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National Chamber exec urges job creation at state level

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The same pioneering spirit that enriched the United States’ economy for decades is integral for pulling the nation out of its latest recession, according to the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who met with Colorado business and government leaders on Monday.

Norton’s decision to petition fuels rebuke by competition

By Jody Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Jane Norton’s decision to forego the traditional caucus-assembly method of nomination for her U.S. Senate race in favor of petitioning on to the ballot has ignited a fireball of criticism from her opponents — although some of her boosters have publicly congratulated her on her recent political maneuver.

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.