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Voters turn against politicians on the bench

By Bob Ewegen
SPECIAL TO THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Americans have been shocked by abuses in the legal system as special interests wage multi-million dollar campaigns to elect their handpicked candidates to high judicial offices. Now, more states are turning toward nonpartisan judicial merit selection systems such as Colorado’s, two prominent legal reformers told the Colorado Judicial Institute’s fourth annual membership breakfast March 18.

Seventy-seventh annual Jefferson Jackson Day dinner

'Leading Colorado Forward'

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Celebrating the party’s recent success but warning against complacency in a difficult election year, Colorado Democrats gathered to toast one another and fatten the coffers at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner on March 6 at the downtown Sheraton. Nearly 1,500 celebrants packed a ballroom to hear keynote speaker U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, and the state’s top elected Democrats — except for Gov. Bill Ritter, who was recovering from a bicycle accident suffered earlier in the week.

'Taxpayer day' brings out anti-tax protesters

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Waving bright yellow “don’t tread on me” flags, hundreds descended onto the Capitol Wednesday to raise awareness for taxpayer rights under Colorado’s state constitution.

Safety in schools in Colorado has progressed

But still lots to be done

By Brad Jones
FOR THE COLORADO STATESMAN

After shots rang out 11 years ago at Columbine High School, Colorado became the “epicenter of the problem of violence in our schools,” according to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. Delivering remarks at the state’s annual school safety conference Wednesday, the top prosecutor said there are still lots to be done to secure campuses but also highlighted evidence of progress.

Colorado tapped as finalist for race to the top funds

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado leaders and education officials rejoiced Thursday when the U.S. Department of Education announced Colorado as a finalist in the Race to the Top program and a stake in $4.35 billion in grants.

Colorado is one of the finalists from 15 state and Washington D.C to have emerged from a pool of 41 applicants that submitted proposals in January. Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien noted that Colorado is the only state selected west of the Mississippi.

High court strikes down ban on campaign donations

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday captured headlines for the second time this month regarding election finance laws when it revoked Amendment 54 approved by 51 percent of voters in 2008.

Three U.S. Senators visit Denver, The CELL

The Center for Empowered Living and Learning (The CELL) hosted U.S. Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Bob Bennett (R-UT), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) at its exhibit, Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: Understanding the Threat of Terrorism.

Dueling politicos join forces for entertaining act

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Two polarizing political moguls descended on Boulder last Monday night for a debate that was mostly friendly until a last minute verbal scuffle defined the show.

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.