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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.

National veterans tour promotes clean energy, national security

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

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
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

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
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

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
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

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.

Growing up in governor’s mansion has ups and downs

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Steve McNichols Jr. grew up part of a political dynasty.

His grandfather, William H. McNichols, was Denver’s auditor for 24 years; his uncle Bill was Denver’s mayor from 1968-1983; and his father, Stephen, was Colorado’s Democratic governor for six years after serving as lieutenant governor and state senator.

True Western spirit alive in state Capitol

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The series of Western paintings encircling the first floor rotunda of Colorado’s State Capitol are impossible to miss; yet the artist has been easily forgotten.

Gossip, 1/22/10

WHERE’S GEORGE?

Not that long ago, former 3rd District Congressman Scott McInnis proudly announced that George Culpepper had been hired to manage the Republican’s campaign for governor.

O'Brien's address to change, but not goals

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Despite Gov. Bill Ritter’s bombshell announcement that he won’t seek re-election, Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien will spend the 2010 legislative session much as she has spent the past three years: fighting for improvement in K-12 education and children’s health care.