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Embattled Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters is at the center of a months-long controversy surrounding allegations she is responsible was involved in leaking sensitive voting equipment data, including system passwords and copies of software used to manage elections in 62 of Colorado's 64 counties. Federal, state and local authorities have launched criminal investigations into the activity.

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Ryan Call, an attorney and former two-term chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, will lose his license to practice law after admitting he lied to members of his former law firm and concealed information about nearly $280,000 he transferred to himself from a political committee formed to support Donald Trump during the three years Call served as the committee's treasurer.

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Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is kicking off his campaign for re-election Saturday with an appearance in Pueblo, followed by a series of events over the next five days that will take the Democrat up and down the Front Range and into the mountains.

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be the draw at a high-dollar fundraiser in Colorado Springs next month for Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn's re-election campaign, according to an invitation obtained by Colorado Politics.

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Former U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner faced nearly identical criticism two years ago when he hopped a plane for the nation's capital at about the same time then-Vice President Mike Pence was landing in Colorado for a Gardner fundraiser.

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Republican Heidi Ganahl will kick off her Colorado gubernatorial campaign with a seven-day state tour starting Tuesday in Monument, followed by additional stops through the day in major Front Range cities, her campaign said.

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As Colorado's only Republican statewide officeholder, Heidi Ganahl is widely speculated to be the consensus GOP candidate to take on incumbent Gov. Jared Polis, who is seeking a second term next year.

This week on Colorado Politicking, legislative reporter Pat Poblete and political correspondent Ernest Luning discuss Reps. Joe Neguse, D-Lafayette, and Lauren Bobert, R-Silt, being drawn into the same legislative district and the latest from the campaign trail. Meanwhile, judicial reporter Michael Karlik previews three cases the state Supreme Court is set to take up when it returns next week.

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John Mikos, the chairman of the El Paso County Democratic Party, said he doesn’t get discouraged helming the underdog team in one of the state’s most reliably Republican counties — in part, because the county’s electorate has been shifting toward his party in the last few cycles.

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"The LEAP initiative will make Colorado the first state in the country to offer a statewide approach to helping kids recover from current COVID losses, while also creating a long-term plan to prevent opportunity gaps from developing in the future."

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The bill, approved on a 219-212 vote, would restore the ability of the U.S. Justice Department to prevent changes to voting rules in places with a history of discrimination and allow minority residents to challenge state laws they consider discriminatory — reversing the effects of two recent Supreme Court decisions.

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State Rep. Yadira Caraveo, a Thornton Democrat, on Tuesday became the first candidate to announce a run in next year's election for Colorado's eighth U.S. House seat, touting her background as a pediatrician and daughter of immigrants, her Adams County roots and a record passing progressive legislation.

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The progressive political action committee Democracy for America has again endorsed U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, the Lafayette Democrat seeking a third term in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District.

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The secretary of state earlier in the day named Sheila Reiner, the Republican county treasurer and former two-term clerk and recorder, to the role. But Mesa County's three commissioners say they don't agree she can do that.

RELATED: Griswold names former clerk to supervise Mesa County's elections while Peters faces leak investigation

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This week on Colorado Politicking, legislative reporter Pat Poblete and political correspondent Ernest Luning discuss Secretary of State Jena Griswold's move to decertify Mesa County voting equipment after a security breach involving Clerk Tina Peters. Chief legislative reporter Marianne Goodland recaps the "Commitment to Colorado" unveiled by Republicans earlier this week.

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Ernest Luning: "On the theory that it can help make sense of where you’re going if you have a clear picture of where you’ve been, here are some of the hallmarks of Colorado elections in the modern era — a grab bag of some of the mosts, firsts, and other superlatives, the purely political milestones that have defined the state’s contests for major statewide and congressional offices over the past 50 or so years."

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Eric Sondermann: "At the end of Marjorie Taylor Greene week in Colorado, and in my old hometown of Colorado Springs, it is time to take stock of what has befallen the Colorado Republican Party and the depths to which it has sunk."

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The staunch ally of former President Donald Trump was stripped of her House committee assignments earlier this year in an overwhelmingly party-line vote over earlier, incendiary comments on social media, including calling for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's execution.

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Tuesday’s four-hour hearing on election rules drew more than 400 written comments and testimony from dozens of people, many who repeated debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and some of the companies involved.

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Attorneys who filed a federal lawsuit alleging the 2020 election was fraudulent failed to do their homework, acted in bad faith, did not take notice of well-established legal rules and potentially fueled threats against the lives of election workers with their conspiracy mongering, a federal…