ROMNEY TO BE BACK IN COLORADO MONDAY
Mitt Romney is coming back to Colorado. The Republican presidential candidate has a Monday evening rally scheduled at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver. That’s only a week after Romney held two events along the Front Range. It’s also two days before the first presidential debate at Denver University on Oct. 3. Colorado is a vital swing state in the presidential election and the state has seen its share of political luminaries this year. Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, had just held an evening rally in Colorado Springs when the campaign announced Romney’s visit.
VETS WITH PTSD WANT MEDICAL MARIJUANA AVAILABLE TO THEM
Medical marijuana cards for people with post-traumatic stress disorder appear unlikely in Colorado, and some veterans are planning to protest the snub from state health officials. A group of veterans was planning to rally yesterday in Colorado Springs. They say that because PTSD won’t qualify for marijuana cards, the state should adopt legalization for all on the November ballot. Brian Vicente of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol says a “Veterans for 64” group is being formed to back the marijuana ballot measure, called Amendment 64. The group is being established in response to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s second denial of a petition to add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. You can voice your opinion on Amendment 64 by answering our survey question on the front page.
TIPTON RECEIVES NATIONAL TAX FIGHTER AWARD
The National Tax Limitation Committee (NTLC) has honored Congressman Scott Tipton with its 112th Congress “Tax Fighter Award.” NTLC President Lewis Uhler presented the award to Congressman Tipton in Washington late last week, saying, “Congressman Tipton’s votes on tax and spending issues in the 112th Congress earned him an ‘A’ grade and the Tax Fighter Award.” Tipton received a 97% on the NTLC scorecard which indicates that he voted on the side of taxpayers on key tax and spending votes. The award softens his opponent Sal Pace’s continued claims that Tipton has consistently voted for tax raises during his term.
ABORTION OPPONENTS CHALLENGE RULING ON SIGNATURES FOR BALLOT MEASURE
Abortion opponents in Colorado are suing to challenge the failure of a petition to put an abortion question on ballots. Personhood Colorado filed its legal challenge yesterday in Denver District Court. The group had submitted petitions to ask Colorado voters for a third time whether to ban abortions in all circumstances. The secretary of state ruled in August that Personhood Colorado didn’t submit enough valid signatures and that there wasn’t time for the group to try to complete the petition before this November’s election. The abortion foes want a judge to review the signatures and clear the measure for ballots as soon as possible, either this November or in 2014.
STATE GETS OVER $43 MILLION TO ESTABLISH HEALTH EXCHANGE
The Colorado Health Benefit Exchange will receive a $43,486,747 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help establish the state’s health insurance exchange. HHS is awarding grants to states who have shown progress in establishing their exchanges. The awards are based on the needs and planned expenditures of each state. Colorado has previously been awarded a planning grant and an establishment grant to help set up its exchange. Colorado is receiving its second establishment award to continue efforts to set up the services and systems to launch Colorado’s new health insurance exchange. Specifically, funds from the grant will provide the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange the resources to meet deadlines for certification, testing and deployment of systems and operations.
COLORADO REPUBLICANS FIRE ELECTION CONSULTING FIRM OVER VOTER FRAUD ALLEGATIONS
Strategic Allied Consulting, the D.C. based firm that was fired by the National Republican Party for voter fraud, has also been fired by Colorado’s republican party. The state was planning on using the firm for their “get the vote out” efforts, but earlier this week, Florida election officials discovered over 100 potentially phony registration signatures and home addresses, submitted by the firm. The national committee had paid the firm nearly $3 million to work in a few swing states, including Colorado. It’s not clear how much money Colorado put into the contract. No one from the firm has commented on the firing.
POSTAL SERVICE URGES VOTERS TO SEND BALLOTS IN EARLY
The U.S. Postal Service is urging residents who vote by mail to get their ballots in early. USPS Consumer Advocate Laurie Timmons says mail is an increasingly important part of U.S. elections, and mailing ballots back at least three days before they are due will ensure dependable and timely delivery of ballot mail. She also says American voters outside the contiguous United States or living overseas, whether civilian or military, should check usps.com for suggested ballot mail-back dates. The Postal Service has been working with local elections officials to make sure election mail is created in a way that allows for efficient processing and delivery.
In high school sports:
Hayden beat North Park (25-22, 25-17, 25-22).
Moffat County fell to Coal Ridge (10-25, 9-25, 19-25).
Steamboat lost to Glenwood (19-25, 21-25, 27-25, 20-25).
In boys soccer:
Steamboat defeated Rifle 6-0.
Hayden heads to Rangely at 7.
Soroco fell to Vail Christian 26-6
Meeker travels to Lake County at 7.
Moffat County lost to Eagle Valley 48-14.
Hayden goes to Soroco at 5.
Steamboat is home against Eagle Valley at 6:30.
Rangely plays at Paonia at 6.
Little Snake River Valley hosts H.E.M. at 2.
Steamboat is welcomes Montezuma-Cortez at 11.
Hayden is home against Rangely at 3.
Moffat County travels to Roaring Fork at 1.
Soroco is on the road to West Grand at 1.
Meeker hosts North Park at 2.
In boys soccer:
Moffat County heads to Vail Mountain at 11.
In cross country:
Moffat County, Rangely and Meeker run at Fruita Monument.
Steamboat hosts a meet.
The Denver Broncos host Oakland Sunday. You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2.