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InnerView with Ryan Call and Rick Palacio, state party chairs

The Colorado Statesman

When 36-year-old Rick Palacio was elected to head the Colorado Democratic Party in March, he became the youngest state chair in living memory. Three weeks later, he lost the title when Republicans elected 35-year-old Ryan Call to chair the state GOP.

InnerView with Ben Nighthorse Campbell

The Colorado Statesman

Seven years ago this month, two-term U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell sent Colorado’s political world spinning with an abrupt announcement he wouldn’t seek another term.

Wadhams’ storied career as GOP Chair draws to close

The Colorado Statesman

If you had the tenacity to go through the pages of The Colorado Statesman from the last three decades — 33 years, to be exact, which is how long I’ve been associated with the newspaper — there’s probably no other name that has graced our pages more often than that of Dick Wadhams.

Non-candidate Wadhams defends himself in GOP state chair candidates free-for-all

The Colorado Statesman

If the current campaign for GOP state chairman is any indication, the battle facing Colorado Republicans to resurrect their wounded party may take longer than anyone thinks. The race to succeed Chairman Dick Wadhams, who decided not to run for a third term just last month, has turned into an ugly mess, and the ultimate victor — to be decided March 26 at the Republican state central committee meeting — will have his hands full trying to unite a party split along not only ideological lines, but with major crevices at its very foundation.

InnerView with Colorado Democratic Party chair candidates Baca, Bowen and Palacio

The Colorado Statesman

The three candidates running for Colorado Democratic Party chair talk about the state of the party and what they have to offer in an in-depth interview with The Colorado Statesman. Two weeks before state Democrats pick new leadership, Polly Baca, Adam Bowen and Rick Palacio took stock of their campaigns and had a lot to say about the races that will be run in Colorado next year, when the state is considered a must-win for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.

Tipton returns to the state Capitol as new Congressman

The Colorado Statesman

It was like old home week at the state Capitol this week when Congressman Scott Tipton, who defeated three-term Democratic incumbent John Salazar in November, visited his old stomping ground.

'Non-candidate' Mayor Vidal urged to run

The Colorado Statesman

With fourteen candidates (so far) in Denver’s burgeoning race for mayor, you’d think there were enough contenders to please (and appease) just about everyone in town.

‘Poor’ Scott’s moonlighting madness

The Colorado Statesman

Where do we begin when it comes to the subject of Scott Gessler, our already beleaguered new Secretary of State? By the time we readied this paper for press, just about every media outlet in the state had followed the Denver Business Journal’s lead and weighed in on “poor” Scott’s dilemma of having to moonlight at his old law firm in order to make ends meet with his meager $68,500 state salary.

Pete Coors: Citizen of the West

$200,000 raised for scholarship trust
The Colorado Statesman

“Say what you mean and mean what you say,” is the trademark of Peter Coors and the motto by which this year’s Citizen of the West lives his life. That quintessential Western characteristic wasn’t lost on more than 800 enthusiasts who feted the beer company scion at the annual National Western dinner benefitting scholarship recipients at 10 institutes of higher learning in Colorado and Wyoming.

Hickenlooper’s remarks at CACI sing the right tune for business

The Colorado Statesman

Governor John Hickenlooper, with little more than a week of governingthe state under his belt, told about 400 business leaders at the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry’s luncheon Thursday that the state needs to become “more pro-business” and that no one has the appetite to raise taxes.