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Pace steps down as minority leader

By Charles Ashby
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

State Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, announced today that he will step down as minority leader of the Colorado House.

Pace, who is staying in office, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District and the right to challenge U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Republicans, for that seat.

The House Democrats are to hold a caucus meeting to choose a new leader on Friday in the basement of the state capitol.

Pace was elected to the Colorado House in 2008. Prior to running for office, he directed former U.S. Rep. John Salazar’s district office, serving southern Colorado and the Western Slope. In his capacity as district director,

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Deputy secretary of state to retire

By Charles Ashby
Thursday, November 3, 2011

The real man behind the power in the Colorado Secretary of State's Office is retiring.

Bill Hobbs, who has spent the past 12 years behind five secretaries of state, announced today he was stepping away from state governorment work after a 31-year career.

“It is with a great deal of excitement — and a little sadness — that I announce to you my plan to retire from state government,” Hobbs said in an email to friends and colleagues. “After 31 years with state government, including the last 12 years with the Secretary of State’s Office, the timing feels right for me to try some new adventures, both personal and professional.”

Appointed by Secretary of State Donetta Davidson in 1999, Hobbs has been the power behind the power, including serving as interim secretary of state twice when the elected secretary left for other positions.

“I am truly fortunate to have worked with so many outstanding individuals in my career with state government,” Hobbs said. “I will miss the camaraderie and the wonderful colleagues I’ve had the pleasure to work with.”

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Indy candidate coming to town

By Charles Ashby
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tisha Casida, an independent candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, is coming to Grand Junction this weekend to talk to business folk and anyone else who wants to meet her.

Exactly where the Pueblo resident and conservative congressional hopeful will be isn't yet know because the campaign hasn't yet said.

Though Casida shares the same hometown with Democratic candidate Sal Pace, she's spent most of her time criticizing Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, saying he's just not conservative enough for her taste.

On her website, www.casida2012.com, she constantly goes after the freshman lawmaker, saying he's not accessible and not tuned in to the district's needs.

She posted the following photos on her web page during a recent tour of Tipton's hometown, Cortez:

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Vets call on Gessler to allow mailed ballots

By Charles Ashby
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Colorado veterans group plans to call on Secretary of State Scott Gessler to reverse his stance on whether overseas military personnel whose voter registrations have reverted to inactive status should get mailed ballots this year.

Thursday, Denver Afghan war veteran will turn over a petition to Gessler with about 5,000 names, saying his lawsuit that inactive voters shouldn't receive mail ballot would disenfranchise military personnel serving overseas who want to vote in the Nov. 1 elections.

Richard Allen Smith, vice chairman of the veterans group, VoteVets.org, said Gessler's stance is contrary to what county clerks believe.

Last week, a district court judge agreed with the clerks, saying there is nothing in state law that prevents ballots from being mailed to inactive voters, as some county clerks have done.

"The District Court made the correct decision ... and all county clerks should follow the lead of Denver and Pueblo by sending election ballots to all military members who are registered to vote," Smith said in a press statement. "This is a matter of our very democracy, which our men and women in uniform fight to protect. The clerks' job is to ensure that voters have every chance to vote in an election, including members of our military. If they choose to not send ballots to all voters, they undermine that duty, and our democracy. Secretary of State Gessler should drop this case immediately, and free all clerks to send ballots to members of our military, and all voters.”

Voters' registrations automatically become inactive if they fail to cast a ballot in one even-year election, and clerks have said that military voters, particularly those stationed overseas, often don't vote in off-presidential years. Additionally, military personnel move around often and don't receive postcards reminding them to activate their voter status, the clerks say.

VoteVets.org represents more than 100,000 veterans, military members, their families and civilian supporters. Last week it launched a petition calling on Gessler to drop his case. More than 5,000 people have signed it.

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Pitter-patter of another Pace

By Charles Ashby
Thursday, September 22, 2011

 

House Minority Leader and 3rd Congressional District Democratic candidate Sal Pace is a father, again.

Pace's wife, Marlene, went into labor Thursday morning, and gave birth to a baby girl, who weighed in at 7 lbs, 12 oz. No name for the young lady yet, but Pace reports she has "10 fingers and 10 toes."

What else matters?

The Pace's already have two small sons, Wyatt and Carlo.

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