Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter. Republicans handed former Rep. Scott McInnis a wide victory over little-known Evergreen businessman Dan Maes. More…

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McInnis, Bennet biggest winners in local straw polls

The Gazette: Tom Roeder: In El Paso County, McInnis won over 1,512 Republican caucusgoers compared to 779 for his GOP opponent Dan Maes. For governor, the Republican winner in the primary for the GOP will face Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat with no primary opposition. More…

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Parker: Former mayor toasted, nearly roasted

Denver Post: Penny Parker: Former Denver Mayor Federico Peña, received the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver Lifetime Achievement Award during a sold-out luncheon of 800 attendees at the Marriott City Center. Gov. Bill Ritter won the president’s award and Mayor John Hickenlooper got the last laugh: “I was going to start with a joke, but I was afraid I might do more damage to the governor’s ribs.” More…

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