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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 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


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

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.

National veterans tour promotes clean energy, national security

By Jimy Valenti

Veterans hit the state Capitol’s west steps last Friday, educating citizens and lawmakers on the connection between climate change and national security.

New nonpartisan series on television and the Internet focuses on candidates, elected officials

A new groundbreaking series featured on television and the Internet — “Colorado Election 2010 TM” — had its debut on Feb. 1, on COMCAST Entertainment Television at 8:00 pm. The nonpartisan series offers citizens the opportunity to hear candidates and both current and former major elected officials in an unrehearsed, substantive manner. More programs have been dedicated to the candidates and issues than has ever been done in the history of television, according to Aaron Harber, moderator of the series.

Colorado Ethics Watch files complaint against Rep. King for 'double dipping'

By Jimy Valenti

A local political watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, concerning travel expenses that may have been reimbursed twice, once by his campaign and once by the state.

Hundreds turn out for 'Free our health care' rally at state Capitol

By Jimy Valenti

Lisa Hill’s tattered and torn poster proclaiming “Gov. of, by and for the people” has seen these steps before. The self-proclaimed tea party member drove an hour and a half from Pine to the Capitol in an effort to “stop socialized medicine.”

Longtime Ritter aide enjoying the quiet life

By Cindy Brovsky

Many people will be surprised to learn Gov. Bill Ritter’s longtime executive assistant won’t be answering the phone or greeting visitors at the state Capitol this session.