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Judge: Recalls against Colo. senators must go on

Published On: Jul 18 2013 02:16:32 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 18 2013 09:02:02 PM CDT

State Senate President John Morse said he's ready for the recall election following Thursday's decision against his appeal of the signature gathering process. Joe Dominguez reports.


A Denver judge ruled that recall elections for two Colorado Democratic senators who supported gun restrictions must proceed even though the lawmakers are challenging the validity of the petitions.

Denver District Court Robert Hyatt made the decision Thursday afternoon.

Governor John Hickenlooper set Sept. 10th as the election date. 
Colorado Springs Senate President John Morse and Pueblo Sen. Angela Giron say the recall petitions against them are invalid because they didn't ask for an election for a successor like the state constitution mandates. The lawmakers were seeking a preliminary injunction from the judge.

Morse told KRDO Newschannel 13 he has asked his lawyers not to file an appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court on this matter.

"Let's move forward, do what we need to do," said Morse. "We'll win an election and go from there."

Supporters of the recall maintain their petitions are valid and want an election soon. But no date has been set yet and the lawmakers are likely to continue their legal challenge.


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