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Legal Lasso: DA’s Race Heating Up In 18th Judicial District

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HOW YOU KNOW THINGS ARE GETTING OUT OF HAND: A 527 is raising money in a DA’s race. A DA’s race! Leslie Hansen, a Republican candidate for DA in the 18th Judicial District, has a 527 that’s collected more than $33,000 in contributions, which is more than she’s received through regular contributions to her political campaign. There is no limit on contributions to 527 campaigns, but contributions to formal campaigns are limited to $400. Hansen will face George Brauchler in a Republican primary later this month. Brauchler has out raised Hansen to this point in contributions to his official campaign. Brauchler won the judicial district assembly this year with 47 percent of the vote while none of his three opponents received the required 30 percent to make the ballot outright. Hansen, with 27 percent, petitioned onto the ballot.

FORMALLY CHARGED: CU Student Zoey Ripple, who was shot when she drunkenly wandered into a couple’s Boulder bedroom in the middle of the night. Ripple was charged with first-degree trespassing.

NEXT STOP, U.S. SUPREME COURT for California’s Proposition 8 case.

JOB WELL DONE MR. EID: Former U.S. attorney for Colorado Troy Eid, who now co-chairs the American Indian law practice group at Greenberg Traurig, was named the “2012 Member of the Year” by the Navajo Nation Bar Association. The association represents judges and attorneys who practice law in the courts of the country’s largest Native American nation. Eid will be honored at an awards luncheon on June 7th at the NNBA’s annual convention at Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico.

THAT’S A HARD ASK: Colorado is after the return of $128 million that was improperly paid in jobless benefits last year.

FORT COLLINS REJECTS DRILLING BAN.

CITY OF BOULDER TO TED TURNER: Thanks, but no thanks.

GOOD FOR YOU: Elkind Alterman receives pro bono award.

THE DEETS ON SAN MIGUEL FINALISTS were released yesterday.

TODAY, HICKENLOOPER WILL SIGN reform bill ushering in sweeping personnel change.

HICK TAKES GLITTER GULCH

ADDING ONE: Otten Johnson, which added associate Emily Hippen.

ADDING (ANOTHER) ONE: Davis Graham & Stubbs, which added associate Andrew Fiske, formerly of Bryan Cave HRO.

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GOOD NEWS: Colorado small businesses are optimistic.

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