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Like the rest of us, Larimer County voters Butch Hartson and Ann Grant have the right to keep their politics private — or they would, if they weren't the only two residents of a new precinct that was inadvertently created when district maps were redrawn. Hartson is a Republican and his wife is a Democrat; their dog, Pippy, is unaffiliated. The precinct may be the smallest in the nation.
A college student who was doing an internship with the Democratic-held Colorado State Senate was arrested in February after he tried — and failed, miserably — to hit Mitt Romney with a "glitter bomb" (an increasingly popular form of protest this year) after Romney gave a speech at the Auraria campus. While Romney was shaking hands in a meet-and-greet line, twenty-year-old Peter Smith chucked blue glitter at him. Romney didn't appear to have been touched, but Smith was: He was fired from his job, and later pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace.
A plane carrying Ann Romney, Mitt's wife, from Los Angeles to Omaha had to make an emergency stop in Denver in September after smoke was detected in the cockpit and the cabin due to an electrical fire.
In October, Arapahoe County mailed out 230,000 ballots with "I Voted" stickers inside, which had the potential to rub against the ballot, leaving a line right where voters would draw it to pick a candidate. Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Nancy Doty said the marks were too faint to be detected by voting machines, but the situation still caused a stir.
If you live in the Casa Adobe Apartments in Colorado Springs, your rent is due. Oh, and if you voted for Obama, it's going to be higher. In late November, Casa Adobe landlord John Obringer notified tenants that Obama's policies were "resulting in increased taxes, regulations and mandates" that would force him to lay off employees and cut their pay. So, "If you voted 'Democrat' on Nov. 6, please notify me ASAP so I can raise your rent first to help pay for what you asked for," he told them.
Election Day? Yes. Erection Day? Not so much. Aurora police busted a man who was exercising his civic duties in an inappropriate way — by masturbating outside of a polling place on November 6. Authorities voted to give him a ticket.
In January, Colorado House Majority Leader Amy Stephens invited the Denver Broncos then-starring QB and media lightning rod Tim Tebow to say the Pledge of Allegiance at the Capitol and lead the legislative body in its morning prayer. He declined.
Just a few days later, Tebow managed to answer a few prayers by throwing for 316 yards in an overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The significance? Tebow's favorite Bible verse is John 3:16, which he used to pencil onto his eye-black stickers in college. You know the one: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Sadly for Tebow, his life as a Bronco was not eternal, and it ended somewhat ignominiously in March, when the Broncos won the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, signing the heralded free-agent quarterback and signaling the end of Tebow's magical year. Adding insult to injury: CBS4 News reported that "in the team room where the news conference was held to announce Manning's official signing on Tuesday, all the pictures of Tebow had been taken down."
Peyton Manning may have been the real second coming as far as Denver Broncos QBs are concerned, but that didn't stop a Greeley elementary school from sending a third-grader home in September for wearing a No. 18 Manning jersey. Why? Because the Greeley-Evans School District banned students from wearing clothes with the number 18 on them in 2009 after it became synonymous with the local 18th Street Gang, according to news reports. Several other numbers are also banned. Go, Broncos.
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno ended the year on a high note, helping the team make it to the playoffs, but things weren't going so well for him back in February. That's when Moreno was pulled over for driving 70 mph in a 45 mph construction zone on I-25 in a Rolls-Royce convertible outfitted with a personalized license plate reading "SAUCED." Which was apt, since Moreno was also charged with DUI.
Aside from their World Series appearance in 2007, the Colorado Rockies have been pretty sucky since the team was created in 1993 — but never worse than in 2012, when they lost an epic 98 games. In July, as the misery unfolded, a few fans began wearing paper bags on their heads — a longtime tradition in sports. But the Rockies quashed it, saying that security rules prohibited face coverings — an excuse the Denver Post termed "nearly as laughable as their 'paired pitching' experiment."
In May, a woman shocked the Denver Nuggets and security guards at the Pepsi Center by strolling onto the court in the middle of a playoff game. The woman, Savannah McMillan-Christmas, was originally reported to be a known stalker of one of the players, but that information was later discredited. Her father told a news outlet that McMillan-Christmas is dealing with personal issues. She was charged with trespassing.