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Ethics probe into Colorado Springs to be secret

Mayor Lionel Rivera alleged to have conflict of interest in negotiating deal

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — The city’s two-member Independent Ethics Commission plans to interview Mayor Lionel Rivera about allegations that he had a conflict of interest in negotiating a $53 million deal to prevent the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters and training site from moving out of town.

Ritter upbeat after Governors' conference

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter has returned from the Western Governor’s Association’s 2009 Annual Meeting with renewed enthusiasm for Colorado’s renewable energy plans.

In a conference call to reporters from Park City, Utah, where the three-day meeting ended on Tuesday, Ritter said he would leave confident that Colorado is on the right policy path.

State working to counter poverty's effect on children

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The sun finally broke through the clouds for the first morning in weeks on Tuesday as Colorado Lieutenant Governor Barbara O’Brien stood on the West Steps of the Capitol to speak to the media about the 2009 KidsCount in Colorado! Report.

Spurned unions lash Ritter

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

If Gov. Bill Ritter is a friend to labor, some are wondering, what does an enemy look like?

After wielding his veto pen twice in three weeks to strike down two bills promoted by organized labor, Ritter finds himself taking jabs from self-proclaimed “friends” as he attempts to mitigate damages and mend important Democratic fences.

Ritter's new COO draws GOP fire

By Katy Schultz
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Members of Colorado’s Republican Party were quick to criticize Gov. Bill Ritter’s June 8 appointment of Don Elliman, the head of his Office of Economic Development and International Trade, as Colorado’s first Chief Operating Officer. Ritter created the post to facilitate Colorado’s economic recovery and to implement the state’s portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The South Metro Denver Chamber takes on politics through mock election

Republicrats vs. Demicans vs. Librarians! Oh my!

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Late one evening, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce marketing consultants Deverik Wilder and Brian Bartony were drinking wine and brainstorming ways to get the chamber’s membership more involved in politics.

“Maybe it was the wine,” said Wilder, “but we came up with the idea of having a mock election for governor. I challenged Brian — and he came back at me! Now we have our Election 2009.”

Ethics panel to hear complaint against Colorado Springs mayor

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — A panel convenes June 12 to reconsider a complaint that accuses Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera of breeching the city’s ethics ordinance. The complaint filed by Ron Johnson accuses Rivera of having a conflict of interest in negotiating a deal to keep the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters here.

Sotomayor leaves favorable impression on Udall

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Eldorado Springs, left his meeting with Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor Thursday morning feeling impressed and awed by her love for law.

“I’m inclined to support her, and, at the same time, I take my responsibility seriously. I will be watching the hearings and studying her further,” Udall told reporters.

Blake welcomed as new CSU chancellor

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

FORT COLLINS — Joe Blake received a frosty reception from some media and political insiders after being named the first chancellor of the Colorado State University system last month, but the Fort Collins community has been more receptive to the 72-year-old Republican and former Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce president.

During a two-day whirlwind of meetings on CSU’s Fort Collins campus last week, Blake met with community leaders, students and faculty — and was warmly received by everyone.

El Paso County GOP goes surfin' USA

Republicans swarmed to the El Paso County GOP’s beach party and caught the political wave in singing and surfboard-riding contests backed by Beach Boys’ tunes played by the Kahuna Beach Party Band.