News Now: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Election Results, Campaign Finance, and More

By: Chris Jackson

It’s been a particularly busy month for public law. Here are your highlights:

  • Masterpiece Cakeshop. The US Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker in a case about whether he could refuse to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. Attorney Chris Jackson was cited twice by the Denver Post and by the Colorado Independent and Colorado Politics in discussing the impact of this narrow decision.
  • Primary election results. On June 26, Coloradans went to the polls—and for the first time, unaffiliated voters were able to participate in the state’s primary election. While the results were still coming in at the time of this writing, we do know about a few races:
    • The Governor’s race will pit US Rep. Jared Polis (D) against Treasurer Walker Stapleton (R).
    • The Democratic primary for Attorney General is a nail biter. With 96% of counties reporting, Phil Weiser holds an 8,622 vote lead over Joe Salazar. The winner will face George Brauchler (R) in November.
    • Jason Crow (D) will go up against US Rep. Mike Coffman in Congressional District 6.
    • Sitting US Rep. Doug Lamborn (R) successfully fought off four challengers to win his party’s nomination for Congressional District 5, covering Colorado Springs.
  • Campaign finance gets a makeover. The Colorado Secretary of State adopted a new mechanism to enforce the state’s campaign-finance laws. Attorney Chris Jackson was cited by Colorado Politics in analyzing the new rules and by the Colorado Independent on the effect of Super PACs in this year’s gubernatorial race.
  • Samour appointed to Colorado Supreme Court. Governor Hickenlooper appointed Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. to the state supreme court. Samour, who’s best known for presiding over the trial of the Aurora theater shooter, is Hickenlooper’s 5th appointment on the 7-member court.

Chris Jackson is a litigator at Sherman & Howard whose practice lies at the intersection of private and public law. He frequently writes and comments on appellate law, elections, and campaign finance (particularly in Colorado). Follow Chris on Twitter at @COAppeals.

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