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Jeffco GOP revved up after county assembly

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

An overflowing crowd of Jefferson County Republicans struggled to find parking spots at their county assembly at the El Jebel Shrine in Denver last Saturday. Delegates arriving thirty minutes after doors opened at 7 a.m. were forced to park blocks away.

Tax day rally in Denver steeped in Tea Party discontent nationwide

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Jim Martinez painted a new sign just for this occasion. April 15 — Tax Day. For a movement named after a revolutionary war era tax protest, this was the Tea Party’s big day. A couple thousand gathered at Colorado’s state capitol protesting taxation and big government with speeches steeped in references to Thomas Jefferson, Paul Revere and the original Boston Tea Party. Similar rallies were held across the state and country including, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Washington D.C.

Congressional delegation pleased that Orion space vehicle spared from budget axe

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A planned cancellation of NASA’s Constellation program, which could have cost Colorado 4,000 jobs, was at the heart of concerns expressed by Colorado legislators this week in a meeting with members of the state’s congressional delegation and a flurry of letters to the White House.

Colorado's congressional delegation touts accomplishments

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Monday’s dialogue between the General Assembly members and the congressional delegation also touched on the federal deficit, banking reform and problems with federal payments regarding forest and mineral leases.

Romanoff campaign replaces spokesman — again

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Democratic Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff on Monday hired a new campaign spokesman, Indiana-based political consultant Roy Teicher. Teicher replaces Dean Toda, who joined the campaign at the end of January.

Bypassing the Buck? Norton reportedly considering petition route

UPDATED: Norton, state officials confirm petition drive

Republican Senate candidate Jane Norton will petition onto the August primary ballot, her campaign confirmed in a statement Tuesday morning. The plan, first reported by The Colorado Statesman, allows the former lieutenant governor to compete for voters immediately, her campaign said.

Colorado Governors share memories and insights

Lamm, Romer & Owens: Policy wonks, not political foes

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — In an election year of fractional and bitter political differences, Colorado’s former Governors Dick Lamm and Roy Romer, both Democrats, and Bill Owens, a Republican, lauded each other’s leadership skills and assets during the “Governing Colorado: Former Governors Speak” forum on March 31 at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

Mayors praise Perlmutter's livable communities bill

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Local, state and federal officials crossed borders, levels of government and partisan divides March 30 in Lakewood to applaud a bill by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Golden, that would establish a $4 billion grant program to foster “livable communities” across the country.

Former Congressman David Skaggs joins Denver law firm

It was kind of like old home week, at least for some of the politicos who helped former Congressman David Skaggs celebrate his new position at the McKenna Long & Aldridge law firm in lower downtown Denver last week. The ex-lawmaker is now a senior strategic advisor to the international law firm, which boasts 475 attorneys and public policy advisors.

Tea party enthusiasts stirred up

Rally steeped in political rhetoric

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Jubilant Tea Party supporters in Denver and Grand Junction praised conservative values and trashed Democrats last week as their colorful signs swayed to blaring Tea Party anthems.