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Safety in schools in Colorado has progressed

But still lots to be done

By Brad Jones
FOR THE COLORADO STATESMAN

After shots rang out 11 years ago at Columbine High School, Colorado became the “epicenter of the problem of violence in our schools,” according to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. Delivering remarks at the state’s annual school safety conference Wednesday, the top prosecutor said there are still lots to be done to secure campuses but also highlighted evidence of progress.

Colorado tapped as finalist for race to the top funds

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado leaders and education officials rejoiced Thursday when the U.S. Department of Education announced Colorado as a finalist in the Race to the Top program and a stake in $4.35 billion in grants.

Colorado is one of the finalists from 15 state and Washington D.C to have emerged from a pool of 41 applicants that submitted proposals in January. Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien noted that Colorado is the only state selected west of the Mississippi.

High court strikes down ban on campaign donations

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday captured headlines for the second time this month regarding election finance laws when it revoked Amendment 54 approved by 51 percent of voters in 2008.

Three U.S. Senators visit Denver, The CELL

The Center for Empowered Living and Learning (The CELL) hosted U.S. Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Bob Bennett (R-UT), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) at its exhibit, Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: Understanding the Threat of Terrorism.

Dueling politicos join forces for entertaining act

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Two polarizing political moguls descended on Boulder last Monday night for a debate that was mostly friendly until a last minute verbal scuffle defined the show.

African American leaders honored with portraits

It was an auspiscious occasion on Feb. 10 when several key figures in Colorado’s African-American community were honored with portraits at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. The dedication ceremony, which took place in the middle of Black History Month, was hosted by former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and friends of the iconic library located in Five Points.

Former lobbyist back at state Capitol

After a two-year hiatus, lobbyist William Mutch is back at the state Capitol and becoming reacquainted with friends and associates in the political, business and governmental communities. With 15 years of experience in government, legislative affairs, and public policy, Mutch is now the principal in his own firm called Morgan Douglas Mutch & Associates, Inc.

Ritter asks Supreme Court for clarification on campaign finance laws

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Colorado Supreme Court will begin accepting opening briefs from interested parties on March 8 regarding state campaign laws thought to be invalidated by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month.

Gossip, 2/12/10

STEALTH DEMOCRAT DOGS COLORADO REPUBLICANS

Meet Jesse Willis, the Colorado Democratic Party’s mysterious “tracker” who has filmed Republican candidates at events around the state — from a GOP gubernatorial campaign event in Denver in July to the Teller Tea Party’s U.S. Senate candidates’ forum in Woodland Park last weekend. (His mug is in this week’s issue on page 25.)

Denver Councilman Garcia picked for HUD regional spot

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Denver City Councilman Rick Garcia has been appointed as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Region 8 director, which oversees the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.