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100,000 kids covered and counting

The All Kids Covered Initiative, a coalition of partners committed to improving health care for Colorado kids, recently celebrated the milestone of health coverage for more than 100,000 children since Governor Bill Ritter took office in January 2007.

Breakfast with Ken & Jane at the Men’s Club

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Although clearly not universally loved and respected by everyone, most candidates are hardworking and earnest souls who fairly compete for the tough job of representing us. Of course there are a few scoundrels out there — as especially evidenced over the last week or so. But however you feel about their positions or partisanship, most are good folks who should be saluted for their efforts in participatory democracy.

Hasan Foundation demands full repayment from McInnis for plagiarized articles

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

UPDATED with response from McInnis
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The foundation that paid Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis $300,000 for a series of articles on water rights the candidate admits included material he didn’t write wants its money back.

McInnis said Friday afternoon he plans to “make full payment arrangements” and asserted “this brings this matter to a close” in a statement issued by his campaign.

Judges up for retention face widespread scrutiny this year

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

While attention on judicial retention has focused in recent weeks on the Colorado Supreme Court, voters this fall will be asked to look at the performance of more than 100 judges throughout the state.

Leaders’ mission: Stop terrorism

'Complacency' is world's worst enemy

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The threat of terrorism plaguing the United States and nations of the world will not diminish, but the number of large-scale attacks can be curtailed if transnational collaboration continues to flourish, according to four terror experts who served as panelists at a forum at the Denver Performing Arts Center on July 7.

Bachmann wows Western Conservative Summit crowd

Minnesota Congresswoman revs 'Constitutionalist' revolution

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republican Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann headlined the opening dinner of the Western Conservative Summit 2010 that debuted last weekend at the Denver Marriot South — and made headway in rallying the troops for a revolution.

Taking it to the streets

Candidates connect across state from behind the wheel

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

BOULDER — The bus rolled in about 20 minutes after the candidate arrived. The old school bus — painted to resemble classic Colorado license plates — had earlier transported U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and his family around northern Colorado but limped in to the Democrat’s next stop last Saturday, at a rally alongside Boulder Creek, a stone’s throw from the Pearl Street Mall. A day into its inaugural voyage across the state this week, it turned out the vintage vehicle needed a brief trip to a mechanic.

Newspapers, political site lock horns over quotations from online stories

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s top political blog has been ignoring stories from the state’s largest newspapers for more than a month. The move — which the website’s owners said has mostly gone unnoticed — was in response to a threatening letter sent by an attorney for the news organizations that accused the website of copyright infringement and demanded it stop posting excerpts of the newspapers’ articles.

Steele resolves to stay put as party chairman

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The timing of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele’s visit to Colorado on Thursday clearly magnified the media interest in his appearance. It was the first time the embattled party leader spoke in public since making his controversial comments at a Connecticut fundraiser the week before that the war in Afghanistan could not be won.

Plans under way to redevelop Five Points’ rich jazz and African American history

U.S. Senator Mark Udall, Councilwoman Carla Madison tour historic neighborhood

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Planners of a major revitalization project in the Five Points neighborhood in Denver hosted U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Denver City Councilwoman Carla Madison for a briefing and tour of the neighborhood on Saturday.

Wil Alston, executive director of the Five Points Business District, led the walking tour up Welton Street and to the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. Alston said Udall is the first of several leaders who will be briefed on the project as the group seeks funding.