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Gossip, 1/1/2010

CANDIDATES SHARE HOLIDAY SPIRITS & NEW YEAR HOPES

As carolers sang “Silver Bells” from snow-covered sidewalks, candidates rang in the holiday season with a flurry of e-mails to supporters and reporters. Some candidates shared photos of their families, some offered blessings and wishes for a brighter New Year, and a few hoped the “spirit of giving” would land more campaign contributions under their Christmas tree.

Curry drops Dems, becomes Independent

Can she win re-election in 2010 as a write-in candidate?

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

State Rep. Kathleen Curry became Colorado’s only independent legislator this week when the Democrat changed her voter registration to “unaffiliated.” Curry filled out the paperwork on Monday at the Gunnison County Courthouse and then informed Gov. Bill Ritter and House Speaker Terrance Carroll of her decision.

“Terrance wasn’t happy about it, but he was respectful. He has always been respectful to me,” said Curry.

The decision, Curry said, wasn’t made hastily.

Ritter promotes bill to fill empty houses

By Scot Kersgaard
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In an effort to reduce the number of houses sitting empty and abandoned in Colorado, on Tuesday Gov. Bill Ritter announced plans for a bill designed to reduce the length of time it takes to foreclose on some houses.

Madeline Albright charms Denver crowd

By Scot Kersgaard
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, who served under President Bill Clinton, charmed a crowd of nearly 200 people at the Tattered Cover in LoDo Tuesday as she signed her new book, “Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box,” (HarperCollins) and answered questions from an audience of mostly women.

Meet the new year, same as the old year

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A sneak preview of the 2010 Colorado legislative session indicates it will be a lot like 2009’s session.

Gov. Bill Ritter Monday told the annual Colorado Press Association forum that the upcoming legislative session will focus on economic recovery and balancing the budget.

Ritter appoints Monfort, Lyons to lead new higher education panel

By Scot Kersgaard
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter Thursday announced a strategic planning initiative to assess the state’s higher education systems and develop a master plan for Colorado’s 27 public colleges and universities, which enroll 220,000 students.

Colorado College fosters political careers

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Although it has a student body no larger than a large high school’s, Colorado College has provided five graduates who have been appointed to high positions in the administration of President Barack Obama.

Palin’s "Going Rogue" in vogue

Colorado Springs goes all out for Sarah Palin

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Folks shivering in frigid, snowy weather outside Borders bookstore before dawn Tuesday looked more like a line for advance ticket sales of a rock concert than a political book-signing event. But instead of John Lennon, who once declared the Beatles “bigger than Jesus,” they were waiting as many as 14 hours to see Sarah Palin, the author of “Going Rogue: An American Life,” who is hailed as a Joan of Arc heroine by her fans.

State Rep. Rice backs Obama on Iraq

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Fresh from a six-month tour working with the Iraqi army and police to help Iraqis fend for themselves as American forces begin returning home, state Rep. Joe Rice — a Littleton Democrat and a colonel in the Army Reserves — discussed recent developments and the long-term outlook in Iraq and Afghanistan at a meeting with constituents Dec. 7 at Littleton City Hall.

Local chamber CEO delivers bleak forecast

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kelly Brough delivered a sobering message to members of the City Club of Denver on Tuesday, Dec. 1.