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Hoyer, DeGette visit Denver Health to highlight reform

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The mood was celebratory as Congresswoman Diana DeGette, D-CD 1, allowed doctors to show off one of her favorite health institutions to a colleague she calls her boss.

‘Joe the Plumber’ urges flush out of Dems in Congress

Hopes to clean house, oust Perlmutter, Markey

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

LAKEWOOD — America’s most famous plumber passed through the state this week to urge voters to flush three congressional Democrats from office. Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, who goes by the nickname Joe the Plumber, made stops in Grand Junction, Lakewood and Fort Collins as part of the ‘November is Coming’ bus tour meant to rally voters against vulnerable liberal lawmakers in advance of the fall elections.

MoveOn.org rallies for campaign finance reform

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

MoveOn.org took their fight for campaign finance reform to the streets on Wednesday — specifically marching outside of 1st District Congresswoman Diana DeGette’s office on the corner of Grant Street and 6th Avenue. The activists hoped the publicity would pressure the Democrat to sign the pledge to fight corporate and lobbyists’ influence in elections.

Memo to Colorado Republican leaders from GOP State Chairman Dick Wadhams:

Wednesday, Aug, 25, 2010

The Colorado Republican State Executive Committee unanimously adopted a resolution at our regularly scheduled bimonthly meeting in August stating clear support for Ken Buck for U.S. Senate and Dan Maes for Governor along with all other Republican candidates nominated for statewide, congressional, state legislative and county offices in the August 10 primary election. The resolution is attached.

Gov spares rod on school cuts, other reductions needed

State budget going to pot

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

For a former district attorney, the idea of using money to balance the state budget gained from an enterprise that he once considered illegal kind of sticks in the craw.

State legislators honored by Women’s Lobby

Three earn perfect marks for voting records on women-focused priority bills

Three legislators in the Colorado State House of Representatives were honored by the Women’s Lobby of Colorado for a perfect voting record on priority issues affecting women in the state.

Education officials continue to plot reform despite missteps in Race to the Top contest

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s failed attempt this week to net a major federal education grant won’t stop a new teacher evaluation system from unfolding — at least that’s the hope of state Sen. Michael Johnston, D-Denver, one of the chief architects of the school reform bill that was passed in the last legislative session.

PERA gets clean audit, but questions remain on Denver Public Schools retiree pensions

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The annual audit of the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) by state and independent auditors showed the pension plan is well run, although legislators continue to be concerned about the state’s liability regarding the Denver Public Schools Retirement System (DPSRS).

McKinley: Private testing shows Rocky Flats has plutonium

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Rep. Wes McKinley, D-Walsh, announced this week that new testing of surface soils at the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant has yielded plutonium in breathable particles, its most dangerous form.

Pro racing returning to Colorado in 2011

Governor Ritter, Lance Armstrong peddle the news

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

To the cheers of thousands gathered outside the state Capitol Wednesday, Gov. Bill Ritter and cycling legend Lance Armstrong announced the return of professional stage cycling in Colorado.