The campaign to recall Senate President John Morse, along with Pueblo Sen. Angela Giron, has been taking interesting turns of late. Consider:
• As of deadline, the Colorado Supreme Court, at the request of Gov. John Hickenlooper (pictured at right), was considering changing how ballots will be counted because of contradictory language in the state constitution. The court was expected to decide quickly whether a vote for a successor candidate could count, regardless of how a voter marked the initial ballot question, which asks whether to recall the sitting senator.
It's the second time the recall has landed in court due to conflicting legal language. Though the recall law has been on the books for a century, this is the first time it's been used.
• As of press time, Jan Brooks, a Libertarian candidate, had turned in signatures to qualify for the District 11 ballot. The secretary of state was expected to quickly rule on whether the signatures were sufficient. She'd be the second successor candidate, along with Republican Bernie Herpin.
• Speaking of Herpin, Manitou Springs resident Ann Schmitt has filed a complaint against his candidate committee, Bernie Herpin for Senate District 11, alleging that it illegally spent money on ads to recall Morse. The candidate committee cannot legally target Morse because the senator is not technically a "candidate."
• A Whole Lot of People for John Morse, the issue committee defending the senator's seat, revealed it's received campaign donations from major players like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, America Votes, Conservation Colorado, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, and Planned Parenthood. Leader Christy Le Lait says that despite the big names, her committee has received 70 percent of its donations from Colorado donors. More than 10,000 donors have contributed.
"Most people understand this is a national issue, and at least on our side we're not hiding behind 501(c)4s," she says.
Indeed, advertising for the campaign targeting Morse has come largely from nonprofits that do not have to report donations, including such groups as Americans for Prosperity, the Basic Freedom Defense Fund and National Rifle Association Committee to Restore Coloradans' Rights.
Laura Carno, leader of another such anti-Morse nonprofit, I Am Created Equal, said Monday that she's attracted large and small donors — all from Colorado — and has not received donations from the NRA. She did not provide further details.
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