Marianne Goodland

New guv talks jobs and ‘kitchen table’ budget

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper gave his first State of the State address Thursday, touching on themes of budget discipline and fiscal restraint, partnership, and priorities for his administration.

Legislative leaders talk of new year, new hope

The Colorado Statesman

When Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, bangs the gavel as the next Speaker of the House, it will be for the first time, officially, but he’s been practicing.

White wins SD 8 seat, McConnell quits GOP

The Colorado Statesman

Jean White, wife of departing Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, was selected Monday by a GOP vacancy committee to fill the Senate District 8 seat from northwestern Colorado.

The appointees of Bill Ritter Jr.: Where are they now?

The Colorado Statesman

One of the biggest jobs of a new governor is to pick who will lead his cabinet departments and office staff, and some governors wind up performing that chore many times over during their terms in office. Departing Gov. Bill Ritter has had a relatively easy time, administrative-wise, since taking office in January 2007. The governor has control over 15 cabinet departments, and of the 15 chiefs who started with Ritter in 2007, ten are still on the job until Jan. 11. His predecessor, Gov. Bill Owens, replaced eight of his 15 original cabinet appointees during his first term.

State Republicans talk business and budget

Republican Study Committee, CACI host pre-legislative forums
The Colorado Statesman

Statehouse Republicans preparing for the opening of next week’s legislative session met this week with business groups on regulatory reform and reviewed the Independence Institute’s proposals on how to solve the state’s budget woes. But the forums excluded Democrats, sometimes deliberately, and conservative solutions presented by some of the groups are unlikely to get Democratic buy-in. And in one of those sessions, it was hinted at that some of the priorities of the Hickenlooper administration might not match those of the Republicans in the House and Senate.

Sen. Williams in fatal car accident

The Colorado Statesman

Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, was involved in a fatal car accident on her way home from Texas Sunday evening.